We remember those who have died recently including Sr Lauraine Brice NDS and those anniversaries occur about this time. including Moya, Brian and Peter Schlitz, Charles Lockwood, Gerry Quinn, John Cervasio.
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 and Lyn Hardidge
This weekend we welcome Mariah Guingan, Claire Vaka, Zachary Fodore-Mottram and Orlnden Smith and their parents, Denis and Janine, Ethan & Melissa, Adrian and Terryn, Mathew and Samantha.“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 May 5th at 2.45pm.
EASTER – WITH THANKS!!:
It seemed like a cast of thousands joined in to make the Easter ceremonies so worthwhile. Thanks to all who lent their gifts and talents: young people and ‘not so young’ people, altar servers and sacristans, the music was our usual very high standard, players, cantors, choir; flower arrangers, church decorators; parish staff, lectors and ministers of the Eucharist; the RCIA Team and firefighters; those who generously agreed to have their feet washed; those who led Stations of the Cross. Many thanks from us all. From the many comments, the ceremonies helped people pray their way through the Easter mystery.
PADDY’S KITCHEN INVITATION:
The next Paddy’s Kitchen dinner is on May 5th If you are able to volunteer to help for a few hours please call Herbie on 0419 223 631. If you can help with a dessert for any of our meals please fill in the sheet in the foyer. Thank you in advance
DEFIBRILLATOR – INFORMATION SESSION:
The parish recently purchased a defibrillator to have handy near the church/ sacristy when such a machine is needed. A training session has been booked for Next Sunday, May 5th at 10:00 am, between the 9:00 am and 10:30 am Masses that day. It would be great if quite a few people could make themselves available for that session which will last about 30 minutes. Especially welcome would be anyone with medical or nursing experience, or who works in a large workplace. It will be handy to have a good number of people who might know how to use the machine when needed, often in a hurry.
THOMAS IS LOOKING FOR YOU – AN EASTER REFLECTION:
Someone once asked Gandhi, the great Hindu peacemaker, why he had rejected Christianity. Gandhi said he never rejected Jesus. He just couldn’t find many Christians that actually lived like Jesus taught. What would Gandhi say if he visited your church, family, youth group, or school?
This week’s Gospel points out an important reality about Jesus’ Resurrection. People often need some proof to really believe in it. Thomas was like you and me. He found the disciples’ story hard to believe until Jesus appeared and showed him his wounds. Looking back on my life, I realise I became convinced about Jesus’ victory over death because of Catholic heroes. I’ve come to believe because, like Thomas, I’ve seen Jesus’ wounds in people like Oscar Romero, a Central-American bishop who was martyred because he protested oppression. Romero was canonised by Pope Francis and joined the Communion of Saints in 2018. I see Jesus’ wounds in every person who sacrifices time, sweat, or blood to ease suffering or stand for good.
This Easter season ask yourself whether a doubting Thomas could see the resurrected Jesus in your daily life. Could someone come to believe in Christ by watching how you treat family, friends, and classmates? Would someone praise God because of how you sacrifice for the poor? Would someone believe the Gospel’s message because of how you take risks to do the right thing? If Gandhi or Oscar Romero followed you this week, what would they say? Anon
SECRET WOMEN’S BUSINESS:
Are you, looking for some excitement, adventure???? Do you have a sense of fun and humor? Then……………………………………………………………….See next week’s bulletin for more information.
POPE FRANCIS ON THE OUR FATHER:
The inherent beauty and depth of the Lord’s Prayer is something that has been reverently celebrated by Christians, especially Catholics, since the Lord first gave us his example of prayer some 2000 years ago, Pope Francis has explained, in the first of his series of catechesis on The Our Father. “The Gospels have given us a very vivid portrait of Jesus as a man of prayer,” Pope Francis said in the introductory catechetical instruction. “Despite the importance of His mission, and the demands placed on Him by the people, Jesus often felt the need “to withdraw into solitude and pray.” This was evident from the very beginning of His mission, after the initial success of his ministry in Galilee.
“In some places in the Scriptures,” Pope Francis continued, “it seems that it is Jesus’ prayer above all, His intimacy with the Father, that governs everything.” This is particularly evident during the agony in the garden, before the Crucifixion. “Our Father’ is one prayer that demonstrates a belief that God’s will desires the good of the world,” Pope Francis said. “The Lord’s Prayer ignites in us the same love of Jesus for the will of the Father, a flame that drives us to transform the world with love.” Before expanding on the seven petitions of the Our Father, Pope Francis highlighted the first and most important lesson imparted by the Lord – the fact that when faced with his earthly mission, because of its urgency and importance, Jesus himself was a man of constant and consistent prayer.
