DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JANUARY
PRAYER TO END THE PANDEMIC
written by Pope Francis

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith. “Protectress of all people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.


Entrance Antiphon
O Sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.

1st Reading (Neh 8:2-6, 8-10)
A reading from the prophet Nehemiah.
Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, consisting of men, women, and children old enough to understand. This was the first day of the seventh month. On the square before the Water Gate, in the presence of the men and women, and children old enough to understand, he read from the book from early morning till noon; all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden dais erected for the purpose. In full view of all the people – since he stood higher than all the people – Ezra opened the book; and when he opened it all the people stood up. Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people raised their hands and answered, ‘Amen! Amen!’; then they bowed down and, face to the ground, prostrated themselves before the Lord. And Ezra read from the Law of God, translating and giving the sense, so that the people understood what was read. Then Nehemiah – His Excellency – and Ezra, priest and scribe and the Levites who were instructing the people said to all the people, ‘This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not be mournful, do not weep.’ For the people were all in tears as they listened to the words of the Law. He then said, ‘Go, eat the fat, drink the sweet wine, and send a portion to the man who has nothing prepared ready. For this day is sacred to our Lord. Do not be sad: the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Your words, Lord, are spirit and life.

2nd Reading (1 Cor 12:12-30)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink. Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many parts. Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part of it.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! The Lord sent me to bring Good News to the poor and freedom to prisoners. Alleluia.

Gospel (Lk 1:1-4, 4:14-21)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Seeing that many others have undertaken to draw up accounts of the events that have taken place among us, exactly as these were handed down to us by those who from the outset were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, I in my turn, after carefully going over the whole story from the beginning, have decided to write an ordered account for you, Theophilus, so that your Excellency may learn how well founded the teaching is that you have received. Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him. He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written: The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour. He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, ‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Look toward the Lord and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed.

Next Week’s Readings
Jer 1:4-5, 17-19;   1 Cor 12:31 – 13:13;   Lk 4:21-30

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 24 Jan - St. Francis de Sales
Tue, 25 Jan - Conversion of St. Paul
Wed, 26 Jan - Australia Day
Fri, 28 Jan - St. Thomas Aquinas     


PARISH NEWS 

UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
Following Government announcements, Weekend and Weekday Masses as below:

Weekdays
Monday to Friday 8:30am
Wednesday 7:00pm followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena
Saturday 9:00am

Weekend
Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am & 5:00pm

Kindly note the following:

  • No bookings required for any Masses.
  • No vaccination requirements or density limits.
  • Registration via QR Code mandatory. Kindly show proof of registration to volunteers if requested. If you do not have a smart phone, Volunteers will assist.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all over the age of 8 years.
  • Please sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Kindly maintain social distancing before and after church services.

FILMASS STO NINO FEAST, JANUARY 23
Sto Nino feast Filipino Mass
23 January 12pm start
No procession
Everyone's invited to bring Sto Nino icon for blessing.

ST PHILOMENA’S CHOIR is looking for people to join the choir as singers, lead singers, musicians and help with the computer. If you are able to help, Jenny would be very happy to hear from you as she is currently doing all this on her own. Please contact Jenny Winkler on 0438 592 785. Thank you.

HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOUSEBOUND
If any of our elderly or sick parishioners who are housebound and unable to attend Mass would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office on (03) 9749 4300.

VOLUNTEERS FOR PIETY STORE
The Piety Store is looking for volunteers for all Masses. If you are able to assist, kindly contact the parish office on (03) 9749 4300.

AUSTRALIA DAY – JANUARY 26TH (WEDNESDAY)
Australia Day Service and National Anthem at 8:30am Mass.

ENROLMENTS FOR OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL SACRAMENTAL AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMME (for Children attending non-Catholic schools) is on Sunday 30th January from 9:15am to 11:00am at the Community Centre. Baptism Certificates need to be sighted. Even if children attended last year, you still need to re-enrol. For more information, please ring Bernice on 9749 2812.

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD (ALSO KNOWN AS CANDLEMAS) – WEDNESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY
A special Blessing of Candles will be given at both the 8:30am Mass and 7:00pm Masses on Wednesday, 2nd February. Everyone is invited to bring their own candles and place them on the table near the Sanctuary before the start of Mass. These blessed candles serve as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who referred to Himself as the Light of the World.

PARISH ZOOM ONLINE (8 week) ALPHA PROGRAM REGISTRATIONS OPEN
After the successful completion of our first Online Alpha Program in 2021, joint parishes of St. James and St. Peters are excited to announce the next ONLINE Alpha Program commencing Monday 7th February 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Alpha is a great program with a series of interactive weekly (Monday) sessions that create a safe and honest space where people can explore life, faith and meaning. There are limited places available so please register early. For enquiries please call Anita on 0411772320. To register please fill in the form at https://bit.ly/3mvElli 

PARISH COLLECTIONS
Fr. Vincent acknowledges and thanks our parishioners for the weekly thanksgiving contributions to our parish. If you are not already registered in our parish or are not part of the weekly Thanksgiving Program, please contact the parish office on (03) 9749 4300. Below is a brief explanation to give you an understanding of the allocation of funds from collections.

  • 1st Collection – Church Account
    This collection assists with church and parish office expenses including gas, electricity, telephone and other utilities, presbytery repair and maintenance, insurance, municipal rates, water rates, supply priests during parish priest vacation, sick leave or special duties, etc.
  • 2nd Collection – Presbytery Account
    This collection supports the Archbishop, parish priest, retired and sick priests.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR JANUARY 2022 - For true human fraternity
Pope Francis invites us to pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Fr. Noel Mackay PE, Xavier Carrick, Fr. Manoj Manuel, Pat Borcich, Albert Wankhar, Jean Norman, Varghese Matapallil, Thelma Shaw, Elvira De Torres, Trish Musarra, Eduardo Cabacungan, Brien Jones, Kay Elliott, Bob Meehan, Leonila Moso, Kristina Kaminska, M.I. Chacko, Malgorita Sepulveda, Alfredo Antigua, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Patrick Murray, Maria Hoa, Jane Duggan, Gemma Scicluna and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Jean Cameron, Katherine Yin Ming Lee, Enid Gibb, Gerardo Monsalve, Monique Simonides, Baby Sora, Arturo G Bacani and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 29/30 Jan 22

Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman

Readers – 29/30 Jan 22

  6:00pm Jeff Poppen
  8:30am Catherine Graham
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Sherwin Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 29/30 Jan 22

  6:00pm S. Albuquerque / G. Surrao / N. Golaw
  8:30am G. Sharman / A. Vesty / S. Joseph
10:30am E. Mills / M&C Peters
  5:00pm I. Simangan / E. Angeles / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 29/30 Jan 22

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Filiorum Dei
  5:00pm Youth Band

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JANUARY
CORONAVIRUS PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which made us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Lord Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Lord Jesus Christ, heal us.


Entrance Antiphon
All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to you, shall sing to your name, O Most High!

1st Reading (Is 62:1-5)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
About Zion I will not be silent, about Jerusalem I will not grow weary, until her integrity shines out like the dawn and her salvation flames like a torch. The nations then will see your integrity, all the kings your glory, and you will be called by a new name, one which the mouth of the Lord will confer. You are to be a crown of splendour in the hand of the Lord, a princely diadem in the hand of your God; no longer are you to be named ‘Forsaken’, nor your land ‘Abandoned’, but you shall be called ‘My Delight’ and your land ‘The Wedded’; for the Lord takes delight in you and your land will have its wedding. Like a young man marrying a virgin, so will the one who built you wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Proclaim his marvellous deeds to all the nations.

2nd Reading (Cor 12:4-11)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord; working in all sorts of different ways in different people, it is the same God who is working in all of them. The particular way in which the Spirit is given to each person is for a good purpose. One may have the gift of preaching with wisdom given him by the Spirit; another may have the gift of preaching instruction given him by the same Spirit; and another the gift of faith given by the same Spirit; another again the gift of healing, through this one Spirit; one, the power of miracles; another, prophecy; another the gift of recognising spirits; another the gift of tongues and another the ability to interpret them. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who distributes different gifts to different people just as he chooses.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! God has called us with the gospel to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia.

Gospel (Jn 2:1-11)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said; ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now.’ This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
You have prepared a table before me, and how precious is the chalice that quenches my thirst.

Next Week’s Readings
Neh 8:2-6,8-10;   1 Cor 12:12-30;   Lk 1:1-4,4:14-21

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 17 Jan - St. Anthony
Fri, 21 Jan - St. Agnes         


PARISH NEWS

UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
Following Government announcements, Weekend and Weekday Masses as below:

Weekdays
Monday to Friday 8:30am
Wednesday 7:00pm followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena
Saturday 9:00am

Weekend
Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am & 5:00pm

Kindly note the following:

  • No bookings required for any Masses.
  • No vaccination requirements or density limits.
  • Registration via QR Code mandatory. Kindly show proof of registration to volunteers if requested. If you do not have a smart phone, Volunteers will assist.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all over the age of 8 years.
  • Please sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Kindly maintain social distancing before and after church services.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Kaia Aplacador and Kiara D Couth who are to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead lives full of happiness, faith and love.

PARISH ZOOM ONLINE (8 week) ALPHA PROGRAM REGISTRATIONS OPEN
After the successful completion of our first Online Alpha Program in 2021, joint parishes of St. James and St. Peters are excited to announce the next ONLINE Alpha Program commencing Monday 7th February 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Alpha is a great program with a series of interactive weekly (Monday) sessions that create a safe and honest space where people can explore life, faith and meaning. There are limited places available so please register early. For enquiries please call Anita on 0411772320. To register please fill in the form at https://bit.ly/3mvElli

VOLUNTEERS FOR PIETY STORE
The Piety Store is looking for volunteers for all Masses. If you are able to assist, kindly contact the parish office on (03) 9749 4300.

ST PHILOMENA’S CHOIR is looking for people to join the choir as singers, lead singers, musicians and help with the computer. If you are able to help, Jenny would be very happy to hear from you as she is currently doing all this on her own. Please contact Jenny Winkler on 0438 592 785. Thank you.

HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOUSEBOUND
If any of our elderly or sick parishioners who are housebound and unable to attend Mass would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office on (03) 9749 4300.

PARISH COLLECTIONS
Fr. Vincent acknowledges and thanks our parishioners for the weekly thanksgiving contributions to our parish. If you are not already registered in our parish or are not part of the weekly Thanksgiving Program, please contact the parish office on (03) 9749 4300. Below is a brief explanation to give you an understanding of the allocation of funds from collections.

1st Collection – Church Account
This collection assists with church and parish office expenses including gas, electricity, telephone and other utilities, presbytery repair and maintenance, insurance, municipal rates, water rates, supply priests during parish priest vacation, sick leave or special duties, etc.

2nd Collection – Presbytery Account
This collection supports the Archbishop, parish priest, retired and sick priests.

FILMASS STO NINO FEAST, JANUARY 23
Sto Nino feast Filipino Mass
23 January 12pm start
No procession
Everyone's invited to bring Sto Nino icon for blessing.

BE SUPER CHARGED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Please note that the conference has been postponed. Date to be advised.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR JANUARY 2022 - For true human fraternity
Pope Francis invites us to pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS WELCOME RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BILL
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the introduction of the Religious Discrimination Bill, which will provide basic human rights protections for Australians of all faiths and none to express their beliefs. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, chair of the Bishops Commission for Life, Family and Public Engagement, has commended the bill, saying it offers ‘a positive expression of religious freedom’ that will be ‘an important progression towards parity with other anti-discrimination laws in Australia’. Continue reading: Catholic bishops welcome Religious Discrimination Bill.

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION & EXEMPTION
There has been intensive discussion around religious discrimination and exemption at State and Federal levels. Please find below links that may be of interest and help bring some understanding and clarity as to what is at stake in this very complex area.

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli:
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/religious-discrimination-bill-will-protect-people-of-faith-20211124-p59btg.html

Prof John Haldane:
https://www.abc.net.au/religion/john-haldane-discrimination-and-the-diversity-of-values/13653354

Jacinta Collins:
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/religious-discrimination-bill-will-let-us-all-live-and-let-live-20211128-p59ct5.html

Fr Frank Brennan SJ:
https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article/where-to-now-with-religious-discrimination

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Elvira De Torres, Trish Musarra, Eduardo Cabacungan, Brien Jones, Kay Elliott, Bob Meehan, Leonila Moso, Kristina Kaminska, M.I. Chacko, Malgorita Sepulveda, Alfredo Antigua, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Josephine Buttigieg, Bob Keech, Albert De Sousa, Nithin Vaz, John Alexander, Stan Walkden, Angela Walkden, Sam Borg, Joey Ceuma and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Jean Cameron, Katherine Yin Ming Lee, Enid Gibb, Gerardo Monsalve, Monique Simonides, Baby Sora and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 22/23 Jan 22

Lerna Vasquez / Teresita Grisancich / Luzviminda De La Cruz

Readers – 22/23 Jan 22

  6:00pm David Roga
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Lynn Aranha
  5:00pm Joan Ocampo

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 22/23 Jan 22

  6:00pm J. Roga / B. Fernandes / S. D’Silva
  8:30am KSC Minister / R. Johnson / K. Fernandes
10:30am S. Delos Reyes / L. Ortega / D. Dalton
  5:00pm E. Angeles / G. Siccita / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 22/23 Jan 22

  6:00pm St. Cecilia’s Choir
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JANUARY
Prayer for the New Year

 Come, Holy Spirit,
Spirit of the Risen Christ, be with us today and always.
Be our Light, our Guide, and our Comforter.
Be our Strength, Courage, and our Sanctifier.
May this New Year be a time of deep spiritual growth for us,
A time of welcoming your graces and gifts,
A time for forgiving freely and unconditionally,
A time for growing in virtue and goodness.
Come Holy Spirit, be with us always.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come; and kingship is in his grasp, and power and dominion.

1st Reading (Is 60:1-6)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Arise, shine out Jerusalem, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you, though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples. Above you the Lord now rises and above you his glory appears. The nations come to your light and kings to your dawning brightness. Lift up your eyes and look round: all are assembling and coming towards you, your sons from far away and daughters being tenderly carried. At this sight you will grow radiant, your heart throbbing and full; since the riches of the sea will flow to you; the wealth of the nations come to you; camels in throngs will cover you, and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and singing the praise of the Lord.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

2nd Reading (Eph 3:2-3, 5-6)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Christ Jesus, through the gospel.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! We have seen his star in the East; and have come to adore the Lord. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mt 2:1-12)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage. When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and enquired of them where the Christ was to be born. ‘At Bethlehem in Judaea’, they told him ‘for this is what the prophet wrote: And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah, for out of you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel.’ Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared and sent them on to Bethlehem. ‘Go and find out all about the child’, he said ‘and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’ Having listened to what the king had to say , they set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
We have seen his star in the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.

Next Week’s Readings
Is 40:1-5, 9-11;   Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7;   Lk 3:15-16, 21-22


PARISH NEWS

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Liam Heagerty and Mila Elle Middleton 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 lives full of happiness, faith and love.

We thank our parishioners who generously supported our presbytery account with their Christmas Offerings. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The Parish office is closed and will re-open on 11 January 2022. Normal bulletins will resume on the weekend of 15/16 January 2022.

BE SUPER CHARGED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Melbourne invite you to the above conference, Friday 14 January 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday 15 January 9:30am to 9:00pm at the Hall under Our Lady’s Church, 49 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick. Cost $40 per person or $70 per couple. Contact @centre@ccr.org.au or call 03 9486 6544.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (RELIGIOUS EXCEPTIONS) AMENDMENT BILL
Catholic organisations, including our schools, have traditionally been able to freely employ those who share our religious beliefs, values and ethos. However, this has now changed due to the passing of the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill in the Victorian Parliament. The new legislation places an unnecessary administrative burden on religious bodies and educational institutes who will no longer be able to employ staff who hold the same religious beliefs and values unless they can prove that it is an ‘inherent requirement’ of the job. Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has said that the Government's imposition of ‘an unbalanced law on people of faith’ will add to ‘a steady decline of religious freedom in Victoria. More about the bill and our concerns can be found at: www.melbournecatholic.org.au/religiousfreedom

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
Prayer to the Holy Family 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love; to you we turn with trust.  

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.  

Holy Family of Nazareth, make us more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.  

Jesus, Mary and Joseph graciously hear our prayer.  Amen. 


Entrance Antiphon
The shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manager. 

1st Reading (1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28)
A reading from the first book of Samuel.
Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son, and called him ‘Samuel’ since she said ‘I asked the Lord for him’. When a year had gone by, the husband Elkanah went up again with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfil his vow. Hannah, however, did not go up. Having said to her husband, ‘Not before the child is weaned. Then I will bring him and present him before the Lord and he shall stay there for ever.’ When she had weaned him, she took him up with her together with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the temple of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was with them. They slaughtered the bull and the child’s mother came to Eli. She said, ‘If you please, my lord. As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. This is the child I prayed for, and the Lord granted me what I asked him. Now I make him over to the Lord for the whole of his life. He is made over to the Lord.’ There she left him, for the Lord.
The Word of the Lord. 

Responsorial Psalm
How happy they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24 )
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. My dear people, if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience, we need not be afraid in God’s presence, and whatever we ask him, we shall receive, because we keep his commandments and live the kind of life that he wants. His commandments are these: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another as he told us to. Whoever keeps his commandments lives in God and God lives in him. We know that he lives in us by the Spirit that he has given us.
The Word of the Lord. 

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
 Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son. Alleluia! 

Gospel (Lk 2:41-52)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Every year the parents of Jesus used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When they were on their way home after the feast, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. They assumed he was with the caravan, and it was only after a day’s journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances. When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere. Three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them and asking them questions; and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, ‘My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.’ ‘Why were you looking for me?’ he replied. ‘Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?’ But they did not understand what he meant. He then went down with them and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and men.
The Gospel of the Lord. 

Communion Antiphon
Our God has appeared on the earth, and lived among us. 

