DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY
Prayer for Lent
Merciful God, You called us forth from the dust of the earth; you claimed us for Christ in the waters of Baptism.
Look upon us as we enter these Forty Days bearing the mark of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the font of rebirth. May our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts.
All that we do and pray is in the name of Jesus, for in his Cross we proclaim your love forever.
Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold: lead me, guide me, for the sake of your name.
1st Reading (Lev 13:1-2,44-46)
A reading from the book of Leviticus.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘If a swelling or scab or shiny spot appears on a man’s skin, a case of leprosy of the skin is to be suspected. The man must be taken to Aaron, the priest, or to one of the priests who are his sons. ‘The man is leprous: he is unclean. The priest must declare him unclean; he is suffering from leprosy of the head. A man infected with leprosy must wear his clothing torn and his hair disordered; he must shield his upper lip and cry, “Unclean, unclean.” As long as the disease lasts he must be unclean; and therefore he must live apart: he must live outside the camp.’
The Word of the Lord.
I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
2nd Reading (1 Cor 10 :31-11 :1)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God. Never do anything offensive to anyone – to Jews or Greeks or to the Church of God; just as I try to be helpful to everyone at all times, not anxious for my own advantage but for the advantage of everybody else, so that they may be saved. Take me for your model, as I take Christ.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. A great prophet has appeared among us, God has visited his people. Alleluia!
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, ‘Mind you say nothing to anyone, but go and show yourself to the priest, and make the offering for your healing prescribed by Moses as evidence of your recovery.’ The man went away, but then started talking about it freely and telling the story everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer go openly into any town, but had to stay outside in places where nobody lived. Even so, people from all around would come to him.
The Gospel of the Lord.
They ate and had their fill, and what they craved the Lord gave them; they were not disappointed in what they craved.
Next Week’s Readings
Gen 9:8-15; 1 Pet 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15
Feasts of the Week
Wed, 17 Feb - Ash Wednesday
In view of Stage 4 restrictions announced by the Premier of Victoria and as per guidelines from the Archdiocese of Melbourne, all Masses (weekday and weekend) and all face to face meetings and gatherings in the Church premises, Theatrette & Community Centre are cancelled from 11:59pm on 12 February 2021 until further notice. Daily and weekend Masses will be livestreamed from our Facebook page and YouTube channel. (Go to the Welcome page to click on links for Masses).
As the current restrictions will be in place for Ash Wednesday, the imposition of Ashes may be moved to the nearest opportunity for distribution once this period of restriction is over. We await further instructions from the office of the Archdiocese of Melbourne at which time our Website and Facebook pages will be updated.
The Parish office will be closed during this lockdown period, however, parish staff will work from home and attend to phones and emails during office hours.
Stay safe, take care & God bless.
IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
- Ash Wednesday, 17th February.
- 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.
We pray for Irene Jones, Janaki Devadas, Teresa Yrastorsa, Arturo Ricaforte, Alvin Bergman, Bishop Luc Matthys, Joseph McGrade, Joseph Bramley, Avelina Nunez Ison, Lelamma Kunnumpurathu, Greg Harris, Rolema Delmonte, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Betty Roberts, Brian Golding, Doris, Stanlley & Pauline Harlow, Arturo Santos, Joseph D’Souza, Thariath Thaliath, Thresia Mani, Sriyani Kamala Perera 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, William Franklin, May Rizkallah, Mila Africano and all who are ill in our Parish.