DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH

CORONA VIRUS PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which made us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Lord Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Lord Jesus Christ, heal us. Amen.


5th Sunday of Lent Readings & Responses

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 - Ezek 37:12-14
A reading from the prophet Ezekiel.
The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. And I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, the Lord, have said and done this – it is the Lord who speaks.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

2nd Reading - Rom 8:8-11
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans.
People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me will not die for ever. Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel - Jn 11:1-45
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
There was a man named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany with the two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was ill. It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair. The sisters sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you love is ill.’ On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will end not in death but in God’s glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified.’ Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed where he was for two more days before saying to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judaea.’ The disciples said, ‘Rabbi, it is not long since the Jews wanted to stone you; are you going back again?’ Jesus replied: ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? A man can walk in the daytime without stumbling because he has the light of this world to see by; but if he walks at night he stumbles, because there is no light to guide him.’ He said that and then added, ‘Our friend Lazarus is resting, I am going to wake him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he is able to rest he is sure to get better.’ The phrase Jesus used referred to the death of Lazarus, but they thought that by ‘rest’ he meant ‘sleep’, so Jesus put it plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead; and for your sake I am glad I was not there because now you will believe. But let us go to him.’ Then Thomas – known as the Twin – said to the other disciples, ‘Let us go too, and die with him.’ On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to sympathise with them over their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.’ ‘Your brother’ said Jesus to her ‘will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ she said ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the   Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’ When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in a low voice, ‘The Master is here and wants to see you.’ Hearing this, Mary got up quickly and went to him. Jesus had not yet come into the village; he was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who were in the house sympathising with Mary saw her get up so quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Mary went to Jesus, and as soon as she saw him she threw herself at his feet, saying, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ At the sight of her tears, and those of the Jews who followed her, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, ‘Where have you put him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept; and the Jews said, ‘See how much he loved him!’ But there were some who remarked, ‘He opened the eyes of the blind man, could he not have prevented this man’s death?’ Still sighing, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening. Jesus said, ‘Take the stone away.’ Martha said to him, ‘Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day.’ Jesus replied, ‘Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said: ‘Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer. I knew indeed that you always hear me, but I speak for the sake of all these who stand round me, so that they may believe it was you who sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, here! Come out!’ The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, let him go free.’ Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did believed in him.
The Gospel of the Lord

Communion Antiphon
Everyone who lives and believes in me will not die for ever, says the Lord.

Next week’s Readings
Is 50:4-7;  Phil 2:6-11;   Mt 26:14 – 27:66

HOW TO MAKE AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross
  2. If possible, read the Mass Readings
  3. Recite the Prayer of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot, at this moment, receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


PARISH NEWS

PARISH GUIDELINES

  • Our church is now closed as per Government regulations.
    Please note that the Sunday Obligation will not apply during this time of suspension.
  •  Online Masses are available at the following links:
    1. Live daily streaming of Masses from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Masses are then available on demand until one hour before the next scheduled Mass: https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass
    2. shalomworld.org/dailymass (Link is available when you open this website on the Welcome Page)
  • To receive current information, you can update us with your email address by emailing the parish office at hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.
  • Thanksgiving Contributions
    As there are no regular masses being held, we have been approached by some parishioners with regard to their weekly contributions. If you would like to continue your contributions to support the parish, the following options are available:

    • You can drop off your Thanksgiving envelope at the Parish office during office hours Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:30pm.
    • Thanksgiving donations can be made directly to our Church Bank Account. Details as follows:
      Account name: St Peter Apostle Parish Church Account
      BSB: 083-347 Account No: 637286747. (Please use your Thanksgiving Envelope number and your name for reference purposes. - Example: TG 123-Tom Smith).
    • If you would like to amend your Thanksgiving from Envelopes to Credit Card/Debit Card, please call or email the parish office and we will send you a form to make this change.

Fr Vincent and Dcn Charles thank you for your continued support to the parish.

KEEPING THE FAITH
Helping families stay connected
As Masses are restricted throughout the world, many parish and school communities are asking what they can do to keep their families connected to their faith. CathFamily can help with online resources which are available free of charge.

1.   FREE Resource Database
CathFamily has a vast library of free resources for families, schools and parishes that celebrates Catholic culture. The free weekly eNews lists seasonal resources including downloadable prayers, feast day celebrations, recipes, craft, articles and links to other helpful resources.

Visitors can search and browse thousands of posts or take advantage of the eNews to triage the most relevant content for the week.
Go to   https://cathfamily.org/

2.   Children's Sunday Liturgy @Home
CathKids is a weekly interactive experience designed for primary aged children that includes a short animated video on the Sunday reading, 'I wonder' questions, a craft activity and prayers. CathKids has a modest subscription fee but due to the situation with COVID19 they are offering this resource FREE for the next 3 months.
Go to   https://cathfamily.org/cathkids-faith-unlimited/

PROJECT COMPASSION 2020
Message from Deacon Jim Curtain, Diocesan Director of Caritas Australia, about the Project Compassion 2020 Appeal.

We here at Caritas understand that many in our community will have financial concerns, worries about health, and worries about their future due to the COVID19 crisis. We do appreciate that many generous people who would normally give may no longer be in a position to do so. However through Project Compassion we support people and communities in countries that have nothing like the resources of Australia, where governments do not have the ability to provide social welfare payments or subsidise employers to keep people in work. Bearing in mind the uncertainty that we are all experiencing, we would still ask that, if you are able, you consider continuing to support Project Compassion as best you can.

Thank you for your generosity in the past, and for whatever you feel able to give now.

 

 


 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
CORONAVIRUS PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which made us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Lord Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Lord Jesus Christ, heal us. 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
1 Sam 16:1,6-7,10-13
A reading from the first book of Samuel.
The Lord said to Samuel, ‘Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen myself a king among his sons.’ When Samuel arrived, he caught sight of Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed stands there before him,’ but the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Take no notice of his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him: God does not see as man sees: man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.’ Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel, but Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen these.’ He then asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ He answered, ‘There is still one left, the youngest; he is out looking after the sheep.’ Then Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down to eat until he comes.’ Jesse had him sent for, a boy of fresh complexion, with fine eyes and pleasant bearing. The Lord said, ‘Come, anoint him, for this is the one.’ At this, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him where he stood with his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord seized on David and stayed with him from that day on.
The Word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
2nd Reading
Eph 5:8-14
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians
You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, having nothing to do with the futile works of darkness but exposing them by contrast. The things which are done in secret are things that people are ashamed even to speak of; but anything exposed by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated turns into light. That is why it is said: Wake up from your sleep, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.
The Word of the Lord.
Gospel Acclamation Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ! I am the light of the world, says the Lord: whoever follows me will have the light of life.
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!
Gospel
Jn 9:1-41
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. He spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (a name that means ‘sent’). So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored. His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ The man himself said, ‘I am the man.’ They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. It had been a Sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’ Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the Sabbath.’ Others said, ‘How could a sinner produce signs like this?’ And there was disagreement among them. So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’ ‘He is a prophet’ replied the man. ‘Are you trying to teach us,’ they replied ‘and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!’ And they drove him away. Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’ The man said, ‘Lord, I believe’, and worshipped him. Jesus said: ‘It is for judgement that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight turn blind.’ Hearing this, some Pharisees who were present said to him, ‘We are not blind, surely?’ Jesus replied: ‘Blind? If you were, you would not be guilty, but since you say, “We see,” your guilt remains.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The Lord anointed my eyes: I went, I washed, I saw and I believed in God.
Next week’s Readings Ezek 37:12-14;   Rom 8:8-11;   Jn 11:1-45
Feasts of the Week The Annunciation of the Lord      Wed, Mar 25

