Ministry to the Sick and Housebound
Each Sunday, from the Eucharist, women and men who are
Ministers of the Eucharist take Communion to the Sick and Housebound, both in
their homes and to View Hills Manor, a local aged care facility.
Anointing of the Sick
People preparing to go to hospital and who require surgery, are invited to contact one of the priests beforehand, for the Sacrament of Anointing. With diminishing numbers of priests, one might not always see a priest in a hospital. It’s best to contact one of our priests before going to hospital.
In circumstance where a person’s illness could lead to death, please contact one of the priests while a loved one is conscious.
There is a Mass of Anointing at 9.00am on the first Friday of each month.
Mass is also celebrated at View Hills Manor aged care facility, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 10.30am.
The priests visit on or near the First Friday of the month for Anointing and Communion.
Ministry to View Hills Manor Retirement Home
The Parish offers Pastoral Care and Support to retired people in the care of View Hills Manor by way of Sunday Communion Services. Mass and the Sacrament of Annointing are offered on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. We are available at other times by calling the Parish Centre.
Ministry to the Dying
Priests and ministers are available to assist people with prayer and other support in their final days and months of life. When people’s lives are fading away, it is important to offer them spiritual support from their families and from the Church. Please do not delay calling a priest to attend while a person is still conscious.
At St Paul we wish to celebrate every stage of life from birth
to death. A recent Bereavement Support Group helps families experiencing a
death. This helps the family decide how they want to celebrate the death of a
loved one. Several times in the year there is a service of remembrance.
When a loved one dies we usually suggest that the funeral
arrangements not be rushed. That gives us time to prepare for the
farewell in a fitting way. That gives all the family time to participate
in organising the funeral, the readings, the music, the prayers, the eulogy.
The Rites of Christian Funerals of our Church provide much resources for the following:
- Vigil of Prayer for the Deceased
- The Funeral Mass or Service
- The Rites for the Cemetery or Crematorium.
We will make these resources available to all families to assist them as they plan for the funeral services for a loved one.
Families are supported by the Parish when a loved one dies, and we assist them to celebrate the life and death of family members in ways that are most suitable to individual circumstances.
Parish Memorial Garden
The Memorial Garden on the south west corner of the Church is a place for remembering. Some parishioners have chosen to remember a loved one with a plaque. Others have sprinkled their loved ones’ ashes in this garden. Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested in either of these.
November Memorial Mass
Each November the Parish gathers to remember all who have died, celebrating a special Mass at this time.
Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Group (JPIC)
Since 2011 a group meets to reflect on and promote
action to address matters of justice in our world. It is called the Justice,
Peace and Integrity of Creation Group. This suggests the areas of life they
pray about, inform themselves about and look for some action to address the
crises we face in matters of justice and peace and the care of our precious
Outreach From Our Parish
St Vincent De Paul Conference
Our Vinnies Conference is a small but effective group of volunteers who respond to the needs of people in a magnanimous way. They meet on the First Monday of the Month in the Parish Office to plan for the future. Members do visitation of families and individuals in need, assess their situation, and plan a response.
St Vinnies- Soup Van
A Soup Van supplied by St. Vincent de Paul Society brings soup and
sandwiches to people in the area who struggle to make ends meet. Volunteers
prepare the soup and food in the Church kitchen and others deliver the food. It is the love of Christ
in action. The Soup Van goes out Mondays and Wednesdays.
St Vinnies - Bread run
Bread is also distributed to people who need this twice a week. The bread run takes place on Tuesdays and
Thursdays with food collected from businesses in Endeavour Hills.
AA’s is an independent organization helping people to overcome or live with the disease called alcoholism. The Parish has provided meeting facilities for them for many years, and is pleased to continue to do so. Meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
Information on AA: http://www.aatimes.org.au
Each year our Parish appeals for assistance to
families in need through our Christmas Hamper Appeal. By “adopting” a
family, we provide a meal and gifts for Christmas Day for families in
need. These families are referred to us through a number of agencies including:
- Andrews Centre Endeavour Hills
- John Pierce Centre for the Hearing Impaired
- St Vincent de Paul Conference
- Wellsprings for Women, Dandenong
On the Second Sunday of December we hold a Hamper Mass
at 6pm. During Advent families and individuals have been preparing hampers. We
gather to celebrate Eucharist surrounded by such gifts which are distributed
next day to the families who have asked for help. This is a beautiful and most
generous way to remember our sisters and brothers in need. It also helps us a s
parish community to remember and celebrate God’s amazing love shown in the gift
of the Christ-Child and his mother Mary. The Hamper Mass is always followed by
Christmas Carols and a sausage sizzle.
Wellsprings for Women
Wellsprings at Dandenong caters for women in need in the South East, and is a Ministry of the Presentation Sisters. They offer short courses for women and a place for them to gather for mutual support. One of their key features is the support of migrants, particularly women
having difficulty with visas. It offers support to women with no other means of
support and who have the care of children. Many of these today are Muslim
St Paul Apostle Parish is a proud supporter of Wellsprings for Women. For More Information: