We remember those who have died recently and those anniversaries occur about this timeWe pray for those who are sick including Pam Silke, Brian John Ramsdale, David Lively, Clyde Dias, Michael Bakker Philomena Molloy, Elizabeth Ware, David Gudgeon and Lyn Hardidge
This weekend we welcome Max Nicholson and his parents Vanessa and Steven “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, July 7th at 2.45pm in the Parish library.
FROM BISHOP PAT:
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ in the Diocese of Sale.
Beginning this weekend I will be present with all the Australian Bishops who are gathering in prayer just South of Rome for a Retreat in preparation for both the Ad Limina visit the following week and the Plenary Council in 2020, 2021. It is a recognition that if we want both events to be more than simply a ‘talk fest’ then they need to be grounded in prayer. I make a simple plea during the next two weeks:
Please pray for the Australian Bishops; for me as your Bishop and for our grace-filled Diocese of Sale.
The Ad Limina Apostolorum is a visit each Bishop has to make every five years to Rome. The nature of the Ad Limina is that it is a pilgrimage to the tombs of St Peter and Paul and a meeting with Pope Francis. Grouped around this is visits to many of the Congregations (Dicasteries or Departments) located in the Vatican as well as visits to the major Basilicas of Rome and other activities. The 2019 timetable is very full.
So dear brothers and sisters, first, please be assured of my constant prayer for you, our Diocese and Parishes and all organisations in the Diocese. One place I will certainly be visiting is the Church of Saint Alphonsus (Via Merulana) where the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located. Mary the Mother of God, under this title, is the is the patron of our Diocese. Second may I invite you to pray for me and our Diocese in these days especially from 12th June until 1st July.
With deep gratitude to God for all his grace and mercy and recognising that God is Good, Yours in Christ+Pat O’Regan Bishop of Sale
UPDATE ON FR BERNARD :
Father Bernard Thanks everyone for the ongoing prayers, as they are a great source of strength. His surgery went well. He is being monitored continuously for progress.
PARISH INTERNATIONAL FOOD DAY:
Thanks to all who contributed so generously to the International Food Day. It was a great presentation of the many gifts and talents, the great richness, of all the nationalities, groups and teams, who make up our parish. Thanks to all who worked so hard. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Pentecost.
FIRST COMMUNION DAY:
Congratulations and many blessings on all the children and their families who are celebrating their very first communion this weekend. We all pray that in receiving the Body of Christ you will grow into a full member of the Body of Christ in the world.
FROM THE SAFETY 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 “. It is expected that all parishioners with Working With Children Checks volunteering in St Patrick’s Parish will attend. Our session is from 7 pm to 9.30pm Wednesday 17th July. 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.
THE COUPLES FOR CHRIST (OCEANIA MISSION):
A private international association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right invites you to a Christian Life Program on June 30, 2019, 1-5pm, St. Michael Parish Centre, 119 High St., Berwick VIC 3806. For more information please contact Oniel & Queenie Oras at . 0477 208 482.
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.
“ALONG THE TRACK”
“Christianity is not an intellectual system, a collection of dogmas, or a moralism. Christianity is instead an encounter, a love story, an event.” Or so said Benedict XVI. As Pope, he returned to that theme on a number of occasions. During this present time of consultation for the Plenary Council, asking ourselves what sort of an event we are creating would seem to be a good starting point. What kind of a love story do we create in our homes, our churches, our parishes and schools? And is this the event we want?
A church that affirms what is good in our lives and helps us to build on it, a church that helps us to find where God’s grace is at work in our lives, then encourages and supports that is surely one that helps us to encounter Jesus. We are all trying to search for meaning and purpose in our lives. Is our church one that goes looking to help us in that search rather than one that waits for us to return ‘home?’ We are already ‘home’ as we struggle to put bread on the table, to educate our children, to find joy in family life and find meaning and purpose in our own. It is time for mature conversation, for listening, for sensitivity to people’s life situations, for new ways of reaching out to find where the Gospel is at work.
A church community that walks with people, not just those who are regular members but a church that seeks to understand the disillusioned, the cynical, the searchers, the anxious and the hardest of all, the indifferent is a gift to be treasured. So is a church that is not judgemental, one that is welcoming and intent on building community, intent on seeking to understand us and to understand why people may go elsewhere to find a welcoming community and to find meaning and purpose. Will our community be open and willing to listen to the reasons for their disillusionment?
Will those who come to our church find a vibrant, prayerful, community that walks with them regardless of who they are and where their life journey has taken them? Will they find an outward looking community that plays an active role in its community and raises its voice on behalf of those who have none?
Will those who come to our church find a church reaching out to them to join a movement for justice and change rather one that wants to recreate the past or preserve the status quo? Will they find a church that challenges them to connect with one another and to work for justice and fairness for all people. In the words of Ecclesia in Oceania, the Vatican document written for the Church in Oceania: A Christian community is never meant to be just a comfortable place for its members. The Synod Fathers wanted to encourage the local communities to look beyond their own immediate concerns and reach out to others. The parish as a community cannot insulate itself from the realities of the world around it. The Christian community must be attentive to issues of social justice and spiritual hunger in society. Ecclesia in Oceania #13
If Christianity is to speak to this spiritual hunger, if it is to be of service to the world we live in, this love story Pope Benedict speaks of must be real – something that people can see, hear and experience. This message of love, forgiveness and mercy are at the core of the Catholic faith.
And the last word from Pope Francis:
“We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities when so many people are waiting for the Gospel, It’s not enough simply to open the door in welcome, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people.” Jim Quillinan CEO, Sale
“ ANNUAL APPEAL FOR WARM CLOTHING FOR THE HOMELESS:
It’s that time of the year again and am sure the chilling cold in our bones is enough reminder… So once again the JCILM (Jesus Christ Is Lord Ministry) is making it annual winter appeal for new or well-loved warm blankets, sleeping bags, beanies, warm scarves, gloves, and warm socks. Closing date for collection is 16th June 2019 but the sooner you are able to please leave your donations in the box marked WINTER APPEAL in the church foyer, the better. We are beginning our street runs next weekend as the homeless living on Melbourne streets are already doing it hard. Thank you and God bless your generous hearts. Rochelle Pereira 0401017752.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL POOR MAN’S APPEAL:
This year our appeal will be in July on the weekends 7th to the 21st. Your donations of nonperishable food items such as spaghetti, baked beans, long life milk, canned tomatoes, biscuits, noodles, etc. would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the foyer of the church. The appeal will end on 21st July so items can be left up till then.
BRINGING CHILDREN TO OUR MOTHER, ONE HAIL MARY AT A TIME:
We plan to start a Rosary group at St.Patricks Pakenham for kids and youth. This would be once a month event followed by some snacks for the children, it is optional for parents to bring in a plate. Based on the interest we shall confirm the date and time of when this will begin. If interested, please reach out to Grace on 0406101280.
Dinners are held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month. If you wish to join our volunteer list or prepare a dessert please contact the particular leader. Next Session: 16th June contact Tresa Andrews at St Patrick’s Primary School and 7th July contact Sue Hilder on 0409 202 903 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you in advance.
Josephite Associates Regional Day will be held on Saturday 29th June in St Patrick’s library commencing at 10.00 a.m. All welcome B.Y.O. Lunch. Morning tea will be provided.
Last week: PG $1473.00 Loose $704.95 House $906.55
This week: PG $1857.00 Loose $965.65 House $618.20
June 16th 2019 – Feast of the Holy Trinity: “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” – Romans 8:16-17
If we are heirs to the kingdom of God, shouldn’t we work to build up His kingdom? Shouldn’t we be good stewards of our inheritance, using our time in prayer, our talent in charitable works and our treasure to care for the Church that God has left to us? Our Church is a treasured heirloom from God. Do we treat it that way?
16/6 6pm M Burhop 9am A Jayawardena 10.30am J Pauguy 23/6 6pm K Symons 9am G Prestt 10.30am L O’Flynn
21/6 R & M Hau 28/6 W.Wong M Sashanami
16/6 N Boloski L Roberts C Smith
23/6 F DeBona & A Jayawardena
16/6 S & D Gupta 23/86 Mendis Fernandez family
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
G Wright, H Pereria, K Symons,
R & M Wilfred
R & A Jayawardena, G Thompson,
P Velten, M O’Brien
D & J Estrada R Lappin B Kollaris
P Pereira, L Garvey M Vandiemen
T & F O’Gorman
C McCowan, C Martin, N Ward
G Thompsdon, S Leo
M Hobbin, R Lappin, C Mayer,
I Merrigan, R O’Brien