DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JANUARY
Prayer for All Mankind

Father of all, as we begin the New Year let your peace, mercy and kindness be experienced by all people that they may come to know and love you, the one true God, their Lord and their Father.

Make yourself known to those who do not know you; may those who seek you find you.

Of your compassion, may every sorrow be comforted, every need supplied, every evil averted, every wrong righted, every hope realised.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
O sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.

1st Reading (1 Jon 3:1-5,10)
A reading from the prophet Jonah.
The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.   God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour. And God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Teach me your ways, O Lord.

2nd Reading (1 Cor 7:29-31)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Brothers: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia.  The kingdom of God is near: believe the Good News!. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mk1:14-20)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets. He called them at once and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Look toward the Lord and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed.

Next Week’s Readings
Deut 18:15-20; 1 Cor 7:32-35;   Mk 1:21-28

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 25 Jan - Conversion of St. Paul
Tue, 26 Jan - Australia Day
Thu, 28 Jan - St. Thomas Aquinas

 


PARISH NEWS

FEAST OF STO NINO, 24TH JANUARY, 12 NOON
Our parish will celebrate the Feast of Sto Nino on Sunday, 24th January at 12 noon.  Unfortunately, due to Covid19 restrictions, please note there will be no Sinulog, Procession or Fellowship after the Mass. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Fr. Asis. Please use online booking to attend the mass. Click on the link to book https://www.trybooking.com/BNTXM.

AUSTRALIA DAY, TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY
The National Anthem will be sung after the 8:30am Mass on Tuesday 26th January to commemorate Australia Day.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Classes will start again on SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY, 9:15am till 10:25am. For any further enquiries, please call Bernice on 9749 2812.

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (also known as CANDLEMAS), TUESDAY 2nd FEBRUARY, 8:30AM MASS
A special 'Blessing of Candles' will be given at the 8:30am Mass. 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.

DEVOTIONS IN OUR CHURCH
Please note that from 1 February, the following will resume in our church:

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

The next BAPTISM PREPARATION Meeting will be held on Monday, 1 February at 7:00pm in Church.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WEEKEND MASSES
If you are attending a weekend mass and would like to volunteer as an usher or to assist with QR Scanning, could you please contact the parish office on 9749 4300 or meet Fr. Vincent before the mass. You will need to be at the church 40 minutes before mass begins. Thank you.

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners attending weekday masses will be required to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance.
  • Go to Play Store, search for Google Lens and Download the QR & Barcode Scanner. This will assist with this task. Volunteers will be around to assist you.
  • Registration for weekend Masses is done electronically via Try Booking using the Link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG (link will remain the same every week). Bookings via this link will open on a Monday and close on a Friday prior to the weekend. If you have not booked for a weekend mass you will need to register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
  • We request that you do not move the pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Mask wearing in church is optional.
  • During Communion, stay in your seats. Special Ministers will come to you to distribute Communion.
  • Bulletins are to be taken home and not left on your seat.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors will be shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
  • Please leave through the Exit door on the left. No socialising inside church or foyer.
  • Church will be cleaned after each service.
  • If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

PARISH COLLECTIONS
Fr. Vincent acknowledges and thanks our parishioners for the weekly thanksgiving contributions to our parish. If you are not already registered in our parish or are not part of the weekly Thanksgiving Program, please contact the parish office on 9749 4300. From February, we will return to our normal 2 collections at every Mass.  Below is a brief explanation to give you an understanding of the allocation of funds from the two collections.
1st Collection – Church Account
Funds from this collection assist with church and parish office expenses. These include gas, electricity, telephone and other utilities, presbytery repair and maintenance, insurance, municipal rates, water rates, supply priests during parish priest vacation, sick leave or special duties, etc.
2nd Collection – Presbytery Account
Funds from this collection go to support the Archbishop, parish priest, retired and sick priests. 5% of this account goes to the Archbishop’s Fund and 30% to the PRF (Priests Retirement Fund).

MICK GASTIN’S 101ST BIRTHDAY
Our long time parishioner, Mick Gastin, turns 101 on 25th January. We pray that God will continue to shower his blessings on Mick and his family in the year ahead.

TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS
After the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for His own, ‘that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). This means that we are not able to achieve unity with our own strength. Above all, unity is a gift, it is a grace to be requested through prayer.

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION FOR January 24, 2021 (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.

ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL CONCERT, 5TH FEBRUARY, 2021
Thomas Heywood, Organ, Works by Bach, Elgar, Verdi, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Guilman, Cocker & Mulet. 6.00pm to 7:00pm. Tickets $25, children under 15 free. Bookings via: www.trybooking.com/ BNSIT or available at the door. Enquiries to music@cam.org.au.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Davis Ayrookaran, Rolema Delmonte, David Pillai, Margaret Nazareth, Maryann Lobo, Joseph Leung, Caridad Galang, Kelly McLoughlin, Trevor Werts, Antonina Caleca, Mary Volkers, John Salvano, Ilse Lichthart, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Stan Walkden, Rita Dubowik, Patrick Murray, Gemma Scicluna, Veera Bayer, Cathy Duggan and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Christian Lindsay, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Elvie de Torres, Helen Smith, Harold Fonseca, Yvonne & Gilbert Norris, Shirley Linehan, Zaren Acquilina, James DSilva and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Readers – 30/31 Jan 2021

  6:00pm David Roga
  8:30am Grace Sharman
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 30/31 Jan 2021

  6:00pm J. Roga / S. Martis / G. Surrao
  8:30am A.Vesty / S. Gomez / M. Nelthropp
10:30am S. Vaz / B. Fernandes / J. Quinless
  5:00pm M. Etiennette / R. Perera / Volunteer (if required)

Music Ministry – 30/31 Jan 2021

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Filiorum Dei
  5:00pm Youth Band

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JANUARY
Prayer for All Mankind

Father of all, as we begin the New Year let your peace, mercy and kindness be experienced by all people that they may come to know and love you, the one true God, their Lord and their Father.

Make yourself known to those who do not know you; may those who seek you find you.

Of your compassion, may every sorrow be comforted, every need supplied, every evil averted, every wrong righted, every hope realised.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!

1st Reading (1 Sam 3:3-10,19)
A reading from the book of Samuel.
Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord where the ark of God was when the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ He answered, ‘Here I am.’ Then he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli said, ‘I did not call. Go back and lie down.’ So he went and lay down. Once again the Lord called. ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ He replied, ‘I did not call you, my son; go back and lie down.’ Samuel had as yet no knowledge of the Lord and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. Once again the Lord called, the third time. He got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am, since you called me.’ Eli then understood that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, and he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if someone calls say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord then came and stood by, calling as he had done before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Samuel answered, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’ Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

2nd Reading (1 Cor 6:13-15,17-20)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
The body is not meant for fornication; it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God who raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power raise us up too. You know, surely, that your bodies are members making up the body of Christ; anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. Keep away from fornication. All the other sins are committed outside the body; but to fornicate is to sin against your own body. Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you since you received him from God. You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia.  We have found the Messiah: Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 1:35-42)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God.’ Hearing this, the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘Rabbi – which means Teacher – where do you live?’ ‘Come and see’ he replied; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of that day. It was about the tenth hour. One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next morning, Andrew met his brother and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ – which means the Christ – and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked hard at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas’ – meaning Rock.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
You have prepared a table before me, and how precious is the chalice that quenches my thirst.

Next Week’s Readings
Jon 3:1-5,10:1;   1 Cor 7:29-31;   Mk 1:14-20

Feasts of the Week
Thu, 21 Jan - St. Agnes        


PARISH NEWS

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings for Weekday Masses. Attendance is on a “first come first in”
  • We can accommodate approx. 300 people given the size/dimensions of our facility.
  • Weekend Mass bookings are done online via Trybooking.com using the link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG (link will remain the same every week). Bookings via this link will open on a Monday and close on a Friday prior to the weekend.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
  • We request that you do not move the pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Mask wearing in church is a requirement.
  • During Communion, stay in your seats. Special Ministers will come to you to distribute Communion.
  • Bulletins are to be taken home and not left on your seat.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors will be shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
  • Please leave through the Exit door on the left. No socialising inside church or foyer.
  • Church will be cleaned after each service.
  • If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

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

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Classes will start again on SUNDAY 31ST JANUARY, 9:15am till 10:25am. For any further enquiries, please call Bernice on 9749 2812.

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (also know as CANDLEMAS), TUESDAY 2nd FEBRUARY, 8:30AM MASS
A special 'Blessing of Candles' will be given at the 8:30am Mass. 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.

FEAST OF STO NINO, 24TH JANUARY, 12 NOON
Our parish will celebrate the Feast of Sto Nino on Sunday, 24th January at 12 noon.  Unfortunately, due to Covid19 restrictions, please note there will be no Sinulog, Procession or Fellowship after the Mass. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Fr. Asis. Please use online booking to attend the mass. Click on the link to book https://www.trybooking.com/BNTXM.

ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL CONCERT, 5TH FEBRUARY, 2021
Thomas Heywood, Organ, Works by Bach, Elgar, Verdi, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Guilman, Cocker & Mulet. 6.00pm to 7:00pm. Tickets $25, children under 15 free. Bookings via trybooking.com/BNSIT or available at the door. Enquiries to music@cam.org.au.

PARISH COLLECTIONS
Fr. Vincent acknowledges and thanks our parishioners for the weekly thanksgiving contributions to our parish. If you are not already registered in our parish or are not part of the weekly Thanksgiving Program, please contact the parish office on 9749 4300. From February, we will return to our normal 2 collections at every Mass.  Below is a brief explanation to give you an understanding of the allocation of funds from the two collections.

