20th Sunday in Ordinary time, 18th August 2019

We remember those who have died recently  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time 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

 

BAPTISMS:

“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,  September 1st, at  2.45pm in the library.

WELCOME:

This (Friday night and) Saturday we welcome Bishop Pat O’Regan to the parish for the celebration of Confirmation with 60+ of our young parishioners. Congratulations to the children and their family for reaching this stage of their Christian initiation, and a very warm St Pat’s welcome to you, Bishop Pat.

We also welcome this Sunday, Deacon Mark Kelly who is here to talk to us about the diocesan assembly.  We continue to be thankful to FR FRANCIS, who is helping us out while Fr Bernard is away

SALE DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY:

‘ Sharing our Story – Celebrating our Faith –  Shaping our Future’

 An  INVITATION is open to  YOU to be one of the 20 delegates to represent St Pat’s at the Assembly. We are looking for delegates with open hearts, open ears, filled with hope and a willingness to share their wisdom.

The Assembly will be an opportunity to gather together to discuss, reflect and discern together the future direction of our Diocese under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 

WHAT WILL THE ASSEMBLY DISCUSS?


The major Assembly topics (based on Listening and Dialogue responses):
1. Faith Formation & Spirituality (living out the joy of the Gospel)
2. Leadership & Governance (providing leadership and structures that promote evangelisation)
3. Families and Vocation (raising disciples in our families, so that they can go out into the world)
4. Liturgy and Prayer (nourishing our communities)
5. The Welcoming Community (a community on mission, not maintenance)

ASSEMBLY DETAILS:

 

To be held at Marist -Sion College, Warragul Friday, Sept 13th (4:30-9pm) & Saturday, Sept 14th (9:00 am to 4:00 pm). A pre Assembly Parish session will be held on Friday 23rd August at 7:30 pm.

ALL DELEGATES must be available to attend the entire 2 day Assembly. Come and share in the Assembly. If you are interested and fully available to attend as a delegate please write your name and contact details on the sheet in the foyer or contact Siji  via the Parish Office. Thank you for your consideration.

VOCATIONS DAY- WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU?

  Come and See, where God may be calling you to serve! You may be drawn to ministries available in your parish or a vocation of service as a catechist, missionary, priest or religious. Be inspired by this day of guest speakers, including Fr Michael Willemsen, Fr Robin Koning SJ & Sr Rachel McLoughlin ibvm to be held at St Agatha’s Primary School Hall on Saturday 21st September, beginning with Mass in the Church at 9.30am. Sausage Sizzle and Refreshments will be available by donation and the day will conclude at 4 pm. Contact 5996 1985 for info.

RCIA INFORMATION NIGHT:

Will be on the 21st August 2019, at 7:30 pm in the welcome room.

 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.

 ‘WE CAN ALL BE LEADERS IN THE CHURCH’

Source: Catholic Social Services Victoria.

The Church needs to discover how to “transform and revitalise” itself during this time of “crisis”, according to US author and leadership expert Chris Lowney.“The Catholic Church is probably facing its worse crisis in five centuries,” Mr Lowney said. “I think we have a crisis where we might now be willing to say: ‘Ok, we just can’t go on the way we are. We have to change’.”

Mr Lowney will be in Melbourne and Ballarat from September 5-11 to share his knowledge and insights as to how the Church might navigate its way out of crisis. He has written six books that focus on leadership and Ignatian spirituality. He draws much from his latest book, Everyone Leads.

“We’re at a point where we need to understand how to transform and revitalise the Church in crisis,” he says. “Each person has a leadership opportunity and responsibility. This is especially important in the kind of environments that we’re all coping with now where it’s very volatile, complex and confusing. Things are changing quickly.”

He adds: “We need to move from a Church where a small number of Episcopal and clerical leaders are understood as the leadership group, to an understanding now where everybody who sits in a pew feels that they somehow have to be part of the leadership solution for the Church. So we need a widely distributed sense of what leadership means and who can play leadership and how they lead.”

“We need to recognise the importance of a much greater entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative spirit. The Church just needs to confront and accept the fact that many of the ways we’ve traditionally done things is just not working. So we have to be open to new approaches to many of the basic things we do as a Church.”

Mr Lowney said it wasn’t his job to say how the Church “should change in terms of who’s authorised to play what kinds of roles”, but that there was a “wide-open playing field, where historically, authority, responsibility and opportunity has not been shared or taken by lay people, which can or should be”.

