4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT 22nd DEC 2019

We remember those who have died recently including Brian Hogan, Roy Luiz, Ray Nestor  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time  including Ron Resuggan   

We pray for those who are sick including, John Seet, Max Byers, John Ramsdale,  David Lively, Milan Sunil, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge.


Next Baptism Prep is  January 5th, 2020  at    2:45 pm


Deacon Stanly Devasia will be ordained to the priesthood on January 4th, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church, Mampoli, Kerala, India for the Diocese of Sale, by Archbishop George Njaralakatt of the Archdiocese of Tellicherry. Bishop Pat and several priests from our Diocese and the Melbourne church will be joining in the celebration. We are all asked to keep Fr-to-be Stanly in our prayers. His appointment will be to the Cranbourne parish when he returns to the Diocese in February.

Clergy  Appointments:    

Bishop Pat has made the following appointments of clergy in the Diocese, from January 15th:     

 Fr Janeesh Puthenpurackal CMI from PP of Yarram and Foster parishes to Pakenham parish as Parish Priest.   

Fr Antony Rebelo IVD from Assistant Priest at Cranbourne to Parish Priest of Yarram and Foster.                                                                         

Fr Jayakody Francis to be Assistant Priest at Cranbourne Parish.                           

 Fr Bernard Buckley will continue on Sick Leave.                                                                                                        

From February  25th:                                        

Fr Stanly Devasia to be Assistant Priest at Cranbourne parish                               

Fr Jayakody Francis to be Assistant Priest in the East Gippsland Mission, at Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost parishes.


PLENARY COUNCIL UPDATE: Have you been a part of the Plenary Council process of listening, prayer, dialogue and discernment?  Do you feel called to express your interest in being a delegate from our diocese?  Speak with your Parish Priest, school principal or agency leader today about the details.  Expressions of Interest due by January 25th 2020. 

Calendar Dates for Delegates

Any person who expresses their interest in being called by our diocese to be a delegate to the Plenary Council must be available for the following dates:

  1. Preparation and formation days for Delegates: Choose ONE of the following four dates:
    • Melbourne: Thursday 5.00 pm June 18th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm June 20th 2020
    • Brisbane: Thursday 5.00 pm June 25th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm June 27th 2020
    • Sydney: Thursday 5.00 pm July 16th 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm July 18th 2020
    • Perth: Thursday 5.00 pm July 23rd 2020 – Saturday 12.00 pm July 25th 2020
  2. Plenary Council General Assembly 1: Sunday 2.00 pm October 4th 2020 – Sunday 12.00 pm October 11th 2020
  3. Plenary Council General Assembly 2: Monday 12.00 pm June 28th 2021 – Saturday 12.00 pm July 3rd 2020

Anyone who cannot be available for all of these dates, unfortunately, is ineligible to be called.


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.



Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, every year has its mixture of good and bad. Every year has its various successes and failures. Each year has its number of unexpected and unnerving events, as well as its deep joys and successes.

2019 is no different. For many, it has been a tough year. Back in February this year our Diocese seemed to be ringed by bushfires in places around Bunyip, Churchill and Dargo. In late November, it seemed as if the whole country was on fire. Some of our people are facing a challenging new year.

Things feel a little fragile right now for some: the economy is tight; there is not much of a social security net; jobs are under major threat in the Latrobe Valley and in our timber country; some of our young people are uncertain about their future.

While we know that uncertainty and the unforeseen are to be expected in our lives, it leaves us a little unsettled.

And then into this uncertainty once again, as it does each year, comes Advent and Christmas. A reminder that the kind of God we have is a God who first comes to us; a God who is not only God for us, but God with us; a God who reminds us that we are not alone.

At Christmas the One who is our light comes into our lives. The prophet Isaiah tells us that the ‘people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. On those who dwell in the valley of death a light has shone.” This is our story as well.

Our joy at Christmas is not simply the celebration of another birthday. It celebrates that we have someone who is our Light; One who can show us the path of life; One whose light accompanies us especially in the darkness.

If Christ is that for us then Christmas also challenges us to become that Light in our world.

At Christmas we see in the child born in Bethlehem a God who comes in search of us; a God who is our true Light, a God who teaches us that we are not alone. It shows us that we have someone upon whom we can lean.

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, may Christmas 2019 be a time of great peace, trust and forgiveness, for you and your families and friends. May we rediscover Jesus Christ our true light, a light that is always there. God is good, good indeed.

Bishop Patrick O’Regan

Bishop of Sale



31st Dec: 7:00 pm Mass

1st Jan: 10:00 am

PADDY’S KITCHEN: Next meal and companionship is January 5th, 2020     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.  Team Leader is Mick O Brien

CHILDRENS LITURGY: A BIG thank you to all our children’s liturgy helpers for 2019. You all do a wonderful job! We will take a break over  January and resume in February. We are always looking for more support; if anyone would like to assist our leaders on a monthly roster please let one of us know. It would be wonderful if there was enough support to commence children’s liturgy at the 6 pm and 10:30 am masses. Every blessing Donna Velten 


SACRAMENT DATES FOR 2020: has now been updated on our website. Please visit  http://stpatrickspakenham.com.au/sacraments-2/ for more information.


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 and phone number down on the signup sheet in the foyer.


ST JOSEPH’S TECHNICAL SCHOOL, SOUTH MELBOURNE (closed 1988): A Reunion of Students, teachers & staff, will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2020 from noon to 4 pm at the old school site, which is now home to Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School. Entry is from Banks Street. BBQ lunch and light refreshments provided. A gold coin donation to help cover costs would be appreciated. Memorabilia will be on display. Enquiries to Tony 9580 7344. Regards Tony Allday 2020 Reunion Committee.



  27/12  Andrews Family


  CHILDREN’S LITURGY: Returns February 2020


     ROSARY STATUE: 22/12 M Hau   29/12 G & N Forrest






T Andrews

N Andrews

H Pereira T Ridgeway V Ukkru

L Patton  J Rodda


B. Wiegerink

D Rowlands

M Dineen J Schalks J White

R & A Jayawardena


A Arul

J Arul

D & J Estrada C Faamausili

B Kollaris  J Mozina






A Rajesh

A Ross

L Garvey W & B Vailk R Ginting

A Tanner


P Fernando

C Fernando

C Martin G Thompson M O’Brien

H & R Francis


R Pereira

M Byers

M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer

I Merrigan R O’Brien


Last week   PG  $1416.75   Loose   $838.20   House  $647.50

This week     PG   $1485.00     Loose    $692.80     House   $608.45