DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
PRAYER FOR PEACE & JUSTICE IN UKRAINE
God of peace and justice, who change the hardened heart and break the power of violence, we entrust the people of Ukraine to you.
Protect them in this time of peril; let them know not death but life; not slavery but freedom.
You are Father of all; we are brothers and sisters.
Give us the strength to live that truth in love, choosing peace not war.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues my feet from the snare. Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor.
1st Reading (Ex 3:1-8, 13-15)
A reading from the book of Exodus.
Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law priest of Midian. He led his flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the shape of a flame of fire, coming from the middle of a bush. Moses looked; there was the bush blazing but it was not being burnt up. ‘I must go and look at this strange sight,’ Moses said, ‘and see why the bush is not burnt.’ Now the Lord saw him go forward to look, and God called to him from the middle of the bush. ‘Moses, Moses!’ he said. ‘Here I am,’ Moses answered. ‘Come no nearer,’ he said. ‘Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your father,’ he said, ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this Moses covered his face, afraid to look at God. And the Lord said, ‘I have seen the miserable state of my people in Egypt. I have heard their appeal to be free of their slave-drivers. Yes, I am well aware of their sufferings. I mean to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians and bring them up out of that land to a land rich and broad, a land where milk and honey flow.’ Then Moses said to God, ‘I am to go, then, to the sons of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you.” But if they ask me what his name is, what am I to tell them?’ And God said to Moses, ‘I Am who I Am. This’ he added ‘is what you must say to the sons of Israel: “The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name for all time; by this name I shall be invoked for all generations to come.’
The Word of the Lord.
The Lord is kind and merciful.
2nd Reading (1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
I want to remind you, brothers, how our fathers were all guided by a cloud above them and how they all passed through the sea. They were all baptised into Moses in this cloud and in this sea; all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink, since they all drank from the spiritual rock that followed them as they went, and that rock was Christ. In spite of this, most of them failed to please God and their corpses littered the desert. These things all happened as warnings for us, not to have the wicked lusts for forbidden things that they had. You must never complain: some of them did, and they were killed by the Destroyer. All this happened to them as a warning, and it was written down to be a lesson for us who are living at the end of the age. The man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall.
The Word of the Lord.
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ! Repent, says the Lord; the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!
Gospel (Lk 13:1-9)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Some people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’ He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.”’
The Gospel of the Lord.
The sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for her young: by your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, for ever singing your praise.
Next Week’s Readings
Josh 5:9-12; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Feasts of the Week
Fri, 25 Mar - The Annunciation of the Lord
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 in Theatrette – Young Adults SPYA meet 1st and 3rd Sundays. More info contact Raoul on 0411057080.
7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study on zoom, Monday 21st March Meeting ID: 919 8422 0776 Passcode: bible Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
7:00pm to 8:30pm Alpha on Zoom. Contact Anita on 0411772320 for details.
|Tuesdays||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 Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
|1st Fridays||7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration|
2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship in Church.
1.30 pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month.
|Baptisms||12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm.
The next Baptism Prep Meeting will be on Monday 4 April at 7:00pm in the Community Centre.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Riaan Coelho, Heaven Tewle, Frankie Gambino, Aurora Kato, Sofia McCusker, Alice Filippone and Matèo Estipular 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.
NO MORNING MASS ON TUESDAY, 22ND MARCH. There will be Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service.
LENTEN RETREAT, 26 TO 29 MARCH 2022 AT ST. PETERS CHURCH
Fr. Gilbert Carlo svd will conduct a Lenten Retreat at our church from 26 to 29 March. Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March will be in the form of a homily at all weekend masses. Monday March 28 and Tuesday March 29, the retreat will start with Mass at 7:00pm followed by a talk and reflection from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. All are invited to attend this Retreat.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross are held every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm followed by Mass. Stations of the Cross on Friday 25th March will be conducted by the Ladies Auxiliary Ministry.
Lectio Divina is a technique of reading the Bible from a devotional perspective. You are invited to meditative reading, praying and contemplating the Word of God during Lent on Thursdays 24th, 31st March from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at St. Peters Church.
BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES 26/27 MARCH
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation on Friday the 25th March, Father will be giving a special blessing for all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all weekend Masses on the 26th/27th March.
PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES are available for collection from the foyer, at the rear of the church and the church exit. Thank you.
MASS OF THE HOLY OILS & CHRISM
Will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday, 12th April at 7:30pm.
INFORMATION SESSION FOR PERMANENT DIACONATE
DO YOU FEEL LIKE BEING CALLED TO SERVE? The Permanent Diaconate is open to single and married men who want to serve God and the Church as ordained ministers. An Information Session will be held on Saturday 2 April 2022, 10:00-11:45am at the Catholic Theological College (CTC), East Melbourne. For more info - links below.
Watch: Melbourne’s Deacons https://youtu.be/q2RhNDbtTS0
Watch: Pope Francis’ 2020 Prayer Intention for Deacons https://youtu.be/NuG99HD1LaY
Contact: Office of the Permanent Diaconate 03 9412 3357 or email email@example.com.
ALPHA CELEBRATION PARTY, MONDAY 4TH APRIL 2022 AT 7:00PM
The joint parishes of St Peters & St James have been running an Alpha program ending on Mon 4 April. If you are interested in joining the next Alpha Experience which commences in May 2022, we invite you to our final Alpha Celebration Party session at St James Paulist Centre, 336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing at 7:00pm. The session will start with a meal and showcase the Alpha Experience where we explore life, faith and meaning in a fun, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There will also be testimonies from participants of how Alpha has impacted them. There are limited places available so please register early. For enquiries email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Anita on 0411772320. To register please fill in the form at https://bit.ly/3mvElli.
ST. PETER APOSTLE PRIMARY SCHOOL
PREP 2023 Information Evening, Tuesday, 3rd May 2022 7:00pm. Register your attendance on 9749 1055 or email email@example.com. Due to Covid restrictions, please keep children at home if possible.
FLOOD APPEAL – ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Floods in Queensland and New South Wales are having a devastating effect on people living in these regions of Australia. If you would like to support the long term recovery work to be undertaken by St. Vincent de Paul Society in Queensland and New South Wales, financial donations can be made through www.vinnies.org.au – Flood appeal – St. Vincent de Paul Society – Good Works (vinnies.org.au).
APPEAL FOR UKRAINE – EMERGENCY RELIEF
Salesian Missions Australia has launched an Emergency Appeal to aid the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB’s) in Ukraine and surrounding communities to bring aid to refugees. In the Ukraine SDB’s are working tirelessly, caring for orphans as well as providing shelter and relief to those in need. Salesian Communities in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are actively working with local agencies to protect and take care of as many Ukraine refugees. To help support refugees you can donate to the Salesian Missions Australia via: Salesian Missions Australia, PO Box 264, Ascot Vale, Vic. 3032. website : https://salesianmissionsaustralia.org.au/donate/ukrainian-refugee-crisis.
Phone 03 9377 6060 (Mon-Thur 9am – 3pm)
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Alex Sebastian, Lito Matundan, Angela Andrade, Carmen Sherri, Alredo Pagtolon - An, Anne Metcalf, Margie Fernando, Fr Kevin Mogg AM PE, Elikutty John, Hilary Calistas, Trees Kleist, Denis Boother, Darren Hughes, Pilar Simangan, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.
We pray for Geoff Dalton, Fr Edward Dsouza, George Ballard, Henry Lewis, Zecharias Fernandes, Anton de Hoedt, George de Hoedt, Carlisle de Hoedt, Yvonne Abeysinghe, Rita Ephraums, Trevor Candappa, Gertrude & John Briscoe, Elaine Pountney, Helen Green, 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, Gordon Newman, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Sylvia Aldersea, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Jean Cameron, Jay Lawless, Enid Gibb, Baby Sora, Arturo Bacani, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Bill Thomas, Pedro Lopez, Robert Martinez, Trevor D’Souza, Mavis D’Cruz, Malia Kautai, Monique Simonides, Walter Castelino, Yvonne Caruana, Francis Thomas, Lindsay Coates, Jose Becerra, Kim Nguyen, Violet Lawrence, Joseph Mathew and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 27 Mar 22
|K. Stuttard / E. Lewis / B. D’Souza / R. Hibbert|
Readers – 26/27 Mar 22
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 26/27Mar 22
|6:00pm||N. Golaw / B. Fernandes / P. Albuquerque|
|8:30am||KSC Minister / R. Johnson / R. Hibbert|
|10:30am||G. Siccita / D. Dalton / F. Aishweriya|
|5:00pm||S & I Simangan / Volunteer|
Music Ministry – 26/27 Mar 22
|8:30am||St. Philomena’s Choir|