5th Sunday of Lent 2021


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
Year of St. Joseph – 8 Dec 2020 to 8 Dec 2021

Glorious St. Joseph, faithful guardian of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus, all the help and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death and the special favour we now implore (name your request).

Guardian of the word Incarnate and Chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, we are animated with confidence that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength.

1st Reading (Jer 31:31-34)
A reading from the prophet Jeremiah.
See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah, but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant of mine, so I had to show them who was master. It is the Lord who speaks. No, this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive – it is the Lord who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people. There will be no further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour, or brother to say to brother, ‘Learn to know the Lord!’ No, they will all know me, the least no less than the greatest – it is the Lord who speaks – since I will forgive their iniquity and never call their sin to mind.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Create a clean heart in me, O God.

2nd Reading (Heb 5:7-9)
A reading from the letter to the Hebrews
During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!
If you serve me, follow me, says the Lord; and where I am, my servant will also be.
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel (Jn 12:20-30)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. Jesus replied to them: ‘Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life. If a man serves me, he must follow me, wherever I am, my servant will be there too. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him. Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it was for this very reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name!’ A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ People standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours. ‘Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this world is to be overthrown. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all men to myself.’ By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Amen, Amen I say to you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single grain. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Next Week’s Readings
Is 50:4-7;   Phil 2:6-11;   Mk 14:1 - 15:47

Feasts of the Week
Thu, 25 Mar - Annunciation of the Lord         


PARISH NEWS

!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ !!

BOOKINGS FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY
Bookings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday to be made via Trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings will open on Tuesday, 23 March and close a day before the service. Please note that those who have booked via Trybooking will be guaranteed a seat in the church & hall (300 seating capacity). Please have your booking receipt with you as proof of booking if required. Those who miss out on bookings will have to use the QR code on arrival. However, this will only allow them standing room in the undercover area at the rear of the church. If you come early but do not have a booking and are using the QR code, you will be directed to the undercover area. These steps have been taken to try and accommodate as many people as we can for our Holy Week services. Doors open 1 hour before start of services.  Please come early. Doors shut as soon as services begin. We thank you for your cooperation.

HOLY WEEK / EASTER / DIVINE MERCY TIMETABLE 

RECONCILIATION RITE I - Thursday 25 March, 7:00pm in Church
PALM SUNDAY, 27/28 MARCH
6:00pm   –   Vigil Mass
8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm – Normal Weekend Masses
HOLY THURSDAY, 1 APRIL – (NO MORNING MASS)
7:30pm   –   Mass followed by Vigil until 11:00pm
GOOD FRIDAY, 2 APRIL
10:00am  –  Stations of the Cross
3:00pm   –  Celebration of the Lord’s Passion followed by Divine Mercy Novena
HOLY SATURDAY 3 APRIL – (NO MORNING MASS)
8:30am    –   Divine Mercy Novena
7:30pm   –   Easter Vigil Mass
8:30am to 10:30am – Confessions
EASTER SUNDAY 4 APRIL – (NO 5:00PM MASS)
8:30am, 10:30am –  Masses
1:15pm   –   Spanish Mass.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
2 April – Good Friday (After 3:00pm Service)
3 April – Holy Saturday (8:30am)
4 – 9 April (Sunday to Friday) – After 8:30am Mass
10 April (Saturday) – After 9:00am Mass
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, 11 APRIL
8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm – Normal Weekend Masses
2:00pm – Exposition, Adoration, Confessions
3:00pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Mass
CONFESSIONS
Saturdays – After 9:00am Mass
Wednesdays – After 7:00pm Mass
Holy Saturday – 8:30am to 10:30am


PRAYERS FOR DEACON CHARLES
Deacon Charles has recently been diagnosed with a condition which requires medical treatment and has taken leave of absence for one month from all parish activities. Kindly keep Deacon Charles and his family in your prayers during this time. Thank you.

VOLUNTEER USHERS & DOOR ATTENDANTS NEEDED FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
Due to the very high attendance at all these services, we are seeking volunteers to register their interest to be Ushers & Door Attendants. Kindly fill in the form outside the Sacristy door with your name, phone number and email address and you will be contacted by the Parish Office with further information. Thank you.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Austin Stone and Maia Damo who are to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

RITE I RECONCILIATION THURSDAY 25TH MARCH, 7:00PM AT ST. PETER’S PARISH
Please join us for our Lent Rite I Reconciliation on Thursday 25th March at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves this Lenten season for the celebration of Easter. Multiple Priests will be available to hear confession on the night. All welcome.

PALM / PASSION SUNDAY – 27/28 MARCH
On this day the Church celebrates Christ's entrance into Jerusalem to accomplish His paschal mystery. Palms will be available and blessed at all weekend Mass.

HOLY HOUR OF ADORATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - SPYA
On Sunday the 28th March at 6:15 pm, St Peter’s Young Adults will be gathering together with the youth and young adults from St Andrews and St James for a beautiful night of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, reconciliation and fellowship at St Peter’s Church, 38 Guinane Avenue, Hoppers Crossing. We invite all youth and young adults to join us in prayer as we prepare for Holy Week, through adoring our Christ and sharing a meal with each other. See you then!"

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays

7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.

7:00pm to 8:30pm RCIA in Theatrette

Fridays in Lent 7:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Mass.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record attendance. Volunteers will assist.
  • Weekend Mass bookings via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings open on Monday and close on Friday prior to the weekend. If you do not have a mobile phone or are unable to use the QR Code, kindly call the parish office on 9749 4300 to make a booking. (Please come early avoid queuing at door).
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing. Please do not move pews or chairs which have been placed to observe safe distancing.
  • Lighting candles is permitted. Please do not touch statues.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Sr. Ignatia ASMI, Rosamma Edathanal, Dominga Manuel, Nelson Dayrit, Marie Adam, Dayan Thumma, Asuncion Evangelista, Doreen Eddison, Mick Gastin, Faye McNerney, Gilbert & Yvonne Norris, Mitran Nettur, Mickey Lyngdoh, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Baby Theo Stone, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, Margaretha Widdicombe, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Geoff Dalton, Elaine Pountney, Phillip Jones, Virginia Jewers, Joseph Korah, Lodenia De Torres, Emmanuel Cea,  Salvatore Muccio, Juliana Toncic and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, 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, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Tracey Foss, Leelamma Joseph, Dale D’Souza, Dr. Martin D’Souza and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 28 Mar 2021

Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman

Readers – 27/28 Mar 2021

  6:00pm D Fernandes / M. Nelthropp
Fr. Vincent / David Roga / J. Poppen
  8:30am K. Stuttard / E. Stowers
Fr. Vincent / Francis Thomas / D. Hankins
10:30am

I. Simangan / M. Peters

Fr. Vincent / Sunil Vaz / S. Simangan

  5:00pm

L. Vasquez

Fr. Vincent / C. Graham / C. Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 27/28 Mar 2021

  6:00pm J. Tramontana / H. Durski / N. Golaw
  8:30am R. Johnson / K. English / K. Fernandes
10:30am E. Mills / M&C Peters
  5:00pm S. Martis / E. Angeles / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 27/28 Mar 2021

  6:00pm St Cecilia Choir
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK