DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MAY
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.
Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 15:1-2, 22-29)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, ‘Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved.’ This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders. Then the apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them: ‘The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas, who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these, and you will do what is right. Farewell.’
The Word of the Lord.
O God, let all the nations praise you!
2nd Reading (Apoc 21:10-14, 22-23)
A reading from the book of the Apocalypse.
In the spirit, the angel took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. The walls of it were of a great height, and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel, and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! All who love me will keep my words, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them. Alleluia!
Gospel (Jn 14:23-29)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words. And my word is not my own: it is the word of the one who sent me. I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you. Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return. If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord, and I will ask the Father and he will send you another Paraclete, to abide with you forever, alleluia.
Next Week’s Readings
Acts 1:1-11; Eph 1:17-23; Lk 24:46-53
Feasts of the Week
Tue, 24 May - Our Lady Help of Christians
Thu, 26 May - St. Philip Neri
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.
6.15pm in Community Centre – School of Discipleship, for details contact Francis Thomas 0401787372
7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on zoom. Meeting ID: 91984220776 Passcode: bible Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
7:00pm to 9pm – Alpha experience at Paulist Centre, St James Church
|Tuesdays||7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 89320421399 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. No Healing Mass on Saturday 4th June because of our Pentecost Vigil.
|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.|
MONTH OF MAY MASS COUNT
Parishioners, please note that as required by our Archdiocese each year, there will be a mass count at all weekend masses during the month of May.
SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS DATES
Parishioners, please note that the children from St. Peter's school will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday 21st May at 6:00pm & Sunday 22nd May at 10:30am. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers as they prepare to receive our Lord for the first time.
PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A box has been placed outside the Sacristy for the return of Project Compassion boxes, or you can return them to Fr. Vincent or Bro. Tue. Thank you.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Saturday, 4th June, 6:00pm Pentecost Vigil Mass.
Aux. Bishop Martin Ashe will celebrate the 6:00pm Mass on Saturday, 4th June to mark the start of our Parish Golden Jubilee Celebrations. More information to follow.
To celebrate Pentecost Sunday, our Parish will hold our annual all-night Vigil with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 11:00pm on Saturday 4th June 2022 ending with 5:00am Mass on Sunday 5th June 2022. The Vigil will include Praise & Worship from SPYA, Footsteps and KNK, in filling of the Holy Spirit, prayers of the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, talk by Dcn. Royden D’Souza and conclude with Eucharistic Mass at 5:00am. All are invited to attend.
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
POPE FRANCIS: ‘WE ARE LOSING THE ABILITY TO LISTEN’
In his message for the 56th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis says that the greatest need of human beings is ‘the desire to be heard’, and yet ‘we are losing the ability to listen’. In Australia, World Communications Day is celebrated on the 6th Sunday of Easter (this year on 22 May). This year's theme is ‘Listening with the ear of the heart.’ More details: Pope Francis: ‘We are losing the ability to listen’.
An invitation to meet Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, Cardinal Archbishop of Addis Ababa on Wednesday 1st June 2022, 9:00am Mass at St. Andrew’s Church, Greaves Street North, Werribee, followed by a “Cuppa with the Cardinal”. Cardinal Souraphiel will outline exciting joint projects with Catholic Mission, which will reach out to people in need, share faith and save lives.
SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2022
The 2022 session of the Joint Parishes of St Peter’s & St James School of Discipleship meets every Sunday from 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. Newcomers are welcome. Enquiries to Francis Thomas 0401787372 or Royden Dsouza 0426071375.
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:
- Free online conference via Zoom - “How do we know Christ now?” Celebrating 50 years of CTC. Friday 17 June 9.30am – 12.30pm. Further info: edu.au. Contact Dr Christopher Morris at email@example.com
THE KNIGHTS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS are a Catholic Ministry of St. Peter’s Parish for men, and has been in existence in Australia for 100 years. On Friday 3rd June, the Knights are holding a BBQ at Bunnings, Hoppers Crossing store on Old Geelong Road, which has been an important fundraiser for Catholic ministry. The money raised supports our local communities through scholarships for students at MacKillop and Thomas Carr Colleges and other Catholic ministries overseas. If you are free on 3rd June and can offer two or more hours of your time, we would appreciate your assistance. The BBQ operates between 8:00am and 4:00pm. We are flexible and will fit into your schedule. If you are able to help, please contact Paul Beasley on 0417 136 635.
PRIESTLY VOCATIONS – SEMINARY ENQUIRY DAY
The annual Enquiry Day at Corpus Christi College is on Saturday 28th May. It is an opportunity for men to visit the seminary, hear from the students and staff, and to celebrate Evening Prayer with Archbishop Peter and join him for a BBQ dinner. Any young people interested contact the office or Rev Jerome Santamaria, Vocations Director, Catholic Vocations, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002, PO Box 146, East Melbourne T:(03) 9926 573 W: vocationsmelbourne.org.
We pray for K.V. Thomas, Pedro Lopez, Susanne Ellen, Maurita Raymond, Suji Ferdinand, Randolf Aldcroft, Leo Manongdo, Orly Victuelles, Dante Martola, Maria Fajardo, Nina Revilla, Ayi Pintakaew, Cecily Morgan, Jay Lawless, Phillip Peppin, Lorna Miranda, Antonina Manippa, Brian Kelly, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.
We pray for Bennie Manninen, Yancy Murillo, Carmen La Brooy, Tyrone van Dort, Sebastina Subramaniam, George de Hoedt, Dora Muller, Rita Jansen, Mary Vella, Joseph Vella, Lewis Vella, Frank Catania, Frank Mauro, Vito Musarra, Johnny Pura, Vincent Thiep, Bruna Santi, Crispin Fernandes, Lydia Van Susteren 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, 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, Adrian McGill, Jeffrey Dalton, Yvonne Caruana, Lina Enriquez, Robert Martinez and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 29 May 22
|Bill Coghlan / Paul Mulquiney / Bernard Cassin|
Readers – 28/29 May 22
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 28/29 May 22
|6:00pm||J. Roga / D. Fernandes / A. Vesty|
|8:30am||C. D’Souza / I. D’Lima / G. Sharman|
|10:30am||D. Dalton / M&C Peters|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / A. Koek / Volunteer|
Music Ministry – 28/29 May 22