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Introduction My friends, Jesus wanted his disciples to understand the kingdom of God and described it using different images

or parables. Today we hear two of those parables the seed growing secretly and the mustard seed. Notice that in both parables, it is a human being who plants the seed, but God who is responsible for the seeds growth. We are not to take lightly our role in building the kingdom, nor are we to become discouraged. The kingdom of God develops in Gods own time.

Vacation Bible School, 2012 Vacation Bible School for children ages 5 12 years takes place on Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Michaels Church Hall. Application forms are at the entrance to the church. First Holy Communion Children Last Sunday, June 10, St. Patricks Parish witnessed 24 girls and boys receive their First Eucharist. Two Masses were held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with approximately 350 family and friends in attendance at each Mass. Please pray for these young people and their families: Max Blakeney Lexus Aria Brites Ryan Daniel Leanne Estis Ashlee Furtado Megan Hands Jacob Hodder Ashley Horseman Sierra Jabon Mykayla Larrier Serena Madeiros Adrian McPhee Christina Medeiros Zoe Moniz Jacob Pereira Christopher Raymond Tiago Rebelo Taylor Rego Jennifer Rodrigues Adrian Rymon-Lipinski Dae-Lyn Saint-Surin Kristy Sanchez A-Maya Todd-Smith Conan Ward

Mass Intentions
Sat. 16 6:00 p.m. Frank Cabral Sun. 17 9:00 a.m. Jos daConceio Melo Jos Luis DaSilva Frank Alves Daniel Carvalho 11:00 a.m. Parishioners of St. Patricks Mon. 18 9:00 a.m. James & Agnes Kelly Margaret Ray Tues. 19 8:00 a.m. Victor Moniz Manuel & Arminda Garrafa Wed. 20 8:00 a.m. Michael Brennan Thurs.21 8:00 a.m. Intentions of Mary & Manuel Correia Fri. 22 8:00 a.m. Teresa & Barrie Flear Sat. 23 6:00 p.m. Parishioners of St. Patricks Sun. 24 9:00 a.m. Mary Benevides Mariano & Maria Simas Maria Conceio Faria 11:00 a.m. Antonio Gara

Stewardship Treasure Mass Offering last week: Poor Box: First Holy Communion Offering:

$306.00 $2,304.00

Stewardship Thank You Many people contribute to the efficient running of the parish. As the CCD year ended last weekend, we would like to extend a special thank you to Daniel Pereira for setting up tables and chairs for Saturday morning CCD classes and to Mike McCallum and the Grade 8 $3,311.00 students and CCD Aides for taking the tables and chairs down and putting them away. A special thank you also goes to Mary De Silva, Angelina Calauro, Julieta Bento, Joe and Connie Rebelo who decorated the church for the First Holy Communion Masses last weekend. Your stewardship is greatly appreciated.

Weekly Stewardship Thought Stewardship of treasure is based on giving a percentage of our income. If we have little income, we will give little. If we have greater income, we will give more. Whether we are poor or rich, we can each give a percentage of our income to church and other charities.

Reflection Question Am I conscious of the seeds of faith that were planted in me? How have I grown in that life? Do my words and actions serve as seeds for the kingdom of God in the lives of the people in my life at home, at work, and at school?

A Successful Business Persons Luncheon Bishop Robert J. Kurtz, CR and the organisers of the Catholic Business Persons Luncheon would like to thank the 2012 guest speaker Mr. John Barritt, JP. They would also like to extend their gratitude to everyone who attended and helped make this event a success. In the name of the Catholic Business Persons Luncheon, $1,000 will be donated to the MSA Foundation. CCD Fees are Now Past Due! Parents, please submit your payment of $135 per child (cheques payable to St. Patricks Church) and forms to Mrs. Maria Pacheco or Fr. Paul as soon as possible or, forms and payment may be made directly to Mrs. Essie Hans at the Diocesan Centre on Laffan Street.

Thank You, Catechists St. Patricks Parish is truly grateful to the current CCD catechists who have volunteered their time and talent to teach our young people for the upcoming school year, September 2012 June 2013. However, we are still in need of Catechists and Aides for the start of CCD in September. This rewarding ministry is both challenging and fulfilling. You can expect to spend about three hours a week in preparation and class time. Catholic men and women need to step forward to teach our faith to the young people of our parish. Please speak to Mrs. Maria Pacheco (CCD Coordinator) or call the Rectory at 2369866 if you are interested in helping. Congratulations to the MSA Graduates of 2012! On Thursday, June 14, Mount Saint Agnes Academy graduated the Class of 2012. The following students are members of St. Patricks Parish: Christopher Andrade Samantha Blakemore Owen Chisnall Renato Costa Jasmine Dawson Nicholas Lopes Riley McLaughlin Leanne Moniz Kyla Sinclair Megan Teixeira

Peters Pence Collection Next Weekend Next weekend our Diocese will take up the Peters Pence Collection, which provides the Holy Father with the funds he needs to carry out his most important charitable works. The proceeds benefit the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Special envelopes are available in the bulletin for the collection which will take place at all Masses on June 23 and June 24. Thank you very much for your support of the Holy See. Through your generosity, we can cast the peace of Christ upon the world. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Patricks Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament normally held each Thursday evening in the Church has been suspended until further notice. Lunchtime Mass at St. Theresas Suspended The 12:10 p.m. Mass held daily at St. Theresas Cathedral will be suspended for the summer months. It will resume in September. Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings St. Patricks Parish is happy to be the site of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meetings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 8:30 p.m. in the Rectory basement. Meetings are offered in both English and Portuguese and are open to anyone wanting to stop by. Catholic Questions and Answers I notice that Latinos in my parish kiss their thumb after making the sign of the cross. Why? Answer They actually are kissing a cross formed by placing the thumb and forefinger at right angles. Kissing the cross (as we do on Good Friday) is an ancient gesture of devotion. It implies a humble acceptance of ones own cross in imitation of Jesus. A Special Prayer for Fathers God, bless all the fathers in the world. Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children. Help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way. Amen. Smile for the Day! --Dad Reads the Label
A three-year-old boy went with his father to see a litter of kittens. On returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother that there were 2 boy kitties and 2 girl kitties. "How do you know?" his mother asked. "Daddy picked them up and looked underneath," he replied, "I think it's printed on the bottom."

Our prayers and wishes go out to these young men and women. May they have a restful summer and may their future be faith-filled and successful. Caritas House of Prayer Activities (236-5877)
Quiet Wednesday is scheduled for June 20 with Rosary at 10:30 a.m. followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 3:30 p.m. There are many spiritual books available as well as inspiring CDs. Treat yourself to some quiet time during your lunch hour or on the way home from work. Attention! Wednesday, July 18 will be the last Quiet Wednesday until September 12. Bible Study will be held on June 20 with duplicate sessions at 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The topic will be Johns Gospel, Chapter 10. This will be the last Bible Study Day until September. Monthly Evening Prayer: Sunday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. on the Questions that Jesus asked. This months question is Where are the nine? Note: A special Evening of Prayer will be held at Caritas on Sunday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. All are invited but a special invitation is extended to those who made the At-One-Ment Retreat in February. How is our Everyday God leading us during these summer days? For more information on the many activities available at Caritas, please contact Sr. Judith at 236-5877 or by email: bcaritas@northrock.bm.

Happy Fathers Day!