St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world.
St. Anthony's Youth & Conversion
St. Anthony was born in the year 1195 A. D. at Lisbon (Portugal) where his father was a captain in the royal army. Already at the age of fifteen years, he had entered the Congregation of Canons Regular of St. Augustine and devoted himself with great earnestness both to study and to the practice of piety in the Monastery at Coimbra (Portugal).
About that time some of the first members of the Order of Friars Minor, which St. Francis has founded in 1206 A. D. came to Coimbra. They begged from the Canons Regular a small and very poor place, from which by their evangelical poverty and simplicity they edified everyone in the region. Then in 1219 A. D. some of these friars, moved by divine inspiration, went as missionaries to preach the Gospel of Christ to the inhabitants of Morocco. There they were brutally martyred for the Faith. Some Christian merchants succeeded in recovering their remains; and so brought their relics in triumph back to Coimbra.
The relics of St. Bernard and companions, the first martyrs of the Franciscan Order, seized St. Anthony with an intense desire to suffer martyrdom in a like manner. So moved by their heroic example he repeatedly begged and petitioned his superiors to be given leave to join the Franciscan Order. In the quiet little Franciscan convent at Coimbra he received a friendly reception, and in the same year his earnest wish to be sent to the missions in Africa was fulfilled.
St. Anthony's Arrival in Italy
But God had decreed otherwise. And so, St. Anthony scarcely set foot on African soil when he was seized with a grievous illness. Even after recovering from it, he was so weak that, resigning himself to the will of God, he boarded a boat back to Portugal. Unexpectedly a storm came upon them and drove the ship to the east where it found refuge on coast of Sicily. St. Anthony was greeted and given shelter by the Franciscans of that island, and thus came to be sent to Assisi, where the general chapter of the Order was held in May, 1221 A. D..
Since he still looked weak and sickly, and gave no evidence of his scholarship, no one paid any attention to the stranger until Father Gratian, the Provincial of friars living in the region of Romagna (Italy), had compassion on him and sent him to the quiet little convent near Forli (also in Italy). There St. Anthony remained nine months as chaplain to the hermits, occupied in the lowliest duties of the kitchen and convent, and to his heart's content he practiced interior as well as exterior mortification.
St. Anthony, Preacher and Teacher
But the hidden jewel was soon to appear in all its brilliance. For the occasion of a ceremony of ordination some of the hermits along with St. Anthony were sent to the town of Forli. Before the ceremony was to begin, however, it was announced that the priest who was to give the sermon had fallen sick. The local superior, to avert the embarrassment of the moment, quickly asked the friars in attendance to volunteer. Each excused himself, saying that he was not prepared, until finally, St. Anthony was asked to give it. When he too, excused himself in a most humble manner, his superior ordered him by virtue of the vow of obedience to give the sermon. St. Anthony began to speak in a very reserved manner; but soon holy animation seized him, and he spoke with such eloquence, learning and unction that everybody was fairly amazed.
When St. Francis was informed of the event, he gave St. Anthony the mission to preach throughout Italy. At the request of the brethren, St. Anthony was later commissioned also to teach theology, "but in such a manner," St. Francis distinctly wrote, " that the spirit of prayer be not extinguished either in yourself or in the other brethren." St. Anthony himself placed greater value in the salvation of souls than on learning. For that reason he never ceased to exercise his office as preacher despite his work of teaching.
The number of those who came to hear him was sometimes so great that no church was large enough to accommodate and so he had to preach in the open air. Frequently St. Anthony wrought veritable miracles of conversion. Deadly enemies were reconciled. Thieves and usurers made restitution. Calumniators and detractors recanted and apologized. He was so energetic in defending the truths of the Catholic Faith that many heretics returned to the Church. This occasioned the epitaph given him by Pope Gregory IX "the ark of the covenant."
In all his labors he never forgot the admonition of his spiritual father, St. Francis, that the spirit of prayer must not be extinguished. If he spent the day in teaching and heard the confession of sinners till late in the evening, then many hours of the night were spent in intimate union with God.
Once a man, at whose home St. Anthony was spending the night, came upon the saint and found him holding in his arms the Child Jesus, unspeakably beautiful and surrounded with heavenly light. For this reason St. Anthony is often depicted holding the Child Jesus.