“Despite the demands on him by the many people around him, Jesus would still take the time to pray. Like it says in the first chapter of Mark: Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” “Here is the essential point,” he said, “Jesus prayed. Jesus prayed intensely in public moments, sharing the liturgy of his people, but he also sought collected places, separate from the spin of the world, places that allowed him to descend into the secret of his soul.”
Pope Francis highlighted the fact that the way Jesus prayed “also contained a mystery, something that certainly did not escape the eyes of his disciples, as we find in the Gospels that simple and immediate supplication: ‘Lord, teach us to pray’.” Expanding on the theme, Pope Francis urged everyone to follow the example of the disciples in their hunger for seeking the right words to communicate with God.
“He came precisely to introduce us into this relationship [with] the Father.” he said. “Therefore, beginning this cycle of catechesis on the prayer of Jesus, the most beautiful and fair thing that we all have to do is to repeat the invocation of the disciples – Teacher, teach us to pray!’
The Holy Father drew attention to the Lord’s defence of the effectiveness of prayer in the Gospel of Luke, where he says, “Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.”
“With these words Jesus makes us understand that God always answers, that no prayer will remain unheard,” Pope Francis said, before explaining that our lack of understanding of His ways meant that we can often feel discouraged when our prayers don’t seem to be answered immediately or in the manner that we expect. “We can be sure that God will answer,” he said. “The only uncertainty is due to the time, but we do not doubt that He will answer. Maybe we will have to insist for a lifetime, but He will answer.” “Jesus says: ‘Will God not do justice to his elect, who cry day and night to him?’ Yes, he will do justice, he will listen to us,” Pope Francis stated. “What a day of glory and resurrection will it be! Praying is now the victory over loneliness and despair.”
ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP
will return Monday 29th April, with sessions running Monday – Thursday. If you’re interested, come along and see… For further information contact Christine on 0438364881.
PATRICK’S LUNCHEON CLUB:
Our May lunch is on May 1st at Central Hotel, 1 Old Princes Highway, Beaconsfield at 12 noon. Come along and enjoy lunch with some good company Please call Kathy 0418679616 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SACRAMENTAL DATES FOR 2019:
Please see our website for information.
TO OUR SRI LANKAN PARISHIONERS:
The prayers and condolences of us all are with you following the terrible violence done to your country, to the Christian community and many others in your homeland on Easter Sunday. At present, it may be too hard to work out if any good will come of this, but none of us can let those who have died, do so in vain. Each of us has to consider how we can make the world, the country, our community, our homes, more loving and safe places to be in.
On Monday evening, 29/4, at 7:00pm, Fr Hilarion Fernando, formerly of Berwick parish, will be in our parish to say Mass at St Pat’s. All members of the Sri Lankan community are invited to gather and pray for those who have died, and for a more peace filled future. After Mass a supper will be held in the hall. Please pass the word to others who might be affected by this terrible event. Everyone welcome
CARDINIA CHRISTIAN LEADER’S FORUM:
The leaders of the various Christian churches in Pakenham have been regularly meeting once a month for many years. A Facebook page named Cardinia Christian Leaders Forum has now been created to update interested readers on the different events taking place in each of these churches, and what they are doing together. Parishioners are invited to like this page.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL:
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 email@example.com
ST CLARE’S EARLY LEARNING CENTRE:
Open Day Saturday 18th May, 10am till 12pm.
3 year old and 4 year old kinder enrolments now open for 2020
28/4 6pm M Burhop 9am G Prestt 10.30 J Pauguy
05/5 6pm J Ruys 9am B Hind 10.30 P Bare
3/5 Lindsy and Jean Claude Pauguy 10/5 P Pereira & C George
28/4 F DeBona and A Jayawardena
5/5 T Ridgeway and Volunteer Please
ROSARY STATUE: 28/4 Hau Family 5/5 G & N Forrest
The new rosters are available now Please pick up your named copy from the table in the foyer
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
T & N Andrews M Burhop M Wiwczaruk
C McCowan C Martin N Ward P Velten
M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer R O’Brien
J Parsons T Ridgeway S Dominic
V Ukkru J Ruys
P Maxfield G Prestt B Barker N Boloski
A Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong
P Swee Fan