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Introduction:

As the Church’s year draws to a close, the readings this Sunday speak both of endings and eternal beginnings. All of them offer hope and direction to communities living in the midst of turbulent change and uncertainty.

This week, let us pray for each other, that we will forever keep the Lord in our sight. May we be living signs of Christ’s love and forgiveness in our world, and may we face these challenging times with confidence.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, as we await the coming of the Son of Man, let us pray in peace for the whole of creation.

Lector:   We pray for world leaders, that they will press ahead with the changes necessary to bring global warming under control.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector:   We pray for children around the world, that they may celebrate this week’s Universal Children’s Day (20 November) in freedom, safety and peace.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector:   We pray for parish communities challenged by the shortage of priests, that the gifts of the baptised faithful may be identified and made best use of.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, and in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Norma Revell, Laurie Sammut and Amelita Santos, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Bill Dooley, Nicola Carmela Golia, Michele Golia, Nuzio Carmela Stefanelli, Rosa Pozzuto, Samuele Stefanelli, Guiseppe Bertino, Nonna Asscenito, Nonno Garofalo, Nonno Rosario, Mario Stefanelli Amen, Salvatore, Carmela, Charlie, Romeo and Stella Caruana, Concetta Del Grosso, Alexsandra Ginino, Joseph Ciappara, Carmen Cutajar, Catherine Schembri, Mia Valletta, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will enjoy happiness at God’s right hand for ever.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant:    God of heaven and earth, you made all things to share in your everlasting glory. Keep us safe in your life-giving love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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De Piro Reflections

As we approach the conclusion of another liturgical year, this Sunday we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Gospel speaks about the end of times in strange apocalyptic terms.  Our world will surely end when we are called to meet God who created us and called us to himself.  November is the time when we remember those who have completed their pilgrimage before us, sure in hope that we too will one day encounter God face to face.

In the Magazine Rack you will find reflections from the life and writings of Servant of God Joseph De Piro which will assist us in continuing our journey in our discipleship of Jesus.  We invite you to take a copy home with you this week.

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Masses at St James – Updated 13/14 Nov

Weekend Masses

In line with government requirements, weekend Masses have resumed at St James the Apostle Parish for fully vaccinated people.  Proof of vaccination must be shown to the COVID Marshall(s) upon arrival.  Parishioners should update “Services VIC App”.  If you don’t have a smart phone, please obtain a hardcopy certificate.  To assist you in this, please visit:

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof

At this stage, we require you to book your place to attend Sunday Mass using the TryBooking facilities. Please visit https://trybooking.com/BJPOT to book. Mass times on the weekend are Saturday 5:00pm and 6:30pm, Sunday 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am and 5:00pm. Bookings will open on Tuesdays before the weekend at 7pm. Please be considerate of others who missed out on a booking. If you were able to attend Mass the previous weekend, please wait until Thursday to book for the following week. QR registration upon arrival is still required.  Our mass capacity for St James is 130 people due to the Density Quotient.  If you need assistance with booking, please call the Parish Office on 9401 6367 and leave a message.  A member of staff will return your call during Office Hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30am-2:30pm) to assist you. Masks are required at all Masses. Covid Marshalls will be onsite at Masses to assist you. As we learn this system together, please ensure you treat our Covid Marshalls with respect and courtesy.

We will continue to livestream the weekend Mass on Saturdays at 6:30pm

Weekday Mass Times

Bookings to attend the 9:00am Weekday Masses (Tuesdays-Fridays) and the Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion on Mondays, will no longer be required. Proof of full vaccination and masks required upon arrival.

Mass for those with Undeclared Vaccination Status

Masses for undeclared vaccination status will be weekly at the 9:00am Saturday morning Mass.  Bookings open on Tuesdays at 7pm at the same Parish Mass trybooking site. QR Sign in and masks required. Due to the low capacity for these Masses, Parishioners who are eligible to attend other Mass times are encouraged to leave this Mass for those who are only able to attend this Mass at the current restrictions, if possible.

Other Services:

Parish Office currently closed with staff working from home. Reconciliation on Saturday 9:30am-10:00am by appointment.  Baptism application online.

 

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Advent Angels are Back

Advent Angels are back! Only $3 each. We have an exciting new collection of handcrafted Advent Angels for Christmas 2021.

Advent Angels will be on sale at St James church on Sat 27 Nov between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and at all weekend masses 27th/28th November.  Please note: We can only accept cash for purchases at St James church.

This year we are pleased to be collaborating with our mssp sister parish, St Bernadette’s Nth Sunshine where we will be selling Advent Angels on 4th/5th December.