St. Anthony's Death
In 1227 A. D., St. Anthony was elected Minister Provincial of the friars living in northern Italy. Thus he resumed the work of preaching. Due to his taxing labors and his austere penance, he soon felt his strength so spent that he prepared himself for death. After receiving the last sacraments he kept looking upward with a smile on his countenance. When he was asked what he saw there, he answered: "I see my Lord." He breathed forth his soul on June 13, 1231 A. D., being only thirty six year old. Soon the children in the streets of the city of Padua were crying: "The saint is dead, Anthony is dead."
Pope Gregory IX enrolled him among the saints in the very next year. At Padua, a magnificent basilica was built in his honor, his holy relics were entombed there in 1263 A. D. From the time of his death up to the present day, countless miracles have occurred through St. Anthony's intercession, so that he is known as the Wonder-Worker. In 1946 A. D. St. Anthony was declared a Doctor of the Church.
Parish Priest - Fr Brian Collins
Assistant Priest - Fr Martin Jeramias
Assistant Priest - Fr Firminus Wiryono SVD
Pastoral Associates - Vicki Russell & Brenda O'Leary
Pastoral Associates - Patrick Comarmond
School Acting Principal (St Anthony’s) - Susan Kubiak
School Principal (Resurrection) - Jane Dunstone
Keysborough Learning Centre General Manager - Neil Cooper
WHAT'S HAPPENING... St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) Patron of Sudan Feast Day is 8 February 2018 which is also International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, modern day slavery. Mass was celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral, where the St Bakhita Choir filled the Cathedral with the most beautiful singing and music.
Pope Francis has described 'human trafficking as a scourge' on the modern day. We need to challenge all forms of exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery. Sadly many young men, women and children have found themselves trapped in bonded labour in fields, forced prostitution, mines and factories.
In recent years ACRATH (Australia Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) have attempted to promote this destructive behaviour in our society and world. At all Masses this weekend we will take up a 3rd collection for ACRATH Foundation. Sr Claire Griffin CSR is a major supporter of ACRATH and is grateful for this generous donation.
ACRATH meet with our politicians and attempt to make this terrible scourge known to our politicians and society. They are happy to speak at community events. They have also drawn up a call to action plan which follows:
Call to Action to STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING. To succeed in this work of justice we all need to work as partners. Here are six suggested ways we could do this:
1. Share what you know. Talk with at least 5 family members of friends about human trafficking. Put a brief report in your school or parish bulletin to inform others about the existence of human trafficking and slavery.
2. Learn more. Regularly visit www.acrath.org.au for information about current issues and campaigns requiring action. Register for ACRATH's monthly e-news bulletin by emailing:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Attend forums and information sessions on trafficking or slavery.
3. Investigate. This year, ensure there are no exploitative work practices involved in the supply chains employed in manufacturing your school's uniforms or staff uniforms at your workplace.
4. Campaign. Visit http:acrath.org.au/take-action to explore the following campaigns in which you, your family and friends could be involved:
- slavery – free Easter chocolate campaign;
- slavery – free purchasing;
- 16 days campaign for the prevention of violence against Women and Girls.
5. Shop Ethically. Use your purchasing power to prevent slavery in the supply chains of goods you purchase by always seeking out FAIRTRADE, UTZ or Rainforest Alliance certification of tea, coffee, chocolate and ask for just wages for workers behind the goods and services we use.
6. Help raise funds. Organise a fundraising event in your school, parish or community or make a donation to support the work of those groups raising awareness about human trafficking and taking action to prevent it.
Following the example of St Joseph Bakhita, we are called to take action on behalf of people vulnerable to being trafficked today.
Have a good week, Brian , Vicki, Yon, Martin, Brenda and Patrick
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER!
† We pray in thanksgiving for Leonard Cox, Elizabeth Saldanha, and for those who have died recently in the peace of Christ.
† We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at about this time: Giovanni Luci, Katherine Wright, Oscar Rothe, Walter Martin, Frances Turner, Mavis Turner, Hector Briggs, Leslie Dirckze, Vincenza Matarazzo, Ivy Balfour, Justine Fernandez, Raimundo Fernandes Xavier, Jeconio Fernandes Xavier, Lourenca Fernandes Xavier, Michael Mifsud, Joseph Selvanayagam.
† Please also pray for those who are sick especially:
Elaine Barrot, Gerry Hemley, Dorothy Gray, Isabella Stuart, Marian Lewis, Joshua Dalla Bosca, Kelli Martinelli, Bernadette Hateley, Grizelda Roberts, Jean Phillips, Raymond Lopez, Stephanie Maujean, Don Cantwell, Hans Heuskes, Lee Lowe, Peter Angelopoulos, John Doherty, Naomi Heiden, Mahima Sharma, Nicholas Quinn, Lester Rodrigues, Antonio Sealzo, Theresa Heuskes, Reeds Travis, Eugenie Agullo.
We the Parishioners of
St. Anthony’s Noble Park,
Believe we are called by Christ
to be the people of Prayer, Welcome,
Participation and Outreach.
• To gather each week to celebrate Eucharist
• To provide various opportunities to hear
God’s word and allow to shape our lives
• To encourage and to explore a variety
of expressions of Christian prayer
• To plan liturgies which nurture faith and
• To continually invite others to be involved
• To be a community that is welcoming,
supportive, caring, nurturing and positive
• To celebrate and respect the diversity and
richness and giftedness of our community.
• To encourage the gifts and potential in one another
• To offer a variety of opportunity from
gathering and socialising
• To seek open communication
• To develop effective networks and provide
opportunities for sponsoring, mentoring
• To plan for the future with hope
• To be responsive to the needs of individuals and groups in our Parish
• To collaborate with existing groups to identify and respond to local community needs.
• To be aware of the needs of the wider world and to determine an appropriate response.
OUR PARISH PRAYER
patron of our parish,
loyal servant of God,
faithful follower of Jesus:
You taught by word and deed,
the message of the Gospel.
Teach us to live the Gospel
values as you did.
Enlighten our minds in search
of God's will.
Inspire us to be a
ever reaching out to
and cherishing our neighbour.
Help us proclaim God's love
and live what we proclaim.
ST ANTHONY'S PARISH BOOKSTORE!
+ Charismatic Prayer Group meet in the Small Hall every Monday at 8.00pm.
+ St Anthony’s Novena every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Church
+ Novena - Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help follows the 7.00pm Mass in the Church on Wednesdays.
+ Divine Mercy of the Samoan Community every Thursday from 6.00pm in the Church.
+ Divine Mercy Devotion every Friday 2.45 pm in the Church
+ Knitting Group meet in the Gathering Space every Friday from 10-12am.
+ Sudanese Prayer Group meet every Friday evening at 6.30 in the Gathering Space.
+ Legion of Mary meet at the Parish Centre at 10.15am on Saturdays.
THANKSGIVING PLEDGE Thank you to all those who completed a card to pledge your financial support.
If you were away, or missed out on completing your pledge card, pledge cards are always available in the Sacristy waiting for you.
They can be filled in and put with the collection or brought home, filled in and returned later.
Even if you are a regular contributor, please complete a card so that all information is up to date.
Your commitment will help the parish to continue to support you. Thank you. WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECKS
Does your volunteer work require you to come into contact with children? If so please apply for a Working with Children Check. All volunteers that help at the Resurrection and St Anthony's Parish please ensure that you have a valid Working with Children Check. This is a legal requirement that Fr Brian needs to sign off and declare that all staff and volunteers have a current working with children check. If you do not have a working with children check please register for one online by going to:
www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au - It is free.
For those of you that already have a Working with Children check please ensure that it is up to date and valid. Once you have received your card please forward a copy to Brook at Resurrection and Joseph at St Anthony's. If you have any questions please contact the parish.
New Members welcome for our monthly meeting on the last Friday of the Month. No joining fee & your first drink is free! We have a TV for the footy & and something to eat every meeting. Come along & join us to see what we are about. Small Hall 8.00pm till late. Enquiries to Mike Molloy 9546 1739.
