Immaculate Conception Parish

 Weekly Bulletin

6/7 January, 2018
Pope Francis called for people around the world to “embrace” migrants and refugees in his annual World Day for Peace address.
The theme of the 51st World Day of Peace celebration, observed on Jan. 1, was “Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace.”
Francis reiterated his advocacy for “all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination and persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.”
“Please, let’s not extinguish the hope in their hearts, let’s not suffocate their expectations of peace,” Francis said during his address in the Vatican, where 40,000 adherents turned out for the event.
Francis called on political, educational, and religious institutions alike to “make the effort to assure refugees and migrants, to everyone, a peaceful future.”
“We ask the Lord to work in this New Year with generosity to achieve a world that is more empathetic and welcoming,” he said.
Francis also addressed what he described as a rise of anti-immigration rhetoric globally, suggesting that people who “foment fear of migrants instead of building peace,” possibly to achieve political ends, “are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia.”
Francis’ New Year’s remarks drew heavily from a full statement on the subject of migration released by the Vatican in November.
On Jan. 8, Francis will deliver another annual address to the Vatican diplomatic service, according to Catholic news site Crux, which is expected to be considered his most significant foreign policy statement of the year.
Francis has been an outspoken advocate for migrants around the world, traveling to Myanmar and Bangladesh in late 2017 and speaking with a group of Muslim Rohingya refugees who were displaced by violence.
In remarks delivered Christmas Eve, he likened the plight of migrants to the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, expressing his hope that no person would feel as though “there is no room for them on this Earth.”
Parish Priest: Fr Richard Rutkauskas
Phone: 94383704 or
Parish Safeguarding Officers:
Mary Vajda M: 0449 774 995; Email:
Anne Marie Gatenby M: 0414 660 718;
Hall Hire: Mrs Trish Sinton 0438199130
Christian life consists of faith and charity.
Martin Luther

Liturgy of the Word
First Reading (Isaiah 60:1-6)
Arise, shine out, Jerusalem, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you, though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples.
Above you the Lord now rises and above you his glory appears. The nations come to your light and kings to your dawning brightness. Lift up your eyes and look round: all are assembling and coming towards you, your sons from far away and your daughters being tenderly carried.
At this sight you will grow radiant,your heart throbbing and full; since the riches of the sea will flow to you, the wealth of the nations come to you camels in throngs will cover you, and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; everyone in Sheba will come, bringing gold and incense and singing the praise of the Lord.
The Word of the Lord
Second Reading (Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6)
You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery. This mystery that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel.
He Word of the Lord
Gospel Acclamation (Matthew 2:2)
Alleluia, alleluia!
We have seen his star in the East;
and have come to adore the Lord.
Gospel (Matthew 2:1-12)
After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this he was perturbed, and so was the whole of Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, and enquired of them where the Christ was to be born. ‘At Bethlehem in Judaea,’ they told him ‘for this is what the prophet wrote:
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means least among the leaders of Judah, for out of you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel.’
Then Herod summoned the wise men to see him privately. He asked them the exact date on which the star had appeared, and sent them on to Bethlehem. ‘Go and find out all about the child,’ he said ‘and when you have found him, let me know, so that I too may go and do him homage.’ Having listened to what the king had to say, they set out. And there in front of them was the star they had seen rising; it went forward, and halted over the place where the child was. The sight of the star filled them with delight, and going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, and returned to their own country by a different way.
The Gospel of the Lord
Responsorial Psalm (Ps 71(72):1-2,7-8,10-13)
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king’s son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justice
and your poor in right judgement.
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to earth’s bounds.
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor.
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you












turn to Home Page