We remember those who have died recently including Craig Interlandi, Jim Hellier and those anniversaries occur about this time including Maurice & Thelma Fennell, Laureen Venn.
We pray for those who are sick including Pam Silke, Brian John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge
This weekend we welcome Layla Kautai, Isaac and Iven Falfafa. Lucie Barton and their parents Tua & Courtney, Lesinali & Kotha, and Robert & Yvonne “Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Preparation is Sunday, July 7th at 2.45pm in the Parish library.
FR BERNARD BUCKLEY:
Fr Bernard continues to recover from his recent surgery and is grateful for your prayers and kindness. He is very grateful also for the kind assistance of Fr Xavier Pinto during the past two months. It is evident that Fr Bernard needs a longer time to recover properly and so Fr Geoff Baron will provide Masses for the parish on all weekends of July. Please continue to keep Fr Bernard in your prayers. ––Fr.Denis O’Bryan CLM Director
FROM BISHOP PAT:
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ in the Diocese of Sale.
Beginning this weekend I will be present with all the Australian Bishops who are gathering in prayer just South of Rome for a Retreat in preparation for both the Ad Limina visit the following week and the Plenary Council in 2020, 2021. It is a recognition that if we want both events to be more than simply a ‘talk fest’ then they need to be grounded in prayer. I make a simple plea during the next two weeks:
Please pray for the Australian Bishops; for me as your Bishop and for our grace-filled Diocese of Sale.
The Ad Limina Apostolorum is a visit each Bishop has to make every five years to Rome. The nature of the Ad Limina is that it is a pilgrimage to the tombs of St Peter and Paul and a meeting with Pope Francis. Grouped around this is visits to many of the Congregations (Dicasteries or Departments) located in the Vatican as well as visits to the major Basilicas of Rome and other activities. The 2019 timetable is very full.
So dear brothers and sisters, first, please be assured of my constant prayer for you, our Diocese and Parishes and all organisations in the Diocese. One place I will certainly be visiting is the Church of Saint Alphonsus (Via Merulana) where the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located. Mary the Mother of God, under this title, is the patron of our Diocese. Second, may I invite you to pray for me and our Diocese in these days especially from 12th June until 1st July.
With deep gratitude to God for all his grace and mercy and recognising that God is Good, Yours in Christ+Pat O’Regan Bishop of Sale.
FROM THE SAFETY OFFICER:
Bishop Patrick O’Regan has engaged the services of CatholicCare to conduct a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Environment Our session is from 7 pm to 9.30pm Wednesday 17th July. We need to know who will be attending so we do require that you register your acceptance by completing the attendance list in the Church foyer.
THE COUPLES FOR CHRIST (OCEANIA MISSION):
A private international association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right invites you to a Christian Life Program on June 30, 2019, 1-5pm, St. Michael Parish Centre, 119 High St., Berwick VIC 3806. For more information please contact Oniel & Queenie Oras at . 0477 208 482.
WOOLWORTHS STICKERS FOR SCHOOLS:
There is a box on the table in the foyer for anyone who would like to give their stickers to our parish schools. Thank you in advance they will provide sports and educational equipment needed.
Josephite Associates Regional Day will be held on Saturday 29th June in St Patrick’s library commencing at 10.00 a.m. All welcome B.Y.O. Lunch. Morning tea will be provided
Dinners are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month. If you wish to join our volunteer list or prepare a dessert please contact the particular leader. Next Session: 7th July contact Sue Hilder on 0409 202 903 or email@example.com Thank you
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NATIONAL THEMES FOR DISCERNMENT OPENS NEXT PHASE FOR PLENARY COUNCIL :
The Plenary Council 2020 moves into its next phase of preparation today with the announcement of the National Themes for Discernment that emerged from a historic process of listening to the voices of more than 222,000 people. Between May 2018 and March 2019, almost 17,500 submissions, from individuals and groups of all sizes, addressed the Plenary Council’s central question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” Over several days of listening to what the people of God said, with intense moments of prayer and discernment, the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council and its Executive Committee, joined by the Facilitation Team, considered what people were longing for. Six National Themes for Discernment emerged.
