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 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.
Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.
1st Reading (Acts 5:12-16)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
The faithful all used to meet by common consent in the Portico of Solomon. No one else ever dared to join them, but the people were loud in their praise and the numbers of men and women who came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. So many signs and wonders were worked among the people at the hands of the apostles that the sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past. People even came crowding in from the towns round about Jerusalem, bringing with them their sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and all of them were cured.
The Word of the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
2nd Reading (Apoc 1:9-13, 17-19)
A reading from the book of the Apocalypse.
My name is John, and through our union in Jesus I am your brother and share your sufferings, your kingdom, and all you endure. I was on the island of Patmos for having preached God’s word and witnessed for Jesus; it was the Lord’s day and the Spirit possessed me, and I heard a voice behind me, shouting like a trumpet, ‘Write down all that you see in a book.’ I turned round to see who had spoken to me, and when I turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands and, surrounded by them, a figure like a Son of man, dressed in a long robe tied at the waist with a golden girdle. When I saw him, I fell in a dead faint at his feet, but he touched me with his right hand and said, ‘Do not be afraid; it is I, the First and the Last; I am the Living One, I was dead and now I am to live for ever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and of the underworld. Now write down all that you see of present happenings and things that are still to come.’
The Word of the Lord.
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 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.
Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails, and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia.
Next Week’s Readings
Acts 5:27-32,40-41; Rev 5:11-14, Jn 21:1-19
Feasts of the Week
Tue, 26 Apr - St. Mark
Thu, 28 Apr - St. Peter Chanel
Fri, 29 Apr - St. Catherine of Siena
WEEKLY PARISH DATES
9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults SPYA meet 1st and 3rd Sundays. More info contact Raoul on 0411057080.
| Bible study sessions resume in May. For details contact Clive Gonsalves - 0490814452
Francis Thomas - 0401787372
|7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399 Passcode: rosary
7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom.
7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
|7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship in Church.
1.30 pm to 4pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month.
|12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm. The next Baptism Prep Meeting will be on Monday 2nd May at 7:00pm in Church.
FR VINCENT ON ANNUAL LEAVE
Fr. Vincent is away on annual leave from Monday 18th April to Friday 13th May 2022. During this time, Fr Alex Clemente and Fr Wilford Urmaza are celebrating weekday and weekend Masses. Please make them welcome.
Fr. Vincent 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 and everyone who worked tirelessly at all the Holy Week services to ensure that everything went through smoothly. Without your help, we could not have achieved this. Thank you!
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY - 24TH APRIL
2:00pm – Exposition, Adoration, Confession
3:00pm – Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by Mass
Please note that the Sunday 8:30am, 10:30am and 5:00pm Masses will be held as normal.
ANZAC DAY REMEMBRANCE – MONDAY 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 Ode, the Last Post, a minute’s silence, Lest we Forget, the Roust and the National Anthem will be included.
MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR HEALTH & AGED CARE WORKERS – Sunday 1st May, 11:00am at St Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne
As we emerge from COVID, and as we reflect as a community on the experiences of the past two years, Archbishop Peter Comensoli will celebrate a special Mass at St Patricks Cathedral at 11:00am on Sunday 1st May to recognise and remember all those who serve our community in the health and aged-care systems. Employees in the aged and health-care service sectors are invited to attend this Mass, with hospitality to follow. We will be marking this event in our own parish during Masses on the weekend of 30th April and 1st May by focusing prayerfully on the contributions and the needs of Health & Aged Care workers. Father will give a special blessing to all Health & Aged Care Workers at all masses on the weekend of 30 April/1 May.
YOUNG ADULTS OF THE WEST!
Get together with other young people from the local area and join us for Mass, dinner and a conversation with Bishop Martin Ashe, Auxiliary Bishop of the Western Region at St Peter Apostle Mission Parish on Sunday 1st May at 5:00pm. This will be an awesome opportunity to meet other young Catholics from across the West and share with Bishop Martin Ashe your hopes, dreams and expectations for the future of the Church.
PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A box has been placed outside the Sacristy for the return of Project Compassion boxes, or you can return them to Kamal or Bro. Tue. Thank you.
