We remember those who have died recently including Marie Williamson and those whose anniversaries occur about this time especially Joseph Luka.
We pray for those who are sick including, John Seet, Max Byers, John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker, Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and 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 Prep is January 5th, 2020 at 2:45 pm
FROM FR BERNARD:
Thanks to everyone for many messages of prayers, support, good wishes and Masses offered for my return to good health, since I went on sick leave. It’s six months now since I left the parish and I really miss life there. I am grateful for the great efforts of the parish Team members who have kept the “show on the road’’ in that time. It was very generous of Fr Francis to step in to such a busy role as soon as he arrived in the Diocese.
The news about my health hasn’t been as good as I’d hoped. Since I had surgery in May and radiotherapy in August, several scans show that new problems have developed. As a result, the current treatment I’m on will be boosted by a new “trial’’ drug program at Peter McCallum hospital. This new treatment starts early in January, and in its early days is quite busy.
So, thanks to all of you, for the prayers you offer for me, the inquiries you make about me. I hope they continue. In the meantime, as we approach Christmas, my prayers in return are for a happy and blessed Advent for all in St Pat’s parish, and a very happy Christmas.
CELEBRATION OF MICK’S CONTRIBUTION TO OUR PARISH SCHOOL:
Mr Mick O’Brien will be retiring as the principal of St Pats School after 15 long fruitful and enjoyable years. His contribution to the development of the school is immeasurable; for the first six or more years he headed refurbishment after refurbishment and renovation of the school. He had the major role in the building of St Brigid and St Clare. As a thank you for his commitment towards the development of the school and his ongoing commitment to the parish, St Patrick’s Parish will be acknowledging him with gratitude this Sunday 8th Dec 10:00 am after mass. Mick will continue to be one of our most loved parishioners and his booming voice will continue to be heard at the weekend services. Bring a plate to share.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:
On Monday, Dec 9th we will have an evening with Rosary followed by a special mass at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join.
The new rosters are due in January. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to be included on the regular roster for ministry at Mass, or have any changes to your current availability, please contact the parish office by the 11th of Dec.
CALLING ALL SHEPHERDS AND ANGELS:
The 6:00 pm and the 8:00 pm Christmas masses are looking for little kids to come dressed as shepherds and angels. We are also looking for adult helpers to get the kids organised. If you have any questions please contact the parish office.
PRAYERS AT THE CRIB:
This is a lovely service of Christian Carols and Scripture readings, gathered around the crib on Sunday 22nd Dec at 7:00 pm in the church. All welcome.
Our Piety stall has beautiful prayer placemats at $2 each which make excellent Christmas gifts for primary aged children and will assist parents to pray with their children at mealtimes.
ADVENT IS A PERFECT TIME TO PONDER ST. JOSEPH:
Since the events surrounding Jesus’ birth manifest the crux of our knowledge about St. Joseph in Scripture, the Advent/Christmas cycle is a perfect time to ponder his witness.
Though we do not know many details about him directly from Scripture, much can be inferred about him from what we do know. The litany of St. Joseph is a great place to get to know his characteristics. Among other things, it identifies St. Joseph as “most just.”
The justice on display in a figure like St. Joseph is often missing from today’s world. He offers a witness upon which we should meditate to learn the ways of God, who was fully alive in him.
To live as a man of justice, St. Joseph needed to be a man of faith, hope and charity. Take for instance the situation in which he found himself — betrothed to a young woman pregnant with a child not his own.
The justice of his day would have expected St. Joseph to abandon the young woman. More than that, it would have demanded the young woman be killed. While it’s clear he wrestled about what to do, St. Joseph’s action was definitive. He moved forward with his plans to welcome Mary into his home.
In God’s justice, St. Joseph’s heart was open to the truth. But this required great faith from him. The reality that Mary was expecting God’s own son was something that defied human knowledge and reason. To embrace Mary in this vulnerable state opened up St. Joseph to vulnerability as well.
St. Joseph’s faith informed his hope that God would provide for him because he was doing what was right, what was just. He knew it could cost him greatly, and for all we know it might have. That would only make sense according to the Christian logic of obedience and sacrifice. Consider what ramifications could flow from this small-town carpenter’s acceptance and protection of a woman most believed was an adulterer.
It was primarily a heart full of love that enabled St. Joseph to endure whatever difficulty might come his way.He loved God above all and wanted to accept his role in God’s plan for the salvation of mankind. In love, he laid down his life for his beloved Mary and the divine son she bore.
I often find myself imagining I was in St. Joseph’s shoes. So many situations of life present similar circumstances like he faced. The qualities of his life should be those appropriated by anyone who wants to follow Jesus more closely. When life’s darkest moments hover around us — akin to the dark days of December’s Advent season — we can ask St. Joseph to help us. We can turn to his example for strength to persevere. We should desire and seek to emulate his faith, hope and love. In meditating on the life and witness of St. Joseph we can learn a fundamental truth described by St. Paul: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8: 28).
Michael R. Heinlein is editor of Simply Catholic. Follow him on Twitter @HeinleinMichael
KIMBERLEY CATHOLIC VOLUNTEER SERVICE
URGENTLY WANTED: VOLUNTEER WORKERS
The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church in the Kimberley. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc. Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months. We are currently seeking volunteers for several parishes including Kalumburu and La Grange/Bidyadanga.
For further details on how to be a part of this unique experience, and an application form, please contact:
Mail: PO Box 76, BROOME WA 6725
ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP 2020:
We are looking for a new coordinator for our parish playgroups This position involves promoting playgroup through social media and on the website as well as being a contact person for all enquiries and the group leaders. We are also looking for people who would like to lead one of our sessions please contact parish office or more info.
CHRISTMAS MASS VOLUNTEERS:
If you would like to be a Lector, offertory gift bearer, Eucharistic ministers, welcomer or an altar server for any of the Christmas or New year Masses, please put your name down in the signup sheet in the foyer.
8:00pm Christmas eve Mass is looking for a couple more singers Practice at 10:30 Saturday mornings after Rosary.
Next meal and companionship is December 15th 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. Thank you to all the wonderful parishioners who have provided desserts over the past year for our bi monthly dinners. We are generally serving around 35 guests. Our next dinner is on Sunday 15th December. We are planning a Christmas Dinner and would appreciate any offers of cold desserts e.g. trifle, cheesecake, pavlova etc. The leader is Sue and she can be contacted on 0409 202903 or email@example.com Please contact Sue if you are able to offer a dessert.
St Patrick’s Needs you: We are in need for more volunteers to be Eucharistic ministers especially for the 9:00 am and 10:30 am masses. If you are willing please contact the office
We are looking for volunteers to help set up before mass mainly for the 6:00 pm and the 10:30 am masses. If you can come a few minutes before mass, contact the parish office.
13/12 W Wong M Sashanami 20/12 M Mendis Family
8/12 D Velten & K Symons 15/12 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith
8/12 l Diaz 15/12 R & A Jayawardena
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MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
T & F O’Gorman H Judd M Roche
P Velten P Carlin D Rowlands
A Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong
P Swee Fan
T Reimert S Dominic M Burhop
G Wright K Symons
P Maxfield B Barker G Prestt
U Tiberi A Vanday M Weliwatte