DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
PRAYER FOR EASTER
On this Easter Day, we celebrate the empty tomb and Jesus’s resurrection but think also of our brothers and sisters in need. We lift them up as we pray in Jesus’s name. As we celebrate Jesus’s victory over death, we pray, O Heavenly Father, that You be near to us and continue to guide us until we join in the unending celebration in heaven. In Your name we pray. Amen.
I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia!
1st Reading (Acts 10:34, 37-43)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’
The Word of the Lord.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
2nd Reading (Col 3:1-4)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians.
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.
Alleluia, alleluia! Christ has become our paschal sacrifice; let us feast with joy in the Lord. Alleluia!
Gospel (Jn 20:1-9)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’ So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture that he must rise from the dead.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.
Next Week’s Readings
Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pet 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31
May the Resurrection of our Saviour
Be a constant reminder
Of His love and promise of Eternal life
WELCOME TO OUR PARISH COMMUNITY
We welcome to our parish community our Catechumen Barrie Hope who receives the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, 8th April 2023.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY – 16TH APRIL, COMMENCING AT 2:00PM
To celebrate this beautiful Feast, there will be Exposition, Adoration and Confession commencing at 2:00pm. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited at 3:00pm (the hour of Mercy), followed by Mass. Principal Celebrant will be Aux. Bishop Martin Ashe. Please note that the 5:00pm Sunday Mass will be celebrated as usual.
TOUCH OF HEAVEN (ALAN AMES)
A unique faith filled experience of the healing power of Our Lord to be held in our church on Monday 24 April. Starts with Rosary at 6:30pm, Mass at 7:00pm followed by Alan Ames talk and healing Ministry. For more information, please see poster in hall.
NO ZOOM BIBLE STUDY on Monday 10th April. Will resume on Monday 17th April 2023.
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2023
The 2023 session of the School of Discipleship will commence from Sunday 23 April at 6:15 pm at St Peter’s Community Centre. This is a faith outreach program aimed to teach members more about our Catholic faith with three purposes – to learn it, live it and share it. The school has been successfully running for the last 7 consecutive years in Hoppers Crossing and members have testified to growing both spiritually and personally. All are welcome to join. Enquiries please call Anita Dsouza on 0411 772 320 or pick up a brochure from the Church Hall. There are limited seats. Please register at https://bit.ly/3EFg96N.
PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A box has been placed outside the Sacristy for the return of Project Compassion boxes, or you can return them to Kamal or Fr. Vincent. Thank you.
ANZAC DAY REMEMBRANCE MASS - TUESDAY 25TH APRIL, 8:30AM
Please join us for this special Mass, which commemorates the sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand military personnel who died during the war. The Ode, the Last Post, a minutes silence, the Roust and the National Anthem will be included.
The Parish Pastoral Council welcome your suggestions or feedback if you have any parish concerns. Please contact them via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line PPC) or via mail delivered to the Parish Office for the attention of Catherine Graham (PPC Chairperson).
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUGGESTION BOX
We welcome suggestions from children or prayer petitions placed in the Red Suggestion Box located on the right-hand side of the side chapel.
SUNDAY SCHOOL is now on School Holidays, and will resume on Sunday 30th April, 9.15am to 10.25am. We wish you all a very happy Easter – The Catechist Team.
The Parish is looking for a qualified person, preferably someone local, to repair and polish the church pews. Please contact the parish office on 9749 4300 if you are interested.
DIVINE MERCY TIMETABLE
|Good Friday, 7 April – After 3:00pm Service|
Holy Saturday, 8 April – 7:10pm (before Easter Vigil Mass)
Sunday 9 April – 8:10am (before 8:30am Mass)
Monday 10 April to Friday 14 April – After 8:30am Mass
Saturday 15 April – After 9:00am Mass
|DIVINE MERCY FEAST, SUNDAY, 16 APRIL|
|8:30am, 10:30am 5:00pm – Normal Sunday Masses|
2:00pm – Exposition, Adoration, Confession
3:00pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Mass
|Every Saturday – After 9:00am Mass|
Every Wednesday – 6:30pm Holy Saturday – 8:30am to 9:30am
We pray for Linda Capinig, Melissa Davis, Lolita Fernando, Chris Campione, P K George, Fr. John Tollan, Fr. Salvatore Dimattina, Manuel Sia, Cecilin Fernando, Melvin Ramshaw, Jean Skinner, Lourdes Labrador, Paustin Sebastiampillai, Paul Nguyen, Natividad Jiminez, Arul Raj, Elizabeth Egan, David McClure and all who have died in disasters all over the world.
We pray for Maxwell Poppen, James D’Silva, Owen Carroll and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Sean Donaldson, Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Franklin Quintanilla, Jean Cameron, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Tae Yoon Jim, Jeffrey Dalton, Maureen Wilson, Sandra Farrelly, Joaquin Romero, Annette O’Brien, Cecilia Lazum Htu Bu, Alster Firth, Gayle Ryan, Robert Martinez, Nina Costa, Johnny Gregory, Draga Ve Kic, Dale D’Souza, Jean Barry, Nhuong Nguyen, Christie Raj, Emma Baker, Madelyn Pincini and all who are ill in our Parish.
|P. Albuquerque / C. D’Souza / G. Sharman|
Roster for Readers – 15/16 Apr 23
|3:00pm||Divine Mercy Mass|
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 15/16 Apr 23
|6:00pm||S. Martis / K. Pham / N. Golaw / S. Joseph|
|8:30am||G. Sharman / K. Fernandes / I. D’Lima / C. D’Souza|
|10:30am||C. Peters / S. Colla / F. Caruana / Volunteer|
|3:00pm||Divine Mercy Mass|
Music Ministry – 15/16 Apr 23
|3:00pm||KNK (Divine Mercy Mass)|