PARISH NEWS

 

ST PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY
Please note there will be NO Prayer Meeting next Saturday.

SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
Our parish Annual Way of the Cross Pilgrimage at Shrine Ta’ Pinu, 15 Flanagans Drive, Merrimu.
10:30am – Stations of the Cross
12:00pm – Mass. Celebrant Fr Vincent John
1:00pm to 3:00pm fellowship (please bring a plate for shared lunch)
Come and join us as we walk to remember and reflect on Jesus’ painful journey to His crucifixion.

SUNDAY SCHOOL Classes have begun and are held from 9:15am till 10:25am. Enrolments will continue to be taken for a few weeks.

We are still seeking a dedicated person to join our team of Catechists, working with the Children. All Enquiries to Bernice on 9749-2812.

ROSTERS FOR COMMUNION TO THE SICK, LECTORS & COMMUNION MIISTERS available in the church foyer for pick up.

ST PETER’S YOUTH GROUP
Youth group back as usual after 5:00pm Mass each Sunday in the Hall.

YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
Young Adult Group for ages 18 to 29 yrs continue to meet every Sunday at 6:00pm in the theatrette (near the parish office) to worship, pray, hear talks, read the bible and learn more about God together. New members welcome. Enquiries contact Angelique on 0420 338 231.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARISH

Sundays -  6:15 to 8:15pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community
Centre
-  Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5pm Mass
-  Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from
6:00pm
Fridays in Lent 7:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Mass
24 Feb Annual Pilgrimage Shrine Ta' Pinu 10.30am followed by Mass 12noon

 

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION

  • STATIONS OF THE CROSS every Friday in Lent at 7:00pm followed by Mass.
  • PROJECT COMPASSION boxes can be collected from the back of the church.
  • THE DIVINE MERCY NOVENA will start after the Good Friday service.
  • LENTEN REGULATIONS from the Vicar General have been placed on the noticeboards if you require further information.

DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT?
In the words of Pope Francis

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Pope Francis has declared Friday, February 23 as day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace. In a special way, we pray for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. www.zenit.org.

PASTORAL LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART is posted on the noticeboard.  Copies have been placed for collection beside the bulletin.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS LIVE IN ACTION
St Andrews Young Adults Group Werribee are producing a play themed on the Stations of the Cross, called “By His Mercy”. The play is intended to be staged both at St Andrews Werribee and St Peters Hoppers Crossing. The Group is looking for participants aged between 18 to 36 in the form of Narrators, Dancers, Actors, Musicians, Costume designers, technical expertise, backstage assistance, etc. No particular experience required. Just a willingness to do something for God and spread the good news with your gifts and talents. If you require further information and/or are interested in participating in the play, please call Liz on 0450 477 603

CHURCH REFURBISHMENT
As advised last week, church refurbishment has commenced and is scheduled to finish third week of May 2018.

During construction, all weekday masses will be held at the Community Centre and weekend masses in the Church. As works relate to both the front entrances of the church, these will be closed and unavailable for use during the construction period.

Entrance to the church will be through the rear of the church (basketball court) and the entrance near the school office which is currently not used. Adequate parking for the elderly and disabled will be available in the basketball court.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Parish Building Project Team

BAPTISM CANDLES/BIBS/STOLES
With the closure of the Piety Store until about May due to church renovations, parents wanting to purchase candles/bibs/stoles for the baptism of their infants can do so after the 8:30am Mass on Sundays. Please contact Bev Jones on 9749 2388 to let her know what you require prior to Sunday. You can also purchase the items after the Baptism Formation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of March, April and May. This will continue until the Piety Store reopens in May.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, 8 MARCH 18
The theme for this year’s Women’s Day is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. It draws attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43% of women in the global agricultural labour force.

CHILDREN ENGAGING IN THE GOSPEL
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be starting again for the year on Sunday 4th March at the 10:30am Mass. Children are given the opportunity to come together to engage in the gospel of the Sunday at their level. We are currently in need of more helpers to assist in the running of Children’s Liturgy. No experience required and all material will be provided. You will need to have a current Working With Children’s Check. Commitment is only 6-7 sessions a year. If you are interested please contact Ayesha on 0422 685 779.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Maria Dass, Fred Quinless and all who passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Augustino & Josephine Cutajar, Pepe, Rosaria & Sabrina Serlazzos, Luigi Viterbo, Thariath Thaliyath and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O’Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Carmel Negline, Edith Street, Brian & Irene Jones, Dot Mulquinney, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Anthony Devientis, Frank Fazio, Thelma Foxcroft, Elizabeth Slee, Charlie Xerxen, Kate Harris, Stephen Doyle, Julie Coghlan, Megan Rowe and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters - 25 February 18

John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira / Jeff Poppen

Readers – 24/25 February 18

  6:00pm Davy Fernandes
  8:30am KSC Reader
 10:30am Mario D’Mello
  5:00pm Iris Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 24/25 February 18

  6:00pm M. Maple / E. Mills / Sharon A. / Michelle N.
  8:30am KSC Minister / Kevin McL / L. Jones / Vol
10:30am Z. D’Mello / Sally DiB / C. Morcom / N. Costa
  5:00pm S. Simangan / G. Siccita / C. Skinner / Vol

Music Ministry – 24/25 February 18

  6:00pm Filiorum Dei
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK

 


PARISH NEWS


WELCOME AND THANK YOU
Welcome back Fr. Vincent, hope you had a good break.  Our sincere thanks to Fr. Peter Carrucan, Fr. Noel Mackay, Fr. Pius Kodakkathanath and Fr. Eugene San for helping us in the past month. We thank Deacon Charles and all volunteers for their help to ensure all was well when our parish priest was away – be it during our liturgical celebrations, Communion services, opening/locking the church or making sure that our visiting priests were made welcome.  THANK YOU!

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARISH

Sundays

-       6:15 to 8:15pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community Centre

-       Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5pm Mass

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

14 Feb Ash Wednesday. Masses at 8:30am, 7:00pm, School Mass at 10:00am
Fridays in Lent 7:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Mass
24 Feb Annual Pilgrimage Shrine Ta Pinu 10.30am followed by Mass 12noon

ST PETER’S YOUTH GROUP
Youth group back as usual after 5:00pm Mass each Sunday in the Hall.

YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
Young Adult Group meetings commenced February 4th with a good turnout. We continue to meet every Sunday at 6:00 pm in the Theatrette (near the parish office) to worship, pray, hear talks, read the bible and learn more about God together. New members welcome. Enquiries contact Angelique on 0420 338 231.

ST PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY
Please note there will be NO Prayer Meeting for the next two Saturdays.

  • SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
    All are welcome to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) Renewal Day from 9:30am to 4:00pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Hall, 49 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick. BYO Lunch.  Coffee / tea provided.
  • SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
    Our parish Annual Way of the Cross Pilgrimage at Shrine Ta’ Pinu, 15 Flanagans Drive, Merrimu.
    10:30am – Stations of the Cross
    12:00pm – Mass. Celebrant Fr Vincent John
    1:00pm to 3:00pm fellowship (please bring a plate for shared lunch).
    Come and join us as we walk to remember and reflect on Jesus’ painful journey to His crucifixion.

SUNDAY SCHOOL Classes start this Sunday 11th Feb from 9:15am till 10:25am. Enrolments will continue to be taken for a few weeks.

We are still seeking a dedicated person to join our team of Catechists, working with the Children. All Enquiries to Bernice on 9749-2812.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION

  • Ash Wednesday, 14th Day of fast and abstinence. Masses at 8:30am and 7:00pm, School Mass at 10:00am.
  • Project Compassion commences 14th February until 1st April 2018. Project Compassion Envelopes and Boxes will be available in the church and hall. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
  • Starting 16th February, there will be Stations of the Cross each Friday at 7:00pm followed by Mass.
  • The Divine Mercy Novena will start after the Good Friday service.
  • Lenten Regulations from the Vicar General have been placed on the noticeboards.

REPARATION
The bishops of Australia have asked us to fast and pray in reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims – February 14-17 2018.
https://www.catholic.org.au/fastingandreparation.

DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Pope Francis has declared Friday, February 23 as day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace. In a special way, we pray for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. www.zenit.org.

READERS AND COMMUNION MINISTERS – AVAILABILITY FORMS
Thank you to all the Readers and Communion Ministers who have completed the forms and returned them to the Office. There are still a few out in Hall and we would appreciate if these could be completed this week and returned to the office. Thank you.

CHURCH REFURBISHMENT
We are pleased to announce that the church refurbishment works are set to begin on Thursday February 15, 2018. Due to increasing construction costs we have had to postpone the refurbishment to the chapel.

During construction, all weekday masses will be held at the Community Centre and weekend masses in Church. As works relate to both the front entrances of the church, these will be closed and unavailable for use during the construction period.

There is asbestos removal to be undertaken on Saturday, February 17 on which day Morning Mass at 9:15am will be at the Community Centre and there will be NO 6:00PM EVENING MASS on Saturday, 17 February as a safety precaution for our parishioners. Masses on Sunday February 18 will be held as usual.

Entrance to the church will be through the rear of the church (basketball court) and the entrance near the school office which is currently not used. Further details on these will be provided next weekend. The Piety Store will be closed during construction which is expected to finish in the third week of May 2018. The above will cause inconveniences during the construction period but we do hope parishioners will understand and cooperate with us for this very important project of the Parish.

Parish Building Project Team

11TH FEBRUARY 2018 – 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31

Do a quick check of your priorities. Where does God rank in that list? If He’s not first, you have some work to do. Putting God first in everything helps us from putting other “gods” (like our pride and ego, money and possessions to name a few) before God. Before making a decision, ask yourself am I doing this for the glory of God or for the glory of me?

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Hyacinth Ziegelaar and all who passed away recently.

 

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Monica Ermitano, Dennis Blythe, Isabelle Marcus, Carmel de Silva, Dagmar Weerawardena, Reginald Bulner, Dora Muller, Joshua Gano and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

 

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O’Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Carmel Negline, Edith Street, Brian & Irene Jones, Dot Mulquinney, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Anthony Devientis, Frank Fazio, Thelma Foxcroft and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters - 18 Feb 18

Andy & Cecille Fernando / Kitty Stuttard

Readers – 17/18 Feb 18

    6:00pm Jeffrey Poppen
    8:30am Bev Jones
 10:30am Maria Naufahu
    5:00pm Giovanna Siccita

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 17/18 Feb 18

  6:00pm J. Tramontana / H. Durski / E. Dalton / S. D’Silva
  8:30am D&J Roga / K. Fernandes / S. Gomez
10:30am S. Delos Reyos / L. Ortega / A&A Cortez
  5:00pm E. Behrouzi / S. Joseph / J. Etiennette / Vol

Music Ministry – 17/18 Feb 18

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm AHFI

 


PARISH NEWS

 

FAREWELL TO JOSEPHINE THOMAS, PARISH SECRETARY
A farewell will be held for our Parish Secretary Josephine and her husband Buxton Thomas on Sunday, 11th February 2018 after the 10:30am Mass. We thank Josephine for all she has done for the parish in her roles over the past 11+ years as Parish Secretary and Leader of St. Peter's Charismatic Community. As Josephine, Buxton and their family make Brisbane their new home, we wish them well and pray that God will shower them with abundant blessings as they start this new stage in their lives. We request you to kindly bring a plate of food to share at the fellowship after Mass.

YOUNG ADULTS GROUP - COMMENCES THIS SUNDAY
Our Young Adults Group for ages 18-29 yrs will meet in the Theatrette (near parish office) every Sunday commencing February 4th, 2018 from 6:00pm onward to worship, pray, hear talks, read the bible and learn more about God together. We will also have a free DINNER every week!. All young adults welcome. Enquiries contact Angelique on 0420 338 231.

MOVIE NIGHT
Many thanks to all who attended the Movie Night held on January 24th 2018. The night was a success and we raised $500 which will go towards the Young Adults events during the year. Our next event is planned for around the holiday on March 12th 2018. Details to follow. If you have any comments or queries, please email us at spyoungadults18@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of our ministry.

PIETY STORE
Due to construction work soon to begin on the Church, the Piety Store will be closed after February 4th until the work is completed. You have two weekends to purchase any items you need. Please also note that Columban Calendars will not be available after 4th February.

READERS AND COMMUNION MINISTERS –  AVAILABILITY FORMS
Thank you to all the Readers and Communion Ministers who have completed the forms and returned them to the Office.  There are still a few out in Hall and we would appreciate if these could be completed this week and returned to the office. Thank you.

BIBLE STUDY STARTS AGAIN
Bible study recommences on February 12th at 7:00pm in the Community Centre. This year we will be learning the Gospel of Matthew. All are welcome to an interactive study of the Bible and its implications in our day to day life. Enquiries please call Royden on 0426 071 375

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARISH

Sundays

6:15 to 8:15pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community Centre

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

Mon 5 Feb 7:00pm Baptism Formation Meeting In Church

 

4TH FEBRUARY 2018 - 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
"Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. He told them, "Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.“ Mark 1:35, 38
In today's Gospel reading we see a perfect example of stewardship. Jesus gives His time to do all that God wishes - healing the sick and preaching. But before He begins, Jesus makes time to be alone with God in prayer. It is through prayer, spending time with God, that we find the strength to do what He wishes us to do. Be sure to find time every day to be with God.

ST PETER'S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY
Our Prayer Community have commenced their weekly gathering with Healing Mass this Saturday the 3rd February 2018 at 1:30pm. Our weekly Adoration and Prayer Meeting will be at 2:30pm every Saturday in the Church. All are welcome. Fellowship thereafter in the Community Centre at 4:30pm. Please note that on the First Saturday of each month, Healing Mass will be at 1:30pm.

We have a few events happening with our prayer community in the coming weeks, like the Renewal Day and Annual Pilgrimage at Shrine Ta Pinu, etc., so please have a look at our parish bulletin for notices about these special events.

IMPORTANT LENTEN INFORMATION
Ash Wednesday, 14th - Day of fast and abstinence. Masses at 8:30am and 7:00pm, School Mass at 10:00am.

  • Project Compassion commences 14th February until 1st April 2018. Project Compassion Envelopes and Boxes will be available in the church and hall. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
  • Starting 16th February, there will be Stations of the Cross each Friday at 7:00pm followed by Mass.
  • The Divine Mercy Novena will start after the Good Friday service.
  • Lenten Regulations from the Vicar General have been placed on the noticeboards.

SUNDAY SCHOOL enrolments will be taken this Sunday 4th Feb from 9:15am till 11:000am. Sunday School Classes start the following Sunday 11th Feb from 9:15am till 10:25am. Enrolments will continue to be taken for a few weeks.

