STATIONS OF THE CROSS WILL BE HELD EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT AT 7.00 PM

NEW PARISHIONERS

On behalf of our parish community, Welcome! We are excited to have you join us!

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Mass Times

Weekday and Weekend Mass times at St. Patrick's Pakenham.

Weekly Bulletin

For all latest updates and Parish News, Check out our latest bulletin.

Church Renovation Fundraising

Click here to find out more about our much awaited Church Renovation Project.

Prayer Request

If you would like to have a Mass celebrated for a special occasion or on behalf of a family member, or a deceased loved one, (please mention the special intention eg. Death Anniversary, Birthday remembrance) or if you have a prayer request you would like us to pray for please submit the request to us. Fr Janeesh is happy to celebrate Mass for all of your intentions when possible.

Update on Church Renovation project (21April 2023)

Looking at the updated design and plans of the Church renovation project in the Church foyer, you may wonder where we are in the process. As we could not proceed with our ‘much larger project’ because of cost escalation in the building sector (Tender price quoted nearly 6 Million against our budget of 4.5 Million), we requested our architect to make some changes to the design to match our needs and budget. As you might have noticed in the updated design (updated February 2023), we keep the existing building structure and upgrade the sanctuary (Altar, Ambo, and Tabernacle), new flooring, new roof, Stations of the Cross, Marian Icon, reconciliation room, new sound system, curved pews and new Sacristy (Existing library to be converted to sacristy). The current budget for the project is 3.4 Million and hopefully, we will be able to call tender by June this year and begin the major works sometime in September 2023. We are planning to do the ‘Sacristy building works’ in a few weeks’ time as a start of our Renovation Project. I commend the hard work and commitment of the building committee members all the way along.
Fr Janeesh Jose

We’ve just become an
EARTHCARE PARISH!

Would you like to be part of the team and help our parish become more ecologically aware and pro-active? 
If so please contact John Fanchette- lfanchette@gmail.com.

Every Saturday at 9:30 am there is Mass followed by rosary and adoration.

Mary’s Intercessory Prayer Group

Every Tuesday at 9:30 am followed by cuppa.

St Patrick's Servant Community invites you all to join in their praise and worship every Thursday from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm in the church.

RESPECT: To the Year 3 Children of St Pat's School

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May is Domestic Violence Prevention Month.  In 2016 the Catholic Bishops of Victoria released a statement committing themselves to the elimination of domestic and family violence in which they say: 
Our goal must be a society where all people are safe in their home, families and close relationships; where violence and abuse are not acceptable; and where all relationships respect the equality and dignity of each person. This is part of the Gospel vision of love and respect. With domestic and family violence on the rise, we are all called to work in ways to eliminate this type of violence. 
The contents of this statement remain relevant as domestic and family violence incidents have increased since 2016.  This month, you are invited to read the Bishops 2016 statement to learn more about a Catholic response to Domestic and Family violence.

The four-year journey of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia will reach the second – and final – assembly in July 2022. On June 1, the Framework for Motions document that will be considered at the second assembly was published. It contains 30 motions across eight mission areas that the 277 Members – clergy, religious and laity – will vote on this week.

"Keep us from becoming a 'museum church,' beautiful but mute, with much past and little future," Pope Francis

In October 2021, Pope Francis launched the Synod of Bishops 2021-2023 Synod of Bishops, which has the theme: "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission". He invites the entire Church to reflect on this theme for the Synod that is decisive for the Church’s life and mission: "It is precisely this path of synodality (walking together) which God expects of the Church of the third millennium. Synodality starts with hearing from the whole People of God. A Church that teaches must be firstly a Church that listens."

Pope Francis says: “We must not create another Church, we must make this Church different. This is the challenge, for a different Church open to new elements. Let us invoke the Holy Spirit, let us listen to Him, walking together.”

This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s "renewal" proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through her experience which processes can help her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open herself to mission.

"This is what we are called to: unity, communion, and the fraternity born of the realisation that all of us are embraced by the one love of God. The Synod offers us the opportunity to become a listening Church and a Church of closeness." (Pope Francis)

Each Diocese has now received the responses from people and groups in our communities who submitted them via the national online portal. Each Diocese has now completed a Diocesan Synthesis based on the submissions received. These have now been tabled at the recent May gathering of the Australian Catholic Bishops. Further discussion and discernment with the Bishops will be taking place in the weeks ahead, prior to the preparation of a Continental /Australian Synthesis which is to be sent to the Synod of Bishops Secretariat. The syntheses from every continent and region will form the basis for the preparation of the Instrumentum laboris (working document) which will support the prayer, discernment and discussion during the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican in October 2023.
The Synthesis reflects the thoughts and insights of those who joined in group discussions or who submitted individual responses. Our Diocesan Synthesis has been published.

Care for Creation

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”  Pope Francis, Laudato-si 
“The Season of Creation” is celebrated from the 1st of September (the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) and ends on the 4th of October ( the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi). The Season of Creation theme focuses on the fact that the Earth belongs to God, and each beloved creature belongs to this common home (Psalm 24:1).

World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Stories from our own parishioners at St Patrick's Parish Pakenham.

St Patrick’s Parish, Pakenham, is committed to the care, wellbeing and
protection of children, young people and people at risk in our community. We uphold that
child protection and the dignity of every person is the responsibility of every adult.

Shalom World TV Network is a 24/7, family-friendly Catholic TV channel and is the recipient of the Gabriel Award for “Best TV Station of the Year 2020”. Instituted by the Catholic Press Association of North America, it is a commercial-free, high-definition network appealing to young and young-at-heart viewers. Shalom World is an official partner with the Vatican and is authorised to telecast Papal liturgies and visits live. This channel is designed exclusively for Youth programs, Series, Catholic news, Movies, Music, Children’s cartoon and Catholic teachings. 

The prayer of the Church in difficult times

The Church in Communion: A Sure Support in Time of Trial

COPING WITH CORONA

In one way or the other, we have been doing things differently over the last few weeks.  Sharing your tough moments or the lighter side of your life will continue to make our community stronger…