DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
PRAYER FOR PEACE & JUSTICE IN UKRAINE
God of peace and justice, who change the hardened heart and break the power of violence, we entrust the people of Ukraine to you.
Protect them in this time of peril; let them know not death but life; not slavery but freedom.
You are Father of all; we are brothers and sisters.
Give us the strength to live that truth in love, choosing peace not war.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Of you my heart has spoken, Seek his face. It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face from me.
1st Reading (Gen 15:5-12,17-18)
A reading from the book of Genesis.
Taking Abram outside, the Lord 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. ‘I am the Lord’ he said to him ‘who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldaeans to make you heir to this land.’ ‘My Lord, the Lord,’ Abram replied ‘how am I to know that I shall inherit it?’ He said to him, ‘Get me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove and a young pigeon.’ He brought him all these, cut them in half and put half on one side and half facing it on the other; but the birds he did not cut in half. Birds of prey came down on the carcases but Abram drove them off. Now as the sun was setting Abram fell into a deep sleep, and terror seized him. When the sun had set and darkness had fallen there appeared a smoking furnace and a firebrand that went between the halves. That day the Lord made a Covenant with Abram in these terms: ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the wadi of Egypt to the Great River.’
The Word of the Lord.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
2nd Reading (Phil 3:17-4:1)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians.
My brothers, be united in following my rule of life. Take as your models everybody who is already doing this and study them as you used to study us. I have told you often, and I repeat it today with tears, there are many who are behaving as the enemies of the cross of Christ. They are destined to be lost. They make foods into their god and they are proudest of something they ought to think shameful; the things they think important are earthly things. For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe. So then, my brothers and dear friends, do not give way but remain faithful in the Lord. I miss you very much, dear friends; you are my joy and my crown.
The Word of the Lord.
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: this is my beloved Son, hear him.
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Gospel (Lk 9:28-36)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up the mountain to pray. As he prayed, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became brilliant as lightning. Suddenly there were two men there talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they kept awake and saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ – He did not know what he was saying. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’ And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.
The Gospel of the Lord.
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased: listen to him.
Next Week’s Readings
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15; 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk 13:1-9
Feasts of the Week
Thu, 17 Mar - St. Patrick
Sat, 19 Mar - St. Joseph
WEEKLY PARISH DATES
9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults SPYA meet 1st and 3rd Sundays. More info contact Raoul on 0411057080.
7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study on zoom, Monday 7th March Meeting ID: 919 8422 0776 Passcode: bible Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
7:00pm to 8:30pm Alpha on Zoom. Contact Anita on 0411772320 for details.
7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399 Passcode: rosary
7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom.
7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena
|1st Fridays||7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration|
2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship in Church.
1.30 pm to 4pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month.
|Baptisms||12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm. The next Baptism Prep Meeting will be on Monday 4 April at 7pm in the Community Centre.|
ENROLMENTS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL SACRAMENTAL & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMME (for Children attending non-Catholic schools) to be done as soon as possible on a Sunday from 9:15am to 11:00am at the School (follow the arrow signs). Baptism Certificates need to be sighted. Even if children attended last year, you still need to re-enrol. For more information, please ring Bernice on 9749 2812.
Volunteers needed urgently to help with Children’s Liturgy at the 10:30am mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. There is no experience required and all material will be provided. Commitment is only 7 – 8 sessions a year. Please contact the Parish office if you are interested.
RITE OF ELECTION
Congratulations to Fritz Chisholm, Riya Simon (Candidates) and Heather Paxton (Catechumen) who participated in the Rite of Election at St. Patricks Cathedral last Sunday, 6th March 2022. The Rite is an official step in the journey of those preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) at Easter. More than 30 parishes were represented on Sunday, with the catechumens and candidates accompanied by their sponsors/godparents, family and fellow parishioners. Let us keep all of them in our prayers as they make this important and lifelong journey of faith.
LENTEN RETREAT, 26 TO 29 MARCH 2022 AT ST. PETERS CHURCH
Fr. Gilbert Carlo svd will conduct a Lenten Retreat at our church from 26 to 29 March. Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March will be in the form of a homily at all weekend masses. Monday March 28 and Tuesday March 29, the retreat will start with Mass at 7:00pm followed by a talk and reflection from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. All are invited to attend this Retreat.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross are held every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm followed by Mass.