Next Week’s Readings
Is 60:1-6;   Eph 3:2-3, 5-6;   Mt 2:1-12

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 27 Dec  - St. John, Apostle, Evangelist
Tue, 28 Dec - The Holy Innocents, Martyrs
Sat, 1 Jan - Mary, the Holy Mother of God  


PARISH NEWS

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The Parish office is closed and will re-open on 11 January 2022. Normal bulletins will resume on the weekend of 15/16 January 2022. 

FATHER VINCENT ON LEAVE
Father Vincent will be on leave, for a well-earned rest, from December - Sun 26th (after 5:00pm Mass) until Wed 29th. Liturgy of the Word/Communion Service will replace the weekday 8:30am morning Masses for Mon, Tues and Wed. Father will be back to celebrate the 7:00pm Mass on Wed 29th December followed by Novena as usual. 

BE SUPER CHARGED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Melbourne invite you to the above conference, Friday 14 January 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday 15 January 9:30am to 9:00pm at the Hall under Our Lady’s Church, 49 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick. Cost $40 per person or $70 per couple. Contact @centre@ccr.org.au or call 03 9486 6544. 

JOSEPH’S CORNER
If you would like to be join Joseph’s corner by either being a financial member ($20 per year) or a volunteer performing 20 hours of work per year in support of Joseph’s Corner, please contact them on 9315 2680 for a membership form. 

 

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
Advent Prayer

Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek Him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find Him. May we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. This Advent we pray for peace: peace in the world, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Saviour.

1st Reading (Micah 5:1-4)
A reading from the prophet Micah.
The Lord says this: You, Bethlehem Ephrathah the least of the clans of Judah, out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule over Israel; his origin goes back to the distant past, to the days of old. The Lord is therefore going to abandon them till the time when she who is to give birth gives birth. Then the remnant of his brothers will come back to the sons of Israel. He will stand and feed his flock with the power of the Lord, with the majesty of the name of his God. They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power to the ends of the land. He himself will be peace.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

2nd Reading (Heb 10:5-10)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
This is what Christ said, on coming into the world: You who wanted no sacrifice or oblation, prepared a body for me. You took no pleasure in holocausts or sacrifices for sin; then I said, just as I was commanded in the scroll of the book, ‘God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will.’ Notice that he says first: You did not want what the Law lays down as the things to be offered, that is: the sacrifices, the oblations, the holocausts and the sacrifices for sin, and you took no pleasure in them; and then he says: Here I am! I am coming to obey your will. He is abolishing the first sort to replace it with the second. And this will was for us to be made holy by the offering of his body made once and for all by Jesus Christ.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! I am the servant of the Lord: may his will for me be done. Alleluia.

Gospel (Lk 1:39-44)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his name will be called Emmanuel.

Next Week’s Readings
1 Sam 1:20-22, 24-28;   1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24;   Lk 2:41-52

Feasts of the Week
Sat, 25 Dec - The Nativity of the Lord            


PARISH NEWS

A CHRISTMAS BLESSING

Lord, you came upon
a Midnight Clear

To bring Joy to the World
and draw us near.

It was a Holy Night
when you came from above

To fill our hearts with hope & love

Thank you Sweet Jesus

For clothing us with
Comfort and Joy

THANK YOU FROM FR. VINCENT JOHN CMI
I thank all of you my parishioners, for the love and support you have given me throughout 2021. I know it has been a very difficult year with all the restrictions placed on us due to the COVID pandemic. I thank you for your understanding and support. With restrictions easing, I pray that 2022 will be a better year for us all. May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmas and right through 2022.
Fr. Vincent John CMI

UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
Following Government announcements, Weekend and Weekday Masses resume as normal:

Weekdays
Monday to Friday 8:30am,
Wednesday 7:00pm followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena,
Saturday 9:00am

Weekend
Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am & 5:00pm

Kindly note the following:

  • No bookings required for any Masses.
  • No vaccination requirements or density limits.
  • Registration via QR Code required. If you do not have a smart phone, Volunteers will assist.
  • Face masks are optional.
  • Please sanitise prior to entering church.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Adam Pabu-aya who is to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that Adam will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE
The Parish Office will close for the Christmas break at COB Thursday 23 Dec and re-open on Monday, 10 January 2022. Bulletins for 26 Dec, 2 & 9 Jan will be single sheets with mass readings.  Normal bulletins will resume on the weekend of 15/16 January along with names for Death Anniversaries, Recently Deceased and Sick List. Parish Office staff would like to wish all our parishioners a Safe and Happy Christmas and New Year.

DAWN MASS NOVENA – SIMBANG GABI
We invite you to the 26th Year of the 9-Days Dawn Mass Novena celebrated at St. Peters which began on Thursday 16th Dec, finishing on Fri 24th Dec 2021. Masses at 5:00am daily. NO BOOKINGS required, however check-in via QR Code is still required. If you do not have a smart phone, Volunteers will assist. There will be no fellowship after Mass. For those who are unable to attend, Masses will be livestreamed via the Parish Facebook Page and via St. Peter Apostle Mission Parish YouTube channel.

ST. PETER'S RITE I RECONCILIATION FOR ADVENT THURSDAY 23RD DECEMBER, 7:00PM
Please join us for our Rite I Reconciliation for Advent on Thursday 23rd December at 7:00pm in our Church. There will be multiple Priests available to hear confession. This is a great way to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus our Saviour into our hearts this Christmas. All Welcome!!

CHRISTMAS FAMILY MASS – FRIDAY 24TH DECEMBER 6:30PM, CAROLS 6:00PM
All children are invited to dress up as a Nativity character e.g. angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, etc. for this family Mass. Please have the children ready and waiting in the hall by 5:50pm so they can process into Church for the start of the Carols at 6:00pm sharp.

LECTOR & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION required for 5:00pm Mass on Sunday, 26th December. Thank you.

26TH DECEMBER, FILIPINO MASS
Unbox the greatest gift this Boxing day and celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family at our monthly Filipino Mass at midday, 26th December.

FATHER VINCENT ON LEAVE
Father Vincent will be on leave, for a well-earned rest, from Sun 26th Dec (after 5:00pm Mass) until Wed 29th Dec.  Liturgy of the Word/Communion Service will replace the weekday 8:30am morning Masses for Mon, Tues and Wed. Father will be back to celebrate the 7:00pm Mass on Wed 29th Dec followed by Novena as usual.

NEW YEAR'S EVE MASS, FRIDAY 31ST DEC, 8:30AM FOLLOWED BY HOLY HOUR OF THANKSGIVING
This year has again proven to be very challenging however, we give thanks to our Lord for the many blessings and graces received throughout 2021. Please join us for the 8:30am Mass followed by a Holy Hour of Thanksgiving including; Exposition, Praise & Worship, quiet reflection/prayer time, Divine Mercy Chaplet, concluding with Benediction. All welcome.

THANK YOU FROM ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
All members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to sincerely thank all the families in the parish who so kindly and generously donated items for the Christmas Hampers which we have now distributed to needy families in our community. We are overwhelmed by your generosity once again this year. We have distributed 132 hampers. A special thank you to Kathleen English for organising donation of boxes to fill hampers.

THANK YOU FROM THE YOUNG ADULTS & ST. PETER’S CHARISMATIC GROUP for supporting the Carols after the 6:00pm Mass last Saturday. They collected $1047.30. Thank you for your generous support.

ARCHDIOCESAN CAROLS SPECIAL
You are invited to  join  in celebrating the joy of Christmas with Archdiocesan Carols Special, Jesus is Christmas, to be broadcast Monday 20 December at 7.30pm on Channel C31 (Channel 44 on digital TV) and streamed live on the Archdiocesan YouTube channel.

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR TIMETABLE

MASSES
16 – 24 Dec 5:00am Dawn Mass Novena
24 Dec
Friday
6:30pm No 8:30am Mass
Family Mass with Carols at 6:00pm
24 Dec 9:30pm Vigil Mass with Carols at 9:00pm
24 Dec 12 Midnight Mass with Carols at 11:30pm
CHRISTMAS DAY
Saturday

8:30am

10:30am

1:15pm

Mass with carols at 8:00am

Mass with carols at 10:00am

Spanish Mass

Christmas Day – No 6:00pm Mass
26 Dec
Sunday

8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm

12 noon

Normal Weekend Masses

Filipino Mass

31 Dec
Friday

8:30am

 

Mass followed by Holy Hour of Thanksgiving
1 Jan
Saturday

9:00am

6:00pm

Mass

Vigil Mass

2 Jan
Sunday

8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm

 

Normal Weekend Masses
RECONCILIATION RITE I
23 Dec 7:00pm at St. Peter’s
CONFESSIONS AT ST. PETER’S
Wednesdays 6:30pm
Saturdays After 9:00am Mass


RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Lorna Siriwardena, Magdalena Chabierski, Thelma Dioses, George Mendis, Felipe Pineda, Epifanio Delos Santos, Nick Garcia, Francia Espana, Cora Cordero, Doris O’Connor, Giselle Pereira, Msgr Joseph Stowers, Chris Bull, Marni Spitalieri, Peter Peart, Macario Pagdanganan Sr, John Cardoza, Seth Lariche-Waldron, Sunta Debrincat, Pasala Kristenamma, Heath Prior, Fr Christopher Seton, Miroslav Hledik, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Noel Rego, Baby Shania Albuquerque, Florence Thomas, Patrick Foster, Fr. Manuel Delos Santos, Visitacion Delos Santos, Sally Dela Pena, Dante Lopez, Gliceria Tacata, Rebecca Tacata, Gigie Abrojena, Edith Platel, Basilio Angeles, Eufemio Mislang, Corazon & Roberto Dayao, Frank & Maria Cachia and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Jean Cameron, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Vincent Margaret, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Katherine Yin Ming Lee, Enid Gibb, Gerardo Monsalve, Carmen Sherri, Bruce Martinez, Dale D’Souza and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS FOR 24/25 DEC

Readers – 24/25 Dec 2021

  6:30pm David Roga
  9:30pm Rosemary Hibbert
12:00am Francis Thomas
  8:30am Sunil Vaz
10:30am Lerna Vasquez
  6:00pm NO MASS

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 24/25 Dec 2021

  6:30pm J Roga/KL Pham/ R Johnson/M Nelthropp/A Vesty/ K Fernandes
  9:30pm

D Dalton/B Steinhauer/B Fernandes/S Martis /

C Skinner/1 X Volunteers

12:00am M&C Peters / 4 X Volunteers
  8:30am KL Pham/H Durski/E Angeles/G Siccita/
N&N Gooneratne
10:30am 6 X Volunteers
  6:00pm NO MASS

Music Ministry – 24/25 Dec 2021

  6:30pm Mater Dolorosa
  9:30pm Footsteps
12:00am Youth Band
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Mater Dolorosa
  6:00pm NO MASS

 

ROSTERS for 26 DEC

Counters – 26 Dec 2021

Lerna Vasquez / Teresita Grisancich / Luzviminda De La Cruz

Readers – 26 Dec 2021

  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Volunteer

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 26 Dec 2021

  8:30am R. Johnson / K. Fernandes / G. Siccita
10:30am B. Steinhauer / B. Fernandes / E. Mills
  5:00pm 3 X Volunteers

Music Ministry – 26 Dec 2021

  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
Advent Prayer

Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek Him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find Him. May we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. This Advent we pray for peace: peace in the world, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.

1st Reading (Zeph 3:14-18)
A reading from the prophet Zephaniah.
Shout for joy, daughter of Zion, Israel, shout aloud! Rejoice, exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has repealed your sentence; he has driven your enemies away. The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst; you have no more evil to fear. When that day comes, word will come to Jerusalem: Zion, have no fear, do not let your hands fall limp. The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult with joy over you, he will renew you by his love; he will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.

2nd Reading (Phil 4:4-7)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians.
I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is very near. There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he sent me to bring Good News to the poor. Alleluia.

Gospel (Lk 3:10-18)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
When all the people asked John, ‘What must we do?’ he answered, ‘If anyone has two tunics he must share with the man who has none, and the one with something to eat must do the same.’ There were tax collectors too who came for baptism, and these said to him, ‘Master, what must we do?’ He said to them, ‘Exact no more than your rate.’ Some soldiers asked him in their turn, ‘What about us? What must we do?’ He said to them, ‘No intimidation! No extortion! Be content with your pay!’ A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to think that John might be the Christ, so John declared before them all, ‘I baptise you with water, but someone is coming, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’ As well as this, there were many other things he said to exhort the people and to announce the Good News to them.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Say to the faint of heart: Be strong and do not fear. Behold, our God will come, and he will save us.

Next Week’s Readings
Micah 5:1-4;   Heb 10:5-10;   Lk 1:39-44

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 13 Dec - St. Lucy
Tue, 14 Dec - 
St. John of the Cross   


PARISH NEWS 

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR TIMETABLE

MASSES
16 – 24 Dec 5:00am Dawn Mass Novena (Simbang Gabi)
24 Dec
Friday
No 8:30am Mass
4:00pm Mass for unknown vaccination status (Cap of 50 – First come first served basis)
6:30pm Family Mass with Carols at 6:00pm
9:30pm Vigil Mass with Carols at 9:00pm
12 Midnight Mass with Carols at 11:30pm
25 Dec
CHRISTMAS DAY
Saturday
8:30am Mass with carols at 8:00am
10:30am Mass with carols at 10:00am
1:15pm Spanish Mass
Christmas Day – No 6:00pm Mass
26 Dec
Sunday
8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm Normal Weekend Masses
12 noon Filipino Mass
3:30pm Mass for unknown vaccination status
31 Dec
Friday
8:30am Mass followed by Holy Hour of Thanksgiving
1 Jan
Saturday
9:00am Mass
6:00pm Vigil Mass
2 Jan
Sunday
8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm 8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm
3:30pm Mass for unknown vaccination status
RECONCILIATION RITE I – VACCINATED ONLY
23 Dec 7:00pm at St. Peter’s
CONFESSIONS AT ST. PETER’S
Wednesdays 6:30pm
Saturdays After 9:00am Mass


UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
Following Government announcements, there will be no density limits in church. Masses are celebrated as follows:

Fully Vaccinated – No cap
Weekdays
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am
Wednesday 7:00pm followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour novena.

Weekend
Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am & 5:00pm

Unknown Vaccination Status - Cap of 50 people per Mass
Wednesdays at 8.30 am, Sundays at 3:30pm 
(This will be on a first come first serve basis).

Kindly note the following:

  • Bookings for weekday and weekend Masses are not required.
  • Registration via QR Code (volunteers will be available to assist).
  • Proof of vaccination for all attending (12+ years and over) to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls. Parishioners need to update “Services Victoria App” if they are fully vaccinated or have a vaccination exemption.
  • If you do not have a smart phone, please obtain a hard copy vaccination compliance certificate which is to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls each time you attend mass as it will be recorded manually.
  • Face masks are optional.
  • Please sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before Mass.
    Doors will be shut 5 minutes before Mass
    .

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25amSunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th Sundays.

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Youth Group (12 - 18 years) in the Community Centre

6:15pm – School of Discipleship
Meetings resume in Feb 2022.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) in the Theatrette. For details call parish office 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults

Mondays 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James)
Meetings will resume in February 2022
Tuesdays 7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399  Passcode: rosary
Wednesdays 7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pmSt. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community
Meetings will resume in February 2022
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm on zoom


THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS
Fr Vincent and the Parish Pastoral Council thank all our volunteers in the Parish who have worked in various ministries and have given their time and talent throughout this year and especially through all the challenges we have faced. Your assistance, service and great support to the parish and our community is greatly appreciated. Please be assured of our continued prayers for you, May God bless you and your families.

ST. PETER'S SCHOOL YEAR 6 GRADUATION MASS, TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER, 7:00PM
We congratulate all the Year 6 students who will be celebrating their Graduation on Tuesday night. We wish them many blessings and pray that our Lord Jesus will guide them throughout Secondary School and beyond.

CARPARK
Please be mindful of everyone’s safety and observe the speed limit as you enter and leave the car park.

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED as Covid Marshalls for the Christmas/New Year Masses. If you are able to assist, please contact David Roga on 0407857759 or email roga05@optusnet.com.au.

PIETY STORE has, for sale, Christmas cards, Columban Calendars ($9) and God’s Word 2022 ($20). If you would like to purchase any of these or other religious items, the Piety Store is open before and after all weekend Masses. Piety Store rosters are available for collection from the Church hall.

RCIA
The Rite of Acceptance into the order of Catechumens is the first step an enquirer into the Catholic faith makes in preparation for receiving baptism next Easter. On Sunday 12th  December at the 8:30am mass, Heather Paxton, Riya Simon & Fritz Chisholm will be accepted as Catechumens by Fr. Vincent. Let us welcome Heather, Riya and Fritz into our church community.

DAWN MASS NOVENA – SIMBANG GABI
We invite you to the 26th Year of the 9-Days Dawn Mass Novena celebrated at St. Peters, starting on Thu 16th Dec and finishing on Fri 24th Dec 2021. Masses at 5:00am daily. NO BOOKINGS required, however Proof of vaccination for all attending (12 years and over) to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls. If your vaccination certificate is not linked to your check-in, please obtain a hard copy vaccination compliance certificate which is to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls each time you attend as it will be recorded manually. There will be no fellowship after Mass. Please come in early as entry doors will be shut at 4:55am. For those who are unable to attend, Masses will be livestreamed via the Parish Facebook Page, via ZOOM and via YouTube.

ST. PETER'S RITE I RECONCILIATION FOR ADVENT THURSDAY 23RD DECEMBER, 7:00PM (FULLY VACCINATED ONLY)
Please join us for our Rite I Reconciliation for Advent on Thursday 23rd December at 7:00pm in our Church. There will be multiple Priests available to hear confession. This is a great way to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus our Saviour into our hearts this Christmas.

CHRISTMAS FAMILY MASS – FRIDAY 24TH DECEMBER 6:30PM, CAROLS 6:00PM
All children are invited to dress up as a Nativity character e.g. angels, shepherds, Mary, Joseph, etc. for this family Mass. Please have the children ready and waiting in the hall by 5:50pm so they can process into Church for the start of the Carols at 6:00pm sharp.

