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1st Sunday of Lent 2024


God of all hope, we pray for our world with all its beauty and need. We thank you for the love in our lives that is a mirror of your unending love.
May all creation know your compassion this Lent and may we take courage to share it, especially with those who don’t have what they need.
In our time, we hear the same words you spoke to Moses: “I will be with you,’ when you ask us to do courageous things.
Through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, move us to act in the company of your Spirit, showing compassion and acting for justice to renew the face of the Earth, now and for all generations.
We ask this in the name of Christ.

Entrance Antiphon
When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.

1st Reading (Gen 9:8-15)
A reading from the book of Genesis.
God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of the flood. There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.’ God said, ‘Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all things of flesh.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.

2nd Reading (1 Pet 3:18-22)
A reading from the first letter of St. Peter.
Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life, and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison. Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of eight people ‘by water’, and when God was still waiting patiently, that these spirits refused to believe. That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now, and which is not the washing off of physical dirt but a pledge made to God from a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has entered heaven and is at God’s right hand, now that he has made the angels and Dominations and Powers his subjects.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory! No one lives on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel (Mk 1:12-15)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him. After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

Next Week’s Readings
Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18;   Rom 8:31-34; Mk 9:2-10

Feasts of the Week
The Chair of St. Peter            Thu, 22 Feb



10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays - Resumes February 2024.
After 5:00pm Mass in Hall – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 years on 2nd and 4th Sundays. Resumes 11th February 2024.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meeting.
7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 826 5359 2389 Passcode: Bible.
Contact Clive 0490814452 or Francis 0401787372.
7:00pm - Online Zoom Rosary - Meeting ID: 893 5477 8556Passcode: rosary7:00pm.
7:00pm - RCIA Meeting in Theatrette/zoom. Contact Francis Thomas 0401787372 or Dario Carreno 0438525148.
7:00pm - Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
2:30pm to 4:00pm - St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship in Church - Resumes February 2024.
1.30pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday 10th February 2024.
12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm. Next Baptism Preparation Meeting Mon 4th March 2024 at 7:00pm in Church.

Seminarian Anthony Wright has been appointed to our parish for a year for his pastoral placement. Kindly assist him in his ministry. Please welcome Anthony into our parish community with our usual warm St. Peter’s welcome.

We welcome into our Church community Francis Tomayao, Nathaniel Baloco & Zander Baloco, 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.

Dear Parishioners, when you come to church, please do not park in the drop off and pick up lanes during school hours. Thank you. Please also note that the undercover area is now open for parking on weekends.

Dear Parents, please note the enrolment procedure for the Sunday school Sacramental Program has changed.
There will be an Enrolment / Information session on Thursday 22nd February at 7:30pm in Church.
Attendance is mandatory if you want to register your child for the Sacramental program.
Please bring your child’s Baptism Certificate with you.
Payment to be made on the day. Fees are mentioned below.
Sunday School – $50 per family
Sacramental fee – $50 per child.
Reconciliation – No Fee.
Enquiries, please email Sharon:

RITE OF ELECTION is an important part of the process of a person’s journey to full membership in the Catholic Church community. Our catechumens Jasmine Dawson and Khun Banya will be attending the ‘Rite of Election’ along with their sponsors, family and RCIA team at St Patrick’s Cathedral this Sunday 18th February. This will be an important step in their journey towards receiving the sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Let us keep them in our prayers as they make this important and lifelong journey of faith.

Parishioners are invited to take a tour of the New School Building on Sunday 25th February after the 10.30am mass.

Please take home a Project Compassion box or set of donation envelopes which are available in the Hall and Foyer. Donate through Project Compassion donation boxes and envelopes, visit or call 1800 024 413.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION (For more detailed information, please check the flyer on the notice board in the hall).
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat.

  • All who have completed their 18th year and have not yet begun their 60th year are bound to fast. All who have completed their 14th year are bound to abstain.
  • Each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This must be fulfilled between Ash Wednesday 14 Feb 24 and Trinity Sunday 26 May 24 unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.
  • The wonderful gift of the Lord’s merciful love is offered in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lent is a most appropriate time to receive this Sacrament. All the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.


We invite our parishioners to attend our Lenten services below to assist us to reflect on the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • STATIONS OF THE CROSS held at 7:00pm every Friday during Lent followed by Mass.
  • PARISH LENT REFLECTION WITH MARIA FORDE – THU 29TH FEB AT 7:00PM IN OUR CHURCH -Maria Forde is an educator, spiritual director, accomplished singer, songwriter, and liturgist. Please join us as Maria Forde leads us on a Lenten reflection. Using scripture, ritual, music and conversation we will explore the meaning of Lent and ways in which we can meaningfully enter into this time more fully. We will discuss the meaning of prayer, almsgiving and fasting and its role during Lent. All are welcome.
  • LENTEN PILGRIMAGE – TA PINU, 9TH MARCH -Come and join us in our yearly Lenten pilgrimage at Ta Pinu to pray and reflect on Jesus’ passion and death. Saturday 9th March 2024 at Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu Shrine, 15 Flanagan Dr., Merrimu Vic 3340. Program starts at 10:30am with the 14 Stations of the Cross followed by Eucharistic Mass at 12:00pm. Shared Fellowship at Ta Pinu after Mass – BYO lunch to share
  • LENT ANOINTING FOR HEALING MASS, TUES 12TH MARCH 11:00AM FOLLOWED BY LIGHT LUNCH - Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday 12th March at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. All are welcome.  If you are aware of anyone who wishes to be anointed but is too ill to attend this Mass, kindly ask them to contact the Parish Office and Father will visit them at home at a suitable time. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 8:30AM MASS IS CANCELLED ON THIS DAY - TUESDAY 12TH MARCH)

There will be a School community Mass on Wednesday 21st February at 8:45am. School families and parishioners are most welcome to join. The Mass will be followed by Morning Tea in the church hall. All are welcome.

Sunday 25th Feb 2024, 4:30pm to 7:30pm, St. Christopher’s Parish, 5 Doon Avenue, Syndal. You are invited to join us for Encounter. An unforgettable evening for high school students to encounter Jesus Christ with prayer, fellowship, food, and fun. Bring along your youth group and/or friends to hang out with youth from all over Melbourne. Register via QR code. Enquiries to, 9926 5761.

Explore Alpha at St. Andrews Parish, starting on 21 Feb 2024, 7:00 – 9:00pm at Penola Hub, 33 Mortimer Street, Werribee. Limited spots available.  Register via QR code.

We pray for Paul Cutajar, Teresa Lopez, Cecilia Almeida, Loreto Clemente, Nen Thi Nguyen Maristela, Joseph Maitem, Felicia Fernandes, Arnelo Del Mundo, June Rodrigues, Charles Fernandes, Xavier Fernandes, Phyllis Quinless, Claude Lopez, Amparo Battad, Cecilia Lim, Tony Kozhaya, Yvonne Dragwidge, Aileen Andrade, Archelle Attard, Paul Rakavalis, Guido Benevento and all who have died in disasters all over the world.

We pray for John Allen, Leo Eliepa, Sheila Augustine, Tindaro Arrigo, Devadass & Janaki Ellinavaalu, Cyril Lobo, Reynaldo Tagala, Monica Soriano, Adelina Creus, Gliceria Tacata, Roberto Lopez, Vita Arbace and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Violet Lawrence, Jeffrey Dalton, Sean Donaldson, Dale D’Souza, Stephen Beaton, John O’Regan, Mavis D’Cruz, Atima Chakraborty, Adrian McGill, Michael Mariadas, Edna Sanchez, Elizabeth de Guzman, Elinor Hillock, Kimberly Baraza, Noemi Monge, Carmen Ciappara, Carmen De Cruz, Monica Jawn Lu, Teresita Grisancich, Alberta Parrocho, Michelle Clayburn, Cara, Richi Cadampog, Lolita Delos Santos, Meanne Leonardo & Kelvin Mateo, Anthony Desilva, Rolando Baldelomar, Mark Duggan, Ann Koek, Ernesto Sigismondi, Crispina Malveda, and all who are ill in our Parish.


Money Counters – 25 Feb 24

Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman

Roster for Readers – 24/25 Feb 24

  6:00pm Jeffrey Poppen
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Cleophas Peters
  5:00pm Iris SImangan

Roster for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 24/25 Feb 24

  6:00pm G. Surrao / S. Joseph / G. Linning / Sophia D
  8:30am KSC Minister / R. Johnson / K. English / Paul F.
10:30am B. Fernandes / G. Schembri / M Peters / Volunteer
  5:00pm S. SImangan / E. Angeles / A. Koek / R. Albuquerque

Music Ministry – 24/25 Feb 24

  6:00pm St. Cecilia
  8:30am St. Philomena
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK