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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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9th May   :   Fr Patrick Bradford

Dear friends,
I am on annual leave until 25th May. During this time Fr Joe O’Shea will be celebrating the weekend Masses at St Thomas More.  While I’m away, I will continue to pray for you all and offer Mass each Sunday for our  community.  For weekdays, parishioners may like to check the Mass times at neighboring parishes: Mornington, Somerville and Frankston.          Fr Patrick

Reflection:

The laying down of life for love is the theme of today’s Gospel.  In these final weeks of Eastertide we listen once again to the words of Jesus at the Last Supper.  Jesus offers himself as the model of love, willing to go so far as to suffer danger and death to express love.  The second reading today explains this more fully.  John is writing to the early Christian community and tells them, “My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God.”  And in the first reading we learn that God loves everybody.  Peter has been hesitant to go into the home of Cornelius, because he is a Roman soldier, outside the  Jewish faith community.  But when he does, then suddenly the Holy Spirit is poured forth upon that home.  The people receive the Spirit just as the first disciples did after Jesus rose from the dead.  Peter says, ‘they have received the Holy Spirit just as much as we have.”

Loving as Jesus loved will require sacrifice. Love is not just a sentimental, warm, fuzzy feeling: it’s a conscious decision to share ourselves with others, to give of ourselves for the sake of another.

As followers of Christ today, we are called to love ourselves and others outside our own circle.  Following his own example, Jesus taught us to reach out to those who are poor, excluded and marginalized.  Let us carry on breaking barriers to reach out to others.  Jesus teaches us not just to love those who love us , but to love our enemies too.  It takes great courage and conviction to understand that we must love one another as Jesus loves us.  And there is a further dimension.  Pope Francis taught us in his encyclical Laudato Si’ - issued six years ago this month - to hear “the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth”.  We are called to care for the whole earth community, described by Pope Francis as “our common home”. 
All things and all people are connected and united in God’s love.

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Sacraments

BAPTISM

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.

CONFIRMATION

Sacrament of Confirmation program has concluded for 2021 

Contact the Parish Office on 9787 7777 to register for the 2022 program


 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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