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.
Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you.
1st Reading (Deut 18:15-20)
A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.
Moses said to the people: ‘Your God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from among yourselves, from your own brothers; to him you must listen. This is what you yourselves asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the Assembly. “Do not let me hear again” you said “the voice of the Lord my God, nor look any longer on this great fire, or I shall die”; and the Lord said to me, “All they have spoken is well said. I will raise up a prophet like yourself for them from their own brothers; I will put my words into his mouth and he shall tell them all I command him. The man who does not listen to my words that he speaks in my name, shall be held answerable to me for it. But the prophet who presumes to say in my name a thing I have not commanded him to say, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.”’
The Word of the Lord.
If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts.
2nd Reading (1 Cor 7:32-35)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
I would like to see you free from all worry. An unmarried man can devote himself to the Lord’s affairs, all he need worry about is pleasing the Lord; but a married man has to bother about the world’s affairs and devote himself to pleasing his wife: he is torn two ways. In the same way an unmarried woman, like a young girl, can devote herself to the Lord’s affairs; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has to worry about the world’s affairs and devote herself to pleasing her husband. I say this only to help you, not to put a halter round your necks, but simply to make sure that everything is as it should be, and that you give your undivided attention to the Lord.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. A people in darkness have seen a great light: a radiant dawn shines on those lost in death. Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Jesus and his disciples went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority. In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit and it shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him. The people were so astonished that they started asking each other what it all meant. ‘Here is a teaching that is new’ they said ‘and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’ And his reputation rapidly spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your merciful love. O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you.
Next Week’s Readings
Job 7:1-4, 6-7; 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mk 1:29-39
Feasts of the Week
Tue, 2 Feb - Presentation of the Lord
Fri, 5 Feb - St. Agatha
Sat, 6 Feb - St. Paul Miki & Companions
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES (for children attending non Catholic Schools)
Classes start again this SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY, 9:15am till 10:25am. For any further enquiries, please call Bernice on 9749 2812.
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 Piety Store will be open on Sunday after the 8.30 am mass. Visit the Piety Store for your religious calendar, Rosary beads and other religious items.
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD – TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY
A special 'Blessing of Candles' will be given on this Feast Day at the 8.30am Mass. Everyone is invited to bring their own candles and place them on the table at the front of the altar before the start of Mass.
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.
READERS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
As the next Roster from March to May 2021 will include the Easter Ceremonies, please complete the Availability Forms which have been emailed (copies are also available in the Hall) and return them to the Parish Office NO LATER THAN 8TH FEBRUARY 2021. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
- 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 or App 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 online via Try Booking 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. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing up at the entry door).
- With the easing of restrictions, you may attend mass every 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 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.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING
The next Baptism Preparation Meeting will be held this Monday, 1 February at 7:00pm in Church.
ST PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY (KNK)
Prayer Meetings commence on Saturday, 6 February from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Bookings to be done via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD. If you have not already booked, you will need to register using the QR code prior to entering church. Current COVID safe guidelines will be followed. There will be no fellowship after the prayer meeting. ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
ST PETER’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
A warm welcome back to the Staff, Parents and Students of St. Peter’s Primary School. We wish you all the best and blessings for the year 2021.
BIBLE STUDY MONDAY 1ST FEBRUARY
Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James Bible Study will commence on Monday 1st February at the Ray Centre, St. James the Apostle Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing. Meetings will be held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490 814 452 or Francis Thomas 0401 787 372.
STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION FOR 31 January 2021 (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
“Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties.” 1 Corinthians 7:32
How much anxiety do we bring upon ourselves by constantly worrying about not having enough or attaining more things? God won’t necessarily give you everything you want, but He will provide everything you need. Try this – use the word “pray” instead of the word “worry” in the future. Then pray for things instead of worrying about them.
We pray for Bishop Luc Matthys, Joseph McGrade, Joseph Bramley, Greg Harris, Davis Ayrookaran, Rolema Delmonte, David Pillai, Margaret Nazareth, Maryann Lobo, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Kevin Waters, Tony Catania, Fraternidad Austria, Rita Dubowik, Cathy Duggan, Raman, Cathy Pavlovic, Ena Walker, Colm McAteer, Joseph Peter Siccita, Claudio Michele Scrofani, Maria Zimic 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 D’Silva, Andrea Tully, Jack Davies and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 7 Feb 2021
|Bill Coghlan / Paul Mulquiney / Bernard Cassin|
Readers – 6/7 Feb 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 6/7 Feb 2021 (2 or 3 Required)
|6:00pm||H. Durski / Josie T. / S. Martis / A. Vesty|
|8:30am||Karen F. / G. Sharman / S. Joseph|
|10:30am||E. Mills / N. Costa / V. Firman / Sally DiB|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / J. Phan Lai / Volunteer|
Music Ministry – 6/7 Feb 2021
|8:30am||St. Philomena Choir|