Also, we are still seeking a dedicated person to join our team of Catechists, working with the Children. Enquiries to Bernice on 9749-2812.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Crispin Garcia, Cathy Duggen, Norma Armstrong, Alexander Donaldson and all who passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for John Backerra, Jack and John Hartshorn, Kathleen and Chris McCormick, Brian Golding, Doris, Stanley & Pauline Harlow, Betty Roberts, Kevin Waters, Margaret Alice Jones, Brian Smith, Mary Miller, Katalin Frank, Josefina Paderes, Angustias Villagracia, Hilarion Combate, Fr Alej Plaza Jr.svd, Vicente Catalon and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O'Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Carmel Negline, Edith Street, Brian & Irene Jones, Dot Mulquinney, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Anthony Devientis, Frank Fazio, Thelma Foxcroft and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

ROSTERS

Money Counters - 11 Feb 18

Royden D'Souza / Pravin A. / Clarence D'Souza

Readers - 10/11 Feb 18

  6:00pm Wilfred D'Cruz
  8:30am Lerna Vasquez
10:30am Sharon Aurubia
  5:00pm Melanie Etiennette

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 10/11 Feb 18

  6:00pm M. Maple / D. Fernandez / S. Martis / P. Albuquerque
  8:30am G. Sharman / K. English / L&B Jones
10:30am S. Colla / S. DiBenedetto / F. Caruana / V. Firman
  5:00pm D&A Etiennette / 2 X Volunteers

Music Ministry - 10/11 Feb 18

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ

 

 

PARISH NEWS

READERS AND COMMUNION MINISTERS
Availability Forms have been placed in the Hall. They are to be completed as soon as possible for the Easter Roster. As Lent starts early this year (Ash Wednesday 14 Feb), we request that they be returned no later than the weekend of Feb 10th/11th. Thank you.

FEAST OF INFANT JESUS (STO NINO)
Will be held at St Peter's Church Mass at 12 Noon on Sunday, 28th January 2018. Procession starts at 11:30am in the carpark. All welcome.
Viva Pit Senor.

COMMUNION SERVICE - TUESDAY 23RD & WEDNESDAY 24TH JANUARY, 8:30AM
Parishioners, please note that Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service will replace the 8:30am Mass on Tuesday, 23rd and Wednesday 24th January during Fr. Vincent's absence. There will be the normal 7:00pm Mass on Wednesday evening.

BAPTISM FORMATION AND HEALING MASS 2018
Healing Mass on Saturday, 3 February starting at 1:30pm and will be held on the first Saturday of each month throughout the year.  The next Baptism Formation meeting will be held on Monday, 5th February at 7:00pm in Church.

PIETY STORE
Columban Calendars ($9) will be on sale only until February 4th. Thank you for your support.

MOVIE NIGHT
The Young Adults Group will be hosting a Movie Night on Thursday January 25th from 7:00pm onwards in the church hall where we will be screening Miracles from Heaven (PG), a true story of a family's journey through faith whilst facing their daughter's incurable illness. All parishioners, family and friends are welcome for a gold coin donation. The event is to raise funds for the Young Adults activities during the year. There will be a sausage sizzle, drinks and popcorn for sale. Please attend and encourage our young adults group. If you would like to assist in anyway on the night please call Royden on 0426 071 375

YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
As mentioned during presentations at masses last weekend, our parish is starting a Young Adults Group for young people between the ages of 18 and 29 years. They will meet in the theatrette (near parish office) every Sunday commencing February 4th , 2018 from 6:00pm onwards to worship, pray, hear talks, read the bible and learn more about God together. We will also have a free DINNER every week! All young adults welcome.
Enquiries contact Angelique on 0420 338 231

JANUARY 21, 2018, 3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
"
Follow me and I will make you fishers of men - Mark 1:17  Jesus' call to "Follow me" is a call to all Christians! The call is in the here and now, in our present circumstances, not when we think we are "ready" or have everything in order. Good stewardship of our God-given gifts means that things aren't always going to go according to our schedule and that God has a much better plan in store for each of us.

SICK LIST
A reminder to parishioners that names for the sick list will be deleted at the end of each month.  Please contact the parish office at the end of each month if you wish any names to be repeated. We thank you for your cooperation I this matter.

GRIEF TO GRACE: HEALING THE WOUNDS OF ABUSE
Sunday 8 to Friday 13 April
Hobart, Tasmania
'Grief to grace: Healing the wounds of abuse' is a spiritual retreat for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual abuse. The retreat will be held in Hobart next April.
Details: Request an application from Anne on 0407 704 539 or info@grieftograceaus.org.au
Website: www.grieftograce.org

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION REQUIRED AT ROYAL MELBOURNE HOSPITAL
The Royal Melbourne Hospital in conjunction with CatholicCare are looking to recruit new volunteers who can officiate as Eucharistic Ministers to take holy communion to patients in hospital once a month on Sundays. Weekdays are also a possibility. If you are interested in supporting this vitally important ministry you are most welcome to apply.
Details: Gillian Carmichael, Coordinator Catholic Chaplaincy on 0427 511 763 or Gillian.carmichael@ccam.org.au or Gillian.carmichael@mh.org.au.

CATHOLIC VOCATIONS OFFICE: 2018 CAMINO IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
Monday 25 June (arrive Madrid) to Friday 20 July (depart Lisbon) In 2018, Catholic Vocations Melbourne is excited to offer Catholic young men of Melbourne the opportunity to walk the ancient pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago to the tomb of St James the Apostle. The 500km trek on foot will provide pilgrims with the opportunity to step out of their ordinary lives and to dedicate some time to asking some of life's big questions. Each day pilgrims will have the opportunity for Mass, confession, spiritual direction and prayer. After reaching Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrimage will conclude with two days of prayer and relaxation at the beautiful shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Your Pilgrimage Chaplains are Fr Nicholas Pearce and Fr Joel Peart from the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Archbishop Denis Hart fully supports this Camino. 'As the Church in Australia enters into the Year of Youth and Vocations, I am pleased to support this initiative, and encourage the young men of Melbourne to take up the challenge and join the Camino 2018 team.' The Pilgrimage is four weeks in total and departs after the last week of university semester one exams, returning in time for week one, semester two.

Costs: Flights Pilgrims will organise their own flights, arriving in Madrid and departing Lisbon (allow approx. $2000).  Daily pilgrimage costs Pilgrims should budget for $50AUD for each day of walking on pilgrimage (allow approx. $950). This budget is based on the experience of previous pilgrims and includes simple accommodation and a mixture of basic pilgrim meals and self-catering.

Pre- and post-accommodation/meals/transfers One night Madrid, two nights Santiago, two nights Fatima. Transfers from Madrid to Burgos, Santiago to Fatima and Fatima to Lisbon. Allow approximately $1000+.  However, there are 12 sponsored places available where these costs will be met by a number of generous benefactors. These places are open to Catholic young men who reside in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and who are between the ages of 18 and 35 at the time of the pilgrimage. Applications for these dozen places are now open.

Details: 9926 5733 or camino2018@cam.org.au

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Diane Cameron, Slawomir (Chris) Mierzejewski and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Choolayil Chacko, Dante Lopez, Jovita Garcia, Michael Blythe, D'Lima family and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O'Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Carmel Negline, Edith Street, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Crispin Garcia and all who are ill in our Parish.

