DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY
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 come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God.
1st Reading (Job 7:1-4, 6-7)
A reading from the Prophet Job.
Job began to speak: Is not man’s life on earth nothing more than pressed service, his time no better than hired drudgery? Like the slave, sighing for the shade, or the workman with no thought but his wages, months of delusion I have assigned to me, nothing for my own but nights of grief. Lying in bed I wonder, ‘When will it be day?’ Risen I think, ‘How slowly evening comes!’ Restlessly I fret till twilight falls. Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle my days have passed, and vanished, leaving no hope behind. Remember that my life is but a breath, and that my eyes will never again see joy.
The Word of the Lord.
Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.
2nd Reading (1 Cor 9 :16-19, 22-23)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
I do not boast of preaching the gospel, since it is a duty which has been laid on me; I should be punished if I did not preach it! If I had chosen this work myself, I might have been paid for it, but as I have not, it is a responsibility which has been put into my hands. Do you know what my reward is? It is this: in my preaching, to be able to offer the Good News free, and not insist on the rights which the gospel gives me. So though I am not a slave of any man I have made myself the slave of everyone so as to win as many as I could. For the weak I made myself weak. I made myself all things to all men in order to save some at any cost; and I still do this, for the sake of the gospel, to have a share in its blessing.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. He bore our sickness, and endured our suffering. Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew. Now Simon’s mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straightaway. He went to her, took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. The whole town came crowding round the door, and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was. In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. Simon and his companions set out in search of him, and when they found him they said, ‘Everybody is looking for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go elsewhere, to the neighbouring country towns, so that I can preach there too, because that is why I came.’ And he went all through Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out devils.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Let them thank the Lord for his mercy, his wonders for the children of men, for he satisfies the thirsty soul, and the hungry he fills with good things.
Next Week’s Readings
Lev 13:1-2,44-46; 1 Cor 10:31-11:1; Mk 1:40-45
Feasts of the Week
Wed, 10 Feb - St. Scholastica
DEVOTIONS IN OUR CHURCH
Please note that the following devotions have resumed 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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES (for children attending non Catholic Schools)
Classes have begun and are held every Sunday from 9:15am till 10:25am. For any further enquiries, please call Bernice on 9749 2812.
CHILDREN'S LITURGY will recommence face to face at the 10:30am Mass with effect from Sunday, 21st February 2021. Please avail of this opportunity to enrich your child's faith journey. Thank you.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Easton Palmer, Jonathan Jeyachandran, Denzel Mayol, Blayne Furtado & Elisha George 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.
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.
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 goods.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COMMUNION TO THE SICK MINISTRY
Communion to the Sick Ministry hopes to resume operations soon. This ministry involves taking Holy Communion to the residents of Glendale nursing home and to some elderly residents in their homes. We are seeking volunteers for this ministry, which will require Working with Children (WWCC) and Police Checks. Usually you will be required to volunteer for 2 hours per month either on a weekday (Wednesday or Thursday) or weekend. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office on 9749 4300 or email us at email@example.com.
- 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. Volunteers will be around to assist you.
- Registration for weekend Masses via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings 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, parishioners are invited to attend Mass every weekend.
- Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
- Please do not move the pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
- Mask wearing in church is mandatory.
- Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
- Church open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
- If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.
ST PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY (KNK)
All are invited to attend our Prayer Meetings on Saturdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Bookings 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 are in place. There will be no fellowship after the prayer meeting.
HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2021
The 2021 Session of the Holy Spirit Interactive (HSI) School of Discipleship will commence from Sunday 28 February at 6:15pm at St Peter’s, Hoppers Crossing. This is a faith outreach program aimed to teach members more about our Catholic faith with three purposes – to learn it, live it and share it. The school has been successfully running for the last 4 consecutive years in our parish and members have testified to growing both spiritually and personally. All are welcome to join. There will be a brief presentation on the HSI School at Masses over the weekend of 20/21 February. An information session will be held on Thursday 25th February at 7:00pm on ZOOM. Classes will be a mixture of onsite (St Peters) and online (Zoom). Enquiries please call Anita Dsouza on 0411772320.
Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James Bible Study held at the Ray Centre, St. James the Apostle Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452/ Francis Thomas 0401787372.
IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
- Ash Wednesday, 17th February. Masses at 8:30am and 7:00pm. School Mass at 10:00am (for school children only). Bookings using QR Code or via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG.
- A reminder that Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. It is also the start of Lent which is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others.
- Starting 19th February, there will be Stations of the Cross each Friday at 7:00pm followed by Mass.
THE YOUNG ADULTS IS BACK!
The young adults (ages 18-29) are very excited to finally begin face to face sessions after a year of Zoom. Come join us on Sunday 14th February at 6:15pm in the Community Centre for prayer, an awesome opening session for 2021. As there is a limit on how many can attend, please ensure you come on time. See you there. For enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. We now 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 collections.
1st Collection – Church Account
This collection assists with church and parish office expenses including 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
This collection supports the Archbishop, parish priest, retired and sick priests.
We pray for Bishop Luc Matthys, Joseph McGrade, Joseph Bramley, Neville D’Cruz, Avelina Nunez Ison, Lelamma Kunnumpurathu, 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 Stan Walkden, Jack & John Hartshorn, Kathleen & Chris McCormick, Brian Smith, Charles Francisco, Carlos Fernandes, Lourd Mary, Apolonia Dela Cruz, Reynaldo Natividad, Ruperto Javier Jr., Mary Miller 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, Yvonne & Gilbert Norris, Shirley Linehan, Zaren Acquilina, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Jean Gracias, Ellen Everett and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 14 Feb 2021
|Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman|
Readers – 13/14 Feb 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 13/14 Feb 2021 (2 or 3 Required)
|6:00pm||M. Maple / S. Albuquerque / S. Joseph|
|8:30am||R. Johnson / J. Phan Lai / K. English / E. Stowers|
|10:30am||F. Caruana / S. Colla / M&C Peters|
|5:00pm||C. Skinner / Romayne A. / Volunteer|
Music Ministry – 13/14 Feb 2021
|8:30am||St. Philomena Choir|
|5:00pm||Shepherds of Christ|