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.
Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.
1st Reading (Josh 5:9-12)
A reading from the prophet Joshua.
The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have taken the shame of Egypt away from you.’ The Israelites pitched their camp at Gilgal and kept the Passover there on the fourteenth day of the month, at evening in the plain of Jericho. On the morrow of the Passover they tasted the produce of that country, unleavened bread and roasted ears of corn, that same day. From that time, from their first eating of the produce of that country, the manna stopped falling. And having manna no longer, the Israelites fed from that year onwards on what the land of Canaan yielded.
The Word of the Lord.
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
2nd Reading (2 Cor 5:17-21)
A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here. It is all God’s work. It was God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the work of handing on this reconciliation. In other words, God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself, not holding men’s faults against them, and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled. So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were appealing through us, and the appeal that we make in Christ’s name is: be reconciled to God. For our sake God made the sinless one into sin, so that in him we might become the goodness of God.
The Word of the Lord.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
I will rise and go to my father and tell him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
Gospel (Lk 15:1-3, 11-32)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them: ‘A man had two sons. The younger said to his father, “Father, let me have the share of the estate that would come to me.” So the father divided the property between them. A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery. ‘When he had spent it all, that country experienced a severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch, so he hired himself out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed the pigs. And he would willingly have filled his belly with the husks the pigs were eating but no one offered him anything. Then he came to his senses and said, “How many of my father’s paid servants have more food than they want, and here am I dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father and say: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as one of your paid servants.” So he left the place and went back to his father. ‘While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him tenderly. Then his son said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we are going to have a feast, a celebration, because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found.” And they began to celebrate. ‘Now the elder son was out in the fields, and on his way back, as he drew near the house, he could hear music and dancing. Calling one of the servants he asked what it was all about. “Your brother has come” replied the servant “and your father has killed the calf we had fattened because he has got him back safe and sound.” He was angry then and refused to go in, and his father came out to plead with him; but he answered his father, “Look, all these years I have slaved for you and never once disobeyed your orders, yet you never offered me so much as a kid for me to celebrate with my friends. But, for this son of yours, when he comes back after swallowing up your property – he and his women – you kill the calf we had been fattening.” ‘The father said, “My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours. But it is only right we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found.”’
The Gospel of the Lord.
You must rejoice, my son, for your brother was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found.
Next Week’s Readings
Is 43:16-21; Phil 3:8-14; Jn 8:1-11
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 28th 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 4pm - 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 7pm in the Community Centre.|
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY FOR PEACE
Pope Francis has invited every community and all the faithful to unite with him on Friday 25 March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, for the Solemn Act of Consecration of humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that Mary, the Queen of Peace, may help us obtain peace. The prayer of the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be read at all masses this weekend.
BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES 26/27 MARCH
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation on Friday 25th March, Father will give a special blessing for all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all Masses this weekend.
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 retreat starts 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 every Friday during Lent at 7:00pm followed by Mass. Stations of the Cross on Friday 1st April will be conducted by the School of Discipleship Ministry.
ST. PETER'S RITE I RECONCILIATION FOR LENT THURSDAY 7th APRIL, 7:00PM
Please join us for our Rite I Reconciliation for Lent on Thursday 7th April at 7:00pm in our Church. There will be multiple Priests available to hear confession. This is a great way to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. All welcome.
ST. PETER APOSTLE PRIMARY SCHOOL PREP 2023 Information Evening, Tuesday, 3rd May 2022 at 7:00pm. Register your attendance on (03) 97491055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to Covid restrictions, please keep children home if possible.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ends next Sunday, 3rd April. Please remember to turn your clocks BACK 1 hour the night before so you are on time for Mass!!
ALPHA CELEBRATION PARTY, MONDAY 4TH APRIL 2022 AT 7:00PM
The joint parishes of St Peters & St James Alpha program ends Mon 4 April. If you are interested in joining the next Alpha Experience commencing in May 2022, we invite you to our final Alpha Celebration Party session at St James Paulist Centre, 336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing on Monday 4th April at 7:00pm. Limited places available so please register early. Enquiries to Anita on 0411772320, email email@example.com. Register filling in the form at https://bit.ly/3mvElli.
|RECONCILIATION RITE I
Thursday, 7 April, 7:00pm in Church
|PALM SUNDAY, 9/10 APRIL
Normal Weekend Masses
|HOLY THURSDAY, 14 APRIL
7:30pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper including Washing of the Feet and Vigil until 11:00pm (NO Morning Mass)
|GOOD FRIDAY, 15 APRIL
10:00am – Stations of the Cross
3:00pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion followed by Divine Mercy Novena
|HOLY SATURDAY, 16 APRIL
8:30am to 9:30am Confessions (NO MORNING MASS)
7:30pm – Easter Vigil Mass
|EASTER SUNDAY, 17 APRIL
8:30am & 10:30am Masses
1:15pm Spanish Mass, 3:00pm Myanmar Mass
N0 5:00PM MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY
|DIVINE MERCY NOVENA TIMETABLE|
|Good Friday, 15 April – After 3:00pm Service
Holy Saturday, 16 April – 7:10pm (before Easter Vigil Mass)
Sunday 17 April – 8:10am (before 8:30am Mass)
Monday 18 April – After 8:30am Communion Service
Tuesday 19 April – After 8:30am Mass
Wednesday 20 April – After 8:30am Communion Service
Thursday 21 April/Friday 22 April – After 8:30am Mass
Saturday 23 April – After 9:00am Mass
|DIVINE MERCY FEAST, SUNDAY, 24 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 Dcn. Charles English, Kevin Hynes, Fr. Josip Vranješ, Phylis Rosario, Aurea Delos Santos, Rina Smith, Cristina Valdez, Esther Arnold, Alex Sebastian, Lito Matundan, Angela Andrade, Carmen Sherri, Alredo Pagtolon - An, Anne Metcalf, Margie Fernando, Hilary Calistas, Denis Boother, Darren Hughes, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.
We pray for Phillip Jones, Gwenda Henry, Godwin Arandez, Marykutty Dominic, Carmen Desira, Miguel Mauna, Brian Connor, Kuriakkose Palatty, Zacharias Fernandes 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 McGillJeffrey 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, 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 – 3 Apr 22
|Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman|
Readers – 2/3 Apr 22
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 2/3 Apr 22
|6:00pm||S. Albuquerque / G. Aldcroft / G. Surrao|
|8:30am||K. Fernandes / C. D’Souza / M. Nelthropp|
|10:30am||M. Peters / J. Quinless / E. Mills|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / C. Skinner / Volunteer|
Music Ministry – 2/3 Apr 22
|8:30am||St. Philomena’s Choir|