All Souls’ Day Sunday Year A, November 1st-2nd, 2014 Remembering soul A man died and went to the pearly gates. St Peter met him there. ‘Before you meet with God,’ St Peter said, ‘I thought I should tell you that we've looked at your life, and you really didn't do anything particularly good or bad. We're not at all sure what to do with you. This Week Can you tell us anything you did that can help us make a decision?’ SUNDAY 2nd Nov The newly arrived soul thought for a moment ALL SOULS’ DAY and replied, ‘Yeah, once I was driving along 9am, 11am, 6pm Mass and came upon a woman who was being harBaptism at 12.30pm assed by a group of bikies. So I pulled over, MONDAY 3rd Nov got out my wheel brace, and 8.30am Rosary went up to the leader of the bik9.00am Mass ies. He was a big, muscular, hairy guy with tattoos all over TUESDAY 4th Nov his body and a ring pierced 8.30am Rosary through his nose. Well, I tore 9am Mass the nose ring out of his nose, 9.30am Adoration and told him he and his gang had better stop bothering the WEDNESDAY 5th Nov 6.30pm Rosary woman or they would have to for Peace in Iraq deal with me!’ ‘I'm very im7pm Mass pressed’, St Peter responded, ‘When did this 7.30pm Meditation happen?’ ‘About two minutes ago!’ All Souls Day has it roots in the sixth century THURSDAY 6th Nov Benedictine tradition of praying to the dead. It No Mass was a way of recognising the human bonds which go beyond death. By the tenth century FRIDAY 7th Nov this feast was about praying for the dead, that 8.30am Rosary they might know the merciful love of God. 9am Mass It is appropriate today for us to think about 9.30am Divine Mercy what a soul is. In an increasingly secular society it's interesting to note that the word ‘soul’ SATURDAY 8th Nov persists in ordinary conversation. Many nonMemorial of the Blessed religious people use this most religious of Virgin Mary terms to describe another person. We often 10.30am Reconciliation hear how others are lonely, distressed, or lost 6pm Mass souls. It can be said that someone has a ‘beautiful soul’ or that a piece of music, a painting or other work of art ‘stirred my soul’. SUNDAY 9th Nov Feast of the Dedication of We describe mellow jazz as ‘soulful’ and still alert others to distress by an SOS, ‘save our the Lateran Basilica 9am, 11am, 6pm Mass souls’. These uses of the word reinforce St Baptism at 12.30pm Thomas Aquinas' teaching that the soul makes us human, and sets us apart from other animals. Nearly all the great religions of the world believe in a soul, or its equivalent – something that survives the annihilation of the body in death. I have come to the opinion that whatever else might characterise the soul, memory is an integral part of it. I have done several funerals of people who have suffered from Alzheimer's disease. These are rarely very sad occasions because the family invariably says that they ‘lost’ their loved one months or years before. Why? Because increasingly their loved one couldn't remember anyone or anything. We hold to caring for the body from the womb to the tomb, because we believe that human dignity must always be respected. There are now theories about how even the memories of the circumstances of our conception and birth have a bearing on the way we live our lives. It is also apparent that even when people seem to have lost their memory, or are unconscious, that there is some recognition of some things at a very deep level. Soul as memory means that when I meet God face to face, I will remember who I am and how I lived, and God will remember me. It's also a comfort for us to think that we will be reunited with those we have loved who have died before us, because we remember each other. And what is best about a ‘remembering soul’ is that it is purified. In the old catechism we used to say that heaven was the place where we are perfectly happy with God for eternity. If we think of purgatory as a stage rather than a place, then it's possible to reclaim it as a moment when we see the fullness of God's sacrificial love for us, and recall our sometimes destructive behaviour toward ourselves, others and the world. Purgatory can be a moment where our memory is purified so we can be eternally happy with God in heaven. So let's remember at this Eucharist all those ‘departed souls’ we have known and loved over the years, that they might pray for us that we never forget God's saving love and live lives worthy of it. By Richard Leonard SJ. Parish Calendar, News & Events Diary 1/2 Nov: 8th Nov: 8/9th Nov: 9th Nov: 11th Nov: 12th Nov: 13th Nov: 21st Nov: 31st Dec: Presentation weekend for First Reconciliation candidates CAR BOOT SALE Start of the Hamper list Children’s Liturgy at 11am Mass 2nd Family Night Reconciliation Children Memorial Mass Reconciliation Workshop day Bingo Night Parish New Years Eve Dance “Hawaiian Nite” Congratulations to Aura Marciana Brown and Dylan Chase Thompson who are being welcomed into the Catholic Community through the sacrament of Baptism this weekend. We offer him and his families the support of our prayers as he takes this important step in faith SECOND FAMILY NIGHT FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION CANDIDATES. Reconciliation Candidates, please note that your Second Family Night is on Tuesday, 11th November in the church at 6.45pm sign in for 7pm start. Children who have registered for Sacrament must attend this family night with one or both parents. This will be followed by WORKSHOP DAY on THURSDAY, 13th November from 9am to 3pm. All children are to be dropped off and pick up at/from the church. Parents, you need to notify your child’s school accordingly. departed love ones on the night we will place them before the altar. Next weekend the Cross will be available in the Church for you to write the names of loved ones on. It will be in the Church for the whole of November and all those whose names are there will be remembered in the Masses offered. RETREAT DAY FOR WOMEN on November 15th– Thank you to those who have booked -Why not give yourself a day before the busyness of Christmas starts ? See flyers in foyer and gathering space. Parish Bingo Night Friday, 21 November 2014 - 7 pm onwards in the Annexe. BYO nibbles and drinks. Bring your family and friends and make it an entertaining evening! "This is a over 18's only event due to state gaming regulations" To pre book tables please contact: Denver - 0403 315 443, Vianney -0438 700 675, Louis - 0419 008 173, Joe - 0419 385 441 HOLY CROSS RETREAT CENTRE: Come Away days November 27th. 10-3pm Just come along BYO lunch. St John’s College is having their OPEN EVENING on Tuesday, 18 November, 2014. Tours will be arranged every 15 minutes from 6pm. Followed by a presentation and supper. To book or for more information please call 9791 3366 or go to www.sjcdandenong.catholic.edu.au AN EXTRACT FROM POPE FRANCIS’ CLOSING ADDRESS TO THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY. ‘I thank all of you dear Synod Fathers, Fraternal Delegates, Auditors, and Assessors, for your active and fruitful participation. I will keep you in prayer asking the Lord to reward you with the abundance of His gifts of grace! I can happily say that – with a spirit of collegiality we have truly lived the experience of “Synod,” a path of solidarity, a “journey together.” And it has been “a journey” – and like every journey there were moments of running fast, as if wanting to MEMORIAL MASS—Wednesday, 12 conquer time and reach the goal as soon as possible; November other moments of fatigue, as if wanting to say Please remember that our parish will “enough”; other moments of enthusiasm and ardour. have a special memorial Mass for all who have died. If you wish to bring one picture of your There were moments of profound consolation listening PARISH CAR BOOT SALE!!! is on SATURDAY, the 