This year, Catholics across our archdiocese are being asked to support the Family of Faith campaign, which supports both the pressing pastoral and temporal needs of the archdiocese, such as campus and youth ministry, communication initiatives, and support the help new parishes to celebrate Mass in a new church. The ShareLife campaign provides for the needs of our social service agencies, helps our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world, and supports the education of our clergy. There is no duplication – ShareLife agencies do not receive funding from the Family of Faith campaign. Thus it is important that we continue to support the ShareLife appeal, to provide for the needs of the marginalized both here in our communities and around the worlds.
Next ShareLife Sunday – May 3, 2015
Please give generously. You can work wonders!
Adoration and Holy Hour
Join us for a quiet time of prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. First Friday May 1st, 2015 immediately following the 12:10pm Mass.
Pray and Play
Pray and Play fellowship for parents and young children will resume on Wednesday April 29 in Neumann Hall following the 9:30 am Novena Mass (approx. 10:15 am).
Ashadeep & Premdham in INDIA
Orphanges and Centres needing our support as a Parish Community
Bijnor Diocese is located in a remote area of North India, about 215 km north of Delhi. Following a missionary visit by Bishop Gratian in July 2007 it was decided that St. Patrick’s would help to support one of the diocesan projects as part of the Justice and Service outreach. Since July 2009, St. Patrick’s Parish has been generously supporting the orphanage for the disabled and the integrated school, at Ashadeep. Every year an Oktoberfest BBQ is held followed by a Giving Tree in Advent. These fund raising events have raised approximately $10-15,000 each year for the past six years, for the children of Ashadeep. This year we would like to broaden that outreach to provide financial support for Premdham, a rehabilitation centre for the bed-ridden mentally challenged, and physically disabled who have been living on the streets. These are men and boys who have been abandoned by their families. Barbara Galbraith visited Premdham and Ashadeep in January and has brought back photos and updated information on both these projects.
There will be a presentation on Sunday, May 3rd following the 12:10 Mass in the Neumann Hall. The priests and sisters of Bijnor diocese are doing amazing work in caring for, as they say, “the last, the least and the lost”. Come and hear the story.
All are welcome and lunch will be provided.
Join the Parish Pastoral Council!
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is an advisory body to the Pastor, made up of members of the Pastoral Team and 6-8 members from the Parish Community.
Members of the PPC bring their gifts, skills, talent and experience to the service of the Parish. Membership is voluntary, and appointed by the Pastor.
The usual term of office is 3 years, beginning from July 1, meeting monthly from September to June each year, along with other committee meetings as required.
The members of the PPC consult on behalf of committees and programs within the parish, raising relevant issues and participate in sub-committees of the Council where necessary.
Serving on the PPC is a wonderful opportunity to be become involved in the life of the parish, community.
If you feel called to serve the community in this way, contact Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R., at the Parish Office, by FRIDAY MAY 8th, to discern together if this opportunity is for you.
Mother of Perpetual Help Novena Triduum
June 23, 24, 25, 2015
Please mark your calendars for these special dates.
The Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is on Thursday June 25th. A Social in the Parish Hall will follow the last night of the Triduum.
Our Guest Preacher is Fr. Philip Dabney C.Ss.R., from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Church in Boston, MA.
This year’s feast day will begin the 150th Anniversary of the Mission of the Redemptorists promoting Our Lady under the title of “Our Mother of Perpetual Help”.
“May is for Mary” Family Party
Families are invited to gather in the church hall following the 12:10 Mass next Sunday, May 3, for our final family party of the school year. Activities for children ages 0-12 will focus on growing in our relationship with our Blessed Mother Mary. Please RSVP by Saturday, May 2, if you will be joining us for lunch and an afternoon of songs, crafts, and prayer. Please RSVP by e-mail to email@example.com
Mom’s Night Out
Our next evening out for moms will take place on Friday, May 8, from 7-9pm in Neumann Hall. Invite your friends and join us for wine, cheese, dessert and faith affirming conversation. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 7, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations or cheese/dessert contributions are welcome.
St. Patrick Charismatic Group
Thank you to everyone who attended the Prayer Breakfast in celebration of the 20th year Anniversary of St. Patrick’s Charismatic Prayer group. We are grateful to the generous volunteers, and for all gifts and donations. God bless you and we hope to see you at the next event.
Join us for this special event sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Social Justice Group to benefit ASHA DEEP School and Orphanage in India!
Our Chef – Fr. Santo!
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Patrick’s Church Hall
Cost: $25.00 per person / $150.00 Table of 8
Proceeds from this event will be used towards the purchasing of Hygiene and School supplies that will be purchased for the next mission trip taking place this coming summer by members of the parish.
Advance Tickets are available from any member of the Social Justice Group or the Parish Office.