• Bulletin Weekend 23-24 Sep 2017


    Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time  ~ A


    Father, all are in need of your love; help us to be faithful to your commands.



    Mater Dei Country Fair


    Mater Dei in our own parish is a most beautiful school in which the grace of God abounds. There is within the school a wonderful fraternity of teachers and ancillary staff who educate and care for children and teenagers with special needs. On Sunday 15 October there will be the 2017 Country Fair from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, featuring over 50 stalls, raffles, chocolate wheel, Devonshire tea, food stalls, rides and live entertainment. And there’s lots more – attractions everywhere. Not to be missed! Please try to be supportive. The grounds at Mater Dei are quite beautiful and well worth a visit.




    Baptisms 24th September


    Dominik Stjepan Bobanovic, son of Stephen & Julianne


    Madeline Galabada Arachchige, daughter of Mark & Anushka


    Austin Ernesto Graham, son of Ryan & Louise


    Lincoln Cruz Kukavica, son of Mark & Heather


    Liana Marie Romeo, daughter of Roy-Anthony & Lina




    Men’s Movie and Pizza Night


    Another evening has been scheduled for Friday 6th October commencing at 6.45 PM. The cost is just $10 and includes the movie, pizzas and liquid refreshments. And for this month only, an invitation is extended to First Timers to enjoy the evening for free. So please feel most welcome to come along and share in a little fraternity. For more information and catering,

    please contact Ken on 0417244 059.




    Vote on Marriage ~ Please Vote No


    The Bishops from the Catholic Church in Australia appeal to all parishioners to vote “No” in the plebiscite about marriage. A most significant reason relates to the concept of family, understood as husband and wife, for the purpose of physical complementarity and mutual love expressed in terms of procreation. Children are most richly blessed with a loving father and a loving mother. With only minor exceptions over some hundreds of years and across all the major religions, this is how marriage has been, and continues to be, defined.


    It's also true that about 98 per cent of Australians identify as heterosexual and according to the 2011 census figures, only 1 per cent of Australian couples are same-sex, with surveys suggesting only a minority want same-sex marriage.


    Changing the marriage act to include same-sex couples radically redefines and alters the meaning of a sacred union that provides more than just a physical and emotional connection. Such is the special union of body and spirit involved in a marriage between a man and a woman that it necessitates a unique ritual and sacred compact that should not be weakened by being radically redefined.


    Another most significant concern is if the vote for ‘yes’ succeeds, then teaching in our schools will invariably come under strong pressure to then “normalise” radical teaching such as “gender fluidity” in which children and teenagers are invited to change their sexual identity contrary to their biological make-up. This is potentially very destabilising and seriously confusing for both children and teenagers.

    Please vote ‘No’.



    Parish Pastoral Council


    Reminder of the meeting this Wednesday, which will include a photo to be taken for updated parish website.



    Prayers of the Faithful


    Celebrant: Let us thank God for, not giving us “what we deserve” but from his great generosity and grace giving to us far more then we could ever deserve.  Let us pray for those who suffer because they are considered less deserving than others.

    1. For the widows and orphans who have no one to help them,
    Lord hear us.

     Response:     Lord, we ask you, hear our prayer.

    2. For the sick and injured who have no health insurance or help from others,
    Lord hear us.

    3. For the unemployed and the homeless who have no place to live,
    Lord hear us.

    4. For the victims of injustice, cruelty or any kind of oppression,
    Lord hear us.

    5. For the refugees, the prisoners of war, and for those who are in any kind of danger,
    Lord hear us.

    Celebrant: Heavenly Father, help us to follow your Son, Jesus Christ, who commanded us to love our neighbours as ourselves. Cultivate within us a heart which embraces everyone and helps us to work with all people for justice and peace. We make all these prayer through Christ our Lord 




    Labourers in the Lord’s Harvest

    Next Week 30 Sep/1 Oct    Year A

    Saturday Morning Mass and Confessions



    Father Michael

    Larry Johnson

    St Paul’s Saturday 5:00 Vigil            




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Ray Cusack

    Dianne Kennaugh, Maria Kosiak

    Trish Hyett, Veronica Moore, Alison Galea, Sharon Picken

    Olivia Kosiak, Eugene Kosiak

    Belinda Vaccaro, Tasha Hodges

    St Paul’s 8:00 AM




    Special Ministers



    Altar Servers



    Father Michael

    Mark Coleman

    Rebecca Ward, Warren Johnson

    Lucy Aquilina, Glenn Crawford, Lisa McFadzean, Anne Hyeronimus

    Emily Kreltszheim, Teagan Pritchard

    Cheryl Carroll

    St Paul’s 10:00 AM




    Special Ministers


    Altar Servers


    Father Joe

    Syd Hyett

    Candace D’Souza, Deanna David

    Mark D’Souza, Trish Hyett, G Sremchevich, Marguerite Giles

    Dylan Burgess, Tim Saunders


    St Clare’s at St Paul’s 5.00 PM



    Special Ministers



    Children’s Liturgy

    Altar Servers


    Father Michael

    Judith Madsen, Joseph Hanson

    John Walsh, Simon Abernethy, Lachlan Abernethy, Clare Power

    Anne Lonsdale

    David McCarthy

    Declan Malone, Simon McCarthy

    Tony Lo Cascio

    General – 24 September


    Cleaners (chapel)

    Altar Linen

    Group 4 (Fourth Tuesday)

    Lee Matthews

    Slava Brcic

    23-24 SEPTEMBER 2017



    Reading I      Isaiah 55:6-9


    We may not be expected to uphold the high standards of the Kingdom of God.  However, when we fail, God is ready to forgive us and help us to come back into His good graces and with all of humanity.





