18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021

DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR AUGUST
Prayer for Vocations

O God, Father of all Mercies, Provider of a bountiful Harvest, send Your Graces upon those You have called to gather the fruits of Your labour; preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children that they may discern Your Holy Will; inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels and Saints, humbly hear our prayers and grant Your Church’s needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Entrance Antiphon
O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! You are my rescuer, my help; O Lord do not delay.

1st Reading (Ex 16:2-4, 12-15)
A reading from the book of Exodus.
The whole community of the sons of Israel began to complain against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness and said to them, ‘Why did we not die at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we were able to sit down to pans of meat and could eat bread to our heart’s content! As it is, you have brought us to this wilderness to starve this whole company to death!’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Now I will rain down bread for you from the heavens. Each day the people are to go out and gather the day’s portion; I propose to test them in this way to see whether they will follow my law or not. ‘I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel. Say this to them, “Between the two evenings you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have bread to your heart’s content. Then you will learn that I, the Lord, am your God.”’ And so it came about: quails flew up in the evening, and they covered the camp; in the morning there was a coating of dew all round the camp. When the coating of dew lifted, there on the surface of the desert was a thing delicate, powdery, as fine as hoarfrost on the ground. When they saw this, the sons of Israel said to one another, ‘What is that?’ not knowing what it was. ‘That’ said Moses to them ‘is the bread the Lord gives you to eat.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

2nd Reading (Eph 4:17, 20-24)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
I want to urge you in the name of the Lord, not to go on living the aimless kind of life that pagans live. Now that is hardly the way you have learnt from Christ, unless you failed to hear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus. You must give up your old way of life; you must put aside your old self, which gets corrupted by following illusory desires. Your mind must be renewed by a spiritual revolution so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God’s way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! No one lives on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 6:24-35)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered: ‘I tell you most solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat. Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life, the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?’ Jesus gave them this answer, ‘This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.’ So they said, ‘What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ Jesus answered: ‘I tell you most solemnly, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ ‘Sir,’ they said ‘give us that bread always.’ Jesus answered: ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.’
The Word of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven, endowed with all delights and sweetness in every taste.

Next Week’s Readings
1 Kg 17:8-16;   Col 3:12-17;   Mt 6:25-34

Feasts of the Week
Tue, 3 Aug - St. Dominic
Wed 4 Aug - St. John Vianney
Fri, 6 Aug - Transfiguration of the Lord      


PARISH NEWS

 WEEKLY PARISH DATES

Sundays

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) online on zoom.

Meeting ID: 919 8422 0776 Passcode: bible

Tuesdays 7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary Meeting ID: 967 7002 9670  Passcode: rosary
Wednesdays

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.
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held on zoom
Meeting ID: 839 7212 5288 Passcode: KNK1.30 pm to 4pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month – Cancelled in August.
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

 

WELCOME TO SEMINARIAN TUI PHAM
A warm welcome to Seminarian Tui Pham from Melbourne Archdiocese who will join us at our parish for his pastoral placement from this weekend. Kindly make him welcome.

UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
As per the Victorian Government and the Archdiocese of Melbourne guidelines, our church has resumed regular masses with a total of 100 people at each service, a density quotient of 1 person per 4 sqm applies.

  • No bookings for weekday Masses
  • Attendance at weekend Masses will be via Try Booking link is https://www.trybooking.com/BSBTW which will remain the same every week. Bookings open on Wednesday at 7:00pm and close on Saturday at 10:00am.
  • You are required to register via QR Code even if you have booked via Try Booking.
  • Mandatory registration via QR Code,
  • Face masks to be worn at all times.
  • Ensure that you sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Sunday 10:30am Mass will be live streamed via
    Facebook https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/ and
    YouTube link as follows https://youtu.be/jbMjLuMPDLA

QR MARSHALLS REQUIRED AT WEEKEND MASSES
We require 2 or 3 volunteers for about 45 minutes before each weekend Mass to assist with QR checking. This involves ensuring that all people attending Mass check in via the QR Code and providing assistance to a few people who are unable to register via the QR Code. If you attend either the 8:30am, 10:30am or 5:00pm Sunday Mass on a regular basis and are able to be at church 45 minutes before start of Mass to assist with QR Marshalling duties, kindly contact the Parish Office on 9749 4300.