THANK YOU FROM JOSEPH’S CORNER – Sr. Jeanne would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and to thank the Parishioners of St Peter's for their generous support of our Joseph's Corner Stall. We raised $1879.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Doris O’Connor, Msgr Joseph Stowers, Chris Bull, Marni Spitalieri, Peter Peart, Macario Pagdanganan Sr, John Cardoza, Seth Lariche-Waldron, Sunta Debrincat, Pasala Kristenamma, Heath Prior, Fr Christopher Seton, Miroslav Hledik, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Albert De Sousa, Milly Lobo, George, Merlin, Joe Gonsalvez, Angelina Farrugia, Evan Pritchard, Edith Platel, Denrick Alinea, Lorenza Garcia, Basilio Angeles, George Thomas, Frank & Evelyn D’Lima, Bruno Anic, Aileen Gower and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Jean Cameron, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Vincent Margaret, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Katherine Yin Ming Lee, Enid Gibb, Gerardo Monsalve, Carmen Sherri and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 19 Dec 2021

Tini & Barrie Hope

Readers – 18/19 Dec 2021

  6:00pm Adele Vesty
  8:30am Michelle Nelthropp
10:30am Giovanna Siccita
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 18/19 Dec 2021

  6:00pm N. Golaw / G. Aldcroft / Volunteer
  8:30am R. Hibbert / N&N Gooneratne
10:30am S. De Los Reyos / L. Ortega / B. Fernandes
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 18/19 Dec 2021

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm Youth Mass

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
Advent Prayer

Father in heaven, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will make radiant the night of the waiting world. May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy which moves the hearts of those who seek Him. May the darkness not blind us to the vision of wisdom which fills the minds of those who find Him. May we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. This Advent we pray for peace: peace in the world, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.

1st Reading (Baruch 5:1-9)
A reading from the prophet Baruch.
Jerusalem, take off your dress of sorrow and distress, put on the beauty of the glory of God for ever, wrap the cloak of the integrity of God around you, put the diadem of the glory of the Eternal on your head: since God means to show your splendour to every nation under heaven, since the name God gives you for ever will be, ‘Peace through integrity, and honour through devotedness.’ Arise, Jerusalem, stand on the heights and turn your eyes to the east: see your sons reassembled from west and east at the command of the Holy One, jubilant that God has remembered them. Though they left you on foot, with enemies for an escort, now God brings them back to you like royal princes carried back in glory. For God has decreed the flattening of each high mountain, of the everlasting hills, the filling of the valleys to make the ground level so that Israel can walk in safety under the glory of God. And the forests and every fragrant tree will provide shade for Israel at the command of God; for God will guide Israel in joy by the light of his glory with his mercy and integrity for escort.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

2nd Reading (Phil 1:4-6, 8-11)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians.
Every time I pray for all of you, I pray with joy, remembering how you have helped to spread the Good News from the day you first heard it right up to the present. I am quite certain that the One who began this good work in you will see that it is finished when the Day of Christ Jesus comes. God knows how much I miss you all, loving you as Christ Jesus loves you. My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception so that you can always recognise what is best. This will help you to become pure and blameless, and prepare you for the Day of Christ, when you will reach the perfect goodness which Jesus Christ produces in us for the glory and praise of God.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all people shall see the salvation of God. Alleluia.

Gospel (Lk 3:1-6)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrach of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah: A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley will be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low, winding ways will be straightened and rough roads made smooth. And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Jerusalem, arise and stand upon the heights, and behold the joy which comes to you from God.

Next Week’s Readings
Zeph 3:14-18;   Phil 4:4-7;   Lk 3:10-18

Feasts of the Week
Tue, 7 Dec - St. Ambrose
Wed, 8 Dec - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary    


PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25amSunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th Sundays.

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Youth Group (12 - 18 years) in the Community Centre

6:15pm – School of Discipleship on Zoom.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) in the Theatrette. For details call parish office 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults

Mondays 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James)
Meetings will resume in February 2022
Tuesdays 7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399  Passcode: rosary
Wednesdays 7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pmSt. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community
Meetings will resume in February 2022.
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm on zoom


UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
Following Government announcements, there will be no density limits in church. Masses are celebrated as follows:

Fully Vaccinated – No cap
Weekdays
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am
Wednesday 7:00pm followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour novena.
Weekend
Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am & 5:00pm 

Unknown Vaccination Status - Cap of 50 people per Mass
Wednesdays at 8.30 am, Sundays at 3:30pm 
(This will be on a first come first serve basis). 

Kindly note the following:

  • Bookings for weekday and weekend Masses are not required.
  • Registration via QR Code (volunteers will be available to assist).
  • Proof of vaccination for all attending (12+ years and over) to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls. Parishioners need to update “Services Victoria App” if they are fully vaccinated or have a vaccination exemption.
  • If you do not have a smart phone, please obtain a hard copy vaccination compliance certificate which is to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls each time you attend mass as it will be recorded manually.
  • Face masks are optional.
  • Please sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before Mass.
    Doors will be shut 5 minutes before Mass
    .

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Emily Dubowik who is to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that Emily will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

ROSTERS FOR READERS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS have been emailed this week. If you require a hard copy, kindly contact the parish office on 97494300.

ST, VINCENT DE PAUL GIVING TREE
To enable us to make up hampers to brighten Christmas for needy, struggling families in our area, please take a tag from the tree and return donated items to the baskets under the tree by 12th December. Please also return the tags to the tree. A Christmas card with your food gifts lets a family know you are thinking of them in this joyous season. If you know of families in need of help at this time and would like a Christmas hamper, please contact the Parish Office. Enquiries to 0433 710 310. 

ST. PETER’S & SUNDAY SCHOOL CONFIRMATIONS
Congratulations to the children from St. Peter’s & our Sunday School program who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday 7th December and Saturday 11th December. We pray that the abundant gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit will be bestowed upon them.

CAROLS NIGHT, SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER, 7:30PM
Our Parish Prayer group (KNK) along with the Young Adults of our parish are hosting a Carols Night after the 6:00pm Mass on Sat, 11th Dec from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. To celebrate the spirit of Christmas and help us with our fundraising, please join us for Carols in English and Filipino. Cost $5 per person (kids under 5 free). Sausage Sizzle and Snacks available at a small cost.

SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP 2021 GRADUATION
Congratulations to the graduates of our School of Discipleship 2021. Graduation mass will be celebrated on Sunday 12th December at 11.45 am. Please support our graduates who have attended the program this year and please keep them in your prayers.

RELIGIOUS ARTICLES AND STATUES will be available for purchase in the parish hall after all masses this weekend.

PIETY STORE
The Piety Store has, for sale, Christmas cards, a stock of Columban Calendars for $9 each and God’s Word 2022 books for $20 each. If you would like to purchase any of these or other religious items, the Piety Store is open before and after all weekend Masses. Piety Store rosters are available for collection from the Church hall.

HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOUSEBOUND
If any of our elderly or sick parishioners who are housebound and unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office on 9749 4300.

BAPTISM FORMATION MEETING
The next Baptism Formation Meeting will be held on Monday, 6th December at 7:00pm on ZOOM. Please note that this will be the last meeting until meetings resume again on Monday, 7th February 2022. Zoom Details:
https://zoom.us/j/99467621751?pwd=MEdDTU9keWlTNXErSXFPSEZyamQ5Zz09
Meeting ID: 994 6762 1751, Passcode: Baptism

DAWN MASS NOVENA – SIMBANG GABI
We invite you to the 26th Year of the 9-Days Dawn Mass Novena celebrated at St. Peters, starting on Thursday 16th December and finishing on Friday 24th December 2021.  Masses at 5:00am daily.  NO BOOKINGS required, however Proof of vaccination for all attending (12 years and over) must be shown to the Check-In Marshalls. If your vaccination certificate is not linked to your check-in, please obtain a hard copy vaccination compliance certificate which is to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls each time you attend as it will be recorded manually. There will be no fellowship after Mass. Please come in early as entry doors will be shut at 4:55am. For those who are unable to attend, Masses will be livestreamed via the Parish Facebook Page, via ZOOM and via YouTube.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS WELCOME RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BILL
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the introduction of the Religious Discrimination Bill, which will provide basic human rights protections for Australians of all faiths and none to express their beliefs. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, chair of the Bishops Commission for Life, Family and Public Engagement, has commended the bill, saying it offers ‘a positive expression of religious freedom’ that will be ‘an important progression towards parity with other anti-discrimination laws in Australia’. Continue reading: Catholic bishops welcome Religious Discrimination Bill

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION & EXEMPTION
There has been intensive discussion around religious discrimination and exemption at State and Federal levels. Please find below links that may be of interest and help bring some understanding and clarity as to what is at stake in this very complex area.

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/religious-discrimination-bill-will-protect-people-of-faith-20211124-p59btg.html

Prof John Haldane: https://www.abc.net.au/religion/john-haldane-discrimination-and-the-diversity-of-values/13653354

Jacinta Collins: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/religious-discrimination-bill-will-let-us-all-live-and-let-live-20211128-p59ct5.html
Fr Frank Brennan SJ: https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article/where-to-now-with-religious-discrimination

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Giselle Pereira, Msgr Joseph Stowers, Chris Bull, Marni Spitalieri, Peter Peart, Macario Pagdanganan Sr, John Cardoza, Seth Lariche-Waldron, Sunta Debrincat, Pasala Kristenamma, Heath Prior, Fr Christopher Seton, Miroslav Hledik, Mylene Sarmiento, Danny Cantos, Michael Vidotto Snr., John McCracken, Alex & Gerty Fernandes, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Sam Farrugia, Mary Vella, Leslie Fernando, Peter Paul Fernando, George Thomas, Bruno Anic, Aileen Gower, Evan Pritchard, Hamilton Lazaro, Princess Jaye De Leon, Basilio Angeles, Myrtle D’Cruz and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Frank O’Brien, Baby Lilio, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Yvonne Caruana, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Baby Julian Cayme, Kevin McLoughlin, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Henan Menjivar Jr., Jean Cameron, Katherine Yin Ming Lee, Enid Gibb, Gerardo Monsalve and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 12 Dec 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Eileen Lewis / Bonny D’Souza / Rosemary Hibbert

Readers – 11/12 Dec 2021

  6:00pm Sharon Albuquerque
  8:30am David Roga
10:30am Lionel D’Cruz
  5:00pm Joan Ocampo

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 11/12 Dec 2021

  6:00pm G. Linning / J. Tramontana / S. Fernando
  8:30am J. Roga / S. Joseph / K. English
10:30am F. Caruana / S. Colla / D. Dalton
  5:00pm E. Angeles / C. Skinner / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 11/12 Dec 2021

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ

 

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER
For All the Faithful Departed

Almighty Father, You made everyone in your own image and likeness, and when that image was defaced by sin, you restored it through Christ:

Hear our prayers, we pray you, for all our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of the resurrection, and show them the glory of your face. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.

1st Reading (Jer 33:14-16)
A reading from the prophet Jeremiah.
See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when I am going to fulfil the promise I made to the House of Israel and the House of Judah: ‘In those days and at that time, I will make a virtuous Branch grow for David, who shall practise honesty and integrity in the land. In those days Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell in confidence. And this is the name the city will be called: The-Lord-our-integrity.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

2nd Reading (1 Thess 3:12-4:2)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians.
May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints. Finally, brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are meant to live: the life that God wants, as you learnt from us, and as you are already living it. You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation. Alleluia.

Gospel (Lk 21:25-28, 34-36)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand. Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The Lord will bestow his bounty, and our earth shall yield its increase.

Next Week’s Readings
Baruch 5:1-9;   Phil 1:4-6, 8-11;   Lk 3:1-6

Feasts of the Week
Tue, 30 Nov - St. Andrew
Fri, 3 Dec - St. Francis Xavier         


PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25amSunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th Sundays.

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Youth Group (12 - 18 years) in the Community Centre

6:15pm – School of Discipleship on Zoom.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) in the Theatrette. For details call parish office 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults

Mondays 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) online on zoom.
Meeting ID: 91984220776 Password: bible. Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
Tuesdays 7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399  Passcode: rosary
Wednesdays 7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pmSt. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community - Adoration, Praise & worship & Thanksgiving Mass on Sat 27 November for fully vaccinated, for those with unknown vacc status can join the service held on zoom
Meeting ID:839 7212 5288Passcode: KNK
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm on zoom

 

UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
Following Government announcements, there will be no density limits in church. Masses are celebrated as follows:

Fully Vaccinated - No cap
Weekdays
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am
Wednesday 7:00pm followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour novena.
Weekend
Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am & 5:00pm

Unknown Vaccination Status - Cap of 50 people per Mass
Wednesdays at 8.30am, Sundays at 3:30pm 
(This will be on a first come first serve basis).

Kindly note the following:

  • Bookings for weekday and weekend Masses are not required.
  • Registration via QR Code (volunteers will be available to assist).
  • Proof of vaccination for all attending (12+ years and over) must be shown to the Check-In Marshalls. Parishioners need to update “Services Victoria App” if they are fully vaccinated or have a vaccination exemption.
  • If you do not have a smart phone, please obtain a hard copy vaccination compliance certificate which is to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls each time you attend mass as it will be recorded manually.
  • Face masks are optional.
  • Please sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before Mass.
    Doors will be shut 5 minutes before Mass
    .

ST. PETER'S SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS
We congratulate the students from our school who will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Friday 3rd December. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to receive Our Lord for the first time.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL GIVING TREE
Greetings all. To enable us to make up hampers to brighten Christmas for needy, struggling families in our area (especially during these Covid times), please take a tag from the tree and return donated items to the baskets under the tree by 12th December. Please also return the tags to the tree. A Christmas card with your food gifts lets a family know you are thinking of them in this joyous season. If there are any families in need of a little help at this time and would like a Christmas hamper, please contact the Parish Office. Enquiries to 0433 710 310. Thank you.

JOSEPH'S CORNER COUNSELLING SERVICE SHOP
There will be a stall in the hall at all Masses this weekend (except Sunday 5pm) featuring Bric-a-Brac, knitting and crochet goods from Joseph's Corner Counselling Service shop "MERRIJIG" in Yarraville. The shop raises funds to help keep the Counselling Service going. The Free Service is for Partners and Family members of people affected by addiction. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

ST. PETER YOUNG ADULTS (SPYA) MAGAZINE
The 2nd edition of the SPYA Magazine releases on 27th November. The purpose of this magazine is to engage and encourage young adults of the community to share, testify and learn more about the great work of our God. We plan to regularly share new articles, testimonies and stories relating to the work of God. The SPYA magazine will be released online to the SPYA and St. Peter Apostle Mission Parish Facebook pages and attached to the weekly Bulletin. Printed copies will also be released during the weekend masses (1 per family). We welcome anyone to join and participate in the magazine to inspire the young community around us. Please email us at SPYAmagazine2020@hotmail.com.

ROSTERS FOR READERS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS will be emailed early next week. If you require a hard copy, kindly contact the parish office on 97494300.

BAPTISM FORMATION MEETING
The next Baptism Formation Meeting will be held on Monday, 6th December at 7:00pm on ZOOM. This will be the last meeting until meetings resume again on the 1st Monday in February 2022. Zoom Details:
https://zoom.us/j/99467621751?pwd=MEdDTU9keWlTNXErSXFPSEZyamQ5Zz09
Meeting ID: 994 6762 1751, Passcode: Baptism

PIETY STORE
The Piety Store has, for sale, Christmas cards, a stock of Columban Calendars for $9 each and God’s Word 2022 books for $20 each. If you would like to purchase any of these or other religious items, the Piety Store is open before and after all weekend Masses. Piety Store rosters are available for collection from the Church hall.

MEMORIAL MASS FOR DCN. CHARLES ENGLISH
Please note that there will be a Memorial Mass for Dcn. Charles English on Sunday 5th December at 8:30am. After Mass, there will be a cuppa in the hall organised by the Ladies Auxiliary, to give parishioners a chance to mingle and share fond memories of our beloved Dcn. Charles.

ALPHA PIZZA N COKE NIGHT MONDAY NOV 29 AT 7 PM
The joint parishes of St James & St Peters Alpha program ends on Monday Nov 29. The final session is a showcase of what an Alpha session looks like. If you are interested in joining the next Alpha Program commencing February 2022, we invite you to our final Pizza n Coke night session at St. Peters Church Hall at 7:00pm. The session will showcase the Alpha Program where we explore life, faith and meaning in a fun, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There will be testimonies from some participants of how Alpha has impacted them. For enquiries please call Anita on 0411772320 or please email hopperscrossingalpha@gmail.com. To register please fill in the form at https://bit.ly/3mvElli.

HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOUSEBOUND
If any of our elderly or sick parishioners who are housebound and unable to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office on 9749 4300.

RELIGIOUS ARTICLES AND STATUES will be available for purchase in the parish hall after all masses on the weekend of 4/5 December.

PRIESTLY ORDINATIONS
Please keep in your prayers Rev Joseph Jackson Nguyen, Rev Samuel Charles Pearson, Rev Hoang Tuan Dinh, Rev Alexander Hong Jiun Chow and Rev Jaycee Tala Napoles whose Priestly Ordination will take place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 4 December 2021 at 10 am.

CATHOLIC BISHOPS WELCOME RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BILL
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the introduction of the Religious Discrimination Bill, which will provide basic human rights protections for Australians of all faiths and none to express their beliefs. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, chair of the Bishops Commission for Life, Family and Public Engagement, has commended the bill, saying it offers ‘a positive expression of religious freedom’ that will be ‘an important progression towards parity with other anti-discrimination laws in Australia’. Continue reading: Catholic bishops welcome Religious Discrimination Bill

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Sunta Debrincat, Pasala Kristenamma, Heath Prior, Fr Christopher Seton, Miroslav Hledik, Mylene Sarmiento, Danny Cantos, Luiz Lopez, Michael Vidotto Snr., John McCracken, Amelita Santos, Eric Menjivar, Alex & Gerty Fernandes, Chinnamma Kora, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for John Cardoza, Simon Simonides, John Walsh, Carmelo Raveneschi, Carmelo (Carl) Raveneschi, Terrance Bernard, Gloria Thiruchelvam, Restitotu Cobunilas, Thomas Tri, Joseph Mau, Joseph Nam, Peter Son, Jiju Abraham, Marion Bartolo and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Frank O’Brien, Baby Lilio, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Yvonne Caruana, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Baby Julian Cayme, Kevin McLoughlin, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Henan Menjivar Jr., Jean Cameron, Katherine Yin Ming Lee, Enid Gibb and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 5 Dec 2021

Kevin McLoughlin / Derrick Netto / Toni Alexander

Readers – 4/5 Dec 2021

  6:00pm Sharon D’Silva
  8:30am Ignes D’Lima
10:30am Venus Iuta
  5:00pm Jerilee Cardoz

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 4/5 Dec 2021

  6:00pm H. Durski / K. Lam Pham / S. Martis
  8:30am C. D’Souza / G. Sharman / K. Fernandes
10:30am V. Firman / G. Siccita / E. Mills
  5:00pm E. Angeles / R. Albuquerque / G. Aldcroft

Music Ministry – 4/5 Dec 2021

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Volunteer
  5:00pm Filoz

 

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER
Prayer for Youth

God our Father, we ask you to be with young people as they experience sorrow and joy.

Protect them from the dangers that are present in our world today.

Give them and their families the courage to follow you as they journey through life.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, may they experience your loving care and mercy.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and power for ever and ever.

1st Reading (Dan 7:13-14)
A reading from the prophet Daniel.
I gazed into the visions of the night. And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants. His sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

2nd Reading (Apoc 1:5-8)
A reading from the book of Apocalypse.
Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead, the Ruler of the kings of the earth. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood, and made us a line of kings, priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. It is he who is coming on the clouds; everyone will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the races of the earth will mourn over him. This is the truth. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’ says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Blessed is he who inherits the kingdom of David our father; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Alleluia.

Gospel (Jn 18:33-37)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ Pilate asked. Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others spoken to you about me?’ Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?’ Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. But my kingdom is not of this kind.’ ‘So you are a king then?’ said Pilate. ‘It is you who say it’ answered Jesus. ‘Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The Lord sits as King for ever. The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Next Week’s Readings
Jer 33:14-16;   1 Thess 3:12-4:2;    Lk 21:25-28; 34-36

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 22 Nov - St. Cecilia
Wed, 24 Nov - Sts Andrew Dung-lac & Companions          


PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25amSunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th Sundays.

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Youth Group (12 - 18 years) on Zoom.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship on Zoom.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) on ZOOM. For details call parish office 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults

Mondays

7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) online on zoom.

Meeting ID: 91984220776 Password: bible. Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372

Tuesdays

7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary

Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399  Passcode: rosary

Wednesdays

7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom.

7:00pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena followed by Rosary on Zoom

Meeting ID: 925 4385 9684

Passcode: Rosary

1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pmSt. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held on zoom
Meeting ID:839 7212 5288Passcode: KNK
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm

 

UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES

Following Government announcements, there will be no density limits in church. Masses are celebrated as follows:

Fully Vaccinated - No cap
Weekdays - Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am
Weekend - Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am & 10:30am

Masses for those with Unknown Vaccination Status - Cap of 50 people per Mass
Wednesday 7.00pm and Sunday 5.00pm
(This will be on a first come first serve basis). Please note that the Wednesday Perpetual Succour Novena will NOT be held in church until further notice.

Kindly note the following:

  • Bookings for weekday and weekend Masses are not required.
  • Registration via QR Code (volunteers will be available to assist).
  • Proof of vaccination for all attending (12+ years and over) must be shown to the Check-In Marshalls. Parishioners need to update “Services Victoria App” if they are fully vaccinated or have a vaccination exemption.
  • If you do not have a smart phone, please obtain a hard copy vaccination compliance certificate which is to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls each time you attend mass as it will be recorded manually.
  • Face masks are optional.
  • Please sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before Mass.
    Doors will be shut 5 minutes before Mass
    .

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Kyrian Aricayos, Bella Tucker and Sistine Aiesi who are to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead lives full of happiness, faith and love.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL GIVING TREE
Greetings all. To enable us to make up hampers to brighten Christmas for needy, struggling families in our area (especially during these Covid times), please take a tag from the tree and return donated items to the baskets under the tree by 12th December. Please also return the tags to the tree. A Christmas card with your food gifts lets a family know you are thinking of them in this joyous season. If there are any families in need of a little help at this time and would like a Christmas hamper, please contact the Parish Office. Enquiries to 0433 710 310. A video will be played at all Masses this weekend. Thank you.

PIETY STORE
The Piety Store has, for sale, a stock of Columban Calendars for $9 each and God’s Word 2022 books for $20 each. If you would like to purchase any of these or other religious items, the Piety Store is open before and after all weekend Masses. Piety Store rosters are available for collection from the Church hall.

YOUNG ADULTS SAUSAGE SIZZLE FUNDRAISER
Please support our Young Adults at their Sausage Sizzle after all Masses this weekend (except Sunday 5pm) to help them raise funds to finance their various activities during the coming year.

MEMORIAL BOOK FOR NOVEMBER
To enable families to add the names of the deceased in the Memorial book in a Covid safe manner, we request you to email the names to the parish office at either hopperscrossing@cam.org.au or stpeters@westnet.com.au. We will add the names in the Memorial book and Fr. Vincent will pray for their souls during the month of November. 

ST. PETER'S SCHOOL CONFIRMATIONS
We congratulate the Year 6 students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 25th November. May they be filled with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit throughout their lives. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers.

MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED – 7:00PM, FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER
All Parishioners who have lost a loved one are invited to attend this special Memorial Mass for the Deceased. Invitations will be sent to families who have lost a loved one in the past 12 months. You are welcome to bring a photo of the Deceased and place it on the table at the front of the Church.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS
Our Sunday School children will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday 27th November. We pray that the Eucharist will enrich and nourish them throughout their lives.

JOSEPH'S CORNER COUNSELLING SERVICE SHOP
There will be a stall in the hall at all Masses on the weekend of 27/28 November (except Sunday 5pm) featuring Bric-a-Brac, knitting and crochet goods from Joseph's Corner Counselling Service shop "MERRIJIG" in Yarraville. The shop raises funds to help keep the Counselling Service going. The Free Service is for Partners and Family members of people affected by addiction. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

ALPHA PIZZA N COKE NIGHT MONDAY 29 NOVEMBER AT 7:00PM
The joint parishes of St James & St Peters have been running an Alpha program which ends on Monday Nov 29. The final session is a showcase of what an Alpha session looks like. If you are interested in joining the next Alpha Program commencing in February 2022, we would like to invite you to our final Pizza n Coke night session to be held at St. Peters Church Hall at 7 pm. The session will showcase the Alpha Program where we explore life, faith and meaning in a fun, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There will be testimonies from some participants of how Alpha has impacted them. Limited places available so please register early. For enquiries please call Anita on 0411772320 or email hopperscrossingalpha@gmail.com. To register please fill in the form at https://bit.ly/3mvElli.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (RELIGIOUS EXCEPTIONS) AMENDMENT BILL 2021
Currently, Catholic organisations, including our schools can freely employ those who share our religious beliefs, values and ethos. However, the Victorian Government has introduced legislation seeking to change this. If it passes, the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 will affect religious organisations all across Victoria, who will be limited in their ability to employ staff, run their schools and provide other services that adhere to their faith, values and ethos. Visit https://melbournecatholic.org/religiousfreedom for    further details. Copies of Archbishop Peter’s letter are available at the back of the church.

RED WEDNESDAY PRAYER VIGIL WITH EXPOSITON OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Wednesday, 24th November 2021, from 7:30pm St. Patrick’s Cathedral will be lit in red to remember and pray for persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their faith around the world. Join in on the night for a special prayer vigil or watch the livestream on www.youtube.com/archmelb.

ADVENT 21 WITH BRUCE DOWNES, THE CATHOLIC GUY
You are invited to ‘Expect the Unexpected’ this Advent. Join in each day for a short, free Advent Daily Devotional Video that will guide you on a life-changing journey. Starting November 28th you'll receive short inspirational videos each day from Bruce Downes, full of real life stories and practical ways to become all that God has created you to be! Register now or for more information. Email: info@brucedownes.org  or at https://brucedownes.org/registerforadvent//

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Miroslav Hledik, Mylene Sarmiento, Danny Cantos, Luiz Lopez, Michael Vidotto Snr., John McCracken, Amelita Santos, Eric Menjivar, Alex & Gerty Fernandes, Chinnamma Kora, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Franco Stroscio, Marion Bartolo, Edward Scicluna, Leno Farrugia, Lawrence Farrugia, Angelina Tonna, Vivian Azzopardi, Hilda Farrugia, Sanakonz Cox, George Missi, Thomas Tri, Joseph Mau, Joseph Nam, Peter Son, Michael Lewis, Claude Barber and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Frank O’Brien, Baby Lilio, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Yvonne Caruana, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Baby Julian Cayme, Kevin McLoughlin, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Henan Menjivar Jr., Jean Cameron, Katherine Yin Ming Lee and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 28 Nov 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Eileen Lewis / Bonny D’Souza

Readers – 27/28 Nov 2021

  6:00pm Yvette Mohan
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Lionel D’Cruz
  5:00pm Sherwin Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 27/28 Nov 2021

  6:00pm D&J Roga / J. Tramontana
  8:30am KSC Minister / K. English / R. Johnson
10:30am J. Quinless / A. Koek / S. Vaz
  5:00pm I Simangan / E. Angeles / R. Albuquerque

Music Ministry – 27/28 Nov 2021

  6:00pm St. Cecilia
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm

 

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER
For All the Faithful Departed

Almighty Father, You made everyone in your own image and likeness, and when that image was defaced by sin, you restored it through Christ:

Hear our prayers, we pray you, for all our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of the resurrection, and show them the glory of your face. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place.