    Response to the Psalm.

    The Lord is near to all who call him.




    Reading II         Philippians 1:20-24, 27


    Paul always placed his faith in God.  He looked beyond the limitations of his time and place and the rules and regulations imposed on the people.  He realised that God has his own way of viewing the world.





    Gospel Acclamation

    Alleluia, alleluia!  

    Open our hearts, O Lord,

    to listen to the words of your Son.  






    Reading III        Matthew 20:1-16


    The scandal of this parable is that we are all equal recipients of God’s gifts.  The scandal of our faith is that we are often covetous and jealous when God’s gifts of forgiveness and life are given to others in equal measure.






    For Our Faithful Departed

    Patricia Plant, Clive Pickup, who died recently. Paul & Sonta Saliba, Edwina Powell, Patrick Kerr, Edwin Roach, Nancy Roach, Josephine Albany, Peter X. Cordeiro, Andy Stubbs, Yvonne Hoad, Mary, Vere & Patrick Walton, Telipa Abasolo, Apolimar E. Abasolo, Horace M. Adams, Dominic Vitocco, whose anniversaries are remembered at this time. Elsie Anderson, Len Burke, Joan Burke, Victor Vella, Joseph and Maria Vella, Michael Vella, Nazzareno Vella, Karol Rozowicz, Nathan Giles, Therese Carroll, Rennie Vella and Diane Vella.  Requiescant in Pace.

    We Pray For Those Who are Unwell

    Especially Maureen Catania, John McMahon, Sue Johnson, Colin Host, Julie Xuereb, Liam Donohoe, Deidre McCabe, Rosa Maria Santos, Suzie Ciol, Grant Koens, unwell members of the McFadden and McKavanagh families, Catherine Mary Raymond, Deanne Saros, Darryl Ellis, Ian Goes, Shirley Gomes, baby Charlize Gravina, Keith Smith, Terry White, Paul Matanovic, Annie Azzopardi, Helen Parragi, Kelvin Huitt, Mary Burne, Heather Crosland, Anthony Dantu, Mary Elbro, Father O’Neil, Bev Steinhour, Margaret Heininger, Marguerite Spradley, Wanda Sharpe, Michael Thornton, Beryl Coles, and all our unwell family and friends.


    Eulogies ~ Opportunity to participate in Survey


    Further to the little commentary in last week’s bulletin, a two-page survey has been included as in insert in this week’s bulletin for completion by parishioners – optional, of course. If interested, there are pens on the baptism font, and a little basket in which completed surveys can be left.


    The whole discussion of eulogies will invariably result in a variety of views because they vary so considerably in quality and length. Some can be quite abbreviated and interesting. But these have become more the rare exception.


    Others can be more like a canonization ceremony. In recent months, there a particular gentleman in the congregation who after the final hymn came to Father Michael and said: “The man who was talked about in the eulogies was not the man I knew”.


    Quite a few years ago, there was the adult son giving a eulogy about his deceased father. Using unfiltered verbiage, he reminisced in part about his father’s flatulence. He was speaking from the Ambo which is a sacred furnishing from which the Word of God is proclaimed.


    There was another instance where a husband and wife had been happily and lovingly married for 47 years. What could they not have known about each other after all these years? Well after a lengthy illness, the husband passed away.



    When preparing for the funeral and sharing a few thoughts in preparation for the eulogy, the wife remarked that in all of their years of marriage, she had never heard her husband swear once. And she wanted the eulogy to include – what she though was – his aversion to colourful language. A nephew who was present responded “You never drank with him at the pub”. The wife innocently raised the question: “Did he swear at the pub?” The nephew continued: “Like an absolute trooper”.


    There was once another true story of a blessed old priest who wasn’t so particularly fond of bishops. On one occasion at a meal among clergy, the matter of funerals was under discussion. In anticipation of his own Requiem Mass, the elderly priest looked towards the Bishop and said: “And I don’t want to be there in church lying in the coffin, while you’re standing up there lying from the pulpit”. Not surprisingly, the Bishop wasn’t amused.


    These days, many adults prepare a Will as a matter of personal responsibility. There would also be merit in adults preparing their own eulogy with humility for insertion into a booklet. This, of course, would then remove the need for family members and friends to write expansive eulogies for delivery in church which, in recent times, have so often been seriously protracted.


    In instances where thoughts and feelings are to be shared, especially with a little humour, then the wake would be an obvious time and place. Please feel most welcomed and encouraged to complete the survey.



    Posted by 23 September, 2017
    Updated 29 September, 2017

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