 

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
St Joseph, You were receptive to God working in your life. Help us by your prayers at this time of trial. You kept Jesus and Mary under your watchful care: may your prayers assist our local Church to respond to those in need. You taught the Christ Child your trade and prayers: help us to follow his example of love. You were part of God’s plan for all humanity: assist us to be vigilant and responsible this day. You spent your life in service: may we be mindful of others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, caring for them in these difficult days. You trusted in the clear primacy of God over all history and every situation: help us to grow in faith and pray to the Father, thy will be done. Amen.
Please  keep this prayer close to your heart as we meet the many challenges we will inevitably face in the weeks ahead.

St Joseph

PRAYER OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, And I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot, at this moment, receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.


Parish Guidelines for our Church

  • Our church will remain open from 7:00am to 5:00pm every day to encourage private prayer.
  • When at church, please maintain a reasonable distance (approx. 1.5m) between each other. Be aware that we cannot have more than 100 people in church at any given time. (This number could change as the situation changes).
  • Hand sanitisers are available at the entrance to the church.
  • All regular, timetabled Masses have been suspended, including weekday and Sunday Masses. 
  • All public gatherings in our parish including church services, meetings, choir practices, prayer group meetings, etc. in parish venues are cancelled until further notice.
  • Thanksgiving Envelopes can be dropped into the slot on the wall located at the side of the Sacristy door, under the cabinet containing the oils. This is where Mass Offerings are also placed.
  • Please keep the Lord’s Day holy and celebrate Sunday by taking time to pray together as a family. Mass Online is available for people to join together in spiritual communion. The following weblinks are offered to view and participate in Holy Masses.
    http://bit.ly/MassOnDemand          https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass        www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass
    Shalomworld.org/dailymass (Mass times advertised)
    Please note that the Sunday Obligation will not apply during this time of suspension. 

 

Guidelines from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The following guidelines apply throughout the Archdiocese of Melbourne:

  • All but priests are dispensed from attending Sunday Mass (canon 1248): the faithful can keep holy their Sunday by setting aside some time for prayer at home, reading the Scriptures of the day, watching Mass on television or online, and asking God for the graces they would normally receive in Holy Communion.
  • Priests should celebrate daily Mass without the physical presence of the lay faithful and offer it on behalf of those who cannot attend and for the whole nation.
  • Churches should remain open for private prayer as much as possible.
  • The Second and Third Rites of Reconciliation should not be used; First Rite of Reconciliation should only be heard through a protective screen (made of plastic or similar) i.e. no direct face-to-face reconciliation other than the sick in hospital or in their home.
  • Other instructions will be issued to clergy regarding Baptisms of several children, the RCIA and the various rites of the Triduum.
  • As far as possible, churches should remain open to allow private prayer; the Blessed Sacrament might be exposed in the monstrance for this purpose (as long as fewer than 100 are attending and with the usual provisions for reverence and security of the Sacrament).
  • On days when this is liturgically permitted (see Ordo pp. 10-11), priests should offer the Mass for the Sick, the Mass for Any Need or a votive Mass such as that of Our Lady of Lourdes or St Joseph.
  • Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals may be celebrated if necessary, restricted to immediate family (and small bridal parties etc.); baptisms and weddings can, of course, be postponed.
  • Preparation for and celebration of First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation for children should be postponed until the pandemic is over.
  • All ministers should follow precautions recommended by health authorities when visiting people’s homes, aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and detention centres.

 

 

 

PARISH NEWS

CORONA VIRUS
As per instructions from the Archdiocese, the following changes have been implemented due to current health issues associated with the Corona Virus:

  • There will be no Holy Water in the fonts
  • Holy Communion will only be given under the one species, The Body of Christ. The Precious Blood will not be distributed. The faithful are reminded that Christ is fully present under either species.
  • As the coronavirus is easily spread through saliva, the Body of Christ will only be administered in the hand because of the high risk of transmission if people continue to receive on the tongue.
  • The Sign of Peace will be announced verbally only.

This will continue until further notice. Please check the noticeboard for detailed information from the Archdiocese.

BIBLE STUDY – 16TH MARCH
The next Session will be held at 7:00pm in the Community Centre at St. Peter's Hoppers Crossing.  Message enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 or Francis Thomas 0401787372.

COMBINED PARISH RITE II RECONCILIATION, THURSDAY, 2ND APRIL, 7:00PM AT ST. PETER'S PARISH
Please join us for our annual Rite II Reconciliation on Thursday 2nd April at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves this Lenten season for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. All are invited to attend.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Joseph Carreno Douglas, Leonardo Carreno Douglas, Isaiah Carreno Kombukon, Sasha Anstee and Miles Paloma who are to be baptised this Sunday. We pray for these children, their parents and god parents.

MORNING TEA, SUNDAY 22ND MARCH AFTER 8:30AM MASS to thankfully celebrate the tireless work done by our long term very active and committed parishioners.

Bev & Les Jones who have been actively involved in various parish Ministries for almost 45 years are now moving to Kyneton to be closer to their family.

Leo & Shirley Linehan have both served the community for many years through their dedication and commitment to St. Vincent de Paul and the Music Ministry.

A special collection will be taken for 'Helpers of God's Precious Infants' in recognition and appreciation of Les and Bev's ongoing commitment and dedication to the unborn. Please bring a plate and join us in this celebration. Thank you.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH

Sundays

HSI School of Discipleship 6.15pm to 8.15pm in Community Centre

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5:00pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms

 

Bible Study

Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held 1st Monday of month at 7:00pm in Church.

Held 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday in Community Centre from 7:00pm.

1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass Next Healing Mass will be held on 4th April 2020, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

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

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

 

HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2020
All are welcome to this faith outreach program which is held every Sunday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm at St Peters Community Centre. Enquiries to Paul Fitzgerald on 0417355186 or Anita Dsouza on 0411772320.