ROSTERS

 Money Counters - 28 Jan 18

Kevin McLoughlin / Jeff Leeson / Francis Thomas

Readers - 27/28 Jan 18

  6:00pm Angela Francis
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Elenoa Eliepa
  5:00pm Sherwin Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 27/28 Jan 18

  6:00pm M Maple / M. Nelthropp / S. D'Silva / Davy Fernandez
  8:30am KSC Minister / Kevin McLoughlin / L. Jones / Volunteer
10:30am Sally DiBenedetto / C. Morcom / Z. D'Mello / Volunteer
  5:00pm I. Simangan / M&D Etiennette / Volunteer

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARISH NEWS

NEW PARISH SECRETARY
Call to minister to her family has required our present secretary Josephine Thomas to move to Brisbane in February 2018.  The Thomas family have been our parishioners since April 2005 and Josephine our secretary since January 2007; it is with sadness that we will bid her and the Thomas family goodbye in February, but join them in joyful anticipation of all the blessings that await them.  We pray that our Lord Jesus will go before them and bless them to continue their ministry that he has prepared.

Our parish is now blessed with yet another faithful parishioner as Parish Secretary.  We congratulate Zelia D'Mello on her successful interview and welcome her on board to minister to our Parish in her new role.  Mario and Zelia D'Mello joined our parish when they moved to Melbourne from New Zealand in 2010 and over the years have become an integral part of our parish, participating in various ministries, especially with their ever willing service to our Music Ministry. We pray many blessings as Zelia takes up this new role.

FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, MARTYRS - THURSDAY 28TH DECEMBER
The Church celebrates the memory of the young children of Bethlehem who were put to death by Herod, who sought to kill Jesus. These innocent victims bear witness to Christ in a world which would not receive Him. All parents are invited to bring their children and babies to the 8:30am Mass on this Feast day for a special blessing.

CHRISTMAS FAMILY MASS AND CAROLS
We would encourage the Children of our Parish (who will be at the family Mass on Christmas Eve) to dress as Angels, Kings, Shepherds, etc. to join in our human Nativity Scene during the Carols. Children need to be at the Church at about 5:50pm if they are going to participate. For info, ring Bernice on 9749 2812.

ARCHBISHOP'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
His Grace, the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, sends Christmas blessings, and invites one and all to view and enjoy his 2017 Christmas message.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1EdSJEpXqU

FR VINCENT'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
Fr Vincent's Christmas blessing to us all is displayed in the hall and foyer noticeboards.  We wish Fr Vincent A Merry Christmas and every blessing on his 17th anniversary of Priestly ordination on the 26th December.  Praise God for the gift of his ministry to us at St Peters.

DAWN MASS UPDATE ON ARCHDIOCESE WEBSITE
Photos and details of our Dawn Masses is on our Archdiocese Website for you all to view: http://melbournecatholic.org.au/News/dawn-masses-at-st-peter-apostle-mission-parish

NOTE FOR READERS
From the first weekend in January - 5th & 6th Jan 2018 - there are changes to the Welcome before Mass. Readers are requested to collect from the hall, as soon as possible, copies of the letters advising of these changes.

COMMUNION SERVICE – TUESDAY 26TH & WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER, 8:30AM
Parishioners, please note that Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service will replace the 8:30am Mass on Tuesday, 26th December and Wednesday 27th December as Fr. Vincent will be away. There will be the normal 7:00pm Mass on Wednesday evening.

BAPTISM FORMATION AND HEALING MASS 2018
Please note that there will be NO Healing Mass or Baptism Formation Meeting in January. The NEXT Baptism Formation meeting will be on Monday the 5th February.  Healing Mass will commence each month from the First Saturday 3rd Feb 2018.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The parish office will be closed from Friday 22nd December and will open on Monday 15th January 2018.  Bulletins for 7th and 14th January will be single sheets with mass readings.  Normal bulletins will resume from 21st January, along with names for Death Anniversaries, Recently Deceased and Sick List.

A DIVINE MERCY or COLUMBAN CALENDAR will keep you informed of Feast Days and Saints' Days. Only $9 in the Piety Store.

 

 

CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE

MASSES
16 Dec 5:00am
9:15am
6:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena Saturday Morning Mass Saturday Vigil Mass
17 Dec 5:00am
8:30am,10:30am
12:00pm
5:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena Sunday Masses
Spanish Mass
18 - 19 Dec 5:00am
8:30am
Dawn Mass Novena Weekday Mass
20 Dec 5:00am
8:30am
7:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena Weekday Mass
Wed Mass & Novena
21 - 22 Dec 5:00am
8:30am
Dawn Mass Novena Weekday Mass
23 Dec 5:00am
9:15am
6:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena Saturday Morning Mass Saturday Vigil Mass
24 Dec 5:00am
8:30am 10:30am
Dawn Mass Novena Sunday Masses
NO 5:00PM MASS
24 Dec 6:00pm
6:30pm
Carols followed by Family Mass
24 Dec 9:00pm
9:30pm
Carols followed by
Vigil Mass
24 Dec 11:30pm
12:00am
Carols followed by Midnight Mass
CHRISTMAS DAY 25 Dec 8:30am 10:30am
12:30pm

Masses with Carols before Mass

Spanish Mass

30 Dec 6:00pm Saturday Vigil Mass
31 Dec 8:30am 10:30am
4:00pm
5:00pm
Sunday Masses
Holy Hour followed by
Mass
1 Jan 8:30am Weekday Mass
RECONCILIATION RITE II
21 Dec 7:00pm at St. James' Parish
CONFESSIONS AT ST. PETER'S
Wednesdays
Saturdays
After 7:00pm Mass
After 9:15am Mass

 

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Barb Grogan, Margaret Prea, Dennis Daly, Wayne Summers and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Noel Rego, Baby Shania Albuquerque, Florence White, Conrad Isaaks, George Bellard, Princess Jaye de Leon, Patrick Foster, Mary Noronha, Lazar Chakramackil, Annie & Melville Lawrence, Noel Lawrence and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O'Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Diane Cameron, Edith Street, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Elizabeth Slee. Excelsa Tejada, Khanietar Michell Singhapanh, Marlene & Lorraine Gill, Vickey Dunford, Hye-bok Lee, Seong-bin Yim, Lynne Worsley, Carmel Negline, Yvonne Clayton, Lloyd Clayburn, Irene Arnold, Lona Pereira, Clive Gonsalves, Jadwiga Zawada, Dot Mulquiney, Harriet Calbert, Robert Wells and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

 

PARISH NEWS

COMBINED PARISH RITE II RECONCILIATION, THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER AT 7:00PM, ST. JAMES' PARISH
Please join us at St. James' Parish for our Combined Rite II Reconciliation on Thursday 21st December at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus our Saviour into our hearts this Christmas. All welcome.

NOTE FOR READERS
From the first weekend in January - 5th/6th Jan 2018 - there are changes to the Welcome before Mass. Readers are requested to collect from the hall, as soon as possible, copies of the letters advising of these changes.

BAPTISM FORMATION AND HEALING MASS 2018
Please note that there will be NO Healing Mass or Baptism Formation Meeting in January. The next Baptism Formation meeting will be on Monday the 5th February.  Healing Mass will commence each month from the First Saturday 3rd Feb 2018.

PARISH CALENDARS
Parish Calendars will be distributed at all masses this weekend and next weekend. Please take one per family.

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS
Thank you very much for your generous donations of food and cards for our Giving Tree. With your help we will be able to give the joy of receiving a hamper to about 100 families in our area. We wish you all a very Happy and Holy Christmas.

CONGRATULATIONS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS
We congratulate our Year 6 students who have graduated this year and wish them every blessing as they venture into High School.  May the light of Christ guide and protect them always.  We wish all the students, parents, principal, teachers and staff A Merry Christmas, Blessed New Year and Happy Holidays!

SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Sunday School Programme is looking for a dedicated person, to work with our team next year, to help educate the children from Government Schools, who choose to come to Sunday School to prepare for and receive the Sacraments and to extend the children's knowledge and Love of God. For more info, please contact Bernice on 9749-2812.

FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, MARTYRS - THURSDAY 28TH DECEMBER
The Church celebrates the memory of the young children of Bethlehem who were put to death by Herod, who sought to kill Jesus. These innocent victims bear witness to Christ in a world which would not receive Him. All parents are invited to bring their children and babies to the 8:30am Mass on this Feast day for a special blessing.

PIETY STORE
Come and see our Nativity Sets, ornaments, etc. All are very reasonably priced. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars, Religious Christmas cards and Advent calendars are now available.

CHANGES TO DEVOTIONAL PRAYERS DURING WEEKEND MASSES FROM JANURAY 2018
We wish to advise that starting Jan 2018:

  • The Devotional Prayer will no longer be recited before the start of Mass. Devotional Prayers will still be printed in the bulletin each week and parishioners are encouraged to use them for private prayer and contemplation.
  • The Parish Prayer will now be recited before the Entrance Procession.

These small changes have been made in order to streamline the Mass. We thank you for your understanding.

COMMUNION SERVICE - TUESDAY 26TH DECEMBER, 8:30AM
Parishioners, please note that Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service will replace the 8:30am Mass on Tuesday, 26th December as Fr. Vincent will be away on this day.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The parish office will be closed from Friday 22nd December and will open on Monday 15th January 2018.  Bulletins for 7th and 14th January will be single sheets with mass readings.  Normal bulletins will resume from 21st January, along with names for Death Anniversaries, Recently Deceased and Sick List.

WELCOME
We welcome into our Church community Isaiah Joseph Hankins who is to be baptised this Sunday. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of his Parents, Godparents, Family & Friends, we pray this child will lead a life full of faith, happiness and love for all.
May the Lord give his angels charge over you, to guide you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11

 

CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE
MASSES
16 Dec 5:00am
9:15am
6:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena
Saturday Morning Mass
Saturday Vigil Mass
17 Dec 5:00am
8:30am 10:30am 12:00pm
5:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena
Sunday Masses
Spanish Mass
Mass
18 to 19 Dec 5:00am
8:30am
Dawn Mass Novena
Weekday Mass
20 Dec 5:00am
8:30am
7:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena
Weekday Mass
Wed Mass & Novena
21 to 22 Dec 5:00am
8:30am
Dawn Mass Novena
Weekday Mass
23 Dec 5:00am
9:15am
6:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena
Saturday Morning Mass
Saturday Vigil Mass
24 Dec 5:00am
8:30am 10:30am
Dawn Mass Novena
Sunday Masses
NO 5:00PM MASS
24 Dec 6:00pm
6:30pm
Carols followed by
Family Mass
24 Dec 9:00pm
9:30pm
Carols followed by
Vigil Mass
24 Dec 11:30pm
12:00am
Carols followed by
Midnight Mass
CHRISTMAS DAY 25 Dec 8:30am 10:30am
12:30pm
Masses with Carols before Mass
Spanish Mass
NO 5:00PM MASS
31 Dec 8:30am 10:30am
4:00pm
5:00pm
Sunday Masses Holy Hour followed by Mass
1 Jan 8:30am Weekday Mass
RECONCILIATION RITE II
21 Dec 7:00pm at St. James Parish
CONFESSIONS AT ST. PETER'S
Wednesdays Saturdays After 7:00pm Mass
After 9:15am Mass

 

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for John O'Sullivan, Seabert Rocha, Luke Donnelley, Tin Maximo, Laurie Baker and all who passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Wladyslawa Rakszewski, Anna Janczak, Treesa Lazar, Salvatore Martelli,  Paily Joseph, Maria Martino Kim, Sr Margaret Brigid, Angelina Farrugia, George Thomas, Aileen Gower, Evan Pritchard, Belinda Miller, Princess Jaye de Leon, Henry Restall, Joe Bugeja, Melita Bugeja, Pat Foster, Tessie Craig, Most Rev Joseph Angelo Grech, Maria Consiglio, Charlie Restall White, Emidia Micallef and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O'Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Diane Cameron, Edith Street, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Elizabeth Slee. Excelsa Tejada, Khanietar Michell Singhapanh, Marlene & Lorraine Gill, Vickey Dunford, Hye-bok Lee, Seong-bin Yim, Lynne Worsley, Carmel Negline, Barb Grogan, Yvonne Clayton, Lloyd Clayburn, Irene Arnold, Lona Pereira, Clive Gonsalves, Jadwiga Zawada, Dot Mulquiney and all who are ill in our Parish.

ROSTERS

Money Counters - 24 Dec 17

B. Coghlan / P. Mulquiney / A. Sipiliano / P. Francis

Readers - 23/24 Dec 17

  6:00pm Sharon D'Silva
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Mario D'Mello
  5:00pm NO 5:00PM MASS

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 23/24 Dec 17

  6:00pm S. Martis / Josie T. / 2 Volunteers
  8:30am KSC Minister/ K. McLoughlin / 2 Volunteers
10:30am Z. D'Mello / N. Costa / C. Morcom / Sally DiB
    5:00pm NO 5:00PM MASS

Music Ministry 23/24 Dec 17

  6:00pm Filiorum Dei
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm NO 5:00PM MASS

 

PARISH NEWS

ANOINTING FOR HEALING MASS - TUESDAY 12TH DEC, 11:00AM
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly are invited to attend our annual Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday 12TH December 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.

NOTE FOR READERS
From the first weekend in January - 5/6th Jan 2018 – there are changes to the Welcome before Mass. Readers are requested to collect from the hall, as soon as possible, copies of the letters advising of these changes.

ROSTERS for Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers, Piety Store and Communion to the Sick are all available for collection from the church hall. Please pick up your copy as soon as possible as they start from December.

THANK YOU
Sr. Jean from Joseph`s Corner Counselling is very grateful to Fr. Vincent and St. Peters Community for supporting the Bric-a Brac stall last weekend. Just over $1000 was raised, to help with the free counselling service.

A very big thank you to all who purchased goods at the Ladies Aux. Christmas cookery stall. The $600 we raised helps us to continue our works around the Parish. Don`t forget to come to the Anointing and Healing Mass on Tuesday 12th December 11:00am.and stay for a light luncheon after Mass.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Sunday School Programme is looking for a Dedicated Person, to work with our team next year, to help Educate the Children from Government Schools, who choose to come to Sunday School to prepare for and receive the Sacraments and to extend the children's knowledge and Love of God. For more info, please contact Bernice on 9749-2812.

YEAR OF THE YOUTH
The new liturgical year has been marked as a national "Year of Youth". This year the church is called to focus on young people, and how as a church community we can further engage and include youth in the life of the church. To all young people: the Year of Youth challenges you to be brave, ask deep questions and seek to discern God's will for your life.

The entire church body including parents, families, teachers and church leaders are called to share in this journey, creating new paths for young people to experience the love of God and use their gifts, talents and youthful energy to build up Christ's church. We ask you to join us in praying for all young people and for God's blessing on the Year of Youth!

Youth Ambassador Team - Contact Angelique on 0420 338 231 if you are interested in helping out with youth events/initiatives during 2018

JANUARY 2018
Please note that there will be NO Healing Mass or Baptism Formation Meeting in January. The NEXT Healing Mass and Baptism Formation meeting will be held in February 2018.

