DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
Prayer To St. Joseph
Glorious St. Joseph, faithful guardian of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus, all the help and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death and the special favour we now implore (name your request).
Guardian of the word Incarnate and Chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, we are animated with confidence that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Peter said to the people: ‘You are Israelites, and it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus, the same Jesus you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after Pilate had decided to release him. It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses. ‘Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.’
The Word of the Lord.
Lord, let your face shine on us.
2nd Reading (1 Jn 2:1-5)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
I am writing this, my children, to stop you sinning; but if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s. We can be sure that we know God only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, ‘I know him’, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. But when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! Lord Jesus, make your word plain to us: make our hearts burn with love when you speak. Alleluia!
Gospel (Lk 24:35-48)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread. They were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes. Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.
The Gospel of the Lord.
The Christ had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead; in his name repentance and remission of sins must be preached to all the nations, alleluia.
Next Week’s Readings
Acts 4:8-12; 1 Jn 3:1-2; Jn 10:11-18
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.
6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.
6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.
|Mondays||7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.|
|Wednesdays||7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.|
|1st Fridays||7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration|
|Saturdays||2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD|
|Baptisms||12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.
We welcome into our Church community Eva Debono, Finn Hazelton and Kristy Kanickairaj who are to be baptised this Sunday. 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.
PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A reminder to please return all Project Compassion boxes either to the Parish Office or by leaving them on the table outside the Sacristy after the weekend Masses. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James Bible Study at the Ray Centre, St. James the Apostle Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452/ Francis Thomas 0401787372.
GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – 25TH April 2021
World Day of Vocations
Next Sunday is the World Day of Vocations. Let us pray for the young people in our community, and in our families and circle of friends. May our prayers help them to be open to the Lord’s call to consecrated life or priesthood.
Pope Francis tells us:
There can be no greater joy than to risk one’s life for the Lord! I would like to say this especially to you, the young. Do not be deaf to the Lord’s call. If he calls you to follow this path, do not pull your oars into the boat, but trust him.
PLEDGE TO PRAY
The Vocations Office in Melbourne has partnered with some others in a project, 'Pledge to Pray' - an on-line platform for individuals to pledge prayers for vocations. It is based upon the idea of the 'Invisible Monastery'. You are invited to 'pledge a prayer' for vocations at www.pledgetopray.com.au, this is a site dedicated to encouraging prayer for vocations in Australia.
ANZAC DAY REMEMBRANCE MASS – SUNDAY 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 Mass will include the Ode, the Last Post, a minute’s silence, Lest We Forget, the Roust and the National Anthem. This year ANZAC Day falls on a Sunday as it did in 1915 when the ANZACs landed on Gallipoli.
FEAST OF SAN PEDRO CALUNGSOD
This feast will be celebrated at the Filipino Mass on Sunday 25 April at 12pm. Bookings to be made via Trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/BQESO.
DAILY/WEEKEND MASS INFORMATION
- Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.
- No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance. Volunteers will assist until Mass starts.
- Registration for weekend Masses via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings open on a Monday and close on a Friday prior to the weekend. If you have not booked for a weekend mass you can register your attendance using the QR code. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing at the entry door).
- Please remain in your allocated seat, do not move pews or chairs and maintain social distancing while in church.
- Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
- If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.
THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Parishioners are encouraged to present their ideas/ suggestions/ concerns to the PPC via the SUGGESTION BOX in the church hall or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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We pray for Maria Leonor Dela-Pena, James D’Silva, Belen Simangan, Imelda De Leon, Tracey Foss, Fr Michael McCoy, Raymundo Josue, Alkis Christopoulos. Albert D’Costa, Christina Lyngdoh, Helena Krawczyszyn, Violet Pisani, Hermie Getalado, Veronica Dabu-McDaniel, Norma Keyte, Peter Farrugia, Adrian McDonald, Kath Bowman, Brian Connor, Carmen Desira, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Anne Marie Medel, Julie & Leigh Smith, Ellen Barnes, Janice Hartshorn, Chris Hart, Leopoldo & Nemesia De Mesa, David Pillai, Agnes Therese Thoi, Joseph Mau, Trevor Marshall, Apolonia Garcia, Alice Quinless, Audrey DeNiese and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Esther Uwase and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 25 Apr 2021
|Kitty Stuttard / Bonny D’Souza|
Readers –24/25 Apr 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 24/25 Apr 2021
|6:00pm||P. Albuquerque / H. Durski / S. Martis|
|8:30am||KSC Minister / R. Johnson / Volunteer|
|10:30am||V. Firman / S. Vaz / B. Fernandes|
|5:00pm||S. Simangan / J. Phan Lai / C. Skinner|
Music Ministry – 24/25 Apr 2021
|6:00pm||St. Cecilia’s Choir|
|8:30am||St. Philomena’s Choir|