Message from Fr. Janeesh Jose

Dear Parishioners

There is an old saying that says “May you always live in Challenging Times”.  It is either seen as a blessing or a curse.  A blessing for all the opportunities it opens or a curse because of all the difficulties presented.  We are certainly living in challenging times.  What does the future hold for us and for our families?  Opportunities or difficulties, depending on our view of life.  Certainty, challenging times forces us to focus on preserving the important things in our lives.

However, as Easter People, we have a great advantage.  We have a loving God who will walk with us every step of our journey.

During this difficult time let God’s might uphold us, His wisdom guide us and His word speak to us.  Perhaps this time of silence will help us to hear God’s words more clearly.

As per the current regulations, we have closed our church and parish office till further notice. For emergency and sick calls please contact Presbytery: 5941 3874
Sunday Mass will continue to be live-streamed through this website. Please continue to visit our website for regular updates.

May our loving God, who is always with us on our journey, hold you safe in the palm of his loving hands.

Fr Janeesh Jose
Parish Priest

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 16th February 2020

We remember those who have died recently including John Seet, Huub van Schijndel  and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Elino Allis, Mary O’Brien, Ernie Rossetti, Patricia Lloyd  

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

BAPTISMS:

This weekend we welcome Bruce O’Donohue and Levi

 Edgecombe and their parents, Matthew & Natasha and Adam &

 Sandrine Next Baptism Preparation is March 1st, at   2:45 pm in

 the parish library.

Come and experience the Grace of God:

*Br. Johnson Sequeira,* Catholic lay preacher from India, and founder of the JCILM Ministry (Jesus Christ is Lord Ministry   (www.jcilm.info) will be leading a Healing Retreat in the month of  FEB/ MAR 2020. Br.Johnson is blessed with a gift of preaching and teaching God’s Word in a very simple, effective way for all to fall in love with God’s Word and become doers of the Word. Br.Johnson preaches around the world and many lives have been touched, changed and transformed. Please come and attend and be blessed.Date:Friday 28th Feb (8:15pm to 10:00 pm after the  Stations of the Cross). Also 2 full day weekend retreats @SFX School Hall, *Berwick* -Mass included both days.

Date: *Saturday 29th Feb* (10:30 am to 6:00 pm) and Sunday 1st March  (10:30 am to 6 pm) For further details, please pick up a copy of the Flyer left at the foyer.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:

This year’s World Day of Prayer will be held at The uniting Church, 47 James St, Pakenham, on Friday 6th March, at 1:30 pm. The focus will be Pray for Zimbabwe. One of the great things about us coming together this way is the possibility to have people from many of the local churches participate. If you are willing to represent our parish in saying the prayers of the faithful, please contact the parish office.

DISCUSSION GROUPS IN LENT:

Ash Wednesday is on Feb 26th this year, so beginning the season of Lent. We have a Lenten program called “Grace”, for group discussions/ reflections after stations of the cross every week during Lent. Parishioners are invited to join with a small group, in any convenient venue, home, the parish center, the coffee shop etc, to take part in this worthwhile way of preparing for Easter. Groups of 4 or 5 or 6 are advised. 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 of Ash Wednesday, or the following one.

FROM THE SAFEGUARDING OFFICER:

Bishop Patrick O’Regan has engaged the services of CatholicCare to conduct a series of training sessions across the Diocese on “Building a Child Safe Environment “.   Our first session was conducted on the evening of 17th July and about 50 parishioners attended.  The final session is scheduled for Saturday 21st March at 10 am to 12.30pm in the Church. It is expected that all parishioners with Working With Children Checks volunteering in St Patrick’s Parish who did not attend the first session will attend.  We need to know who will be attending so we do require that you register your acceptance by completing the attendance list in the Church foyer.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: Invest in your most precious asset……Your Marriage!

Married couples, come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing!

The weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome.

Next weekend is on   17–19 April 2020 in Melbourne

Other weekends on 17-19 July and 13-15 November 2020

Starts 7pm on Friday. Ends 5pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided.

Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or

Email: vicbookings@wwme.org.au  Website: wwme.org.au

JOSEPH’S TRAFALGAR CELEBRATE 90 YEARS OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION:

On Sunday 22nd March 2020 Beginning with Thanksgiving Mass In St John’s Church at 10:00 am

ROSARY GROUP:

Rosary will be recited after each weekday mass including Communion Services at 10:00 am We are praying for the parish of St Patricks, Fr Janeesh as our leader and our church in Australia. Everyone welcome to join us.

LENTEN MISSION:

Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ will be conducting a Lenten Mission at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Narre Warren. Fr. Richard is a Jesuit priest, who is a well-known international speaker and has lectured on faith and culture all over the world. He is also a renowned author of some famous books such as; Where the hell is God? Why bother praying? What are we doing on earth for Christ’s sake? This Mission will focus on the issues that confront us as Christians in the contemporary world and offer practical direction about how we can live our lives of faith more deeply. The mission begins on Monday 30th of March to Wednesday 1st of April 2020.

