DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER
God our Father, we come to You in our need, to ask Your protection against the COVID-19 that has disturbed and even claimed lives.
We pray that You guide the people tasked to find cures for this disease and to stem its transmission.
Protect the medical experts that they may minister to the sick with competence and compassion.
We pray for those afflicted. May they be restored to health soon.
Protect those who care for them.
Grant eternal rest to those who have died.
Give us the grace in this trying time to work for the good of all and to help those in need.
We implore You to stop the spread of this virus and to save us from our fears.
Grant all these through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
We fly to Your protection, oh Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, Oh glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us.
St. Peter Apostle, pray for us.
Let us rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honour of all the Saints, at whose festival the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.
1st Reading (Apoc 7:2-4,9-14)
A reading from the book of Apocalypse.
I, John, saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels whose duty was to devastate the land and sea, “Wait before you do any damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” Then I heard how many were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand out of all the tribes of Israel. After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language: they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud,“Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” And all the angels who were standing in a circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four animals, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with the words: “Amen. Praise and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God forever and ever. Amen.” One of the elders then spoke and asked me, “Do you know who these people are, dressed in white robes, and where they have come from?” I answered him, “You can tell me, my lord.” Then he said, “These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.”
The Word of the Lord.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
2nd Reading (1 Jn 3:1-3)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us; My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is. Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! Come to me, all you that labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mt 5:1-12)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them: How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage; Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted; Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied; Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them; Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God; Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God; Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Next Week’s Readings
Wis 6:12-16; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Mt 25: 1-13
Feasts of the Week
Mon, 2 Nov - All Souls Day
Wed, 4 Nov - St. Charles Borromeo
DAILY MASS BOOKINGS
Our church is now open for Masses with a limit of 10 people per service. If you would like to make a booking, please call the Parish Office on 9749 4300. Bookings will only be taken BETWEEN 10:00AM & 12 NOON ON TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. Masses are held Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am, Sunday 10:30am. There are additional Masses at 11am & 7:00pm on Monday 2nd November as it is All Souls Day. There will be a Memorial Mass on Friday 20 November at 7 pm which will be livestreamed, further details to follow. We will inform you via the bulletin and Facebook when regular Masses resume.
CONGRATULATIONS DEACON CHARLES
Congratulations Dcn. Charles on reaching your 8th year of being a Deacon on 27th October. We thank you for your total commitment and the assistance you provide to Fr. Vincent in guiding us in our faith journey. We thank you for your inspiring and faith filled homilies and for all you do for our parish community. We are grateful to Kathleen for supporting you in this vital role you play in our parish. We thank you and assure you of our prayers for abundant blessings for you and your family.
MEMORIAL BOOK FOR NOVEMBER
November is a special time to pray for the dead. All Souls Day (November 2) is a day for the commemoration of all the faithful departed. This November as we are unable to gather as usual in church, to enable families to add the names of the deceased in the Memorial book we are requesting that you email the names to the parish office at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will add the names in the Memorial book and Fr Vincent will pray for their souls in the month of November.
ONLINE CHILDREN’S LITURGY
St Peters Young Adults Online Children’s Liturgy for children aged 5 – 8 years will be held this Sunday 1st November 2020 from 11:30am to 12:30pm. The sessions are held fortnightly. Children pray together, read and listen to the Gospel and are supported to grow in their faith through sharing and activities. We welcome you and your family to take part! Parents are required to register their children before attending. To enrol your child in this program, please email the Parish office at email@example.com or call on 9749 4300 (Tues/Thursday/Friday 9:00am – 3:30pm) and we will send you an enrolment form to register your child, which is to be completed and returned. Our parish ensures that child e-safety is maintained as we follow the child safety guidelines recommended by the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
LIVE STREAMING OF DAILY MASSES
For those who are unable to attend Mass at church, Masses will continue to be live streamed from our church.
Via Facebook Page https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/
Via ZOOM Zoom Meeting ID: 923 0757 3592 Password: SPhc2020
Parishioners can also dial in via mobile phone or landline to participate in our daily Masses on ZOOM.
