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Mary, the Holy Mother of God 2022

Prayer for Feast of Mary, Mother of God

Father, source of light in every age, the virgin conceived and bore your Son who is called Wonderful God, Prince of Peace. May her prayer, the gift of a mother's love, be your people's joy through all ages. May her response, born of a humble heart, draw your Spirit to rest on your people. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Entrance Antiphon
Hail, Holy Mother, who gave birth to the King, who rules heaven and earth for ever.

1st Reading (Num 6:22-27)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Galatians.
The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘Say this to Aaron and his sons: “This is how you are to bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”
This is how they are to call down my name on the sons of Israel, and I will bless them.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
May God bless us in his mercy.

2nd Reading (Gal 4:4-7)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Galatians.
When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. The proof that you are sons is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father’, and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave anymore; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia. In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; now he speaks to us through his Son. Alleluia!

Gospel (Lk 2:16-21)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
The shepherds hurried away to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told. When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception.

Communion Antiphon
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for ever.

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

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 2 Jan - Sts Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen      


FR. VINCENT & THE PARISH OFFICE TEAM wish all our parishioners God’s Blessings for 2023. May He fill your lives with comfort and love. May this day and the days ahead hold many blessings for you and your families. Happy New Year!!

THE PIETY STORE has a stock of WORD OF GOD 2023 for $20 and Columban Calendars for $10 for anyone who would like to purchase these items.

Dear parishioners, Extension work of St Peter's school building has commenced. During this period, you are requested to exercise CAUTION while accessing the basketball court to park your vehicle. Please be cautious and prudent as there will be only ONE Point of Entry and Exit for vehicles. Your patience and consideration for other drivers is appreciated. Thank you.

PARISH OFFICE CLOSURE The parish office is now closed and will re-open on Monday 9th January 2023. Bulletin for 8th January will be single sheet with mass readings. Normal bulletins will resume from 15th January 2023, along with names for Death Anniversaries, Recently Deceased and Sick List.

Please note that there will be NO Healing Mass or Baptism Formation Meeting in January. The Healing Mass and Baptism Formation meeting will resume in February 2023.

Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ is the Undersecretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod and one of the most influential women in the Church today. As part of Sr Nathalie’s tour of Australia, we are delighted to have this opportunity to hold this conversation on ‘journeying together’ as Church both universally and locally. As our local Church in Melbourne walks the path of Take the Way of the Gospel, the universal Church is on her journey of synodality (Synod 2021-2024: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission). These journeys are connected and they invite us to walk together, and listen to the Holy Spirit and each other. We hope that this event will be beneficial for parish leadership, Take the Way of the Gospel coordinators and Archdiocesan staff, particularly those leading or who have an interest in Take the Way of the Gospel. Journeying Together with Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ
Date: Tuesday 31 January 2023 10am-12midday
Where: Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Pde, East Melbourne
Free event 
Registration is essential via
Registration closes Friday 27 January 2023
Enquiries: or 9926 5761