The sessions are from 10am to 11.15 am and REPEATED at 7.30 pm to 8.45 pm. The sessions are based on the following themes-

30th March- “Going out to the world: we need all the help we can get”

31st March – “Nine steps to making better choices for my life”

1st April – “Where the Hell is God? Holding to Faith through the tough times.” For more information please read the flyer on the notice board.

This is a free event and all are welcome.

THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR:

will resume after the school holidays on 22nd Feb. Any children, teen or youth interested can join the group. The choir will sing for 6 pm Holy Mass, every fourth Saturday of the month excluding school holidays. The choir dates for your diary – 22nd Feb, 28th Mar, 25th Apr, 23rd May, 25th July, 22nd Aug, 24th Oct, 28th Nov. The choir practice will be there from 5.15 pm onwards on the mentioned dates, before Holy Mass, inside the Church. There will be a meeting for Children’s Choir group parents and children on 22nd Feb after 6 pm Holy Mass in the parish library. All the new members welcome! We are looking for Teens or Youths who can play musical instruments to help out the children’s choir. Please contact Raja or Sumy (email parish office) if you are interested to join or if you have any questions.

COMMUNION MINISTERS AND SACRISTIANS TRAINING: 

Our parish is always in need of more parishioners to serve as Communion ministers, Sacristans and ministers of communion to the sick. You will notice how often the task falls to the same people, never an ideal thing. On Sunday, Feb 23rd at 3:00 pm or  Thursday 27th Feb at 7:30 pm, in the church, a workshop will be held for all new and existing ministers of Communion and Sacristans, to take up this important role of service in our community. Attendance to only one of them is needed. It would be great to have all the different communities who comprise our parish be represented more strongly in these roles. Please put your name down in the signup sheet in the foyer to let us know when you can attend. More information contact Siji at 5941 7315.

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

serves dinner on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month here in the hall.  They have a great team of volunteers but would like to involve more of you.  You can help by, signing up as a volunteer to help with the dinners, providing food, particularly vegetables, cooking a dessert and promoting the service to those who may benefit.

Volunteers from Paddy’s Kitchen will be providing sausages after both masses on Sunday 23rd February and will be available after both Sunday masses to answer any questions you may have.

PADDY’S KITCHEN:

Next meal and companionship is tonight February 16th    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 or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company.  If you can provide a dessert for this meal please contact Tresa at tresaandrews@gmail.com

The L.A.M.P. :

The next  LAMP event “In His Image and Likeness will be held at Narre Warren on 22nd February from 9am – 3pm. There are three age groups Junior Stream (yr7-9) Senior stream (yr10-12) and YA stream (18+). For more information please check flyer in the foyer or our website under youth.

Click here to register 

PATRICK’S FETE: Friday 13th March from 4-9 pm:

The committee is looking for donations of plants, Books, Trash & Treasure items. Cakes can be left in the parish kitchen fully labelled with ingredients (incl. water) on Thu 12th or Friday 13th. If any parishioner wants to help on stalls (WWC check) please contact the school.

POSITION VACANT: OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS:

is seeking to employ a new Parish Business Manager.  This is a part time position, ideally 15 hours to be worked across four days per week.  Reporting to the Parish Priest, the Business Manager is responsible for the sound financial and commercial management of the Parish resources.  The role will apply professional skills and knowledge of several fields including accounting, human resources, building and maintenance administration.  As a person of faith, committed to gospel values you will fully support the Parish Priest to enable and help the parish fulfil its mission and purpose.  Please contact the OLHC parish office for a position description and statement of key requirements.  Applications close Wednesday 19th February 2020.

PATRICK’S PRAYER GROUP:

Next Prayer Group will be on Friday 21st February at 7.15 pm, beginning with rosary then praise and worship followed by supper. All welcome.

ATTENTION: PARISH SINGERS AND MUSICIANS WANTED FOR THE RITE OF ELECTION! 

To register your interest and receive the music pack, please contact Sophy Morley on pastoral@sale.catholic.org.au as soon as possible

PATRICK’S PLAYGROUP:

For more info and details on starting other days please contact Bianca 0404810917.