DEATH NOTICE
We regret to announce the sad passing of Fr Raphael Klein on 23 July in his home diocese of Pathein. He was Assistant priest at our parish and the Chaplain for the Burmese Community in Melbourne for three years before he left in November 2015 for Burma. Eternal rest grant unto Fr Raphael, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul Rest in Peace. Amen.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church community Danique Lopez who is to be baptised this Sunday.  With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that Danique will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAMME will start again this Sunday 1st August, after the lockdown, from 9:15am to 10:25am.

BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING will be held on Monday 2 August at 7;00pm in the Church.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

  • There will be NO Healing Mass in August.
  • KNK prayer meeting will be held on Zoom for the next few weeks
    Meeting ID: 839 7212 5288 Passcode: KNK

THANKSGIVING PROGRAM
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.

RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic and receiving the Sacraments. If you or anyone you know is interested, you are welcome to come along. Please contact Francis Thomas at francispthomas@hotmail.com or 0401 787 372 or Evelyn Stowers at stowersjulian@gmail.com or 0499 416 158.

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY will be celebrated on Sunday 15th August. This is a holy day of obligation.

HOPPERS CROSSING ALPHA
An ALPHA pilot program is currently underway being run by the joint parishes of St. James & St. Peters. An ALPHA program available to all will be commencing in September 2021. Please keep the program in your prayers. Enquiries please email: hopperscrossingalpha@gmail.com

NATIONAL VOCATIONS AWARENESS WEEK (NVAW) 2021 (1 – 8 AUGUST)
National Vocations Awareness Week – Vocations come from families, communities and parishes. Strong families and communities are the place where vocations are first nurtured. In this National Vocations Awareness Week, let us pray for all families in our parish, and for those preparing for marriage. Let us also pray that our parish community may always be welcoming and encouraging of vocations to marriage, priesthood and consecrated life.

INFORMATION SESSION FOR THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
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. More information at https://youtu.be/q2RhNDbtTS0. Read More [at https://www.cam1.org.au/permanent-diaconate Contact: Office of the Permanent Diaconate 03 9412 3357 or diaconate@cam.org.au

POPE FRANCIS ISSUES NEW APOSTOLIC LETTER
Following Pope Francis’ most recent Apostolic Letter, Traditionis Custodes, Archbishop Peter Comensoli recorded this brief message for the community of faith in Melbourne. In the video he explains the significance of the pope's letter, acknowledging the ways in which we give expression to our faith in ritual, and the need to pray and study what Pope Francis has put forward in order to respond in truth and charity. You can also read the Archbishop's letter to clergy here: www.melbournecatholic.org/apostolic-letter-traditionis-custodes

RECENTLY DECEASED
We pray for Fr. Raphael Klein, Tony Hankins, Mavis Roze, Henry Lewis, Ella MacKinnon, Essa Kallio, Juan Cisternas, Salvatore De Bartolo, Heath Prior, Clement Francis, Kuriakose P M, Esther Uwase, Annakutty Joseph, Edith Street, Chinnamma Kora, Fr Dominic Jyrwa, Bryan Goveas, Amira Saliba, Franco Biase, Eufemia Palapal, John Rauling, Mila Africano, Mary Perlaki, Dick Maple, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

DEATH ANNIVERSARIES
We pray for Joseph Trindade, Agnes (Tootsy) D’Cunha, Joseph Xuereb, Josephine Borg, Harold & Evelyn Lazaro, Anton de Hoedt, Annie de Hoedt, Aubrey de Hoedt, Winston and Ralston Ephraums, Lorenz La Booy, Jeffrey Mulholland, Julie Anne Sewell, Segunda, Rufino Martin & Rene Raymundo, Fe & Vicente Samaniego,  Donaldo Angeles, Alfonsus De Roza, Luke Dan Azimi, Lawan Abubakar, Joselaine Chantal Riaca, Michael Marie, Suzette Laurent and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
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, Lisa Tagala, Josiah Salesa, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Bernice Steinhauer, Ian Cameron, Sylvia Aldersea, Giovanni Martello, Alfred Spiteri, Doris Weselmann, Frank O’Brien, Tony Perry, Jean Norman and all who are ill in our Parish.


ROSTERS

Counters – 8 Aug 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Eileen Lewis / Bonny D’Souza

Readers – 7/8 Aug 2021

  6:00pm David Roga
  8:30am Evelyn Stowers
10:30am Lerna Vasquez
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 7/8 Aug 2021

  6:00pm J. Roga / J. Tramontana / S. Martis
  8:30am A. Koek / K. English / N&N Gooneratne
10:30am S. Colla / F. Caruana / M&C Peters
  5:00pm E. Angeles / Romayne A. / G. Aldcroft

Music Ministry – 7/8 Aug 2021

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