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3rd Sunday of Easter 2023


They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget

Entrance Antiphon
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 2:14, 22-33)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed the crowd in a loud voice: ‘Men of Israel, listen to what I am going to say: Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and signs that God worked through him when he was among you, as you all know. This man, who was put into your power by the deliberate intention and foreknowledge of God, you took and had crucified by men outside the Law. You killed him, but God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades; for it was impossible for him to be held in its power since, as David says of him: I saw the Lord before me always, for with him at my right hand nothing can shake me. So my heart was glad and my tongue cried out with joy; my body, too, will rest in the hope that you will not abandon my soul to Hades nor allow your holy one to experience corruption. You have made known the way of life to me, you will fill me with gladness through your presence. ‘Brothers, no one can deny that the patriarch David himself is dead and buried: his tomb is still with us. But since he was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn him an oath to make one of his descendants succeed him on the throne, what he foresaw and spoke about was the resurrection of the Christ: he is the one who was not abandoned to Hades, and whose body did not experience corruption. God raised this man Jesus to life, and all of us are witnesses to that. Now raised to the heights by God’s right hand, he has received from the Father the Holy Spirit, who was promised, and what you see and hear is the outpouring of that Spirit.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, you will show us the path of life.

2nd Reading (1 Pet 1:17-21)
A reading from the first letter of St. Peter.
If you are acknowledging as your Father one who has no favourites and judges everyone according to what he has done, you must be scrupulously careful as long as you are living away from your home. Remember, the ransom that was paid to free you from the useless way of life your ancestors handed down was not paid in anything corruptible, neither in silver nor gold, but in the precious blood of a lamb without spot or stain, namely Christ; who, though known since before the world was made, has been revealed only in our time, the end of the ages, for your sake. Through him you now have faith in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory for that very reason – so that you would have faith and hope in God.  
The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Lord Jesus, make your word plain to us, make our hearts burn with love when you speak, Alleluia!

Gospel (Lk 24:13-35)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking together about all that had happened. Now as they talked this over, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognising him. He said to them, ‘What matters are you discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped short, their faces downcast. Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’ ‘What things?’ he asked. ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth’ they answered ‘who proved he was a great prophet by the things he said and did in the sight of God and of the whole people; and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have gone by since it all happened; and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, and when they did not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’ Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe the full message of the prophets! Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory?’ Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself. When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; but they pressed him to stay with them. ‘It is nearly evening’ they said ‘and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them. Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’ They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, who said to them, ‘Yes, it is true. The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The disciples recognised the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 2:14, 36-41;   1 Pet 2:20-25; Jn 10:1-10

Feasts of the Week
Tue, 25 Apr - ANZAC Day
Wed, 26 Apr - St. Mark
Fri, 28 Apr - St. Peter Chanel
Sat, 29 Apr - St. Catherine of Siena 



9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools (currently on school holidays).
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.
After 5:00pm Mass – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 years on 2nd and 4th Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays.
6:15pm in Community Centre - School of Discipleship commences 23rd April
No Bible Study on Monday, 24th April.
7:00pm - Online Zoom Rosary - Meeting ID: 893 5477 8556Passcode: rosary7:00pm
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.
1.30pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday 6th May 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 1st May 2023 at 7:00pm in Church.

We welcome into our Church Aiden Vatti who is to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that Aiden will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

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.

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.

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.

Thank you to those who answered our call to repair and polish our church pews. The work on the pews will commence next week and we ask for your patience while this work is being undertaken. During this time, pews will be replaced with chairs. We require volunteers to assist in moving pews on Tuesday 25th April after the 8.30am morning mass. If you can help, please contact Fr Vincent or the parish office on 9749 4300.

We welcome seniors over 65 to a monthly shared lunch, cuppa and chat starting on Wednesday 3rd May 2023, from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Meeting Room off the church hall. Please enter from the outside entrance between the church and school office and bring a plate of food to share.  Coffee, tea and hot chocolate provided. Contact Margaret Craigie on 0456 914 652 for further details.

The 2023 session of the School of Discipleship commences this Sunday 23 April at 6:15pm 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. Enquiries to Anita Dsouza on 0411 772 320 or pick up a brochure from the Church Hall. Limited seats so please register by scanning the QR code or use the link at

The Young Adults will be holding a stall with unique Catholic gifts for Mother's Day, in the church hall after all weekend masses from 22 April to 14 May. All profits will support the World Youth Day pilgrims. 

A small band of volunteers every week ensure that Brass is always gleaming, Holy Water fonts are sparkling and have fresh water, Altar Linen is clean and pressed. We are seeking some more assistance -- Would you like to Help?  It takes approx. 1-1/2 to 2 hrs every 8 to 10 weeks on a roster. For more information, please ring Bernice on 9749 2812, or leave your name and phone number at the parish office.

You are invited to join us for High Tea at Mount St. Joseph Girl’s College, 133 Maidstone Street, Altona. on Sunday 21st May 2023 2:00pm to 5:00pm to help raise much needed funds to support families affected by addiction. Tickets $35 pp. Book on 0409 901 899 or via

Next Sunday 30th April we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday –World Day of Prayer for Vocations. During this coming week, you may like to make a prayer each day for more vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life or there may be a young person you may know to pray for by name this week. If you are interested to support the training of seminarians at Corpus Christi College & Catholic Theological College you can make a tax deductible donation by using the following link

We pray for Fr. Bob Maguire, Bruce Logie, Efren Obenita, Joseph DiBeneditto, Susie Godio, Teresita Solis, Gayle Ryan, Linda Capinig, Melissa Davis, Lolita Fernando, Chris Campione, P K George, Manuel Sia, Fr. John Tollan, Fr. Salvatore Dimattina, Cecilin Fernando, Melvin Ramshaw, Jean Skinner, Lourdes Labrador, Paustin Sebastiampillai and all who have died in disasters all over the world.

We pray for Kim Nguyen, Elizabeth Jacobs, Anthony Borg, Lucia Fernando, Cassiano Dias, David Pillai, Alice Quinless, Audrey Deniese, Eliyakutty Ottathengumgal, Leon Germaine, Fr. Dominic Fernandes, James Jewell, Leo Mellawa, Joseph Elavanal, Basilio Angeles and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

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, Robert Martinez, Nina Costa, Johnny Gregory, Draga Ve Kic, Dale D’Souza, Jean Barry, Nhuong Nguyen, Christie Raj, Emma Baker, Charles Ilagan, Ima Gopez, Cameron Torcasio and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 30 Apr 23

Bill Coghlan / Paul Mulquiney

Roster for Readers – 29/30 Apr 23

  6:00pm Adele Vesty
  8:30am Michelle Nelthropp
10:30am Cleophas Peters
  5:00pm Mary Marip

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 29/30 Apr 23

  6:00pm Praful A. / Sophia D.S / H. Durski / D. Fernandes
  8:30am G. Sharman / N&N Gooneratne / P. Simonides
10:30am M. Peters / E. Mills / B. Fernandes / R. Hibbert
  5:00pm C. Skinner / A. Koek / Sunita D / E. Angeles

Music Ministry – 29/30 Apr 23

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena
10:30am Filiorum Dei
  5:00pm Youth Band