8th NOVEMBER 2014 from 9am to 2pm. It is a great opportunity to give your neglected or unnecessary items a new home by selling them in our car boot sale. If you wish to secure a spot, IT IS NOT TOO LATE. Please contact the Parish office on 9700 3781. Cost for a space is $20 per car. We will also have Sausage Sizzle on sale on the day. Please come along to support the parish. Who knows you may find something really useful. to the testimony of true pastors, who wisely carry in their hearts the joys and the tears of their faithful people. Moments of consolation and grace and comfort hearing the testimonies of the families who have participated in the Synod and who have shared with us the beauty and the joy of their married life. A journey where the stronger feel compelled to help the less strong, where the more experienced are led to serve others, even through confrontations. And since it is a journey of human beings, with the consolations there were also moments of desolation, of tensions and temptations.’…………………………… …………….‘Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront; to give answers to the many discouragements that surround and suffocate families. One year to work on the “Synodal Relatio” ( Synod working document) which is the faithful and clear summary of everything that has been said and discussed in this hall and in the small groups. It is presented to the Episcopal Conferences as “lineamenta” [guidelines]. May the Lord accompany us, and guide us in this journey for the glory of His Name, with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of Saint Joseph. And please, do not forget to pray for me! Let us continue to pray for all families in our Parish community and in the wider community and particularly for all who are struggling with issues of conflict, hardship, loss or insecurity. We will also continue to pray for the ongoing work of the Synod. Stewardship Corner - thoughts on Giving “Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his elect, and he watches over his holy ones.” Wisdom of Solomon 3:9 Here’s the ironic thing about people who are generous. Those that give freely and cheerfully do not do it to be rewarded. They do it to show their love for God and their neighbors. Yet, because of their generosity, they typically are given more than they gave away! This weekend we pray for: Sunday Readings Those who are sick THIS WEEK: All Souls’ Day Is 25: 6-9; Rom 5: 5-11; Mt 11: 25-30 NEXT WEEK: Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Ezek 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12; 1 Cor 3: 9-11, 16-17; Jn 2: 13-22 www.universalis.com.au Margaret Mariyanayagam, Yousif Bodo, Bashar Afram, Youlia Younan, Dyna Naine, Racquel F Ebdani, Edgardo Sotiar, Roger Paul, Maria Dichosa, Aurelio Gonzaga, Baby Lucas Giacomo, Deon Lawrence, Patricia Nicholas, Tissaka Perera, Tristano Stancato, Muliaga Vaifale, Tony Reed, Kylie King, Katy Honor, Anne Payet, Meera Backory, Joy Anquiliano, Rey Domingo, Fatima Abbas, Natalie Bonnefin, Jose Zaia, Tristano Stancato, Giovanni Narduzzo, Maria Tesoriero, Lucrezia Pistone, Salvatore Zaia, Peter Tongi For those who have died Dominic Gonsalves, Kenneth Johnson, Dorothy Chang, Stephen D’Souza, Elpiniqi Behari, Martin Ujka, Mara Ujka, Nikolla Behari, Emanuel Aquelina, Lauren Guillot, Anna Bernardo, Philip Gilles, Shila Hanning, Zeta Florindo, Lorenz Varney, Renato Quinio, John Gomesz, Annie Ward, Felipe Barros, Felipe Bernardino, Mata Vulic, Clarence Turner, Laura Costa, Aurelia Malig, Aurelia Concepcion, Jose T Trijo, Ante Babaric, Filomena D’Amelio, Jorge Canales, Patrick Johnson, Maureen Pearce, Maria Krypciak, Grazia Scarlata, Fred Herrich, Ljuba, Pasquale Lamanna, Rosie Moraes, Raja Johnson, Lucia Celiz, Panfilo Celiz, Socorro Hiponia, Sonia Hiponia May they rest in peace St Paul Apostle Catholic Community Priests: Fr Tim O’Toole CP (PP) Fr Tony Egar CP Pastoral