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.
O sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.
1st Reading (1 Jon 3:1-5,10)
A reading from the prophet Jonah.
The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least. God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.
The Word of the Lord.
Teach me your ways, O Lord.
2nd Reading (1 Cor 7:29-31)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Brothers: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. The kingdom of God is near: believe the Good News!. Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
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.’ As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets. He called them at once and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Look toward the Lord and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed.
Next Week’s Readings
Deut 18:15-20; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mk 1:21-28
Feasts of the Week
Mon, 25 Jan - Conversion of St. Paul
Tue, 26 Jan - Australia Day
Thu, 28 Jan - St. Thomas Aquinas
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.
AUSTRALIA DAY, TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY
The National Anthem will be sung after the 8:30am Mass on Tuesday 26th January to commemorate Australia Day.
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 known 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.
DEVOTIONS IN OUR CHURCH
Please note that from 1 February, the following will resume in our church:
- Wednesday Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mass at 7:00pm followed by novena.
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Divine Mercy Chaplet on Friday at 9am after mass
- First Friday Mass at 7:00pm followed by Prayers and Adoration.
- Baptism Preparation Meetings on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
The next BAPTISM PREPARATION Meeting will be held on Monday, 1 February at 7:00pm in Church.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WEEKEND MASSES
If you are attending a weekend mass and would like to volunteer as an usher or to assist with QR Scanning, could you please contact the parish office on 9749 4300 or meet Fr. Vincent before the mass. You will need to be at the church 40 minutes before mass begins. Thank you.
- No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners attending weekday masses will be required to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance.
- Go to Play Store, search for Google Lens and Download the QR & Barcode Scanner. This will assist with this task. Volunteers will be around to assist you.
- Registration for weekend Masses is done electronically via Try Booking 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. If you have not booked for a weekend mass you will need to register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code.
- 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 optional.
- 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.
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).
MICK GASTIN’S 101ST BIRTHDAY
Our long time parishioner, Mick Gastin, turns 101 on 25th January. We pray that God will continue to shower his blessings on Mick and his family in the year ahead.
TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS
After the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for His own, ‘that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). This means that we are not able to achieve unity with our own strength. Above all, unity is a gift, it is a grace to be requested through prayer.
STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION FOR January 24, 2021 (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”- Mark 1:17
Jesus’ call to “Follow me” is a call to all Christians! The call is in the here and now, in our present circumstances, not when we think we are “ready” or have everything in order. Good stewardship of our God-given gifts means that things aren’t always going to go according to our schedule and that God has a much better plan in store for each of us.
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: www.trybooking.com/ BNSIT or available at the door. Enquiries to email@example.com.
We pray for Davis Ayrookaran, Rolema Delmonte, David Pillai, Margaret Nazareth, Maryann Lobo, Joseph Leung, Caridad Galang, Kelly McLoughlin, Trevor Werts, Antonina Caleca, Mary Volkers, John Salvano, Ilse Lichthart, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Stan Walkden, Rita Dubowik, Patrick Murray, Gemma Scicluna, Veera Bayer, Cathy Duggan 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, Shirley Linehan, Zaren Acquilina, James DSilva and all who are ill in our Parish.
Readers – 30/31 Jan 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 30/31 Jan 2021
|6:00pm||J. Roga / S. Martis / G. Surrao|
|8:30am||A.Vesty / S. Gomez / M. Nelthropp|
|10:30am||S. Vaz / B. Fernandes / J. Quinless|
|5:00pm||M. Etiennette / R. Perera / Volunteer (if required)|
Music Ministry – 30/31 Jan 2021
|8:30am||St. Philomena Choir|