DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
Prayer to St. Joseph, Model for Workers
St. Joseph silent and well-known carpenter in Nazareth, model of workers, by the work of your hands, you gave your contribution to the work of the Creator, you earned your living, and you provided for the needs of the Holy Family.
Intercede for all workers, in the difficulties of their daily lives, especially for the unemployed, in their anxieties for tomorrow, so that, through the guidance of God, the great Architect and Builder, they may use their strength and their talents to make visible his Kingdom, his new creation, to offer a concrete service to society, and to earn wages worthy of their efforts. Amen
The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 2:14, 36-41)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed the crowd in a loud voice: ‘The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.’ Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, ‘What must we do, brothers?’ ‘You must repent,’ Peter answered ‘and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.’ He spoke to them for a long time using many arguments, and he urged them, ‘Save yourselves from this perverse generation.’ They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number.
The Word of the Lord.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
2nd Reading (1 Pet 2:20-25)
The merit, in the sight of God, is in bearing punishment patiently when you are punished after doing your duty. This, in fact, is what you were called to do, because Christ suffered for you and left an example for you to follow the way he took. He had not done anything wrong, and there had been no perjury in his mouth. He was insulted and did not retaliate with insults; when he was tortured he made no threats but he put his trust in the righteous judge. He was bearing our faults in his own body on the cross, so that we might die to our faults and live for holiness; through his wounds you have been healed. You had gone astray like sheep but now you have come back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
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 10:1-10)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said: ‘I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out. When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They never follow a stranger but run away from him: they do not recognise the voice of strangers.’ Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he meant by telling it to them. So Jesus spoke to them again: ‘I tell you most solemnly, I am the gate of the sheepfold. All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of them. I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’
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 6:1-7; 1 Pet 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12
Feasts of the Week
Tue, 2 May -St. Athanasius
Wed, 3 May - Sts. Philip & James
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.
After 5:00pm Mass – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 years on 2nd and 4th Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays.
6:15pm in Church Hall - School of Discipleship.
7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 826 5359 2389 Passcode: Bible.
Contact Clive 0490814452 or Francis 0401787372
7:00pm - Online Zoom Rosary - Meeting ID: 893 5477 8556. Passcode: rosary7:00pm
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.
1.30pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday 6th May 2023.
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 1st May 2023 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 Fr. Vincent. Thank you.
SENIORS SHARED LUNCH - NOW 10TH MAY 2023
We welcome seniors over 65 to a monthly shared lunch, cuppa and chat. We will now start on Wednesday 10th May 2023, from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Meeting Room off the church hall, and thereafter on the first Wednesday of each month. Please enter from the outside entrance between the church and school office and bring a plate of food to share. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate provided. Contact Margaret Craigie on 0456 914 652 for further details.
REPAIR OF CHURCH PEWS
The work on the church pews has commenced. We ask for your patience while this work is being undertaken. During this time, pews are being replaced with chairs. We require volunteers to assist in moving pews. If you can help, please contact Fr. Vincent or the parish office on 97494300.
The Parish Pastoral Council welcome your suggestions or feedback if you have any parish concerns. Please contact them via email to: email@example.com (subject line PPC) or via mail delivered to the Parish Office for the attention of Catherine Graham (PPC Chairperson).
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUGGESTION BOX
We welcome suggestions from children or prayer petitions placed in the Red Suggestion Box located on the right-hand side of the side chapel.
ALTAR SOCIETY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
A small band of volunteers every week ensure that Brass is always gleaming, Holy Water fonts are sparkling and have fresh water, Altar Linen is clean and pressed. We are seeking some more assistance -- Would you like to Help? It takes approx. 1-1/2 to 2 hrs every 8 to 10 weeks on a roster. For more information, please ring Bernice on 9749 2812, or leave your name and phone number at the parish office.
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 6/7 May.
WORLD YOUTH DAY – TRIVIA NIGHT FUNDRAISER
Join the St Peter’s Young Adults on Saturday 20th May for a fun filled TRIVIA NIGHT! Starts at 7:15pm in the Church Hall and tickets will be $10 per person. All ages welcome! Crush the competition and win great prizes! Delicious food will be available for sale. Please register your team of 8 at the trivia night registration booth available after all weekend masses. Don’t have a team? We’ll find one for you!
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2023
The 2023 session of the School of Discipleship has commenced and occurs every Sunday at 6:15pm at St Peter’s Community Centre. 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. Enquiries to Anita Dsouza on 0411 772 320 or pick up a brochure from the Church Hall. Limited seats so please register by scanning the QR code or use the link at https://bit.ly/3EFg96N.
MOTHERS DAY STALL
The Young Adults will be holding a stall with unique Catholic gifts for Mother's Day, in the church hall after all weekend masses until 14 May. All profits will support the World Youth Day pilgrims.
GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY
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. If you are interested to support the training of seminarians at Corpus Christi College & Catholic Theological College you can make a tax deductible donation by using the following link
DAD'S TUNING IN TO KIDS GROUP PROGRAM
Free online parenting group for Dad's with a child between 3 and 10 years old. In the group you will meet other dads and learn to help your child cope with their feelings, and support your child to learn social and emotional skills. There will be 7 group sessions that go for 2 hours each, with about 10 dads in the group. Dates: 04/05/23 -15/6/23 (Thursdays) from 7pm - 9pm via microsoft teams - register via QR code below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org/03 9731 2500 for more details.
We pray for Cameron Torcasio, Noemi Hernandez, Fani Pateras, Anthony Van–Nhuong Nguyen, Rosigen Harris, Alfredo Santos, Reynaldo Medina, Fr. Bob Maguire, Bruce Logie, Efren Obenita, Joseph DiBenedetto, Susie Godio, Teresita Solis, Gayle Ryan, Linda Capinig, Melissa Davis, Lolita Fernando, Chris Campione, P K George, Manuel Sia, and all who have died in disasters all over the world.
We pray for John Meddings, Mary Shanks, Lewis Vella, John Silva, Michael Buttigieg and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK:
We pray for Sean Donaldson, Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Franklin Quintanilla, Jean Cameron, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Tae Yoon Jim, Jeffrey Dalton, Maureen Wilson, Sandra Farrelly, Joaquin Romero, Annette O’Brien, Cecilia Lazum Htu Bu, Alster Firth, Robert Martinez, Nina Costa, Johnny Gregory, Draga Ve Kic, Dale D’Souza, Jean Barry, Christie Raj, Emma Baker, Charles Ilagan, Ima Gopez, Tony Dass and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 7 May 23
|K. Stuttard / E. Lewis / B. D’Souza / R. Hibbert
Roster for Readers – 6/7 May 23
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 6/7 May 23
|S. Fernando / K. Pham / G. ALdcroft / G. Linning
|I. D’Lima / K. Fernandes / C. D’Souza / S. Joseph
|G. Schembri / D. Dalton / G. Siccita / Volunteer
|E. Angeles / M. Marip / A. Koek / Volunteer
Music Ministry – 6/7 May 23