We remember those who have died recently including Anna Boon and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Consorcia Coroza Mercado
We pray for those who are sick including, Brian Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, 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 Sunday, Oct. 6th 2.45pm in the library.
RUBEN CENTRE APPEAL:
This weekend September 14/15th
Students from St Francis Xavier College will speak at all masses about the work we as parishioners are helping support at this centre. There will be a leaving collection at all masses and we ask for your generous support to this cause.
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS FOR 2019:
The Evangelisation team is planning to organise Bible study groups for 2019. The following are recommendations from the previous sessions:-
Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom, which includes 20, 50-minute video presentations.
Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother, an extraordinary 8-week study that reveals Mary’s unique role in God’s Kingdom and in our lives.
Galatians: Set Free to Live, which includes eight, 50-minute video presentations.
Sign-in sheets are in the foyer, please write in your preferences. For more information call Tresa Andrews 0421931888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org/Visit Ascension The faith formation leader- at https://ascensionpress.com/pages/bible-studies
THINK PINK CRAFT DAY:
Help us fight Breast Cancer. $25 for the day includes morning tea, lunch, lucky door prizes and “make and take” from paper crafters. Bring some extra money for raffles and your craft supplies and expect to have a great day. Saturday 21st September in St Patrick’s Parish Hall. More info contact Marie 59401196.
WORLD RELIGIONS: A FORCE FOR WAR OR GLOBAL PEACE?
By Dr John D’Arcy May: Religiously fuelled violence is afflicting many countries, just as important democracies are threatened by rising nationalist movements and populism. How can world religions work together to oppose the misuse of religion to justify violence? In his new book, Pluralism & Peace: The Religions in Global Civil Society, he explores how the great traditions of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, along with the various religious traditions in the Pacific Islands, can forge societies of mutual respect and tolerance to advance the wellbeing of everyone. Born in Melbourne, Dr May has a distinguished academic career, which includes teaching at the Catholic Ecumenical Institute at the University of Münster, and undertaking the role of Ecumenical Research Officer with the Melanesian Council of Churches in PNG. He became Director of the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin, later becoming Associate Professor of Interfaith Dialogue. Come listen to him at Yarra Theological Union Study Centre on 17th September from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 34 Bedford St, Box Hill, Free Public Seminar, Free Parking, donations welcome
ALIGHT FAMILY FIESTA:
At a time when living Christian family life can feel like swimming against the tide, Alight is an event that will strengthen everyone – especially parents – to be renewed in their mission. Fr Leo Patalinghug, a priest and chef, will serve up a creative presentation of faith and food that will have the whole family wanting more. Rides, food and live music will help to make this a joyful celebration for the whole family! To register or for more info, look for the Alight flyers in your parish or visit www.cam.org.au/alight19
A RETREAT FOR WOMEN:
Coming up on the 26th of October in our parish with Maria Forde – Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks. If you could help in organizing, please contact the parish office.
to be held in March 2020 is asking for people to start potting up plants and if there are spare pots at home to drop them into Room D9 and leave on the verandah in preparation for the Garden Stall at the fete next year.
POPE’S APPEAL TO PRAY, REFLECT, AND ACT TO SAFEGUARD CREATION:
Summarised from Vatican news by By Lydia O’Kane
Pope Francis invites the faithful to pray, reflect and act to protect an endangered environment in a message released to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Taking inspiration from the Book of Genesis, Pope Francis describes God’s gaze as “resting lovingly on his creation”. But he goes on to say that, “tragically, the human response to this gift has been marked by sin, selfishness and a greedy desire to possess and exploit.” “Egoism and self-interest”, he says, “have turned creation, a place of encounter and sharing, into an arena of competition and conflict. In this way, the environment itself is endangered”.
In his message the Pontiff points to constant pollution, the continued use of fossil fuels, intensive agricultural exploitation and deforestation, which he says, “are causing global temperatures to rise above safe levels.” The Pope also notes the increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather phenomena and the desertification of the soil, which, he adds, “are causing immense hardship for the most vulnerable among us.” Pope Francis continues by saying that “melting of glaciers, scarcity of water, neglect of water basins and the considerable presence of plastic and microplastics in the oceans are equally troubling, and testify to the urgent need for interventions that can no longer be postponed.”