Volunteers are required to assist in cleaning the Church. Your commitment is required at a minimum of once a fortnight. If interested contact the Parish Centre on 9546 8276 leave your name and contact details. Thank you.
Sacraments of Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist
Do you believe your child is eligible to receive a Sacrament in 2015? All children, attending Catholic, private & government schools are required to fill in an expression of interest form. Expression of interest forms for School age children Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation are on the back table and should be filled in and returned next week. Thank you.
St Anthony's Grief Support Group will resume meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at 10:15am in the Parish Centre and repeated in the evening of the same day at 7:30pm in the Parish Centre.
If you are struggling with the death of a loved family member or close friend, have recently separated or divorced, relocated, lost your job, struggling with illness or any other major loss in your life, we invite you to join us on our journey of healing, compassion & friendship.
If you are interested in joining this group, please ring Maria Jones on 9792 4755 or 0414 520 488 (If you know of anyone who might benefit from this group, please extend an invitation).
Children's Liturgy Children's Liturgy takes place every Sunday's 9.30am Mass, except school holidays. This caters for the needs of the younger members of the Parish, presenting them with the Word of God and activities appropriate for their age. We are inviting parents to bring their children. All welcome.
KAYEM PRAYER GROUP (Contemplative Prayer)
We meet every 1st Wednesday of the month. Anyone interested contact Kathryn 9548 4809
Dandenong Homework Tutoring Program
This program is a St Vincent de Paul and CatholicCare initiative. We are currently looking for volunteer tutors Mathematics or English to students in Years 5 to 8. Volunteers need to be available each Saturday from 9.30am till 12.30pm. Tutoring takes place at St Mary’s Primary School, Dandenong. No experience necessary. Training provided.
Please contact Michelle Pereira 0488 363 359
MAKE A DIFFERENCE - BECOME A VOLUNTEER TUTOR at AMES EDUCATION NOBLE PARK
Role Description: Tutoring basic English to new refugees and migrants. Qualifications: No formal qualifications or proficiency in a second language are required. Training: A free course is provided to all volunteers joining the program. Commitment: 1 - 2 hrs per week (flexible times, evenings or during the day)
Benefits: Learn about new cultures, gain valuable experience to improve your employment opportunities, meet new people, socialise and widen your community networks, earn a certificate or change your career!
For more information contact: 8558 8804
or email: email@example.com
Norah McCluskey runs an English Class for asylum seekers at the Noble Park Aquatic Centre. She is looking for volunteers for any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday 10am - 12pm. Please contact her on: 0438 088 160.
COMMUNION TO THE SICK
Anyone who takes Communion to the sick, could you please put your name down and who you are taking Communion to. The book is in the sacristy marked (Communion to the sick).
PRAYING FOR THE SICK
Commonwealth Privacy Legislation protects the rights of people to privacy, including the sick. A person who is sick has the right not to have their condition mentioned publicly without their permission, including praying for them. The parish practice from now on requires written permission to print names in the Bulletin. Names for inclusion need to be dropped in to the parish office by 10:00 am on Thursday.
Sick, death or anniversary lists
FOR WEEKDAY MASSES INTENTIONS: There is a book/diary in the sacristy for the names of loved ones to be prayed for during a particular daily Mass are to be recorded.
FOR SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MASSES: The process for having loved ones placed in the newsletter and /or prayed for involves filling out a green/purple form and submitting it to the office by Thursday lunchtime. Names of the sick and death anniversaries received after this date will be included in the following week's newsletter. Obviously, the names of those who die after Thursday lunchtime can be submitted directly to the mass celebrant for inclusion in their prayers for the weekend Mass.
SICK LIST: Loved ones prayed for on the sick list will remain on the list for one month. After one month, re-submission of all names of the sick is required.
ANNIVERSARY LIST: This list is for death anniversary only (i.e. yearly remembrance) and does not include birthday remembrance or non-annual remembrances (e.g. 40 day mind) For these intentions, the request for prayers will be given to the priests, but not included in the published anniversary lists.
PARKING OUTSIDE CHURCH IN BUCKLEY STREET We officially received a letter from the council that we can now park outside the church in Buckley St. The yellow Line has been blasted away. We must obey the signs which clearly mark what hours we can or cannot park. Carmel Martin