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St Thomas More
313 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza VIC 3930
Fr Patrick Bradford
9787 7777
Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm

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4th April   :   Fr Patrick Bradford

Dear Friends,

 Since the birth of Adam and Eve God has been revealing himself to humanity bringing hope, joy, peace and consolation. Through Jesus He revealed himself as ‘Father’. Jesus was constantly on the move bringing hope, healing, forgiveness, peace and freedom to people wherever he met them. In everything he did and said, Jesus was revealing the Father’s mercy.

In the Gospel passage for the Second Sunday of Easter, the Feast of Divine Mercy, Jesus appeared to his disciples on the evening of the first day of his resurrection. They were in a closed room full of fear. He greeted them with the words ‘Peace be with him’. They were transformed but one disciple, Thomas was missing. When Thomas returned he could not believe what he was told. The crucifixion had profoundly wounded Thomas and he now doubted Jesus.

But Jesus was patient with Thomas and he appeared to the disciples again, a week later. Thomas was present and Jesus invited him to put his fingers into the wounds in his hands and side. Thomas believed and acknowledged who Jesus was with the words ‘My Lord and my God’. Thomas was now wrapped in God’s mercy and he was a new person.

Unbelief had overcome Thomas but the wounds of Jesus healed him. Jesus teaches us that Divine mercy is much stronger than our unbelief or misery.

The Feast of Divine Mercy reminds us that all life – peace, joy, forgiveness, hope, courage, and charity come from God.

No matter where we are or what we have done, God is waiting lovingly for us.

The Father left the banquet he gave to celebrate the return of the prodigal son, to enter into the darkness of the elder son, and offer him all that he had.

Jesus protected the woman caught in adultery and gave her new life.

Jesus looked at Peter lovingly after Peter had had betrayed him 3 times. His gaze transformed Peter who wept and repented.

Jesus is always waiting for us – even when we have left him behind. Our task is to be able to receive Jesus and give him the freedom and permission to shower his mercy upon us, and, like Thomas, be transformed.


Notice :

We will be running a workshop for all new volunteer readers and all existing readers are welcome to join for a refresher. 

The celebration of Mass is at the heart of our life as Catholics. Through the Liturgy of the Word we hear the living voice of God speaking to us at Mass through the lectionary. We're currently looking for new volunteers to assist with proclaiming readings at Sunday and Weekday Masses. To assist parishioners in this sometimes daunting task, we'll be running a workshop on Saturday, 17th of April at 10am. This workshop is for all new volunteer readers and all existing readers are welcome to join for a refresher. The workshop will explore why readings are chosen and combined, and highlight how readings fit into the liturgical year. Parishioners will learn how to interpret the text to help them proclaim more effectively. if you're interested, please contact the Parish Office 

Sacraments

BAPTISM

Contact the Parish Office on 9787 7777

 CONFIRMATION

Sacrament of Confirmation is 30th April 2021

Contact the Parish Office on 9787 7777

RECONCILIATION & FIRST EUCHARIST

An Information Night will be held

at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th May

If you have a child in Year 3 or older who would like to 
prepare to receive the Sacraments of
Reconciliation and Eucharist this year,
and they are not at STM Primary School,
please contact the Parish Office on 9787 7777
or email  mounteliza@cam.org.au
before the Information Night.

 WEDDINGS

Six months' notification is normally required to allow for proper preparation.
The priest who is celebrating your marriage will assist you in that preparation
and look after all civil and church requirements.
Please contact Fr Patrick Bradford on 9787 7777 to arrange an appointment
to confirm the time and date of your wedding.

FUNERALS

The death of a loved one is a very difficult time.
As a parish community, we will do all that we can to ease the situation for you.
The time and place of the Funeral is determined in consultation with the family,
the priest and the funeral arranger.

 

STM Children and Young People Safeguarding Notice

Dear parishioners,

 Consistent with the requirements of the Victorian Child Safe Standards, the Archbishop, through the Professional Standards Unit has requested that all the clergy, staff and volunteers across the diocese to have a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC).  As a diocese, we are working towards creating safe environments in our communities, organisations and parishes where children and young people are able to grow and develop.

Therefore, I write to invite every volunteer across all parish ministry groups, to apply for a Working with Children Check, if you have not already done so.  The Working with children Check is free for volunteers.  If you have obtained a WWCC but have not given a copy to the parish, please can you do so as soon as possible because we need to keep a record of the WWCC for each volunteer. 

Vicki, our Office Manager, will be able to help anyone who may need assistance with completing the online   application for the WWCC.

