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
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 (Is 49:3, 5-6)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
The Lord said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I shall be glorified’; I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord, my God was my strength. And now the Lord has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel to him: ‘It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’
The Word of the Lord.
Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.
2nd Reading (1 Cor 1:1-3)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
I, Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle, together with brother Sosthenes, send greetings to the church of God in Corinth, to the holy people of Jesus Christ, who are called to take their place among all the saints everywhere who pray to our Lord Jesus Christ; for he is their Lord no less than ours. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. He enabled those who accepted him to become the children of God. Alleluia!
Gospel (Jn 1:29-34)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Seeing Jesus coming towards him, John said, ‘Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. This is the one I spoke of when I said: A man is coming after me who ranks before me because he existed before me. I did not know him myself, and yet it was to reveal him to Israel that I came baptising with water.’ John also declared, ‘I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven like a dove and resting on him. I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is going to baptise with the Holy Spirit.” Yes, I have seen and I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
You have prepared a table before me, and how precious is the chalice that quenches my thirst.
Next Week’s Readings
Is 8:23-9:3; 1Cor 1:10-13,17; Mt 4:12-23
Feasts of the Week
Tue, 17 Jan - St. Anthony, Abbot
Sat, 21 Jan - St. Agnes
WEEKLY PARISH DATES
9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools – Resumes in Feb 2023.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays – Resumes in Feb 2023.
After 5:00pm Mass – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 years on 2nd and 4th Sundays – Resumes in Feb 2023.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays. Resumes in Feb 2023.
Bible Study sessions will resume in Feb 2023.
7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary - Meeting ID: 893 5477 8556. Passcode: rosary
7:00pm RCIA Meeting in Theatrette. Contact Francis Thomas 0401787372 or Dario Carreno 0438525148.
7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
2:30pm to 4:00pm St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship in Church. Resumes February 2023.
1.30pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday 4th February 2023.
12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm. Next Baptism Preparation Meeting Mon 6th February 2023 at 7:00pm in Church.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Rafael Zuniga, Callan Abranches, Leo Dungo and Zoe Rivera 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.
THE PIETY STORE has a stock of WORD OF GOD 2023 for $20 and Columban Calendars for $10 for anyone who would like to purchase these items.
EXTENSION TO ST PETER'S SCHOOL BUILDING
Dear parishioners, Extension work of St Peter's school building has commenced. During this period, you are requested to exercise CAUTION while accessing the basketball court to park your vehicle. Please be cautious and prudent as there will be only ONE Point of Entry and Exit for vehicles. Your patience and consideration for other drivers is appreciated. Thank you.
RIP HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL GEORGE PELL
Message from Archbishop Peter Comensoli:
Earlier today, I heard the sad news of the death of Cardinal George Pell, overnight from heart complications following hip surgery in Rome. Cardinal Pell was a very significant and influential Church leader, both in Australia and internationally, deeply committed to Christian discipleship. The seventh Archbishop of Melbourne, he led the local Church of Melbourne from 1996 to 2001 with strong leadership in the Catholic faith and with good governance, before being transferred to Sydney and then to Rome.
At this time, let our prayers go out to the God of Jesus Christ, whom Cardinal Pell wholeheartedly believed in and followed, that he may be welcomed into eternal life. Our prayers of comfort and condolence are also with his family, and we unite with all the people of God in Melbourne in praying for the repose of his soul. May eternal light shine upon him, and may he now rest in peace and rise to glory in the Lord.
AUSTRALIA DAY THURSDAY 26TH JANUARY
Australia Day Service and singing of National Anthem at 8:30am Mass
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (also known as CANDLEMAS) - THURSDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 8:30AM MASS
A special ‘Blessing of Candles’ will be given at the 8:30am Mass on Thursday 2nd February. Everyone is invited to bring their own candles and place them on the table near the Sanctuary before the start of Mass. Theses blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to Himself as the Light of the World.
MONTH'S MIND' MASS - ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
A memorial Mass for the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be celebrated by Archbishop Peter Comensoli at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday 29th January, at 6.30pm – approximately one month after his death. All are invited to attend.
ALPHA EXPERIENCE REGISTRATIONS OPEN
After the successful completion of our recent Alpha Experiences, the joint parishes of St James and St Peters are excited to announce the next Alpha Experience starting on Monday 6th February at 7:30 pm at The Paulist Centre, St James Church, 336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing. Alpha is a great experience with a series of interactive weekly (Monday) sessions that create a safe and honest space where people can explore life, faith and meaning. For enquiries, please call Felix on 0431008563 or Anita on 0411772230 or email email@example.com. There are limited places available so please register early by filling in the form at: https://bit.ly/AlphaHC or scan QR Code.
FEAST OF STO NINO (INFANT JESUS)
All are invited to join in the celebration of the Feast of Sto Nino on 22 January 2023 from 11.30am at our parish. Procession starts at 11.45am to be followed by Mass at 12 noon.
You are invited to attend the annual Lourdes Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, on Saturday, 18th February 2023 at 10. 30am. This is a special occasion to pray for our sick, infirm and elderly and those who care for them. The principal celebrant will be Archbishop Peter Comensoli. Everybody attending will receive a gift pack containing water from the grotto at Lourdes, rosary beads and prayer resources.
One of our long-time parishioners, Yvonne Caruana, passed away on 8th January 2023. Her funeral is on Tuesday 17th January at 1 pm, rosary at 12.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Queenscliff. For further details please use the following link
https://kings.etributes.com.au/etributes/yvonne-caruana/. Funeral will be live streamed at Yvonne Caruana (naoca.com.au) Deepest condolences to Yvonne’s family and friends, we are truly grateful for her wonderful service to our parish over the
We pray for Cardinal George Pell, Regina Lopez, Yvonne Caruana, Restituto Mamerto, Pacing Villanueva, Leticia Tablante, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, Julian Villanueva, Kevin Suares, Bernard Cassin, Angelo Pace, Job Sungoh, Dolores Pineda, Ellen Everett, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Eduardo Cabacungan, Angela Walkden, Pedro Lopez, Eduardo Medina, Gliceria, Rebecca, Cecilia & Loreto Tacata, Lolita, Dante, Roberto, Maricana & Diego Lopez, Gigie Abrojena, Clemencia Pereira, Josephine Buttigieg, Giuseppe Cini, Leonila Moso, Diane Cameron, Albert De Sousa, Lullen De Alwis, Gergey Nahra, George Saliba, Elvira De Torres, Lina Surrao and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Sean Donaldson, Wilfredo Villareal, Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Jean Cameron, Arturo Bacani, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Malia Kautai, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Yvonne Caruana, Robert Martinez, Charlotte D’Souza, Tae Yoon Jim, Jeffrey Dalton, Maureen Wilson, Clint D’Souza, Sandra Farrelly, P P Davies, Joaquin Romero, Annette O’Brien, Ronnie & Ramon Dayao, Cecilia Lazum Htu Bu, Alster Firth, Gayle Ryan, Robert Martinez, Fr Tao Pham and all who are ill in our Parish.
|Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman|
Roster for Readers – 21/22 Jan 23
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 21/22 Jan 23
|6:00pm||J. Roga / Praful A. / S. Fernando / S. Joseph|
|8:30am||KSC Minister / R. Johnson / K. English / Bernice S.|
|10:30am||R. Hibbert / G. Schembri / D. Dalton / Florence A.|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / V. D’Souza / 2 X Volunteers|
Music Ministry –21/22 Jan 23