ARCHBISHOP HART RESPONDS TO THE ROYAL COMMISSION'S REPORT INTO CASE STUDY 35
The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart has today received the report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse into the Archdiocese of Melbourne in Case Study 35 covering the period up to the introduction of the Melbourne Response in 1996.

The Archbishop accepts the report's conclusion that the Case Study showed that there was a prevailing culture of secrecy within the Archdiocese in relation to complaints which were dealt with in a way that sought to protect the Archdiocese from scandal and liability and prioritised the interests of the Church over those of victims.

He said that mishandling of complaints against priests and church personnel and the resulting lack of response to such complaints led to unnecessary suffering for many victims and their families.

He said that "the Church should be a safe place for children but the events point to it having been unsafe for all those who are victims. Where this abuse occurred resulting from the passivity or inactivity of predecessors of mine, I sincerely apologise and accept responsibility".

Archbishop Hart also made the point that he was now confident that the Archdiocese and its parishes and schools have the policies, codes and processes required to ensure child safe environments and to deal with complaints.

He added that there was a firm commitment from all those in parishes, schools and across the Archdiocese "to the ongoing safety and well-being of children in our care".

The Archbishop said "as a Church we will learn from this Case Study and the upcoming Royal Commission's report and I make a commitment to greater transparency in our processes, in order to assist victims and their families".

Further enquiries to Shane Healy, Director of Media and Communications: 0417 928 588

COMBINED PARISH RITE II RECONCILIATION
THURSDAY 21ST DECEMBER AT 7:00PM, ST. JAMES' PARISH
Please join us at St. James' Parish for our Combined Rite II Reconciliation on Thursday 21st December at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus our Saviour into our hearts this Christmas.  All welcome.

If yours is one of those families that is constantly on the run, might I ask that you work hard to make family dinner a regular part of your routine. It's a simple thing to do, and the benefits could be truly life changing for your children.....
(Cardinal Timothy Dolan)

GIVING TREE - ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
To help with our Christmas Hampers for people in need in our parish area, please take a tag from the tree at the front of the church and return your gift of food by 10th December. A Christmas card to a family is very welcome as many lonely people do not receive a card at Christmas. Please return the TAGS for RE-USE next year. Please DO NOT stick them to the package as this prevents us re-using them. Thank you for your generosity.

PIETY STORE
Come and see our Nativity Sets, ornaments, etc. All are very reasonably priced. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars, Religious Christmas cards and Advent calendars are now available.

NDIS INFORMATION FORUM Friday 15 Dec 8-10am
Catholic Social Services Victoria, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne: Implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is well underway, but there is much to be done before the rollout is complete. Many service providers and people with disability are still on steep learning curves. For some service providers, working with the NDIS is core business and a major focus of board and executive time. You are invited to join a forum with David Moody, State Manager Victoria, National Disability Services, and Tony Hollamby, CEO St John of God Accord, who will present and lead discussion on: 'The NDIS today: where it is, where it's heading, some of the key issues being faced' (David Moody)

'Learnings from the experience of service providers' (Tony Hollamby) Cost:$25 Bookings: www.trybooking.com/SZDN

Details: Lucia Brick on 9287 5566 or lbrick@css.org.au

CONGRATULATIONS!
Every second year, our St Peter Apostle Primary School participates in Wakakirri - a performing arts festival that involves telling a story through drama and dance. 60 children from Year 2 to Year 6 were involved in this year's performance and were awarded Best Adapted Story in Victoria, qualifying to compete for Australian Story of the Year. They also received the following accolades:

* Winner Victorian State Title Division 2
* Best Backstage Crew
* Best Public Speaking School in Victoria
* Excellent Performance / Teamwork
* National Title for Style and Genre

2017 has placed our School in the top 10 schools in Australia!  Fr Vincent, Dcn Charles and parishioners congratulate students, staff, parents and all those who contributed this year and wish them every blessing for a fruitful participation again in 2019.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Arogyaiah Bandanadam, Dorothy Macedo, Itria Puglisi and all who passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES:
We pray for Myrtle D'Cruz, Fouad Chamie, Leslie & Peter Paul Fernando, Mark Woodword, Concepcion Santos, Milagros & Rogelia Baltero, Rosalita Rances and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O'Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Diane Cameron, Edith Street, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Elizabeth Slee. Excelsa Tejada, Khanietar Michell Singhapanh, Marlene & Lorraine Gill, Vickey Dunford, Hye-bok Lee, Seong-bin Yim, Lynne Worsley, Carmel Negline, Barb Grogan, Yvonne Clayton, Lloyd Clayburn, Irene Arnold and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Money Counters - 17 Dec 17

R. D'Souza / P. Albuquerque / C. D'Souza

Readers - 16/17 Dec 17

  6:00pm Agnes D'Lima
  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Maria Naufahu
  5:00pm Melanie Etiennette

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 16/17 Dec 17

  6:00pm B. Farrugia / D. Fernandes / D&J Roga
  8:30am K. English / Grace S. / Bernice S. / C. Coelho
10:30am L. Ortega / S. Delos Reyos / A&A Cortez
  5:00pm G. Siccita / S&I Simangan / VOLUNTEER

Music Ministry - 16/17 Dec 17

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm AHFI

 

PARISH NEWS

YEAR OF THE YOUTH
The new liturgical year has been marked as a national 'Year of Youth'. This year the church is called to focus on young people, and how as a church community we can further engage and include youth in the life of the church. To all young people: the Year of Youth challenges you to be brave, ask deep questions and seek to discern God's will for your life.

The entire church body including parents, families, teachers and church leaders are called to share in this journey, creating new paths for young people to experience the love of God and use their gifts, talents and youthful energy to build up Christ's church. We ask you to join us in praying for all young people and for God's blessing on the Year of Youth!

Youth Ambassador Team- Contact Angelique on 0420 338 231 if you are interested in helping out with youth events/initiatives during 2018

ANOINTING FOR HEALING MASS - TUESDAY 12TH DEC, 11.00 AM
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly are invited to attend our annual Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday 12th December 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.

PIETY STORE
Come and see our Nativity Sets, ornaments, etc. All are very reasonably priced. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars, Religious Christmas cards and Advent calendars are now available.

GIVING TREE - ST VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
To help with our Christmas Hampers for people in need in our parish area, please take a tag from the tree at the front of the church and return your gift of food by 10th December. A Christmas card to a family is very welcome as many lonely people do not receive a card at Christmas. Please return the TAGS for RE-USE next year. Please DO NOT stick them to the package as this prevents us re-using them. Thank you for your generosity.

ROSTERS for Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers, Piety Store and Communion to the Sick are all available for collection from the church hall.  Please pick up your copy as soon as possible as they start from December.

HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY ELAINE
Dear Elaine, Happy 80th Birthday for last Sunday, 26th November from Fr. Vincent, Dcn Charles and all the parishioners. Thank you for all the work you so tirelessly accomplish in our parish.  Volunteers like you are precious gifts to us all. May God our Father shower you abundantly with his blessings for many more happier years of good health, love and laughter.

JANUARY 2018
Please note that there will be NO Healing Mass or Baptism Formation Meeting in January. The Healing Mass and Baptism Formation meeting will be held in February 2018.

