1st Sunday of Advent 2020


For All the Faithful Departed

Almighty Father, You made everyone in your own image and likeness, and when that image was defaced by sin, you restored it through Christ:

Hear our prayers, we pray you, for all our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of the resurrection, and show them the glory of your face. Through Christ our Lord.


Entrance Antiphon
To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.

1st Reading (Is 63:16-17,64:1,3-8)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
You, Lord, yourself are our Father, ‘Our Redeemer’ is your ancient name. Why, Lord, leave us to stray from your ways and harden our hearts against fearing you? Return, for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your inheritance. Oh, that you would tear the heavens open and come down! – at your Presence the mountains would melt. No ear has heard, no eye has seen any god but you act like this for those who trust him. You guide those who act with integrity and keep your ways in mind. You were angry when we were sinners; we had long been rebels against you. We were all like men unclean, all that integrity of ours like filthy clothing. We have all withered like leaves and our sins blew us away like the wind. No one invoked your name or roused himself to catch hold of you. For you hid your face from us and gave us up to the power of our sins. And yet, Lord, you are our Father; we the clay, you the potter, we are all the work of your hand.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved.

2nd Reading (1 Cor 1:3-9)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace. I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ. I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers; the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mk 13:33-37)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
The Lord will bestow his bounty, and our earth shall yield its increase.

Next Week’s Readings
Is 40:1-5,9-11;   2 Pet 3:8-14,   Mk 1:1-8

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 30 Nov - St. Andrew
Thu, 3 Dec - St. Francis Xavier         



  • No bookings for daily Mass. Attendance is on a “first come first in”
  • Weekend Mass bookings are done online via Trybooking.com using the following link https://www.trybooking.com/BNFQU (link will change every week). Bookings via this link will open on Monday, 30 November at 9:00am and close on Friday, 4th December at 10:00am.
  • Church will open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors will be shut 5 minutes before mass starts.
  • Please bring your ticket, either printed or on the phone, to verify your booking for weekend masses.
  • Please do not move from your allocated seat.
  • During Communion, move to the right hand end of your pew and wait there for Communion from the Minister.
  • Please keep your mask on while receiving Communion from the Minister. You may remove your mask and consume the Holy Eucharist and then move back to your seat.
  • Bulletins are to be taken home and not left on your seat.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but do not touch the statues.
  • Please use disinfectant wipes provided, to clean your kneelers and seats prior to leaving the church. Bins are located that the back of the church under the EXIT signs on the posts.
  • Pews on the left must exit through the door on the left. Pews on the right must exit through the small foyer. No socialising inside church or foyer.
  • Please only book weekend Masses once every 2 weekends. The parish office will monitor bookings to ensure all parishioners get an equal opportunity to attend weekend Masses.
  • If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

Masses will no longer be live streamed during the week because of the additional numbers now allowed in church. Only Sunday 10:30am Mass will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend Mass at church.
Via Facebook Page:  https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/
Via our parish Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEEdWXn-cbXNHoRUAl_V5Q
Via ZOOM Meeting ID: 923 0757 3592, Password: SPhc2020
Sunday 10:30am Mass is also available on YouTube, link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4lxyAFHkjw

The Parish Office will be open on  Tuesday/Thursday/Friday from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Staff will work from home on Monday and Wednesday. You can contact us on the office phone 9749 4300 or send in your enquiries/prayer requests by email to stpeters@westnet.com.au or hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

Please note that Columban Calendars are available for $9 each, God’s Word 2021 is available for $19.95. Limited stock available. Kindly contact Margaret Newman from the Piety Store on 0432 044 416 for further details.

We welcome into our Church community Yannik Franciscus and Chelsie Yeruva who are to be baptised this Sunday. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead lives full of happiness, faith and love.   

If you are attending a weekend mass and would like to volunteer as an usher could you please contact the parish office on 97494300 or meet Fr Vincent before the mass. You will need to be at the church 40 minutes before mass begins. Thank you.