ANOINTING FOR SICK/HEALING MASS – TUESDAY 17TH MARCH, 11:00AM
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday 17th March at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All Welcome. If you are aware of anyone who wishes to be anointed but is too ill to attend this Mass, kindly ask them to contact the Parish Office and Father will visit them at home at a suitable time.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT held every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm followed by Mass and will be conducted by the Children's Liturgy Ministry on Friday 20th March.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat. All other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by any one of the following:

  1. Prayer eg – Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary, etc.
  2. Self Denial eg – not eating meat, sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with family; limiting food and drink to give to the poor of one's own country or elsewhere, etc. Project Compassion is a major means of expressing self-denial in Australia.
  3. Helping Others eg – special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened, etc.

MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE
Tickets to our Mother’s Day Raffle will be sold after all weekend Masses. Funds raised will go towards various church activities. Thank you for your support.

HOLY HOUR OF PRAYER
Our parish will join the Archdiocese Triduum of Prayer for vocations. St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community (KNK) will hold a Holy Hour of Prayer from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, 21st March. We invite all our parishioners to participate in this Holy Hour of Prayer to help vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

MOVIE NIGHT
St Peters Young Adults present the next movie night on Saturday March 21 at 7:30pm (After the 6:00pm mass), showing "Breakthrough" – inspired by a true story. Gold Coin Donation. BBQ, snacks and drinks on sale from 7:00pm. A great way to meet parishioners and support the Young Adults. If you would like to donate or assist, please call Young Adults on 0470 445 684.

ST. PETER APOSTLE SCHOOL - 2021 PREP ENROLMENTS
St. Peter Apostle School will hold an Information Session for parents interested in enrolling their children at St. Peter’s for the year 2021. The session will be held at the school at 7:00pm on Tuesday, 21st April 2020. It would be appreciated if children do not attend this meeting due to limited space.  Guided Tours on Wed, 15th April 2020 and Tues 28th April, 2020 at 9:30am. During the meeting, parents will have the opportunity to make an appointment for their Enrolment Interview, in Term 2.

BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES – WEEKEND OF 21/22 MARCH
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation celebrated on Wednesday the 25th March, Father will give a special blessing to all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all Masses on the weekend of 21/22 March.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Agatha Borg, Domenica Biviano and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Desmond Conns, Neneng Austria, Alex Coelho, Isave Maria Thom, Poshan Misquitta, P J Cyriac, Elmer Balano, Vincenzo Trantino, Juliana Toncic, Gertrude & John Briscoe, Roberto Lopez, Elaine Pountney, Eugene Xavier, Cyrilin Jayasooriya, Michael Palmieri and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Godwin Arandez, Gordon Newman, Francine Foster, Sam Caruana, Zandi Falzon, Robel Rosales, Rey Medina, Denis Webber, Lourdes Sequeira, Mary D'cruz, Leo Mellewa, Pat Heffernan, Monique Hoaster, Alphonsus De Roza, Francis Goonting, Aiden Leonard, Elvira de Torres, Melville Pereira, Wilfredo Villareal, Julia Rego, Keely Welsford, Rolando Navarro, Eileen Lewis, Jean Skinner, Avis Fernandes, Gaudelia Javier, Lina Enriquez, Merly Matundan and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters – 22 Mar 2020

Bill Coghlan / Paul Mulquiney / Bernard Cassin

Readers – 21/22 Mar 2020

  6:00pm Ignes D’Lima
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Sherwin SImangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 21/22 Mar 2020

  6:00pm N. Golaw / Sharon A. / A. Vesty / J. Poppen
  8:30am K. McLoughlin / L&B Jones / KSC Minister
10:30am M&Z D’Mello / J. Quinless / S. DiBenedetto
  5:00pm I. Simangan / J.P. Lai / R. Perera / E. Angeles

Music Ministry – 21/22 Mar 2020

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am 2020 Choir
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK

 

 

PARISH NEWS

 

CORONA VIRUS
The following changes have been implemented as a precautionary measure due to the current health issues associated with the Corona Virus:

  • There will be no Holy Water in the fonts
  • Holy Communion will only be given under the one species i.e. The Body of Christ. The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
  • The Sign of Peace will be announced verbally only.

This will continue until further notice.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH 

Sundays

HSI School of Discipleship 6.15pm to 8.15pm in Community Centre

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5:00pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass Next Healing Mass will be held on 4th April 2020, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

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

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

 

 ROSTERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE HALL

  • Lectors and Communion Ministers
  • Communion to the Sick
  • Piety Store. Please note that in the future Piety Store rosters will be sent by email. A paper copy will be available only to those who request one.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
(for Children attending non Catholic Schools). Classes every Sunday 9.15am to 10:25am. Please bring along Child's Baptism Certificate to be sighted. Find us by following the arrows on the brick walls. For any enquiries please phone Bernice on 9749 2812.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross are held every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm followed by Mass. Stations of the Cross on Friday 13th March will be conducted by the Bible Study Ministry.

HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2020
The School has begun on Sunday February 23 with over 40 people attending to experience what is involved in Christian Discipleship & Mission. The first 5 weeks are “Come and See” to check whether this school is for you. All are welcome to this faith outreach program which is held every Sunday from 6.15 pm to 8.15 pm at St Peters Community Centre. Enquiries to Paul Fitzgerald on 0417355186 or Anita Dsouza on 0411772320.

ANOINTING FOR SICK/HEALING MASS - TUESDAY 17TH MARCH, 11:00AM MASS
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday 17th March at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All Welcome. If you are aware of anyone who wishes to be anointed but is too ill to attend this Mass, kindly ask them to contact the Parish Office and Father will visit them at home at a suitable time.

BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES - WEEKEND OF 21/22 MARCH
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation celebrated on Wednesday the 25th March, Father will be giving a special blessing for all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all Masses on the weekend of 21/22 March.

HOLY HOUR OF PRAYER
The best and most important thing to obtain vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life is to pray, and so during the Season of Lent, our Archdiocese has established the Triduum of Prayer which will run for 23 hours from 20-22 March in parishes and religious communities around Melbourne. Our parish is joining in this Triduum of Prayer. St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community (KNK) will hold a Holy Hour of Prayer from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, 21st March. We invite all our parishioners to participate in this Holy Hour of Prayer to help vocations in our parish.

MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE
Tickets to our Mother’s Day Raffle will be sold after all weekend Masses from next weekend.  Funds raised from the raffle will go towards various church activities. Thank you for your support.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat. All other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by any one of the following:

  1. Prayer eg – Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary, etc.
  2. Self Denial eg – not eating meat, sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with family; limiting food and drink to give to the poor of one's own country or elsewhere, etc. Project Compassion is a major means of expressing self-denial in Australia.
  3. Helping Others eg – special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened, etc.

MOVIE NIGHT
St Peters Young Adults are proud to present the next movie night on Saturday March 21 at 7:30pm (After the 6pm mass), showing "Breakthrough" - inspired by a true story. This event welcomes Gold Coin Donation and BBQ, snacks and drinks will be on sale from 7pm. This will be a great way to meet parishioners as well as support the Young Adults. If you would like to donate or assist, please call Young Adults on 0470 445 684.