MELBOURNE OVERSEAS MISSIONS APPEAL
Since its foundation in 1969, Melbourne parishioners have supported Melbourne's own mission fund to help developing nations. This has marked our Archdiocese for its exceptional generosity. Currently, the major beneficiaries are people in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Gambia, Pakistan, Botswana, Nigeria, Peru and Jerusalem. Archbishop Denis Hart commends the fund to your continuing support. The collection will be taken up on the weekend of 9/10 December 2017. We thank you for your support.

SOME CHANGES TO TIMES OF ROSARY & DEVOTIONS
Please note that with effect from 4 December, the following changes will occur:

Mon to Fri 7:50am Morning Prayer 8:10am Rosary
Sat 8:40am Rosary 9:00am Morning Prayer
Sun 8:10am Rosary
Tue to Thu 8:00am Exposition
Fri 9:00am Exposition & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Sat 2:30pm (Feb to Nov) Exposition, Praise & Worship, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction & sharing Good News

There will be no other changes to Mass times or any other devotions at this time.

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE (CTC) will offer the following professional development sessions for Term 1 in 2018. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office for enrolment forms.

  1. Enhancing Catholic Institutional Identity - intensive unit (Offered 3 days in Terms 1 and 2 school holidays).
  2. Graduate Certificate in Guiding Meditation - This 3 unit course will re-commence in Semester One.
  3. Meditation Colloquium - 1 Day Conference
  4. Theology & Religious Education through Art - Will be offered in Term 2.

Please check the bulletin board flyers for more information.

A STATEMENT FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE, DENIS HART ON EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE IN VICTORIA: Copies are available in the hall for all to read. Please take one.

JOSEPH'S CORNER FUNDRAISING
There will be a Bric-a-Brac stall to help raise funds for Joseph`s Corner (a free counselling service for Families of Persons suffering with addiction). This will be held after all Masses on the weekend of 2nd/3rd December. You may find that Special Christmas gift you are looking for. Many thanks, Sr. Jean.

The family is a community of love where each of us learns to relate to others and to the world around us (Pope Francis)

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Virginia Kallio, Sam Grech, Renato Villareal, Stanley Rego, Itria Puglisi, Boutros Helou and all who passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Sam Farrugia, Eduardo Cahoy, Joseph Pace, Margaret & Frank Apostoli, Reynaldo Natividad, Judith & Sebastian D'Cruz and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O'Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Diane Cameron, Edith Street, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Elizabeth Slee. Excelsa Tejada, Khanietar Michell Singhapanh, Marlene & Lorraine Gill, Vickey Dunford, Hye-bok Lee, Seong-bin Yim, Lynne Worsley, Carmel Negline. Barb Grogan and all who are ill in our Parish.

The family is a community of love where each of us learns to relate to others and to the world around us (Pope Francis)

ROSTERS

  6:00pm Jennifer Reuter
  8:30am Evelyn Stowers
10:30am Elenoa Eliepa
  5:00pm Giovanna Siccita

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 9/10 Dec 17

  6:00pm Praful A. / M. Maple / S. D'Silva / E. Mills
  8:30am K. McLoughlin / B&J Thomas / S. Gomez
10:30am F. Caruana / S. Colla / S. DiB / V. Firman
  5:00pm J&A Etiennette / E. Behrouzi / S. Joseph

Music Ministry 9/10 Dec 17

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm

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PARISH NEWS


GIVING TREE – ST VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
To help with our Christmas Hampers for people in need in our parish area, please take a tag from the tree at the front of the church and return your gift of food by 10th December. A Christmas card to a family is very welcome as many lonely people do not receive a card at Christmas. Please return the TAGS for RE-USE next year. Please DO NOT stick them to the package as this prevents us re-using them. Thank you for your generosity.

ROSTERS for Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers, Piety Store and Communion to the Sick are all available for collection from the church hall.  Please pick up your copy as soon as possible as they start from December.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARISH 

Sundays 6:15 – 8:15pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community Centre.
Fri, 1 Dec 7:00pm to 10:00pm, First Friday Mass & Adoration.
Sat, 2 Dec 2:30 – 4:30pm Healing Mass
Sun, 3 Dec 1st Sunday of Advent


FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION – DECEMBER 1ST
Conducted by the Alliance of the Two Hearts. Starts with Holy Mass at 7:00pm, followed by an hour with the Blessed Sacrament, then Holy Rosary, Divine Office, Divine Mercy Novena and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.

PARISH YOUTH PROGRAM
Taking off from the Melbourne Archdiocese Year of the Youth Program, our parish intends to start a Youth Program for youth aged between 18 to 29 years commencing December 2017. Initially we are looking for leaders who have experience in working with youth or have expertise in sports, education, entertainment, music, etc. If you would like to join the leadership team please call Royden on 0426 071 375. Thank You.

PIETY STORE
Come and see our Nativity Sets, ornaments, etc. All are very reasonably priced. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars, Religious Christmas cards and Advent calendars are now available.

SOME CHANGES TO TIMES OF ROSARY & DEVOTIONS
Please note that with effect from 4 December, the following changes will occur:

Mon to Fri 7:50am Morning Prayer 8:10am Rosary
Sat 9:00am Morning Prayer 8:40am Rosary
Sun 8:10am Rosary
Tue to Thu 8:00am Exposition
Fri 9:00am Exposition & Divine Mercy Chaplet
Sat 2:30pm (Feb to Nov) Exposition, Praise & Worship, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction & sharing Good News

There will be no other changes to Mass times or any other devotions at this time.

LOURDES DAY MASS
Lourdes Day Mass is a service of solidarity and support for those who are aged or infirm. The Lourdes Day Mass in Melbourne this year will be held at 10:30am on Saturday 2 December 2017 at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Bishop Terry Curtin will be the principal celebrant. The Mass attracts a large congregation of older people, carers, and family members.  Each person attending is given a gift pack containing water from the Lourdes grotto in France, rosary beads and other devotional material.  The ceremony is most dignified and respectful, and can be quite moving for those who attend.  Disability access is available at the Cathedral.

JOSEPH’S CORNER FUNDRAISING
There will be a Bric-a-Brac stall to help raise funds for Joseph`s Corner (a free counselling service for Families of Persons suffering with addiction). This will be held after all Masses on the weekend of 2nd/3rd December. You may find that Special Christmas gift you are looking for. Many thanks Sr. Jean.

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE, 15 NOV 2017
Any change to marriage law must include protections for religious freedom

Parliament must work to unify Australians by respecting different views on marriage, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Denis Hart said today in the wake of the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. “The Catholic Church, and many others who sought to retain the definition of marriage as it has been understood for centuries, continues to view marriage as a special union between a woman and a man, which allows for the creation and nurture of children," Archbishop Hart said. “A change in civil law does not change the Catholic understanding of the nature of marriage. “The Catholic Church continues to respect the dignity of LGBTIQ Australians and our ministries will continue to care deeply about the dignity and value of all people we encounter. “Parliamentarians must recognise and respect the concerns of the more than 4.8 million Australians who opposed a change to the definition of marriage by putting in place strong conscience and religious freedom protections. “These protections must ensure that Australians can continue to express their views on marriage, that faith-based schools can continue to teach the traditional understanding of marriage and that organisations can continue to operate in a manner that is consistent with those values.”