CHURCH CLEANING:  

21/2 A & R Jayawardena   28/2  R & M Hau 

Please Note:   NO FLOWERS DURING LENT

FINANCE MATTERS

 Last week   PG   $ 1796.90     Loose    $830.40     House  $810.20

 This week   PG   $ 1316.50     Loose    $770.45     House  $736.60

 COUNTERS ROSTER:    

16/2  C Patmore D Cervasio C Mayer

 23/2  J Ruys K Reimert  I Merrigan   

 01/3  H & R Francis, M Hobbin

THANK YOU to the teams already volunteering to be counters. We are             still looking for more counters and if you are interested could you

please contact Mary in the parish office and a training session can be held either nighttime or day depending on interest 59417315

 ROSARY STATUE:

16/2 V & M Mendis   23/2 Manoj Mendis

 CHILDREN’S LITURGY: 16/2   N Boloski,  L Roberts,  C Smith

  23/2 F DeBona & A Jayawardena

  Please Note: we need of an assistant on the first Sunday of the

  month, during the 9am mass. Please contact Parish Office

     

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6.00pm

T Andrews

N Andrews

G Wright K Symons H Pereira

T Ridgewy J Ruys

9qm`

C Fernando

P Fernando

C McCowan D Rowlands B Barker

P Maxfield G Prestt

10.30am

J Arul

A Arul

A Parma M Pauguy P Setu
P SweeFan M Fanchette

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OFTHE EUCHARIST

6.00pm

A Rajesh

A Ross

L Patton J Rodda A Tanner

W & B Vail

9am

A Minnus

B Wiegerink

R & A Jayawardena J Schalks

J White M Dineen

10.30am

Volunteers

Please

U Tiberi A Vanday M Welliwatte

C Faamausili A Stowers

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 or finding it hard to make ends meet, or maybe just in need of some company.  Team Leader is Mick O’ Brien

26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, 29th SEPTEMBER, 2019

We remember those who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Vincenza Santos, Garry Twyford

We pray for those who are sick including, Claude Allas Leonardo Santilli, John Brian Ramsdale,  David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker  Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon  and Lyn Hardidge

BAPTISMS:

 This weekend we welcome Jiraiya Ieremia and his parents Christine and Jeremy “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 2:45 pm in the library.

R.C.I.C. BAPTISMS:

 We welcome Tanaya & Jasper Vella, Lincoln McDougall, Reid & Henry Killeen, Harrison Cook who were baptised last weekend and we thank Anna Raos & Marlene Scanlon who so beautifully prepared  and taught the children along their journey. 

Fr. Bruce Duncan C.Ss.R

We welcome Fr. Bruce Duncan C.Ss.R to our parish who will be broadening our understanding on our role in Social Justice. He has a doctorate in political science. He has taught at Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill in Melbourne since 1986, where he co-ordinates the program of social justice studies. He was a member of the Melbourne Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace from 1994 to 2007, and worked from 1999 to 2007 as a consultant with Catholic Social Services Victoria. He is also one of the founders of Social Policy Connections.

Happy 7th Birthday SHANAGOLDEN

CHILDRENS ROSARY GROUP:

There was a lovely rosary led by our little parishioners and their parents in front of the statue of our Lady last Saturday. They meet every 3rd Saturday of the month at 5:15 pm before mass. You are most welcome to join them.

OCTOBER DEVOTION:

October is traditionally referred to as the month of Our Lady of Rosary with Oct 7th being her feast day. Starting next Tuesday 1st Oct we will be having the rosary each evening at 7:00pm in the welcome room. If anyone is willing to lead an evening, we have a signup sheet in the foyer.

PLENARY COUNCIL 2020:

For the training session that took place at  St Michael’s in Berwick, Our parish was represented by Alfreda Vandayh, Denise Cervasio, Katrina Venn, Tresa Andrews, Rochelle Pereria, Ben Wiegerink, Damian Joseph Macatol, Sandie Downey and Siji Dominic.

There will be more training available in conducting the listening and discernment sessions for anyone interested to help out in our parish.

REGIONAL TRAINING SESSIONS

Monday 7th October 5.30-7.30 pm St Mary’s Bairnsdale

Tuesday 8 October 10.30 am-12.30 pm St Mary’s Pastoral Centre Bairnsdale

Tuesday 8 October 7.30 – 9.30 pm MacKillop Hall, St Michael’s Parish Traralgon

Tuesday 15 October 7.30 pm-9.30 pm Marian Room, St Joseph’s Parish, Warragul

Wednesday 16 October 7.00-9.00 pm St Joseph’s Primary School Hall, Wonthaggi

PARISH COUNCIL:

The next meeting of the council will be on Tuesday the 1st Oct at 7:30 pm in the parish library. All parishioners are welcome to raise matters of interest to put before the PPC.

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY FOLLOWUP:

A small group of people met on Wednesday night the 25th who had attended the diocesan assembly and together with their ideas have come up with some ways of things that can be implemented into our parish. This will be presented to the parish council. Updates to follow.

ST PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL PAKENHAM:

Required as soon as possible: Community Liaison Officer (to assist the Sudanese Community)2 – 3 days per week. Please apply to : principal@stppakenham.catholic.edu.au giving details of abilities and experience

SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION:

Children attending noncatholic schools need to contact the parish office, Sessions to begin on the 9th of Oct.

