DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MAY
Prayer to St. Joseph

O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

O Saint Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, so that having experienced here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Hold Him close in my name and kiss His fine head from me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Men of Galilee, why gaze in wonder at the heavens? This Jesus whom you saw ascending into heaven will return as you saw him go, alleluia.

1st Reading (Acts 1:1-11)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.’ As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, ‘Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

2nd Reading (Eph 4:1-13)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all. Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. It was said that he would: When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners, he gave gifts to men. When it says, ‘he ascended’, what can it mean if not that he descended right down to the lower regions of the earth? The one who rose higher than all the heavens to fill all things is none other than the one who descended. And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Go and teach all people my gospel. I am with you always, until the end of the world. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mk 16:15-20)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Jesus showed himself to the Eleven, and said to them: ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’ And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 2:1-11;   Gal 5:16-25;   Jn 15:26-27, 16:12-15


PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday 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) meet in the Community Centre.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) meet in the Theatrette every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 2nd & 4th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays 7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Registration via QR Code.
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

COMMUNION SERVICE
Fr. Vincent will be away on annual leave from Monday 17th May to Thursday 27th May 2021. During this time Fr. Frank Buhagiar will celebrate weekday and weekend Masses. Please make him welcome. There will be a Liturgy of the Word & Communion Service on Monday, 17 & 24 May at 8:30am and Wednesday 19 & 26 May at 8:30am. Please note the 7:00pm Mass and Novena will be held on Wednesday 19 & 26 May.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Archie Pushkarna & Sebastian Tringali 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.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Parishioners are encouraged to present their ideas/suggestions/concerns to the PPC via the SUGGESTION BOX in the church hall or via email to stpeters@westnet.com.au or hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

ST. PETER'S SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DATES
Please note the following dates that children from St. Peter's School will receive their First Holy Communion. Please be aware that parking may be an issue at these Masses. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers.
Saturday 15th May - 6:00pm & Sunday 16th May - 10:30am
Saturday 29th May - 6:00pm & Sunday 30th May - 10:30am

HEALING MASS
Welcome the return of our Healing Mass starting on Saturday 5th June from 1:30pm. This will include Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Praise & Worship, Rosary & Divine Mercy Prayers, Healing Praying over or laying of hands, Eucharistic Mass and fellowship. This Healing Service is subject to the current Covid Safe Guidelines.

CHAPLAINCY APPEAL 2021
This weekend is the Chaplaincy Appeal in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Each year a special collection is conducted in all parishes to support the vital work of our Catholic chaplains. The chaplains support thousands of Victorians every year in hospitals, prisons and youth justice centres, and those living with HIV/AIDS. Chaplains provide a listening ear, a compassionate presence, along with assistance to cope with emotional pain and loneliness. Please give generously. A special collection will be taken up this weekend or you can donate online at https://www.ccam.org.au/ or call (03) 9287 5513.

MOVIE NIGHT
Join St Peter’s Young Adults for an awesome movie night at 7:00pm on Saturday 22nd May in the Parish Hall. Bring along your family and friends to watch the movie “The Little Prince”!! There will be food and drinks available to purchase. Gold coin donation on entry. See you there!!

ST. PETER’S SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS
We congratulate the Year 4 Students from our school who will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion this weekend. We pray that the Eucharist will spiritually nourish them throughout their lives.

MANDATORY QR CODE REGISTRATION
The Victorian Government recently announced a tightening on the use of QR codes for certain public gatherings including religious gatherings. Everybody, including volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, etc.) must scan the QR code and provide contact details upon arrival.

  • 100% of all people attending St. Peters MUST sign in using the QR Code.
  • Registration by Trybooking is no longer available..
  • Volunteers will provide assistance to those who do not have smart-phones to check in.
  • Copies of QR Code are also displayed outside the church entrance to reduce overcrowding in the foyer.
  • Arrive early to allow time to check in.
  • Volunteers requested to assist with QR registration at all masses. If you are able to help, kindly arrive in church at least 30 minutes before Mass. Thank you.

QR CODE FOR ST PETER APOSTLE MISSION PARISH, HOPPERS CROSSING
You can scan the parish QR code to register yourself when you attend mass.

St Peters QR Code

DAILY/WEEKEND MASS INFORMATION
Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.

  • Please remain in your allocated seat, do not move pews or chairs and maintain social distancing while in church.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a program for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic and receiving the Sacraments. The meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.00pm in the Theatrette in St Peter Apostle Mission Parish. If you or anyone you know is interested, you are welcome to come along. The invitation is also extended to any Catholics who may want to come and help Catechists by sharing their knowledge and faith and motivate the Candidates. Please contact Francis Thomas at francispthomas@hotmail.com or 0401787372 or Evelyn Stowers at stowersjulian@gmail.com or 0499416158

HEART OF LIFE 'Pondering Grief'
Saturday 22 May 2021, 10am-3.30pm. This reflection day offers an invitation to reflect on and honour our inner life of change and transition. Facilitated by Linda Espie at Heart of Life, Kildara Centre, Rear 41 Stanhope St, Malvern. Cost $80 (Materials provided, BYO lunch). Book and pay via website heartoflife.melbourne, email info@heartoflife.melbourne or tel 9890 1101.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Fr Cormac Nagle, Nilo Martin Maniwang, Lynus Lobo, Fr. Peter Noronha, Edith Shaw, Valerie Tribdad, Vincent Lobo, Jamilton Dabu, Marlene Reynolds, Jane Joseph, Alfred Pace, Marcel Zuzarte, Michael Buttigieg, Margaret Lane, Santana Vaz, Celine Jose, Reggie McGowan, Shobha D’Souza, Patsy Francis, Dale Simila, Joslyn Huffing, David Chalk, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Leopoldo Pura Jr., Anna Vincenzino, Rosaria Scrofani, Frank Catania, Nicola Lettieri, Elizabeth Clark, Robert Cannard, Vita Sarpi and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Esther Uwase, Mirna Lamb, Catherine Marsh, William Vasiliadis, Alfredo Angeles, Jonas Dumadag, Vincent Margaret, Daniel Skinner, Maria Kiloumis, Brian & Helen Kelly and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 23 May 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Eileen Lewis / Bonny D’Souza

Readers – 22/23 May 2021

  6:00pm Jeslin Shaji
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Sunil Vaz
  5:00pm Dominic Hankins

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 22/23 May 2021

  6:00pm S. Martis / S. Albuquerque / N. Golaw
  8:30am KSC Minister / R. Johnson / Volunteer
10:30am E. Mills / B. Fernandes / J. Quinless
  5:00pm S&I Simangan / R. Albuquerque

Music Ministry – 22/23 May 2021

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

 

 

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MAY
Prayer to Mother Mary for all Mothers

Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ and heavenly Mother to all of God’s families, we pray for your guidance to give all Mothers the grace and love to receive the children that God sends to them and to understand the sanctity of all children’s lives.

Help all Mothers to teach their children to live their lives in the service of God and our Parish Communities.

We pray with confidence to you our Holy Mother and ask you to give all Mothers joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of Motherhood. Please graciously hear all our prayers and help us to trust in your mercy and love all our days.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people, alleluia.

1st Reading (Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
As Peter reached the house Cornelius went out to meet him, knelt at his feet and prostrated himself. But Peter helped him up. ‘Stand up,’ he said ‘I am only a man after all!’ Then Peter addressed them: ‘The truth I have now come to realise’ he said ‘is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him.’ While Peter was still speaking the Holy Spirit came down on all the listeners. Jewish believers who had accompanied Peter were all astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit should be poured out on the pagans too, since they could hear them speaking strange languages and proclaiming the greatness of God. Peter himself then said, ‘Could anyone refuse the water of baptism to these people, now they have received the Holy Spirit just as much as we have?’ He then gave orders for them to be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterwards they begged him to stay on for some days.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 4:7-10)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
My dear people, let us love one another since love comes from God and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love. God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him; this is the love I mean: not our love for God, but God’s love for us when he sent his Son to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! All who love me will keep my words, and my Father will love them and we will come to them. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 15:9-17)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants any more, because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me: no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. What I command you is to love one another.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
If you love me, keep my commandments, says the Lord, and I will ask the Father and he will send you another Paraclete, to abide with you for ever, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 1:1-11;   Eph 4:1-13;   Mk 16:15-20

Feasts of the Week
Fri, 14 May - St. Matthias      


PARISH NEWS

 

Mothers Day Blessing

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday 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) meet in the Community Centre.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) meet in the Theatrette every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 2nd & 4th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays 7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Registration via QR Code.
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

CHILD SAFEGUARDING
For many years now the Parish Priest, Parish Pastoral Committee, Parish office staff and volunteer leaders have been committed to ensure the safety, wellbeing and dignity of children, young people and vulnerable adults in the Parish. To assist in this task, a Child Safeguarding Committee has been formed, and meet regularly to ensure that all staff and volunteers in the Parish are aware of their responsibilities. We have in excess of 273 volunteers and 418 volunteer positions. As our ministries recommence, we are working with the leaders of each ministry to ensure that all volunteers have signed a safeguarding Code of Conduct declaration for 2021, have a valid working with children check (except for Choir members) and have a police check where required. Thank you for your continuing support and commitment to this important priority. If you have any questions please contact Catherine Graham, Child Safety Officer via the Parish Office.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Parishioners are encouraged to present their ideas/suggestions/concerns to the PPC via the SUGGESTION BOX in the church hall or via email to stpeters@westnet.com.au or hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

ST. PETER'S SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DATES
Please note the following dates that children from St. Peter's School will receive their First Holy Communion. Please be aware that parking may be an issue at these Masses. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers.

