DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
Prayer To St. Joseph

 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
Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.

1st Reading (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Peter said to the people: ‘You are Israelites, and it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus, the same Jesus you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after Pilate had decided to release him. It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses. ‘Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, let your face shine on us.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 2:1-5)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
I am writing this, my children, to stop you sinning; but if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s. We can be sure that we know God only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, ‘I know him’, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. But when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Lord Jesus, make your word plain to us: make our hearts burn with love when you speak. Alleluia!

Gospel (Lk 24:35-48)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread. They were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes. Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The Christ had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead; in his name repentance and remission of sins must be preached to all the nations, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 4:8-12;   1 Jn 3:1-2;   Jn 10:11-18


PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th 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.
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.

 

WELCOME
We welcome into our Church community Eva Debono, Finn Hazelton and Kristy Kanickairaj 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.

PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A reminder to please return all Project Compassion boxes either to the Parish Office or by leaving them on the table outside the Sacristy after the weekend Masses. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

BIBLE STUDY
Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James Bible Study at the Ray Centre, St. James the Apostle Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452/ Francis Thomas 0401787372.

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – 25TH April 2021
World Day of Vocations
Next Sunday is the World Day of Vocations. Let us pray for the young people in our community, and in our families and circle of friends. May our prayers help them to be open to the Lord’s call to consecrated life or priesthood.

Pope Francis tells us:

There can be no greater joy than to risk one’s life for the Lord! I would like to say this especially to you, the young. Do not be deaf to the Lord’s call. If he calls you to follow this path, do not pull your oars into the boat, but trust him.

PLEDGE TO PRAY
The Vocations Office in Melbourne has partnered with some others in a project, 'Pledge to Pray' - an on-line platform for individuals to pledge prayers for vocations. It is based upon the idea of the 'Invisible Monastery'. You are invited to 'pledge a prayer' for vocations at www.pledgetopray.com.au, this is a site dedicated to encouraging prayer for vocations in Australia.

ANZAC DAY REMEMBRANCE MASS – SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 8:30AM
Please join us for this special Mass which commemorates the sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand military personnel who died during the war. The Mass will include the Ode, the Last Post, a minute’s silence, Lest We Forget, the Roust and the National Anthem.  This year ANZAC Day falls on a Sunday as it did in 1915 when the ANZACs landed on Gallipoli.

FEAST OF SAN PEDRO CALUNGSOD
This feast will be celebrated at the Filipino Mass on Sunday 25 April at 12pm. Bookings to be made via Trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/BQESO.

DAILY/WEEKEND MASS INFORMATION

  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.
  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance. Volunteers will assist until Mass starts.
  • 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 can register your attendance using the QR code. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing at the entry door).
  • Please remain in your allocated seat, do not move pews or chairs and maintain social distancing while in church.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Parishioners are encouraged to present their ideas/ suggestions/ concerns to the PPC via the SUGGESTION BOX in the church hall or via email to stpeters@westnet.com.au or hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

PALMS AUSTRALIA
Share your skills to help develop the capacity of overseas organisations and the abilities of their people. Low-income communities seek sustainable solutions to poverty, not through money or gifts, but by building self-reliance. All trades and professions are called to assist this mission. ENQUIRE NOW to properly prepare for a placement in 2022. Join our online InfoZoom on 2 May, visit palms.org.au, or call Palms on 02 9560 5333.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Maria Leonor Dela-Pena, James D’Silva, Belen Simangan, Imelda De Leon, Tracey Foss, Fr Michael McCoy, Raymundo Josue, Alkis Christopoulos. Albert D’Costa, Christina Lyngdoh, Helena Krawczyszyn, Violet Pisani, Hermie Getalado, Veronica Dabu-McDaniel, Norma Keyte, Peter Farrugia, Adrian McDonald, Kath Bowman, Brian Connor, Carmen Desira, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Anne Marie Medel, Julie & Leigh Smith, Ellen Barnes, Janice Hartshorn, Chris Hart, Leopoldo & Nemesia De Mesa, David Pillai, Agnes Therese Thoi, Joseph Mau, Trevor Marshall, Apolonia Garcia, Alice Quinless, Audrey DeNiese 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, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Esther Uwase and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 25 Apr 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Bonny D’Souza

Readers –24/25 Apr 2021

  6:00pm Davy Fernandez
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Iris Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 24/25 Apr 2021

  6:00pm P. Albuquerque / H. Durski / S. Martis
  8:30am KSC Minister / R. Johnson / Volunteer
10:30am V. Firman / S. Vaz / B. Fernandes
  5:00pm S. Simangan / J. Phan Lai / C. Skinner

Music Ministry – 24/25 Apr 2021

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

 

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
Divine Mercy Prayer

You expired, O Jesus,
But the source of life gushed forth for souls
And the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world
O Fount of Life,
Unfathomable Divine Mercy,
Envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus
As a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.
Amen


Entrance Antiphon
Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia!

1st Reading (Acts 4:32-35)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common. The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect. None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 5:1-6)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten by God; and whoever loves the Father that begot him loves the child whom he begets. We can be sure that we love God’s children if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us; this is what loving God is – keeping his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult, because anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world; this is the victory over the world – our faith. Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God: Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness – since the Spirit is the truth.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me; happy those who have not seen me, but still believe!
Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 20:19-31)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’ Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving, but believing, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19;   1 Jn 2:1-5;   Lk 24:35-48


PARISH NEWS

THANK YOU
Fr. Vincent, Dcn. Charles and the Parish Pastoral Council would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sacristans, Altar Servers, Choirs, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Ladies Auxiliary, Ushers, Gatekeepers and everyone who worked tirelessly at all the Holy Week services to ensure that everything went through so smoothly. Without your help we could not have achieved this.