Lectio Divina is a technique of reading the Bible from a devotional perspective. You are invited to meditative reading, praying and contemplating the Word of God during Lent on Thursdays 17th, 24th, 31st March from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at St. Peters Church.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK/HEALING MASS - TUESDAY 15TH MARCH, 11:00AM MASS
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our Anointing for Healing Mass on Tuesday 15th March at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All welcome. If you are aware of anyone who wishes to be anointed but is too ill to attend this Mass, kindly ask them to contact the Parish Office on 9749 4300 and Fr Vincent will visit them at home at a suitable time.
Youth mass will be held next Sunday 20th March at 5:00pm. The Young Adults will be hosting dinner and a games night after mass in the theatrette. New members are welcome to join. Any young people (age 12-29) interested in serving at Youth Masses by singing with our choir, please contact Raoul on 0411 057 080.
PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES are available for collection from the foyer, at the rear of the church and the church exit. Thank you.
FILIPINO MASS – 4TH SUNDAY AT 12 PM
Filmass is seeking sponsors to help with mass preparation (choir, altar & readings). Please email: STPETERFILMASS@GMAIL.COM for more information.
BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES 26/27 MARCH
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation on Friday the 25th March, Father will be giving a special blessing for all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all weekend Masses on the 26th/27th March.
OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE PROGRAM
Expressions of Interest are welcomed from suitably qualified applicants holding a Certificate IV or a Diploma in Early Childhood and Care. Please contact the parish office on 97494300 for more details.
APPEAL FOR UKRAINE – EMERGENCY RELIEF
Salesian Missions Australia has launched an Emergency Appeal to aid the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB’s) in Ukraine and surrounding communities to bring aid to refugees. In the Ukraine SDB’s are working tirelessly, caring for orphans as well as providing shelter and relief to those in need. Salesian Communities in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are actively working with local agencies to protect and take care of as many Ukraine refugees. To help support refugees you may wish to donate to the Salesian Missions Australia via: Salesian Missions Australia, PO Box 264, Ascot Vale, Vic. 3032. website :
Phone: 03 9377 6060 (Mon-Thur 9am – 3pm)
INFORMATION SESSION FOR THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
DO YOU FEEL LIKE BEING CALLED TO SERVE? The Permanent Diaconate is open to single and married men who want to serve God and the Church as ordained ministers. COME & SEE! An Information Session will be held on Saturday 2 April 2022, 10:00 -11.45 am at the Catholic Theological College (CTC), East Melbourne. For more info: A new Vocations website is under development, however the links below (copy, then paste) are working.
Watch: Melbourne’s Deacons https://youtu.be/q2RhNDbtTS0
Watch: Pope Francis’ 2020 Prayer Intention for Deacons https://youtu.be/NuG99HD1LaY
Read More: [Brochure] https://www.cam1.org.au/permanent-diaconate
Contact: Office of the Permanent Diaconate (Phone) 03 9412 3357 (Email) firstname.lastname@example.org.
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Carmen Sherri, Alredo Pagtolon - An, Anne Metcalf, Margie Fernando, Fr Kevin Mogg AM PE, Elikutty John, Hilary Calistas, Trees Kleist, Denis Boother, Darren Hughes, Pilar Simangan, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.
We pray for Doreen Edison, Vincent Dsouza, Victor Pereira, Desmond Conns, Domnic Rammohan, Mark & Ivan Huffton, Adrienne DCosta, Adrian Fraser, Marie Adam, Otila Piva Wright, Josephine Catania, Mickey Lyngdoh and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Sylvia Aldersea, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Jean Cameron, Enid Gibb, Baby Sora, Arturo Bacani, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Bill Thomas, Pedro Lopez, Robert Martinez, Trevor D’Souza, Mavis D’Cruz, Malia Kautai, Monique Simonides, Walter Castelino, Yvonne Caruana, Francis Thomas, Lindsay Coates, Jose Becerra, Kim Nguyen and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 20 Mar 22
|Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman|
Readers – 19/20 Mar 22
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 19/20 Mar 22
|6:00pm||J. Roga / S. Fernando / H. Durski|
|8:30am||K. Fernandes / S. Joseph / R. Albuquerque|
|10:30am||S. Delos Reyes / L. Ortega / V. Firman|
Music Ministry – 19/20 Mar 22
|8:30am||St. Philomena’s Choir|