ST. PETER APOSTLE SCHOOL - 2021 PREP ENROLMENTS
St. Peter Apostle School will be holding an Information Session for parents who are interested in enrolling their children at St. Peter’s for the year 2021. This information session will be held at the school at 7:00pm on Tuesday, 21st April 2020. It would be appreciated if children do not attend this meeting due to limited space.  Guided Tours will be held on Wednesday, 15th April, 2020 at 9:30am and Tuesday 28th April, 2020 at 9:30am. During the meeting, parents will have the opportunity to make an appointment for their Enrolment Interview, in Term 2.

THOMAS CARR COLLEGE OPEN DAY
Sunday, 22 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm, 35 Thomas Carr Drive, Tarneit. To register interest, please email registrar@thomascarr.vic.edu.au

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Agatha Borg and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Raymond Linning, Alex D’Souza, Mervyn Duarte, Vincent D’Souza, Victor Pereira, Fr Joe Briffa, Josephine Catania, Meryn Duarte, Audrey & Cyril Michael, Theresa Spiteri, George Mangion, Tony Rodrigues, Adomy Menjivar, Joseph Vella, Lewis Vella, Vazimierz & Jadwiga, Simon & Natalia, Eardley Beck, Carmen Madeloso and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Godwin Arandez, Gordon Newman, Francine Foster, Sam Caruana, Therese Mary, Zandi Falzon, Robel Rosales, Rey Medina, Denis Webber, Lourdes Sequeira, Mary D'cruz, Leo Mellewa, Pat Heffernan, Andrea Clayburn, Yvonne Clayton, Monique Hoaster, Alphonsus De Roza, Francis Goonting, Aiden Leonard, Elvira de Torres, Melville Pereira, Wilfredo Villareal, Julia Rego, Keely Welsford, Rolando Navarro, Eileen Lewis, Jean Skinner and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

 Money Counters – 15 Mar 2020

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

Readers – 14/15 Mar 2020

  6:00pm Davy Fernandez
  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Meresina Peters
  5:00pm YOUTH MASS

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 14/15 Mar 2020

  6:00pm D&J Roga / B. Raj / S. Martis
  8:30am R. Johnson / M. Nelthropp / J. Phan Lai
10:30am C. Peters / S. Delos Reyos / L. Ortega / N. Costa
  5:00pm YOUTH MASS

Music Ministry – 14/15 Mar 2020

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am 2020 Choir
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm Young Adults

 

 

 

 

PARISH NEWS 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH 

Sundays

6.15 to 8.15 pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community Centre

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5:00pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass Next Healing Mass will be held on 7th March 2020, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

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

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

 

ROSTERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE HALL

  • Lectors and Communion Ministers
  • Communion to the Sick
  • Piety Store. Please note that in the future Piety Store rosters will be sent by email. A paper copy will be available only to those who request one.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The St. Vincent de Paul Conference is desperately looking for new members to continue helping those in need in our parish. Please contact the Parish Office on 9749 4300 if you can help.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Felizia De Guzman, William Miles, Brendan Pham and Jacob Pham 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.

THOMAS CARR COLLEGE OPEN DAY
Sunday, 22 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm, 35 Thomas Carr Drive, Tarneit. To register interest, please email registrar@thomascarr.vic.edu.au

SUNDAY SCHOOL & SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
(for Children attending non Catholic Schools). Classes every Sunday 9.15am to 10:25am. Please bring along Child's Baptism Certificate to be sighted. Find us by following the arrows on the brick walls. For any enquiries please phone Bernice on 9749 2812.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross are held every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm followed by Mass. Stations of the Cross on Friday 6th March will be conducted by the Ladies Auxiliary.

HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2020
The School has begun last Sunday with over 40 people attending to experience what is involved in Christian Discipleship & Mission. The first 5 weeks are “Come and See” to check whether this school is for you. All are welcome to this faith outreach program and is held every Sunday from 6.15 pm to 8.15 pm at St Peters Community Centre. Enquiries to Paul Fitzgerald on 0417355186 or Anita Dsouza on 0411772320.

ANOINTING FOR SICK/HEALING MASS - TUESDAY 17TH MARCH, 11:00AM MASS
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday 17th March at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All Welcome. If you are aware of anyone who wishes to be anointed but is too ill to attend this Mass, kindly ask them to contact the Parish Office and Father will visit them at home at a suitable time.

BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES - WEEKEND OF 21/22 MARCH
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation celebrated on Wednesday the 25th March, Father will be giving a special blessing for all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all Masses on the weekend of 21/22 March.

HOLY HOUR OF PRAYER
To promote prayer for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life during the Season of Lent, St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community (KNK) will hold a Holy Hour of Prayer from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, 21st March. We invite all our parishioners to participate in this Holy Hour of Prayer.

BIBLE STUDY 2020 Session #3 on 2nd March at 7:00pm in the Theatrette at St. Peter's Hoppers Crossing. Topic: John's Gospel Chapter 2. All are welcome. A special welcome memento to new members. Message enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 or Francis Thomas 0401787372.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat. All other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by any one of the following:

  1. Prayer eg – Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary, etc.
  2. Self Denial eg – not eating meat, sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with family; limiting food and drink to give to the poor of one's own country or elsewhere, etc. Project Compassion is a major means of expressing self-denial in Australia.
  3. Helping Others eg – special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened, etc.
  • All who have turned 18 and who are not yet 60 are bound to fast. All who have completed 14 are bound to abstain. (Canon 1252)
  • Lent is a time of penance. During this season the faithful are exhorted to devote themselves in a special manner to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity and to deny themselves.
  • All faithful are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled between Ash Wednesday 26 February 20 and Trinity Sunday, 7 June 20 unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.

The wonderful gift of the Lord’s merciful love is offered in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lent is a most appropriate time to receive this Sacrament. All who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.

FUNERALS on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are forbidden. Funerals on these days are celebrated with the Liturgy of the Word and without the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

WEDDINGS are discouraged on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. If they are required, no decorations including flowers, no music or Nuptial Mass will be permitted.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Chandrabagga Sonawane, Evelyn & Frankie D’Lima, Ted Montfort, Kitty Feria, Basil D'Souza, Kinsai Diengdoh, Brian Boyle, Margaret Raw and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Oscar Rego, Austin Gracias, George Bellard, Glenna Pereira, Mona Mann, Joseph Vella, Louis Vella, Derrick Gowe, Alex Valiyaveettil, Rosario Rosas, Eardley Beck, Lucia Gultiano, Rodolfo Dy, Margaret Eastmure, Rosario Natanauan and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Godwin Arandez, Gordon Newman, Francine Foster, Sam Caruana, Therese Mary, Zandi Falzon, Harriet Calvert, Robel Rosales, Rey Medina, Denis Webber, Lourdes Sequeira, Mary D'cruz, Leo Mellewa, Pat Heffernan, Andrea Clayburn, Yvonne Clayton, Monique Hoaster, Alphonsus De Roza, Francis Goonting, Avis Fernandes, Aiden Leonard, Elvira de Torres, Margaret Richardson, Melville Pereira, Wilfredo Villareal, Carl Fernando and all who are ill in our Parish. 

