We remember those who have died recently including Anna Lazarus, Robert Allen and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Tony Raos
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 , Crispen Masvosva
This weekend we welcome Caleb Baker & Tomislav Crcic and their parents Rania and Steven and Leticia and Daniel. “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 2.45 pm
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.
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 5.30pm 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.
DISCUSSION GROUPS IN LENT:
Ash Wednesday begins 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. 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 after Ash Wednesday… 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 center. 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 socialise, 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 PARISH YOUTH:
We are forming a youth group for Saturday evening mass starting from 9th March and will be practicing from 4 pm to 6 pm and singing for Mass from 6 pm to 7 pm. If you are a singer or play an instrument and you would like to join us please contact Leonie, Maria or Auxillia on 0405844557.
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.
DON’T LET THE SEASON OF GRACE PASS IN VAIN: POPE FRANCIS:
In Lent, 2019,
Pope Francis is calling on the faithful not to let this season of grace pass in vain.
In this year’s Lenten message, the Pope invites believers to prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed, warning that “Sin leads man to consider himself the god of creation, to see himself as its absolute master and to use it, not for the purpose willed by the Creator but for his own interests”.
The Pope’s Lenten message was released during a press conference at the Holy See Press Office. The theme chosen this year is “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19)
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, and will conclude on Holy Saturday, April 20, the day before Easter. “Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them”.
This is one of the key passages of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2019. Reflecting on a verse from St Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Pope highlights how the season before Easter must be a time to “welcome Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives”, and attract “its transforming power to all of creation”
Appealing to the faithful to not allow this season of grace to pass in vain, Pope Francis says that if, “the Lent of the Son of God ‘was an entry into the desert of creation to make it become again that garden of communion with God” that it was before the original sin, Christians today are invited “to embody the paschal mystery more deeply and concretely in their personal, family and social lives, above all by fasting, prayer and almsgiving.”
Fasting, the Pope says, means turning away from the temptation to “devour” everything to satisfy our voracity; Prayer teaches us to abandon idolatry and the self-sufficiency of our ego; Almsgiving, whereby we escape from the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusory belief that we can secure a future that does not belong to us.
CONCERNING CARDINAL PELL:
A statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, on Feb 26th, 2019:
The news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on historical child sexual abuse charges has shocked many across Australia and around the world, including the Catholic Bishops of Australia.
The Bishops agree that everyone should be equal under the law, and we respect the Australian legal system. The same legal system that delivered the verdict will consider the appeal that the Cardinal’s legal team has lodged. Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served. In the meantime, we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones, and we commit ourselves anew to doing everything possible to ensure that the Church is a safe place for all, especially the young and the vulnerable.
A session for prospective altar servers, or a refresher course for current ones, will be held on Thursday (7/3) 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. Altar serving requires the support of the family to make sure the server is in good time for Mass. Please add your name to the list in the foyer or email/call parish office if your child is interested to attend. Or simply turn up!
MASS FOR THE BEREAVED ZIMBABWEAN FAMILIES:
Next Sunday (10/3) Fr Kenneth Macharaga, a Zimbabwean priest stationed in Kew, will be at St Pat’s to celebrate Mass for the Katanha and Masvosva families of our parish, who recently lost their parent(s) in Zimbabwe. Mass will be celebrated at 2 pm and everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be offered in the hall after Mass.
CATHOLIC COLLEGE SALE PAST STUDENTS GET TOGETHER.
There will be a get together for past students from Catholic College Sale Saturday 16th March 12.30pm Commercial Hotel Yarragon. If you like to book or for further information, could you please contact John Daniels by email email@example.com no later than Sat 9th March.
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.
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.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL:
The next Parish Pastoral Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 5th March at 7:30 pm in the library. Items from parishioners for discussion can be left in writing or email at the parish office.
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
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
G Wright H Perera J Ruys K Symons
R & A Jayawardena G Thompson
J Schalks M O’Brien
M Hobbin R Lappin C Myer R O’Brien
FINANCE MATTERS: 8th Sunday Ordinary Time
Last week PG $1804.00 Loose $835.80 House $731.50
This week PG $2332.00 Loose $706.15 House $790.35
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.
3/3 6pm M Vandiemen 9am A J Estrada 10.30am H O’Flynn
10/3 6pm M Burhop 9am A Jayawardena 10.30 J Pauguy
8/3 C McCowan & M Burhop
15/3 G Dias And M Wiwczaruk
3/3 Rose Dias
3/3 Volunteers, please
10/3 D Velten and K Symons