BOOKING FOR WEEKEND MASSES
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 can register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing at the entry door).

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th 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

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.


DCN. CHARLES & KATHLEEN ENGLISH
thank all our parishioners for their prayers, thoughts and kind wishes.

Please continue to keep Dcn. Charles in your prayers as he continues with his medical treatment.

PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A reminder to please return all Project Compassion boxes either to the Parish Office or by leaving them on the table outside the Sacristy after the weekend Masses. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – 25TH April 2021
World Day of Vocations
Let us pray for the young people in our community, and in our families and circle of friends. May our prayers help them to be open to the Lord’s call to consecrated life or priesthood.

Pope Francis tells us:
There can be no greater joy than to risk one’s life for the Lord! I would like to say this especially to you, the young. Do not be deaf to the Lord’s call. If he calls you to follow this path, do not pull your oars into the boat, but trust him.

Pope Francis – Message for 2021 World Day of Vocations. Saint Joseph: The Dream of Vocation
‘God looks on the heart (cf. 1 Sam 16:7), and in Saint Joseph he recognized the heart of a father, able to give and generate life in the midst of daily routines. Vocations have this same goal: to beget and renew lives every day. The Lord desires to shape the hearts of fathers and mothers: hearts that are open, capable of great initiatives, generous in self-giving, compassionate in comforting anxieties and steadfast in strengthening hopes.’

‘The priesthood and the consecrated life greatly need these qualities nowadays, in times marked by fragility but also by the sufferings due to the pandemic, which has spawned uncertainties and fears about the future and the very meaning of life. Saint Joseph comes to meet us in his gentle way, as one of “the saints next door”. At the same time, his strong witness can guide us on the journey.’

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Newman and the Nineteenth Century Church. Online unit via zoom on 12 Saturday mornings. Lecturer is Rev. Prof. Austin Cooper OMI AM. Audit, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Options available. Enquiries: Dr Rosemary Canavan, Academic Dean, 9412 3333 or dean@ctc.edu.au.

REFLECTION ON DIVINE MERCY
Our Gospel (John 20:19-31) recounts one of the Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus to his disciples, where Jesus appears to his disciples, coming through locked doors and says Peace be with you breathing upon them the Holy Spirit and communicating His authority to forgive sins. However, Thomas was not present and when the other disciples said to him, We have seen the Lord, he said to them, Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe. A week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them.  Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, Peace be with you. Then he said to Thomas, Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.  Thomas answered and said to him, My Lord and my God! Thomas’s response in his encounter with the Risen Lord, “My Lord and My God" reveals the very heart of prayer as a call to adoration and communion with God. It has become the exclamation for millions, when faced with the Mystery of Mysteries, the Holy Eucharist, at the elevation during Mass.

Pope St Gregory the Great preached a marvelous homily on this encounter between Thomas and the Risen Lord. In it he asked: What conclusion, dear brethren, do you come to? Surely it was not by chance that this chosen disciple was missing in the first place? Or that on his return he heard, that hearing he doubted, that doubting he touched, and that touching he believed? It was by divine dispensation and not by chance that things so fell out. Jesus turned Thomas’s doubt into an event of Mercy for generations to come. Out of the repentance born from seeing Mercy Incarnate, touching the wounds of His Divine love, came that response, those wonderful words that have formed the most profound of personal prayers for millennia “My Lord and My God”. Pope St Gregory was so right; Thomas’ doubt healed the wounds of all of our doubts. Today we join with our Holy Father Pope Francis and Catholics throughout the whole world, in celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy. To Saint Faustina Our Lord said: "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy. This day we are invited to approach the throne of Mercy and cry out with St. Thomas: "My Lord and My God" (Jn 20:28). Those who do are forever changed.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Christina Lyngdoh, Helena Krawczyszyn, Violet Pisani, Albert D’Costa, Hermie Getalado, Veronica Dabu-McDaniel, Norma Keyte, Tracey Foss, Peter Farrugia, Adrian McDonald, Kath Bowman, Brian Connor, Carmen Desira, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Lorna Anderson, Maxwell Poppen, Judith & Sebastian D’Cruz, Afra & Isidonio Fernandes, Fr. Ave Maria D’Sa, Angelo Piscopo, Sam Sultana, Jose Golaw, Antonino Failla, Edgar Bersabe, Aniceta Esmaquel, Elena dela Cruz, Annamma Mathew 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, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Yvonne Norris, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 18 Apr 2021

Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman

Readers –17/18 Apr 2021

  6:00pm David Roga
  8:30am Sharon D’Silva
10:30am Sharon Arubia
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 17/18 Apr 2021

  6:00pm J. Roga / S. Joseph / S. Albuquerque
  8:30am K. Fernandes / G. Sharman / Volunteer
10:30am L. Ortega / B. Keane / S. Delos Reyos
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 17/18 Apr 2021

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm Young Adults

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
Divine Mercy Prayer

You expired, O Jesus,

But the source of life gushed forth for souls

And an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world

O Font of Life,

Unfathomable Divine Mercy,

Envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus

As a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.

Amen


Entrance Antiphon
I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia!

