We remember those who have died recently including Joan Pritchard and those whose anniversaries occur about this time especially Dingiriamma Eknayake.
We pray for those who are sick including, Brian John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge
“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 today Sunday, Aug 4th, at 2.45pm in the library.
While Fr Bernard is away, for a few weeks in August we will be having Mass with Fr Jayakody Francis. Fr Jayakody is new in the Diocese of Sale and will be in our Diocese for a couple of years. We thank him for stepping in at a difficult time for us. Welcome to the parish Fr. Jayakody Francis.
Fr Bernard’s sick leave will continue for a bit longer into August. On Monday, Father is having a couple of important scans at Peter Mac Callum and will get the results of those scans the following week. He hopes to be at the parish occasionally in the next few weeks. Fr Bernard is grateful for all the prayers, messages and good wishes over these many weeks. And amid all your prayer intentions, if you have the odd one for him still, he would be very grateful.
What’s the Diocesan Assembly all about?
On 13th -14th September, the Catholic Diocese of Sale is holding its Diocesan Assembly, the first for over 15 years. The Assembly will be convened in the spirit of Listening and Dialogue for the Plenary Council 2020 in which we have already been engaged for the past eighteen months. From peoples’ feedback, it is clear that there is much that can be done in our Diocese right now. We want to hear from people all across our Diocese about the vision they have for their parishes and Diocese in living the joy of the Gospel. We hope to have around 400 people attending the Assembly.
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY INFORMATION NIGHT:
The Gaudium et Spes’ Plenary 2020 Convenor of our dioceses, Ms Sophy Morley, will be visiting our parish to present to us information about the assembly on the 6th of August 2019 at 7:30 pm in the welcome room. All parishioners are invited to come and attend.
ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE:
The Ordination to the Diaconate for Jithin Anto, Confidence Masvosva and Paul Zaher will be celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral At 11.00 am on Saturday 31st August 2019. This is a day of great rejoicing for our Diocese and all parishioners are warmly invited to the Diocesan community to participate in the Ordination. Singers and musicians are required for the Diocesan Choir – could interested people please contact Sophy Morley at firstname.lastname@example.org or text on 0413 590 007.
The parish will also provide a bus (depending on interest) for a gold coin donation leaving the church at 8:30 am returning approximately at 4:00 pm. Please contact parish office ASAP so we can make arrangements.
Next meal and companionship is on tonight August 4th Doors open 5.30 pm for a 6:00 pm meal Please feel welcome to come and enjoy a 2-course hot meal if you are struggling in this cold weather or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company. Our team leader for this week is Tresa. If you want to be added to the roster please email Tresa on email@example.com
Our first gathering of Mothers prayers was on Thursday, August 1st at 10:00 am. It was a friendly, prayerful and supportive gathering where mothers were able to pray for their children. Our next gathering will be on Thursday 8th August at 10:00 am. You are most welcome to join us. If you are unable but would like the group to pray for your children, please leave your request in the mother’s prayers box in the foyer.
WORKSHOP WITH FR. ELIO CAPRA:
There was an enlightening workshop for the parents of our children receiving confirmation this year by Fr Elio Capra in our parish. Fr Elio, explained the origin of our baptismal and confirmation traditions, the importance of laying of hands and how to develop the gifts and the fruits of the holy spirit.
Mary MacKillop Prayer:
Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request……………….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop,
may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen
FEAST OF ST MARY OF THE CROSS MAC KILLOP:
This Thursday, 8/8, marks the feast day of Australia’s only canonised saint, St Mary Mac Killop. Mary Helen MacKillop was of Scottish descent, she was born in Melbourne but is best known for her activities in South Australia. Together with the Reverend Julian Tenison Woods, she founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, a congregation of religious sisters that established a number of schools and welfare institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand, with an emphasis on education for the rural poor.
One of the most used, motivating and known sayings of St Mary MacKillop is never see a need without doing something about it. (1871). You can listen to children sing the song “Never See a Need” from a school in the highlands of Scotland, to the suburbs of Lima in Peru, to classrooms throughout Australia, to a Maori community in Aotearoa/New Zealand right through to the birth of this particular song at Mary MacKillop College in Brisbane.