Published: 14 August 2019, CathNews , FULL STORY Co-responsibility: the way forward for leadership in the Catholic Church (CSSV)

2019 CCR CONFERENCE, ‘BE FAITHFUL TO YOUR SPIRITUAL CALLING,’  2 Tim 1.6

Sept 6th-8th, Marist Sion College, 165 Burke St Warragul. Speakers: Fr Francis Otobo PP Traralgon, CCR Chaplain and                                                                 Mrs Ann Brereton, Chairperson CCR Australia. All welcome.  please contact Theo via the parish office .59417315

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.

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

  Next meal and companionship is on tonight August 18th      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 Sue.  If you want to be added to the roster please email Sue at  aussiebobcathire@bigpond.com  or call 0409202903

 

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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY:

 

Is the 29th September, This year’s Statement is “Making it real: Genuine Human encounter in our digital world”. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

CATHOLIC CARE :

A collection will be taken up next weekend.

ANNUAL DIOCESEAN MIGRANT AND REFUGEE MASS:

Will be celebrated at St. Michael’s on Aug 25 at 2.00pm. The principal celebrant, Apostolic Nuncio Dr. Adolfo Tito Yllana, will be joined by Bishop Patrick O’Regan and priests of the Sale Diocese. Mass will be followed by traditional foods and festivities. Please take a plate to share.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – ENGLISH TEACHERS, YOUTH WORKERS & YOUTH MINISTERS

  The Cagliero Project is an initiative of the Australia-Pacific Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, providing overseas volunteer experiences for Australians who wish to work with disadvantaged young people. 

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers for January 2020 departure. Our volunteers placements run for 6-12 months and are centred around working with young people in educational settings. We have multiple volunteers opportunities throughout Cambodia, Samoa, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands.

 We aim to utilise the skills and talents of our volunteers in order to provide the best possible contribution to the host community. Our aim is not to ‘help’ but to walk in solidarity with young people and for volunteer and host to have a mutual learning experience. We are also present in host communities to be role models – people that young people can aspire to be.

Cagliero volunteers commit themselves to working in the ‘Salesian way’. This means that young people are the central focus in all work. The Salesian way also means approaching life in a joyful way with a loving heart. The experience as a Cagliero volunteer is not about the volunteer, but is focused on the people we go to serve. However, serving as a Cagliero volunteer will probably be the most rewarding thing you ever do!

For more information, or to send us an inquiry, follow this link: http://cagliero.org.au/

Applications close October 15, 2019

Contact: Lauren Hichaaba, Director of the Cagliero Project

Email: lhichaaba@salesians.org.au

 

CHURCH CLEANING:                      

23/8  C McCowan & M Burhop  30/8 G Dias & C Faamausili

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

18/8 N  Boloski  &  L Roberts & C Smith  

25/8 A  Jayawardena & F DeBona

ROSARY STATUE: 

18/8  B Ekanayake  25/8 R Pereira

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00 pm

St Pats

St Pats

9:00 am

D Rowlands

P Velten

P Maxfield G Prestt B Barker  S Leo

N Boloski

10.30 am

J Arul

A Arul

 Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong

P Swee Fan

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

A Rajesh

A Ross

T & N Andrews H Judd M Roche

 R Joseph

9am

C Fernando

P Fernando

D Rowlands M Dineen

R & A Jayawardena J Schalks

10.30

M Byers

J Obsioma

U Tiberi A Vanday M Weliwatte

C Faamausili A Stowers

    

FINANCE MATTERS: 

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week:  PG  $1408.20   Loose  $909.45  House  $753.20

This week:  PG  $1587.00  Loose   $907.95  House  $466.20

PADDY’S KITCHEN

Next meal and companionship  is on August 18th      

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 Sue.  If you want to be added to the roster please email Sue at  aussiebobcathire@bigpond.com  or call 0409202903

19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIMES, 11th AUGUST 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Joan Pritchard  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time especially Maria Lily Solomon, Peter Vanderheyden, Rita Chu, Padmini David

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

 

BAPTISMS:

This weekend we welcome Jayden Italiano and his parents Benson & Caitlin “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,  September 1st, at  2.45pm in the library.

WELCOME:

to our presider today FR FRANCIS, who is helping us out while Fr Bernard is away and to our homilist CONFIDENCE MASVOSVA who is here with us today as a part of the vocations awareness week.  

FR BERNARD:

Fr Bernard’s sick leave will continue for a bit longer into August. Father had a couple of important scans at Peter Mac Callum and will get the results of those scans this coming 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.

NATIONAL VOCATIONS AWARENESS WEEK:

Vocations come from families, communities and parishes.  Strong families and communities are the places where vocations are first nurtured.  In this National Vocations Awareness Week, let us pray for all families in our parish, and for those preparing for marriage.  Let us also pray that our parish community may always be welcoming and encouraging of vocations to marriage, priesthood and consecrated life.

MASS ON AUGUST 15TH:

To celebrate the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, we will have a morning 9:30 am Mass and an evening at 7:30 pm mass.

PAKENHAM BAPTIST MEN’S BREAKFAST: 

You are invited to Breakfast on Saturday, 17th August   here at the church                        8:00 until 9:00 (ish), enjoy a good feed, coffee  and good fellowship                     Rob Rolley, deployment manager, Samaritan’s Purse will be our speaker  Cost :$5:00    All proceeds going to  Samaritan’s purse  this month     r.s.v.p   Call or text 0417 537 872 by 15th August  1 Bentley crt Pakenham

 Who is going to the Diocesan Assembly?

There will be around 400 people participating in the Assembly. These include clergy, delegates from each parish, heads of Diocesan agencies, Diocesan councils, school principals, religious education leaders and others. There will be official observers from other Christian Churches.  Parish representatives will make up a significant proportion of the delegates at the Assembly.  Further details about the numbers of delegates from each parish, how to choose delegates and online booking details will be provided. The Assembly begins at 6.30 pm on Friday 13th September and concludes at 4.00 pm on Saturday 14th September. All delegates must be able to commit to attending the entire Assembly proceedings. Parishes will be provided with Assembly information packs.

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 smorley@sale.catholic.org.au 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.   Numbers need to be finalized by the 18th.

 

THE VOCATION STORY OF FR. HIEP NGUYEN

We choose different ways to live in our lives: many live a married life, some a single life, or vocation life. Any vocation is good as long as we try to do the will of God and find happiness and fulfilment for our lives.

I am Fr. Hiep Nguyen. I come from Vietnam, the third of the five children in my family. I had a positive experience growing up in the Catholic Church. My parents and grandfathers used to take my three brothers, my sister and me to Sundays Mass each week at our local church.

A reflection on my life journey brought me back to my childhood when I innocently wanted to become a priest. It is simply priests were people who are virtues and holiness. I remember, when I was 11 years old, after teaching me some vocal prayers, my grandfather told me: “I have a few grandsons; it would be lovely if one of you could become a priest.” At that time, I had no intention to follow his wish. But, this was my first thought of priesthood arising in my mind.

In 2000, I graduated a bachelor degree in Education from a university and I got a teaching job at a state secondary school near home. I went to work during weekdays, but on Sundays, I used to involve with the teaching of catechism for young Catholics in my parish after Mass because in Vietnam we don’t have the Catholic schools. Many parishioners are involved with the priest in the sacramental program in which the young catholic are initiated into our Catholic community. My vocation was more discernment during this time.

I struggled with my decision at that time. I was not sure whether God called me in what particular vocation married life or priesthood life. I wondered whether I could be happy and fulfilled without a wife and family. The question was re-entering my mind: Is God calling me to become a priest? I began searching for my vocation to the priesthood by meeting a priest who guided me in the spiritual life. After some time speaking to my spiritual director and with the support of my family, I realized that God is calling me to become a priest. My ultimate joy and fulfilment is found in responding to this calling for my life.

In 2007, I met Fr. Michael McKenna in Vietnam. He is now the bishop of the diocese of Bathurst. He invited me to come to Australia to train for the priesthood, and he recommended me to the diocese of Sale.

In 2008, I came to Australia for a few months and joined with the diocese of Sale youth group, went to Sydney for World Youth Day and took a chance to inquire about the life of the church in Australia. I made a decision to become a priest for the diocese of Sale.

In February 2011, I entered the Corpus Christi College seminary in Carlton, Melbourne. I was ordination as a priest on 15th December 2018. I have been appointed an assistant priest of St Michael’s Parish in Berwick.

It was a long time of discernment for my priestly vocation. I think that my vocation is a gift and a calling from God, but it was an inspiration from my grandfather and it grew through the encouragement from my family and support from many people.

PADDY’S KITCHEN: 

Next meal and companionship  is on August 18th      

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 Sue.  If you want to be added to the roster please email Sue at  aussiebobcathire@bigpond.com  or call 0409202903

FROM OUR HEARTS:

The mother’s prayers gathered together to pray for our children  and these are some thoughts of how they felt:

“ A happy prayerful meeting”  

“ I feel a relief, I feel like Jesus is here to help me”,

“ I feel the meeting is helping me a lot because we share about our life and be happy. I need help”

A friendly, prayerful and supportive group where mothers are able to pray for their children. We meet next on Thursday 15th August at 10:00 am. All are welcome. If you are unable but would like the group to  prayer for your children, please leave your request in the mother’s prayers box in the foyer.

 

RCIA INFORMATION NIGHT:

Will be on the 21st August 2019, at 7:30 pm in the welcome room.

 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.

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 child/ren to be involved in this program could you please contact the parish office 59417315

 

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.

 

ANNUAL DIOCESEAN MIGRANT AND REFUGEE MASS:

Will be celebrated at St. Michael’s on Aug 25 at 2.00pm. The principal celebrant, Apostolic Nuncio Dr. Adolfo Tito Yllana, will be joined by Bishop Patrick O’Regan and priests of the Sale Diocese. Mass will be followed by traditional foods and festivities. Please take a plate to share.

 

2019 CCR CONFERENCE, ‘BE FAITHFUL TO YOUR SPIRITUAL CALLING,’  2 Tim 1.6

Sept 6th-8th September, Marist Sion College, 165 Burke St Warragul.

Speakers: Fr Francis Otobo PP Traralgon, CCR Chaplain and                                                                 Mrs Ann Brereton, Chairperson CCR Australia. All welcome.  Please see brochures for program details and registration.                                                                                          To help with catering, please contact Cathy McLure 0432588195 or Michael Power 0488680681

CHURCH CLEANING:                      

16/8 M Welliwatte   & R Dias  23/8  C McCowan & M Burhop

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

11/8 D Velten  &  K Symons  18/8 N  Boloski  &  L Roberts & C Smith

 ROSARY STATUE: 

11/8  A & S Daniels   18/8  B Ekanayake

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00 pm

St Clare’s

R Ginting V Ukkru

9:00 am

M O’Brien

M Dineen

G Thompson C McCowan N Ward

P Velten P Carlin

10.30 am

J Estrada

A Raos

M Hobbin  R Lappin C Mayer I Merrigan

R O’Brien

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6pm

T Andrews

N Andrews

T & F O’Gorman P Pereria

M VanDiemen  J Parsons

9am

D Rowlands

P Velten

P Maxfield G Prestt B Barker  S Leo

N Boloski

10.30

J Arul

A Arul

 Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong

P Swee Fan

    

FINANCE MATTERS

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week:  PG  $1615.60   Loose  $809.80  House  $748.70

This week:  PG  $1408.20   Loose  $909.45  House  $753.20

Heb 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us”

18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIMES 4th August 2019

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

BAPTISMS:

“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.

WELCOME:

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:

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 smorley@sale.catholic.org.au 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.

PADDY’S KITCHEN: 

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 tresaandrews@gmail.com

MOTHERS PRAYERS:

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  info@magiholidays.com.auDepartures: 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

 

CHURCH CLEANING:                      

9/8  Lindsay & J.C. Pauguy  16/8 M Welliwatte   & R Dias

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00 pm

J. Colvin

C George

T Ridgeway J Ruys L Patton J Rodda

A Tanner

9:00 am

D Rowlands

B Vanderheyden

M Dineen A Nunn N Ward B Barker

 P Carlin

10.30 am

J Obsioma

L O’Flynn

D & J Estrada C Faamausili B Kollaris
J Mozina

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00 pm

A Tanner

J Samymuthu

L Garvey W & B Vail R Ginting V Ukkru

9:00 am

M O’Brien

M Dineen

G Thompson C McCowan N Ward

P Velten P Carlin

10.30 am

J Estrada

A Raos

M Hobbin  R Lappin C Mayer I Merrigan

R O’Brien

    

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

4/8 T Ridgeway and Volunteer  11/8 D Velten  &  K Symons

 ROSARY STATUE: 

4/8 A Raos  11/8  A & S Daniels

FINANCE MATTERS:

 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?