1st Reading (Acts 10:34, 37-43)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

2nd Reading (Col 3:1-4)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians.
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Christ has become our paschal sacrifice; let us feast with joy in the Lord. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 20:1-9)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb" she said “and we don't know where they have put him.” So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 2:42-47;   1 Pet 1:3-9;   Jn 20”19-31


PARISH NEWS

Dear Parishioners

2021 Easter Blessing

May the Risen Lord bless and protect you at Easter and all through the year.
Fr. Vincent John & Dcn. Charles English

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.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ends Sunday 4th April 2021. Please remember to turn your Clocks back 1 hour at 3:00am to 2:00am.

THANK YOU to all who have helped during Holy Week. Very Special Thanks and Gratitude to the Ladies Auxiliary for all their work during the entire Lenten season and throughout the year.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Lincoln Burton who is to be baptised this Saturday. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that Lincoln will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

We also welcome our Catechumens Rajitha Wasala, Lisa Arenas and Natalie Turner who receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, 3 April 2021.

LITURGY OF THE WORD/COMMUNION SERVICE
Please note that there will be NO MASS on Monday 5th April and Tuesday 6th April as Fr. Vincent will be away.  There will be a Liturgy of the Word/Communion Service on both days.

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.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY – 11 APRIL 2021
To celebrate this Feast there will be Exposition, Adoration and Confession commencing at 2:00pm. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited at 3:00pm (the hour of Mercy), followed by Mass. Please check timetable below.

DIVINE MERCY TIMETABLE

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


PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A box has been placed outside the Sacristy for the return of Project Compassion boxes. Thank you.

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th 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.


HOLY WEEK LITURGY AT CATHEDRAL TELEVISED
For those in our community who are unable to gather in church and can only participate virtually Easter Sunday service will be televised at 11:00am on Channel C31 (Channel 44 on TV) and streamed live on YouTube.

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Newman and the Nineteenth Century Church. Online unit via zoom on 12 Saturday mornings. Lecturer is Rev. Prof. Austin Cooper OMI AM. Audit, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Options available. Enquiries: Dr Rosemary Canavan, Academic Dean, 9412 3333 or dean@ctc.edu.au.

THANK YOU FROM CARITAS AUSTRALIA
Caritas Australia would like to THANK YOU for supporting Project Compassion 2021. If you still have your Project Compassion box or set of envelopes at home, please bring them back next week or visit www.caritas.org.au to make your donation online. Through your generosity you will be empowering the world’s most vulnerable communities to grow stronger and share their strengths with their communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion  #projectcompassion 1800 024 413

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Peter Farrugia, Sr. Mary Joseph, Adrian McDonald, Kath Bowman, Brian Connor, P.G. Joseph, Miguel Mauna, Carmen Desira, Margaret Palakkal, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, Marie Adam, Dayan Thumma, Asuncion Evangelista, Doreen Eddison, Mick Gastin, Faye McNerney, Gilbert Norris, Mitran Nettur, Mickey Lyngdoh, Eulalia Rulona, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Ramon Alinea, Alex de Borja, Edgar Bersabe, Aniceta Esmaquel, Elena dela Cruz, Antonio Grisancich, Mathilda Lariche 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, Yvonne Norris, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Tracey Foss, Leelamma Joseph, Dale D’Souza, Shiranthi Cramer, Melissa Bear, Lyn Worsley and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 11 Apr 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Derrick Netto / Toni Alexander

Readers –10/11 Apr 2021

  6:00pm Jerilee Cardoz
  8:30am Sunil Vaz
10:30am Sibrina Harry
  5:00pm Romayne Albuquerque

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 10/11 Apr 2021

  6:00pm N. Golaw / J. Tramontana / G. Surrao
  8:30am B. Steinhauer / E. Stowers / S. Gomez
10:30am N. Costa / S. Colla / F. Caruana
  5:00pm E. Angeles / R. Perera / J. Phan Lai

Music Ministry – 10/11 Apr 2021

  7:30pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Youth Band
  2:00pm KNK – Divine Mercy Sunday Mass
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ


 

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
Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!

1st Reading (Is 50:4-7)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech. Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

2nd Reading (Phil 2 :6-11)
A reading from the letter to the Philippians.
His state was divine, yet Christ Jesus did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!
Christ became obedient for us even to death, dying on the cross. Therefore God raised him on high and gave him a name above all other names.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel (Mk 14:1-15:47)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.

Due to the length of the gospel, we are unable to provide a printed version this week. Instead, we offer a Reflection for Palm Sunday taken from a synopsis of Pope Francis’ Homily for Palm Sunday 2020.

In his homily, Pope Francis sought to encourage his global audience of countless millions who were following this unique celebration by television, radio or social media. Drawing on the Gospel account of Jesus’ passion and crucifixion, he recalled that Jesus “descended into the abyss of our most bitter sufferings, culminating in betrayal and abandonment,” and said that from this experience Jesus’s message to us today is this: “Do not be afraid, you are not alone. I experienced all your desolation in order to be ever close to you.”

“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled,” Pope Francis said, “in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you’.” He told the small congregation in the basilica of some thirty persons standing at a distance from each other and the larger global audience that Jesus had “served us even to the point of being betrayed and abandoned,” and that, “we were put in this world to love him and our neighbours. Everything else passes away, only this remains.”

