Third Sunday of Lent 2019

 

PARISH NEWS

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH

Sundays

6:15 to 8:15pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community Centre

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 10:00pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass 1st Saturday of the month, 1:30pm to 4:30pm – NEXT HEALING MASS ON APRIL 6TH, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays 7:30pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena after 7:00pm Mass

 

BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation, Father will be giving a special blessing for all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all Masses on the weekend of 23/24 March.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS held every Friday during Lent commencing at 7:00pm in the Church and followed by Mass. Stations of the Cross on 22 March will be led by the Ministry for Special Ministers.

LENT ANOINTING FOR HEALING MASS – TUES 26TH MARCH, 11:00 AM
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our annual Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday, 26th March at 11:00 am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All welcome.

LENTEN RETREAT
Lenten retreat continues on March 28 and April 4 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, conducted by Deacons Royden & Charles. These will consist of teachings, short films, music, reflections on key parables from the Gospel of Luke to increase our faith and build a stronger relationship with Jesus during this Lenten Period. There will also be Eucharistic Adoration, solemn prayer and confessions. On March 28th we will reflect on the parable of The Rich Man & Lazarus.

PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES are located in the foyer. Please collect one after Mass. Thank you.

MOTHER OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR NOVENA
Every Wednesday at 7:30pm (after 7:00pm mass) consisting of traditional prayers, scripture reading, brief homily, Eucharistic Adoration and some of our favourite hymns. Come and join us for the Novena. Novena Books for personal use are available at the sacristy or after the Novena on Wednesday for $5.

SAUSAGE SIZZLE
Please support our Sausage Sizzle which will be held after all Masses this weekend. Proceeds from the Sausage Sizzle go towards activities in our Church.

YOUNG ADULTS
We would like to thank all youth who attended the youth mass on Sunday March 17th. Thank you to all the parents who encouraged and brought their children for the youth mass where the number of youth attending each mass is increasing as also is the number of youth joining the Young Adults Ministry. Special thanks to the Lopez family for donating savouries for the evening.

ADVERTISING IN BACK OF PARISH BULLETIN
Parishioners, if you would like to advertise on the back page of the Parish Bulletin, we currently have some vacant spots. Cost of advertising for one year is $200. Please contact the Parish Office on 9749 4300 if you would like to take up one of the vacant spots.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat. All other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by any one of the following:

  1. Prayer eg – Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary, etc.
  2. Self Denial eg – not eating meat, sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with family; limiting food and drink to give to the poor of ones own country or elsewhere, etc. Project Compassion is a major means of expressing self-denial in Australia.
  3. Helping Others eg – special attention to someone who is poort, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened, etc.
  • All who have turned 18 and who are not yet 60 are bound to fast. All who have completed 14 are bound to abstain. (Canon 1252)
  • Lent is a time of penance. During this season the faithful are exhorted to devote themselves in a special manner to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity and to deny themselves.
  • All faithful are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled between Ash Wednesday 6 March 19 and Trinity Sunday, 16 June 19 unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.

The wonderful gift of the Lord’s merciful love is offered in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lent is a most appropriate time to receive this Sacrament. All who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.

FUNERALS on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are forbidden. Funerals on these days are celebrated with the Liturgy of the Word and without the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

WEDDINGS are discouraged on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. If they are required, no decorations including flowers, no music or Nuptial Mass will be permitted.

TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS
I pray for the victims of the horrible attack against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I renew my invitation for prayer and gestures of peace to combat hatred and violence.

SPIRITUAL RETREAT, SATURDAY, 30TH MARCH 2019 at the Community Centre, 9:30am to 4:00pm. Led by Anastia Rebello & Team. Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Virginia Jewers, Giovanni Simioni, Isave Nguyen, Ravenal Pamparo, Charles, Trix Andrade, Celina David and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Geoff Dalton, Helene Green, Fr. Edward D’Souza, Lino Rosas, Gwenda Henry, Rolando Sanchez and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Edith Street, Bob Meehan, Liam Parr, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Sr. Eileen Jones, Virginia Jewers, Robert Hart, Vincent Jones, Angela O’Brian, Kath Meddings, Patrick Thornby, Patrick Clark, Lewis Zammit, Nofoao Thomas, Vonnie Pritchard, Shelton, Melvin Ramshaw, Maria Barruto, Lee Andrew Tesaluna, Rosa Carullo, Jeffrey Grech, Martha Rodrigues, Jeffrey Trach, Barbara Brown, Josephine Buttigieg, Melissa Caroline Bear, Kenneth Henriques, Santana D’Souza, Monica Harris, James Williams, Rosemary Fairnie and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters – 31 March 19

John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers – 30/31 March 19

  6:00pm Ignes D’Lima
  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Sharon Aurubia
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 30/31 March 19

  6:00pm B. Farrugia / J. Poppen / Davy F. / E. Dalton
  8:30am G. Sharman / D&J Roga / A. Vesty
10:30am V.Azimi / N. Costa / C. Morcom / V. Firman
  5:00pm S&I Simangan / A. Etiennette / J. Phan Lai

Music Ministry - 30/31March 19

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Shepherds of Christ
  5:00pm Youth Band