The Ascension of the Lord 2022

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MAY
PRAYER FOR PEACE & JUSTICE IN UKRAINE

God of peace and justice, who change the hardened heart and break the power of violence, we entrust the people of Ukraine to you.

Protect them in this time of peril; let them know not death but life; not slavery but freedom.

You are Father of all; we are brothers and sisters.

Give us the strength to live that truth in love, choosing peace not war.

Through Christ our Lord.

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 1:17-23)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.
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 (Lk 24:46-53)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘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. ‘And now I am sending down to you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’ Then he took them out as far as the outskirts of Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven. They worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God.
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;   Rom 8:8-17;   Jn 20:19-23 (Yr A)

Feasts of the Week
Tue, 31 May - The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wed, 1 Jun - St. Justin
Fri, 3 Jun - Charles Lwanga & Companions


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.

6:00pm 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

Mondays

7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on zoom. Meeting ID: 91984220776 Passcode: bible  Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372

7:00pm to 9pm – Alpha experience at Paulist Centre, St James Church

Tuesdays 7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 89320421399 Passcode: rosary
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 in Church.

1.30 pm to 4pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. No Healing Mass on Saturday 4th June because of our Pentecost Vigil.

Baptisms 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 6th June at 7:00pm in Church.

 

INAUGURATION OF ST PETER'S GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Saturday, 4th June, 6:00pm Pentecostal Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Aux. Bishop Martin Ashe to mark the start of our Parish Golden Jubilee Celebrations. On this occasion, we plan to say 'goodbye' to dear Bro. Tue Pham who commenced his pastoral placement at St. Peter's in August '21. He will be leaving us to launch out on his vocational path in the service of God and His Church. You are all invited to join for refreshments in the hall with Aux. Bishop Martin Ashe after Mass and take this opportunity to thank Bro. Tue Pham for his selfless contribution in enriching our various Parish Ministries as he continues his journey to priesthood. May Bro. Tue lovingly embrace God's people and the knowledge and experience he has acquired for the Glory of Our Lord.

PENTECOST VIGIL
To celebrate Pentecost Sunday, our Parish will hold our annual all-night Vigil with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 11:00pm on Saturday 4th June 2022 ending with 5:00am Mass on Sunday 5th June 2022. The Vigil will include Praise & Worship from SPYA, Footsteps and KNK, infilling of the Holy Spirit, prayers of the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, talk by Dcn. Royden D’Souza and conclude with Eucharistic Mass at 5:00am.  All are invited to attend.

PROJECT COMPASSION BOXES
A big thank you to all our parishioners that donated to Project Compassion. Our Parish has collected $5,153.45. Thank you for your generosity.

MONTH OF MAY MASS COUNT
Parishioners, please note that as required by our Archdiocese each year, there will be a mass count at all weekend masses during the month of May.

ROSTERS FOR LECTORS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS
Rosters for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers for the months from June to August have been emailed to Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers. If you have not received your copy or need a hard copy, kindly contact the Parish office.

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
https://ctc.edu.au/community/good-shepherd-sunday-appeal/.

SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP – 2022
The 2022 session of the Joint Parishes of St Peter’s & St James School of Discipleship meets every Sunday from 6:15pm at St Peter’s Community Centre, Hoppers Crossing. This is a faith outreach program aimed to teach members more about our Catholic faith with three purposes – to learn it, live it and share it. Newcomers are welcome. Enquiries to Francis Thomas 0401787372 or Royden Dsouza 0426071375.

INVITATION
An invitation to meet Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, Cardinal Archbishop of Addis Ababa on Wednesday 1st June 2022, 9:00am Mass at St. Andrew’s Church, Greaves Street North, Werribee, followed by a “Cuppa with the Cardinal”. Cardinal Souraphiel will outline exciting joint projects with Catholic Mission, which will reach out to people in need, share faith and save lives.

THE KNIGHTS OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS are a Catholic Ministry of St. Peter’s Parish for men, and has been in existence in Australia for 100 years. On Friday 3rd June, the Knights are holding a BBQ at Bunnings, Hoppers Crossing store on Old Geelong Road, which has been an important fundraiser for Catholic ministry. The money raised supports our local communities through scholarships for students at MacKillop and Thomas Carr Colleges and other Catholic ministries overseas. If you are free on 3rd June and can offer two or more hours of your time, we would appreciate your assistance. The BBQ operates between 8:00am and 4:00pm. We are flexible and will fit into your schedule. If you are able to help, please contact Paul Beasley on 0417 136 635.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ASSISTING REFUGEE STUDENTS – Mercy Connect Melbourne/Mercy Works Ltd. is currently recruiting volunteers to academically support Refugee and Asylum Seekers in Primary and Secondary schools across the Melbourne Archdiocese and adult centre. Experience working in an educational setting is preferred but not limited to. Please contact Sr. Mary Lewis RSM for an application form and further information. Training day is in July. Email: somml@bigpond.com (Preferred contact). Telephone: 9326 1895, website: www.mercyworks.org.au.

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM MELBOURNE’S SYNOD REPORT
After the closing date for the submissions to the Synod on Synodality, a working group in Melbourne synthesised the many ideas presented into a report that could be handed to the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. Here are 3 key takeaways from the report.
For details: 3 key takeaways from Melbourne's Synod report.
For Report use the link: https://melbournecatholic.org/uploads/media/2022/Synod-Report-Synthesis-2022-Catholic-Archdicoese-of-Melbourne.pdf

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE

  • Online unit via Zoom, Teaching Meditation and Prayer. Four Saturdays: 18, 25 June; 8, 15 October.
    To enrol or for further information:
    Undergraduate: dean@ctc.edu.au
    Postgraduate: postgrad@ctc.edu.au
  • Free online conference via Zoom - “How do we know Christ now?” Celebrating 50 years of CTC. Friday 17 June 9.30am – 12.30pm. Further info: edu.au. Contact Dr Christopher Morris at christopher.morris@ctc.edu.au

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Drucilla Brown, Rita Benjamin, Michael Azzopardi, Fr Eric Hodgens PE, K.V. Thomas, Pedro Lopez, Susanne Ellen, Maurita Raymond, Suji Ferdinand, Randolf Aldcroft, Leo Manongdo, Orly Victuelles, Dante Martola, Maria Fajardo, Nina Revilla, Ayi Pintakaew, Cecily Morgan, Jay Lawless, Phillip Peppin, Lorna Miranda, Antonina Manippa, Brian Kelly, Children and Teachers at Robb Elementary School in Texas, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Mary Crough, Benjamin D’Souza, Aju Sunny, Kathleen Mulquiney, Dr. Poly Pynadath, Hishal & Resom Shiker, Henry Lewis 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, Divya Fernandes, Theresa D’Costa, Adrian McGill, Jeffrey Dalton, Yvonne Caruana, Lina Enriquez, Robert Martinez, Ramya Jinto and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 4/5 June 22

Tini & Barrie Hope / Toni Alexander

Readers – 4/5 June 22

  6:00pm Francis Thomas
  8:30am Catherine Graham
10:30am Venus Iuta
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 4/5 June 22

  6:00pm S. Joseph / G. Linning / S. Fernando
  8:30am K. Fernandes / M. Nelthropp / R. Albuquerque
10:30am J. Quinless / E. Mills / F. Aishweriya
  5:00pm A. Koek / E. Angeles / G. Siccita

Music Ministry – 4/5 June 22

  6:00pm St. Peter’s Combined Choir
  8:30am St. Philomena
10:30am Volunteer
  5:00pm FilOz