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3rd Sunday of Easter 2024

O Divine Source of Light

Lord, we acknowledge your presence in every soul and every corner of the universe, for you are the ultimate source of love and light.
Grant us, dear Creator, the strength and wisdom to be beacons of light to one another.
Help us to shine brightly with compassion, kindness and understanding.
Guide us to see the divine spark within each person we encounter, regardless of their background or beliefs.
Fill us with empathy and a genuine desire to serve others, so that we may truly make a positive difference in their lives. As we strive to be lights for each other, may your light shine ever brighter within us, illuminating the path of love and righteousness.

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 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.

Responsorial Psalm
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.

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

Gospel (Lk 24:35-48)
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.

Communion Antiphon
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


10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays - Resumes February 2024.
After 5:00pm Mass in Hall – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 years on 2nd and 4th Sundays. Resumes 11th February 2024.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meeting.
NO Bible Study Monday, 11th March.
7:00pm - Online Zoom Rosary - Meeting ID: 893 5477 8556Passcode: rosary7:00pm.
7:00pm - RCIA Meeting in Theatrette/zoom. Contact Francis Thomas 0401787372 or Dario Carreno 0438525148.
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 - Resumes February 2024.
1.30pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday 4th May 2024.
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 6th May 2024 at 7:00pm in Church.

We welcome into our Church community Lando Brantner and Finn Tan–O’Connell who are to be baptised this weekend. 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.

FIRST YEAR SEMINARIANS from Corpus Christi College will join with their Formator Fr Daryl Montecillo at the 10.30am Mass this Sunday 14th April. Please make them feel welcome and join in the fellowship after Mass in the parish 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 minute’s silence, the Roust and the National Anthem will be included.

Next Sunday we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday – the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. During this coming week, perhaps you may like to make a prayer each day for more vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Perhaps there is a young person you may know to pray for by name this week. 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 This is a site dedicated to encouraging prayer for vocations in Australia. Br. Anthony Wright will share his vocation story at all weekend Masses on 20th /21st April.

Join us for our Alpha program starting Sunday 14th April 2024 at 6:00pm in the Community Centre. Register at, All young adults are welcome!

WELCOME MINISTRY – CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7). As part of Taking the Way of the Gospel Mission work, we are looking at formalising a Welcome Ministry in our parish. Volunteers are needed at weekend masses to support with welcoming the community – parishioners and new visitors, seating arrangements, handing out weekly bulletins and most importantly greeting our parishioners with a smile! An information session will be held in May. We request all interested volunteers to please submit your name and contact details to the parish office by 28th April. For more details, please contact Sharon D’Silva on 0430099654 or the parish office.

We are excited to let you know that our Annual Parish Dinner will be held on Friday, 26th July, 2024. This will be a ticketed event. More details to follow over the coming weeks!

Lorena Ford our Safeguarding Officer will be conducting Safeguarding Training on Saturday, 20th April at 10:00am in the Community Centre. All Volunteers need to renew this requirement every 3 years.  If you are unable to do the training online and would like to attend this one, please contact the parish office on 9749 4300.

The 2024 session of the Joint Parishes of St Peter’s & St James initiative - School of Discipleship will commence from Sunday 21st April at 6:15 pmat St Peter’s Church Hall, Hoppers Crossing. 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. All are welcome to join. There will be a brief presentation on the School of Discipleship during all masses this weekend. Enquiries to Anita D’Souza on 0411772320 or Bismi Palatty on 0401360144. Please register at or via QR Code.

THE KNIGHTS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS, Hoppers Crossing Branch, is conducting a Bunnings BBQ on Saturday, 20th April at Old Geelong Road, and are seeking assistance from available Parishioners. The BBQ operates from 9:00am to 4:00pm and your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Funds raised go towards scholarships for MacKillop and Thomas Carr Colleges, our Youth Groups, and Priests Support and Education Fund. If you can spare a couple of hours, please contact Paul Beasley on 0417136635.

A box has been placed outside the Sacristy for the return of Project Compassion boxes, or you can return them to Kamal, Jeff, Fr. Vincent or Fr. Simeon. Thank you.

Transforms Lives – theirs and yours.
Have you been considering whether an overseas professional placement with Palms is for you? Wanting to share your skills with communities in the Pacific, Asia or Africa to help develop self-reliance and sustainable solutions to poverty? For details Palms’ Discovery information session at Sacred Heart Primary School, 2 Mora Avenue, Oakleigh on 22 April 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Meet the director Soraya and former Palms participants to find out more about Assignments Aboard. Information at 02 9560 5

We pray for Thomas Kurichiparambil, Jennifer Wilson, Veronica Cardoza, Basil Dirksz, Esperansa Soares, Sebastina Gonsalves, Corazon Asis, Eugenia Hari, Martha D’Souza, Elias Hayek, Alberta Parrocho, Cynthia Rozario, Spira Attard, George Chempakamangalam, Ana Van, Emy Pereira, Cesar Alinea, Editha Cristobal, Ann Bui Chan, Antonia Evangelista Rullan, Tom Vulic, Camilles Pathinather, Lauraine Roze, Denis Dupont, Sr Maryann McDonald, Crispina Malveda, Ramon Murillo, Lewis Pointu, Debbie Wilks, Roldan Asis, Fr Anthony Kelly CSsR, Hazel D’Rozario, Lucy D’Souza, Gracias D’Souza, Pablo Santiago, Dorothy Martin, and all who have died in disasters all over the world.

We pray for Chris Hart, William Shanks, Maurice Dalton Snr., James D’Silva, Jose Golaw Sr., Joaquin Hari, Baptist D’Souza, Owen Carroll, Gayle Ryan, Leonor De La Pina, Romeo Moso, Joseph DiBenedetto, Paul Thomas and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Violet Lawrence, Jeffrey Dalton, Sean Donaldson, Dale D’Souza, Stephen Beaton, John O’Regan, Mavis D’Cruz, Edna Sanchez, Elizabeth de Guzman, Ernesto Sigismondi, Segundo Becerra, Sasha Noronha, Michelle Clayburn, Errol Davis, Lillian Pinnela, Corazon Madrazo, Yvonne Francis, Lucia Drijarraw, Thais Long, Tony Dass, Teresita Grisancich, Ferdinand Enrique, Rolando Baldelomar and all who are ill in our Parish.


Money Counters – 21 Apr 24

Tini & Barrie Hope

Roster for Readers – 20/21 Apr 24

  6:00pm David Roga
  8:30am Francis Thomas
10:30am Sunil Vaz
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 20/21Apr 24

  6:00pm J. Roga / S. Fernando / N. Golaw / S. Martis
  8:30am A. Vesty / K. Fernandes / N&N Gooneratne
10:30am S. Delos Reyes / A. Koek / G. Schembri / Volunteer
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 20/21 Apr 24

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am St. Philomena
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm Young Adults