TRINITY SUNDAY – 27TH MAY 2018

We remember those who have died recently including Peg Hilder, Joe Byrne Sr Monica Mackenzie and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Mile Kruljac & Karlo Vrban. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

We pray for those who are sick including Vincenza Santo, Elizabeth Ware, Keith Brooks, David Gudgeon, Calvin Furnell, Richard Pereira, Val Battams, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge and Philomena Austin. We pray for all who care for the sick and worry about them. May their works of service be richly blessed.  (Names can only be placed on this list by the sick person or a family member).


BAPTISMS

Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). The next Baptism Preparation session is June 3rd  at 2.45pm in the parish library.


THE L.A.M.P. FESTIVAL AT ST. PATRICK’S

Event pictures have now been uploaded! Please click here.


FIRST COMMUNION DAY

Congratulations and many blessings on all the children and their families who are celebrating their very first communion this weekend. We all pray that in receiving the Body of Christ you will grow into a full member of the Body of Christ in the world.


A REFLECTION FOR TRINITY SUNDAY

Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone! That was a shock to Jesus’ first followers. Go to all nations?

But they were Jews! Nonetheless, that was Matthew’s message for early Christians. The Gospel was originally written for a community of mostly Jewish followers of Jesus. Go beyond your comfort zone, it tells them. Build relationships with people who are different, with people you never expected to enter your life.

Does that shock you? Look around at your life. Is everyone the same? Same skin colour? Same interests? Same economic level? Same activities and interests? It’s easy for us to stay in our comfort zone. But if we do, we miss out.

Jesus grew up in Galilee, which some scholars argue was an ethnically mixed part of Israel. His apostles were also quite a mix. One wanted to start a revolution against the Romans (Simon the Zealot) while another collected taxes for them (Matthew). In this Gospel, which is the climax of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus sends this diverse group from a diverse area to baptise all people.

The message is clear. We find life more full when we meet, serve, learn from, and develop relationships with all types of people. Likely we’ve all learned a lot about sacrifice and faith from friends who have worked hard to build a life in this country; learned about prejudice from gay and marginalised friends; learned about compassion by listening to homeless people worry about their homeless friends.

Here’s some ideas for you. When you go to soup kitchens or homeless shelters, take time to talk with the people who eat or sleep there. Eat lunch or mix during parties with others who have different interests. Ask people with different ethnic or religious backgrounds to tell you a little bit about their culture. Get some friends together and go to a local ethnic festival. Or have lunch or coffee in a neighbourhood that’s different ethnically or economically from your own. Maybe you’ll meet someone new there. Look for programs or retreats that help you get to know others from different countries, races, or religions. Search the internet for sites that explore different cultures. Just leave the borders behind. Stretch yourself.


WE ARE GOD’S WORK OF ART

A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself

That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: “I make God visible.” But others who see us together can say: “They make God visible.” Community is where humility and glory touch.

-Henri Nouwen


ANNUAL WINTER APPEAL

If you have any of the following: blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, warm scarves, gloves, or warm socks, preferably new or in good condition, could you please collect from your family and friends and drop it in the box placed in the foyer. We will be going on our street run to help the homeless so please donate if you are able to.

Thank you and God bless you

-Rochelle Pereira.


JOSEPHITE ASSOCIATES

On Saturdy 26th May,commencing with Morning tea at 9.30am the Josephite Associates will hold their Regional Meeting at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre All parishioners are most welcome to attend. BYO lunch.  Tea , coffee provided. For more information please contact Dot 59414938


PADDY’S KITCHEN

There will be a meeting this Thursday night May 24th to organize our trial kitchen to be held on Sunday May 27th in the lead up to our first Kitchen Meal on 3rd June.


RESTORE YOUR SOUL

Pakenham Lakeside Church hosts a monthly Taize style service on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30pm, at Lakeside College. Members of all churches are invited to ‘Restore your Soul’ through this service, with time for singing, contemplative prayer, silence, and the Word of God. The service usually goes for just over half an hour . We suggest that for those wanting to gather, please be a little early to settle in to the flow of the worship.