ALPHA EXPERIENCE REGISTRATIONS OPEN
After the successful completion of a couple of Online Alpha Experiences, joint parishes of St. James and St. Peters are excited to announce the next Alpha Experience commencing Monday 9th May @ 7:00 pm at St. James Paulist Centre, 336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing. Alpha is a great experience with a series of interactive weekly (Monday) sessions that create a safe and honest space where people can explore life, faith and meaning. There are limited places available so please register early. For enquiries please call Felix on 0431 008 563 or Anita on 0411 772 230 or email us at email@example.com. To register please fill in the form at https://bit.ly/3mvElli.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FILIPINO MASS (choir, altar, readers, etc.). Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
As a growing number of people are asking for help with food, we would appreciate if you could donate non-perishable food items to assist us in helping struggling families. Items can be left at the back of the church just outside the Sacristy. Thank you in advance.
APPEAL FOR UKRAINE – EMERGENCY RELIEF
Salesian Missions Australia has launched an Emergency Appeal to aid the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB’s) in Ukraine and surrounding communities in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to bring aid to refugees. To help support refugees you may wish to donate via: Salesian Missions Australia, PO Box 264, Ascot Vale, Vic. 3032. website https://salesianmissionsaustralia.org.au/donate/ukrainian-refugee-crisis.
Phone: 03 9377 6060 (Mon-Thur 9am – 3pm).
ANOINTING FIRE CATHOLIC MINISTRIES (AFCM) AUSTRALIA is organising a Vehicle Rally to commemorate the Feast of Divine Mercy on Sunday 24th April, starting from Cathedral Place, Melbourne at 10:30am. The rally will finish at Divine Mercy Shrine, 337 Greens Rd., Keysborough. The purpose of the event is to proclaim the divine mercy of our Lord Jesus and exalt His name for veneration. We invite everyone to join this wonderful mission.
MEDITATION ON JESUS FOR HEALING & WELLBEING OF BODY & SOUL
Saturday, 30th April from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Guided by Fr. Gilbert Carlo at Janssen Spirituality Centre, 22 Woodvale Road, Boronia 3155. RSVP 9762 6625, email email@example.com.
ST. PETER APOSTLE PRIMARY SCHOOL PREP 2023 Information Evening, Tuesday, 3rd May 2022 at 7:00pm. Register your attendance on (03) 97491055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to Covid restrictions, please keep children at home if possible.
JOSEPH’S CORNER HIGH TEA honouring St. Jeanne Dwyer on Sunday, 15th May, 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Mount St. Joseph Girls’ College, 133 Maidstone St., Altona, $30 per person. RSVP by 10 May to Mary 0432 517 833 or Tania 0439 165 660. Guest Speaker Marina Brbot. Music, Raffles, Auction, Door Prizes.
We pray for Kim Nguyen, Paul Thomas, Jamilee Orfaly, Lourdes Sequeira, Xavier Carrick, Aye Ko, Marion Anderson, Pedro Lopez, Joe Sarteschi, Varisto Camilleri, Sylvia Aldersea, Concetta Cernaz, R. Rajabushanam, Phillip Binney, Kevin Hynes, Fr. Josip Vranješ, Phylis Rosario, Aurea Delos Santos, Rina Smith, Cristina Valdez, Esther Arnold, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.
We pray for William Shanks, Maurice Dalton Snr., Owen Carroll, Michael Buttigieg, David Pillai, Edgardo Salvador, Nemesia & Leopoldo De Mesa, Zacharias Fernandes, Marija Husar, Mary Wilson and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Adrian McGill, Jean Cameron, Jay Lawless, Baby Sora, Arturo Bacani, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Bill Thomas, Trevor D’Souza, Malia Kautai, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Joseph Mathew, Divya Fernandes, Theresa D’Costa, Robert Martinez, Adrian McGill and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 1 May 22
|Tini & Barrie Hope / Toni Alexander
Readers – 30 Apr/1 May 22
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 30 Apr/1 May 22
|G. Linning / S. D’Silva / J. Tramontana
|M. Nelthropp / K. Fernandes / C. D’Souza
|D. Dalton / E. Mills / Volunteer
Music Ministry – 30 Apr/1 May 22