1st Collection – Church Account
Funds from this collection assist with church and parish office expenses. These include gas, electricity, telephone and other utilities, presbytery repair and maintenance, insurance, municipal rates, water rates, supply priests during parish priest vacation, sick leave or special duties, etc.

2nd Collection – Presbytery Account
Funds from this collection go to support the Archbishop, parish priest, retired and sick priests. 5% of this account goes to the Archbishop’s Fund and 30% to the PRF (Priests Retirement Fund).

STEWARDSHIP REFLECTION FOR January 17, 2021 (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’” John 1:38
What are you looking for?  Are you wasting your time looking for the material comforts of the world?  Or, is your heart longing for something deeper that can only be found by spending time with God?  Take time, each day, in silence and ask the Lord what it is that He wants you to do.

TWEET FROM POPE FRANCIS
We possess a great wealth that depends on what we are: the life we have received, the good within us, the indelible beauty god has given us by making us in his image. All these things make each of us precious in his eyes, each one of us is priceless and unique in history.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Caridad Galang, Kelly McLoughlin, Trevor Werts, Antonina Caleca, Mary Volkers, John Salvano, Ilse Lichthart and all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Wanda & Bob Keech, Lena Surrao, Josephine Buttigieg, Joseph Mintoff, Angela Walkden, Michael Blythe, Margarita & Arturo Apostoli, Frank Apostoli, Vita Sammartino, Albert De Sousa, Yesudason Johnkutty, Gilbert Cross, Hilary Palman, Mathai Kunju Manackapparambil, and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Christian Lindsay, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Elvie de Torres, Helen Smith, Harold Fonseca, Yvonne & Gilbert Norris and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Readers – 23/24 Jan 2021

  6:00pm Jeff Poppen
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Meresina Peters
  5:00pm Romayne Albuquerque

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 23/24 Jan 2021

  6:00pm S. Albuquerque / H. Durski / J. Tramontana
  8:30am Kevin McL / C. Coelho / S. Joseph / KSC (if reqd.)
10:30am Sally DiB / V. Firman  / Volunteer (if required)
  5:00pm E. Angeles / J Phan Lai

Music Ministry – 23/24 Jan 2021

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

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JANUARY
New Year Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Risen Christ, be with us today and always.
Be our Light, our Guide, and our Comforter.
Be our Strength, Courage, and our Sanctifier.
May this New Year be a time of deep spiritual growth for us,
A time of welcoming your graces and gifts,
A time for forgiving freely and unconditionally,
A time for growing in virtue and goodness.
Come Holy Spirit, be with us always.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen


Entrance Antiphon
After the Lord was baptised, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.

1st Reading (Is 55:1-11)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty, though you have no money, come! Buy corn without money, and eat, and, at no cost, wine and milk. Why spend money on what is not bread, your wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy. Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live. With you I will make an everlasting covenant out of the favours promised to David. See, I have made of you a witness to the peoples, a leader and a master of the nations. See, you will summon a nation you never knew, those unknown will come hurrying to you, for the sake of the Lord your God, of the Holy One of Israel who will glorify you. Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks. Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts. Yes, as the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 5:1-9)
As reading from the first letter of St. John.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten by God; and whoever loves the Father that begot him loves the child whom he begets. We can be sure that we love God’s children if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us; this is what loving God is – keeping his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult, because anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world; this is the victory over the world – our faith. Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God: Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness – since the Spirit is the truth – so that there are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water and the blood, and all three of them agree. We accept the testimony of human witnesses, but God’s testimony is much greater, and that is God’s testimony, given as evidence for his Son.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia.  John saw Jesus approaching him, and said: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mk 1:7-11)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’ It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Behold the One of whom John said: I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.

Next Week’s Readings
1 Sam 3:3-10,19;   1 Cor 6:13-15, 17-20;   Jn 1:35-42


PARISH NEWS

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The Parish Office is closed for the Christmas break and will reopen on Monday, 11 Jan. Bulletins for 3 & 10 Jan are single sheets with mass readings.  Normal bulletins will resume on 17 Jan, along with names for Death Anniversaries, Recently Deceased and Sick List.

PIETY STORE
Columban Calendars are available for $9 each, God’s Word 2021 is available for $19.95. Limited stock available. Kindly contact Margaret Newman on 0432 044 416 for further details.

AUSTRALIA DAY TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY
Mass at 8:30am with the singing of our National Anthem.

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (also know as CANDLEMAS), TUESDAY 2nd FEBRUARY, 8:30AM MASS
A special 'Blessing of Candles' will be given at the 8:30am Mass. 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.

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JANUARY
New Year Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Risen Christ, be with us today and always.
Be our Light, our Guide, and our Comforter.
Be our Strength, Courage, and our Sanctifier.
May this New Year be a time of deep spiritual growth for us,
A time of welcoming your graces and gifts,
A time for forgiving freely and unconditionally,
A time for growing in virtue and goodness.
Come Holy Spirit, be with us always.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Entrance  Antiphon
Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come; and kingship is in his grasp, and power and dominion.

1st Reading (Is 60:1-6)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Arise, shine out Jerusalem, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you, though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples.  Above you the Lord now rises and above you his glory appears. The nations come to your light and kings to your dawning brightness. Lift up your eyes and look round: all are assembling and coming towards you, your sons from far away and daughters being tenderly carried. At this sight you will grow radiant, your heart throbbing and full; since the riches of the sea will flow to you; the wealth of the nations come to you; camels in throngs will cover you, and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and singing the praise of the Lord.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

2nd Reading (Eph 3:2-3, 5-6)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Christ Jesus, through the gospel.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! We have seen his star in the East; and have come to adore the Lord. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mt 2:1-12)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and enquired of them where the Christ was to be born. ‘At Bethlehem in Judaea’, they told him ‘for this is what the prophet wrote: And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah, for out of you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel.’ Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared, and sent them on to Bethlehem. ‘Go and find out all about the child’, he said ‘and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’ Having listened to what the king had to say, they set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
We have seen his star in the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.

Next Week’s Readings
Is 55:1-11;   1 Jn 5:1-9;   Mk 1:7-11

 

PARISH NEWS

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The Parish Office is closed for the Christmas break and will reopen on Monday, 11 Jan. Bulletins for 3 & 10 Jan are single sheets with mass readings.  Normal bulletins will resume on 17 Jan, along with names for Death Anniversaries, Recently Deceased and Sick List.

PIETY STORE
Columban Calendars are available for $9 each, God’s Word 2021 is available for $19.95. Limited stock available. Kindly contact Margaret Newman on 0432 044 416 for further details.

AUSTRALIA DAY TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY
Mass at 8:30am with the singing of our National Anthem.

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (also know as CANDLEMAS), TUESDAY 2nd FEBRUARY, 8:30AM MASS
A special 'Blessing of Candles' will be given at the 8:30am Mass. 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.

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings for Weekday Masses. Attendance is on a “first come first in”
  • Weekend Mass bookings are done online via Trybooking.com using the link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG (link will remain the same every week). Bookings via this link will open on a Monday at 9 am and close on a Friday at 10 am prior to the weekend.
  • We can accommodate approx. 300 people given the size/dimensions of our facility.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
  • We request that you do not move the pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Wearing of masks is required whilst in Church.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors will be shut 5 minutes before mass starts.
  • During Communion, remain standing at your seats if you wish to receive Holy Communion. Special Ministers will come on either side of the pews to bring you Communion.
  • Bulletins are to be taken home and not left on your seat.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Pews on the left must exit through the door on the left. Pews on the right must exit through the small foyer. No socialising inside church or foyer.
  • Church will be cleaned after service so there is no need to wipe down pews and kneelers.
  • If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love; to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, make us more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph graciously hear our prayer.  Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
The shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manger.

1st Reading (Gen 15:1-6; 21:1-3)
A reading from the book of Genesis.
The word of the Lord was spoken to Abram in a vision, ‘Have no fear Abram, I am your shield; your reward will be very great’. ‘My Lord,’ Abram replied ‘what do you intend to give me? I go childless…’ Then Abram said, ‘See, you have given me no descendants; some man of my household will be my heir’. And then this word of the Lord was spoken to him, ‘He shall not be your heir; your heir shall be of your own flesh and blood’. Then taking him outside he said, ‘Look up to heaven and count the stars if you can. Such will be your descendants’ he told him. Abram put his faith in the Lord, who counted this as making him justified. The Lord dealt kindly with Sarah as he had said, and did what he had promised her. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the time God had promised. Abraham named the son born to him Isaac, the son to whom Sarah had given birth.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.

2nd Reading (Heb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans.
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the call to set out for a country that was the inheritance given to him and his descendants, and that he set out without knowing where he was going. It was equally by faith that Sarah, in spite of being past the age, was made able to conceive, because she believed that he who had made the promise would be faithful to it. Because of this, there came from one man, and one who was already as good as dead himself, more descendants than could be counted, as many as the stars of heaven or the grains of sand on the seashore. It was by faith that Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He offered to sacrifice his only son even though the promises had been made to him and he  had been told: It is through Isaac that your name will be carried on. He was confident that God had the power even to raise the dead; and so, figuratively speaking, he was given back Isaac from the dead.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia.  In the past God spoke to our fathers through the prophets; now he speaks to us through his Son. Alleluia!

Gospel (Lk 2:22-40)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
When the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord – observing what stands written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord – and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to Israel’s comforting and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said: ‘Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel.’ As the child’s father and mother stood there wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too – so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’ There was a prophetess also, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came by just at that moment and began to praise God, and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem. When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom and God’s favour was with him.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Our God has appeared on the earth, and lived among us.

