We remember those who have died recently including Michael Houlihan, Anna Lazarus, Jur Mading Aborish and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Margaretta Marotta, Sale Burgman, Alice Hughes, John Fam & Agnes Lim
We pray for those who are sick including David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, George Hilder, Lyn Hardidge , Crispen Masvosva
This weekend we welcome Charlotte Xiaz and Amy and Amelia Zirbel and their parents Rebecca & Alex and Claus & Alexandra. “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 March 3rd at 2.45pm
CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP:
The Children’s Friendship Group meets at 5 pm in the parish library. Dates are 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 (or with Sumy: 5940 0005). We are looking for young and vibrant singers, keyboard players or any instrument players. More details to follow
ST. PATRICK’S PRAYER GROUP:
Our next Prayer Group is on Friday, March 1st. We begin with Rosary 7.10 and end with supper. All welcome
PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:
Paddy’s Kitchen is an outreach of St Patrick’s Parish that provides a delicious dinner to families in need or to those who are finding life difficult at the moment. Next serving will be Sunday 3rd March 2019, commencing at 5.30 pm with dinner served at 6 pm in the Parish Hall. If any parishioners is able to help with a dessert for this meal could they please fill in the sheet in the foyer. All welcome
St. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
We invite you to get together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday 15th March 7.30-10.30 pm. Irish music with an Irish band BYO Food and Drink, to share for supper. Tickets are $10 Ring Greg 59180189. Venue St Patrick’s hall Tables of 8 or come along as a family, or join another table If you would like tickets please see Ron after 6 pm mass or Greg after 9 & 10.30 masses.
Many parishioners have expressed a desire to see more girls and boys offering their services as altar servers in the parish. On Thursday 7th March there will be a training session for new servers at the church from 4:30-5: 30 pm. Children who have completed their First Communion, or will be making their First Communion this year, and would like to serve at Mass, are most welcome to attend. Please add your name to the list in the foyer or email/call parish office if your child is interested to attend.
DISCUSSION GROUPS IN LENT:
Ash Wednesday is on March 6th this year, so beginning the season of Lent. We have a Lenten program called “Trust”, for group discussions/ reflections during Lent. Parishioners are invited to join with a small group of friends and or neighbours and or parishioners, in any convenient venue, home, the parish center, the coffee shop etc, to take part in this worthwhile way of preparing for Easter. Groups of 4 or 5 or 6 are advised. If you are interested to participate in a Lenten reflection group please contact the parish office or staff so the resources can be provided. Groups would likely start meeting the week of Ash Wednesday, or the following one. Groups so far include:
Saturdays 5.15pm in the library. Contact Tresa Andrews, 0421 931 888.
Saturdays 9:30 am Men’s group in the library. Contact Herbie O’Flynn.
Wednesday 10:00 am in the parish centre. Contact Siji Dominic
Conversational English classes at Catholic Care will be held every Friday during the school term from 10 am to 12 pm at 1 Rogers Street, Pakenham. Retired teachers and experienced volunteers are running the course. No fee. Enquiries to 1800 522 076.
Enrolments for playgroup are now open. So if you are looking for a welcoming, supportive and child-friendly environment where your little ones can play and socialize, come and see if playgroup is for you. We have sessions running Monday – Thursday, from 9.30-11.30 am. For more info: Christine 0438364881
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.
ST. PATRICK’S LUNCHEON GROUP:
Our next lunch will be on 6th March at 12.30. We are meeting at Cardinia Park Hotel, 200 Beaconsfield-Emerald Road, Beaconsfield. Hope to see you there. Everyone welcome please contact Kathy 0418679616 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE:
The declaration signed by Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar, during the Holy Father’s trip to the United Arab Emirates “is a clarion call for robust dialogue that leads to peace,” said the Catholic Chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue and the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
“In our increasingly hostile world in which violence too often predominates between Christians and Muslims – violence that has led to tragic consequences for the most vulnerable humans – we welcome with great joy this historic joint statement on human fraternity,” said Cardinal Blasé Cupich of Chicago and Bishop Joseph C Bambera of Scranton, Pennsylvania.Pope Francis and Sheik el-Tayeb, a leading religious authority for many Sunni Muslims around the world, signed A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together on 4 February in Abu Dhabi. “We, who believe in God and in the final meeting with him and his judgment, on the basis of our religious and moral responsibility, and through this document, call upon ourselves, upon the leaders of the world as well as the architects of international policy and world economy, to work strenuously to spread the culture of tolerance and of living together in peace,” the document stated.
They also urged religious and political leaders to “bring an end to wars, conflicts, environmental decay and the moral and cultural decline that the world is presently experiencing”.
But the centrepiece of the declaration was a call on Christians and Muslims to recognise and respect one another and work together for the good of humanity.
Commenting on the document (dated 8 February), Cardinal Cupich and Bishop Bambera urged “all people of goodwill, especially leaders of nations and religious groups”, to read and study the declaration “in the hope that it might serve as a resource to overcome division through a renewed commitment to dialogue and the establishment of goodwill”.
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY AND PILGRIMAGE:
Bishop Patrick has announced a Diocesan Assembly to be held on 13-14 September at Marist-Sion College Warragul. During the Plenary Council 2020 Listening and Dialogue process, several common topics have emerged. It has become evident that many of the suggestions which have been made can be initiated and implemented at a local Diocesan level. The Diocesan Assembly, while part of the overall Plenary journey, is of vital importance as it will provide us with the opportunity to together discern and discuss what it is that we can do here and now for our local Church in the Diocese of Sale.
In the months leading up to the Assembly, the Diocesan community is being invited to embark on a period of prayer and preparation with a Diocesan Pilgrimage of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (the patroness of our Diocese) and the Diocesan Plenary 2020 Candle. Each parish will host the Icon and Candle for one week with the opportunity to receive and bless the Icon at weekend Masses and have it displayed for prayer during the week.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS:
For the weeks of Lent, the parish gathers on Friday nights at 7:30 pm in the church to pray the Stations of the Cross. It would be handy to have a leader designated for each week. Please contact the parish staff
TO THE PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST……….
(especially to those who spend the time of Mass in the foyer where seeing and hearing what’s going on is almost impossible, especially for the little kids)
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the Mass and the actions of the Priest, the choir, the readers etc.
Sing the hymns, pray, and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behaviour by copying you.
If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.”
Remember that the way we welcome children in the church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
To the Members of Our Church…
The presence of young children is a gift to the church and they are a reminder that our congregation is growing.
Please welcome the children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
St.James Anglican Church is host to “World Day of Prayer” – Friday 1st March at 1.30pm The theme is “Come – everything is ready’ (Luke 14:15-24) All are welcome.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
T & N Andrews M Burhop T Reimert
M Dineen H & R Francis J White
U Tiberi M Welliwatte C Faamausili
A Stowers I Merrigan
J Parsons T Ridgeway S Dominic
L George V Ukkru
A Penton P Maxfield G Prestt
B Barker N Boloski
D & J Estrada R Lappin B Kollaris
FINANCE MATTERS: 6th Sunday Ordinary Time
Last week PG $2034.55 Loose $788.85 House $752.10
This week PG $1804.00 Loose $835.80 House $731.50
“But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without expecting anything back.” (Luke 6:35)
Easier said than done, right? But, if we are to imitate Christ, most of us need to practice mercy and compassion more frequently. Start with the little daily annoyances that we experience, the unkind word or hateful glance we receive. Instead of plotting revenge on that person, try saying
a quick prayer for that person. Mercy and compassion will put us on the path to holiness.
24/2 6pm J Ruys 9am B Hind 10.30 I Merrigan
3/3 6pm M Vandiemen 9am A J Estrada 10.30am H O’Flynn
1/3 M Welliwatte & R Dias
8/3 C McCowan & M Burhop
24/2 Seneta 3/3 Rose Dias
24/2 F DeBona & A Jayawardena
3/3 Volunteers, please