We remember those who have died recently including Cade Manuel and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Jim Gunton, John Joseph Reimert, Bertie Fernando and Bryan Cunninghm
We pray for those who are sick including, Brian Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge
This weekend we welcome Isaac Elliot and his parents David and Jacqueline “Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). Next Baptism Prep is Sunday, Oct. 6th2.45pm in the library.
NOTES FROM PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2019:
- The message of National Child Protection Week that “kids do well when parents are supported” was discussed with examples from personal experience.
- Parish attendance at the Diocesan Assembly (13/14 Sept) was detailed with prior training sessions on Saturday 7th and Tuesday 10th. 20 parishioners are listed to attend.
- Many initiatives in the Parish such as Mother’s Prayers and devotion to Mother Mary have been generated by the preparations for the Assembly and Plenary Council discussions.
- Support for White Ribbon Day later this year was applauded with plans for morning tea to raise awareness of violence against women.
- September is Social Justice month and possibilities to highlight care for the environment by some Parish action were pursued. For example, encouraging less use of plastics, buying locally grown and growing our own produce.
- Bible Study Group considering three alternative programmes. Sign-in sheets will allow voting with the most popular being commenced at the end of
- The music system in the Church needs better ‘mixing’ equipment so that audio to musicians can be improved.
RUBEN CENTRE APPEAL:
Next weekend September 14/15th
Students from St Francis Xavier College will speak at all masses about the work we as parishioners are helping support at this centre. There will be a leaving collection at all masses and we ask for your generous support to this cause.
NEW DEACONS BRING GLOBAL FLAVOUR TO SALE DIOCESE
Bishop Patrick O’Regan ordained three men from three continents to the diaconate at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sale on Saturday. Jithin Anto, Confidence Masvosva and Paul Zaher were ordained at the same ceremony, the first time three ordinations have occurred at the one time in the Sale Diocese. The ordination was well attended with representatives travelling from parishes around the diocese and filling the main cathedral seating to capacity. There was a group of about 30 parishioners travelled together from our parish to participate in the ceremony. Full story in cathnews.com
Have been meeting every Thursday at 10 am for a time of praying, reflecting, sharing, singing, support understanding and happiness. If a few of you would like to form a similar group at a time that works best for you, please contact the parish office.
THINK PINK CRAFT DAY:
Help us fight Breast Cancer. $25 for the day includes morning tea, lunch, lucky door prizes and “make and take” from paper crafters. Bring some extra money for raffles and your craft supplies and expect to have a great day. Saturday 21st September in St Patrick’s Parish Hall. More info contacts Marie 59401196.
SALE DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY:
You are invited to join in a parish discussion on the Diocesan Assembly Themes and share your thoughts. You might also wish to discuss in small groups. The discussion kit is available from your parish office or you can download it from the Diocesan website. https://www.cdsale.org.au/news/
You may also send in your own personal submission online https://www.cdsale.org.au/news/
Conversation Topic 5
The Welcoming Community (a community on mission, not maintenance)
• Building a welcoming community
• Pastoral care
• Reaching out to those on the margins (divorced and remarried, the gay community, those with disabilities)
• Reaching out to those who have left the church (resting Catholics)
• Strategies for growing parishes
• Caring for those affected by the sexual abuse crisis
SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY:
We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 29 Sept. This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled:‘Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world’. It shares Pope Francis’ challenge to us to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world’. It points out that we are called not just to be
LIVING LAUDATO SI –PARISH FORUM:
Parish leaders and interested individuals are invited to join other parishes in considering how we can all improve our care for our common home, the Earth. The Forum will assist participants and parishes respond to this summons and will also: Identify practical actions that can be taken by individuals, families and our parishes. Outline processes for initiating and maintaining parish engagement with Laudato Si’ and Assist parishes to join with others to form a network of response to “Care for our Common Home” Venue: St Ambrose Community Centre, 259A Sydney Rd, Brunswick. Cost: $30.00** (includes book and light refreshments) Enq: Lucia Brick 9287 556 or email@example.com RSVP: 11/9/19
ST VINCENT PALLOTTI SCHOLARSHIP TRUST:
The St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust offers scholarships to enable lay people to further their understanding and skills in leadership/ministry or a specialised activity, such as promoting faith enhancement, social justice and pastoral care. More information and Applications Forms are available on our website http://www. pallottine.org.au/scholarships/st vincent pallotti scholarship for lay ministry.html. Closing 18/10/19
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 4:00pm. For bookings go to https://www.trybooking.com/BECJR or contact 5996 1985
THE PAKENHAM CONFERENCE OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL:
Our conference is struggling for helpers and would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a couple of hours from 3.30 – 5.30 or so any weeknight. You would need to commit to one night of your choice per month to accompany the call leader to visit those who ring in for assistance. If you are interested in helping could you contact Chris on 0414 432256. Please note children cannot accompany you when on call outs.
VINNIE’S PAKENHAM SHOP:
Vinnies Pakenham will be operational on Sundays (10am-4pm). We are looking for volunteers on Sundays aged 16+.Contact @ 59417982 for details.
Still two places left on an enlightening journey. Travelling Nov 16-29. Enquire via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 029560 5333.
to be held in March 2020 is asking for people to start potting up plants and if there are spare pots at home to drop them into Room D9 and leave on the verandah in preparation for the Garden Stall at the fete next year.
Next meal and companionship is Sept15th 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 Herbie If you would like to make a much-appreciated dessert please call Herbie 0419223631
SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION:
is on the 30th October. Children attending Catholic schools will be prepared at school. Children attending non-catholic schools who wish to receive this sacrament need to contact Siji @59417315. Preparation sessions will begin Oct 2nd For dates refer parish website.
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS FOR 2019:
The Evangelisation team is planning to organise Bible study groups for 2019. The following are recommendations from the previous sessions:-
- Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom, which includes 20, 50-minute video presentations.
- Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother, an extraordinary 8 week study that reveals Mary’s unique role in God’s Kingdom and in our lives.
- Galatians: Set Free to Live, which includes eight, 50-minute video presentations.
Sign-in sheets to allow parishioners to make their choice will be available from next weekend available. (15th Sept)
The most popular sessions will be available from the end of October.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
H Pereira T Ridgeway V Ukkru L Patton
M O’Brien H& R Francis N Ward P Velten
M Hobbin R Lappin CMayer I Merrigan
L Garvey W & B Vail R Gunting A Tanner
C McCowan P Carlin D Rowlands
P Maxfield B Barker
A Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong
13/9 R & M Hau 20/9 W Wong M Sashanami
8/9 D Velten & K Symons 15th N Boloski L Roberts C Smith
8/9 S Dominic 15/9 M Welliwatte
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Last week: PG $1517.75 Loose $ 655.95 House $738.05
This week: PG $1488.70 Loose $ 795.85 House $705.90
“So, therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.” Luke 14:33
As Christians, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot say we are baptised into the life and death of Christ and not be prepared to sacrifice anything. If material riches come our way, with them come an even greater obligation to share with the poor. If we have talents and energy we are called to put them at the service of improving the world in any way we can.