DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
ANZAC Day Ode of Remembrance
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
The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 4:8-12)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said: ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’
The Word of the Lord.
The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
2nd Reading (1 Jn 3:1-2)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me. Alleluia!
Gospel (Jn 10:11-18)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said: ‘I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd. ‘The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as it is in my power to lay it down, so it is in my power to take it up again; and this is the command I have been given by my Father.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep and willingly died for his flock, alleluia.
Next Week’s Readings
Acts 9:26-31; 1 Jn 3:18-24; Jn 15:1-8
Feasts of the Week
Mon, 26 Apr - St. Mark
Wed, 28 Apr - St. Peter Chanel
Thu, 29 Apr - St. Catherine of Siena
MANDATORY QR CODE REGISTRATION
The Victorian Government recently announced a tightening on the use of QR codes for certain public gatherings including religious gatherings. Effective from Saturday 24 April, everybody, including volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, etc.) must scan the QR code and provide contact details upon arrival.
Effective from this weekend (24/25 April):
- 100% of all people attending St. Peters MUST sign in using the QR Code.
- Registration by Trybooking will no longer be used for weekend masses from next weekend (1/2 May).
- Volunteers will provide assistance to those who do not have smart-phones to check in.
- Copies of QR Code will be displayed outside the church entrance to reduce overcrowding in the foyer.
- Arrive early to allow time to check in.
- Volunteers requested to assist with QR registration at all masses. If you are able to help, kindly arrive in church at least 30 minutes before Mass. Thank you.
DAILY/WEEKEND MASS INFORMATION
- Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.
- 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.
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. Registration via QR Code.|
|Baptisms||12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.|
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.
MONTH OF MAY MASS COUNT
Parishioners, please note that as required by our Archdiocese each year, there will be a mass count at all masses for the first four weekends in May.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS – SUNDAY 2ND MAY, 10:30AM
Parishioners, please note that children from St. Peter's Sunday School will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday 2nd May at the 10:30am Mass. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers as they prepare to receive our Lord for the first time.
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.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY, Hoppers Crossing Conference is very short of volunteers to participate in its Home Visitation Program to help families in need. If you are able to help, please contact Grace on 0434 274 275 or email Altona.firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOSEPH’S CORNER ANNUAL HIGH TEA FUNDRAISER
2:00pm, 2nd May 2021 at Mount St. Joseph Girl’s College, 129-133 Maidstone St. Altona. $30 per person. Music, raffles, door prizes, guest speakers, party planners, great food and lots more. For bookings call 9315 2680. All funds raised go to Joseph’s Corner.
GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – 25TH April 2021
World Day of Vocations
This 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.
CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE & CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Good Shepherd Sunday Appeal – Support the training of priests for tomorrow’s Church. Your (tax deductable) donation will support the living arrangements and education for the Corpus Christi College seminarians. Donate via our website: www.ctc.edu.au
CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Series of short sessions: online via Zoom
Engaging Your Faith
Choose one, choose all, choose what interests you and all for just $20 per session, running 11th to 31st May. Booking, payment and further information www.ctc.edu.au/news-and-events/engaging-your-faith/
MATILDA, THE MUSICAL presented by Thomas Carr College. 7:00pm Thursday 27 May to Saturday 29 May. Doors open from 6:30pm. Tickets $5 per person. Book online via www.trybooking.com/BQBYA.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
Come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing! The weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome. The next residential weekend is on 21 -23 May 2021 in Wantirna South. Book early to avoid disappointment). Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676. Website: wwme.org.au or EMAIL email@example.com.
We pray for Douglas D’Silva, Delma Padua, Lily Carvalho, Augusto Saragozza, Joan McGowan, Jane Geralda Joseph, Vincent Mariadoss, Margaret Jolly Lobo, Pauline Rodrigues, Nancy Menezes, 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, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Anthony Borg, Leo Mellewa, Edgardo Salvador, Aju Sunny, David Pillai, Leopoldo & Nemesia De Mesa, Joseph, Jane Joseph, Annamma Mathew 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, Mirna Lamb and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 2 May 2021
|Kevin McLoughlin / Tini & Barrie Hope|
Readers –1/2 May 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 1/2 May 2021
|6:00pm||I D’Lima / S. D’Silva / J. Tramontana|
|8:30am||R. Johnson / K. Fernandes / S. Joseph|
|10:30am||J. Quinless / N. Costa / E. Mills|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / R. Perera / J. Phan Lai|
Music Ministry – 1/2 May 2021
|8:30am||St. Philomena’s Choir|