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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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19th September 2021

Dear Friends,

This week the PPLT met to discuss the outcomes of our recent regional meeting “take the way of the gospel”-  Archbishop Peter’s pastoral plan for the Archdiocese. In this meeting we learnt more about where St Thomas More fits into the plan for parishes and missions on the Peninsula. I encourage you to check our Parish website for a copy of how this proposal affects us, bearing in mind these are early stages in this process. The facilitators have stressed the importance of parishioner’s participation and that any changes will need to be informed by consultation and dialogue. The timeline outlined by the diocese together with discussions from the PPLT suggest that we should to commence our dialogue now, even though changes will be a long way away.

I know many in our Parish will not be able to participate in this online gathering, which is not ideal. As soon as the opportunity presents, I will ensure there is space and time for us all to speak together, in person. This first meeting will only repeat the information we already have and give a forum for your initial responses, so we can get a sense of where we are at. We cannot move anywhere until we have our whole community informed and engaged, which will begin now, and continue well into the future.       Fr Patrick

Reflection:
The gospel today begins with the same stark warning that Jesus spoke of in last Sunday’s gospel; he will suffer, die, but he will rise three days later. He clearly puts this reality before his followers then, and each of us, today. They don’t seem to have heard a word he has said. While Jesus is telling them this, they are arguing amongst themselves about which of them is the greatest, the best and the most important. Jesus hears their conversation and asks them directly; ‘What are you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent; perhaps they were embarrassed to tell him the truth. He sat down and clearly told them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ He knew what they were arguing about.  To illustrate his point, Jesus took a child in arms and said to his followers, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ A child at the time of Jesus were not seen as important; they had no real worth They were seen only terms of how hard they could work and what they could earn for others.

Those with him would have been known this all too well. In pointing to a child as an example to his followers, they would have been shocked if not a little disappointed. Jesus not only asks them to welcome this little child, but he also challenges them to become like the child.

What Jesus said to them, he says also to each of us; following him is not about power, popularity or prestige. It is about love, humility, service, care and concern of others, especially those who are most in need. As he said to them ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ As followers of Jesus today, this is how we are to put our faith into practice, by loving and serving others.

On another occasion Jesus also said, ‘You know that rulers have power over others and that leaders have complete authority. This, however, is not the way it is to be with you.’ If you want to be great, you must be servants of each other.’ (Matt. 20.24).   Jesus came to serve, not to be served. To prove this point, Jesus took the place of a slave and washed his friend’s feet.  He did this as a radical example of love and service and asked them and asks us to do the same. His command to his friends is a real, radical and relevant to us today, ‘Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord and rightly; so I am. If I then, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you and example so that you may copy what I have done to you.’

You and I are called to wash each other’s feet; we are asked to put other’s needs before our own as we love and serve them. We do this every day in countless small ways as we look after each other in homes, families, in our neighbourhood and in our parish community.                  Br Michael Moore OMI

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Dear friends,

Today Archbishop Comensoli advised that the Victorian Health Department has given new information regarding the broadcast of religious services. This advice allows for  a small number of essential workers to assist with streaming and broadcasting of prayer. As we don’t have the technology to live broadcast at St Thomas More owing to bandwidth and technology constraints these recordings will be made available online for later access via our parish website.

Masses are scheduled for 10am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with devotions will be at 3pm on Friday. Mass will be also celebrated on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday 9am. I invite anyone who would be willing to help assist at Mass either as a one off or on a regular basis to contact myself or the Parish Office to express your interest. Volunteers will need to be issued with a workers permit and follow strict protocols to ensure everyone’s safety.        Fr Patrick

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Currently there are three places  on site sharing the same mailing address at 313 Canadian Bay Road. This means that Woodlands Early Learning Centre, STM Parish and Presbytery and STM School all share the same physical address. Unfortunately, this also means that we share the same physical mail box and deliveries and visitors often make their way to the wrong entrance. It can take some time for mail and visitors to get where they need to be.  PPLT and the STM PAC have recommended that we renumber our address: no 313 for STM School; no 311 for STM Parish; no 309 for Woodlands Early Learning Centre. Please let us know any feedback as to how this would affect you in the coming weeks.—Fr Patrick 


Sacraments

BAPTISM

Contact the Parish Office on 9787 7777

RECONCILIATION & FIRST EUCHARIST

Contact the Parish Office on 9787 7777

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

Child Safeguarding


We are committed to a safe and nurturing culture for all children in our Church.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, together with our Parish holds the care, safety and wellbeing of children as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart
of the Gospel.

We want our children to be safe, happy and empowered.
 

We have zero tolerance of child abuse and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously and reported in line with our legal obligations, our moral obligations and our Church policies. 

We are committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early and then reducing or removing them.  
 
Child Safeguarding Committee

Every person involved in the Catholic Church has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

If you see something of concern,
Please call our Parish Representative—
Julie Banda Carter on 0420 923 859   

or  email the Archdiocese office at :      professional.standards@cam.org.au. 

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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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