ROSTERS 

Money Counters – 8 Mar 2020

Kitty Stuttard / Eileen Lewis / Bonny D’Souza

Readers – 7/8 Mar 2020

  6:00pm Wilfred D’Cruz
  8:30am Kevin McLoughlin
10:30am Lionel D’Cruz
  5:00pm Jerilee Cardoz

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 7/8 Mar 2020

  6:00pm G. Surrao / B. Fernandes / B. Farrugia / H. Durski
  8:30am E. Stowers / S. Vaz / G. Sharman / K. English
10:30am S. Colla / F. Caruana / S. DiBenedetto / Volunteer
  5:00pm E. Angeles / J&D Etiennette / R. Albuquerque

Music Ministry – 7/8 Mar 2020

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am 2020 Choir
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ

 

 

PARISH NEWS

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH 

Sundays

6.15 to 8.15 pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community Centre

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5:00pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass Next Healing Mass will be held on 7th March 2020, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

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

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

 


ST. 
VINCENT DE PAUL
The St. Vincent de Paul Conference is desperately looking for new members to continue helping those in need in our parish. Please contact the Parish Office on 9749 4300 if you can help.

ROSTERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION FROM THE HALL
- Lectors and Communion Ministers
- Communion to the Sick
- Piety Store. Please note that in the future Piety Store rosters will be sent by email. A paper copy will be available only to those who request one.

CORONA VIRUS
The following changes have been implemented as a precautionary measure due to the current health issues associated with the Corona Virus:

  • Holy Communion will only be given under the one species i.e. The Body of Christ. The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
  • The Sign of Peace will be announced verbally only.

This will continue until further notice.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
(for Children attending non Catholic Schools)
Classes every Sunday 9.15am to 10:25am. Please bring along Child's Baptism Certificate to be sighted. Find us by following the arrows on the brick walls. For any enquiries please phone Bernice on 9749 2812.

HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2020
The 2020 session of the Holy Spirit Interactive (HSI) School of Discipleship will commence on Sunday 23rd February at 6:15pm at the Community Centre. 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 past 3 consecutive years in our parish. All are welcome to join. For further information, contact Paul Fitzgerald on 0417 355 186 or Anita D’Souza on 0411 772 320.

ASH WEDNESDAY – 26TH FEBRUARY 2020
A reminder that Ash Wednesday is an obligatory day of fast and abstinence. It is also the start of Lent which is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others. Masses will be as follows:
Wednesday, 26th February 2020
8:30am, 10:00am (School Mass), 7 pm.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm followed by Mass. This year again we are seeking various parish ministries to lead and conduct the weekly Stations of the Cross. Emails have been sent to all Ministry Leaders. If your ministry is interested please advise the Parish Office of the same. Stations of the Cross on Friday 28th February will be conducted by the HSI School of Discipleship.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
Ash Wednesday & Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat. All other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by any one of the following:

  1. Prayer eg – Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary, etc.
  2. Self Denial eg – not eating meat, sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with family; limiting food and drink to give to the poor of one's own country or elsewhere, etc. Project Compassion is a major means of expressing self-denial in Australia.
  3. Helping Others eg – special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened, etc.
  • All who have turned 18 and who are not yet 60 are bound to fast. All who have completed 14 are bound to abstain. (Canon 1252)
  • Lent is a time of penance. During this season the faithful are exhorted to devote themselves in a special manner to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity and to deny themselves.
  • All faithful are obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled between Ash Wednesday 6 March 19 and Trinity Sunday, 16 June 19 unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.

The wonderful gift of the Lord’s merciful love is offered in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lent is a most appropriate time to receive this Sacrament. All who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.

FUNERALS on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are forbidden. Funerals on these days are celebrated with the Liturgy of the Word and without the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

WEDDINGS are discouraged on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. If they are required, no decorations including flowers, no music or Nuptial Mass will be permitted.

ST. PETER’S ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE
Where:    
Our Lady Ta’ Pinu Shrine, 15 Flanagans Drive, Merrimu
When:     
Saturday, 14th March
10:30am   Way of the Cross
12:00pm  
Eucharistic Mass, Celebrant Fr. Vincent John CMI
1:00pm to 2:30pm 
Fellowship
All are invited to attend.

JOSEPH’S CORNER COURSE
Improving Self-Esteem and Valuing Oneself.
Every Thursday from 5th to 26th March. 10:00am to 12:00pm. At Joseph’s Corner, Cnr. Campbell & Bellin Streets, Laverton. FREE, but Gold Coin donation appreciated. Tea & Coffee provided. RSVP to contact@josephscorner.org.au or 9315 2680.

EDMUND RICE COMMUNITY & REFUGEE SERVICES are seeking Volunteers to  help primary and secondary school children with homework, preparing food, and other activities, on Mondays and Wednesdays at Penrose Promenade Community  Centre, 83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit, 3:15pm to 5:15pm. Please call 0423 797 088 or 0435 964 314 for further information.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Fr Rodney Pitts PE, Vincenzo Trantino and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Pedro Alinea, Apolonia dela Cruz, Anthony Azzopardi, Helena Meehan, Peter Coghlan, Rolando Sanchez, Nazzareno Fortuna and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Godwin Arandez, Gordon Newman, Francine Foster, Sam Caruana, Therese Mary, Zandi Falzon, Harriet Calvert, Robel Rosales, Rey Medina, Denis Webber, Lourdes Sequeira, Mary D'cruz, Leo Mellewa, Pat Heffernan, Andrea Clayburn, Yvonne Clayton, Monique Hoaster, Alphonsus De Roza, Francis Goonting, Avis Fernandes, Aiden Leonard, Elvira de Torres, Margaret Richardson, Melville Pereira, Wilfredo Villareal, Carl Fernando and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS 

Money Counters – 1 Mar 2020

John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers – 29 Feb/1 Mar 2020

  6:00pm Jeslin Shaji
  8:30am Adele Vesty
10:30am Venus Iuta
  5:00pm Romayne Albuquerque

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 29 Feb/1 Mar 2020

  6:00pm S. Joseph / J. Tramontana / M. Maple / Davy F.
  8:30am Karen F. / C. Coelho / S. Gomez / R. Johnson
10:30am E. Mills / N. Costa / S. Vaz / C. Peters
  5:00pm A&M Etiennette / C. Skinner / R. Perera

Music Ministry – 29 Feb/1 Mar 2020

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am 2020 Choir
10:30am Samoan Choir
  5:00pm Filoz

 

 

PARISH NEWS 

CORONA VIRUS
The following changes have been implemented as a precautionary measure due to the current health issues associated with the Corona Virus:

  • Holy Communion will only be given under the one species i.e. The Body of Christ. The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
  • The Sign of Peace will be announced verbally only.