Saturday 15th May - 6:00pm & Sunday 16th May - 10:30am
Saturday 29th May - 6:00pm & Sunday 30th May - 10:30am

MOVIE NIGHT
Join St Peter’s Young Adults for an awesome movie night at 7:00pm on Saturday 22nd May in the Parish Hall. Bring along your family and friends to watch the movie “The Little Prince”!! There will be food and drinks available to purchase. Gold coin donation on entry. See you there!!

ROSARY DURING THE MONTH OF MAY
It is the deep desire of the Holy Father that the month of May be dedicated to a prayer marathon conducted by Catholics across the globe to become vehicles of the prayer of the entire Church. Starting on Saturday 1 May and broadcast live from the Gregorian Chapel of St Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father will lead the Rosary at 6pm Rome time (2am AEST) on all Vatican media platforms.

MANDATORY QR CODE REGISTRATION
The Victorian Government recently announced a tightening on the use of QR codes for certain public gatherings including religious gatherings. Everybody, including volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, etc.) must scan the QR code and provide contact details upon arrival.

  • 100% of all people attending St. Peters MUST sign in using the QR Code.
  • Registration by Trybooking is no longer available..
  • Volunteers will provide assistance to those who do not have smart-phones to check in.
  • Copies of QR Code are also displayed outside the church entrance to reduce overcrowding in the foyer.
  • Arrive early to allow time to check in.
  • Volunteers requested to assist with QR registration at all masses. If you are able to help, kindly arrive in church at least 30 minutes before Mass. Thank you.

QR CODE FOR ST PETER APOSTLE MISSION PARISH, HOPPERS CROSSING
You can scan the parish QR code to register yourself when you attend mass.

St Peters QR Code

DAILY/WEEKEND MASS INFORMATION

  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat, do not move pews or chairs and maintain social distancing while in church.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

ST. PETER APOSTLE PRIMARY SCHOOL PREP 2022 ENROLMENT INFORMATION EVENING
Enrolments are Open.  Information Evening to be held on Monday, 10th May at 7:00pm. NO children. Maximum 2 Adults per family. Attendance must be pre-booked. Entry via car park.

MATILDA, THE MUSICAL presented by Thomas Carr College. 7:00pm Thursday 27 May to Saturday 29 May. Doors open from 6:30pm. Tickets $5 per person. Book online via www.trybooking.com/BQBYA.

CHAPLAINCY APPEAL 2021
Next weekend is the Chaplaincy Appeal in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Each year a special collection is conducted in all parishes for the purpose of supporting the vital work of our Catholic chaplains. The chaplains support thousands of Victorians every year in hospitals, prisons and youth justice centres, and those living with HIV/AIDS. Chaplains provide a listening ear, a compassionate presence, along with assistance to cope with emotional pain and loneliness. Please give generously. A special collection will be taken up next weekend or you can donate online at https://www.ccam.org.au/ or call (03) 9287 5513.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Fr. Peter Noronha, Edith Shaw, Valerie Tribdad, Vincent Lobo, Jamilton Dabu, Marlene Reynolds, Jane Joseph, Alfred Pace, Marcel Zuzarte, Michael Buttigieg, Margaret Lane, Santana Vaz, Celine Jose, Reggie McGowan, Shobha D’Souza, Patsy Francis, Dale Simila, Joslyn Huffing, David Chalk, Mrs Devotta, Douglas D’Silva, Delma Padua, Lily Carvalho, Augusto Saragozza, Joan McGowan, Jane Geralda Joseph, Vincent Mariadoss, Margaret Lobo, Pauline Rodrigues, Nancy Menezes, Maria Dela-Pena, James D’Silva, Belen Simangan,  all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Cecil Wagstaff, Eardley Beck, Dot Mulquiney, Anna Vincenzino, Marita Leonor, P M Joseph, Salvatore Puglisi, Carmel Trento, Orazio Baffi, Rosaria Scrofani, Aileen Moreira, Sylvia Borg, Lewis Vella and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Esther Uwase, Mirna Lamb, Catherine Marsh, William Vasiliadis, Alfredo Angeles, Jonas Dumadag, Vincent Margaret, Daniel Skinner, Maria Kiloumis and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 16 May 2021

Bill Coghlan / Paul Mulquiney / Bernard Cassin

Readers –15/16 May 2021

  6:00pm Ignes D’Lima
  8:30am Michelle Nelthropp
10:30am Meresiana Peters
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 15/16 May 2021

  6:00pm S. Joseph / H. Durski / J. Tramontana
  8:30am J. Phal Lai / K. English / R. Albuquerque
10:30am C. Peters / S. Delos Reyos / L. Ortega
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 15/16 May 2021

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

 

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MAY
Prayer to St. Joseph, Model for Workers

St. Joseph silent and well-known carpenter in Nazareth, model of workers, by the work of your hands, you gave your contribution to the work of the Creator, you earned your living, and you provided for the needs of the Holy Family.

Intercede for all workers, in the difficulties of their daily lives, especially for the unemployed, in their anxieties for tomorrow, so that, through the guidance of God, the great Architect and Builder, they may use their strength and their talents to make visible his Kingdom, his new creation, to offer a concrete service to society, and to earn wages worthy of their efforts.

Amen


Entrance Antiphon
O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.

1st Reading (Acts 9:26-31)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
When Saul got to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him: they could not believe he was really a disciple. Barnabas, however, took charge of him, introduced him to the apostles, and explained how the Lord had appeared to Saul and spoken to him on his journey, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Saul now started to go round with them in Jerusalem, preaching fearlessly in the name of the Lord. But after he had spoken to the Hellenists, and argued with them, they became determined to kill him. When the brothers knew, they took him to Caesarea, and sent him off from there to Tarsus. The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 3:18-24)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active; only by this can we be certain that we are children of the truth and be able to quieten our conscience in his presence, whatever accusations it may raise against us, because God is greater than our conscience and he knows everything. 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! Live in me and let me live in you, says the Lord; my branches bear much fruit. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 15:1-8)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said to his disciples ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more. You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you. Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it. It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48;   1 Jn 4:7-10;    Jn 15:9-17

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 3 May - Sts. Philip & James


PARISH NEWS


WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday 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) meet in the Community Centre.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) meet in the Theatrette every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays 7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Registration via QR Code.
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Felix Bolinao, Lucas Cimino, Storm Rose & Summer Raine Sabatini, Lilly Lord and Erin Flynn 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.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING
For many years now the Parish Priest, Parish Pastoral Committee, Parish office staff and volunteer leaders have been committed to ensure the safety, wellbeing and dignity of children, young people and vulnerable adults in the Parish. To assist in this task, a Child Safeguarding Committee has been formed, and meet regularly to ensure that all staff and volunteers in the Parish are aware of their responsibilities. We have in excess of 273 volunteers and 418 volunteer positions. As our ministries recommence, we are working with the leaders of each ministry to ensure that all volunteers have signed a safeguarding Code of Conduct declaration for 2021, have a valid working with children check (except for Choir members) and have a police check where required. Thank you for your continuing support and commitment to this important priority. If you have any questions please contact Catherine Graham, Child Safety Officer via the Parish Office.