Mary’s legacy has gone well and truly beyond the beginnings in Penola. Sisters of St Joseph today are a robust group of women working in Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Ireland, Peru and Brazil and follow in Mary’s footsteps doing a wide variety of works, revealing to all the hospitable heart of God.
The Sisters affirm the growing recognition that, right throughout the world, God is gracing many with the spirit of Mary MacKillop. This is evidenced by so many taking up her call to never see a need without doing something about it.
The Sisters today, as it were, have set Mary free for the world – a world which is in great need of the example such a woman gives – a woman who, despite poor health and obstacles, responded so generously to her God.
RCIA INFORMATION NIGHT:
Will be on the 21st August 2019, at 7:30 pm in the welcome room.
RCIA is the process by which adults formally join the Catholic Church. If you are: interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, – not baptized, but recognize a need for spirituality in your life, – baptized into another Christian denomination, but wish to join the Catholic Church, – married to a Catholic and attend Mass but want to take the next step to become a Catholic,
baptized Catholic, but never received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF CHILDREN:
The parish will soon be preparing school-aged children and their siblings for Baptism. If you would like your children to be involved in this program could you please contact the parish office 59417315 RCIA can help you. The RCIA Team – the candidates and their sponsors meet over several months starting often around August. The gatherings are marked by sharing, listening, learning, teaching, answering questions etc. If you or someone you know of would like to join this journey, contact the parish office/ visit our website.
PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP:
Last month a small but jovial group enjoyed a lovely lunch in Kooweerup. Next month we are meeting at Cardinia Club 71 Racecourse Rd, on the 7th of August at 12 noon. Please come along and join us. All welcome old and new. Contact Kathy 0418679616.
THE TIME HAS COME!
Having catered for over 200 funerals in the past 12 years, now due to family commitments and “ageing” our co-ordinator and most volunteers are now retiring. We will need to hand this over to an outside service. It has been an honour and a pleasure to have provided this important link to our parish family and we thank all who have played a part in it. Further notice will be available from the parish office.
MASS ON AUGUST 15th:
To celebrate the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, we will have an evening mass in our parish. We will confirm the time in our next bulletin.
“THE EUCHARIST IN THE 21ST CENTURY”:
Fr.Elio Capra will be presenting “The Eucharist in the 21st Century” at St Michael’s on August 8th, at 7:00 pm, in the school stadium. All are invited to attend.No children. Registrations are required for catering and seating purposes and can be done either: 1. Online at www.schoolinterviews.com.au Code: nqzd4 OR 2. Call parish office 9707 1355.
FOOTPRINTS OF JESUS:
The fare includes Return Economy Airfares + Local Transfers in Deluxe coaches + Stay in Premium Hotels + All Meals + Catholic Priest + English speaking professional guides. For inquiries & bookings call the parish office or 03 8839 6615 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Departures: 8th & 16 Sep 19. Bookings Open for 2020 Pilgrimages. Call Now for Early Bird Discount
PLANNED GIVING RECEIPTS:
There are still many receipts in the foyer Please pick up your Planned Giving Receipt to save on postage. There are still a few envelopes left if you can help
9/8 Lindsay & J.C. Pauguy 16/8 M Welliwatte & R Dias
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
T Ridgeway J Ruys L Patton J Rodda
M Dineen A Nunn N Ward B Barker
D & J Estrada C Faamausili B Kollaris
L Garvey W & B Vail R Ginting V Ukkru
G Thompson C McCowan N Ward
P Velten P Carlin
M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer I Merrigan
4/8 T Ridgeway and Volunteer 11/8 D Velten & K Symons
4/8 A Raos 11/8 A & S Daniels
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Last week: PG $1321.50 Loose $821.00 House $734.20
This week: PG $1615.60 Loose $809.80 House $748.70
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” Luke 12:20
What should we do in the light of today’s gospel? If you knew you were going to die, say, before the end of the year, and you wanted to die ‘rich in the eyes of God’ as the Gospel puts it, what could you do?