Next Week’s Readings
Is 60:1-6;   Eph 3:2-3,5-6;   Mt 2:1-12

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 28 Dec - The Holy Innocents  


PARISH NEWS

NEW YEAR 2021
Fr. Vincent John and Dcn. Charles English take this opportunity to wish all our parishioners and their loved ones a happy and safe New Year.  May the blessings of our Father in Heaven and the Holy Mother bring you peace and joy, love and happiness and keep you safe throughout 2021.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The Parish Office will close for the Christmas break starting Wednesday 23 Dec and returning Monday, 11 Jan. Bulletins for 27 Dec, 3 & 10 Jan will be single sheets with mass readings.  Normal bulletins will resume on 17 Jan, along with names for Death Anniversaries, Recently Deceased and Sick List.

PIETY STORE
Columban Calendars are available for $9 each. Kindly contact Margaret Newman on 0432 044 416 for further details.

 

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
Advent Prayer

Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek Him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find Him. May we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. This Advent we pray for peace: peace in the world, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.

1st Reading (2 Sam 7:1-5,8-12,14,16)
A reading from the second book of Samuel.
Once David had settled into his house and the Lord had given him rest from all the enemies surrounding him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘Look, I am living in a house of cedar while the ark of God dwells in a tent.’ Nathan said to the king, ‘Go and do all that is in your mind, for the Lord is with you.’ But that very night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: ‘Go and tell my servant David, “Thus the Lord speaks: Are you the man to build me a house to dwell in? I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel; I have been with you on all your expeditions; I have cut off all your enemies before you. I will give you fame as great as the fame of the greatest on earth. I will provide a place for my people Israel; I will plant them there and they shall dwell in that place and never be disturbed again; nor shall the wicked continue to oppress them as they did, in the days when I appointed judges over my people Israel; I will give them rest from all their enemies. The Lord will make you great; the Lord will make you a House. And when your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, I will preserve the offspring of your body after you and make his sovereignty secure. I will be a father to him and he a son to me. Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established for ever.”’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
For ever, I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

2nd Reading (Rom 16:25-27)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Romans.
Glory to him who is able to give you the strength to live according to the Good News I preach, and in which I proclaim Jesus Christ, the revelation of a mystery kept secret for endless ages, but now so clear that it must be broadcast to pagans everywhere to bring them to the obedience of faith. This is only what scripture has predicted, and it is all part of the way the eternal God wants things to be. He alone is wisdom; give glory therefore to him through Jesus Christ for ever and ever. Amen.   The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia.  I am the servant of the Lord: may his will for me be done. Alleluia!

Gospel (Lk 1:26-38)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his name will be called Emmanuel.

Next Week’s Readings
Gen 15:1-6,21:1-3;  Heb 11:8,11-12,17-19;   Lk 2:22-40

Feasts of the Week
Fri, 25 Dec - The Nativity of the Lord
Sat, 26 Dec - St. Stephen      


PARISH NEWS


DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings for Weekday Masses. Attendance is on a “first come first in”
  • Weekend Mass bookings are done online via Trybooking.com using the link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG (link will remain the same every week). Bookings via this link will open on a Monday at 9 am and close on a Friday at 10 am prior to the weekend..
  • Christmas/New Year timetable is available in this bulletin. For Christmas/New Year Mass services, bookings are done online via Trybooking using the same link as weekend masses. Bookings for Christmas are now open and will close on Tuesday 22 December at 5pm
  • Bookings for New Year's Eve and Day Mass will open on Monday 21 Dec at 9am and close on Wednesday 30 December at 10am.
  • We can accommodate approx. 300 people given the size/dimensions of our facility.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
  • We request that you do not move the pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Wearing of masks is optional.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors will be shut 5 minutes before mass starts
  • For Christmas Eve services Church will open 30 minutes before Carols begin.
  • During Communion, remain standing at your seats if you wish to receive Holy Communion. Special Ministers will come on either side of the pews to bring you Communion.
  • Bulletins are to be taken home and not left on your seat.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Pews on the left must exit through the door on the left. Pews on the right must exit through the small foyer. No socialising inside church or foyer.
  • Church will be cleaned after service so there is no need to wipe down pews and kneelers.
  • If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

DAWN MASS NOVENA – SIMBANG GABI
This year, St Peter Apostle Mission Parish celebrates its 25th Year of the 9-Days Dawn Mass Novena which concludes on 24th December 2020. Masses are held at 5:00am daily. Come early for parking and contact tracing registration. Bookings can be made via trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNMIH. Church will open by 4:20am but entry doors close 5 minutes before Mass starts.. There will be NO FELLOWSHIP OR BREAKFAST after Mass.