In the message, the Pope urges the faithful to undertake prophetic actions. “Many young people all over the world are making their voices heard and calling for courageous decisions”, he comments.
Pope Francis stresses that, “we owe them real answers, not empty words, actions not illusions.” Concluding his message, the Pope mentions two major events that will take place over the coming months: The United Nations Climate Action Summit and next month’s, Synod on the Amazon region, “Let us take up these opportunities to respond to the cry of the poor and of our earth”, he says.
Summarised from the Vatican News. For the full article go to https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-09/pope-s-appeal-to-pray-reflect-and-act-to-safeguard-creation.html
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED:
On the 18th of October Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is inviting children worldwide to take part in the campaign “One Million Children Praying the Rosary.” For more information and for prayer resources visit, www.millionkidspraying.org.
VOCATIONS DAY- WHERE IS GOD CALLING YOU?
Come and See, where God may be calling you to serve! You may be drawn to ministries available in your parish or a vocation of service as a catechist, missionary, priest or religious. Be inspired by this day of guest speakers, including Fr Michael Willemsen, Fr Robin Koning SJ & Sr Rachel McLoughlin IBVM to be held at St Agatha’s Primary School Hall on Saturday 21st September, beginning with Mass in the Church at 9.30am. Sausage Sizzle and Refreshments will be available by donation and the day will conclude at 4:00pm. For bookings go to https://www.trybooking.com/BECJR or contact 5996 1985
THE PAKENHAM CONFERENCE OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL:
Our conference is struggling for helpers.on our deliveries each day If you are interested in helping could you contact Chris on 0414 432256. Please note children cannot accompany you when on call outs.
Still two places left on an enlightening journey Travelling Nov16-29 Enquire via email email@example.com or call 029560 5333.
Next meal and companionship is Sept 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. Our team leader for this week is Herbie If you would like to make a much appreciated dessert please call Herbie 0419223631
UPDATING PARISH RECORDS:
If you have any change in your details, like phone number or address, pls contact parish office and update them.
LAMP YOUTH FESTIVAL- FAITH GREATER THAN FEAR –
‘Don’t be afraid, Only believe’ Mark 5:36. An exciting event for all youth aged 12-25 years! Come along to a day filled with fun & games, music, drama, inspiring talks and testimonies, reflection and prayer!
Hosted by St Thomas the Apostle Parish, Clyde Nth.
Where: St Peter’s College, Clyde Nth Campus. 55 MacKillop Way, Clyde Nth
When: Saturday 5th October Registrations open 8.30am and day concludes at 4.00pm
Cost: $5 (Lunch and afternoon tea included)
Don’t miss out on this chance to celebrate and have fun with youth from all across the Diocese!
Go to https://thelampwrsale.wixsite.com/home to register
SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION:
is on the 30th October. Children attending non catholic schools need to contact Siji /visit our website. Preparation sessions will begin Oct 2nd 2019.
VINNIE’S PAKENHAM SHOP:
Vinnies Pakenham will be operational on Sundays (10am-4pm). We are looking for volunteers on Sundays aged 16+.Contact @ 59417982 for details.
If you are interested in joining please contact Auxilia at 0405844557
20/9 W Wong M Sashanami, 27/9 Menaka Mendiz and family
15th N Boloski L Roberts C Smith, 22nd F.DeBona & A,Jayawardena
15/9 M Welliwatte, 22/9 T.Ridgeway
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
L Garvey W & B Vail R Gunting A Tanner
C McCowan P Carlin D Rowlands
P Maxfield B Barker
A Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong
T& N Andrews P Pereira S.Dominic H.Judd
M.Scanlon M O’Brien
G.Prestt N Boloski S.Leo R & A Jayawardena
U.Tiberi, A.Vanday, M.Welliwatte, C.Faamausili, A.Stowers
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Last week: PG $1488.70 Loose $795.85 House $705.90
This week: PG $ 1647.00 Loose $660.25 House $740.00
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance”. Luke 15:7
And even as intimate and loving as the Good Shepherd metaphor is, Jesus is clear about our freedom to choose between life in Him and the path which draws us away. None of us is coerced into the flock. We are not God’s victims. We know and hear the voice of the one who loves us most and are drawn to him, and can make a return every time we stray.