This will continue until further notice.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH 

Sundays

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5:00pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass Next Healing Mass will be held on 7th March 2020, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

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

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

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Tex Ryan & Kaizen Katona 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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
(for Children attending non Catholic Schools)
Classes have begun and are held on Sundays, 9.15am to 10:25am. Please bring along Child's Baptism Certificate to be sighted. Find us by following the arrows on the brick walls. For any enquiries please phone Bernice on 9749 2812.

BIBLE STUDY 2020 Session #2 - 17 February 2020
Combined Parishes of St. James and St. Peter's will have the next Session on Monday 17th February at 7 pm in the Theatrette at St. Peter's Hoppers Crossing conducted by Clive Gonsalves and Francis Thomas. Come and experience an interactive study of the Gospel of John with teachings, explanations, reflections and sharings with audio visuals. All are welcome with a special welcome memento to all new members. Message enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 or Francis Thomas 0401787372.

ROSTERS for the Piety Store and Communion to the Sick are now available for collection in the Hall. In the future Piety Store rosters will be sent by email. A paper copy will be available to those who request one.

YOUTH MASS
Please note our next Youth Mass will be celebrated at 5:00pm on Sunday February 16, 2020. All the Youth of our parish are encouraged to attend. The Youth will assist in all ministries and Fr. Vincent will give a special blessing to all the youth present. Fellowship after mass. Please bring a plate of sweet or savoury food to share.

HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2020
The 2020 session of the Holy Spirit Interactive (HSI) School of Discipleship will commence on Sunday 23rd February at 6:15pm at the Community Centre. 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 past 3 consecutive years in our parish and members have testified to growing both spiritually and personally. All are welcome to join. There will be a brief presentation on the HSI School at masses over the weekend of 15th/16th February. There will be an information session on Thursday 20th February at 7:00pm in the Community Centre. For further information, contact Paul Fitzgerald on 0417 355 186 or Anita D’Souza on 0411 772 320.

ASH WEDNESDAY – 26TH FEBRUARY 2020
A reminder that Ash Wednesday is an obligatory day of fast and abstinence. It is also the start of Lent which is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others. Masses will be as follows:
Wednesday, 26th February 2020
8:30am, 10:00am (School Mass), 7 pm.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday at 7:00pm followed by Mass. This will commence Friday 28th February.

ST. PETER’S ANNUAL LENTEN PILGRIMAGE
Where:      Our Lady Ta’ Pinu Shrine, 15 Flanagans Drive, Merrimu
When:       Saturday, 14th March
10:30am    Way of the Cross
12:00pm    Eucharistic Mass, Celebrant Fr. Vincent John CMI
1:00pm to 2:30pm   Fellowship
All are invited to attend.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
Invest in your most precious asset......Your Marriage!
Married couples, come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing! The weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome.
Next weekend 17–19 April 2020 in Melbourne
Other weekends on 17-19 July and 13-15 November 2020. Starts 7:00pm Friday. Ends 500pm Sunday. Accommodation and all meals provided. For information or bookings phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or email vicbookings@wwme.org.au, Website wwme.org.au.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Monica Harris and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Charlie Caruana, Limo Rosas, Gilbert Dayao, Rosalia Geonzon, Miguel Rezada, Franklin Ruiz, Daniel Callejo, Dharmadasa Prathapasinghe, Clara & Hendry Fernando and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Godwin Arandez, Gordon Newman, Francine Foster, Sam Caruana, Alex Deva Alangaram, Therese Mary, May & Raymond Rizkallah, Zandi Falzon, Madel Tecson, Jamilton Dabu, Jerome Marave, Harriet Calvert, Robel Rosales, Rey Medina, Denis Webber, Lourdes Sequeira, Mary Vella, Mary D'cruz, Ron Shegog, Leo Mellewa, Pat Heffernan, Andrea Clayburn, Yvonne Clayton, Monique Hoaster, Alphonsus De Roza, Francis Goonting, Avis Fernandes and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters – 23 Feb 2020

Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman

Readers – 22/23 Feb 2020

  6:00pm Elaine Dalton
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Mario D’Mello
  5:00pm Sherwin Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 22/23 Feb 2020

  6:00pm N. Golaw / S. Joseph / B. Farrugia / M. Maple
  8:30am K. McLoughlin / KSC Ministers
10:30am Z. D’Mello / Sally DiB / B. Fernandes / J. Quinless
  5:00pm I. Simangan / R. Perera / E. Behrouzi / J. Phan Lai

Music Ministry – 22/23 Feb 2020

  6:00pm St. Cecilia
  8:30am 2020 Choir
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK

 

 

PARISH NEWS

 

THANK YOU FR. EUGENE from all the parishioners here at St. Peters, for your prayerful and loving care for all of us during Fr. Vincent’s absence.  We look forward to your next visit to our parish.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH 

Sundays

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5:00pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass Next Healing Mass will be held on 7th March 2020, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

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

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

 

CORONA VIRUS
The following changes have been implemented as a precautionary measure due to the current health issues associated with the Corona Virus:

  • Holy Communion will only be given under the one species i.e. The Body of Christ. The Precious Blood will not be distributed.
  • The Sign of Peace will be announced verbally only. 

This will continue until further notice.

PIETY STORE
HURRY. LAST WEEKS to purchase your religious calendar!! You can keep up to date with Holy Days, Saints' Feast Days, etc. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars only $9. Pocket Calendars $7.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
(for Children attending non Catholic Schools)
Classes start this Sunday 9th February, 9.15am to 10:25am. Please bring along Child's Baptism Certificate to be sighted. Find us by following the arrows on the brick walls. For any enquiries please phone Bernice on 9749 2812. 

ST PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY
Please join us for Prayer, Adoration and Teaching from 2:30pm to 4:30pm every Saturday except First Saturday. Please note that there will be no prayer meeting on Saturday, 15 February. ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

2020 CHOIR (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS SHIRLEY'S GROUP) are looking for musicians. If you would like to join them, please call Jenny Winkler on 0438 592 785.

YOUTH MASS
Please note our next Youth Mass will be celebrated at 5:00pm on Sunday February 16, 2020. All the Youth of our parish are encouraged to attend. The Youth will assist in all ministries and Fr. Vincent will give a special blessing to all the youth present. Fellowship after mass. Please bring a plate of sweet or savoury food to share.

ASH WEDNESDAY – 26TH FEBRUARY 2020
A reminder that Ash Wednesday is an obligatory day of fast and abstinence. It is also the start of Lent which is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others. Masses will be as follows:
Wednesday, 26th February 2020
8:30am, 10:00am (School Mass), 7 pm.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday at 7:00pm followed by Mass. This will commence Friday 28th February.

HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2020
The 2020 session of the Holy Spirit Interactive (HSI) School of Discipleship will commence from Sunday 23rd February at 6:15pm at the Community Centre. 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 3 consecutive years in our parish and members have testified to growing both spiritually and personally. All are welcome to join. There will be a brief presentation on the HSI School at masses over the weekend of 15th/16th February. There will be an information session on Thursday 20th February at 7:00pm in the Community Centre. For further information, contact Paul Fitzgerald on 0417 355 186 or Anita D’Souza on 0411 772 320.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
The generosity of being a good steward of your gifts has a positive effect on people, and it is contagious! Good works encourage more good works. Let your light shine! Be careful to recognize that God is working through you and don’t put yourself above the people you have been called to help.

THOMAS CARR COLLEGE OPEN DAY
Sunday, 22 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm, 35 Thomas Carr Drive, Tarneit. To register interest, please email registrar@thomascarr.vic.edu.au.

POPE FRANCIS TWITTER
Loneliness is not overcome by closing in on ourselves, but by crying out to the Lord, for the Lord hears the cry of those who find themselves alone.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Fraternidad Austria, Vera Bayer. Alaistair King, Alfredo Reutotar, Maria Agius and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Brian Smith, Katalin & Tibor Frank, Reynaldo Natividad, Joshua Gano, Arturo Santos, Maria Hoa, Thomas Tri, Dennis Blythe, Betty Roberts, Jack & John Hartshorn, Kathleen & Chris McCormick, Brian Golding, Doris, Stanley & Pauline Harlow and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Godwin Arandez, Gordon Newman, Francine Foster, Sam Caruana, Alex Deva Alangaram, Therese Mary, May & Raymond Rizkallah, Zandi Falzon, Madel Tecson, Jamilton Dabu, Jerome Marave, Harriet Calvert, Robel Rosales, Rey Medina, Denis Webber, Charmaine Denise, Lourdes Sequeira, Mary Vella, Mary D'cruz, Ron Shegog, Leo Mellewa, Pat Heffernan, Andrea Clayburn, Yvonne Clayton, Monique Hoaster, Alphonsus De Roza, Francis Goonting, Avis Fernandes and all who are ill in our Parish.'

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters – 16 Feb 2020

Les Jones / Tini & Barrie Hope

Readers – 15/16 Feb 2020

  6:00pm David Roga
  8:30am Sunil Vaz
10:30am Sharon Aurubia
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 
15/16 Feb 2020

  6:00pm J. Roga / S. Albuquerque / H. Durski / I. D’Lima
  8:30am R. Johnson / Karen F. / G. Sharman / Romayne A.
10:30am L. Ortega / C&M. Peters / S. De Los Reyos
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 15/16 Feb 2020

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am 2020 Choir
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm Youth Mass

 

PARISH NEWS

 

Please welcome Fr. Eugene San who will be assisting in Fr. Vincent's absence.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH 

Sundays

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5:00pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass Next Healing Mass will be held on 7th March 2020, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

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

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

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Carmelo Roberto and Olivia Blake 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.

ST PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY
Prayer Meeting commenced on Saturday, 1st February, with Adoration and Teaching from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.  ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.SUNDAY

SCHOOL & SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
(for Children attending non Catholic Schools)
ENROLMENT DAY IS SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY, 9:30AM TO 11:00AM. Classes start Sunday 9th February, 9.15am to 10:25am. Please bring along Child`s Baptism Certificate to be sighted. Find us by following the arrows on the brick walls. For any enquiries please phone Bernice on 9749 2812.

BAPTISM FORMATION meeting on Monday, 3 February at 7:00pm in Church.

BIBLE STUDY MONDAY 3 FEBRUARY
Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James will commence on Monday 3rd February at 7:00pm in the Theatrette at St. Peter's Hoppers Crossing conducted by Clive Gonsalves and Francis Thomas. Come and experience an interactive study of the Gospel of John with teachings, explanations, reflections and sharings with audio visuals. All are welcome with a special welcome memento to all attending regularly. Message enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 or Francis Thomas 0401787372.

PIETY STORE
HURRY. LAST WEEKS to purchase your religious calendar!! You can keep up to date with Holy Days, Saints' Feast Days, etc. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars only $9. Pocket Calendars $7.

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR BUSHFIRE CRISIS (ST. VINCENT DE PAUL BUSHFIRE APPEAL)
A heartfelt thank you to all parishioners who gave so generously to the St. Vincent de Paul Bushfire appeal last weekend.  The appeal raised $5186.60.  A cheque will be sent to the Society from our Parish.

The first HEALING MASS FOR 2020 will be held on Saturday, 7th March 2020

2020 CHOIR (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS SHIRLEY'S GROUP) are looking for musicians. If you would like to join them, please call Jenny Winkler on 0438 592 785.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD, 2 FEBRUARY 2020
 “…they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord...” (Luke 2:22)
How seriously do you take being a Catholic?  Is “being Catholic” something I just do when I attend Sunday Mass or attend one of my parish functions?  It’s easy to be Catholic then, it’s harder to be Catholic when I am out in the world.  Would someone recognize you as a Catholic by the way you act, dress, and talk?  How do you present yourself to the Lord and to others?

‘BEING A CATHOLIC IN 2020 MELBOURNE'
Monday 3 February Archbishop Peter Comensoli
Where: European Bier Café
Level 1, 120 Exhibition Street CBD MELBOURNE
Doors open at 6.30 pm, the talk will commence at 7.30 pm.
Audience: 18 to 35 year olds; Priests and Religious of all ages welcome
Theology @ the Pub are thrilled to kick off the New Year with our very own Archbishop Peter Comensoli, talking around the topic of 'Being a Catholic in 2020 Melbourne'. As young adults in a very secular city, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate our way through the many challenges we face. How are we called to evangelise? What would the Archbishop like the young people of Melbourne to focus on this year? These are some of the questions he will be focusing on, whilst allowing time to answer questions from the audience.
For more details, visit Facebook: www.facebook.com/tapmelb/
Website: www.theologyatthepub.com.au

THOMAS CARR COLLEGE OPEN DAY
Sunday, 22 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm, 35 Thomas Carr Drive, Tarneit. To register interest, please email registrar@thomascarr.vic.edu.au

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Josephine Buttigieg, Sheila O'Brien, Doris Muscat and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Joseph Siccita, Claudio Scrofani, Clothilde David, George David, Anne David, Jacqueline David, Eddy David, Solange David, Cyril David, Cathy Duggan, Odelona Vargas  and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Godwin Arandez, Gordon Newman, Francine Foster, Sam Caruana, Alex Deva Alangaram, Therese Mary, May & Raymond Rizkallah, Zandi Falzon, Madel Tecson, Jamilton Dabu, Jerome Marave, Harriet Calvert, Robel Rosales, Rey Medina, Denis Webber, Charmaine Denise, Lourdes Sequeira, Mary Vella, Mary D'cruz, Ron Shegog, Leo Mellewa, Pat Heffernan, Andrea Clayburn, Yvonne Clayton, Monique Hoaster, Fonces De Roza and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters – 9 Feb 2020

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

Readers – 9 Feb 2020

  6:00pm Sharon D’Silva
  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Elenoa Eliepa
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 9 Feb 2020

  6:00pm J. Poppen / Josie T. / Davy F. / Praful A.
  8:30am E. Stowers / C. Coelho / L&B Jones
10:30am F. Caruana / S. Colla / N. Costa / V. Firman
  5:00pm E. Behrouzi / R. Perera / J&D Etiennette

Music Ministry – 9 Feb 2020

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am 2020 Choir
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ

 

 

PARISH NEWS

IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR PARISH 

Sundays

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5:00pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass Next Healing Mass will be held on 7th March 2020, 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays

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

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

 

The first Healing Mass for 2020 will be held on Saturday, 7th March 2020.