Pope Francis added that “the tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to rediscover that life is of no use if not used to serve others. For life is measured by love.” He continued: So, in these holy days, in our homes, let us stand before the Crucified One, the fullest measure of God’s love for us, and before the God who serves us to the point of giving his life, and let us ask for the grace to live in order to serve. May we reach out to those who are suffering and those most in need. May we not be concerned about what we lack, but what good we can do for others.

At this point, Pope Francis turned to young people worldwide. He recalled that for the past 35 years Palm Sunday had been dedicated to them in memory of the fact that young people had welcomed Jesus on his entry to Jerusalem. “Dear friends, look at the real heroes who come to light in these days,” he said. “They are not famous, rich and successful people; rather, they are those who are giving themselves in order to serve others. Feel called yourselves to put your lives on the line. Do not be afraid to devote your life to God and to others.”


PARISH NEWS


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ends Sunday 4th April 2021. Please remember to turn your Clocks back 1 hour at 3:00am to 2:00am.

HOLY WEEK / EASTER / DIVINE MERCY TIMETABLE 

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

 

!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ !!
BOOKINGS FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY
Trybooking link for Weekend and Holy week services https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday are SOLD OUT. A reminder that those who have booked via Trybooking are guaranteed a seat in the church & hall (300 seating capacity). Please have your booking receipt with you as proof of booking. Those who have missed out on bookings will have to use the QR code on arrival. However, this will be standing room only 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.

READINGS FOR EASTER TRIDUUM

HOLY THURSDAY

1st Reading

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14

Resp. Psalm

Ps 115:12-13, 15-18

2nd Reading

1 Cor 11:23-26

Gospel Acclamation

Jn13:34

Gospel

Jn 13:1-15

GOOD FRIDAY

1st Reading

Is 52:13-53:12

Resp. Psalm

Ps 30:2,6,12-13,15-17,25

2nd Reading

Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Gospel Acclamation

Phil 2:8-9

Gospel

Jn 18:1-19:42

EASTER VIGIL

1st Reading
Gen.1:1-2:2

Resp Psalm
Ps103,1-2,5-6,10,12-14,24,35.R.cf.v.30

2nd Reading
Gen. 22:1-18

Resp. Psalm
Ps 15:5,8-11,R.v.1

3rd Reading
Ex 14:15-15:1.

Canticle
Ex 15:1-6,17-18.R.v.1

Mass of Easter Night

1st Reading
Rom 6:3-11

Resp Psalm
Ps 117:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

Gospel Year B
Mark 16:1-7

EASTER SUNDAY

1st Reading
Acts 10:34,37-43

Resp. Psalm
Ps 117:1-2, 16-17, 22-23, R.v.24

2nd Reading
Col 3:1-4

Gospel Acclamation
1 Cor 5:7-8

Gospel
Jn 20:1-9

 

LIVESTREAMING OF HOLY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES
For those who are unable to attend, there will be livestreaming of Holy Thursday and Good Friday services via our parish youtube channel. Links as follows for Holy Thursday mass https://youtu.be/lGW6fC85aUA and Good Friday 3pm service https://youtu.be/MYOT9-srxk4

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.

MASS OF HOLY OILS (CHRISM MASS) TUESDAY 30 MAR, 7:30PM
This special Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Peter Comensoli and concelebrated with Priests and Deacons from the Archdiocese. At this Mass the Oils of the Sick, Oils of Catechumens and Chrism are blessed. The Mass manifests the communion of Priests with their Bishop.

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION
There will only be one collection on Good Friday with all proceeds assisting missionary work in the Holy Land and providing assistance to parishes, schools, orphanages and medical centres throughout the Holy Land. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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.

 

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Brian Connor, P.G. Joseph, Miguel Mauna, Carmen Desira, Margaret Palakkal, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, Marie Adam, Dayan Thumma, Asuncion Evangelista, Doreen Eddison, Mick Gastin, Faye McNerney, Gilbert Norris, Mitran Nettur, Mickey Lyngdoh, Eulalia Rulona, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Fr. Edward D’Souza, Godwin Arandez, Mathilda Lariche, Cecilia Fernandes, Palatty Kuriakkose,  Gwenda Henry, Jim Costa, Joseph Korah, Maria Tin 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, Yvonne Norris, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Tracey Foss, Leelamma Joseph, Dale D’Souza, Shiranthi Cramer, Melissa Bear and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 4 Apr 2021

Kevin McLoughlin / Tini & Barrie Hope

Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday Readers – 3/4 Apr 2021

  7:30pm C. Skinner / F. Thomas / B. Steinhauer
G. Sharman
  8:30am M. Nelthropp / D. Hankins
10:30am C. Peters / C. Skinner
  5:00pm NO MASS

Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 3/4 Apr 2021

  7:30pm S. Martis / E. Stowers / J. Poppen / G. Linning/
M. Maple / 2 Volunteers
  8:30am H. Durski / K. Fernandes / E. Angeles / G. Linning
10:30am E. Mills / R. Johnson / M. Peters / Volunteer
  5:00pm NO MASS

Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday Music Ministry – 3/4 Apr 2021

  7:30pm Renato & Michelle De la Pena
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Samoan choir
  5:00pm NO MASS

 

 


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

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
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.

Amen


Entrance Antiphon
Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.