For those who are unable to attend, Masses will be live streamed
Via Facebook https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/
Via our parish Youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEEdWXncbXNHoRUAl_ V5Q/
Via ZOOM Meeting ID: 923 0757 3592, Password: SPhc2020. For further information contact Sherwin on 0466 408 004.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The Parish Office will close for the Christmas break starting Wednesday 23 Dec and returning Monday, 11 Jan. Bulletins for 27 Dec, 3 & 10 Jan will be single sheets with mass readings.  Normal bulletins will resume on 17 Jan, along with names for Death Anniversaries, Recently Deceased and Sick List.

PIETY STORE
Columban Calendars are available for $9 each, Kindly contact Margaret Newman on 0432 044 416 for further details.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Gabriel Kiutau, Clare Goonting, Hannah & Mitchell Steel-Allison who are to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead lives full of happiness, faith and love.

VOLUNTEER USHERS NEEDED FOR WEEKEND MASSES
If you are attending a weekend mass and would like to volunteer as an usher could you please contact the parish office on 9749 4300 or meet Fr Vincent before the mass. You will need to be at the church 40 minutes before mass begins. Thank you.

FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, MARTYRS – MONDAY 28TH DECEMBER, 8:30AM MASS
A special Blessing will be given to all babies and children at this Mass in memory of the young children of Bethlehem, put to death by Herod who sought to kill Jesus. These innocent victims bear witness to Christ, to a world which would not receive Him.

NEW YEAR'S EVE MASS, THURSDAY 31ST DECEMBER, 8:30AM FOLLOWED BY HOLY HOUR OF THANKSGIVING
This year has especially been a trying time for everyone, however, we ask you to join us as we give thanks for the many blessings and graces received throughout 2020. The 8:30am Mass will be followed by Exposition, Praise and Worship, Divine Mercy Chaplet, quiet reflection time and conclude with Benediction. Bookings for this mass will be via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG.

READINGS FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES

Christmas Eve – 6:30pm & 9:30pm
Is 62:1-5;   Acts 13:16-17, 22-25;   Mt 1:18-25

Christmas Midnight Mass
Is 9:1-7;   Titus 2:11-14;   Lk 2:1-14

Christmas Day
Is 52:7-10;   Heb 1:1-6;   Jn 1:1-5, 9-14

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR & DAWN MASS TIMETABLE

MASSES
16 – 18 Dec
Wed, Thu, Fri
5:00am
8:30am
Dawn Mass Novena
Weekday Mass
19 Dec – Sat 5:00am
9:00am
6:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena
Saturday Morning Mass
Vigil Mass
20  Dec – Sun 5:00am
8:30am 10:30am
5:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena
Sunday Masses
21 - 23 Dec
Mon, Tue, Wed
5:00am
8:30am
Dawn Mass Novena
Weekday Mass
24 Dec – Thu 5:00am Dawn Mass Novena
24 Dec – Thu
Christmas Eve
6:00pm
6:30pm
Carols followed by Family Mass
24 Dec – Thu
Christmas Eve
9:00pm
9:30pm
Carols followed by
Vigil Mass
24 Dec – Thu
Christmas Eve
11:30pm
12:00am
Carols followed by Midnight Mass
25 Dec – Fri
Christmas DayNo 5:00pm Mass
7:30am
9:30am 11.15am1:00pm
No carols before Masses
Spanish Mass
26 Dec – Sat 9:00am
6:00pm
Saturday Morning Mass
Vigil Mass
27 Dec – Sun
Feast of Holy Family
8:30am 10:30am
5:00pm
Sunday Masses
31 Dec
New Year’s Eve
8:30am Weekday Mass followed by Holy Hour of Thanksgiving
1 Jan
New Year’s DayNo Evening Mass 
9:30am Weekday Mass

 

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Thomas Madakkakuzhy, Sally Vadakkekkuttu, Michel Chong, Josephine Zerafa, Leo Dsilva, Loreta Sotelo, Felicitas San Diego, Bienvenido Limson, Lourdes Oceate, Edna MacGowan, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for George Nelthropp, Agnes Nelthropp, Brian Browne, Henry Restall, Joe Bugeja, Melita Bugeja, Pat Foster, Tessie Craig, Most Rev Joseph Angelo Grech, Maria Consiglio, Charlie Restall White, Emidia Micallef, Edith Platel, Fr. Manuel Delos Santos, Epifanio & Visitacion delos Santos, Araceli De, Basilio Angeles and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, James Barwick, Gerry Akein, Carmelina Costanzo, Alki Christopoulos, Charlotte Mary, Paul Burton, Aloysius Silva, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Justin Worsley, Calum Jones, Paul Thomas, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Christian Lindsay, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Michael Buttigieg, Elvie de Torres, Helen Smith, Harold Fonseca, Yvonne & Gilbert Norris and all who are ill in our Parish.

 

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
Advent Prayer

Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek Him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find Him. May we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. This Advent we pray for peace: peace in the world, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.