1st Reading (Dan 12:1-3)
A reading from the prophet Daniel.
`At that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who mounts guard over your people. There is going to be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared, all those whose names are found written in the Book. Of those who lie sleeping in the dust of the earth many will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace. The learned will shine as brightly as the vault of heaven, and those who have instructed many in virtue, as bright as stars for all eternity.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

2nd Reading (Heb 10:11-14,18)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
All the priests stand at their duties every day, offering over and over again the same sacrifices which are quite incapable of taking sins away. Christ, on the other hand, has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his place forever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for him. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying. When all sins have been forgiven, there can be no more sin offerings.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Be watchful, pray constantly, that you may be worthy to stand before the Son of Man. Alleluia.

Gospel (Mk 13:24-32)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven. ‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. ‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
To be near God is my happiness, to place my hope in God the Lord.

Next Week’s Readings
Dan 7:13-14;   Apoc 1:5-8;   Jn 18:33-37

Feasts of the Week
Wed, 17 Nov - St. Elizabeth of Hungary


PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25amSunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th Sundays.

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Youth Group (12 - 18 years) on Zoom.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship on Zoom.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) on ZOOM. For details call parish office 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults

Mondays

7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) online on zoom.

Meeting ID: 91984220776 Password: bible. Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372

Tuesdays

7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary

Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399  Passcode: rosary

Wednesdays

7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom.

7:00pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena followed by Rosary on Zoom

Meeting ID: 925 4385 9684

Passcode: Rosary

1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pmSt. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held on zoom
Meeting ID:839 7212 5288Passcode: KNK
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm


UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
Regular church services have resumed with a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm. Masses are celebrated as follows:

Fully Vaccinated
Weekdays - Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am
Weekend - Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 8:30am & 10:30am

Masses for those with Unknown Vaccination Status - Cap of 30 people per Mass
Wednesday 7.00pm and Sunday 5.00pm
(This will be on a first come first serve basis). Please note that the Wednesday Perpetual Succour Novena will NOT be held in church until further notice.

Kindly note the following:

  • Bookings for weekday and weekend Masses are not required.
  • Registration via QR Code (volunteers will be available to assist).
  • Proof of vaccination for all attending (16 years and over) must be shown to the Check-In Marshalls. Parishioners need to update “Services Victoria App” if they are fully vaccinated or have a vaccination exemption.
  • If you do not have a smart phone, please obtain a hard copy vaccination compliance certificate which is to be shown to the Check-In Marshalls each time you attend mass as it will be recorded manually.
  • Face masks to be worn indoors at all times.
  • Please sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before Mass.
    Doors will be shut 5 minutes before Mass
    .

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WEEKDAY & WEEKEND MASSES
If you are attending a weekday or weekend mass and would like to volunteer with checking in or as an Usher, could you please contact the parish office on 97494300. You will need to be at the church 40 minutes before mass begins. Thank you.

SUNDAY SCHOOL for Children attending Non-Catholic schools have resumed from Sunday 7th November at 9.15 am (normal time).

MEMORIAL BOOK FOR NOVEMBER
November is a special time to pray for the dead. To enable families to add the names of the deceased in the Memorial book in a Covid safe manner, we request you to email the names to the parish office at either hopperscrossing@cam.org.au or stpeters@westnet.com.au. We will add the names in the Memorial book and Fr. Vincent will pray for their souls during the month of November.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL GIVING TREE
Greetings all. To enable us to make up hampers to brighten Christmas for needy, struggling families in our area (especially during these Covid times), please take a tag from the tree and return donated items to the baskets under the tree by 12th December. Please also return the tags to the tree. A Christmas card with your food gifts lets a family know you are thinking of them in this joyous season. If there are any families in need of a little help at this time and would like a Christmas hamper, please contact the Parish Office. Enquiries to 0433 710 310. Thank you.

ST. PETER'S SCHOOL CONFIRMATIONS
We congratulate the Year 6 students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday 19th and Thursday 25th November. May they be filled with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit throughout their lives. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST RECONCILIATIONS
Please pray for the Sunday School children preparing to make their first Reconciliation on Saturday 20th November. May our Lord guide them as they take this important step in their faith journey.

WORLD YOUTH DAY SUNDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2021
Pope Francis has called for a relaunch of the celebration of World Youth Day (WYD) marked on the Feast of Christ the King (21 November 2021). He announced that starting in 2021, this celebration—which has been traditionally held on Palm Sunday—will be held on the Sunday of the Solemnity of Christ the King (Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life). The theme for World Youth Day 2021 is ‘Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen’ (Acts 26:16) - an invitation from Christ himself to each of us, young and old, to stand up and share our faith in Jesus. To mark World Youth Day, the 10.30 am Mass on Sunday 21 November will be a Youth Mass. The Youth will assist in all ministries at this mass. All youth in our parish are encouraged to attend. Fr Vincent will give a special blessing to all the youth at the conclusion of all masses on the weekend of 20/21 November.

YOUNG ADULTS SAUSAGE SIZZLE FUNDRAISER
There will be a sausage sizzle after all weekend masses on 20/21 November (except Sunday 5pm) as a fundraiser for Young Adults to finance their various activities during the coming year.

MEMORIAL MASS FOR DECEASED – 7:00PM, FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER
All Parishioners who have lost a loved one are invited to attend this special Memorial Mass for the Deceased. Invitations will be sent to families who have lost a loved one in the past 12 months. You are welcome to bring a photo of the Deceased and place it on the table at the front of the Church.

CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR AVAILABILITY FORMS have been emailed to Readers and Communion Ministers. Can we please request that forms be returned to the parish office, latest by Sunday 14 November so we are able to prepare the roster for the next quarter. Hard copies of the forms are available in the church hall. Thank you.

JOSEPH'S CORNER COUNSELLING SERVICE SHOP
There will be a stall in the hall at all Masses on the weekend of 27/28 November (except Sunday 5pm) featuring Bric-a-Brac, knitting and crochet goods from Joseph's Corner Counselling Service shop "MERRIJIG" in Yarraville. The shop raises funds to help keep the Counselling Service going. The Free Service is for Partners and Family members of people affected by addiction. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

PIETY STORE
The Piety Store has, for sale, a stock of Columban Calendars for $9 each and Word of God 2022 books for $20 each. If you would like to purchase any of these or other religious items, the Piety Store is open before and after all weekend Masses.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (RELIGIOUS EXCEPTIONS) AMENDMENT BILL 2021
Currently, Catholic organisations, including our schools can freely employ those who share our religious beliefs, values and ethos. However, the Victorian Government has introduced legislation seeking to change this. If it passes, the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 will affect religious organisations all across Victoria, who will be limited in their ability to employ staff, run their schools and provide other services that adhere to their faith, values and ethos. For further details please visit the following link https://melbournecatholic.org/religiousfreedom, copies of Archbishop Peter’s letter are available at the back of the church.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, John McCracken, Amelita Santos, Eric Menjivar, Alex & Gerty Fernandes, Sr Eileen Jones, Catherine Briffa, Corina Kostopoulos, Daphne Duncan, Martha Nguyen, Bryan D’Souza, Ruth Javier, Fr Noel Oliver PE, Chinnamma Kora, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Arturo Apostoli, Margherita Apostoli, Frank Apostoli, Vita Sammartino, Edward Palmer, Michael Lewis, Claude Barber, Edna McGowan, Charlie Rhee, Emilio Marquez and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Frank O’Brien, Baby Lilio, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Yvonne Caruana, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Baby Julian Cayme, Kevin McLoughlin, Adrian McGill, Kevin Hynes, Jeffrey Dalton, Henan Menjivar Jr., Jean Cameron, Katherine Yin Ming Lee and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 21 Nov 2021

John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers – 20/21 Nov 2021

  6:00pm Davy Fernandez
  8:30am Dominic Hankins
10:30am Youth Mass
  5:00pm Volunteer

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 20/21 Nov 2021

  6:00pm S. Joseph / N. Golaw / G. Aldcroft
  8:30am R. Hibbert / K. Fernandes / A. Vesty
10:30am Youth Mass
  5:00pm Volunteer

Music Ministry – 20/21 Nov 2021

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Youth Mass
  5:00pm