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Special Services, Festivals and Feast Days

Station of the Crucifixion

Holy Week
and Easter
at St Peter's

Palm Sunday — 9 April
10.00 am. Blessing of Palms and Procession; High Mass.
Note that the usual 9.30 am and 11.00 am Masses are combined for this extended Palm Sunday liturgy at 10.00 am.

Maundy Thursday — 13 April
6.15 pm. Concelebrated Mass and washing of the feet,
followed by the Watch of the Passion.

Good Friday — 14 April
9.00 am.   The Celebration of the Lord's Passion,
followed by Melbourne City Churches Way of the Cross.
8.00 pm.   Tenebrae.

Holy Saturday — 15 April
8.00 pm. Easter Liturgy, including the Service of Light, Vigil, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Confirmation, and First Mass of Easter.

Easter Day — 16 April
8.00 am,   The Mass of the Dawn
9.30 am,   Family Mass.
11.00 am. High Mass with procession.
6.00 pm,   Mass.

Notes for your diary

The Upper Room with Fr Graeme

Between Advent and Easter 2017, over the occasional counter lunch on Sundays, Fr Graeme will be hosting a series of friendly get-togethers, an informal opportunity for you to explore your spiritual journey with like-minded others. The sessions will be at a mutually convenient location on agreed Sundays.
If you would like to 'do lunch' where conversation about religion is not forbidden, talk to Fr Graeme after Mass, phone him (0427-321-744), or email him and we will see what can be arranged.

Five Tuesday Evening Lenten Studies

A series of Lenten Studies will be based on Rowan Williams' new book, God with Us: the Meaning of the Cross and Resurrection, which is available at the Parish Book Room. These Studies will be held at Bishop Graeme and Caroline's home, 3/68 Campbell Road, Hawthorn East, from 7.30 -9.30 pm on Tuesdays the 7th,14th, 21st, 28th March, and 4th April.

Lenten Studies on Sunday

A series of Lenten Studies will be held in the Parish Hall at 1.00 pm on Sundays after High Mass during Lent. We will be discussing essays from the collection 'The Givenness of Things' by American novelist Marilynne Robinson, described in The Guardian as 'a thought-provoking study of the limits of knowledge and a counterblast to the new atheism.' Copies of the book are available from the Bookroom for $33.95. Contact Nick Browne (0427 332 340) for more information.

Mystics Group

Fr Hugh welcomes parishioners and friends of St Peter's to an informal study group at the vicarage, on Wednesdays between 2.30 and 3.30 pm.
Over February the group will sample the work of a number of contemplative writers, such as the Jesuit Anthony de Mello, poet Denise Levertov, medieval mystic Richard Rolle, and the spiritual director, Evelyn Underhill. Then over Lent we will be reading Archbishop Justin Welby's book: Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace (2017); copies of which are available from the Bookroom.
If you would like to join the group, contact the Parish Office on 9622 2391.

ISS Seminars

Saturday 25 March, 2017 — Lenten Quiet Day

Spend some time in stillness listening to God and alongside writings from the early Celtic Christian tradition. Early Celtic Christians were a people familiar with intersections of all sorts in our world. The still point centre of the Celtic Cross is encircled by the ancient symbol of the sun or cosmos, which translates into the unending and interweaving mystery of the Christian Trinity. To sit at the foot of this cross is to hear a storehouse of wisdom for us to ponder upon today.

During the day, Carol O'Connor will give three addresses drawing on poetry from this tradition and the lives of saints such as St Bridget, St Brendan, and St Columba. Inspired by the music of this tradition, acclaimed musician Cath Connelly will play harp to help us listen to the presence of God in our own bodies and lives today.

Bp Graeme Rutherford will celebrate the Eucharist after lunch. During the day there will be quiet periods of personal reflection.

Held at St James's House of Prayer, Point Lonsdale. Attendees are asked to please bring their own lunch.

See the
ISS page for further details.

Thursday 27 April, 2017 — Gerard Manley Hopkins and Robert Bridges

The Priest-poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ (1844-1889) made innovations in verse which continue to haunt us. His writing discloses an impassioned quest for relationship with whatever is unique — with friends, with nature, and with God. At Balliol College, Oxford during the 1860s, Hopkins met a fellow Anglican poet, Robert Bridges (1844-1930), who would publish Hopkins' poems only in 1918. How does this Ignatian quester renew Christian spirituality of the environment? What does Hopkins' career, both as a poet and as a Jesuit in Ireland, reveal about spirituality — in worship, in singing, and in grieving? Why does he insist on celebrating the uniqueness of each moment?

The three presenters will study the lives of Hopkins and Bridges, evaluate their poetry and read substantial portions of it. As the presenters did during their evening on T.S. Eliot in 2016, they bring a long-standing interst in how Hopkins and Bridges infused Christianity into verse of disarming complexity Which of the poems are most worth re-reading, and why?

Presented by Philip Harvey, a poet, librarian, and writer; Dr Will Johnston, a retired profesor of European Cultural history; and the Rev'd Professor Emeritus Robert Gribben, who works in international ecumenical relations.

See the ISS page for further details.

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