PLENARY COUNCIL 2020 – LISTEN TO WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING

I extend cordial greetings and prayerful good wishes as the Catholic community of Australia joins in prayer on Pentecost Sunday to launch the immediate preparations for the forthcoming 2020 Plenary Council. Upon all taking part in the preparatory process, I invoke the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, harmony and openness to the Lord’s will for the future of his pilgrim Church in the country. It is my hope that through patient dialogue and faith-filled discernment, the conciliar journey will confirm the Catholics in Australia in a spirit of fraternal unity and missionary discipleship, thus enabling them to be a leaven of holiness, justice and reconciliation in today’s rapidly changing society As a pledge of the sustaining grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I willingly impart my Apostolic Blessing.
-Franciscus P.P.

Plenary Council Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost.

Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.

O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia

and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.

Give us the grace to see your face in one another

and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road.

Give us the courage to tell our stories

and to speak boldly of your truth.

Give us ears to listen humbly to each other

and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.

Lead your Church into a hope-filled future,

that we may live the joy of the Gospel.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

bread for the journey from age to age.

Amen.

Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.

St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.

 

Find out more about the Plenary Council 2020 at the new website, now online: http://www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au


PARISH INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY AND EXPO

Thanks to all who contributed so generously to the International Food Day and “Parish Expo”. It was a great presentation of the many gifts and talents, the great richness, of all the nationalities, groups and teams, who make up our parish. Thanks to all who worked so hard to prepare the day. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Pentecost.


ALPHA PROGRAM

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Alpha  has to  be postponed. Dates and more details will be published in the bulletin. We will need more volunteers  to create a core group to run the programme. If interested please contact Tresa Andrews (mobile: 0421931888, email: tresaandrews@gmail.com)


ANNUAL WINTER APPEAL

If you have any of the following: blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, warm scarves, gloves, or warm socks, preferably new or in good condition, could you please collect from your family and friends and drop it in the box placed in the foyer. We will be going on our street run to help the homeless so please donate if you are able to.

Thank you and God bless you

-Rochelle Pereira.


FROM THE PARISH SAFETY OFFICER

Updating parishioners with Working With Children’s Check. An email has been sent to all parishioners with a WWCC, who have email addresses registered on the Parish database. This is to draw attention to the St Patrick’s Professional Standards document on the parish website: stpatrickspakenham.com.au  There you will find the “Obligation of Staff and Volunteers” code, that replaces the previous “Code of Conduct” form, which, it is asked, all sign.

If you did not get an email, then you do not have an email address on the system. Please visit the parish website and access the Professional Standards document.  Paper copies will be available in the Church foyer together with copies of the “Obligations” code for you to sign.

-Herbie O’Flynn (safetyofficer@stpatrickspakenham.com.au)


PADDY’S KITCHEN

There will be a meeting on Thursday 31st May at 7pm in the Welcome Room to finalise our plans for our first meal on Sunday June 3rd.


ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP

Our next outing will be to the Tooradin Sports Club, 62 South Gippsland Highway, Tooradin at 12 noon on June 6th. Everyone is welcome to come. If you would like to come please contact Kathy 0418679616 or ksymons54@bigpond.com


CATHOLIC AGED CARE

Villa Maria Catholic Homes invite you to visit Shanagolden Aged Care Residence, Webster Way, Pakenham to meet our exceptional care staff and learn more about our fantastic lifestyle program  Call now for your personal tour 59453700


RESTORE YOUR SOUL

Pakenham Lakeside Church hosts a monthly Taize style service on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30pm, at Lakeside College. Members of all churches are invited to ‘Restore your Soul’ through this service, with time for singing, contemplative prayer, silence, and the Word of God.


BIGGEST MORNING TEA

On Thursday 31st May there will be a Biggest Morning Tea in aid of the Cancer Council.  Come along to the Parish Hall from 10am-12noon. Entry is by Gold Coin Donation proceeds go direct  to the Cancer Council. Tea and Coffee supplied. To help raise funds we are seeking donations of home baked or store bought food and helpers on the day to set up and pack up. Also raffle donations would be appreciated. For more info please contact Tamara 0414063353 at tpurvis83@gmail.com. We can also be followed on facebook page Biggest morning tea 31/05/18.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

27/5 F DeBona & A Jayawardena

3/06 J Schalks 7 J White

WELCOME TABLE

26/27th May  6pm Volunteer  9am A Jayawardena 10.30 L O’Flynn

02/03 June  6pm M VanDiemen 9am B Hind 10.30 I Merrigan

ROSARY STATUE

27/5 R Pereira

2/6 H Pereira

CLEANING ROSTER

1/6 M Sashanami & J C Pauguy

8/6 M Weliwatte & R Dias

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