1st Reading (2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23)
A reading from the second book of Chronicles.
All the heads of the priesthood, and the people too, added infidelity to infidelity, copying all the shameful practices of the nations and defiling the Temple that the Lord had consecrated for himself in Jerusalem. The Lord, the God of their ancestors, tirelessly sent them messenger after messenger, since he wished to spare his people and his house. But they ridiculed the messengers of God, they despised his words, they laughed at his prophets, until at last the wrath of the Lord rose so high against his people that there was no further remedy. Their enemies burned down the Temple of God, demolished the walls of Jerusalem, set fire to all its palaces, and destroyed everything of value in it. The survivors were deported by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon; they were to serve him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. This is how the word of the Lord was fulfilled that he spoke through Jeremiah, ‘Until this land has enjoyed its sabbath rest, until seventy years have gone by, it will keep sabbath throughout the days of its desolation.’ And in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, to fulfil the word of the Lord that was spoken through Jeremiah, the Lord roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his kingdom: ‘Thus speaks Cyrus king of Persia, “the Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; he has ordered me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up.”’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

2nd Reading (Eph 2:4-10)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have been saved – and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus. This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness towards us in Christ Jesus, how infinitely rich he is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son, that all who believe in him might have eternal life.
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel (Jn 3:14-21)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said to Nicodemus: ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. No one who believes in him will be condemned; but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already, because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son. On these grounds is sentence pronounced: that though the light has come into the world men have shown they prefer darkness to the light because their deeds were evil. And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, for fear his actions should be exposed; but the man who lives by the truth comes out into the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Jerusalem is built as a city bonded as one together. It is there that the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to praise the name of the Lord.

Next Week’s Readings
Wed, 17 Mar - St. Patrick
Fri, 19 Mar - St. Joseph (Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary)


PARISH NEWS

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.

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Zai Mung Du Labu who is to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that Zai will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance. Volunteers will assist.
  • Registration for weekend Masses 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 we request you to call the parish office on 9749 4300 to make a booking. If you have a mobile phone, you can register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code. (Kindly come in early to do this to avoid queuing 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 pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Mask wearing in church is optional.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

ANOINTING OF SICK/HEALING MASS, 16TH MARCH
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our Anointing of the Sick/Healing Mass on Tuesday 16th March at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All welcome.

FIRST RECONCILIATIONS
Our School First Reconciliation will be held on Tuesday 16th March and Thursday 18th March. Please keep these children in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT TA’PINU
Saturday 20th March. Mass at 2:00pm followed by Stations of the Cross.  Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no fellowship this year.  Bookings onsite at Ta’Pinu office so kindly be there by 1:15pm. See you there!

BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES – WEEKEND OF 20/21 MARCH
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation celebrated on Thursday 25th March, Father will give a special blessing for all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all Masses on the weekend of 20/21 March.

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.

PROJECT COMPASSION 2021
Project Compassion Boxes are available for collection after all Masses this weekend. You can also donate online by visiting lent.caritas.org.au Thank you.

THOMAS CARR COLLEGE Open Day, Sunday, 21 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Register at 8734 2444 or email registrar@thomascarr.vic.edu.au. A student leader from the College will speak at all Masses this weekend to promote the Open Day.

2021 LENTEN RETREAT, ST. ANDREWS, WERRIBEE
10:00am to 6:00pm.
Parish Youth & Young Adults Retreat, 13th March.
Parish Retreat, 20th March.
At Penola Hub, 33 Mortimer St., Werribee. Bookings Essential. Call 9741 4144 or email Werribee@cam.org.au.

PATRIS CORDE: WITH A FATHER’S HEART
Last year to mark the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being named as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis announced the Church would celebrate a Year of St Joseph, from 8 Dec 2020 – 8 Dec 2021. To begin the Year, the Holy Father published an apostolic letter Patris Corde ('With a Father's Heart'), sharing his personal reflections on St Joseph. Throughout the Year and in reading the letter, we are encouraged to grow in our love for St Joseph, implore his intercession and imitate his virtues and zeal. As Pope Francis says, we can discover in St Joseph an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Read the letter at https://melbournecatholic.org/news/patris-corde-with-a-fathers-heart

2021 PATRICK ORATION
On the feast of St Patrick, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Archbishop Peter Comensoli will deliver the 2021 Patrick Oration. At the last Patrick Oration two years ago, the Archbishop proposed a framework on how the Church in Melbourne might forge a way ahead. The proposal was to move away from the institutional centre and relocate the Church among what he called 'local neighbourhoods of grace', where the seeds of the Gospel could be nurtured among people 'who strive to live lives according to the way of Jesus Christ.' In doing so, Archbishop Comensoli encouraged locals to draw inspiration from St Patrick's own experience. The 2021 Patrick Oration to be held on Wed 17 March begins at 7:30pm and can be viewed on channel C31 (channel 44 on digital TV) and via YouTube at 7:30pm.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Mick Gastin, Faye McNerney, Gilbert Norris, Mitran Nettur, Mickey Lyngdoh, Annamma Baby, Eulalia Rulona, Zaren Acquilina, Ludger Fernando, Fouad Orfaly, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Baby Theo Stone, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, Margaretha Widdicombe, Sheila Augustine, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Vincent D’souza, Victor Pereira, George Mangion, Desmond Conns, Maria Thom, Edna & Clarence Marshall, Emily & Sandra Marshall, John & Gertrude Briscoe 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, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Yvonne Norris, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, William Franklin, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 21 Mar 2021

L. Vasquez / T. Grisancich / L. De La Cruz

Readers – 20/21 Mar 2021

  6:00pm Wilfred D’Cruz
  8:30am Grace Sharman
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 20/21 Mar 2021 (2 or 3 Required)

  6:00pm D. Fernandez / P&S Albuquerque
  8:30am S. Joseph / D&J Roga
10:30am L. Ortega / S. Delos Reyos / J. Quinless
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 20/21 Mar 2021

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm Youth Mass

 

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
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.