ROSARY DURING THE MONTH OF MAY
It is the deep desire of the Holy Father that the month of May be dedicated to a prayer marathon conducted by Catholics across the globe to become “vehicles of the prayer of the entire Church,” said the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation in a press release on 21 April. Starting on Saturday 1 May and broadcast live from the Gregorian Chapel of St Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father will lead the Rosary which will be available at 6:00pm Rome time (2:00am AEST) on all Vatican media platforms. He will also bless Rosaries to be sent to the 30 Marian Shrines participating in the daily live-streamed prayers.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS
We congratulate the children from St. Peter's Sunday School who will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion this Sunday. We pray that the Eucharist will enrich and nourish them throughout their lives.

YOUTH GROUP RESUMES
Youth group for children (12 to 18 years) resumes this Sunday 2nd May after the 5:00pm mass at the Community Centre, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. All are welcome.

MONTH OF MAY MASS COUNT
Parishioners, please note that as required by our Archdiocese each year, there will be a mass count at all masses for the first four weekends in May.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Parishioners are encouraged to present their ideas/suggestions/concerns to the PPC via the SUGGESTION BOX in the church hall or via email to stpeters@westnet.com.au or hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

MOTHER'S DAY – SUNDAY 9TH MAY
To celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful Mothers in our Parish, Father will give a special blessing for all Mothers at next weekend's Masses.

ST. PETER'S SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DATES
Please note the following dates that children from St. Peter's School will receive their First Holy Communion. Please be aware that parking may be an issue at these Masses. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers.
Saturday 15th May - 6:00pm & Sunday 16th May - 10:30am
Saturday 29th May - 6:00pm & Sunday 30th May - 10:30am

MANDATORY QR CODE REGISTRATION
The Victorian Government recently announced a tightening on the use of QR codes for certain public gatherings including religious gatherings. Everybody, including volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, etc.) must scan the QR code and provide contact details upon arrival.

  • 100% of all people attending St. Peters MUST sign in using the QR Code.
  • Registration by Trybooking is no longer available.
  • Volunteers will provide assistance to those who do not have smart-phones to check in.
  • Copies of QR Code are also displayed outside the church entrance to reduce overcrowding in the foyer.
  • Arrive early to allow time to check in.
  • Volunteers requested to assist with QR registration at all masses. If you are able to help, kindly arrive in church at least 30 minutes before Mass. Thank you.

DAILY/WEEKEND MASS INFORMATION

  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat, do not move pews or chairs and maintain social distancing while in church.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY, Hoppers Crossing Conference is very short of volunteers to participate in its Home Visitation Program to help families in need. If you are able to help, please contact Grace on 0434 274 275 or email Altona.rcp@svdp-vic.org.au.

ST. PETER APOSTLE PRIMARY SCHOOL PREP 2022 ENROLMENT INFORMATION EVENING
Enrolments are Open.  Information Evening to be held on Monday, 10th May at 7:00pm. NO children. Maximum 2 Adults per family. Attendance must be pre-booked. Entry via car park.

MATILDA, THE MUSICAL presented by Thomas Carr College. 7:00pm Thursday 27 May to Saturday 29 May. Doors open from 6:30pm. Tickets $5 per person. Book online via www.trybooking.com/BQBYA.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
Come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing! The weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome. The next residential weekend is on 21 -23 May 2021 in Wantirna South. Book early to avoid disappointment). Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676. Website: wwme.org.au or EMAIL vicbookings@wwme.org.au.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Michael Buttigieg, Margaret Lane, Santana Vaz, Celine Jose, Reggie McGowan, Shobha D’Souza, Patsy Francis, Dale Simila, Joslyn Huffing, David Chalk, Mrs Devotta, Douglas D’Silva, Delma Padua, Lily Carvalho, Augusto Saragozza, Joan McGowan, Jane Geralda Joseph, Vincent Mariadoss, Margaret Jolly Lobo, Pauline Rodrigues, Nancy Menezes, Maria Leonor Dela-Pena, James D’Silva, Belen Simangan,  all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Leon Gill, Mary Shanks, John Meddings, Molly Golding, Mary Hartshorn, Margaret Smith, Neville Smith, Elizabeth Jacobs, Olga Evans, Flor Golaw, Basilio Angeles, Marija Husar, Mary Wilson, Glenis Mumford, Gloria Granger, Teresa Colosimo, Thomas McClure and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Esther Uwase, Mirna Lamb, Catherine Marsh, William Vasiliadis, Alfredo Angeles, Jonas Dumadag and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 9 May 2021

John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers –8/9 May 2021

  6:00pm Jeffrey Poppen
  8:30am Adele Vesty
10:30am Lionel D’Cruz
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 8/9 May 2021

  6:00pm D&J Roga / B. Fernandes
  8:30am E. Stowers / G. Sharman / G. Linning
10:30am V. Firman / S. Colla / F. Caruana
  5:00pm R. Perera / E. Angeles / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 8/9 May 2021

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

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
ANZAC Day Ode of Remembrance

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them. 

Lest we forget


Entrance Antiphon
The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.

1st Reading (Acts 4:8-12)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said: ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 3:1-2)
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.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 10:11-18)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said: ‘I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd. ‘The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as it is in my power to lay it down, so it is in my power to take it up again; and this is the command I have been given by my Father.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep and willingly died for his flock, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 9:26-31;   1 Jn 3:18-24;   Jn 15:1-8

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 26 Apr - St. Mark
Wed, 28 Apr - 
St. Peter Chanel
Thu, 29 Apr - St. Catherine of Siena


PARISH NEWS


MANDATORY QR CODE REGISTRATION
The Victorian Government recently announced a tightening on the use of QR codes for certain public gatherings including religious gatherings. Effective from Saturday 24 April, everybody, including volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, etc.) must scan the QR code and provide contact details upon arrival.

Effective from this weekend (24/25 April):

  • 100% of all people attending St. Peters MUST sign in using the QR Code.
  • Registration by Trybooking will no longer be used for weekend masses from next weekend (1/2 May).
  • Volunteers will provide assistance to those who do not have smart-phones to check in.
  • Copies of QR Code will be displayed outside the church entrance to reduce overcrowding in the foyer.
  • Arrive early to allow time to check in.
  • Volunteers requested to assist with QR registration at all masses. If you are able to help, kindly arrive in church at least 30 minutes before Mass. Thank you.

DAILY/WEEKEND MASS INFORMATION

  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat, do not move pews or chairs and maintain social distancing while in church.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

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

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays 7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Registration via QR Code.
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A reminder to please return all Project Compassion boxes either to the Parish Office or by leaving them on the table outside the Sacristy after the weekend Masses. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

MONTH OF MAY MASS COUNT
Parishioners, please note that as required by our Archdiocese each year, there will be a mass count at all masses for the first four weekends in May.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS – SUNDAY 2ND MAY, 10:30AM
Parishioners, please note that children from St. Peter's Sunday School will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday 2nd May at the 10:30am Mass. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers as they prepare to receive our Lord for the first time.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Parishioners are encouraged to present their ideas/suggestions/concerns to the PPC via the SUGGESTION BOX in the church hall or via email to stpeters@westnet.com.au or hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY, Hoppers Crossing Conference is very short of volunteers to participate in its Home Visitation Program to help families in need. If you are able to help, please contact Grace on 0434 274 275 or email Altona.rcp@svdp-vic.org.au.

JOSEPH’S CORNER ANNUAL HIGH TEA FUNDRAISER
2:00pm, 2nd May 2021 at Mount St. Joseph Girl’s College, 129-133 Maidstone St. Altona. $30 per person. Music, raffles, door prizes, guest speakers, party planners, great food and lots more. For bookings call 9315 2680. All funds raised go to Joseph’s Corner.

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – 25TH April 2021
World Day of Vocations
This Sunday is the World Day of Vocations. Let us pray for the young people in our community, and in our families and circle of friends. May our prayers help them to be open to the Lord’s call to consecrated life or priesthood.

Pope Francis tells us:
There can be no greater joy than to risk one’s life for the Lord! I would like to say this especially to you, the young. Do not be deaf to the Lord’s call. If he calls you to follow this path, do not pull your oars into the boat, but trust him.

PLEDGE TO PRAY
The Vocations Office in Melbourne has partnered with some others in a project, 'Pledge to Pray' - an on-line platform for individuals to pledge prayers for vocations. It is based upon the idea of the 'Invisible Monastery'. You are invited to 'pledge a prayer' for vocations at www.pledgetopray.com.au, this is a site dedicated to encouraging prayer for vocations in Australia.

CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE & CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Good Shepherd Sunday Appeal – Support the training of priests for tomorrow’s Church. Your (tax deductable) donation will support the living arrangements and education for the Corpus Christi College seminarians. Donate via our website: www.ctc.edu.au

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Series of short sessions: online via Zoom
Engaging Your Faith
Choose one, choose all, choose what interests you and all for just $20 per session, running 11th to 31st May. Booking, payment and further information www.ctc.edu.au/news-and-events/engaging-your-faith/

MATILDA, THE MUSICAL presented by Thomas Carr College. 7:00pm Thursday 27 May to Saturday 29 May. Doors open from 6:30pm. Tickets $5 per person. Book online via www.trybooking.com/BQBYA.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
Come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing! The weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome. The next residential weekend is on 21 -23 May 2021 in Wantirna South. Book early to avoid disappointment). Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676. Website: wwme.org.au or EMAIL vicbookings@wwme.org.au.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Douglas D’Silva, Delma Padua, Lily Carvalho, Augusto Saragozza, Joan McGowan, Jane Geralda Joseph, Vincent Mariadoss, Margaret Jolly Lobo, Pauline Rodrigues, Nancy Menezes, Maria Leonor Dela-Pena, James D’Silva, Belen Simangan, Imelda De Leon, Tracey Foss, Fr Michael McCoy, Raymundo Josue, Alkis Christopoulos. Albert D’Costa, Christina Lyngdoh, Helena Krawczyszyn, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Anthony Borg, Leo Mellewa, Edgardo Salvador, Aju Sunny, David Pillai, Leopoldo & Nemesia De Mesa, Joseph, Jane Joseph, Annamma Mathew and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Esther Uwase, Mirna Lamb and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 2 May 2021

Kevin McLoughlin / Tini & Barrie Hope

Readers –1/2 May 2021

  6:00pm Wilfred D’Cruz
  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Lute Eliepa
  5:00pm Romayne Albuquerque

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 1/2 May 2021

  6:00pm I D’Lima / S. D’Silva / J. Tramontana
  8:30am R. Johnson / K. Fernandes / S. Joseph
10:30am J. Quinless / N. Costa / E. Mills
  5:00pm E. Angeles / R. Perera / J. Phan Lai

Music Ministry – 1/2 May 2021

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Samoan Choir
  5:00pm FilOz

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
Prayer To St. Joseph

 Glorious St. Joseph, faithful guardian of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus, all the help and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death and the special favour we now implore (name your request).

Guardian of the word Incarnate and Chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, we are animated with confidence that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.

1st Reading (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Peter said to the people: ‘You are Israelites, and it is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus, the same Jesus you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after Pilate had decided to release him. It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses. ‘Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, let your face shine on us.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 2:1-5)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
I am writing this, my children, to stop you sinning; but if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s. We can be sure that we know God only by keeping his commandments. Anyone who says, ‘I know him’, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, refusing to admit the truth. But when anyone does obey what he has said, God’s love comes to perfection in him.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Lord Jesus, make your word plain to us: make our hearts burn with love when you speak. Alleluia!

Gospel (Lk 24:35-48)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread. They were still talking about all this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!’ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they could not believe it, and they stood there dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes. Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The Christ had to suffer and on the third day rise from the dead; in his name repentance and remission of sins must be preached to all the nations, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 4:8-12;   1 Jn 3:1-2;   Jn 10:11-18


PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

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

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays 7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

WELCOME
We welcome into our Church community Eva Debono, Finn Hazelton and Kristy Kanickairaj 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.

PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A reminder to please return all Project Compassion boxes either to the Parish Office or by leaving them on the table outside the Sacristy after the weekend Masses. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

BIBLE STUDY
Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James Bible Study at the Ray Centre, St. James the Apostle Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452/ Francis Thomas 0401787372.

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – 25TH April 2021
World Day of Vocations
Next Sunday is the World Day of Vocations. Let us pray for the young people in our community, and in our families and circle of friends. May our prayers help them to be open to the Lord’s call to consecrated life or priesthood.

Pope Francis tells us:

There can be no greater joy than to risk one’s life for the Lord! I would like to say this especially to you, the young. Do not be deaf to the Lord’s call. If he calls you to follow this path, do not pull your oars into the boat, but trust him.

PLEDGE TO PRAY
The Vocations Office in Melbourne has partnered with some others in a project, 'Pledge to Pray' - an on-line platform for individuals to pledge prayers for vocations. It is based upon the idea of the 'Invisible Monastery'. You are invited to 'pledge a prayer' for vocations at www.pledgetopray.com.au, this is a site dedicated to encouraging prayer for vocations in Australia.

ANZAC DAY REMEMBRANCE MASS – SUNDAY 25TH APRIL, 8:30AM
Please join us for this special Mass which commemorates the sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand military personnel who died during the war. The Mass will include the Ode, the Last Post, a minute’s silence, Lest We Forget, the Roust and the National Anthem.  This year ANZAC Day falls on a Sunday as it did in 1915 when the ANZACs landed on Gallipoli.

FEAST OF SAN PEDRO CALUNGSOD
This feast will be celebrated at the Filipino Mass on Sunday 25 April at 12pm. Bookings to be made via Trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/BQESO.

DAILY/WEEKEND MASS INFORMATION

  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.
  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance. Volunteers will assist until Mass starts.
  • Registration for weekend Masses via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings open on a Monday and close on a Friday prior to the weekend. If you have not booked for a weekend mass you can register your attendance using the QR code. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing at the entry door).
  • Please remain in your allocated seat, do not move pews or chairs and maintain social distancing while in church.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Parishioners are encouraged to present their ideas/ suggestions/ concerns to the PPC via the SUGGESTION BOX in the church hall or via email to stpeters@westnet.com.au or hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

PALMS AUSTRALIA
Share your skills to help develop the capacity of overseas organisations and the abilities of their people. Low-income communities seek sustainable solutions to poverty, not through money or gifts, but by building self-reliance. All trades and professions are called to assist this mission. ENQUIRE NOW to properly prepare for a placement in 2022. Join our online InfoZoom on 2 May, visit palms.org.au, or call Palms on 02 9560 5333.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Maria Leonor Dela-Pena, James D’Silva, Belen Simangan, Imelda De Leon, Tracey Foss, Fr Michael McCoy, Raymundo Josue, Alkis Christopoulos. Albert D’Costa, Christina Lyngdoh, Helena Krawczyszyn, Violet Pisani, Hermie Getalado, Veronica Dabu-McDaniel, Norma Keyte, Peter Farrugia, Adrian McDonald, Kath Bowman, Brian Connor, Carmen Desira, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Anne Marie Medel, Julie & Leigh Smith, Ellen Barnes, Janice Hartshorn, Chris Hart, Leopoldo & Nemesia De Mesa, David Pillai, Agnes Therese Thoi, Joseph Mau, Trevor Marshall, Apolonia Garcia, Alice Quinless, Audrey DeNiese and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Esther Uwase and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 25 Apr 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Bonny D’Souza

Readers –24/25 Apr 2021

  6:00pm Davy Fernandez
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Iris Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 24/25 Apr 2021

  6:00pm P. Albuquerque / H. Durski / S. Martis
  8:30am KSC Minister / R. Johnson / Volunteer
10:30am V. Firman / S. Vaz / B. Fernandes
  5:00pm S. Simangan / J. Phan Lai / C. Skinner

Music Ministry – 24/25 Apr 2021

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

 

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
Divine Mercy Prayer

You expired, O Jesus,
But the source of life gushed forth for souls
And the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world
O Fount of Life,
Unfathomable Divine Mercy,
Envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus
As a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.
Amen


Entrance Antiphon
Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia!

1st Reading (Acts 4:32-35)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common. The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect. None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 5:1-6)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten by God; and whoever loves the Father that begot him loves the child whom he begets. We can be sure that we love God’s children if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us; this is what loving God is – keeping his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult, because anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world; this is the victory over the world – our faith. Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God: Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness – since the Spirit is the truth.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me; happy those who have not seen me, but still believe!
Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 20:19-31)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’ Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’ Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving, but believing, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19;   1 Jn 2:1-5;   Lk 24:35-48


PARISH NEWS

THANK YOU
Fr. Vincent, Dcn. Charles and the Parish Pastoral Council would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sacristans, Altar Servers, Choirs, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, Ladies Auxiliary, Ushers, Gatekeepers and everyone who worked tirelessly at all the Holy Week services to ensure that everything went through so smoothly. Without your help we could not have achieved this.

BOOKING FOR WEEKEND MASSES
Registration for weekend Masses via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings open on a Monday and close on a Friday prior to the weekend. If you have not booked for a weekend mass you can register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing at the entry door).

