We remember those who have died recently including Tony Tromp and Anthony Dias and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Jocelyn Francois, Brian McNulty, Tom Cervasio, John VanRensch, Christopher Scanlon, Grace Maconachie
We pray for those who are sick including Brian John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge
This weekend we welcome Yahya and Buhari and their parents Manyere and Jestiner and Harvey son of Rochelle and Hans “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, April 7th at 2.45pm.
CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP:
The Children’s Friendship Group meets at 5 pm in the parish library. Next meeting is on 9th March and 23rd March. A new initiative of the Children’s Friendship Group will be a children’s choir. Please register your interest at the Parish office
PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:
The next serving will be next Sunday 17th March 2019, commencing at 5.30pm with dinner served at 6 pm in the Parish Hall. If any parishioner is able to help with a dessert for this meal could they please fill in the sheet in the foyer. All welcome.
THE KNIGHTS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS:
A fundraising dinner will be held on March 28th to support the bursary fund for the education of Sale Diocese Seminarians. The dinner will be at the Black Tie Function Centre, 90 Alfred St, Warragul, 6.30 for 7 pm start. The two-course dinner will cost $60 and wine, beer, and soft drinks will be available at bar prices. The event is open to men and women who want to support this venture. There will be a silent auction as an additional fundraiser.
Our first meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 19th March in the Parish Library commencing at 11 am. BYO lunch. Anyone interested in attending will be most welcome.
NEW LITURGICAL MUSIC GROUP:
A new group has started in the parish made up of existing musicians and singers and others who also wish to be involved in providing music for weekend masses. In addition to our existing music groups, we now have a Filipino choir, a Children’s Friendship singing group, and Youth group singers. More members are welcome.
The Youth group will be singing at the 6 pm mass on Saturday, March 9th. The Children’s Friendship Group will be singing and playing at the 6 pm mass on Saturday, March 23rd. The Filipino choir will be singing and playing at the 10.30am Mass on Sunday, March 24th.
If you would like to join any of these musical groups, please contact Leonie McGinley or Liz Merrigan through the church. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, March 30th at 10.30am.
CHOIR – PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK:
Choir practices for Holy Week and Easter will be held in the church 7.30pm to 9 pm on Thursdays March 14th, March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th. Existing and new members are very welcome
CAN YOU ASSIST US BY LEARNING TO USE THE DATA PROJECTOR:
We are in need of people to learn how to use the data projector. If you are available to learn, or know already and can volunteer, please contact Siji at the parish office.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HYMNS? ARE THERE NEW HYMNS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND WE USE?
When the new Liturgical Music group met they talked about their favourite hymns and ideas for new hymns. We would also love to hear from parishioners what they love to sing. At mass this weekend, there will be folders in the lobby where parishioners are invited to list their favourite hymns and recommendations for new music. We are looking forward to seeing what the top 20 would be for St Patrick’s
Project Compassion, Caritas Australia:
Twelve-year-old Thandolwayo would walk seven kilometers each day to collect contaminated water for her family. It looked like she would never realise her hope of finishing her education and becoming a nurse until a Caritas Australia supported project created access to clean water helping Thandolwayo to stay at school and achieve a future full of hope. Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and to provide clean water and a future full of hope for vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe. Lives change when we all give 100%. You can donate through boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.
CELEBRATING ST PATRICK’S DAY:
The feast of our parish patron falls next Sunday. To celebrate, a community gathering will be held at the parish center on Friday evening, from about 7:30 pm. Bring some supper and a drink! We hope to have a screening of the golden oldie movie “Waking Ned Devine” (1998), set in a small Irish village
PRAY FOR CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES:
Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ writes: Pope Francis’ Intention for March is that Christian communities, especially those persecuted, feel close to Christ and that their human rights are respected.
We sometimes think of persecution as something that happened in the early Church. In our time, though, millions of people are also persecuted for their religion. Christians are prominent among them, but so are Muslims of different allegiances and Buddhists. Much of the persecution takes place in the Middle East, China, and Africa. Persecution takes many forms. Some Christians are beaten and killed by vigilante groups, driven from their homes and seeing their churches set on fire. They may also be forbidden to meet as communities for worship and prayer, have their churches confiscated and their religious texts banned. They are commonly second-class citizens: they cannot have their children educated or find government employment. Others are excluded from education and government employment.