 

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Welcome Fr Patrick Bradford

  

 SEASONS  24th January 2021

 

Dear Friends,

It was a great honor to celebrate the Masses over the weekend and to meet so many of you. I also had the opportunity to sit down with a number of parishioners at the Vinnies Lunch and got to know some of you a little better. I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself to you a little more.

I grew up in New Plymouth, New Zealand where my parents were farmers. I’m the youngest of six children, all my siblings and immediate family still live in New Zealand. A formative   moment growing up was when we relocated to live in the workers cottage at a Cistercian Monastery called Southern Star Abbey, where my parents managed the 1200 acre dairy farm. Our family often hosted the monks for meals and coffees, as well as many couples, singles and other families who came to make retreats at the monastery. Though I did not realise it at the time, these happy years being immersed in the lively community of faith, prayer, work and visitors turned out to be the first seeds sown of my own Priestly vocation.

A further turning point in my life was attending World Youth Day in Toronto, 2002. Here I began to see as a young man my place in the wider Church. I was encouraged to meet other youth who took their faith seriously. I returned to Canada in 2004 to attend a one-year discipleship college where fifty young men and women lived in community for 10 months before a 6 week mission outreach, in my case hosting retreats in schools in parishes all around the province of Saskatchewan. I came back to New Zealand and finished my    Bachelor of Accounting, and after looking for full time work in Wellington, I moved to  Melbourne in 2006. In 2007 I began working as an Investment and Tax accountant at National Australia Bank. I was working through the process of becoming a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

While this work was interesting and my future career promising, I found myself thinking more and more about the Priesthood. After a series of unlikely coincidences and some serious discernment, I felt I had no choice (!) but to enter Corpus Christi Seminary in February 2009. I was ordained a Priest with six others on September 12th, 2015.
Since entering the seminary I have spent time in parishes all around the Archdiocese:
St Albans, Mordialloc/Aspendale, Bacchus Marsh/Melton, Clayton & Mount Waverley.

In the breviary there is a psalm which reads “the lot marked out for me is my delight”. It’s a line which has given consolation and encouragement to the Israelites over many centuries, as it has for me. I take it to mean that those who follow God never really know where he will ask them to go, or for how long, or what they might be asked to do. At times God asks us to do things that seem difficult or impossible. It means thought, that we Christians find ourselves on a great adventure and are invited to trust in God’s providence and not in our own strength.

It is a great privilege and honor to be a Catholic Priest and to be given responsibility for the souls at St More Parish. Let us pray together for God’s continued blessings on our parish and for his blessings on each one of us.


Fr Patrick



SEASONS Newsletter 17th January 2021

Dear Friends,

As I spent time in our Church this week I was struck by the deep links that connect our Parish to our Patron Saint, Thomas More. The relics and statues around the Church are a tangible sign of our communion with St Thomas More and of his unwavering commitment to justice and truth. They remind us of those men and woman whose courageous sacrifices have inspired our own faith. They offer us encouragement and inspiration in our vocation to holiness in our different states of life. This great calling was a central concern of the Second Vatican Council. The Council affirmed “All the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity” (LG40).

I am very excited to be appointed as Administrator of St Thomas More Parish. My inspiration as Pastor comes from Vatican II: to assist and enable each person to experience the fullness of Christian life, and to grow more in love of God and of neighbor. This mission is already well underway. After reading Journey of a Faith Community, I was impressed that our parish has a proud history of building up community, of supporting the poor and vulnerable, of adult faith formation and celebration of the sacraments. My hope and prayer is that we can continue to build upon all the good that has gone before us. I want to acknowledge the recent contribution of Fr Joe, who reached out in so many different ways to parishioners during a very difficult time and Fr Laurie whose priestly love and care for parishioners continues to bear much fruit. I am very grateful for all those who have continued to support the parish financially, practically and spiritually, especially throughout these months of transition and change

Now is the time to rebuild and recover from all that COVID-19 has wrought on our community. As we enter this phase of “COVID- Normal” I want to reaffirm that all are very welcome to join us for Masses and Sacraments at St Thomas More. We have space for 130 people at each Mass, and there is no need to pre-book, as contact details can be recorded upon entry. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can in the coming weeks after Mass or around the parish, and working with our committees and parishioners to find opportunities to build up the community at gatherings and events throughout the year ahead.

Please pray for me, as I continue to remember you in my prayers, especially at the Altar of Praise.

St Thomas More: Pray for Us!

Sincerely

Fr Patrick Bradford

 

 

 

 

 

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