DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JUNE
Prayer to St. Peter the Apostle
O Holy Apostle, because you are the Rock upon which Almighty God has built his church; obtain for me I pray you, lively faith, firm hope and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, recollection in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever. Amen
These are the ones who, living in the flesh, planted the Church with their blood; they drank the chalice of the Lord and became the friends of God.
1st Reading (Acts 12:1-11)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
King Herod started persecuting certain members of the Church. He beheaded James the brother of John, and when he saw that this pleased the Jews he decided to arrest Peter as well. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread, and he put Peter in prison, assigning four squads of four soldiers each to guard him in turns. Herod meant to try Peter in public after the end of Passover week. All the time Peter was under guard the Church prayed to God for him unremittingly. On the night before Herod was to try him, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with double chains, while guards kept watch at the main entrance to the prison. Then suddenly the angel of the Lord stood there, and the cell was filled with light. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him. ‘Get up!’ he said ‘Hurry!’ – and the chains fell from his hands. The angel then said, ‘Put on your belt and sandals.’ After he had done this, the angel next said, ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me.’ Peter followed him, but had no idea that what the angel did was all happening in reality; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed through two guard posts one after the other, and reached the iron gate leading to the city. This opened of its own accord; they went through it and had walked the whole length of one street when suddenly the angel left him. It was only then that Peter came to himself. ‘Now I know it is all true’ he said. ‘The Lord really did send his angel and has saved me from Herod and from all that the Jewish people were so certain would happen to me.’
The Word of the Lord.
The Lord set me free from all my fears.
2nd Reading (2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18)
A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to Timothy.
My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing. The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia! Alleluia! You are Peter, the rock on which I will build my church: the gates of hell will not hold out against it. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mat 16:13-19)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
Peter said to Jesus: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus replied: You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.
Next Week’s Readings
Is 66:10-14; Gal 6:14-18; Lk 10:1-12, 17-20
Feasts of the Week
Tue, 28 June - St. Irenaeus
Wed, 29 June ' Sts. Peter & Paul
WEEKLY PARISH DATES
9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays. More info contact Raoul on 0411057080.
6.15pm in Community Centre – School of Discipleship, for details contact Francis Thomas 0401787372
7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on zoom. 91984220776 Passcode: Bible. Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372.
7:00pm to 9pm – Alpha experience at Paulist Centre, St James Church
|7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 89320421399 Passcode: rosary
|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. Next Healing Mass on Saturday, 2 July 2022.
|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 4th July at 7:00pm in Church.
The next HEALING MASS will be held on Saturday, 2nd July, from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. All are invited to attend the Praise & Worship, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and concluding with the Healing Mass.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING
The next Baptism Preparation Meeting will be held on Monday, 4th July at 7:00pm in Church.
PARISH FEAST – ST. PETER APOSTLE, SUNDAY 26TH JUNE, 10:30AM MASS
Please join us for this special Mass this Sunday at 10:30am as we celebrate and give thanks to our Patron Saint Peter for all the blessings and graces bestowed upon our wonderful Parish. A reminder to all Parish Groups carrying their Group Banner for the procession, to please assemble in the hall by 10:20am sharp and be ready to process into Church for the start of Mass. Morning tea/fellowship after the 10:30am mass will be hosted by the School of Discipleship. Looking forward to your participation.
Thanksgiving envelopes and letters for the new financial year are available for collection from the Church Hall. Please start to use the new envelopes from the weekend of 2/3 July 2022. If you are using Direct Debit and Credit card, kindly collect your letter from the Church Hall. If you are not registered in the parish or participating in the thanksgiving program and would like to join, kindly fill in a parish registration form / stewardship pledge and return it to Fr Vincent after mass or please contact the parish office for further information.
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Work has commenced on writing the Parish history. As part of that process we are holding a “down memory lane’’ afternoon tea on Sunday 10th July 2022 at 2:30pm in the meeting room off the church hall. If you were a parishioner who attended St. Peter Apostle Church from 1972-1977, and are interested in recording your memories with old friends and enjoying a cup of tea and cake, please contact Catherine Graham at the Parish Office on 97494300. Thank you to Stephen Delos Reyes who has composed our Jubilee song to St. Peter.
