DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR MAY
Prayer for the Ascension of the Lord
God our Father, make us joyful in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ. May we follow him into the new creation, for his ascension is our glory and our hope. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
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.
Alleluia, alleluia! Go and teach all people my gospel. I am with you always, until the end of the world. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mt 28:16-20)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
The Word of the Lord.
Behold I am with you always, even to the end of the age, alleluia.
Next Week’s Readings
Acts 2: 1-11; 1 Cor 12:3-7,12-13; Jn 20:19-23
Feasts of the Week
Wed, 24 May - Our Lady, Help of Christians
Fri, 26 May - St. Philip Neri
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.
After 5:00pm Mass in THeatrette – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 years on 2nd and 4th Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays.
6:15pm in Church Hall - School of Discipleship.
7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 826 5359 2389 Passcode: Bible.
Contact Clive 0490814452 or Francis 0401787372
7:00pm - Online Zoom Rosary - Meeting ID: 893 5477 8556. Passcode: rosary7:00pm
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.
1.30pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday 3rd June 2023.
12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm. Next Baptism Preparation Meeting Mon 5th June 2023 at 7:00pm in Church.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Olive Cooper and Daniela Mendigorin 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.
REPAIR OF CHURCH PEWS
The work on the church pews has commenced. We ask for your patience while this work is being undertaken. During this time, pews are being replaced with chairs.
SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DATES
Parishioners, please keep in your prayers the Year 4 students from our school, as they prepare to receive our Lord for the first time. The First Holy Communion dates are as follows:
Saturday 20th May – 6:00pm
Sunday 21st May – 10.30 am
Saturday 27th May – 6:00pm
Sunday 28th May - 10:30am.
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.
PENTECOST VIGIL – SATURDAY 27TH MAY FROM 11:00PM TO SUNDAY 28TH MAY 5:00AM MASS
To celebrate the feast of Pentecost Sunday, our Parish will hold our annual all-night vigil starting from 11:00pm on Saturday 27th May and ending with 5:00am Mass on Sunday 28th May. The vigil will include Exposition, Adoration, Praise and Worship, talks about Pentecost and the Holy Spirit, Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Thank you to St. Peter's Charismatic Prayer Group, who will be hosting this Vigil.
MONTH OF MAY MASS COUNT
Parishioners, as required by our Archdiocese each year, there will be a mass count at all masses for four weekends during May.
WEDNESDAY MORNING 8:30AM MASS
Dear Parishioners, please note that from Wednesday 7th June there will be no morning Mass. The evening Mass will be held as usual at 7:00pm followed by the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
CORPUS CHRISTI FEAST PROCESSION SUNDAY 11TH JUNE
Our Parish will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday 11th June starting at 10:15am sharp with Exposition, Procession of the Blessed Sacrament around school oval and Benediction followed by Mass at 10:30am. We invite you all to attend this beautiful ceremony honouring our Lord present in the Eucharist.
INFORMATION SESSION FOR THE PERMANENT DIACONATE – Do you feel like being called to serve?
The Permanent Diaconate is open to single and married men who want to serve God and the Church as ordained ministers. COME & SEE! An Information Session about the Permanent Diaconate will be held on Saturday 3rd June 2023, 10:00am - 11.45am at the Catholic Theological College (CTC), 278 Victorian Parade, East Melbourne. For more information contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate on 03-94123357 or email email@example.com. More information at
https://vocations.melbournecatholic.org/about/what-is-a-vocation/permanent-diaconate, https://youtu.be/q2RhNDbtTS0, https://www.cam1.org.au/permanent-diaconate.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM
This program offers Wyndham Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) carers and families, information sessions on ‘Looking for Work’, ‘How to link with NDIS’, ‘Women’s Health’, ‘Bring a Bill Day’ and more. Interpreters provided. Contact Kellie Yeow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0488 600 052.
‘PASSION ON THE BIG SCREEN – A DAY @ THE MOVIES WITH PETER MALONE MSC’ (IN-PERSON EVENT), SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2023, 10:00 AM – 3:30PM
We often refer to Jesus as the Word made Flesh. But Colossians I proclaims Jesus as the Image of the Invisible God. Religious images have always been part of spirituality, The 20th century saw moving images emerging on screens, cinemas, television and new modes of streaming. How can we relate to these images as vision for our spiritual lives? Images, symbols, visual metaphors, Christ-figures? We appreciate Lectio Divina. Here we respond to Visio Divina, movie clips, their challenge. Facilitated by Peter Malone msc - author, lecturer, founding member of The Film Critics Association and priest. Heart of Life Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation. Cost: $60 (BYO lunch). Book and pay via website www.heartoflife.melbourne, tel 03 9890 1101 or email email@example.com.
We pray for Jean Winter, John Baptist Tran, Pritam Kumar, Walter Velasques, Cameron Torcasio, Noemi Hernandez, Fani Pateras, Anthony Van–Nhuong Nguyen, Rosigen Harris, Alfredo Santos, Reynaldo Medina, and all who have died in disasters all over the world.
We pray for John D’souza, Margaret Smith, Frank Catania, Lydia Van Susteren, Vito Musarra, Pauline Restall, Bernie Manninen, Rosalba Mastroianni, Johnny Pura, Shyamala Reddy, Eardley Beck and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Sean Donaldson, Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Franklin Quintanilla, Jean Cameron, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Tae Yoon Jim, Jeffrey Dalton, Maureen Wilson, Sandra Farrelly, Joaquin Romero, Annette O’Brien, Cecilia Lazum Htu Bu, Alster Firth, Robert Martinez, Nina Costa, Johnny Gregory, Dale D’Souza, Jean Barry, Christie Raj, Emma Baker, Charles Ilagan, Ima Gopez, Tony Dass, Atima Chakraborty, Carmen Ciantar, Draga & Vlado Vekic, Alan Raymond, Jean Bent, Flory Pais, Robert Hart and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 28 May 23
|K. Stuttard / E. Lewis / B. D’Souza / R. Hibbert
Roster for Readers – 27/28 May 23
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 27/28 May 23
|H. Durski / K. Pham / A. Vesty / M. Maple
|KSC Minister / K. English / R. Johnson / Paul F.
|G. Schembri / E. Mills / M&C Peters
|C. Skinner / S&I Simangan / E. Angeles
Music Ministry – 27/28 May 23