1st Sunday of Advent 2019

 

PARISH NEWS

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH 

Sundays

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass 1st Saturday of the month, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

7:30pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena after 7:00pm Mass

7:00pm to 8:30pm RCIA in Theatrette

 

COMBINED PARISH RITE II RECONCILIATION – THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER AT 7:00PM
Please join us at St. James' Parish, Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing, for our Combined Rite II Reconciliation on Thursday 19th December at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus our Saviour into our hearts this Christmas. All welcome. 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Aveline Pannetier and Hayley Forrest who are to be baptised this Sunday. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead lives full of happiness, faith and love.

PIETY STORE
Religious Calendars, Christmas Cards, ornaments, Nativity Sets, children's Advent Calendars, and lots more are now available in the Piety Store. Come and browse. 

GIVING TREE – ST VINCENT DE PAUL
To enable us to make up hampers to brighten Christmas for struggling families in our area, please take a tag from the Tree and return the item/s to the baskets under the Tree by December 8th. A Christmas card with your gift of food lets a family know that you are thinking of them in this joyous season. Last year with your help we were able to help 110 families. Enquiries 9749 2388.

COMMUNION SERVICE
Kindly note that there will be a Liturgy of the Word and  Communion Service on Tuesday December 3 at 8.30 am.

ROSTERS FOR PIETY STORE
Rosters for the Piety Store are available in the hall for those who do not have computer access. All others have had the roster emailed to them.

ROSTERS FOR COMMUNION TO THE SICK, LECTORS & EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS are available for collection from the hall this weekend.

SENIORS CHRISTMAS LUNCH
14 DECEMBER 2019 12:00pm – 3:00 pm
We recognise the important part our Seniors play in our Parish Community. While we encourage the generations to come together we also provide a place where the seniors of our parish community are honoured, supported and valued. To honour the Seniors of our parish, the Young Adults Ministry and Friends would like to invite all the Seniors of our parish above 60 years, to a Christmas Lunch on Saturday 14th December from 12:00 to 3:00pm, to be held in the Church Hall. Tickets at $10 per person will be sold at all weekend masses on 30 November/1 December & 7/8 December. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

MELBOURNE OVERSEAS MISSION
There will be a special collection at all Masses on the weekend of 7/8 December for the Melbourne Overseas Mission. We thank you for your generosity.

VOCATION NEWS – 1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
"Stay Awake". Jesus urges us to be ready. Today let us pray for the young people in our parish community, that they may be ready and alert to hear the Lord calling them to the faithful vocations of marriage, priesthood, consecrated or single life.

BOOK DISPLAY
Pauline Books & Media will have Catholic children’s books, spiritual reading, saints, devotional books, scripture, etc. available for purchase in the Church Hall at the 6:00pm, 8.30am and 10.30am Masses on 7/8 December. A great gift idea and an opportunity to nurture your family’s faith this Christmas!

ST. PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP (KNK) Prayer Meetings will resume in the first week of Feb 2020.

DAWN MASS NOVENA, 16-24 DECEMBER 2019
This will be the 24th year our parish will celebrate the Dawn Mass Novena in preparation for Christmas. The Novena Mass is held at 5:00am every morning for nine consecutive days, starting on the 16th and concluding on the 24th December. Our parish prayer group organises this by coordinating with our parishioners, other groups in our parish, prayer group benefactors and others from neighbouring parishes who attend the Dawn Mass every year. Their generosity provides a festive breakfast for everyone who attends the dawn Mass. If any of you would like to be a part of this breakfast by either providing food or wish to donate towards it please contact the parish office on 9749 4300 or email hopperscrossing@cam.org.au. Thank you.

JANUARY 2020
Please note that there will be NO Healing Mass or Baptism Formation Meeting in January. The Healing Mass and Baptism Formation meeting will resume in February 2020.

LOURDES DAY MASS
Saturday 7 December, 10:30am, St Patrick’s Cathedral
A blessing of the sick will follow the celebration of the Liturgy with water brought from the spring at the Shrine of Lourdes. This is an occasion to come together in prayer with those who are sick, infirm or elderly and their carers. Each Mass participant will receive a gift pack containing a small bottle of Lourdes water (sourced from the Grotto), rosary beads and prayer materials.  Individual blessings are available after Mass.

FRIAR ALESSANDRO AT ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
You are invited to an evening of Christmas music & readings with internationally acclaimed Franciscan tenor Friar Alessandro. Friar is on his first ever tour to Australia and will be accompanied by Vivian Choi (Piano) and the Artes Christi Choir & Orchestra.  ENTRY FREE or By Donation with all donations supporting the Vinnies Christmas Appeal.  DETAILS: Sat 7 Dec (7.30pm), St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL at www.voicefromassisi.org.au There is also a yellow Parish sign-up sheet at the rear of the Church

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Kyle Moreno, Maria Luz Natividad, Maxy Lobo, Phyllis Meyn, Becky Day, Zivko Raleski, Melchor Aglipay, Joan Stoackley, Fr Bert De La Pena, Melin Leo, German Dimanliq and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Simon Simonides, John Walsh, Marion Bartolo, P.K. Thomas, Paily Joseph, Annakutty Joseph, Winston Ephraums, Ralston Ephraums, Christabel Herft, Ray Marshall and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Ellen Everett, Godwin Arandez, Maria D’Andrea, Michael Sterpin, Mahen Jacob, Lorna Siriwardena, Gerard Biggs, Andrea Clayburn, Marcelo Arenas, Amelia Pamparo, Liza Medina, Bianca McKitterick, Leo Mellawa, Baby Elera, Pat Heffernan, Anton de Hoedt, Daniel, Hope Lake, Reverie Mancini, Raynata Saunders, Francine Foster, K. V. Thomas, Alex Deva Alangaram, Therese Mary, Paul Zammit, May & Raymond Rizkallah, Jerome Concessao, Angela Boscolo, Sam Caruana and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters – 8 Dec 19

L. Vasquez / T. Grisancich / L. De La Cruz

Readers – 7/8 Dec 19

  6:00pm D. Fernandez
  8:30am S. Vaz
10:30am L. D’Cruz
  5:00pm C. Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 7/8 Dec 19

  6:00pm G. Surrao / Josie T. / Sharon A. / B. Fernandes
  8:30am G. Sharman / A. Vesty / E. Stowers / B. Jones
10:30am F. Caruana / S. Colla / V. Firman / J. Quinless
  5:00pm J&D Etiennette / J. Phan Lai / R. Albuquerque

Music Ministry – 7/8 Dec 19

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