MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2021
“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18). Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love.
PARISHIONERS EXPERIENCED ST PATRICK’S NEW PARISH CENTRE
On Sunday 31st January 2021 parishioners enjoyed morning tea in the new Parish Centre on Bridge Street. Parishioners have watched with interest as the ‘old two-storey school building’ has been transformed into this new multipurpose meeting and function Centre. There was much satisfaction with the refurbished Centre and many suggestions were made for possible uses in the future. There was much comment like “What’s behind that door?”; and “Do we need a credit card to ride the lift?”. Parishioners were very pleased to have a chance to view this wonderful new facility before tenants take up a lease and whilst it is in pristine condition. Fr Anthony Koppman explained that there are still a few cosmetic touches to be made but overall the Centre is a fully functioning, modern complex.
The Centre will shortly be available for bookings from small parties to larger groups. If you have any enquiries please contact the Office on 6765 8211.
We look forward to welcoming many parishioners to their new Parish Centre.
CHRISTMAS MASS PLANNING DURING COVID RESTRICTIONS
St Patrick’s is currently preparing for joyful and inclusive masses during COVID-19 restrictions. Due to COVID-19 restrictions Bookings will be mandatory for all Christmas Masses. This means we need to plan now for the number of extra Masses we will require at St Patricks. Forms are available on this website and sheets are available at the back of the church for you to register your interest to attend one of the nominated Masses and any help you could give. Submitting your preference by this website is preferred. PLEASE ENSURE YOU RECORD YOUR PREFERRED MASS TIME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. **Note 5.30 pm mass is completely booked. 7.30 am Christmas morning has the most number of places still available.
PROJECT COMPASSION 2020
The focus country this year is Cambodia and the Arrupe Centre run by Bishop Enrique Figaredo Alvargonzalez (“Bishop Kike”) which works to support children with a disability, particularly those who have been maimed by landmines . Keeping in mind the requirements of maintaining a covid-safe community I wanted to draw you attention to the following with regard to this year’s appeal:
- There are several “contactless” options available for people to make a donation. They can donate via:
- Catholic Mission’s website: https://www.catholicmission.org.au/our-work/see-our-work-in-action/wmm20-cambodia-appeal
- Text message. Simply text GIVE to 0488 854 436 and follow the prompts.
- Telephone: 1800 257 296
- You can download a copy of the appeal video at: https://www.dropbox.com/transfer/AAAAAE-Q2KtcqL1-5FxQBHJvWPzIoPR-V2gQRlbRyPOAdVuNYQythE0
CARERS’ WEEK 11 TO 17 OCTOBER 2020
St Patrick’s wishes to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of carers to our local community and to society. As Pope Francis instructs us: “This means opening the doors and letting Jesus go forth. Many times we keep Jesus closed inside the parishes with us, and we do not go out and we do not let Him leave!” In attempting to open the doors of our parishes and open our hearts to carers, we hope that these few resources, together with the prayers of the Parish community, will strengthen you.
We understand that the widespread social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are significantly affecting the health and wellbeing of Australia’s 2.8 million carers, who care for a family member or friend.”
Carer’s Prayer Card. We pray that you will turn to prayer when the demands on you are challenging, even though rewarding.
Carer’s Kit – we hope this gives you some encouragement and practical assistance in carrying out your important job.
CHILD PROTECTION SUNDAY
Sunday 13 September is Child Protection Sunday. St Patrick’s supports the position of the Catholic Church in Australia.
This weekend, the Catholic Church in Australia marks Child Protection Sunday, on which we pray for those who have been abused, their families and supporters. We recognise and apologise for the harm done by priests, religious and lay people in Church settings. The Church takes a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse. We recommit to practices that support survivors and make the Catholic Church and its ministries the safest possible place for children and people at risk.
Mass of Thanksgiving for Health Care Workers in COVID-19 Times
WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 2020 AT 12 NOON AT ST PATRICK’S CHURCH
Fr Anthony Koppman will celebrate a mass of thanksgiving for all our health workers, and all those associated with the operation of our health facilities, who are keeping us safe at this difficult time. These people are true heroes who daily put themselves in the frontline of exposure for our safety and wellbeing. We are truly grateful for their sacrifice and pray for their safety and wellbeing. We pray that knowing that others are truly grateful for their efforts will give them support and comfort in these challenging times.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION AND THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
The Holy Father Pope Francis transferred the Pontifical Good Friday Collection to September 13, 2020
due to the closure of Churches during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our own Bishop Michael Kennedy reminds us that this date is near the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which commemorates the discovery of the Relics of the Cross by Saint Helen thereby marking a new beginning of public worship in Jerusalem, with the construction of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. May it be a sign of hope and salvation after the Passion to which many peoples are now associated, as well as solidarity with those who continue to live the Gospel of Jesus on the Land where “it all began.”
Mass times at St Patrick’s are currently under discussion. We would love for you to record your preference here. If you have other ideas about this please leave your feedback by clicking on the feedback link on this website.
Catholic Marriage and Family Week
Resources for this important week are available here. Please use these to provide support and strength to all married couples and families.
Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission Catholic Men’s Gathering Conference
Here is a link to Bishop Michael Kennendy’s short video for the event https://youtu.be/ZhmVnhq6HQg
Men can participate individually at home, but it is hoped that men will gather together in groups in their local parish. As the 15th August is a Holy Day of Obligation for the Assumption perhaps we could begin with Mass and then join as a group. This would give an opportunity for us to review various talks beforehand so that we can play each talk and presentation according to their own needs.
If you would like to help in organising a group please discuss this with me. I highly recommend this opportunity for renewal of our faith as Catholic men.
Yours in Christ
Fr Anthony Koppman
I have also attached an electronic copy of the parish bulletin notices for the appeal, should you wish to use them.
- As always, I am available and would welcome the opportunity to speak about the appeal at your masses.
- Finally, you might be interested in this webinar interview and inter-action between Bishop “Kike” and clergy for the Archdiocese of Sydney (recorded in June): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f84xqc44uvy13da/AAAGoFGKDE3sDGj9sFz0OfzMa?dl=0 (Choose the webinar entitled “Leadership, COVID impacts and Landmines in Cambodia and featuring the photo image of Sydney Priest, Fr Paul. Fr Brian Lucas provides the introduction that includes an historic reference to the Home Mission Fund).