Amen


Entrance Antiphon
My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues my feet from the snare. Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor.

1st Reading (Ex 20:1-17)
A reading from the book of Exodus.
God spoke all these words. He said, ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ‘You shall have no gods except me. ‘You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God and I punish the father’s fault in the sons, the grandsons, and the great-grandsons of those who hate me; but I show kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. ‘You shall not utter the name of the Lord your God to misuse it, for the Lord will not leave unpunished the man who utters his name to misuse it. ‘Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath for the Lord your God. You shall do no work that day, neither you nor your son nor your daughter nor your servants, men or women, nor your animals nor the stranger who lives with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that these hold, but on the seventh day he rested; that is why the Lord has blessed the Sabbath day and made it sacred.
‘Honour your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God has given to you.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his servant, man or woman, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is his.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

2nd Reading (1 Cor 1::22-25)
A reading of the first letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians.
While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!
God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son, that all who believe in him might have eternal life.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel (Jn 2:13-25)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Just before the Jewish Passover Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and pigeons, and the money changers sitting at their counters there. Making a whip out of some cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, cattle and sheep as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the pigeon-sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’ Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: Zeal for your house will devour me. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us to justify what you have done?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this sanctuary: are you going to raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the sanctuary that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the words he had said. During his stay in Jerusalem for the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he gave, but Jesus knew them all and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about any man; he could tell what a man had in him.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for her young by your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, for ever singing your praise.

Next Week’s Readings
2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23;   Eph 2:4-10;   Jn 3:14-21


PARISH NEWS

 

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.

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

7:30pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena after 7:00pm Mass

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 their attendance. Volunteers will assist.
  • Weekend Mass Registration Try Booking 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 can register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing 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 pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Mask wearing in church is optional.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
Lent is a penitential season of prayer, fasting and helping others.
Stations of the Cross are held each Friday at 7:00pm followed by Mass.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Kevin Vo who is to be baptised this Sunday. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that Kevin will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY recommences face to face at the 10:30am Mass from this Sunday 7th March. Please avail of this opportunity to enrich your child's faith journey. Thank you.

SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2021
The 2021 Session of the School of Discipleship has begun. Held at 6:15pm at St Peter’s Church Hall. The first 4 sessions are on a "Come and See" basis to ascertain whether the school is for you. Classes will be a mixture of onsite (St Peters) and online (Zoom). Enquiries please call Anita 0411772320.

FIRST RECONCILIATIONS
Our Sunday School First Reconciliation will be held on Thursday, 11th March. Our School First Reconciliation will be held on Tuesday 16th March and Thursday 18th March. Please keep these children in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

ANOINTING OF SICK/HEALING MASS, 16TH MARCH
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our Anointing of the Sick/Healing Mass on Tuesday 16th March at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT TA’PINU
Come and join St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community (KNK) for the annual Lenten pilgrimage to Ta’Pinu on Saturday 20th March. Mass at 2:00pm followed by Stations of the Cross.  Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no fellowship this year.  Bookings onsite at Ta’Pinu office so kindly be there by 1:10pm/1:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

PROJECT COMPASSION 2021
Project Compassion Boxes are available for collection after all Masses this weekend. You can also donate online by visiting lent.caritas.org.au Thank you.

THANK YOU Father and parishioners of St Peter's for the great welcome you gave us last Sunday. It was great to catch up with many great friends. I know that St Peter's will continue to be a great parish. God bless you all.
Les and Bev Jones

THANK YOU Fr. Vincent and everyone who contributed at the 8:30am mass on 28 February. I felt very special and truly blessed.
Shirley Linehan

MARY MACKILLOP HERITAGE CENTRE, 362 Albert Street, East Melbourne, invites people to their first Weekend Open Day for 2021 on Saturday, 13th March, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Visit the Mary MacKillop Museum, the Chapel where Mary prayed, the Gift Shop & Refreshments area for morning or afternoon tea. A ‘socially distanced’ Mary “MacKillop Walking Tour” will take place at 11:00am. Entry is free.

THOMAS CARR COLLEGE
Open Day, Sunday, 21 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Register interest at 8734 2444 or email registrar@thomascarr.vic.edu.au.

MELBOURNE ARCHDIOCESE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS LIMITED (MACS)
With effect from January 2021, all Catholic schools in Melbourne are now governed by the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Limited (MACS) to ensure continuation of the rich tradition of Catholic schooling and to provide a strong foundation for our shared role in 'Working Together in Mission Charter'. MACS is committed to building communities of learning that provide safe, nurturing and academically stimulating environments for all children. MACS will provide leadership and support to all Catholic Schools in areas of policy formation and implementation. School Advisory Councils will be formed to enable principals to lead and reinvigorate Catholic schools to actively participate in the life of the faith communities of the local Church.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Fouad Orfaly, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Theo Stone, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, Margaretha Widdicombe, Sheila Augustine, Marcel Dias, Elizabeth Dimas, Julian Cardenas, Christopher Nongkynrih, Manuel Rivera, Arturo Ricaforte, Alvin Bergman, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Raymond Linning, Mona Mann, Betty Roberts, Norm Hegarty, Augustina & Josie Cutajar, Peppi Rosaria, Sabrina Ferlazzo, Carmena & Nicole Zahra, Eardley Beck, Rolando Sanchez, Florence Staub, Joseph Vella, Erick Menjivar, Josephine Catania, Fr Joe Briffa 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, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Yvonne & Gilbert Norris, Shirley Linehan, Zaren Acquilina, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, William Franklin, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 14 Mar 2021

