DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JANUARY
Prayer for All Mankind
Father of all, as we begin the New Year let your peace, mercy and kindness be experienced by all people that they may come to know and love you, the one true God, their Lord and their Father.
Make yourself known to those who do not know you; may those who seek you find you.
Of your compassion, may every sorrow be comforted, every need supplied, every evil averted, every wrong righted, every hope realised.
All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!
1st Reading (1 Sam 3:3-10,19)
A reading from the book of Samuel.
Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord where the ark of God was when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ Then he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli said, ‘I did not call. Go back and lie down.’ So he went and lay down. Once again the Lord called. ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ He replied, ‘I did not call you, my son; go back and lie down.’ Samuel had as yet no knowledge of the Lord and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. Once again the Lord called, the third time. He got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli then understood that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, and he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if someone calls say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord then came and stood by, calling as he had done before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’ Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground.
The Word of the Lord.
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
2nd Reading (1 Cor 6:13-15,17-20)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
The body is not meant for fornication; it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God who raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power raise us up too. You know, surely, that your bodies are members making up the body of Christ; anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. Keep away from fornication. All the other sins are committed outside the body; but to fornicate is to sin against your own body. Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you since you received him from God. You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. We have found the Messiah: Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace. Alleluia!
Gospel (Jn 1:35-42)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi – which means Teacher – where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour. One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
The Gospel of the Lord.
You have prepared a table before me, and how precious is the chalice that quenches my thirst.
Next Week’s Readings
Jon 3:1-5,10:1; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20
Feasts of the Week
Thu, 21 Jan - St. Agnes
- No bookings for Weekday Masses. Attendance is on a “first come first in”
- We can accommodate approx. 300 people given the size/dimensions of our facility.
- Weekend Mass bookings are done online via Trybooking.com using the link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG (link will remain the same every week). Bookings via this link will open on a Monday and close on a Friday prior to the weekend.
- Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
- We request that you do not move the pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
- Mask wearing in church is a requirement.
- During Communion, stay in your seats. Special Ministers will come to you to distribute Communion.
- Bulletins are to be taken home and not left on your seat.
- Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
- Church will open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors will be shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
- Please leave through the Exit door on the left. No socialising inside church or foyer.
- Church will be cleaned after each service.
- If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Scarlett O'Sullivan who is to be baptised next weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that Scarlett will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Classes will start again on SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY, 9:15am till 10:25am. For any further enquiries, please call Bernice on 9749 2812.
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (also know as CANDLEMAS), TUESDAY 2nd FEBRUARY, 8:30AM MASS
A special 'Blessing of Candles' will be given at the 8:30am Mass. Everyone is invited to bring their own candles and place them on the table near the Sanctuary before the start of Mass. These blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to Himself as the Light of the World.
FEAST OF STO NINO, 24TH JANUARY, 12 NOON
Our parish will celebrate the Feast of Sto Nino on Sunday, 24th January at 12 noon. Unfortunately, due to Covid19 restrictions, please note there will be no Sinulog, Procession or Fellowship after the Mass. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Fr. Asis. Please use online booking to attend the mass. Click on the link to book https://www.trybooking.com/BNTXM.
ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL CONCERT, 5TH FEBRUARY, 2021
Thomas Heywood, Organ, Works by Bach, Elgar, Verdi, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Guilman, Cocker & Mulet. 6.00pm to 7:00pm. Tickets $25, children under 15 free. Bookings via trybooking.com/BNSIT or available at the door. Enquiries to email@example.com.
Fr. Vincent acknowledges and thanks our parishioners for the weekly thanksgiving contributions to our parish. If you are not already registered in our parish or are not part of the weekly Thanksgiving Program, please contact the parish office on 9749 4300. From February, we will return to our normal 2 collections at every Mass. Below is a brief explanation to give you an understanding of the allocation of funds from the two collections.
1st Collection – Church Account
Funds from this collection assist with church and parish office expenses. These include gas, electricity, telephone and other utilities, presbytery repair and maintenance, insurance, municipal rates, water rates, supply priests during parish priest vacation, sick leave or special duties, etc.
2nd Collection – Presbytery Account
Funds from this collection go to support the Archbishop, parish priest, retired and sick priests. 5% of this account goes to the Archbishop’s Fund and 30% to the PRF (Priests Retirement Fund).
STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION FOR January 17, 2021 (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’” - John 1:38
What are you looking for? Are you wasting your time looking for the material comforts of the world? Or, is your heart longing for something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God? Take time, each day, in silence and ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do.
TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS
We possess a great wealth that depends on what we are: the life we have received, the good within us, the indelible beauty god has given us by making us in his image. All these things make each of us precious in his eyes, each one of us is priceless and unique in history.
We pray for Caridad Galang, Kelly McLoughlin, Trevor Werts, Antonina Caleca, Mary Volkers, John Salvano, Ilse Lichthart and all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Wanda & Bob Keech, Lena Surrao, Josephine Buttigieg, Joseph Mintoff, Angela Walkden, Michael Blythe, Margarita & Arturo Apostoli, Frank Apostoli, Vita Sammartino, Albert De Sousa, Yesudason Johnkutty, Gilbert Cross, Hilary Palman, Mathai Kunju Manackapparambil, and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Christian Lindsay, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Elvie de Torres, Helen Smith, Harold Fonseca, Yvonne & Gilbert Norris and all who are ill in our Parish.
Readers – 23/24 Jan 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 23/24 Jan 2021
|6:00pm||S. Albuquerque / H. Durski / J. Tramontana|
|8:30am||Kevin McL / C. Coelho / S. Joseph / KSC (if reqd.)|
|10:30am||Sally DiB / V. Firman / Volunteer (if required)|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / J Phan Lai|
Music Ministry – 23/24 Jan 2021
|6:00pm||St Cecilia’s Choir|
|8:30am||St. Philomena Choir|