It has been our parish tradition to support the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal via the "Giving Tree”. Despite the challenging times we have all been through we do not wish to forget families in our local neighbourhood experiencing financial hardship, especially during this festive season. This year the Parish will set up the "Giving Tree" to continue our Christmas tradition of assisting the needy in our community by preparing hampers to brighten their Christmas. Please take a tag from the Tree from this weekend onwards when you attend mass. In case you cannot attend mass, you can  choose to buy the following items for the hampers: 1)Christmas cake, 2) Long life Custard, 3) Christmas Pudding, 4) Tins of Ham, 5) Fruit Mince Pies, 6) Tins of Fruit, 7) Lollies, 8) Nuts, 9) Chocolates, 10) Biscuits. Kindly return the item(s) to the baskets under the tree or leave it at the Presbytery Door latest by December 13. We request you to kindly return the tags which can be re-used next year. For further enquiries please call Kitty Stuttard on 9749 4215.

Are you looking for further spiritual growth in 2021?
Jesuit and Ignatian Spiritualty Australia invites you to apply for our Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola 2021 program. It runs from February onwards spanning 30-35 weeks. Anyone is welcome to apply - no prior experience necessary.  Expressions of interest close 28 Feb 2021.  Contact Sandra on 1300 392 636 or info@jisa.org.au for details.

To help parishioners live the Advent journey deeply, a range of resources have been developed for each of the weeks of Advent by the Melbourne Archdiocese. Resources are varied; however, many have been created for a small group setting within a parish or family. We invite you to use these resources in your family or in groups. The Advent resources are available using the following link


Bible Study Ministry
Focus on Gospel of John, Chapter 16
Meeting ID: 91984220776      Password: 899140

St. Anthony’s Novena
Every Tuesday at 7:00pm, followed by Rosary
Meeting ID: 823 3823 7597, Password: 524250

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Novena
Every Wednesday at 7:00pm, followed by Rosary
Meeting ID: 836 3268 5197 Password: novena

St. Peter's Charismatic Prayer Community KNK
Every Saturday at 3:00pm – Divine Mercy & Praise & Worship
Meeting ID: 741 486 2105,  Password: 023368

Ms Suellen Colla has been the volunteer Parish Representative on the MacKillop College Board for the past 3 years. Suelllen’s tenure is due to expire at the beginning of 2021. Nominations are called from families who have a student attending MacKillop College in 2021 and beyond, to volunteer for the Parish Representative position. The Board sits 5 times per year, usually on a Thursday evening, from 7:30pm to approximately 9:00pm. If you would like to nominate for this position, please send your expression of interest by email to the Parish office at hopperscrossing@cam.org.au  by 15 February 2021. The successful person will be advised at the beginning of March. We take this opportunity to thank Suellen for the time and effort she has put in over the past 3 years of being our Parish representative on the MacKillop College Board.

We pray for Loreta Sotelo, Felicitas San Diego,  Bienvenido Limson, Lourdes Oceate, Edna MacGowan, Devasia Sebastian, Lourdes Morris, Italo Inserra, Fr Joy Vallomkunnel, Patricia McCavanagh, Leo Linehan, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for John Walsh, Simon Simonides, Kyle Moreno, Gladys Gonsalves, Marion Bartolo, Giovanni Frazzica and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Gordon Newman, Denis Webber, Monique Hoaster, Wilfredo Villareal, Rolando Navarro, Francis Goonting, Anne Deluca, Hellen Bonnici, Filippo Sciglitano, Anthony Hanford, James Barwick, Gerry Akein, Carmelina Costanzo, Alki Christopoulos, Charlotte Mary, Paul Burton, Aloysius Silva, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Justin Worsley, Calum Jones, Paul Thomas, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Christian Lindsay, Anne Marie Toole, Bishop Peter Elliott, Liss Corado, Michael Buttigieg, Elvie de Torres and all who are ill in our Parish.