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

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

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays

7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.

7:00pm to 8:30pm RCIA in Theatrette

1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.


DCN. CHARLES & KATHLEEN ENGLISH
thank all our parishioners for their prayers, thoughts and kind wishes.

Please continue to keep Dcn. Charles in your prayers as he continues with his medical treatment.

PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A reminder to please return all Project Compassion boxes either to the Parish Office or by leaving them on the table outside the Sacristy after the weekend Masses. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – 25TH April 2021
World Day of Vocations
Let us pray for the young people in our community, and in our families and circle of friends. May our prayers help them to be open to the Lord’s call to consecrated life or priesthood.

Pope Francis tells us:
There can be no greater joy than to risk one’s life for the Lord! I would like to say this especially to you, the young. Do not be deaf to the Lord’s call. If he calls you to follow this path, do not pull your oars into the boat, but trust him.

Pope Francis – Message for 2021 World Day of Vocations. Saint Joseph: The Dream of Vocation
‘God looks on the heart (cf. 1 Sam 16:7), and in Saint Joseph he recognized the heart of a father, able to give and generate life in the midst of daily routines. Vocations have this same goal: to beget and renew lives every day. The Lord desires to shape the hearts of fathers and mothers: hearts that are open, capable of great initiatives, generous in self-giving, compassionate in comforting anxieties and steadfast in strengthening hopes.’

‘The priesthood and the consecrated life greatly need these qualities nowadays, in times marked by fragility but also by the sufferings due to the pandemic, which has spawned uncertainties and fears about the future and the very meaning of life. Saint Joseph comes to meet us in his gentle way, as one of “the saints next door”. At the same time, his strong witness can guide us on the journey.’

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Newman and the Nineteenth Century Church. Online unit via zoom on 12 Saturday mornings. Lecturer is Rev. Prof. Austin Cooper OMI AM. Audit, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Options available. Enquiries: Dr Rosemary Canavan, Academic Dean, 9412 3333 or dean@ctc.edu.au.

REFLECTION ON DIVINE MERCY
Our Gospel (John 20:19-31) recounts one of the Post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus to his disciples, where Jesus appears to his disciples, coming through locked doors and says Peace be with you breathing upon them the Holy Spirit and communicating His authority to forgive sins. However, Thomas was not present and when the other disciples said to him, We have seen the Lord, he said to them, Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe. A week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them.  Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, Peace be with you. Then he said to Thomas, Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.  Thomas answered and said to him, My Lord and my God! Thomas’s response in his encounter with the Risen Lord, “My Lord and My God" reveals the very heart of prayer as a call to adoration and communion with God. It has become the exclamation for millions, when faced with the Mystery of Mysteries, the Holy Eucharist, at the elevation during Mass.

Pope St Gregory the Great preached a marvelous homily on this encounter between Thomas and the Risen Lord. In it he asked: What conclusion, dear brethren, do you come to? Surely it was not by chance that this chosen disciple was missing in the first place? Or that on his return he heard, that hearing he doubted, that doubting he touched, and that touching he believed? It was by divine dispensation and not by chance that things so fell out. Jesus turned Thomas’s doubt into an event of Mercy for generations to come. Out of the repentance born from seeing Mercy Incarnate, touching the wounds of His Divine love, came that response, those wonderful words that have formed the most profound of personal prayers for millennia “My Lord and My God”. Pope St Gregory was so right; Thomas’ doubt healed the wounds of all of our doubts. Today we join with our Holy Father Pope Francis and Catholics throughout the whole world, in celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy. To Saint Faustina Our Lord said: "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy. This day we are invited to approach the throne of Mercy and cry out with St. Thomas: "My Lord and My God" (Jn 20:28). Those who do are forever changed.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Christina Lyngdoh, Helena Krawczyszyn, Violet Pisani, Albert D’Costa, Hermie Getalado, Veronica Dabu-McDaniel, Norma Keyte, Tracey Foss, Peter Farrugia, Adrian McDonald, Kath Bowman, Brian Connor, Carmen Desira, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Lorna Anderson, Maxwell Poppen, Judith & Sebastian D’Cruz, Afra & Isidonio Fernandes, Fr. Ave Maria D’Sa, Angelo Piscopo, Sam Sultana, Jose Golaw, Antonino Failla, Edgar Bersabe, Aniceta Esmaquel, Elena dela Cruz, Annamma Mathew and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Yvonne Norris, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 18 Apr 2021

Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman

Readers –17/18 Apr 2021

  6:00pm David Roga
  8:30am Sharon D’Silva
10:30am Sharon Arubia
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 17/18 Apr 2021

  6:00pm J. Roga / S. Joseph / S. Albuquerque
  8:30am K. Fernandes / G. Sharman / Volunteer
10:30am L. Ortega / B. Keane / S. Delos Reyos
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 17/18 Apr 2021

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

 

 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR APRIL
Divine Mercy Prayer

You expired, O Jesus,

But the source of life gushed forth for souls

And an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world

O Font of Life,

Unfathomable Divine Mercy,

Envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus

As a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.

Amen


Entrance Antiphon
I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia!

1st Reading (Acts 10:34, 37-43)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

2nd Reading (Col 3:1-4)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians.
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Christ has become our paschal sacrifice; let us feast with joy in the Lord. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 20:1-9)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb" she said “and we don't know where they have put him.” So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 2:42-47;   1 Pet 1:3-9;   Jn 20”19-31


PARISH NEWS

Dear Parishioners

2021 Easter Blessing

May the Risen Lord bless and protect you at Easter and all through the year.
Fr. Vincent John & Dcn. Charles English

HOLY SATURDAY 3 APRIL (NO MORNING MASS)
8:30am    –   Divine Mercy Novena
7:30pm   –   Easter Vigil Mass
8:30am to 10:30am – Confessions

EASTER SUNDAY 4 APRIL (NO 5:00PM MASS)
8:30am, 10:30am –  Masses
1:15pm – Spanish Mass.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ends Sunday 4th April 2021. Please remember to turn your Clocks back 1 hour at 3:00am to 2:00am.

THANK YOU to all who have helped during Holy Week. Very Special Thanks and Gratitude to the Ladies Auxiliary for all their work during the entire Lenten season and throughout the year.

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

We also welcome our Catechumens Rajitha Wasala, Lisa Arenas and Natalie Turner who receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, 3 April 2021.

LITURGY OF THE WORD/COMMUNION SERVICE
Please note that there will be NO MASS on Monday 5th April and Tuesday 6th April as Fr. Vincent will be away.  There will be a Liturgy of the Word/Communion Service on both days.

PRAYERS FOR DEACON CHARLES
Deacon Charles has recently been diagnosed with a condition which requires medical treatment and has taken leave of absence for one month from all parish activities. Kindly keep Deacon Charles and his family in your prayers during this time. Thank you.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY – 11 APRIL 2021
To celebrate this Feast there will be Exposition, Adoration and Confession commencing at 2:00pm. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited at 3:00pm (the hour of Mercy), followed by Mass. Please check timetable below.

DIVINE MERCY TIMETABLE

DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
2 April – Good Friday (After 3:00pm Service)
3 April – Holy Saturday (8:30am)
4 – 9 April (Sunday to Friday) – After 8:30am Mass
10 April (Saturday) – After 9:00am Mass
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, 11 APRIL
8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm – Normal Weekend Masses
2:00pm – Exposition, Adoration, Confessions
3:00pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Mass


PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A box has been placed outside the Sacristy for the return of Project Compassion boxes. Thank you.

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

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

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays

7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.

7:00pm to 8:30pm RCIA in Theatrette

Fridays in Lent 7:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Mass.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.


HOLY WEEK LITURGY AT CATHEDRAL TELEVISED
For those in our community who are unable to gather in church and can only participate virtually Easter Sunday service will be televised at 11:00am on Channel C31 (Channel 44 on TV) and streamed live on YouTube.

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE
Newman and the Nineteenth Century Church. Online unit via zoom on 12 Saturday mornings. Lecturer is Rev. Prof. Austin Cooper OMI AM. Audit, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Options available. Enquiries: Dr Rosemary Canavan, Academic Dean, 9412 3333 or dean@ctc.edu.au.

