16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021


Prayer for Youth

God and Father, we ask you to be with young people as they experience sorrow and joy.

Protect them from the dangers that are present in our world today.

Give them and their families the courage to follow you as they journey through life.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, may they experience your loving care and mercy.

We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Entrance Antiphon
See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.

1st Reading (Jer 23:1-6)
A reading from the prophet Jeremiah.
‘Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered – it is the Lord who speaks! This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds in charge of my people: You have let my flock be scattered and go wandering and have not taken care of them. Right, I will take care of you for your misdeeds – it is the Lord who speaks! But the remnant of my flock I myself will gather from all the countries where I have dispersed them, and will bring them back to their pastures: they shall be fruitful and increase in numbers. I will raise up shepherds to look after them and pasture them; no fear, no terror for them any more; not one shall be lost – it is the Lord who speaks! ‘See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David, who will reign as true king and be wise, practising honesty and integrity in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel dwell in confidence. And this is the name he will be called: The-Lord-our-integrity.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

2nd Reading (Eph 2:13-18)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
In Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law. This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God. In his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! My sheep listen to my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mk 6:30-34)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Next Week’s Readings
2 Kg 4:42-44;   Eph 4:1-6;   Jn 6:1-15

Feasts of the Week
Thu, 22 Jul - St. Mary Magdalene      




9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.

10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 2nd and 4th Sundays.

6:00pm to 8:00pm – Youth Group (12 - 18 years) in the Community Centre.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) in the Theatrette every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) at St. James’ Church.
Tuesdays 7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary Meeting ID: 967 7002 9670  Passcode: rosary

7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) in the Theatrette.

7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.

1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration

2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church.

1.30 pm to 4pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month

Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.


As per the Victorian Government guidelines, our church is now closed due to the Victoria-wide ‘circuit-breaker lockdown’, a 5-day lockdown, from 11.59pm, Thursday 15 July until 11.59pm, Tuesday 20 July unless otherwise notified. Parish facilities, such as the Community Centre, Theatrette, Meeting room, etc, are not available during the lockdown period. The Parish Office is closed, however staff will be working from home from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. To keep yourself updated with Parish news, visit the Parish website at http://stpeterapostlemission.org.au or parish Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/

Our church is live streaming daily and Weekend Mass during the 5-day lockdown’ through our Facebook Page link https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/

Masses are Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am and Sunday 10:30am

18 July, Sunday 10.30 am Mass will also be available on Youtube, link as follows https://youtu.be/XMNfkRekL6s

Parishioners are requested to submit any suggestions or recommendations they may have in the Parish Pastoral Council Suggestion box placed in the main foyer.  Your suggestions/recommendations will be responded to by members of the PPC.

Thanksgiving envelopes and letters for the new financial year that have not been collected from the Church will be distributed by volunteers directly to your home. If you have not received your envelopes or letters and for those parishioners who are not part of  the thanksgiving program and would like to join, please contact the parish office.

Kindly note that the Piety Stall will be open after all weekend masses. If you require to buy anything from the Piety Stall on weekdays, please contact Margaret Newman and she will be happy to open the Piety Stall after the weekday 8.30 am mass.

RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic and receiving the Sacraments. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.00pm in the Theatrette at St Peter Apostle Mission Parish. If you or anyone you know is interested, you are welcome to come along. The invitation is also extended to any Catholics who may want to come and help Catechists by sharing their knowledge and faith and motivate the Candidates. Please contact Francis Thomas at francispthomas@hotmail.com or 0401 787 372 or Evelyn Stowers at stowersjulian@gmail.com or 0499 416 158.

2 new overhead projectors have been installed making screen projection of Mass responses clearer. We thank you our parishioners as these have been purchased with funds from your monetary contributions to our parish.

Parishioners can leave their prayer intentions and thanksgiving notes for the weekly Wednesday novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour held on Wednesday following Mass at 7:00pm. Intention boxes are placed by the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in the side Chapel. A reminder also that confessions are now heard at 6:30pm, before Mass.

WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY will be celebrated for the first time this year on Sunday 25 July. Our parish will dedicate the 10.30 am mass on Sunday 25 July to grandparents and the elderly on the feast of  Sts Joachim and Ann. Mass will be followed with refreshments in the hall. You are invited to bring your grandparents and any elderly people you may know to this mass. Covid guidelines will be followed.  In his message, Archbishop Peter has asked that this be a time when we are encouraged to reach out to family, friends, neighbours, the aged, the lonely, and the sick.

FILIPINO MASS at 12 noon on Sunday 25 July. You are invited to please bring your grandparents and any elderly people you may know, to this Mass.

Parishioners of all cultures are invited to attend the first Multicultural Mass meeting for this year which will be held on Saturday, 31 July at 10:00am in the Meeting Room off the church hall.

In the Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Peter Comensoli for Pentecost, he invited us into a new conversation about our common mission for the coming years. He initiated this by having two meetings, one with the clergy of the Archdiocese, and the other with lay representatives from the Parishes. It’s now our turn to have this conversation in our Parish. Time, date and venue for an information and discussion session will be advised later. All Parishioners are encouraged to attend this session, including all ministries, parish leaders, council members, youth groups, prayer ministries, to discuss how St Peter’s can become a Mission Parish as envisaged by Pope Francis and Archbishop Peter.

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 14 August, Saturday 10:00 – 11:45am at the Catholic Theological College (CTC), East Melbourne. For more information: Watch Melbourne’s Deacons https://youtu.be/q2RhNDbtTS0

Watch Pope Francis’ 2020 Prayer Intention for Deacons https://youtu.be/NuG99HD1LaY Read More [Brochure] at https://www.cam1.org.au/permanent-diaconate Contact: Office of the Permanent Diaconate (Phone) 03 9412 3357 (Email) diaconate@cam.org.au.

CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE Ethical Issues and Human Ageing Online unit via zoom on 6 Saturdays from 31 July. Lecturer: Rev. Dr Laurence McNamara CM. Audit, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Options available. Enquiries: 03 9412 333 or registrar@ctc.edu.au

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishops-Elect Anthony John Ireland and Martin Ashe will take place at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, on Saturday, 31 July 2021 commencing at 10.30am. The Ordination will be live-streamed via You Tube and Broadcast on Channel C31. Let us keep Bishops-Elect Ireland and Ashe in our prayers and as they prepare to take up their new ministry in the Archdiocese.

We pray for Amira Saliba, Franco Biase, Eufemia Palapal, John Rauling, Mila Africano, Mary Perlaki, Dick Maple, Grace La Ferlita, Carmelo Cassar, Hector Cordero, John (Jack) Collins, Vincent Portelli, Maureen Moynahan, Bruna Santi, K.L. Kurian, Fr Tony Micallef, Generosa Gregorio, Marcelino San Pedro Sr., Benjamin D’Souza, Liberato Gomez Jr., Victor Jeyarajah, Crispin Fernandes, Lydia Van Susteren, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Vera Fernandez, Edwin D’Souza, Eduardo Medina, Frances Mizzi, V C Paul Vadakkekunnel, Malcolm Fernandez, Helga Jacob, Bienvenido Are, Paul Spiteri, Erminio Colosimo, Anthony T V and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Maria Kiloumis, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Suranga Desilva, Haeday Riaca, Mayenne Gomez, Frank O’Brien, Lisa Tagala, Josiah Salesa, Gordon Newman, Esther Uwase, Trish Musarra, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Bernice Steinhauer, Ian Cameron, Sylvia Aldersea and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 25 July 2021

John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers – 24/25 July 2021

  6:00pm Jeff Poppen
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Sharon Arubia
  5:00pm Iris Simangan

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 24/25 July 2021

  6:00pm D&J Roga / J. Tramontana / D. Fernandez
  8:30am KSC Minister / R. Johnson / R. Hibbert / Volunteer
10:30am E. Mills / D. Dalton / S. Vaz / F. Aishweriya
  5:00pm S. Simangan / G. Aldcroft / C. Skinner / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 24/25 July 2021

  6:00pm St. Cecilia
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK