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,
O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 6:1-7)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
About this time, when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenists made a complaint against the Hebrews: in the daily distribution their own widows were being overlooked. So the Twelve called a full meeting of the disciples and addressed them, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food; you, brothers, must select from among yourselves seven men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom; we will hand over this duty to them, and continue to devote ourselves to prayer and to the service of the word.’ The whole assembly approved of this proposal and elected Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. The word of the Lord continued to spread: the number of disciples in Jerusalem was greatly increased, and a large group of priests made their submission to the faith.
The Word of the Lord.
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
2nd Reading (1 Pet 2:4-9)
A reading from the first letter of St. Peter.
The Lord is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house. As scripture says: See how I lay in Zion a precious cornerstone that I have chosen and the man who rests his trust on it will not be disappointed. That means that for you who are believers, it is precious; but for unbelievers, the stone rejected by the builders has proved to be the keystone, a stone to stumble over, a rock to bring men down. They stumble over it because they do not believe in the word; it was the fate in store for them. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me. Alleluia!
Gospel (Jn 14:1-12)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me; so that where I am you may be too. You know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you know me, you know my Father too. From this moment you know him and have seen him.’ Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me? ‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father, so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work. You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason. I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia.
Next Week’s Readings
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Pet 3:15-18; Jn 14:15-21
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 3rd June 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 5th June 2023 at 7:00pm in Church.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Jaxon Sutherland and Olisaemeka Okoye who are to be baptised this Sunday. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.
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.
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.
SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DATES
Parishioners, please keep in your prayers the Year 4 students from our school, as they prepare to receive our Lord for the first time. The First Holy Communion dates are as follows: Saturday 13th May - 6:00pm, Saturday 20th May - 6:00pm, Sunday 21st May - 10:30am and Sunday 28th May - 10:30am.
PENTECOST VIGIL - SATURDAY 27TH MAY FROM 11:00PM TO SUNDAY 28TH MAY 5:00AM MASS
To celebrate the feast of Pentecost Sunday, our Parish will hold our annual all-night vigil starting from 11:00pm on Saturday 27TH May and ending with 5:00am Mass on Sunday 28TH May. The vigil will include Exposition, Adoration, Praise and Worship, talks about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit, Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Thank you to St. Peter's Charismatic Prayer Group, who will be hosting this Vigil.
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2023
The 2023 session of the School of Discipleship has commenced and occurs every Sunday at 6:15pm in the church hall. Enquiries to Anita Dsouza on 0411 772 320 or pick up a brochure from the Church Hall. Please register by scanning the QR code or use the link at https://bit.ly/3EFg96N.
MOTHERS DAY STALL & TRIVIA NIGHT - WORLD YOUTH DAY FUNDRAISERS
- The Young Adults will hold a stall with unique Catholic gifts for Mother's Day, in the church hall after all weekend masses until 14 May.
- 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 are $10 per person. All ages welcome! And great prizes to be won! Delicious food will be available for sale. Please register your team of up to 8 people at the trivia night registration booth available after all weekend masses. Don’t have a team? We’ll find one for you! Alternatively use our online form https://www.trybooking.com/CHYQT or by scanning the QR code.
All profits will support the World Youth Day pilgrims.
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.
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 email@example.com/03 9731 2500 for more details.
INFORMATION SESSION FOR THE 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. COME & SEE! An Information Session about the Permanent Diaconate will be held on Saturday 3rd June 2023, 10:00am - 11.45am at the Catholic Theological College (CTC), 278 Victorian Parade, East Melbourne. For more information contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate on 03-94123357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information at https://vocations.melbournecatholic.org/about/what-is-a-vocation/permanent-diaconate, https://youtu.be/q2RhNDbtTS0, https://www.cam1.org.au/permanent-diaconate
JOSEPH’S CORNER HIGH TEA
You are invited to join for High Tea at Mount St. Joseph Girl’s College, 133 Maidstone Street, Altona. on Sunday 21st May 2023 2:00pm to 5:00pm to help raise much needed funds to support families affected by addiction. Tickets $35 pp. Book on 0409 901 899 or via https://www.trybooking.com/CHLLV.
We pray for Pritam Kumar, Walter Velasques, 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 and all who have died in disasters all over the world.
We pray for Felix Medina Tanato, Mary Goonting, Sebastian Raveneschi, Sam Sultana, P M Joseph, Lewis Vella, Dorothy Mulquiney, Jamilton Dabu, Showry Bandanadam, Dr. P.T. Poly, Aju Sunny, Nicholas Franco, Marita Leonor, Anna Dzidzic, Dante Martola 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 Vekic, Dale D’Souza, Jean Barry, Christie Raj, Emma Baker, Charles Ilagan, Ima Gopez, Tony Dass, Atima Chakraborty and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 14 May 23
|Tini & Barrie Hope / Toni Alexander|
Roster for Readers – 13/14 May 23
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 13/14 May 23
|6:00pm||S. Martis / D&J Roga / G. Linning|
|8:30am||P. Fitzgerald / M. Nelthropp / R. Hibbert / Volunteer|
|10:30am||E. Mills / S. Colla / F. Caruana / B. Fernandes|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / A. Koek / Sunita D / G. Siccita|
Music Ministry – 13/14 May 23
|5:00pm||Shepherds of Christ|