NEW ROLAND DIGITAL PIANO FOR CHOIR LOFT
The parish has procured a new digital piano for use by our choirs in the church. It has been set up and placed in the choir loft. The piano was purchased after consultation with the Music Ministry. Special thanks to Matthew Reuter and Michelle Dela Pena for their coordination in the purchase of the piano.
CATHOLIC GIFTS STALL
Next weekend 2/3 July, some of our young adults will be holding a stall after each mass, selling handmade Catholic products such as mugs, rosaries, t-shirts and stickers to raise money for the evangelising mission of NET Ministries Australia. Rhea D’Souza will speak briefly about the stall at all weekend masses. Your support is greatly appreciated.
PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION
There will be a third Collection this weekend for Peter’s Pence – the annual collection for the Holy Father. A brief explanation of the origins of the Peter’s Pence Collection is given below:
In 1871, Pope Pius IX formalized the practice of lay members of Church and "other persons of good will" – providing financial support directly to the Roman See. In general, contributions go to the local parish or diocese, who then provide contributions to support higher level offices. Collections for Peter's Pence go directly to Rome. Pius IX approved this practice in the encyclical Saepe Venerabilis, issued on 5 August 1871. The money collected is today used by the pope for philanthropic purposes. At present, this collection is taken each year on the Sunday closest to 29 June, the Solemnity of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, according to the Roman Church.
ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL ANNIVERSARY MASS – SUNDAY 17 JULY 11:00AM
Are you celebrating 25, 40, 50, or 60-70 years of marriage this year? Or did you celebrate one of those milestones in the last two years of lockdown? You and your family are invited to join in for the Anniversary Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral. Please register on this link - Register now . Couples who register will receive a commemorative certificate. For any queries, please email email@example.com or call (03) 9926 5761.
175TH ANNIVERSARY of the establishment of the Catholic Diocese of Melbourne will be celebrated this weekend on Sunday 26 June at the 11 am mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral! It truly is a momentous occasion in the life of our local Church; a profound opportunity to reflect upon the extraordinary graces God has blessed us with. Following the 11am Mass, there will be a range of festivities around the cathedral grounds. All are welcome.
JOURNEY WITH THE POPE
“We are sure that with the weapons of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and with the gift of grace, the hearts of people and the fortunes of the entire world can be changed.”
HEART OF LIFE is offering an “At-home Retreat: Held in Hope” – over five weeks, beginning Monday, 1 August and concluding 29 August. This at-home retreat, invites you to spend some time in prayer at home each day pondering your experiences of the day, and to be accompanied by a retreat-companion weekly, via Zoom for 45 minutes, on how God might have been present for you. A small donation will be welcome. To register your interest, please call 9890 1101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 18 July 2022.
We pray for Juan Paredes Jnr, Beatrice Morgan, Wanda Schultz, John Murray, Sr. Jean Dwyer, Eugene Binney, Antonino Cicero, Clara Hermogenes, Janet Fernando, Rolando Navarro, Bogumil Zawado, Medhin Okabmarian, Lina Enriquez, Irene Balsara, Victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Sally Dela-Pena, Gregory Leech, Neville Morrish, Stanislaw Ewiak, Leno Farrugia, Grace La Ferlita, Numeriana Medel, Vincent Portelli and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Sean Donaldson, Wilfredo Villareal, Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Jean Cameron, Baby Sora, Arturo Bacani, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Bill Thomas, Trevor D’Souza, Malia Kautai, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Joseph Mathew, Theresa D’Costa, Adrian McGill, Jeffrey Dalton, Yvonne Caruana, Robert Martinez, Ramya Jinto, Jean Skinner, Kevin Suares, Grace Gingco, Clint D’Souza and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 3 July 22
|John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira
Readers – 2/3 July 22
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 2/3 July 22
|D. Fernandez / P. Albuquerque / J. Tramontana
|M. Nelthropp / K. Fernandes / C. D’Souza
|J. Quinless / E. Mills / F. Aishweriya
|E. Angeles / A. Koek / C. Skinner
Music Ministry –2/3 July 22
|St. Philomena Choir