Christian groups, including Catholics, are sometimes persecuted directly because of their church allegiance, as, for example, in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and North Korea. Most Christians have fled from Iraq and Syria and from other nations in fear for their lives because of their religion. In other nations, like China and North Korea persecution has more to do with the demand of national Governments to control all aspects of life. Catholics are particularly vulnerable because of the universal character of their Church and their allegiance to the Pope.
In asking us to pray for persecuted Christian groups, Pope Francis reminds us that they are our brothers and sisters whose pain we ought feel especially strongly and at whose persecution we would naturally feel particularly outraged. They are family.
Pope Francis also invites us to enter the lives of persecuted Christians from within, and to imagine what it is like to be denied basic human rights, to have to pray in secret, to be unable to take our children to school, to be mocked and discriminated against for our faith, and to be treated not as citizens but as parasites. In our prayers we are invited to stay with them as persons with faces and not simply to see them in bulk from outside.
Pope Francis also invites us to enter the challenging mystery of following Jesus when we pray that persecuted Christians feel the love of Christ in their suffering. We naturally imagine that they may feel distant from God, but we pray that they may find consolation. They uncomfortably remind us of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels that we should regard people who are persecuted as happy and blessed and not as cursed. This is Jesus’ way and in it lies joy in the midst of pain and abandonment.
Praying for people who are persecuted takes us into the heart of Christian faith: into the compassion that God has for us and which we are invited to show others. It also calls us to recognise that their way is the privileged way of following Jesus. They are at the centre of the Church, not at its edge.
WHAT’S TEMPTING YOU?
I have been amazed at some stories about millionaire executives who swindle their companies to get even richer. How could money be so tempting, especially to rich people? Riches have just never tempted me.
But I face other temptations. I ask God daily for strength because I am tempted daily to sin in ways that hurt others and hold me back from being everything I can be.
The Gospel this week shows Jesus struggling with temptation. A born leader, he was tempted to abuse his power. Many people in Israel were waiting for a messiah – a word we understand as saviour – to lead a violent revolt against Rome. But he knew God called him to greater things.
How about you? Each person faces different temptations. What tempts you to be selfish and tempts you away from doing great things for God? Lent is a time to explore that question in your soul, to see where you’ve surrendered to temptation and where you need God’s strength to resist those temptations.
Here’s an idea: List your six greatest temptations and then reflect on one each week during Lent. Remember times you gave in. Remember times you resisted. Brainstorm ways to avoid the particular temptation you’re focusing on. Look at what the Bible says about it. Ask God for the vision to see the temptation clearly the next time you face it and for the strength to resist it. Anon.
SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:
First Holy Communion will be on the weekends of 25th May, 1st and 8th of June. Confirmation: 16th and 17th of August and First Reconciliation will be the 30th October. Check out our website for more information.
FINANCE MATTERS: 1st Sunday of Lent
Last week PG $2332.00 Loose $706.15 House $790.35
This week PG $1592.00 Loose $736.20 House $611.05
“I have now brought you the first fruits of the products of the soil which you, O Lord, have given to me.” (Deuteronomy 26:10)
This line from the Old Testament offers two challenges. First, do you give to God from your “first fruits”, the best that you have to offer, or do you give from what is leftover? Second, do you recognize that everything you have has been given to you by God? Ask God for a grateful and generous heart, every day, in all circumstances
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
G Wright H Perera J Ruys K Symons
R & A Jayawardena G Thompson
J Schalks M O’Brien
M Hobbin R Lappin C Myer R O’Brien
P Pereira L Garvey M Vandiemen
T & F O’Gorman
C McCowan C Martin N Ward
P Velten P Fernando
AParma M Pauguy P Setu
P SweeFan W Wong
Will be due by the end of this month. If you would like to volunteer for any of our ministries or have any changes to your existing schedule, Please contact the parish office
10/3 6 pm M Burhop 9 am A Jayawardena 10.30 J Pauguy
17/3 6 pm K Symons 9 am G Prestt 10.30 L O’Flynn
NO FLOWERS DURING LENT
15/3 G Dias and M Wiwczaruk 22/3 R & A Jayawardena
10/3 D Velten and K Symons
17/3 N Boloski C Smith L Roberts