INSPIRING QUOTE
“Moral Principles do not depend on a majority vote.
Wrong is wrong even if everybody is wrong.
Right is right even if nobody is right”
.......................
Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for John Walsh & Simon Simonides and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O’Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Diane Cameron, Edith Street, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Barbara Grogan, Sr. Eileen Brown, Eugenie Rinaldi, Keith Gill, Imelda Rundell, Brian Jones, Carmen Sherri, Melissa Caroline, Carmen Agius, Josie Tabone, Geff Grech, Carmel Negline, Dot Mulquiney, Virginia Kallio, Edwinda Francisco, Frank Fazio, Alwyn White, Hamish Stott, Marcus Lyngdoh, Elizabeth Slee. Excelsa Tejada and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Money Counters 3 Dec 17

Les Jones / Tini & Barrie Hope / Grace Sharman

Readers – 2/3 Dec 17

  6:00pm Angela Francis
  8:30am Bev Jones
 10:30am Sunil Vaz
  5:00pm Jeslin Shahji

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion 2/3 Dec 17

  6:00pm Sharon A. / H. Durski / Michelle N. / Davy F.
  8:30am L. Jones / C. Coelho / Karen F. / G. Sharman
10:30am S. Sipiliano / N&R Golaw / N. Costa
  5:00pm M&D Etiennette / C. Skinner / VOLUNTEER

Music Ministry 2/3 Dec 17

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Samoan Choir
  5:00pm FilOz

 

PARISH NEWS


SPECIAL MASS 7:00PM ON TUESDAY 21 NOV 2017A reminder that there will be a Memorial Mass on Tuesday, 21 Nov at 7:00pm for the families who have lost loved ones in the past year - November 2016 to date. You may bring a photo of the deceased to be placed on a table in the church and Mass will be offered for repose of the souls of our dear departed. All are welcome to attend the Eucharistic celebration and are requested to bring a plate for shared fellowship in the hall after Mass.

GIVING TREE - ST VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
To help with our Christmas Hampers for people in need in our parish area, please take a tag from the tree at the front of the church and return your gift of food by 10th December. A Christmas card to a family is very welcome as many lonely people do not receive a card at Christmas. Please return the TAGS for RE-USE next year. Please DO NOT stick them to the package as this prevents us re-using them. Thank you for your generosity.

PARISH YOUTH PROGRAM
Taking off from the Melbourne Archdiocese Year of the Youth Program, our parish intends to start a youth program for youth aged between 18 to 29 years commencing December 2017.  If you would like to join the leadership team, please call Royden on 0426 071 375.

PIETY STORE
Come and see our Nativity Sets, ornaments, etc. All are very reasonably priced. Divine Mercy and Columban Calendars, Religious Christmas cards and Advent calendars are now available.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARISH

Sundays 6:15 - 8:15pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community Centre.
Tue 21 Nov 7:00pm Annual Memorial Mass for family members deceased from Nov 2016 to date.
Sun, 26 Nov Feast of Christ the King. End of Ordinary Time
Sun, 3 Dec 1st Sunday of Advent

FUNDRAISING
Next weekend 25/26th Nov, the Ladies Auxiliary will hold another cake stall (until sold out ). This time the ladies will be featuring Christmas cookery. Margaret and her team will also have their Sausage Sizzle. Both will be held after all Masses. Thank you for your support.

JOSEPH'S CORNER FUNDRAISING
There will be a Bric-a-Brac stall to help raise funds for Joseph`s Corner (a free counselling service for Families of Persons suffering with addiction). This will be held after all Masses on the weekend of 2nd/3rd December. You may find that Special Christmas gift you are looking for. Many thanks Sr. Jean.

CATHOLIC DEAF COLLECTION
There will be a Special Collection at all Masses this weekend 18/19 November for the Catholic Deaf.  We thank you for your generosity.

ST VINCENT'S PRIVATE HOSPITAL WERRIBEE Community Day on 26 Nov 17 is a chance for people to take a "behind-the-scenes" look at the hospital before it opens to patients in January 2018. The Tour will include the Maternity Ward, Special Care Nursery, Operating Theatre and Hospital information including maternity bookings, volunteering and employment. Highlights include the Hospital tour, Kids activities and Sausage Sizzle. For employment https://svphw.org.au/employment/work-for-us, Volunteering to deanna.finn@svha.org.au General enquiries to julie.wain@svha,org.au.

ST. PETER'S CHRISMATIC PRAYER GROUP will have their Christmas break up on Saturday, 25 November. It will commence with Adoration as usual and then proceed to the Community Centre for the Christmas celebrations. Prayer Meetings will resume in the first week of Feb 2018.

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE, 15 NOV 2017
Any change to marriage law must include protections for religious freedom
Parliament must work to unify Australians by respecting different views on marriage, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President Archbishop Denis Hart said today in the wake of the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. "The Catholic Church, and many others who sought to retain the definition of marriage as it has been understood for centuries, continues to view marriage as a special union between a woman and a man, which allows for the creation and nurture of children," Archbishop Hart said. "A change in civil law does not change the Catholic understanding of the nature of marriage. The Catholic Church continues to respect the dignity of LGBTIQ Australians and our ministries will continue to care deeply about the dignity and value of all people we encounter. Parliamentarians must recognise and respect the concerns of the more than 4.8 million Australians who opposed a change to the definition of marriage by putting in place strong conscience and religious freedom protections. These protections must ensure that Australians can continue to express their views on marriage, that faith-based schools can continue to teach the traditional understanding of marriage and that organisations can continue to operate in a manner that is consistent with those values."

INSPIRING QUOTE
"Moral Principles do no depend on a majority vote.
W
rong is wrong even if everybody is wrong.
Right is right even if nobody is right"
Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

WORLD DAY OF THE POOR - SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
It is Pope Francis' wish that Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance with the poor this week

END OF SCHOOL YEAR FOR THE SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM – SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
The last day for the Sunday School classes is this Sunday. Enrolments for next year open Sunday 4th Feb 2018. A big thank you to Bernice and her team for their hard work and dedication in teaching the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation to the children attending government schools in our Parish

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Anne Dela Rosa and all who passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Michael Lewis, Claude & Avis Barber, Brenda Harper, Luigi D'Angelo, Andrew Dang, Franco Stroscio, Edward (Ted) Palmer, Joseph Vella, Lewis Vella, Christobel Herft, Winston Ephraums, Dollar Sharman, Kevin Eastmure and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Shirley & Leo Linehan, Angela O’Brien, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Peter McGlade, Gary Spotswood, Stan Walkden, Diane Cameron, Edith Street, Georgette Maalouf, Jamilton Dabu, Carmen Mifsud, Bob Meehan, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Barbara Grogan, Sr. Eileen Brown, Eugenie Rinaldi, Keith Gill, Imelda Rundell, Brian Jones, Carmen Sherri, Melissa Caroline, Carmen Agius, Josie Tabone, Geff Grech, Carmel Negline, Dot Mulquiney, Virginia Kallio, Edwinda Francisco, Frank Fazio, Alwyn White, Hamish Stott, Marcus Lyngdoh, Elizabeth Slee. Excelsa Tejada and all who are ill in our Parish.

ROSTERS

Money Counters - 26 Nov 17

B. Coghlan / P. Mulquiney / A. Sipiliano / P. Francis

Readers - 25/26 Nov 17

  6:00pm E. Dalton
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Sherwin Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 25/26 Nov 17

  6:00pm E. Mills / S. Martis / Josie T. / Michelle N.
  8:30am KS Minister / L. Jones / Kevin McL / VOL
10:30am M&Z D’Mello / Vanina IDA / Sally DiB
  5:00pm I. Simangan / E. Behrouzi / S. Joseph / VOL

Music Ministry - 25/26 Nov 17

  6:00pm Mater Dolororsa
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK