We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Barry McMahon
We pray for those who are sick including Brian John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon, George Hilder, 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 April 7th at 2.45pm.
CHILDREN’S FRIENDSHIP GROUP:
The Children’s Friendship Group meets at 5 pm in the parish library. A new initiative of the Children’s Friendship Group will be a children’s choir. Please register your interest at the Parish office
PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:
The next serving will be Sunday 7th April 2109, commencing at 5.30pm with dinner served at 6 pm in the Parish Hall. If any parishioner is able to help with a dessert for this meal could they please fill in the sheet in the foyer. All welcome.
Peter is thrilled to now have clean water on tap at his boarding school. Long walks to unsafe water sources were tiring for Peter, who is living with a disability. With more free time and fewer illnesses caused by dirty water, Peter can fulfil his hope of focusing on his studies, providing him with brighter future Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help young people with disabilities gain access to clean water in the Solomon Islands., providing hope for a brighter future.
Lives change when we all give 100%! You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL:
Local members of Saint Vincent de Paul have been working with the fire affected families in the Tonimbuk area, offering support and assistance. 215 families have been affected with 29 having lost their homes. StVdeP would like to be able to purchase vouchers that we can personally hand out to these people. We are asking for donations to be able to do this and you can be sure, that every dollar will be going to these families.
A member of St Patrick’s conference will speak at the masses next weekend. A leaving collection will be taken up after each mass. Alternatively ,if you would like a receipt, you may put your donation in the SVdP box in the foyer of the church at any time. We anticipate we will be assisting in the area for a number of months. Chris Russo [president].
KSC FUNDRAISING DINNER 28/3/19:
Unfortunately, due to lack of response, the Knights of the Southern Cross Fundraising Dinner on 28th March 2019 has been postponed until later in the year. The group are looking for suggestions for this event later in the year (e.g. lunch or dinner on a weekend?) and would welcome your input. All suggestions are welcome. Please send thoughts to Jim Johnson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER AT ST. AGATHA’S:
Jeff Cavins will present “The Activated Disciple: Taking your Faith to the Next Level” at St. Agatha’s Church, 129 Sladen Street Cranbourne on Sunday 28th April 2019 at 7.00pm. Jeff is the creator of ‘The Great Adventure Bible Timeline’ study system. In this talk Jeff describes the difference between an enthusiastic admirer (fan) and a disciplined follower of Jesus; knowing His voice, imitating Him and becoming attuned to His mission and will give believers a clearer picture of what God desires for them. All Welcome! Cost: Donation
SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2019:
First Holy Communion will be on the week ends of 25th May, 1st and 8th of June. Confirmation: 16th and 17th of August and First Reconciliation will be the 30th October. Check out our website for more information.
PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE CHRISTCHURCH MASSACRE.:
At 3 pm on Sunday 24th March 2019
- To pray for those families who are grieving,
- To pray for a peaceful community in shock,
- To send a message of support from one religious community to another,
- To highlight the dangers of allowing religious intolerance to go unchallenged in our community.
A LENTEN REFLECTION ON FASTING:
I am called to fast from being strong and always trying to hold it all together, and instead embrace the profound grace that comes through my vulnerability and tenderness, to allow a great softening this season.
I am called to fast from anxiety and the endless torrent of thoughts that rise up in my mind to paralyse me with fear of the future, and enter into radical trust in the abundance at the heart of things, rather than the scarcity.
I am called to fast from speed and rushing through my life, causing me to miss the grace shimmering right here in this holy place.
I am called to fast from multitasking and the destructive energy of inattentiveness to any one thing, so that I get many things done, but none of them particularly well, and none of them nourishing to me. Instead, my practice will become a beholding of each thing, each person, each moment.
I am called to refrain from endless list making and too many deadlines and enter into the quiet and listen for what is ripening and unfolding, what is ready to be born.
I am called to fast from certainty, and trust in the great mystery of things.
And then perhaps, I will arrive at Easter and realise those things from which I have fasted I no longer need to take back on again. I will experience a different kind of rising.
ADD SOME FERTILISER TO YOUR LIFE THIS LENT:
I have a good priest friend who never gives up on people. He worked for some time in Melbourne’s inner city and even let homeless gang members live with him while they put their lives back together. Those kids had lived tough lives and had done some bad things, but my friend was always able to see their potential and, regardless of the mistakes they had made, worked hard to help them develop it.
That’s the point of Jesus’ fig-tree parable. God is the patient gardener, advising the landowner against cutting down the tree. God promises to fertilise it. Give it time – it just needs a little help.
It’s nice to know that’s how God deals with us. Too often I give up on people. I think they can’t change. Or, I look at how hard it is for me to change sinful habits and I want to give up on myself. During those times Penance and Reconciliation can be good for me. The sacrament reminds me about God’s patience with me and God’s willingness to “fertilise” me so that I grow. God fertilises us through prayer, Mass, service, and friends with similar values. Penance and Reconciliation also remind me to show God’s mercy to others.
Finally, it often reminds me that I can fertilise the lives of others by listening and caring about them without judgment, as well as by challenging their behaviour lovingly when they are on the wrong track.
Lent is a good time to add some fertiliser to your life. And celebrating Penance and Reconciliation can be a great gardening technique. Anon
How could an honest conversation about life with a respected adult help a young person grow?
NEXT LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING:
Tuesday, March 26th, 7.30pm. All with an interest in the liturgy of the parish are invited
PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK:
Choir practices for Holy Week and Easter will be held in the church 7.30pm to 9 pm on Thursdays March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, and April 11th. Existing and new members are very welcome.
CONCERNING MODERN DAY SLAVERY:
We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today, as there was before, or perhaps more – said Pope Francis last month.
Can’t find slavery-free Easter eggs in your supermarket? Ten years ago there was almost no slavery-free chocolate in our supermarkets in Australia. Now, because of public pressure and consumer demands, most supermarkets will sell some. Thank you for contributing to the demand for slavery-free chocolate, but we have a long way to go.
Good news: There is now slavery-free chocolate available in so many places. It tastes delicious and is no more expensive than other chocolate. Try ALDI, Haighs, OXFAM and leading supermarkets. The Catholic Archdiocese Melbourne is also converting to slavery-free tea and coffee. Get on board!
Action: When you go to your local supermarket, look for chocolate that has one of these three symbols. If you can’t find any, ask the manager if they stock any.
New rosters are available in the church foyer Please take your copy.
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
H Judd M Burhop M Wiwczaruk
V Ukkru T Reimert
M Dineen H & R Francis J White
U Tiberi M Weliwatte C Faamausili
A Stowers J Mozina
P Pereira L Garvey M Vandiemen
F & T O’Gorman
A Penton P Maxfield G Prestt B Barker
D & J Estrada C Faamausili
B Kollaris J Mozina
24/3 6pm J Ruys 9am B Hinds 10.30 I Merrigan
31/3 6pm M VanDiemen 9am A J Estrada 10.30 P Bare
NO FLOWERS DURING LENT
29/3 R & M Hau
24/3 F DeBona & A Jayawardena
31/3 D Velten R Kollaris
24/3 Velten Family 31/3 J & T Jimenez
FINANCE MATTERS: 3rdSunday of Lent
Last week: : PG $1828.70 Loose $893.95 House: $731.30
This week PG: $2117.00 Loose $826.65 House $699.55
“He said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none.’” (Luke 13:7)
We can all be like the barren fig tree at times. Do you cling to what you have or do you generously share with others? How will you respond when God asks you what you have done with all the gifts He has given you? Remember, not only are we called to be generous, we are called to develop and nurture our gifts and return with increase.