B. Coghlan / P. Mulquiney / B. Cassin

Readers – 13/14 Mar 2021

  6:00pm Adele Vesty
  8:30am Evelyn Stowers
10:30am Lionel D’Cruz
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 13/14 Mar 2021 (2 or 3 Required)

  6:00pm I D’Lima / J. Tramontana / B. Fernandes
  8:30am R, Johnson / S. Vaz / S. Gomez
10:30am S. Colla / F. Caruana / V. Firman
  5:00pm J. Phan Lai / 2 X Volunteers

Music Ministry – 13/14 Mar 2021

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ

 


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.

Amen


Entrance Antiphon
Of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me.

1st Reading (Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18)
A reading from the book of Genesis.
God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he called. ‘Here I am’ he replied. ‘Take your son,’ God said ‘your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.’ When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there, and arranged the wood. Then he stretched out his hand and seized the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he said. ‘I am here’ he replied. ‘Do not raise your hand against the boy’ the angel said. ‘Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused me your son, your only son.’ Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt-offering in place of his son. The angel of the Lord called Abraham a second time from heaven. ‘I swear by my own self – it is the Lord who speaks – because you have done this, because you have not refused me your son, your only son, I will shower blessings on you, I will make your descendants as many as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants shall gain possession of the gates of their enemies. All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

2nd Reading (Rom 8:31-34)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans.
With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us – he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and pleads for us.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
From the shining cloud, the Father’s voice is heard: this is my beloved Son, hear him.
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel (Mk 9:2-10)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: ‘Rabbi,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus. As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.

Next Week’s Readings
Ex 20:1-17;  1Cor 1:22-25;   Jn 2:13-25


PARISH NEWS

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance. Volunteers will assist.
  • Registration for weekend Masses via 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 can register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing 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 pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Mask wearing in church is optional.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION

  • Lent is a penitential season of prayer, fasting and helping others.
  • Stations of the Cross are held each Friday at 7:00pm followed by Mass.

BIBLE STUDY – ST. PETERS & ST. JAMES
At the Ray Centre, St. James the Apostle Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Focus on Gospel of John. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452/ Francis Thomas 0401787372.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY will recommence face to face at the 10:30am Mass with effect from Sunday 7th March 2021. Please avail of this opportunity to enrich your child's faith journey. Thank you.

HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2021
The 2021 Session of the Holy Spirit Interactive (HSI) School of Discipleship commences this Sunday, 28 February at 6:15pm at St Peter’s Church Hall. The first 4 sessions are on a "Come and See" basis to ascertain whether the school is for you. Classes will be a mixture of onsite (St Peters) and online (Zoom). At our first session, we will be learning about “Renewing the Mind”. Enquiries please call Anita 0411772320.

RCIA – RITE OF ELECTION
Our cathecumens Rajitha Wasala and Lisa Arenas attended the ‘Rite of Election’ along with their sponsors, family and RCIA team at St Patrick’s Cathedral last Sunday 21st February. This will be an important step in their journey towards receiving the sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

ST PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY (KNK)
All are invited to attend our Saturday Prayer Meetings from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Bookings via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD. If you have booked, you can register using the QR code prior to entering church. Current COVID safe guidelines are in place. No fellowship after the prayer meeting. Kindly note there will no prayer meeting on Saturday 6 March.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT TA’PINU
Come and join St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community (KNK) for the annual Lenten pilgrimage to Ta’Pinu on Saturday 20th March. Starts with Mass at 2:00pm followed by Stations of the Cross.  Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no fellowship this year.  Bookings to be made at the onsite office at Ta’Pinu so we request you to kindly be there by 1:10/1:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES (for children attending non Catholic Schools). Classes are held every Sunday from 9:15am till 10:25am. For any further enquiries, please call Bernice on 9749 2812.

THE YOUNG ADULTS ARE BACK!
The young adults (ages 18-29) meet every Sunday, at 6:15pm in the Community Centre.. Come join us as we worship, pray, hear talks, read the bible and learn more about God together As there is a limit on how many can attend, please ensure you come on time. See you there. For enquiries email spyoungadults18@gmail.com. The Young Adults will be speaking at masses this weekend.

ROSTERS
The Piety Store Rosters for the months of March, April and May 2021 will be available for collection from the Hall. Lectors & Extraordinary Ministers Rosters for the months from March to May have been emailed to all Lectors and Communion Ministers, if you would like a hard copy, kindly contact the Parish Office.

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 hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

THANK YOU MASS FOR BEV & LES JONES AND SHIRLEY LINEHAN, SUNDAY 28TH FEB, 8:30AM MASS
Please join us as we celebrate and offer a heartfelt thanks to our long-term parishioners Les & Bev Jones for the many decades of dedicated service in several Ministries in our Parish and to Shirley Linehan for enhancing our Liturgy with her beautiful voice and leading her choir over many decades in our church. A light morning tea will be served after the 8:30am Mass. All are welcome to attend.