Associates: Sr Joan Smith CP Sr Brigid Murphy CP Rosters for this Weekend of 1st –2nd November (1st Sunday of the month) 6pm St Paul Apostle (North) Primary School (03) 9700 6068 Principal Mrs Christine White St Paul Apostle (South) Primary School (03) 9700 3663 Principal Mrs Helen Greenhill St John’s Regional College (03) 9791 3366 Principal Mr Andrew Walsh 6pm Marina Nadarajah, Rita Costanzo Antoinette Gargano, Yvonne Sherwin, Damian Kearney Sacristan Mark Rolfe Denver De Rozairo Yvonne Sherwin Readers & Commtrs Mary Pegram, Emily or Lyndley AhQune Rodney Gonsalves Jacinta Young, Montanna Toy Joseph Chadwick, Virendra Jayetileke Vel Vaifale Rhonda/Michael O’Connor, Maximus Anthony, Celine Anthony Dan Candido, Corina Bird Denise Lyons Vianney/ Alex Clark, Louis Newman, Crystal Jayamaha, Antoinette Gargano, Meagan O’Connor Geraldine Mutthumani Charmaine Wickramasinghe, Maureen Dawson, Pierre Mendonca, Margaret Keating, Sanjeewa Sembukutti, Candy Bird, Raelene Augustus Meaghan, Reena, Sean, Abraham, Mark P, Jake Rachel, Lakni, Dinarah Gifts Parish Staff: Bursar: Gillian Velupillay Secretary: Didi Karkas Sisters of Cross and Passion Sr Anne Cunningham CP Sr Brigid Murphy CP Sr Joan Smith CP 11am Val & Chris De Zilva, Judy Tarranto, Bettina D’Rozario Communion Passionist Community Fr Brian Gleeson CP Fr Tony Egar CP Fr Chris Mithen CP Fr Tim O’Toole CP 9am Welcome Servers Margaret Magee, Danny & Rose Sugunasekera Pierre Marion, Lionel & Riona Alveyn, Sandra & David McGuire, Esteban & Maria Morales, Dina Mariette Gertrude Akom, Jolene Stewart, Dean Trindade, Jenny Satya Graha, Lina Folino, Karen Maillard Kathleen, Jessica, Joshua Ashvika, Mark Harper, Ethan, Casey Julian Disanayake Rosters for next Weekend of 8th-9th November (2nd Sunday of the month) 6pm 9am 11am 6pm Welcome Bridgette Carvalho, Sue Sharp, Anne Martyn Siro De Rozairo, Amelia Bates Sacristan Lien Phan Anton Nadarajah Readers & Commtrs Denise Rodgers, Reg Young Martin Vaifale, Daphne Vaifale, Aaron Chitaranjan Yvonne Sherwin, Glen Johnson, Frances Anthony Premani Leitan, Mignonne Meerwald, Jonathan Maclou Gifts Beryl Barnfield, Anna Gonsalves Siro & Denver De Rozairo Yolaine Chaperon, Berta Pereira Verna Family Marie-Claude, Celine Quinless, Denis Rice, Grace Tyszka, Nelushka Sendapperuma, Helen Sanders Velia Vaifale, Joseph Chadwick, Siro & Denver De Rozairo, Dharshi Alwis, Aloma Perera, Danny Sugunasekera Binitha Mathews, Anabela Costa, Michael O’Connor, Sai Dilinger, Joseph Allas, Josephine Khoshaba, Daniella Thevanesan Kathy Rowden, Hiranya Leitan, Gabby Sadaka, Hirushika Leitan, Swineetha Disanayake, Maria Verna, Denise Lyons Kathleen, Jessica, Joshua Casey, Tara, Ashvika, Kevin Aidan, Jaysen, Jake, Jayden Rachel, Dinarah, Lakni Communion Servers Cuppa Cecile Boissezon, George Jornet Nona Sangalang 4th Sunday of the month Communion to the Sick Roster A: after 9am Mass Antoinette Gargano Friday, November 7th — Communion Service Low Care: Edna & Bernard David High Care: Joseph Allas & Ging Calixto Church Prep Team 1 R&B Barnfield Flowers Angie Perera Ann Felicia Martyn Viewhills Parish Finances Parish (1st) T/G Envelopes Credit Card & Direct Debit Pledged Weekly $2,987.00 $2,752.00 Cash Parish Total Priests ( 2nd Collection) Thank You Sacraments: Rec’d Baptisms are held on the 1st & 2nd Sunday of the month. Preparation is on the 3rd Sunday of the month. $ 1,965.00 $ 2,752.00 Marriages require 6 months notice to one of the priests, participation in a FOCCUS marriage preparation program, or a CatholicCARE Course. $ 774.55 $ 5,491.55 $ 1,227.65 Anointing of the Sick is held during Mass on the 1st Friday of the Month at 9am. Before going to hospital for major surgery, why not ask one of the priests to pray with you and anoint you. Children’s Sacraments require full participation in the preparation phase. Registration forms in the Parish Centre.
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