DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER
For All the Faithful Departed
Almighty Father, You made everyone in your own image and likeness, and when that image was defaced by sin, you restored it through Christ:
Hear our prayers, we pray you, for all our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of the resurrection, and show them the glory of your face. Through Christ our Lord.
The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place.
1st Reading (Dan 12:1-3)
A reading from the prophet Daniel.
`At that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who mounts guard over your people. There is going to be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared, all those whose names are found written in the Book. Of those who lie sleeping in the dust of the earth many will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace. The learned will shine as brightly as the vault of heaven, and those who have instructed many in virtue, as bright as stars for all eternity.’
The Word of the Lord.
Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
2nd Reading (Heb 10:11-14,18)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
All the priests stand at their duties every day, offering over and over again the same sacrifices which are quite incapable of taking sins away. Christ, on the other hand, has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his place forever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for him. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying. When all sins have been forgiven, there can be no more sin offerings.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! Be watchful, pray constantly, that you may be worthy to stand before the Son of Man. Alleluia.
Gospel (Mk 13:24-32)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven. ‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. ‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
To be near God is my happiness, to place my hope in God the Lord.
Next Week’s Readings
Dan 7:13-14; Apoc 1:5-8; Jn 18:33-37
Feasts of the Week
Wed, 17 Nov - St. Elizabeth of Hungary
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 to 8:00pm – Youth Group (12 - 18 years) on Zoom.
6:15pm – School of Discipleship on Zoom.
6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) on ZOOM. For details call parish office 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults
7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) online on zoom.
Meeting ID: 91984220776 Password: bible. Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
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 Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena followed by Rosary on Zoom
Meeting ID: 925 4385 9684
|1st Fridays||7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration|
|Saturdays||2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held on zoom
Meeting ID:839 7212 5288Passcode: KNK
|Baptisms||12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm|
UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
Regular church services have resumed with a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm. Masses are celebrated as follows:
Weekdays - Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am
Weekend - Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am & 10:30am
Masses for those with Unknown Vaccination Status - Cap of 30 people per Mass
Wednesday 7.00pm and Sunday 5.00pm
(This will be on a first come first serve basis). Please note that the Wednesday Perpetual Succour Novena will NOT be held in church until further notice.
Kindly note the following:
- Bookings for weekday and weekend Masses are not required.
- Registration via QR Code (volunteers will be available to assist).
- Proof of vaccination for all attending (16 years and over) must be shown to the Check-In Marshalls. Parishioners need to update “Services Victoria App” if they are fully vaccinated or have a vaccination exemption.
- If you do not have a smart phone, please obtain a hard copy vaccination compliance certificate which is to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls each time you attend mass as it will be recorded manually.
- Face masks to be worn indoors at all times.
- Please sanitise prior to entering church.
- Church will open 30 minutes before Mass.
Doors will be shut 5 minutes before Mass.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WEEKDAY & WEEKEND MASSES
If you are attending a weekday or weekend mass and would like to volunteer with checking in or as an Usher, could you please contact the parish office on 97494300. You will need to be at the church 40 minutes before mass begins. Thank you.
SUNDAY SCHOOL for Children attending Non-Catholic schools have resumed from Sunday 7th November at 9.15 am (normal time).
MEMORIAL BOOK FOR NOVEMBER
November is a special time to pray for the dead. To enable families to add the names of the deceased in the Memorial book in a Covid safe manner, we request you to email the names to the parish office at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We will add the names in the Memorial book and Fr. Vincent will pray for their souls during the month of November.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL GIVING TREE
Greetings all. To enable us to make up hampers to brighten Christmas for needy, struggling families in our area (especially during these Covid times), please take a tag from the tree and return donated items to the baskets under the tree by 12th December. Please also return the tags to the tree. A Christmas card with your food gifts lets a family know you are thinking of them in this joyous season. If there are any families in need of a little help at this time and would like a Christmas hamper, please contact the Parish Office. Enquiries to 0433 710 310. Thank you.
ST. PETER'S SCHOOL CONFIRMATIONS
We congratulate the Year 6 students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday 19th and Thursday 25th November. May they be filled with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit throughout their lives. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST RECONCILIATIONS
Please pray for the Sunday School children preparing to make their first Reconciliation on Saturday 20th November. May our Lord guide them as they take this important step in their faith journey.
WORLD YOUTH DAY SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2021
Pope Francis has called for a relaunch of the celebration of World Youth Day (WYD) marked on the Feast of Christ the King (21 November 2021). He announced that starting in 2021, this celebration—which has been traditionally held on Palm Sunday—will be held on the Sunday of the Solemnity of Christ the King (Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life). The theme for World Youth Day 2021 is ‘Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen’ (Acts 26:16) - an invitation from Christ himself to each of us, young and old, to stand up and share our faith in Jesus. To mark World Youth Day, the 10.30 am Mass on Sunday 21 November will be a Youth Mass. The Youth will assist in all ministries at this mass. All youth in our parish are encouraged to attend. Fr Vincent will give a special blessing to all the youth at the conclusion of all masses on the weekend of 20/21 November.
YOUNG ADULTS SAUSAGE SIZZLE FUNDRAISER
There will be a sausage sizzle after all weekend masses on 20/21 November (except Sunday 5pm) as a fundraiser for Young Adults to finance their various activities during the coming year.
MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED – 7:00PM, FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER
All Parishioners who have lost a loved one are invited to attend this special Memorial Mass for the Deceased. Invitations will be sent to families who have lost a loved one in the past 12 months. You are welcome to bring a photo of the Deceased and place it on the table at the front of the Church.
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR AVAILABILITY FORMS have been emailed to Readers and Communion Ministers. Can we please request that forms be returned to the parish office, latest by Sunday 14 November so we are able to prepare the roster for the next quarter. Hard copies of the forms are available in the church hall. Thank you.
JOSEPH'S CORNER COUNSELLING SERVICE SHOP
There will be a stall in the hall at all Masses on the weekend of 27/28 November (except Sunday 5pm) featuring Bric-a-Brac, knitting and crochet goods from Joseph's Corner Counselling Service shop "MERRIJIG" in Yarraville. The shop raises funds to help keep the Counselling Service going. The Free Service is for Partners and Family members of people affected by addiction. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
The Piety Store has, for sale, a stock of Columban Calendars for $9 each and Word of God 2022 books for $20 each. If you would like to purchase any of these or other religious items, the Piety Store is open before and after all weekend Masses.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (RELIGIOUS EXCEPTIONS) AMENDMENT BILL 2021
Currently, Catholic organisations, including our schools can freely employ those who share our religious beliefs, values and ethos. However, the Victorian Government has introduced legislation seeking to change this. If it passes, the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 will affect religious organisations all across Victoria, who will be limited in their ability to employ staff, run their schools and provide other services that adhere to their faith, values and ethos. For further details please visit the following link https://melbournecatholic.org/religiousfreedom, copies of Archbishop Peter’s letter are available at the back of the church.
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, John McCracken, Amelita Santos, Eric Menjivar, Alex & Gerty Fernandes, Sr Eileen Jones, Catherine Briffa, Corina Kostopoulos, Daphne Duncan, Martha Nguyen, Bryan D’Souza, Ruth Javier, Fr Noel Oliver PE, Chinnamma Kora, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.
We pray for Arturo Apostoli, Margherita Apostoli, Frank Apostoli, Vita Sammartino, Edward Palmer, Michael Lewis, Claude Barber, Edna McGowan, Charlie Rhee, Emilio Marquez 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, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Frank O’Brien, Baby Lilio, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Yvonne Caruana, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Baby Julian Cayme, Kevin McLoughlin, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Henan Menjivar Jr., Jean Cameron, Katherine Yin Ming Lee and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 21 Nov 2021
|John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira|
Readers – 20/21 Nov 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 20/21 Nov 2021
|6:00pm||S. Joseph / N. Golaw / G. Aldcroft|
|8:30am||R. Hibbert / K. Fernandes / A. Vesty|
Music Ministry – 20/21 Nov 2021
|8:30am||St. Philomena Choir|