THANK YOU FROM CARITAS AUSTRALIA
Caritas Australia would like to THANK YOU for supporting Project Compassion 2021. If you still have your Project Compassion box or set of envelopes at home, please bring them back next week or visit www.caritas.org.au to make your donation online. Through your generosity you will be empowering the world’s most vulnerable communities to grow stronger and share their strengths with their communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion  #projectcompassion 1800 024 413

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Peter Farrugia, Sr. Mary Joseph, Adrian McDonald, Kath Bowman, Brian Connor, P.G. Joseph, Miguel Mauna, Carmen Desira, Margaret Palakkal, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, Marie Adam, Dayan Thumma, Asuncion Evangelista, Doreen Eddison, Mick Gastin, Faye McNerney, Gilbert Norris, Mitran Nettur, Mickey Lyngdoh, Eulalia Rulona, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Ramon Alinea, Alex de Borja, Edgar Bersabe, Aniceta Esmaquel, Elena dela Cruz, Antonio Grisancich, Mathilda Lariche and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Yvonne Norris, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Tracey Foss, Leelamma Joseph, Dale D’Souza, Shiranthi Cramer, Melissa Bear, Lyn Worsley and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 11 Apr 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Derrick Netto / Toni Alexander

Readers –10/11 Apr 2021

  6:00pm Jerilee Cardoz
  8:30am Sunil Vaz
10:30am Sibrina Harry
  5:00pm Romayne Albuquerque

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 10/11 Apr 2021

  6:00pm N. Golaw / J. Tramontana / G. Surrao
  8:30am B. Steinhauer / E. Stowers / S. Gomez
10:30am N. Costa / S. Colla / F. Caruana
  5:00pm E. Angeles / R. Perera / J. Phan Lai

Music Ministry – 10/11 Apr 2021

  7:30pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Youth Band
  2:00pm KNK – Divine Mercy Sunday Mass
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ


 

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
Year of St. Joseph – 8 Dec 2020 to 8 Dec 2021

Glorious St. Joseph, faithful guardian of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus, all the help and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death and the special favour we now implore (name your request).

Guardian of the word Incarnate and Chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, we are animated with confidence that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy!

1st Reading (Is 50:4-7)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue. So that I may know how to reply to the wearied he provides me with speech. Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple. The Lord has opened my ear. For my part, I made no resistance, neither did I turn away. I offered my back to those who struck me, my cheeks to those who tore at my beard; I did not cover my face against insult and spittle. The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

2nd Reading (Phil 2 :6-11)
A reading from the letter to the Philippians.
His state was divine, yet Christ Jesus did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!
Christ became obedient for us even to death, dying on the cross. Therefore God raised him on high and gave him a name above all other names.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel (Mk 14:1-15:47)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.

Due to the length of the gospel, we are unable to provide a printed version this week. Instead, we offer a Reflection for Palm Sunday taken from a synopsis of Pope Francis’ Homily for Palm Sunday 2020.

In his homily, Pope Francis sought to encourage his global audience of countless millions who were following this unique celebration by television, radio or social media. Drawing on the Gospel account of Jesus’ passion and crucifixion, he recalled that Jesus “descended into the abyss of our most bitter sufferings, culminating in betrayal and abandonment,” and said that from this experience Jesus’s message to us today is this: “Do not be afraid, you are not alone. I experienced all your desolation in order to be ever close to you.”

“Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled,” Pope Francis said, “in the face of so many hopes betrayed, in the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our hearts, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you’.” He told the small congregation in the basilica of some thirty persons standing at a distance from each other and the larger global audience that Jesus had “served us even to the point of being betrayed and abandoned,” and that, “we were put in this world to love him and our neighbours. Everything else passes away, only this remains.”

Pope Francis added that “the tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the things that are serious, and not to be caught up in those that matter less; to rediscover that life is of no use if not used to serve others. For life is measured by love.” He continued: So, in these holy days, in our homes, let us stand before the Crucified One, the fullest measure of God’s love for us, and before the God who serves us to the point of giving his life, and let us ask for the grace to live in order to serve. May we reach out to those who are suffering and those most in need. May we not be concerned about what we lack, but what good we can do for others.

At this point, Pope Francis turned to young people worldwide. He recalled that for the past 35 years Palm Sunday had been dedicated to them in memory of the fact that young people had welcomed Jesus on his entry to Jerusalem. “Dear friends, look at the real heroes who come to light in these days,” he said. “They are not famous, rich and successful people; rather, they are those who are giving themselves in order to serve others. Feel called yourselves to put your lives on the line. Do not be afraid to devote your life to God and to others.”


PARISH NEWS


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ends Sunday 4th April 2021. Please remember to turn your Clocks back 1 hour at 3:00am to 2:00am.

HOLY WEEK / EASTER / DIVINE MERCY TIMETABLE 

HOLY THURSDAY, 1 APRIL – NO MORNING MASS)
7:30pm   –   Mass followed by Vigil until 11:00pm
GOOD FRIDAY, 2 APRIL
10:00am  –  Stations of the Cross
3:00pm   –  Celebration of the Lord’s Passion followed by Divine Mercy Novena
HOLY SATURDAY 3 APRIL – NO MORNING MASS)
8:30am    –   Divine Mercy Novena
7:30pm   –   Easter Vigil Mass
8:30am to 10:30am – Confessions
EASTER SUNDAY 4 APRIL – NO 5:00PM MASS)
8:30am, 10:30am –  Masses
1:15pm – Spanish Mass.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
2 April – Good Friday (After 3:00pm Service)
3 April – Holy Saturday (8:30am)
4 – 9 April (Sunday to Friday) – After 8:30am Mass
10 April (Saturday) – After 9:00am Mass
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, 11 APRIL
8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm – Normal Weekend Masses
2:00pm – Exposition, Adoration, Confessions
3:00pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Mass
CONFESSIONS
Saturdays – After 9:00am Mass
Wednesdays – After 7:00pm Mass
Holy Saturday – 8:30am to 10:30am

 

!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ !!
BOOKINGS FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY
Trybooking link for Weekend and Holy week services https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday are SOLD OUT. A reminder that those who have booked via Trybooking are guaranteed a seat in the church & hall (300 seating capacity). Please have your booking receipt with you as proof of booking. Those who have missed out on bookings will have to use the QR code on arrival. However, this will be standing room only in the undercover area at the rear of the church. If you come early but do not have a booking and are using the QR code, you will be directed to the undercover area. These steps have been taken to try and accommodate as many people as we can for our Holy Week services. Doors open 1 hour before start of services.  Please come early. Doors shut as soon as services begin. We thank you for your cooperation.

READINGS FOR EASTER TRIDUUM

HOLY THURSDAY

1st Reading

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14

Resp. Psalm

Ps 115:12-13, 15-18

2nd Reading

1 Cor 11:23-26

Gospel Acclamation

Jn13:34

Gospel

Jn 13:1-15

GOOD FRIDAY

1st Reading

Is 52:13-53:12

Resp. Psalm

Ps 30:2,6,12-13,15-17,25

2nd Reading

Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9

Gospel Acclamation

Phil 2:8-9

Gospel

Jn 18:1-19:42

EASTER VIGIL

1st Reading
Gen.1:1-2:2

Resp Psalm
Ps103,1-2,5-6,10,12-14,24,35.R.cf.v.30

2nd Reading
Gen. 22:1-18

Resp. Psalm
Ps 15:5,8-11,R.v.1

3rd Reading
Ex 14:15-15:1.

Canticle
Ex 15:1-6,17-18.R.v.1

Mass of Easter Night

1st Reading
Rom 6:3-11

Resp Psalm
Ps 117:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

Gospel Year B
Mark 16:1-7

EASTER SUNDAY

1st Reading
Acts 10:34,37-43

Resp. Psalm
Ps 117:1-2, 16-17, 22-23, R.v.24

2nd Reading
Col 3:1-4

Gospel Acclamation
1 Cor 5:7-8

Gospel
Jn 20:1-9

 

LIVESTREAMING OF HOLY THURSDAY & GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES
For those who are unable to attend, there will be livestreaming of Holy Thursday and Good Friday services via our parish youtube channel. Links as follows for Holy Thursday mass https://youtu.be/lGW6fC85aUA and Good Friday 3pm service https://youtu.be/MYOT9-srxk4

PRAYERS FOR DEACON CHARLES
Deacon Charles has recently been diagnosed with a condition which requires medical treatment and has taken leave of absence for one month from all parish activities. Kindly keep Deacon Charles and his family in your prayers during this time. Thank you.

MASS OF HOLY OILS (CHRISM MASS) TUESDAY 30 MAR, 7:30PM
This special Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Peter Comensoli and concelebrated with Priests and Deacons from the Archdiocese. At this Mass the Oils of the Sick, Oils of Catechumens and Chrism are blessed. The Mass manifests the communion of Priests with their Bishop.

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION
There will only be one collection on Good Friday with all proceeds assisting missionary work in the Holy Land and providing assistance to parishes, schools, orphanages and medical centres throughout the Holy Land. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays

7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.

7:00pm to 8:30pm RCIA in Theatrette

Fridays in Lent 7:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Mass.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Brian Connor, P.G. Joseph, Miguel Mauna, Carmen Desira, Margaret Palakkal, Wilmyr Sevilla, Otila Wright, Nelson Dayrit, Marie Adam, Dayan Thumma, Asuncion Evangelista, Doreen Eddison, Mick Gastin, Faye McNerney, Gilbert Norris, Mitran Nettur, Mickey Lyngdoh, Eulalia Rulona, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Fr. Edward D’Souza, Godwin Arandez, Mathilda Lariche, Cecilia Fernandes, Palatty Kuriakkose,  Gwenda Henry, Jim Costa, Joseph Korah, Maria Tin and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Yvonne Norris, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Tracey Foss, Leelamma Joseph, Dale D’Souza, Shiranthi Cramer, Melissa Bear and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 4 Apr 2021

Kevin McLoughlin / Tini & Barrie Hope

Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday Readers – 3/4 Apr 2021

  7:30pm C. Skinner / F. Thomas / B. Steinhauer
G. Sharman
  8:30am M. Nelthropp / D. Hankins
10:30am C. Peters / C. Skinner
  5:00pm NO MASS

Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 3/4 Apr 2021

  7:30pm S. Martis / E. Stowers / J. Poppen / G. Linning/
M. Maple / 2 Volunteers
  8:30am H. Durski / K. Fernandes / E. Angeles / G. Linning
10:30am E. Mills / R. Johnson / M. Peters / Volunteer
  5:00pm NO MASS

Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday Music Ministry – 3/4 Apr 2021

  7:30pm Renato & Michelle De la Pena
  8:30am St. Philomena Choir
10:30am Samoan choir
  5:00pm NO MASS

 

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
Year of St. Joseph – 8 Dec 2020 to 8 Dec 2021

Glorious St. Joseph, faithful guardian of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Heart of Jesus, all the help and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death and the special favour we now implore (name your request).

Guardian of the word Incarnate and Chaste Spouse of the Virgin Mary, we are animated with confidence that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.

Amen.


Entrance Antiphon
Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength.

1st Reading (Jer 31:31-34)
A reading from the prophet Jeremiah.
See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah, but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant of mine, so I had to show them who was master. It is the Lord who speaks. No, this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those days arrive – it is the Lord who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people. There will be no further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour, or brother to say to brother, ‘Learn to know the Lord!’ No, they will all know me, the least no less than the greatest – it is the Lord who speaks – since I will forgive their iniquity and never call their sin to mind.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Create a clean heart in me, O God.

2nd Reading (Heb 5:7-9)
A reading from the letter to the Hebrews
During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!
If you serve me, follow me, says the Lord; and where I am, my servant will also be.
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel (Jn 12:20-30)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. Jesus replied to them: ‘Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life. If a man serves me, he must follow me, wherever I am, my servant will be there too. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him. Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say: Father, save me from this hour? But it was for this very reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name!’ A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ People standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours. ‘Now sentence is being passed on this world; now the prince of this world is to be overthrown. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all men to myself.’ By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Amen, Amen I say to you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single grain. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Next Week’s Readings
Is 50:4-7;   Phil 2:6-11;   Mk 14:1 - 15:47

Feasts of the Week
Thu, 25 Mar - Annunciation of the Lord         


PARISH NEWS

!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ !!

BOOKINGS FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER SUNDAY
Bookings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday to be made via Trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings will open on Tuesday, 23 March and close a day before the service. Please note that those who have booked via Trybooking will be guaranteed a seat in the church & hall (300 seating capacity). Please have your booking receipt with you as proof of booking if required. Those who miss out on bookings will have to use the QR code on arrival. However, this will only allow them standing room in the undercover area at the rear of the church. If you come early but do not have a booking and are using the QR code, you will be directed to the undercover area. These steps have been taken to try and accommodate as many people as we can for our Holy Week services. Doors open 1 hour before start of services.  Please come early. Doors shut as soon as services begin. We thank you for your cooperation.

HOLY WEEK / EASTER / DIVINE MERCY TIMETABLE 

RECONCILIATION RITE I - Thursday 25 March, 7:00pm in Church
PALM SUNDAY, 27/28 MARCH
6:00pm   –   Vigil Mass
8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm – Normal Weekend Masses
HOLY THURSDAY, 1 APRIL – (NO MORNING MASS)
7:30pm   –   Mass followed by Vigil until 11:00pm
GOOD FRIDAY, 2 APRIL
10:00am  –  Stations of the Cross
3:00pm   –  Celebration of the Lord’s Passion followed by Divine Mercy Novena
HOLY SATURDAY 3 APRIL – (NO MORNING MASS)
8:30am    –   Divine Mercy Novena
7:30pm   –   Easter Vigil Mass
8:30am to 10:30am – Confessions
EASTER SUNDAY 4 APRIL – (NO 5:00PM MASS)
8:30am, 10:30am –  Masses
1:15pm   –   Spanish Mass.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA
2 April – Good Friday (After 3:00pm Service)
3 April – Holy Saturday (8:30am)
4 – 9 April (Sunday to Friday) – After 8:30am Mass
10 April (Saturday) – After 9:00am Mass
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, 11 APRIL
8:30am, 10:30am, 5:00pm – Normal Weekend Masses
2:00pm – Exposition, Adoration, Confessions
3:00pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Mass
CONFESSIONS
Saturdays – After 9:00am Mass
Wednesdays – After 7:00pm Mass
Holy Saturday – 8:30am to 10:30am


PRAYERS FOR DEACON CHARLES
Deacon Charles has recently been diagnosed with a condition which requires medical treatment and has taken leave of absence for one month from all parish activities. Kindly keep Deacon Charles and his family in your prayers during this time. Thank you.

VOLUNTEER USHERS & DOOR ATTENDANTS NEEDED FOR HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
Due to the very high attendance at all these services, we are seeking volunteers to register their interest to be Ushers & Door Attendants. Kindly fill in the form outside the Sacristy door with your name, phone number and email address and you will be contacted by the Parish Office with further information. Thank you.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Austin Stone and Maia Damo 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 a life full of happiness, faith and love.

RITE I RECONCILIATION THURSDAY 25TH MARCH, 7:00PM AT ST. PETER’S PARISH
Please join us for our Lent Rite I Reconciliation on Thursday 25th March at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves this Lenten season for the celebration of Easter. Multiple Priests will be available to hear confession on the night. All welcome.

PALM / PASSION SUNDAY – 27/28 MARCH
On this day the Church celebrates Christ's entrance into Jerusalem to accomplish His paschal mystery. Palms will be available and blessed at all weekend Mass.

HOLY HOUR OF ADORATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - SPYA
On Sunday the 28th March at 6:15 pm, St Peter’s Young Adults will be gathering together with the youth and young adults from St Andrews and St James for a beautiful night of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, reconciliation and fellowship at St Peter’s Church, 38 Guinane Avenue, Hoppers Crossing. We invite all youth and young adults to join us in prayer as we prepare for Holy Week, through adoring our Christ and sharing a meal with each other. See you then!"

WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

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

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays

7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.

7:00pm to 8:30pm RCIA in Theatrette

Fridays in Lent 7:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Mass.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record attendance. Volunteers will assist.
  • Weekend Mass bookings via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings open on Monday and close on Friday prior to the weekend. If you do not have a mobile phone or are unable to use the QR Code, kindly call the parish office on 9749 4300 to make a booking. (Please come early avoid queuing at door).
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing. Please do not move pews or chairs which have been placed to observe safe distancing.
  • Lighting candles is permitted. Please do not touch statues.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Sr. Ignatia ASMI, Rosamma Edathanal, Dominga Manuel, Nelson Dayrit, Marie Adam, Dayan Thumma, Asuncion Evangelista, Doreen Eddison, Mick Gastin, Faye McNerney, Gilbert & Yvonne Norris, Mitran Nettur, Mickey Lyngdoh, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Baby Theo Stone, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, Margaretha Widdicombe, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Geoff Dalton, Elaine Pountney, Phillip Jones, Virginia Jewers, Joseph Korah, Lodenia De Torres, Emmanuel Cea,  Salvatore Muccio, Juliana Toncic and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Tracey Foss, Leelamma Joseph, Dale D’Souza, Dr. Martin D’Souza and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 28 Mar 2021

Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman

Readers – 27/28 Mar 2021

  6:00pm D Fernandes / M. Nelthropp
Fr. Vincent / David Roga / J. Poppen
  8:30am K. Stuttard / E. Stowers
Fr. Vincent / Francis Thomas / D. Hankins
10:30am

I. Simangan / M. Peters

Fr. Vincent / Sunil Vaz / S. Simangan

  5:00pm

L. Vasquez

Fr. Vincent / C. Graham / C. Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 27/28 Mar 2021

  6:00pm J. Tramontana / H. Durski / N. Golaw
  8:30am R. Johnson / K. English / K. Fernandes
10:30am E. Mills / M&C Peters
  5:00pm S. Martis / E. Angeles / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 27/28 Mar 2021

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

 


DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MARCH
Prayer for Lent

Merciful God, You called us forth from the dust of the earth; you claimed us for Christ in the waters of Baptism.

