26th May 2019. 6th Sunday after Easter

We remember those who have died recently including George Hilder and those anniversaries occur about this time including  Victor Nicolas Jamero, Klara Babic, Mile and Anka Kruljac

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  Sunday, June 2nd  at  2.45pm.


This week and in the weeks to come we will have about 80 children receiving their First Holy communion from our parish. Let us all pray for them and their families for a great spiritual journey ahead.


The Pakenham Conference of St Vincent de Paul will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary at the 10.30 mass on Sunday 2nd June. A welcome is extended to past members, associates and their families Light lunch to follow. RSVP would be appreciated to ksymons54@bigpond.com


Bishop Patrick O’Regan has advised that he has engaged the services of CatholicCare to conduct a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Environment “.  Our scheduled session will be on the night of Wednesday 17th July.  All parishioners will be welcome especially those with a Working With Children Check.  Further details will follow.  Please save the date


Two more weeks to go for International Food Day. Our parish will be celebrating Pentecost with a spirit-filled International Food Day, similar to last two year’s on June 9th after the 10:30 am mass. The coordinators this year are Neil Woods and Jane Estrada who are looking forward to speaking to you. Please put your name down in the sheet provided in the Foyer along with the country you would like to represent and we will get in touch with you. Please start getting your national costumes ready for the day. 


Last month we had a lovely lunch in Beaconsfield. Our June lunch will be at Pakenham Inn 106-108 Princes Highway, (next to KFC) on June 54th at 12. If you haven’t joined us before you are very welcome to come along and join us. Please contact Kathy 0418679616 or ksymons54@bigpond.com


 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: 2nd June contact Herbie on 0419 223 631; then 16th June contact Tresa Andrews at St Patrick’s Primary School and 7th July contact Sue Hilder on 0409 202 903. Thank you in advance.


Conversational English classes at Catholic Care will be held every Friday during the school term from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at 1 Rogers Street, Pakenham. Retired teachers and experienced volunteers are running the course. No fee. For enquiries please contact 1800 522 076.


 has sessions running Monday – Thursday. If you’re interested, come along and see… For further information contact Christine on 0438364881


There are many people in our parishes who are unable to attend Mass because of illness, or on some occasions because of a lack of priests. Network 10 offers a weekly Mass service that many people have found helpful in nourishing their spiritual life if they can’t join with the parish community. Let your local nursing homes or housebound friends know about this service. Here is the link: www.tenplay.com.au/ channel-ten/mass-for-you-at-home

The Church is a home with open doors: Pope :

Published: 07 May 2019 , Cathnews

Pope Francis with refugees in Sofia, Bulgaria, yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Driving home his defence of migrants and refugees, Pope Francis told Bulgarian Catholics yesterday that the Church must always be a supportive community whose doors are open to all, especially those who are far away from home. Source: Crux.

On his last day in Bulgaria, Pope Francis referred to the Church as a mother who “experiences and makes her children’s problems her own” and who doesn’t offer “ready-made answers,” but who instead seeks reconciliation.

As a family and a community that takes on “the knotty problems of life, which are often like balls of tangled wool,” the Church, before untangling them, “has to make them its own, taking them into its hands and loving them,” he said.

The Church, he said, is “a family among families, open to bearing witness in today’s world, as our sister told us, open to faith, hope and love for the Lord and for those whom he has a preferential love. A home with open doors.”

Recalling his visit to a refugee centre earlier in the day, Francis said he met refugees and asylum seekers “from various countries looking for a better place to live than the one they left”.

Francis noted how he also met volunteers from the papal charity Caritas, who insisted that the core of the centre’s work “is the recognition that every person is a child of God, regardless of ethnicity or religious confession.”

“In order to love someone, there is no need to ask for a curriculum vitae; love precedes, it takes the first step. Because it is gratuitous,” he said, adding that the volunteers knew how to look at people without prejudice.

“Seeing with the eyes of faith is a summons not to spend your life pinning labels, classifying those who are worthy of love and those who are not, but trying to create conditions in which every person can feel loved, especially those who feel forgotten by God because they are forgotten by their brothers and sisters,” he said.

Francis spoke to members of the Catholic community in Rakovsky gathered inside St Michael the Archangel parish on his last day in Bulgaria before heading to Macedonia today. Earlier, he visited a refugee centre on the outskirts of Sofia and gave First Communion to some 245 children and held an interfaith prayer meeting last night.


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A few weeks ago we advertised the following in the bulletin and would like to hear from you of your interest in Mothers prayers.  

 I came across some material about the mothers’ Prayers organization recently. There was an MP group at one of the parishes I was in. The Mothers Prayers organization was formed to gather mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed.

Mothers Prayers was started in England in November 1995 and has spread throughout the world with contacts in over 100 countries. It has the approval; support and blessing of Christian leaders of all denominations. There are now thousands of groups around the world. Two grandmothers, Veronica and her sister- in- law Sandra, felt led by the Lord to start Mothers Prayers and to pray in a special way for their children. They felt that they should bring all the pain and the worries they had for their children to Him and to trust in His words ‘Ask and you will receive’. During these years there have been many, many wonderful answers to prayers including children coming off drugs, children returning home after being absent for many years, improvements in children’s health and relationships (in the family and at school). The mothers also have been blessed and have experienced a great peace

I would be happy to hear from anyone who thought this might be a helpful group in our parish, not just among church-go-ers but across the wider parish family. Fr Bernard.


  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. 



26/5    6pm  M Burhop   9am G Prestt  10.30  L. O’Flynn

02/6    6pm  J Ruys        9am  B Hinds  10.30 I Merrigan



31/5 C McCowan & M Burhop         

7/6  G Dias & M Wiwczaruk



26/5 F DeBona & A Jayawardena

02/6  T Ridgeway &* Volunteer Please



26/5 P & J Ferry  2/6 Q  Perera


Last week:   PG  $1432.00  Loose  $  991.90   House  $ 736.95

This week:   PG  $1512.00  Loose  $  805.60   House  $647.35

This week:  










A Mendis

E Fernando

H Judd M Roche W & B Vail R Ginting


M O’Brien

D Rowlands

C McCowan G Thompson N Ward

P Velten P Carlin


J Estrada

A Raos

M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer R O’Brien

I MerriganobbHobb






J Samymuthu

T Ridgeway

T & N Andrews M Burhop M Wiwczaruk

S Dominic


M McCowan

C McCowan

P Maxfield G Prestt  B Barker

P Fernando  G Thompson


J Arul

A Arul

A Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong

P Swee Fan



The new rosters are due soon. If you have any changes to your availability please contact Parish Office.