1st Reading (Is 61:1-2,10-11)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up hearts that are broken; to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison; to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord. ‘I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation, he has wrapped me in the cloak of integrity, like a bridegroom wearing his wreath, like a bride adorned in her jewels. ‘For as the earth makes fresh things grow, as a garden makes seeds spring up, so will the Lord make both integrity and praise spring up in the sight of the nations.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
My soul rejoices in my God.

2nd Reading (1 Thess 5:16-24)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians.
Be happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus. Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt; think before you do anything – hold on to what is good and avoid every form of evil. May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he sent me to bring Good News to the poor. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 1:6-8,19-28)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
A man came, sent by God. His name was John. He came as a witness, as a witness to speak for the light, so that everyone might believe through him. He was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light. This is how John appeared as a witness. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ he not only declared, but he declared quite openly, ‘I am not the Christ.’ ‘Well then,’ they asked ‘are you Elijah?’ ‘I am not’ he said. ‘Are you the Prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ So they said to him, ‘Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What have you to say about yourself?’ So John said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied: a voice that cries in the wilderness: Make a straight way for the Lord.’ Now these men had been sent by the Pharisees, and they put this further question to him, ‘Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the prophet?’ John replied, ‘I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap.’ This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear,. Behold, our God will come, and he will save us.

Next Week’s Readings
2 Sam 7:1-5,8-12,14,16;   Rom 16:25-27;   Lk 1:26-38

Feasts of the Week
Mon 14 Dec - St. John of the Cross


PARISH NEWS

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings for Mass. Attendance is on a “first come first in”
  • Weekend Mass bookings are done online via Trybooking.com using the following link https://www/trybooking.com/BNKFG (link will remain the same every week). Bookings via this link will open on a Monday and close on a Friday prior to the weekend.
  • Christmas/New Year timetable is available in this bulletin. For Christmas/New Year Mass services, bookings are done online via Trybooking using the same link as weekend masses. Bookings for Christmas masses will open on Monday 14 December and close on Tuesday 22 December
  • We can accommodate approx. 300 people given the size/dimensions of our facility.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
  • We request that you do not move the pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Mask wearing is optional in church.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors will be shut 5 minutes before mass starts.
  • During Communion, stay in your seats. Special Ministers will come to you to distribute Communion.
  • Bulletins are to be taken home and not left on your seat.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Please use disinfectant wipes provided, to clean your kneelers and seats prior to leaving the church. Bins are located at the back of the church under the EXIT sign or at the Exit door.
  • Pews on the left must exit through the door on the left. Pews on the right must exit through the small foyer. No socialising inside church, hall and foyer.
  • If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

DAWN MASS NOVENA – SIMBANG GABI
Join us for our 25th year NOVENA DAWN MASS – Simbang Gabi. This year, St. Peter Apostle Mission Parish celebrates its 25th Year of the 9-Days Dawn Mass Novena, starting at 5:00am on Wednesday 16th December up to Thursday 24th December 2020. Masses are held at 5:00am daily. Register via trybooking by following this web link https://www.trybooking.com/BNMIH. Bookings will be open for all 9 days session starting on Sunday 13th December 2020 from 10:00am. Church will be open by 4:20am but entry doors close 5 minutes before Mass starts. There will be NO FELLOWSHIP OR BREAKFAST AFTER MASS. For those who are unable to attend, Masses will be live streamed Via our parish Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEEdWXncbXNHoRUAl_ V5Q/ Via Facebook https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/.. Via ZOOM Meeting ID: 923 0757 3592, Password: SPhc2020. For further information contact Sherwin on 0466 408 004.

ST. PETER'S YEAR 6 GRADUATON MASS, FRIDAY 11TH DECEMBER
We congratulate all the Year 6 students who celebrated their graduation on Friday. We wish them many blessings and pray that Our Lord Jesus will guide them throughout Secondary School and beyond.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION RITE I – WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER, 7:00PM
Due to COVID restrictions we can only hold Rite I Penance, so please join us on Wednesday 16th December at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus our Savour into our hearts.

SCHOOL YEAR END MASS – 17TH  DEC 2020
We thank the Principal, Teachers and all staff of our St. Peter's Primary School for their hard work and perseverance during the Covid months of lockdown. May the light of Christ guide and protect you always. We wish you all A Merry Christmas, Blessed New Year and Happy Holidays! Thank you to all the parents and school children who have generously donated items to our Giving Tree.

THE NEW ‘ST. PETER YOUNG ADULTS (SPYA) MAGAZINE’, RELEASING ON 13TH DECEMBER.
The purpose of the SPYA magazine is to engage and encourage the young adults of the community to share, testify and learn more about the great work of our God. We are planning to regularly share new articles, testimonies and stories relating to the work of God in our lives and what drives us as Young Adults. The SPYA magazine will be released online to the SP Young Adults, St. Peter Apostle Mission Parish Facebook page, attached to the weekly email that contains the Bulletin and can be found on the parish website! We welcome anyone to join and participate in the magazine to inspire the young community around us. Please feel free to email us at spyoungadults18@gmail.com.

HSI SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP 2020 GRADUATION
Congratulations to the graduates of the HSI School of Discipleship 2020. Graduation mass will be celebrated on Saturday 12 December at 10:30am. HSI School of Discipleship is a faith outreach program where members convene to learn more about our Catholic faith through prayer, reflection and fellowship. Please support our graduates who have attended the school over the last 12 months and please keep them in your prayers.

FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS, MARTYRS – MONDAY 28TH DECEMBER, 8:30AM MASS
A special Blessing will be given to all babies and children at this Mass in memory of the young children of Bethlehem, put to death by Herod who sought to kill Jesus. These innocent victims bear witness to Christ, to a world which would not receive Him.

NEW YEAR'S EVE MASS, THURSDAY 31ST DECEMBER, 8:30AM FOLLOWED BY HOLY HOUR OF THANKSGIVING
This year has been an especially trying time for everyone, however, we ask you to join us as we give thanks for the many blessings and graces received throughout 2020. The 8:30am Mass will be followed by Exposition, Praise and Worship, Divine Mercy Chaplet, quiet reflection time and conclude with Benediction.

LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP PETER COMMENSOLI
A Bill has been quietly tabled by the State Government last week, called the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020. It is believed that the Bill will be debated and brought to pass in the lower house next week and back to the upper house early next year. With very little consultation over the past 12 months and little discussion in the past weeks, the Bill was tabled without religious communities having the opportunity to see what was being proposed. The basic problem is not the announced intention which appears to be about preventing harmful and coercive practices that would damage human dignity. The problem is the content of the bill itself and its self explanatory memorandum, links below. Which look like a dramatic over-reach of the state into the contexts of prayer, conversion, pastoral conversation, spiritual accompaniment, family life and the freedom of individuals to change and to seek advice and direction of their own choosing to make their own decisions. https://content.legislation.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/bills/591143bi 1.pdf
https://content.legislation.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/bills/591143e xi1.pdf

MELBOURNE OVERSEAS MISSION APPEAL 12/13 DECEMBER
In a year like no other in living memory, the work of Melbourne Overseas Missions (MOM) has continued to support those in need. Our Holy Father Pope Francis reminds us of the many challenges our brothers and sisters face daily. Your continued support for MOM Annual Appeal is greatly appreciated. Due to current restrictions the MOM Appeal of December 2020 will be held online at the following link https://bit.ly/CDFpayMOM.

 

DAWN MASS / CHRISTMAS TIMETABLE
MASSES
16 – 18 Dec
Wed, Thu, Fri
5:00am
8:30am
Dawn Mass Novena
Weekday Mass
19 Dec – Sat 5:00am
9:00am
6:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena
Saturday Morning Mass
Vigil Mass
20  Dec – Sun 5:00am
8:30am 10:30am
5:00pm
Dawn Mass Novena
Sunday Masses
21 - 23 Dec
Mon, Tue, Wed
5:00am
8:30am
Dawn Mass Novena
Weekday Mass
24 Dec – Thu 5:00am Dawn Mass Novena
24 Dec – Thu
Christmas Eve
6:00pm
6:30pm
Carols followed by Family Mass
24 Dec – Thu
Christmas Eve
9:00pm
9:30pm
Carols followed by
Vigil Mass
24 Dec – Thu
Christmas Eve
11:30pm
12:00am
Carols followed by Midnight Mass
25 Dec – Fri
Christmas DayNo 5:00pm Mass
7:30am
9:30am 11.15am1:00pm
No carols before Masses
Spanish Mass
26 Dec – Sat

9:00am

6:00pm

Saturday Morning Mass
Vigil Mass
27 Dec – Sun
Feast of Holy Family
8:30am 10:30am
5:00pm
Sunday Masses
31 Dec
New Year’s Eve
8:30am Weekday Mass followed by Holy Hour of Thanksgiving
1 Jan
New Year’s DayNo Evening Mass
9:30am Weekday Mass
RECONCILIATION RITE I
16 Dec – Wed 7:00pm at St. Peters Parish

 

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Josephine Zerafa, Leo Dsilva, Loreta Sotelo, Felicitas San Diego, Bienvenido Limson, Lourdes Oceate, Edna MacGowan and all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Myrtle D’cruz, Angelina Farrugia, Manda Vekic, Joe Gonsalvez, Sheila Fernandez, Virgian Jewel, Owen Carroll, Veera Bayer, Malcolm & Philomena Fernandez and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, James Barwick, Gerry Akein, Carmelina Costanzo, Alki Christopoulos, Charlotte Mary, Paul Burton, Aloysius Silva, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Justin Worsley, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Christian Lindsay, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Michael Buttigieg, Elvie de Torres, Helen Smith, Walter Castelino, Alan Hussy and all who are ill in our Parish.