Look upon us as we enter these Forty Days bearing the mark of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the font of rebirth. May our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts.

All that we do and pray is in the name of Jesus, for in his Cross we proclaim your love forever.

Amen


Entrance Antiphon
Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.

1st Reading (2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23)
A reading from the second book of Chronicles.
All the heads of the priesthood, and the people too, added infidelity to infidelity, copying all the shameful practices of the nations and defiling the Temple that the Lord had consecrated for himself in Jerusalem. The Lord, the God of their ancestors, tirelessly sent them messenger after messenger, since he wished to spare his people and his house. But they ridiculed the messengers of God, they despised his words, they laughed at his prophets, until at last the wrath of the Lord rose so high against his people that there was no further remedy. Their enemies burned down the Temple of God, demolished the walls of Jerusalem, set fire to all its palaces, and destroyed everything of value in it. The survivors were deported by Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon; they were to serve him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. This is how the word of the Lord was fulfilled that he spoke through Jeremiah, ‘Until this land has enjoyed its sabbath rest, until seventy years have gone by, it will keep sabbath throughout the days of its desolation.’ And in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, to fulfil the word of the Lord that was spoken through Jeremiah, the Lord roused the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a proclamation and to have it publicly displayed throughout his kingdom: ‘Thus speaks Cyrus king of Persia, “the Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth; he has ordered me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem, in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up.”’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

2nd Reading (Eph 2:4-10)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have been saved – and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus. This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness towards us in Christ Jesus, how infinitely rich he is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son, that all who believe in him might have eternal life.
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel (Jn 3:14-21)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said to Nicodemus: ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved. No one who believes in him will be condemned; but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already, because he has refused to believe in the name of God’s only Son. On these grounds is sentence pronounced: that though the light has come into the world men have shown they prefer darkness to the light because their deeds were evil. And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, for fear his actions should be exposed; but the man who lives by the truth comes out into the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Jerusalem is built as a city bonded as one together. It is there that the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to praise the name of the Lord.

Next Week’s Readings
Wed, 17 Mar - St. Patrick
Fri, 19 Mar - St. Joseph (Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary)


PARISH NEWS

WEEKLY PARISH DATES 

Sundays

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

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Community Centre every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays

7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.

7:00pm to 8:30pm RCIA in Theatrette

Fridays in Lent 7:00pm Stations of the Cross followed by Mass.
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church. Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Zai Mung Du Labu 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 Zai will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

DAILY/WEEKEND MASSES

  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance. Volunteers will assist.
  • Registration for weekend Masses via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings open on Monday and close on Friday prior to the weekend. If you do not have a mobile phone or are unable to use the QR Code we request you to call the parish office on 9749 4300 to make a booking. If you have a mobile phone, you can register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code. (Kindly come in early to do this to avoid queuing at the entry door).
  • With the easing of restrictions, parishioners are invited to attend Mass every weekend.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
  • Please do not move pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Mask wearing in church is optional.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
  • If you are unwell, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

ANOINTING OF SICK/HEALING MASS, 16TH MARCH
Everyone, especially the sick and elderly, are invited to attend our Anointing of the Sick/Healing Mass on Tuesday 16th March at 11:00am. Following Mass, a light luncheon will be served in the hall. All welcome.

FIRST RECONCILIATIONS
Our School First Reconciliation will be held on Tuesday 16th March and Thursday 18th March. Please keep these children in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT TA’PINU
Saturday 20th March. Mass at 2:00pm followed by Stations of the Cross.  Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no fellowship this year.  Bookings onsite at Ta’Pinu office so kindly be there by 1:15pm. See you there!

BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN BABIES – WEEKEND OF 20/21 MARCH
To mark the Feast of the Annunciation celebrated on Thursday 25th March, Father will give a special blessing for all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of all Masses on the weekend of 20/21 March.

RITE I RECONCILIATION THURSDAY 25TH MARCH, 7:00PM AT ST. PETER’S PARISH
Please join us for our Lent Rite I Reconciliation on Thursday 25th March at 7:00pm. This is a great way to prepare ourselves this Lenten season for the celebration of Easter. Multiple Priests will be available to hear confession on the night. All welcome.

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY – 27/28 MARCH
On this day the Church celebrates Christ's entrance into Jerusalem to accomplish His paschal mystery. Palms will be available and blessed at all weekend Mass.

PROJECT COMPASSION 2021
Project Compassion Boxes are available for collection after all Masses this weekend. You can also donate online by visiting lent.caritas.org.au Thank you.

THOMAS CARR COLLEGE Open Day, Sunday, 21 March, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Register at 8734 2444 or email registrar@thomascarr.vic.edu.au. A student leader from the College will speak at all Masses this weekend to promote the Open Day.

2021 LENTEN RETREAT, ST. ANDREWS, WERRIBEE
10:00am to 6:00pm.
Parish Youth & Young Adults Retreat, 13th March.
Parish Retreat, 20th March.
At Penola Hub, 33 Mortimer St., Werribee. Bookings Essential. Call 9741 4144 or email Werribee@cam.org.au.

PATRIS CORDE: WITH A FATHER’S HEART
Last year to mark the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being named as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis announced the Church would celebrate a Year of St Joseph, from 8 Dec 2020 – 8 Dec 2021. To begin the Year, the Holy Father published an apostolic letter Patris Corde ('With a Father's Heart'), sharing his personal reflections on St Joseph. Throughout the Year and in reading the letter, we are encouraged to grow in our love for St Joseph, implore his intercession and imitate his virtues and zeal. As Pope Francis says, we can discover in St Joseph an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Read the letter at https://melbournecatholic.org/news/patris-corde-with-a-fathers-heart

2021 PATRICK ORATION
On the feast of St Patrick, patron saint of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Archbishop Peter Comensoli will deliver the 2021 Patrick Oration. At the last Patrick Oration two years ago, the Archbishop proposed a framework on how the Church in Melbourne might forge a way ahead. The proposal was to move away from the institutional centre and relocate the Church among what he called 'local neighbourhoods of grace', where the seeds of the Gospel could be nurtured among people 'who strive to live lives according to the way of Jesus Christ.' In doing so, Archbishop Comensoli encouraged locals to draw inspiration from St Patrick's own experience. The 2021 Patrick Oration to be held on Wed 17 March begins at 7:30pm and can be viewed on channel C31 (channel 44 on digital TV) and via YouTube at 7:30pm.

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Mick Gastin, Faye McNerney, Gilbert Norris, Mitran Nettur, Mickey Lyngdoh, Annamma Baby, Eulalia Rulona, Zaren Acquilina, Ludger Fernando, Fouad Orfaly, Andres Lucio, Oscar Cruz, Baby Theo Stone, Eduardo Leal Mateo, Gliceria Tacata, Milton D’Souza, Margaretha Widdicombe, Sheila Augustine, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Vincent D’souza, Victor Pereira, George Mangion, Desmond Conns, Maria Thom, Edna & Clarence Marshall, Emily & Sandra Marshall, John & Gertrude Briscoe and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Helen Smith, Yvonne Norris, Shirley Linehan, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, William Franklin, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 21 Mar 2021

L. Vasquez / T. Grisancich / L. De La Cruz

Readers – 20/21 Mar 2021

  6:00pm Wilfred D’Cruz
  8:30am Grace Sharman
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 20/21 Mar 2021 (2 or 3 Required)

  6:00pm D. Fernandez / P&S Albuquerque
  8:30am S. Joseph / D&J Roga
10:30am L. Ortega / S. Delos Reyos / J. Quinless
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 20/21 Mar 2021

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