DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MAY
Prayer to Mother Mary for all Mothers
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ and heavenly Mother to all of God’s families, we pray for your guidance to give all Mothers the grace and love to receive the children that God sends to them and to understand the sanctity of all children’s lives. Help all Mothers to teach their children to live their lives in the service of God and our Parish Communities. We pray with confidence to you our Holy Mother and ask you to give all Mothers joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of Motherhood. Please graciously hear all our prayers and help us to trust in your mercy and love all our days. Amen.
The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 13:14. 43-52)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Paul and Barnabas carried on from Perga till they reached Antioch in Pisidia. Here they went to synagogue on the Sabbath and took their seats. When the meeting broke up many Jews and devout converts joined Paul and Barnabas, and in their talks with them Paul and Barnabas urged them to remain faithful to the grace God had given them. The next Sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God. When they saw the crowds, the Jews, prompted by jealousy, used blasphemies and contradicted everything Paul said. Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly. ‘We had to proclaim the word of God to you first, but since you have rejected it, since you do not think yourselves worthy of eternal life, we must turn to the pagans. For this is what the Lord commanded us to do when he said: I have made you a light for the nations, so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.’ It made the pagans very happy to hear this and they thanked the Lord for his message; all who were destined for eternal life became believers. Thus the word of the Lord spread through the whole countryside. But the Jews worked upon some of the devout women of the upper classes and the leading men of the city and persuaded them to turn against Paul and Barnabas and expel them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in defiance and went off to Iconium; but the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.
The Word of the Lord.
We are his people, the sheep of his flock.
2nd Reading (Apoc 7:9, 14-17)
A reading from the book of the Apocalypse.
I, John, saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. One of the elders said to me, ‘These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and because they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb, they now stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his sanctuary; and the One who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will never hunger or thirst again; neither the sun nor scorching wind will ever plague them, because the Lamb who is at the throne will be their shepherd and will lead them to springs of living water; and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes.’
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 10:27-30)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Jesus said: The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from me. The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone, and no one can steal from the Father. The Father and I are one.’
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 14:21-27; Apoc 21:1-5; Jn 13:31-35
Feasts of the Week
Sat, 14 May - St. Matthias
Happy Mother’s Day
PRAYER FOR MOTHERS ON MOTHER’S DAY
Loving God, we pray for our mothers, who cared for us when we were helpless; who comforted us when we were hurt; whose love and care we often take for granted. Today we pray for those who are grieving the loss of their mother, mothers who grieve the loss of their children, those who never knew their biological mother and now yearn for her and those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love. Lord give all mothers, grandmothers, aunts and godmothers a special blessing. Keep us united with you and with each other, so that we can be and become all that we are meant to be.
WEEKLY PARISH DATES
9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults SPYA meet 1st and 3rd Sundays. More info contact Raoul on 0411057080.
|Mondays||7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on zoom.
Meeting ID: 91984220776 Passcode: bible
Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
|Tuesdays||7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399 Passcode: rosary
|Wednesdays||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 6th June at 7:00pm in Church.|
PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A box has been placed outside the Sacristy for the return of Project Compassion boxes, or you can return them to Kamal or Bro. Tue. Thank you.
READERS over Passion Sunday and Easter, please return copies of readings provided to you, to the sacristy, at the earliest opportunity. Thank you.
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 four weekends starting this weekend.
GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY 8 MAY 2022
Today is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. 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.” 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. Bro. Tue Pham will speak about his Vocation Journey at all weekend Masses.
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2022
The 2022 session of the Joint Parishes of St Peter’s & St James initiative - School of Discipleship will commence from Sunday 15 May at 6:15pm at St Peter’s Community Centre, 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. The school has been successfully running for the last 6 consecutive years in Hoppers Crossing and members have testified to growing both spiritually and personally. All are welcome to join. Enquiries to Francis Thomas on 0401787372 or Royden Dsouza on 0426071375. There are limited seats. Please register at https://bit.ly/3EFg96N.
SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS DATES
Parishioners, please note the following dates that the children from St. Peter's school will receive their First Holy Communion. Please be aware that parking may be an issue at these Masses. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers as they prepare to receive our Lord for the first time.
Sat 14th May - 6:00pm & Sun 15th May - 10:30am
Sat 21st May - 6:00pm & Sun 22nd May - 10:30am
ONLINE SAFETY FOR CHILDREN – FREE WEBINARS
Parents and carers: the eSafety Commissioner provides free webinars for parents and carers. These live webinars give parents and carers the knowledge, skills and tools to support their children to have safe online experiences. In May, the webinar covers parental controls designed for parents and carers of children between 4 to 13 years old. In June, the webinar covers Safer online Gaming and is designed for parents and carers of children between 8 to 13 years old. To register please go to
GUIDED TOURS FOR ST. PETER'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Wednesday 11th May – 3.45 pm
Thursday 12th May – 3.45 pm
Monday 16th May – 3.45 pm
Wednesday 18th May - 3.45 pm
For more information, please visit www.stpeterahc.catholic.edu.au
PLEDGE TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS
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.
MASS TO COMMEMORATE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
Sunday 22 May, 11am, St Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne
In recognition of the significant impact of COVID in our families and communities, Archbishop Peter Comensoli will celebrate a memorial Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday 22 May for all those who have died during the COVID pandemic (including but not limited to those who have died from COVID). This Mass will be offered for all the departed who could not be mourned properly or whose lives could not be celebrated suitably because of pandemic restrictions. You can submit names of those you would like remembered at this Mass via the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZKP7QF.
JOSEPH’S CORNER HIGH TEA honouring Sr. Jeanne Dwyer on Sun, 15th May, 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Mount St. Joseph Girls’ College, 133 Maidstone St., Altona, $30 per person. RSVP by 10 May to Mary 0432 517 833 or Tania 0439 165 660. Guest Speaker Marina Brbot. Music, Raffles, Auction, Door Prizes.
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
CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Online unit via Zoom, Teaching Meditation and Prayer
Four Saturdays: 18, 25 June; 8, 15 October. To enrol or for further information - Undergraduate: firstname.lastname@example.org
We pray for Dante Martola, Maria Fajardo, Nina Revilla, Ayi Pintakaew, Cecily Morgan, Jay Lawless, Phillip Peppin, Lorna Miranda, Antonina Manippa, Brian Kelly, Kim Nguyen, Paul Thomas, Jamilee Orfaly, Lourdes Sequeira, Xavier Carrick, Aye Ko, Marion Anderson, Pedro Lopez, Joe Sarteschi, Varisto Camilleri, Sylvia Aldersea, Concetta Cernaz, R. Rajabushanam, Phillip Binney, Kevin Hynes, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.
We pray for Josephine & Agostino Cutajar, Pepi, Rosaria & Sabrina Serlazzo, Leli & Carmen Zahra, Reynaldo Natividad, Dorothy Mulquiney, Salvatore Puglisi, Fr. Alejandro Plaza Jr. SVD, Jamilton Dabu and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Sean Donaldson, Wilfredo Villareal, Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Adrian McGill, Jean Cameron, Baby Sora, Arturo Bacani, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Bill Thomas, Trevor D’Souza, Malia Kautai, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Joseph Mathew, Divya Fernandes, Theresa D’Costa, Robert Martinez, Adrian McGill, Jeffrey Dalton and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 15 May 22
|John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira|
Readers – 14/15 May 22
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 14/15 May 22
|6:00pm||G. Aldcroft / H. Durski / S. Martis|
|8:30am||N&N Gooneratne / K. Fernandes|
|10:30am||S. Delos Reyes / L. Ortega / G. Siccita|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / 2 X Volunteers|
Music Ministry – 14/15 May 22