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!
Gospel (Mk 1:21-28)
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
Wed, 31 Jan - St. John Bosco Wed,
Fri, 2 Feb - Presentation of the Lord
WEEKLY PARISH DATES
9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools - Resumes February 2024.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays - Resumes February 2024.
After 5:00pm Mass in Theatrette – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 years on 2nd and 4th Sundays - Resumes February 2024.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays - Resumes February 2024.
7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 826 5359 2389 Passcode: Bible.
Contact Clive 0490814452 or Francis 0401787372. Resumes 12 Feb 2024.
7:00pm - Online Zoom Rosary - Meeting ID: 893 5477 8556. Passcode: rosary7:00pm - Resumes February 2024.
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 5th February 2024 at 7:00pm in Church.
The next BAPTISM PREPARATION Meeting will be held on Monday, 5th February at 7:00pm in Church.
FEAST OF STO NINO (INFANT JESUS)
All are invited to join in the celebration of the Feast of Sto Nino on Sunday 28th January 2024 from 11.30am at our parish. Procession starts at 11.45am to be followed by Mass at 12 noon.
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (also known as CANDLEMAS), FRIDAY 2nd FEBRUARY, 8:30AM & 7:00PM MASSES
A special 'Blessing of Candles' will be given at the 8:30am and 7:00pm Masses. 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.
SENIORS SHARED LUNCH – WEDNESDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2024
We welcome seniors over 65 to a monthly shared lunch, cuppa and chat on the first Wednesday of each month. Our next shared lunch will be on Wednesday 7th February, from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Community Centre. Please bring a plate of food to share. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate provided. Contact Margaret Craigie on 0456 914 652 for further details.
ASH WEDNESDAY – 14TH FEBRUARY 2024
Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, which is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others. It is also an obligatory day of fast and abstinence. Masses, including the distribution of Ashes, will be as follows: 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am (School Mass) and 7:00pm.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday at 7:00pm followed by Mass. This will commence Friday 16th February.
FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE – How Collections Work
1st Collection – Church expenses like utility bills, salaries, liturgical needs, sacramental, formation initiatives, pastoral and evangelisation programs.
2nd Collection – Support the living expenses of the clergy, the Archbishop, priests in remote and financially burdened parishes, sick and retired clergy.
If you wish to set up a pledge, please contact Lorena Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parishioners if you are not registered in the parish, we encourage you to register and support the parish. Kindly fill in the parish registration form available next to the sacristy and return to the priest after mass or email the parish office email@example.com and we will send the parish registration form to you.
ORDER OF MALTA LOURDES DAY MASS – SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2024
For some years now, the Order of Malta has organised an annual Lourdes Day Mass to provide an opportunity to pray for the sick and infirm particularly for those who would not otherwise have the possibility of visiting Lourdes. The Mass will take place again on Saturday, 10th February at 10.30am at St Patrick’s Cathedral, with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli as the principal celebrant. For further information, please contact: Sauro Antonelli AM on 0411 250 288.
A woman walks into a church and starts praying the Rosary. After a string of Hail Marys, she hears the voice of Jesus. “Agnes,” he said to the woman. “I am here. What is it you want to ask for”?
The woman ignores him and continues her Rosary and her Hail Marys.
“Arise, for I have come to you,” Jesus stepped closer and opened his arms.
The woman continues to ignore him and pray her Rosary.
“Agnes, I say to you, I am with you.”
Finally, Agnes looks up. “Be quiet! I’m talking to your mother!”
We pray for Cecilia Lim, Yvonne Dragwidge, Aileen Andrade, Archelle Attard, Paul Rakavalis, Guido Benevento, Enid Gibb, Unti Capistrano, Norma Hales, Lindsay Coates, Stefano Merli, Nohad Hindy, Arnel Cura, Ramon Dayao, Angelo Rodricks, P Davies, Anthony Tabut, Eduarda Pagaran, P M Philipose, Manuel Becerra, Maria Callelero, Hazel D’Costa, Olga Mendis, Lina Feliciano, Benny Bautista, Msgr Gerard Diamond PE, Najla Chamie, Angel Toncic, and all who have died in disasters all over the world.
We pray for Kevin Waters, Stan Walkden, Rita Dubowik, Vincent D’Rozario, Tony Catania, Emeterio Cahoy Sr, Bienvenido Angeles, Lily Soares, Jean Norman, Gerardo Almonacid, Krisyuz Mariano, Dominador Mateo Sr, Nellie Mateo, Bienvenido Opolentisima Sr, Bienvenido Opolentisima Jr, Mark Opolentisima, Sebastiana Menina, Teodora Hongoy, Monica Angeles, Pedro Angeles, Virginia Mariano, Rodrigo Mariano Sr., Maria Hoa, Thomas Tri, Cathy Duggan, Barbara Gradkowska and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Violet Lawrence, Jeffrey Dalton, Sean Donaldson, Dale D’Souza, John O’Regan, Mavis D’Cruz, Atima Chakraborty, Adrian McGill, Michael Mariadas, Edna Sanchez, Elizabeth de Guzman, Elinor Hillock, Manish Pal, Kimberly Baraza, Noemi Monge, Carmen Chiparra, Carmen De Cruz, Monica Jawn Lu, Teresita Grisancich, Alberta Parrocho, Michelle Clayburn, Cara, Richi Cadampog, Lolita Delos Santos, Meanne Leonardo & Kelvin Mateo and all who are ill in our Parish.
Money Counters – 4 Feb 24
|Tini & Barrie Hope
Roster for Readers – 3/4 Feb 24
Roster for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion -
3/4 Feb 24
|G. Aldcroft / K. Pham / G. Linning / S. Fernando
|K. Fernandes / G. Sharman / C. D’Souza / I. D’Lima
|E. Mills / B. Fernandes / G. Schembri / Volunteer
|Sunitha D’S / R. Albuquerque / E. Angeles / A. Koek
Music Ministry – 3/4 Feb 24