All money raised will help support children’s education through mssp missions. Please come along and help make a difference .

 

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The combined Parishes of St Peter’s & St James are hosting a Bible Study Ministry.  Next meeting this Mon 15 Nov, 7pm-8:30pm via Zoom on the Book of Acts. For more information contact Clive on 0490 814 452 or Francis on 0401 787 372.

To join simple click HERE

or use the following Zoom detaisl:

Zoom Meeting ID: 91984220776
Password: bible

 

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Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 15:5,8-11; Hebrews 10:11-14,18; Mark 13:24-32.

 

** Gospel Reading

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.

‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you, when you see these things happening: know that he is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’

 

** Further Reading

As we approach the end of our liturgical year, the scripture readings are eschatological in character. Moreover, it is the month of November, the time we remember our dead, so it is appropriate to reflect on the Servant of God’s concept of death.

The year 1898 was for Joseph De Piro not only the year of his great “yes”. It was also that in which Joseph, together with his family, passed through very hard times. In the beginning of 1898, his parents, Alexander and Ursola, decided to go for a holiday in Italy. When they arrived in Florence his father felt sick. When they arrived in Rome Alexander’s health still worsened, so much so that on 10th January he died suddenly. He was not yet 49. Ursola became a widow and the nine children orphans.

As if this was not enough for the De Piros, during that same year Berti, the sixth one in the family, fell seriously ill, a sickness that in the end led to death a short while afterwards.

From one of the witnesses it is known that Alexander was objecting to Joseph’s joining the priesthood. Because of this, one may say that the father’s death helped young Joseph was then free to decide his own future. While this could have been true, it was not the whole truth: Joseph was being effected by death itself. From the document: “Reasons in Favour and Against the Priesthood” one can see clearly that the family tragedies mentioned above influenced Joseph a lot: he mentions death on its own; he refers to that of his father; and he mentions the destructive sickness of his brother. Because of all this one may get the impression that De Piro was fearing death. Nothing strange! But one may get the impression that it was because Joseph was fearing death that he abandoned the law studies and joined the priesthood.; De Piro’s own words may make us think that he said “yes” to God because he was motivated by the fear of death: “The meditation of death. I feel this is the state for which I am called.” But in fact it is Joseph himself who clarifies what he meant: Joseph does not hesitate to admit that he was afraid of death. At the same time he makes it clear that he does not stop on fear; this fear encourages him towards perfection.

In this way De Piro can be said to have lived a spirituality different from that usually followed at his time. During his days death was considered only as one of  the last things. On the opposite, Joseph shows quite clearly that for him death has to be that which must be countinuously in one’s mind so that with death in mind one can uninterruptedly struggle towards perfection. In this way death helps the individual to prepare himself daily for the final end. Because there is such a living, death becomes: “The means which leads to the real happiness.”

 

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Introduction:

Our readings this week explore the concepts of generosity, humility and self-giving. With the help of the Holy Spirit, they encourage us to live our lives as generously as Jesus did.

Let us pray this week to the Lord who supports the vulnerable and poor for the grace to be his instruments on earth. We ask for his help to show our care for the outcasts and marginalised of our own day through our loving actions.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant:   Dear friends, Jesus became poor for our sake that we might be rich in his love. In the spirit of that love let us pray for the world and all who live in it.

Lector:   We pray for the whole of creation, that world leaders at the Glasgow climate summit will commit to the actions needed to limit global warming.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector:   We pray for local churches around the world, that they will welcome Pope Francis’ call to participate in preparations for the Roman synod on synodality.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector:   We pray for secondary and tertiary students engaged in final exams, that their disrupted studies will not deny them the achievement they hope for.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Lector:   We pray for our parish community, that the poor and vulnerable in our midst will be welcomed, respected and supported.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant:   We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, and in this month of November for all our loved ones who have died, as well as for the recently deceased; Norma Revell and Maria Zammit, and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially Bonifacio Mendoza, Carmen and Joe Camilleri, Mary, Charlie and Joseph Xerri, Angela and Salvatore Sacco, Carmen and Felix Tabone, Roberto Maniquis, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron and Kris Gamble and all those in our Mass Intentions today, that they will be blessed with the everlasting peace of God.

                            (pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant:    Gracious God, your Son emptied himself that we might be filled with life. Grant us the courage to give freely of ourselves in love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Memorial Box

During November, a Memorial Box will be available in the Prayer Room. You may place a list of names of your departed loved ones in this Box which will be part of our Liturgy during November.

 

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