BAPTISM FORMATION meeting on Monday, 3 February at 7:00pm in Church.

PIETY STORE
HURRY. LAST WEEKS to purchase your religious calendar!! You can keep up to date with Holy Days, Saints' Feast Days, etc. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars only $9. Pocket Calendars $7.

MICK GASTIN'S 100TH BIRTHDAY
Fr. Vincent, Dcn. Charles and the parish community wish Mick Gastin a Very Happy 100th Birthday. We congratulate you Mick, on reaching this milestone. May God continue to shower his blessings on you each day.

LITURGY OF THE WORD & COMMUNION SERVICE WHILE FR. VINCENT IS AWAY
Please welcome Fr. Greg Bourke and Fr. Eugene San who will be assisting in Fr. Vincent's absence.

The following Communion Services will replace Mass:
8:30am – Monday, 27 January to Friday 31 January
9:15am – Saturday, 1 February
7:00pm Novena Mass will be held on Wednesday, 29th January. Please note that there will be no Healing Mass in February. For more details, please check the doors for Mass/Communion Service times while Fr. Vincent is away until 13 February.

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR BUSHFIRE CRISIS (ST. VINCENT DE PAUL BUSHFIRE APPEAL)
As we have been advertising over the past weeks, to support the victims of the recent bushfire disasters around Australia, the Archbishop has encouraged all parishes to have a special collection which will be directed to the 'St. Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal'. The collection will be taken at all Masses this weekend, 25/26 January 2020. Parishioners wishing to donate individually can donate directly via www.vinnies.org.au and receive a tax deductible receipt. All monies go directly to individuals and communities in bushfire-affected areas. Your generous contribution towards this cause is greatly appreciated.

SUNDAY SCHOOL & SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
(for Children attending non Catholic Schools)
ENROLMENT DAY IS SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY, 9:30AM TO 11:00AM. Classes start Sunday 9th February, 9.15am to 10:25am. Please bring along Child`s Baptism Certificate to be sighted. Find us by following the arrows on the brick walls. For any enquiries please phone Bernice on 9749 2812.

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (also known as CANDLEMAS) - SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY
A special 'Blessing of Candles' will be given at the 6:00pm Mass on Saturday, 1st February, and 8:30am, 10:30am and 5:00pm Masses on Sunday, 2nd February. Everyone is invited to bring their own candles and place them on the table near the Sanctuary before the start of Mass. These blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to Himself as the Light of the World.

BIBLE STUDY MONDAY 3RD FEBRUARY
Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James will commence on Monday 3rd February at 7:00pm in the Theatrette at St. Peter's Hoppers Crossing conducted by Clive Gonsalves and Francis Thomas. Come and experience an interactive study of the Gospel of John with teachings, explanations, reflections and sharings with audio visuals. All are welcome with a special welcome memento to all attending regularly. Message enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 or Francis Thomas 0401787372.

2020 CHOIR (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS SHIRLEY'S GROUP) are looking for musicians. If you would like to join them, please call Jenny Winkler on 0438 592 785.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION FOR 3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:22)
Just as Jesus called the first apostles, He calls each of us to follow Him, too. Not everyone is called to leave their business or family behind, but we are expected to put God first in everything. Everything from our time in daily prayer, our talent in participating in one of our parish ministries, and our treasure to support the financial needs of our parish mission.

‘BEING A CATHOLIC IN 2020 MELBOURNE'
Monday 3 February Archbishop Peter Comensoli
Where: European Bier Café
Level 1, 120 Exhibition Street CBD MELBOURNE
Doors open at 6.30 pm, the talk will commence at 7.30 pm.
Audience: 18 to 35 year olds; Priests and Religious of all ages welcome
Theology @ the Pub are thrilled to kick off the New Year with our very own Archbishop Peter Comensoli, talking around the topic of 'Being a Catholic in 2020 Melbourne'. As young adults in a very secular city, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate our way through the many challenges we face. How are we called to evangelise? What would the Archbishop like the young people of Melbourne to focus on this year? These are some of the questions he will be focusing on, whilst allowing time to answer questions from the audience.
For more details, visit Facebook: www.facebook.com/tapmelb/
Website: www.theologyatthepub.com.au

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Josephine Buttigieg, Doris Muscat, Premacio Bering, Fr. Salim Rizkallah, Dorothy Caleja, Sheila O'Brien and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Kevin Waters, Rita Dubowik, Stan Walkden, Gemma Scicluna, Tony Catania, Odelona Vargas, Joseph Siccita, Eugene Pietrzykowski, Yesudason Johnkutty, Gavina & Pedro Angeles  and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Leo Linehan, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Jean Cameron, Godwin Arandez, Gordon Newman, Francine Foster, Sam Caruana, Bill Fairney, Alex Deva Alangaram, Therese Mary, May & Raymond Rizkallah, Zandi Falzon, Madel Tecson, Jamilton Dabu, Jerome Marave, Harriet Calvert, Robel Rosales, Rey Medina, Denis Webber, Charmaine Denise, Lourdes Sequeira, Mary Vella, Mary D'cruz, Ron Shegog, Leo Mellewa, Pat Heffernan, Andrea Clayburn, Yvonne Clayton, Monique Hoaster, Fonces De Roza and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters – 2 Feb 2020

Bill Coghlan / Paul Mulquiney / Bernard Cassin

Readers – 1/2 Feb 2020

  6:00pm Adele Vesty
  8:30am Grace Sharman
10:30am Sibrina Harry
  5:00pm Sonia Sabu Mathew

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 1/2 Feb 2020

  6:00pm M. Maple / G. Surrao / B. Raj / B. Farrugia
  8:30am Karen F. / M. Nelthropp / K. English / S. Gomez
10:30am E. Mills / S. Di Benedetto / J. Quinless / S. Vaz
  5:00pm R. Albuquerque / M&A Etiennette / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 1/2 Feb 2020

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am 2020 Choir
10:30am Samoan Choir
  5:00pm Filoz