Landline – Dial 0011 618 6119 3900
Mobile – Dial +618 6119 3900
Once you connect you will be requested to put in the meeting ID: 92307573592##54683098#.
Sunday 10:30am Mass is also available on YouTube, link as follows https://youtu.be/kUSSvQT_Zs0
The Parish Office is closed, however staff are working from home on Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. You can still contact us on the office phone 9749 4300 or send in your enquiries/prayer requests by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
TO KEEP YOURSELF UPDATED WITH PARISH NEWS
Parish website at http://stpeterapostlemission.org.au
Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/
Weekly Bulletin – kindly send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to have a copy of our bulletin emailed to you every Friday.
ZOOM LINKS TO WEEKLY SERVICES
Bible Study Ministry
No meeting on Monday 2nd November.
St. Anthony’s Novena
Every Tuesday at 7:00pm, followed by Rosary
Meeting ID: 823 3823 7597, Password: 524250
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Novena
Every Wednesday at 7:00pm, followed by Rosary
Meeting ID: 836 3268 5197 Password: novena
St. Peter's Charismatic Prayer Community KNK
Every Saturday at 3:00pm – Divine Mercy & Praise & Worship
Meeting ID: 741 486 2105, Password: 023368
“FRATELLI TUTTI”: SHORT SUMMARY OF POPE FRANCIS’S SOCIAL ENCYCLICAL
Fraternity and social friendship are the ways the Pontiff indicates to build a better, more just and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. With an emphatic confirmation of a ‘no’ to war and to globalized indifference.
By Isabella Piro
What are the great ideals but also the tangible ways to advance for those who wish to build a more just and fraternal world in their ordinary relationships, in social life, politics and institutions?
This is mainly the question that Fratelli tutti is intended to answer: the Pope describes it as a “Social Encyclical” (6) which borrows the title of the “Admonitions” of Saint Francis of Assisi, who used these words to “address his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel” (Par 1). The Encyclical aims to promote a universal aspiration toward fraternity and social friendship. In the background of the Encyclical is the Covid-19 pandemic which, Francis reveals, “unexpectedly erupted” as he “was writing this letter”. But the global health emergency has helped demonstrate that “no one can face life in isolation” and that the time has truly come to “dream, then, as a single human family” in which we are “brothers and sisters all” (Par 8).
To read the full report, please see Vatican News, 04 October 2020, 12:15
THE READY, SET, PRAY! CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD @ HOME VIDEO SERIES has been created to provide an engaging space for families to encounter Jesus through the Sunday gospel. Each week includes an invitation for families to create and gather in their own prayer space, to sing, hear the Gospel, pray and respond creatively through an activity. This weekly resource follows the familiar Children’s Liturgy of the Word format provided in many parishes – but moved to an online setting. It can be used by families in their homes, and also by teachers and catechists. The series consists of 10 weekly sessions of 15-20 minutes duration, which commenced on Sunday 18th October and continues each Sunday until Christmas. We hope this experience of gathering for prayer will encourage families in this time when they cannot gather for parish celebrations of Eucharist. It is produced by Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal at the Archdiocese of Melbourne and can be found at https://bit.ly/ReadySetPray,
CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE OPEN DAYS 2020
You can join online to explore courses about faith, study and research, pursuing a career in ministry or pastoral areas, or if you need to gain qualifications to assist in current teaching or ministry. At the information sessions you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. Further information from email@example.com. Visit website to book online: ctc.edu.au/open-days.
We pray for Italo Inserra, Patricia McCavanagh, Leo Linehan, Antonette Wijegoonewardene, Luz Pacheco, Fr. Abraham, Singareddy Chinnapureddy, Irene Jones, victims of the terrorist attack in France, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Josefino Dabu, Baby Angelica De Leon, Florence (Jean) Palmer, Rosa Marsic, Anton de Hoedt, Mervyn Martina Patterson 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, James Barwick, Gerry Akein, Carmelina Costanzo, Alki Christopoulos, Charlotte Mary, Paul Burton, Aloysius Silva, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Terese San, Yarava Pratap Reddy, Yarava Rani, Justin Worsley and all who are ill in our Parish.