THOMAS CARR YEAR 7, 2023 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT Thursday, 4 March at 7:00pm in the Fr. Tobin Gymnasium. 35 Thomas Carr Dve, Tarneit. Register attendance at https://www.thomascarr.vic.edu.au/Year7-2023-PIN-Registration. Telephone 8734 2444.

MELBOURNE ARCHDIOCESE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS LIMITED (MACS)
With effect from January 2021, all Catholic schools in Melbourne are now governed by the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Limited  (MACS) to ensure continuation of the rich tradition of Catholic schooling and to provide a strong foundation for our shared role in 'Working Together in Mission Charter'.  MACS is committed to building communities of learning that provide safe, nurturing and academically stimulating environments for all children. MACS will provide leadership and support to all Catholic Schools in areas of policy formation and implementation.  School Advisory Councils will be formed to enable principals to lead and reinvigorate Catholic schools to actively participate in the life of the faith communities of the local Church.

PROJECT COMPASSION 2021
Project Compassion Boxes are available for collection after all Masses this weekend. You can also donate online by visiting lent.caritas.org.au Thank you.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Milton D’Souza, Margaretha Widdicombe, Sheila Augustine, Marcel Dias, Elizabeth Dimas, Julian Cardenas, Christopher Nongkynrih, Manuel Rivera, Sr. Isofena, Fr. Malo, Scaria T.V., Irene Jones, Janaki Devadas, Teresa Yrastorsa, Arturo Ricaforte, Alvin Bergman and all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Oscar Rego, Austin Gracias, V.V. Alex, Dympna & Justiniano Alegam, Derrick Gowe, Pedro Alinea, Poshan Misquitta, Janusz Gradkowski 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, William Franklin, May Rizkallah, Mila Africano, Gliceria Tacata and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 7 Mar 2021

Kevin McLoughlin / Derek Netto / Toni Alexander

Readers – 6/7 Mar 2021

  6:00pm Angela Francis
  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Venus Iuta
  5:00pm Lerna Vasquez

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 6/7 Mar 2021 (2 or 3 Required)

  6:00pm F. Thomas / S. Joseph / S. D’Silva
  8:30am K. Fernandes / M. Nelthropp / J. Phan Lai
10:30am E. Mills / N. Costa / B. Keane
  5:00pm E. Angeles / R. Perera / R. Albuquerque

Music Ministry – 6/7 Mar 2021

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Samoan Choir
  5:00pm FilOz

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Amen


Entrance Antiphon
When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.

1st Reading (Gen 9:8-15)
God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of the flood. There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.’ God said, ‘Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all things of flesh.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.

2nd Reading (1 Pet 3:18-22)
A reading from the first letter of St. Peter.
Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life, and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison. Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of eight people ‘by water’, and when God was still waiting patiently, that these spirits refused to believe. That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now, and which is not the washing off of physical dirt but a pledge made to God from a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has entered heaven and is at God’s right hand, now that he has made the angels and Dominations and Powers his subjects.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory! No one lives on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel (Mk 1:12-15)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him. After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

Next Week’s Readings
Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18;   Rom 8:31-34;   Mk 9:2-10

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 22 Feb - The Chair of St. Peter         


PARISH NEWS

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • 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.

DEVOTIONS IN OUR CHURCH
Please note that the following devotions have resumed in our church:

  1. Wednesday Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mass at 7:00pm followed by novena.
  2. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Divine Mercy Chaplet on Friday at 9am after mass
  3. First Friday Mass at 7:00pm followed by Prayers and Adoration.
  4. Baptism Preparation Meetings on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Martha Tsegay, Alessio Estrella, Mila Vanvitelli 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.

BIBLE STUDY
Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James Bible Study. At the Ray Centre, St. James the Apostle Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452/ Francis Thomas 0401787372.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY will recommence face to face at the 10:30am Mass with effect from Sunday 7th March 2021. Please avail of this opportunity to enrich your child's faith journey. Thank you.

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 this weekend. 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.

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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES (for children attending non Catholic Schools). Classes are held every Sunday from 9:15am till 10:25am. For any further enquiries, please call Bernice on 9749 2812.

ROSTERS
The Piety Store Rosters for the months of March, April and May 2021 will be available for collection from the Hall. Lectors & Extraordinary Ministers Rosters for the months from March to May have been emailed to all Lectors and Communion Ministers, if you would like a hard copy, kindly contact the Parish Office.

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 hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR CONFIRMATION
Congratulations to all the children who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Tuesday and Thursday as you were unable to receive it last year. We pray that you are filled with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit throughout your faith journey.

PROJECT COMPASSION 2021
Project Compassion Boxes are available for collection after all Masses this weekend. Thank you.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Christopher Nongkynrih, Manuel Rivera, Sr. Isofena, Fr. Malo, Scaria T.V., 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.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Nazzareno Fortuna, V.V. Alex, Myrna Hengeveld, Anthony Azzopardi, Agatha Borg 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.


ROSTERS

Counters – 28 Feb 2021

John Allan / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers – 27/28 Feb 2021

  6:00pm Davy Fernandes
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Meresiana Peters
  5:00pm Dominic Hankins

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 27/28 Feb 2021 (2 or 3 Required)

  6:00pm G Surrao / H Durski / Stanley M./ M. Maple
  8:30am KSC Minister / K McLoughlin / R. Johnson
10:30am J. Quinless / V. Firman / S DiBeneditto
  5:00pm I. Simangan / S. Simangan / E Angeles / R Perera

Music Ministry – 27/28 Feb 2021

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