We remember those who have died recently including Amelita Coroza Alcantara Lopezand and those anniversaries occur about this time including Marcos Limosnero, Arlene Pereira
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 Brandon Murphy, Sienna Fisher and Aiden Nisham and their parents, Lee and Cheryl, Adrian and Tara, Nisham and Varsha .“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 this Sunday May 5th at 2.45pm.
Congratulations, prayers, and blessings to Christine Setu and Michael Buckler, of Pakenham, who are to be married at St Pat’s this weekend.
Christine and Michael, may the Lord hear you on this your joyful day. May he send you help from heaven and protect you. May he grant you your hearts’ desire and fulfill every one of your prayers. (Rite of Marriage).
DEFIBRILLATOR – INFORMATION SESSION:
A training session has been booked for this Sunday, May 5th at 10:00 am between the 9:00 am and 10:30 am Masses. The 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.
TRINITY FAMILIES APPEAL:
Trinity Families is the Sale Diocese’s charitable fund which does magnificent work providing support for programs which aid families in need of welfare services. Over the past 15 years, it has provided a marvelous $1.5 million to assist other charities to run programs for families in need in our region.
Programs funded include family counselling services, parenting programs, suicide prevention, respite care, drug and alcohol programs, and emergency accommodation. Trinity Families could do much more if it had more financial resources and that is why we need your support for the annual appeal in our parishes.
The theme this year is “Be the reason someone smiles today.” Your generosity in supporting this annual appeal will be greatly appreciated. Envelopes are available which can be used for donations. Cheque and credit card donations can be posted back to the diocese but we ask that cash donations are placed in the envelope and returned in one of the Sunday collections. Tax-deductible receipts will be provided if you give your email or postal address.
The Trinity Families website www.trinityfamilies.org.au has details if you wish to donate by direct debit. Again, please consider giving generously to this annual appeal and hopefully we see smiles on the faces of many more struggling families within our diocese.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
WOOLWORTHS STICKERS FOR SCHOOLS:
There is a box on the table in the foyer for anyone who would like to give their stickers to our parish schools. Thank you in advance they will provide sports and educational equipment needed.
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.
PASTORAL LETTER CALLS FOR AN ‘ECONOMY OF INCLUSION’:
Australia’s Catholic bishops have released an annual pastoral letter calling for renewed efforts to create an economy of inclusion for all workers. For more than 20 years, the Church in Australia has marked the Feast of St Joseph the Worker on May 1 with a pastoral letter that places Catholic Social Teaching in dialogue with current work issues in Australia.
In this year’s letter, Bishop Terry Brady, Bishop Delegate for Social Justice, said: “Opinions may differ on what will best serve the common good, but let us remember that the common good is not served when vulnerable or disadvantaged people and groups are left out. “As we approach the federal election, let us revisit the invitation of the 2014 pastoral letter: ‘Think of the older worker made redundant by technology and becoming long-term unemployed; a son or daughter completing their training but frustrated in the search for a job; a single mother trying to make ends meet on the Newstart Allowance; a household with work but still below the poverty line’.”
This year’s letter looks at a number of key principles related to the Church’s teaching on work, including: A just wage; The value of unpaid work; The social wage; Unemployment; An economy of inclusion; and Knowing our tradition. Bishop Brady said “these pastoral letters place Catholic Social Teaching in dialogue with current work issues in Australia, making a uniquely Australian contribution to the Church’s teachings on work”.
The letters “come from and belong to the whole Church” and were “initiated and created by laity and bishops together,” he said. “The pastoral letters for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker might not be well known, but they are a useful resource for reflection and action on contemporary work issues.” Regarding the issue of a just wage, Bishop Brady said that this was a key indicator of the justice of our society.
“Right now, the Australian bishops, with help from our Employment Relations Reference Group, are arguing at the Fair Work Commission for the national minimum wage to be set at a level that would allow people to live with dignity,” he said.
DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY AND PILGRIMAGE:
Bishop Patrick has announced a Diocesan Assembly to be held on 13-14 September at Marist-Sion College Warragul. During the Plenary Council 2020 Listening and Dialogue process, several common topics have emerged. It has become evident that many of the suggestions which have been made can be initiated and implemented at a local Diocesan level. The Diocesan Assembly, while part of the overall Plenary journey, is of vital importance as it will provide us with the opportunity to together discern and discuss what it is that we can do here and now for our local Church in the Diocese of Sale.
In the months leading up to the Assembly, the Diocesan community is being invited to embark on a period of prayer and preparation with a Diocesan Pilgrimage of the Icon of our Lady of Perpetual Help (the patroness of our Diocese) and the Diocesan Plenary 2020 Candle. Each parish will host the Icon and Candle for one week with the opportunity to receive and bless the Icon at weekend Masses and have it displayed for prayer during the week.
SACRAMENTAL DATES FOR 2019:
Please see our website for information.
ST PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP
returned on Monday 29th April, with sessions running Monday – Thursday. If you’re interested, come along and see…. For further information contact Christine on 0438364881.
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
ST CLARE’S EARLY LEARNING CENTRE:
We would like to invite you to our Open Day Saturday 18th May, 10am till 12pm. Please note we are accepting 3 year old and 4 year old kinder enrolments now for 2020. Please feel free to contact the centre on 59406777 for more information
If anyone still has their Project Compassion boxes or donations at home could they please return them to the parish office during the week or at masses next weekend so we can send them off to Caritas for distribution. Many thanks for all your kind donations.
Conversational English classes at Catholic Care will be held every Friday during the school term from 10am to 12pm at 1 Rogers Street, Pakenham. Retired teachers and experienced volunteers are running the course. No fee. For enquiries please contact 1800 522 076.
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME:
There are many people in our parishes who are unable to attend Mass because of illness, or on some occasions because of a lack of priests. Network 10 offers a weekly Mass service that many people have found helpful in nourishing their spiritual life if they can’t join with the parish community. Let your local nursing homes or housebound friends know about this service. Here is the link: www.tenplay.com.au/ channel-ten/mass-for-you-at-home.
05/5: 6pm J Ruys 9am B Hind 10.30 P Bare
12/5 6pm M Vandiemen 9am AJ Estrada 10.30 H O’Flynn
10/5 P Pereira & C George 17/5 P Bare and C Faamausili
5/5 T Ridgeway and Volunteer Please 12/5 D Velten & K Symons
5/5 G & N Forrest 12/5 N Norico
Last week: PG $2147.00 Loose $1963.80 House $1030.00
This week: PG $1434.00 Loose $ 807.00 House $ 678.35
MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST
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
J Rodd G Wright H Pereira K Symons
M Dineen H & R Francis J White S Leo
U Tiberi A Vanday M Welliwatte
A Stowers C Faamausili