February 17 – J Scholtes
February – St Michael’s School Team
February 17 – Armstrong Team
February 17 – Caroline and Josephine
Next weeks Readings – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12 16-20
Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation commences this coming Wednesday, February 13th with the Parent Information Meeting at 6:45pm in the Mary MacKillop Hall. Parent/Child Workshops will be held at 4:00pm and 5:30pm on Wednesdays February 20 and 27. Families are expected to attend all preparation sessions for this Sacrament. For further information, please contact Jen Hanratty on 5174 7703
TEAM FOR THE YOUNG ADULTS
We are now looking to begin a ministry for the Young Adults in our parish. To this effect, we are hoping to form a Working Team of 5 to 6 young adults in the parish. For enquiries, or if the Spirit of God is moving you to help in this regard, PLEASE let me know or call the parish office on 5174 2060 and indicate your interest.
Our Parish Bulletin is ‘our news’, and it would be wonderful to receive on a regular basis, reports of “your group’s”activities.
All that’s needed is a short (100-150 words) report. Please take the time to let your fellow parishioners know of “your group’s” events. Who knows, someone may well wish to join you!
Parishioners and group leaders are asked to have items for inclusion in the Bulletin into the office by 10:00am on Thursday morning.
BISHOP MARK EDWARDS
Please come along and listen to Bishop Mark Edwards on Thursday 21stFebruary at 7:00pm at Sacred Heart Hall, 265 Commercial Road, Morwell. Supper, tea and coffee are provided.
If you are coming, please let the parish office know 5174 2060 to assist with catering numbers.Bishop Mark is one of the auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, currently ministering in the western region.
In 1980 he was ordained a priest on 16thAugust 1986. He self-identifies as a missionary and wants to help us be more effective in our reaching out to our society. A teacher for many years in Oblate Colleges, Rector of the Oblate Seminary and lecturer at Catholic Theological College, he has a background in Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics.
He was consecrated Bishop on 17th December 2014. He is the Episcopal Vicar for tertiary education and Youth. Bishop Mark will be speaking on the topic of The Age of Authenticity.
LECTORS AND COMMENTATORS REQUIRED:
We currently have a real need for people to volunteer as Lectors (Readers) and Commentators, especially at 6:00pm Mass on Saturday nights.
Thanks to the few people who have responded with generosity to our plea. It would be marvellous to have two or three more volunteers. Training is available for anyone who is able to answer their baptismal calling in this service to the parish. Please contact parish office on 5174 2060 if you are interested.
ABOUT OUR COLLECTIONS:
It’s a very Catholic thing, to be sure, to have two collections during our Mass service. It’s not a practice which occurs in any other faith. In the early years of the Church, the faithful brought wine and bread with them to be used during the service. Any left over was distributed to the poor and needy.
Later, people began bringing gifts of money or food which were offered for the work of the Church. In this way the faithful participated in a concrete way in Christ’s self-offering in the sacrifice of the cross.
And so through the years to our custom of two collections. The first collection is for money which is used to house and feed our priests and maintain their residence; the second collection is the ‘Planned Giving’ collection which goes towards the upkeep of the Church and buildings, the Parish Office, rates, utility services, insurances, wages and the normal day to day running costs of the office.
We thank our parishioners for their generosity now, and in the past and remain hopeful of continued and growing support in the future