“The National Centre for Pastoral Research was able to pinpoint more than 100 recurring subject areas from those 17,500 submissions,” said Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council.
“In some ways, those subject areas described what one might call ‘the messy reality’ of Catholic life in Australia today. The voices of the faithful help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia. “We worked to discern what people were yearning for as we move into this next stage of preparing for the Plenary Council.” Archbishop Costelloe said there was a clear desire expressed for the Church to renew herself and focus on the person of Jesus Christ.
“Accordingly, the six National Themes for Discernment flow from that primary goal of being a Christ-centered community of people,” he explained. The six National Themes for Discernment invite people to reflect, to pray and to consider how God is calling the People of God to be a Christ-centred Church in Australia that is:
- Missionary and Evangelising
- Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal
- Prayerful and Eucharistic
- Humble, Healing and Merciful
- A Joyful, Hope-Filled and Servant Community
- Open to conversion, Renewal and Reform.
Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said many topics relating to one or more of the National Themes for Discernment and this next stage of preparation – “Listening and Discernment” – is a time of prayerful consideration of the “big” questions that have been raised by the faithful. “The emergence of the National Themes for Discernment is an important moment in our journey towards the Plenary Council. It is an expression of the sense of the faith from the faithful and, from this, we can proceed in our discernment of what the Spirit is saying to us in Australia,” Ms Turvey-Collins said. Part of that progression will take place later this month, when the Australian bishops gather for a retreat prior to their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit in Rome. Archbishop Costelloe said: “We will take the opportunity to reflect carefully on the National Themes for Discernment and share our reflections and conclusions with the Plenary Council’s Facilitation Team and the Executive Committee, based on our own prayerful discernment and pastoral experience.”
Ms Turvey-Collins said those reflections and conclusions will be supplemented by a period of several months, beginning in August, when people across the country will again be asked to engage locally with the Plenary Council process. “This discernment process will involve establishing working groups for each National Theme
for Discernment. People in faith communities across Australia will also be called to participate locally in their own communal Listening and Discernment encounters,” she said. “The fruits of what is discerned during this time will shape the agenda for the first session of Plenary Council in October 2020.” More information on the National Themes for Discernment can be found on the re-launched Plenary Council website: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au
ST VINCENT DE PAUL POOR MAN’S APPEAL:
This year our appeal will be in July on the weekends 7th to the 21st. Your donations of nonperishable food items such as spaghetti, baked beans, long life milk, canned tomatoes, biscuits, noodles, etc. would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the foyer of the church. The appeal will end on 21st July so items can be left up till then.
GOOD BYE TO FR. XAVIER PINTO:
We will have a thank you and a goodbye cuppa to Fr Xavier for having been with us for the past two months after the 6:00 pm mass next Saturday the 29th June in the parish hall. Please bring a plate to share.
PASTORAL LETTER ON VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING (VAD):
The four Bishops of Victoria ( Melbourne, Ballarat, Sandhurst, Sale) have issued a joint pastoral letter on VAD. Copies of the statement are available in the foyer.
BRINGING CHILDREN TO OUR MOTHER, ONE HAIL MARY AT A TIME: On the third Saturday of every month, Rosary prayers for the Children and Youth would be offered in St.Patricks Parish, Pakenham, from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm. Children will lead the Rosary with parents also joining in. Our first Rosary was offered on June 15th and we are looking forward to the next one.
YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION:
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Enrolment appointments are from 24th June until 11th July 2019.
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Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them and they all drank from it.” – MARK 14:23
Jesus, the perfect steward, gave thanks, just before He gave Himself to us completely for our salvation. He offers us the chance to drink from His cup. In the Eucharist, we meet Christ personally and, if we listen to Him, we know what drinking from His cup means our own sacrifice – giving up some of our time, talent and treasure to do His work on earth.