Social Justice Sunday:

will be celebrated throughout the Church in Australia this Sunday. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Earlier this month, Australia’s Catholic bishops launched a major social justice statement on digital communications, calling on all levels of society to overcome the hatred, division and exploitation that occurs online. The bishops say government, business and the broader community need to be more proactive in defending the dignity of people and all must work together to make the digital world a place of genuine human encounter.

This year’s Social Justice Statement, Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world, invites people to reflect on how the internet has changed the way they communicate, work, learn and do business – and how to contribute to a more just digital world.

Writing in the statement’s foreword, Bishop Terry Brady, the Bishop Delegate for Social Justice, said that while the digital world enabled people to be more connected than ever before, it could sadly also be a place of manipulation, exploitation and violence.

“We can choose how we behave online, and we can collectively shape the online world, building a more just and loving online neighbourhood,” Bishop Brady said.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that digital platforms require wise governance and that international cooperation is required to achieve this. The common good requires intervention rather than leaving digital platforms to govern themselves.”

The Social Justice Statement notes that Pope Francis has often spoken of the great potential for “genuine human encounter” online, but he has also warned of elements of the digital world that are harmful: information overload, social isolation, marginalisation of the vulnerable, consumerism and fake news.

“Far too often, the digital world has become a place of hatred. Digital technologies, especially social media, provide a perfect platform for a range of behaviours that are offensive to human dignity,” Bishop Brady said.

“This is our digital common home, and the principles we find in Catholic Social Teaching and the words of Pope Francis can help guide us to a more just digital space.”

Details: www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au

 

R C I A:

Parish warmly invites anyone interested in discovering more about the Catholic faith to attend our meetings on Wednesday evenings at  7.30pm beginning 9th October 2019.

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 tresaandrews@gmail.com/Visit Ascension The faith formation leader- at https://ascensionpress.com/pages/bible-studies.

OCTOBER IS THE MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY. AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED

(ACN) is hosting a prayer campaign on 18 October titled: “One Million Children Praying the Rosary.” The prayer initiative invites teachers, priests, parents and grandparents to pray the rosary together with children for peace and unity around the world. If you would like to participate, information and resources can be found online at: www.millionkidspraying.org.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A LISTENING CHURCH

A talk by Fr Noel Connolly  on the 17th October at 7:00 pm at Sacred Heart school hall, Morwell( Crn of Wilson Street and Commercial Road) Entry is Gold Coin Donation.RSVP by 12th October for catering purposes to: mwellcathpar@netspace.net.au.

PATRICK’S FETE:

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.

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

 

Paddy’s Kitchen

Next meal and companionship is Oct 6th  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 Sue  If you would like to make a much appreciated dessert please call or email Suie on 0409202903 or aussiebobcathire@bigpond.com .

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

Where: St Peter’s College, Clyde Nth Campus.  55 MacKillop Way, Clyde Nth

When: Saturday 5th October Registrations open 8.30 am and the 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

MOTHER’S GROUP:

A lovely group of mothers continue to meet every Thursday, sharing their faith, experiences and supporting each other whilst praying together. If you would like this group to pray for your children please drop in a prayer request in the mother’s prayers box in the foyer. If you would like to form a group please contact Siji through the parish office.

 

YOUTH CHOIR:

Interested people  contact Auxilia   0405844557

CHURCH CLEANING:

4/10  T & N Andrews  11/10 K Venn & H Aurisch

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

29/9 No childrens Liturgy   6/10 T Ridgeway & Volunteer

ROSARY STATUE,

29/9 Larni Tan  6/10 Seneta

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

A.Rajesh  A.Ross

T & F O’Gorman,  M.Roche, R. Joseph,  T.Reimert

9:00am

P. Velten  D.Rowlands

M.Dineen , J.Schalks,  J.White,  C. Martin,  G. Thompson 

10.30

A & J Arul

D & J  Estrada ,  C. Faamausili ,  B.Kollaris  J. Mozina

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

C George

J Colvin

S Dominic M Burhop G Wright K Symons

H Pereira

9:00am

P Fernando

C Fernando

M O’Brien H & R Francis C McCowan

N Ward

10.30

R Pereira

M Byers

M Hobbin R Lappin C Mayer I Merrigan

R O’Brien

 

FINANCE MATTERS26th   Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week:  PG  $ 1516.10  Loose  $709.05  House   $784.15

This week:  PG  $1720.00   Loose  $781.45  House   $707.70

“The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried”

Luke 16: 22

 

 

 

 

 

24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, 15th SEPTEMBER, 2019

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

BAPTISMS:

“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 tresaandrews@gmail.com/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.

PATRICK’S FETE:

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.

ENCOUNTER MYANMAR:

Still two places left on an enlightening journey Travelling Nov16-29 Enquire via email palms@palms.org.au or call 029560 5333.

 

PADDY’S KITCHEN

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.

YOUTH CHOIR:

If you are interested in joining please contact Auxilia at 0405844557

CHURCH CLEANING:

20/9 W Wong M Sashanami, 27/9 Menaka Mendiz and family

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

15th N Boloski L Roberts C Smith, 22nd F.DeBona & A,Jayawardena

ROSARY STATUE

15/9 M Welliwatte, 22/9 T.Ridgeway

 

TIME

READERS

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

T Ridgeway

L Patton

L Garvey W & B Vail R Gunting A Tanner

9:00am

G Thompson

H Francis

C McCowan P Carlin D Rowlands

P Maxfield B Barker

10.30

L O’Flynn

J Obsioma

A Parma M Pauguy P Setu W Wong

P SweeFan 

NEXT WEEK

READERS

MINISTERS OF

THE EUCHARIST

6:00pm

G.Bonigala J.Ross

T& N Andrews P Pereira S.Dominic H.Judd

9:00am

M.Scanlon M O’Brien

G.Prestt N Boloski S.Leo R & A Jayawardena

10.30

A.Raos J.Estrada

U.Tiberi, A.Vanday, M.Welliwatte, C.Faamausili, A.Stowers

 

FINANCE MATTERS

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.

 

 

 

Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment – 2018 Part 1

Last week in the bulletin (7 Jan 2018) we included part of a report of a survey offered to young Catholics last year to help prepare an Australian response to the forthcoming Synod of the Church, discussing the above topic. Following is another extract from that response, following on from last week:

THE IMPACT ON YOUNG PEOPLE: Along with the changes in the religious landscape, the Church’s significance as the centre of local community life has declined at the same time as people’s mobility and reliance on electronic forms of communication has increased. Young people are faced with a rising level of secularisation and materialism in the Australian society. Social media and main-stream media influences often conflict with the teachings of the faith. In addition, the Church’s teachings seem increasingly irrelevant to contemporary forms of relationships and do not support an individualistic way of working and living, so that the importance of religion has greatly decreased in many people’s lives. One of the challenges is also the variety of approaches to faith and church practice. On the one hand, there are those who adhere to traditional devotional, liturgical and hierarchical styles. On the other hand, there are those who place more emphasis on being Catholic within the world, in dialogue with others.

Rural dioceses face unique challenges in their ministry to young people. Going to Mass and attending youth groups is not very easy due to the large distances, the absence of regular weekend Mass and a lack of parish resources. The movement of young people to larger towns and cities sometimes creates a changed relationship with the Church and community. The Church can sometimes be seen as part of their childhood and not part of their daily life as they move to a new location and commence as adults. Individuals often return to their home parish for special moments such as a child’s baptism or a funeral but, due to the separation from the faith community of their childhood, they cease to engage in Church and have an ongoing faith life.

There are also challenges in ministering to migrant youth, with differently tailored youth programs needed for those who are born in Australia and new arrivals from overseas. These two groups of young people are distinct in their mentality, needs and also their choice of spoken language. For example, in the Chaldean diocese, some youth still speak only Chaldean and Arabic and struggle with English. This makes it a challenge to have an event that suits everyone. Indigenous Australians also face greater challenges with issues of equality and a lack of educational and work opportunities.

 Additional challenges for young people, as identified by both young people and the wider Church, include the breakdown of family relationships and an increase in domestic violence; the negative effects of social media (including cyberbullying, the need for constant connection and the resulting rewiring of how young people now think) and a lack of self-esteem and concern about what the future may hold for them. Another challenge is the over sexualisation of entertainment, advertising and media. This exposure to explicate concepts normalises the use of pornography, which leads to many different social challenges.

 Finally, the recent Royal Commission inquiry into the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in Australia has had serious repercussions in many communities. The legacy of child sexual abuse in some dioceses has tarnished not only the institution of the Church but also anyone who remains an active member of its community. There is a general loss of trust in society’s institutions and leaders, including the Church. In some places, priests refrain from visiting schools as they used to. There is a perception that the Church has lost the moral high ground.

Sections Two and Three of this report provide further details on the challenges faced by young people and the responses provided by vocational programs, pastoral care workers and youth ministries in Australia.  

Parishioners might be interested to read more of this report on the Australian Catholic Bishops’ website: https://www.catholic.org.au/youthsurvey

 

 

Parish Weekly Bulletin: 2nd Sunday of Advent – 10 December 2017

Parish Weekly Bulletin: 2nd Sunday of Advent – 10 December 2017

We remember those who have died recently including Matt Cunningham and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Mary Hosking, Margaret Downs & Cynthia Scott  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.   


We pray for those who are sick including David Gudgeon, Angel Tan, Calvin Furnell, Richard Pereira, Val Battams Tom Cervasio, Marie Stephen We pray for all who care for the sick and worry about them. May their works of service be richly blessed.  (Names can only be placed on this list by the sick person or a family member)


BAPTISMS 

This weekend we welcome Chan Ngeu, Siluna & Rivina Balasooriya for Baptism. “Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). The next Baptism Preparation session is January 7th, 2018  at  2.45pm                                                                                                       


Click here to view the standard Bulletin (PDF).


ROYAL COMMISSION REPORT DUE THIS WEEK

The future cannot be ‘business as usual’ says Francis Sullivan, director of the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, set up to guide the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse. Sullivan spoke at a plenary session of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference meeting in Sydney last week.

He writes that it was “little surprise that the main topic was the forthcoming release of the Royal Commission’s final report. Rumour has it that the report will be many volumes long and some will exclusively deal with the Catholic Church. Again, no surprises there.

Our Council was charged to operate for the ‘life of the Royal Commission’. That time is rapidly running out. As part of our advisory role we will provide the church leadership with our own take on what these last five years have revealed and what the implications for the Church are contained within the Commission’s findings and recommendations.

Even before the report is released the bishops and religious leaders must commit to a future that is not characterised by a ‘business as usual’ mentality. They cannot fall prey to those reactionary interests within and without the Church who jump at any shadow and too quickly cast any public criticism of the Church as yet another shot across the bow of religious freedom.

It is all too convenient for those seeking to defend the institution to play out soundly based criticisms in political and sectarian terms. The Church leadership must be strong about this. They cannot yet again seek to bolster the image and reputation of the Church by ‘circling the wagons’ and being selective about what they will or won’t implement of the Commission’s findings.

The damaged credibility of the Church because of the abuse scandal affects all Catholics. Some have remained resolutely loyal and passionately observant. Others have wavered and wondered about what the scandal means and how the Church will ever recover. Others have drifted away, silently, with regret, even sadness. Still others live in hope that this scandal will enliven the Spirit within the Church to engender reforms and transformation akin to the times of the Second Vatican Council.

This is far from an extreme position. Put bluntly, the Church has been revealed for all its hypocrisy and self-interest. It has let down not only those abused within its ranks but it has scandalised the faithful and those who rely on it as a moral compass and prudent guide. It has brought itself to a point where serious discernment and spiritual renewal are essential. Episcopal authority must lead this.

For those invested in the forthcoming 2020 Plenary Council and synodal processes only genuine renewal, even rebirth, can be the goal. Let’s hope that the bishops come out of their Sydney meetings setting a course that will deeply resonate with all of us who still hold out hope that being Church in this post-modern time is not only a relevant option but also enlivening one. 


ST PAT’S MENS BREAKFAST – RECONNECT 

Calling all men in the parish for prayer, reflection, songs, praise, fellowship, and breakfast! Please come and join us and be with men wanting to bring about a difference in their own life, their family, and the lives of the wider community. Cost: $5 pp.  When: 16th December (Saturday) 8 – 10 am, Where: Parish Hall. For more information and RSVP by 14th December, contact Dominic (0425 742 254) or Patrick (0427 682 20


CALLING ALL DADS WITH YOUNG(ISH) FAMILIES 

Following on from the recent Men Alive weekend, a group of dads has started to get together in the Parish Centre on Saturday mornings @ 8am for an hour of prayer,  reflection, praise, and fellowship together. Why not consider joining them as a way to prepare for Advent? Simply turn up on Saturday @ 8am or contact Patrick (0427 682 208) for more information. 


CHANGE OF MASS TIME ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24T

The Sunday morning masses on Christmas Eve, would usually be at both 9:00am and 10:30am. However, with the Christmas Masses this year starting at 6:00pm Sunday evening, the thought was we’d combine the two Sunday morning masses into one, to be celebrated at 9:30am, the same time as Christmas morning mass. The weekend Masses therefore will be: Saturday vigil mass at 6:00pm and Sunday morning Mass at 9:30am.


CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES 

The Masses to celebrate Christmas will be on Christmas Eve at 6:00pm, 8:00pm and Midnight; and on Christmas Day at 9:30am


ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY 

Christmas time is fast approaching, and we are preparing for our Christmas hampers If you would prefer to give a cash donation, there will be envelopes on the table or under the tree and you can place your donation in the poor box on the Sacristy wall.  Thank you for your ongoing Support.


COPIES OF SACRED SPACE 2018 

This book focuses on daily prayers and meditations, developed by the Irish Jesuits. It can now be ordered through the Gift Shop or Parish Office $26.00. Also the Daily Prayer 2018, which focus on scripture for each day of the year, along with a psalm, a reflection and closing prayer .$27.00


STUDY AT YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION IN 2018 

YTU is a  welcoming community for theological education offering undergraduate and postgraduate awards. NEW Students are welcome. Morning classes and/or Evening classes are offered. 98 Albion Road, Box Hill, 3128. Ring Nicole or Katherine to make an appointment 9890 3771. Fee help is available, free parking, Classes start 26th February 2018.  www.ytu.edu.au for more information.


FROM OUR SAFETY OFFICER FOR CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS 

Children need to have a voice when it comes to child safety and this is often overlooked. They need to feel empowered and have a platform to speak out confidently if something is not right or does not feel right. (Australian Catholics May 2017)


ROSTERS 

The New Rosters for the Eucharistic Ministers and Readers are due on the 17th of Dec, If you would like to volunteer for any of the ministries or if there is any change to your existing availability, please send Siji an email @ siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au or to the parish office by the 5th of Dec. Thank you for your time.

Advent season Volunteers: While thanking all our volunteers who contribute in various ways, we are looking for a lot of helpers in various areas for the month of December . If you have the time and or the talent and would be glad to share it, please contact Siji at the parish office or at siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au  

Parish Weekly Bulletin: 1st Sunday of Advent – 3 December 2017

Parish Weekly Bulletin: 1st Sunday of Advent – 3 December 2017

We remember those who have died recently including Barry Rowe and those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Lou Vogels  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.


We pray for those who are sick including David Gudgeon, Angel Tan, Calvin Furnell, Richard Pereira, Val Battams Matt Cunningham, Tom Cervasio, Marie Stephen We pray for all who care for the sick and worry about them. May their works of service be richly blessed.  (Names can only be placed on this list by the sick person or a family member)


BAPTISMS: This weekend we welcome Sienna Pettit, Zharlien Riego, Manavah Nicholas & Louis Vaka for Baptism. “Receive the light of Christ. Parents and Godparents this light is entrusted to you to keep burning brightly” (Rite of Baptism). The next Baptism Preparation session is this afternoon at  2.45pm. 


ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: Christmas time is fast approaching, and we are preparing for our Christmas hampers.  Our tree is now in the foyer, if you can help out with a donation of food or a gift for the children, please take a tag from the tree and return your donation the following week.  We ask that you do not wrap the gifts please.  If you would prefer to give a cash donation, there will be envelopes on the table or under the tree and you can place your donation in the poor box on the Sacristy wall.  Thank you for your ongoing Support.


Click here to view the standard Bulletin (PDF).


“GRANDFATHER” POPE URGES MYANMAR’S YOUNG TO LOVE AND SERVE: Before ending his visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis turned to the nation’s young Catholics, urging them to pursue lives of faith, hope and love. Celebrating Mass in Yangon’s St. Mary’s Cathedral, the pope asked the young to serve their tiny church and their struggling nation with prayer, solidarity and a defense of human rights.

The cathedral was packed full of teenagers and young adults, many of whom were wearing traditional outfits. Despite their numbers, the atmosphere was hushed except for the chirping of birds in the trees outside the open windows. Thousands of young people also filled the gardens surrounding the cathedral, hoping for a close-up encounter with the pope.

In his homily, Pope Francis, whose 81st birthday was less than three weeks away, said he wanted to speak to the young as a grandfather. The Bible, he told them, “asks us to think about our place in God’s plan” and to proclaim God’s love and mercy. “As messengers of this good news, you are ready to bring a word of hope to the church, to your own country, and to the wider world.” he said. “You are ready to bring good news to your suffering brothers and sisters who need your prayers and your solidarity, but also your enthusiasm for human rights, for justice and for the growth of that love and peace which Jesus brings.”

Pope Francis’ grandfatherly advice to them was to find a place away from the noise and distractions of modern life where they could learn to listen to God in prayer. And he encouraged them to rely on the help of the saints, who were men and women who made mistakes but learned to trust in God’s mercy. “You know that Jesus is full of mercy,” the pope told the young people. “So share with him all that you hold in your hearts: your fears and your worries, as well as your dreams and your hopes.

“Cultivate your interior life, as you would tend a garden or a field,” the pope continued. “This takes time; it takes patience. But like a farmer who waits for the crops to grow, if you wait the Lord will make you bear much fruit, a fruit you can then share with others.” Finally, Pope Francis told them, be young and be bold. “Do not be afraid to make a ruckus, to ask questions that make people think,” he said. “And don’t worry if sometimes you feel that you are few and far between. The Gospel always grows from small beginnings. So make yourselves heard.”


CALLING ALL DADS WITH YOUNG(ISH) FAMILIES: Following on from the recent Men Alive weekend, a group of dads has started to get together in the Parish Centre on Saturday mornings @ 8am for an hour of prayer,  reflection, praise, and fellowship together. Why not consider joining them as a way to prepare for Advent? Simply turn up on Saturday @ 8am or contact Patrick (0427 682 208) for more information. 


CHANGE OF MASS TIME ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH: The Sunday morning masses on Christmas Eve, would usually be at both 9:00am and 10:30am. However, with the Christmas Masses this year starting at 6:00pm Sunday evening, the thought was we’d combine the two Sunday morning masses into one, to be celebrated at 9:30am, the same time as Christmas morning mass. The weekend Masses therefore will be: Saturday vigil mass at 6:00pm and Sunday morning Mass at 9:30am.


CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: The Masses to celebrate Christmas will be on Christmas Eve at 6:00pm, 8:00pm and Midnight; and on Christmas Day at 9:30am.


THE CRIB?: At the liturgy committee meeting, on Thursday night, people were wondering if any parishioner knows the whereabouts of the parish’s nativity scene from some years ago, including kings and shepherds etc. Any ideas anyone?


COPIES OF SACRED SPACE 2018: This book focuses on daily prayers and meditations, developed by the Irish Jesuits. It can now be ordered through the Gift Shop or Parish Office $26.00. Also the Daily Prayer 2018, which focus on scripture for each day of the year, along with a psalm, a reflection and closing prayer .$27.00


STUDY AT YARRA THEOLOGICAL UNION IN 2018: YTU is a  welcoming community for theological education offering undergraduate and postgraduate awards. NEW Students are welcome. Morning classes and/or Evening classes are offered. 98 Albion Road, Box Hill, 3128. Ring Nicole or Katherine to make an appointment 9890 3771. Fee help is available, free parking, Classes start 26th February 2018.  www.ytu.edu.au for more information.


FROM OUR SAFETY OFFICER FOR CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS: Children need to have a voice when it comes to child safety and this is often overlooked. They need to feel empowered and have a platform to speak out confidently if something is not right or does not feel right. (Australian Catholics May 2017)


ROSTERS: The new rosters for the Eucharistic Ministers and Readers are due on the 17th of Dec, If you would like to volunteer for any of the ministries or if there is any change to your existing availability, please send Siji an email @ siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au or to the parish office by the 5th of Dec. Thank you for your time.

Advent season Volunteers: While thanking all our volunteers who contribute in various ways, we are looking for a lot of helpers in various areas for the month of December . If you have the time and or the talent and would be glad to share it, please contact Siji at the parish office or at siji@stpatrickspakenham.com.au  


CHURCH CLEANING THIS WEEK:  T & N  Andrews

Please pick up your new cleaning roster from the table in the foyer.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY: This week   : D Golja J Schalks J White  

Next Week:  D & G Velten


ROSARY STATUE:  3/12 Siji Dominic  10/12 M Welliwatte


ROSARY BEADS: If anyone has found a pair of rosary beads with the name Resuggan on them could they please hand them in to Father, any member of parish staff or  leave them with Mary at the Parish office.  


ST CLARE’S FAMILY NIGHT: Due to the inclement weather on Friday this night has now been rescheduled to December 18th.

Raffles will be drawn on this night.


ADVENT WREATH CEREMONY:

Sung:

Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus

You are the Way the Truth and Life

Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus

You are the Way the Truth and Life

Reader:

Today as we light the first of the candles,

we think again of God’s endless love for us,

symbolized in this circle of greenery.

The candles of the wreath

signify how God’s love

has been manifested in time,

and will be manifest forever.

Sung:

Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus

You are the Way the Truth and Life

Come, Lord Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus

You are the Way the Truth and Life


CHRISTMAS CHOIR PRACTICE FOR MIDNIGHT MASS:  Practice times are Dec 7th Dec 13th and Dec 19th at 7:30 pm .Those who would like to join  are most welcome as we prepare for Christmas. What a joyful activity the Christmas Choir  is. Please consider joining in.


YOUTH CHRISTMAS MASS CHOIR PRACTICE: All Children 10 years and above are encouraged to come for the choir practice on  Friday 8th Dec and 15th Dec at 7:30 pm.

CHANGE OF MASS TIME ON SUNDAY, 24th Dec 2017

The Sunday morning masses on Christmas Eve, would usually be at both 9:00am and 10:30am. However, with the Christmas Masses this year starting at 6:00pm Sunday evening, the thought was we’d combine the two Sunday morning masses into one, to be celebrated at 9:30am, the same time as Christmas morning mass.

The weekend Masses therefore will be:

23 Dec – Saturday vigil mass at 6:00pm

24 Dec – Sunday morning Mass at 9:30am.

Mass for All Souls

About 40 parishioners from St Pat’s, and local parishes, joined together for Mass at the rotunda of the Pakenham cemetery on a lovely November evening, last Wednesday.

After Mass people visited the graves of loved ones and old friends buried there. They prayed a blessing as well as sprinkling some holy water. All agreed it was a worthwhile and joyful celebration.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.