1st Sunday of Lent 2021

Prayer for Lent

Merciful God, You called us forth from the dust of the earth; you claimed us for Christ in the waters of Baptism.

Look upon us as we enter these Forty Days bearing the mark of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the font of rebirth. May our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts.

All that we do and pray is in the name of Jesus, for in his Cross we proclaim your love forever.


Entrance Antiphon
When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.

1st Reading (Gen 9:8-15)
God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of the flood. There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.’ God said, ‘Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all things of flesh.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.

2nd Reading (1 Pet 3:18-22)
A reading from the first letter of St. Peter.
Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life, and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison. Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of eight people ‘by water’, and when God was still waiting patiently, that these spirits refused to believe. That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now, and which is not the washing off of physical dirt but a pledge made to God from a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has entered heaven and is at God’s right hand, now that he has made the angels and Dominations and Powers his subjects.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory! No one lives on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel (Mk 1:12-15)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him. After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

Next Week’s Readings
Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18;   Rom 8:31-34;   Mk 9:2-10

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 22 Feb - The Chair of St. Peter         



  • No bookings required for Weekday Masses. Parishioners attending weekday masses will be required to use their mobile phone to scan the Parish QR Code to record their attendance. Volunteers will be around to assist you.
  • Registration for weekend Masses via Try Booking link https://www.trybooking.com/BNKFG. Bookings open on a Monday and close on a Friday prior to the weekend. If you have not booked for a weekend mass you will need to register your attendance upon arrival using the QR code. (We request that you come in early to do this to avoid queuing up at the entry door).
  • With the easing of restrictions, parishioners are invited to attend Mass every weekend.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat and maintain social distancing during the Liturgy, including when kneeling.
  • Please do not move the pews or chairs which have been placed to observe the safe distancing required.
  • Mask wearing in church is mandatory.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.
  • Church open 30 minutes before mass starts. Doors shut as soon as Mass begins so please be on time.
  • If you are unwell on your allocated day, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.

Please note that the following devotions have resumed in our church:

  1. Wednesday Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mass at 7:00pm followed by novena.
  2. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Divine Mercy Chaplet on Friday at 9am after mass
  3. First Friday Mass at 7:00pm followed by Prayers and Adoration.
  4. Baptism Preparation Meetings on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

We welcome into our Church Martha Tsegay, Alessio Estrella, Mila Vanvitelli who are to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead a life full of happiness, faith and love.

Combined Parishes of St. Peters and St. James Bible Study. At the Ray Centre, St. James the Apostle Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452/ Francis Thomas 0401787372.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY will recommence face to face at the 10:30am Mass with effect from Sunday 7th March 2021. Please avail of this opportunity to enrich your child's faith journey. Thank you.

The 2021 Session of the Holy Spirit Interactive (HSI) School of Discipleship will commence from Sunday 28 February at 6:15pm at St Peter’s, Hoppers Crossing. This is a faith outreach program aimed to teach members more about our Catholic faith with three purposes – to learn it, live it and share it. The school has been successfully running for the last 4 consecutive years in our parish and members have testified to growing both spiritually and personally. All are welcome to join. There will be a brief presentation on the HSI School at Masses this weekend. An information session will be held on Thursday 25th February at 7:00pm on ZOOM. Classes will be a mixture of onsite (St Peters) and online (Zoom). Enquiries please call Anita Dsouza on 0411772320.

All are invited to attend our Prayer Meetings on Saturdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm.  Bookings via Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/BODRD. If you have not already booked, you will need to register using the QR code prior to entering church. Current COVID safe guidelines are in place. There will be no fellowship after the prayer meeting.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES (for children attending non Catholic Schools). Classes are held every Sunday from 9:15am till 10:25am. For any further enquiries, please call Bernice on 9749 2812.

The Piety Store Rosters for the months of March, April and May 2021 will be available for collection from the Hall. Lectors & Extraordinary Ministers Rosters for the months from March to May have been emailed to all Lectors and Communion Ministers, if you would like a hard copy, kindly contact the Parish Office.

Communion to the Sick Ministry hopes to resume operations soon. This ministry involves taking Holy Communion to the residents of Glendale nursing home and to some elderly residents in their homes. We are seeking volunteers for this ministry, which will require Working with Children (WWCC) and Police Checks. Usually you will be required to volunteer for 2 hours per month either on a weekday (Wednesday or Thursday) or weekend. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office on 9749 4300 or email us at hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

Congratulations to all the children who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Tuesday and Thursday as you were unable to receive it last year. We pray that you are filled with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit throughout your faith journey.

Project Compassion Boxes are available for collection after all Masses this weekend. Thank you.

We pray for Christopher Nongkynrih, Manuel Rivera, Sr. Isofena, Fr. Malo, Scaria T.V., Irene Jones, Janaki Devadas, Teresa Yrastorsa, Arturo Ricaforte, Alvin Bergman, Bishop Luc Matthys, Joseph McGrade, Joseph Bramley, Avelina Nunez Ison, Lelamma Kunnumpurathu, Greg Harris, Rolema Delmonte, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Nazzareno Fortuna, V.V. Alex, Myrna Hengeveld, Anthony Azzopardi, Agatha Borg 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, Norma Medina, Christine Hall, Esther Uwase, Steven Smith, Calum Jones, John Murray, Andrew Crowley, Vincent Margaret, Christian Lindsay, Anne Marie Toole, Liss Corado, Elvie de Torres, Helen Smith, Yvonne & Gilbert Norris, Shirley Linehan, Zaren Acquilina, James D’Silva, Jack Davies, Jean Gracias, Ellen Everett, William Franklin, May Rizkallah, Mila Africano and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 28 Feb 2021

John Allan / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers – 27/28 Feb 2021

  6:00pm Davy Fernandes
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Meresiana Peters
  5:00pm Dominic Hankins

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 27/28 Feb 2021 (2 or 3 Required)

  6:00pm G Surrao / H Durski / Stanley M./ M. Maple
  8:30am KSC Minister / K McLoughlin / R. Johnson
10:30am J. Quinless / V. Firman / S DiBeneditto
  5:00pm I. Simangan / S. Simangan / E Angeles / R Perera

Music Ministry – 27/28 Feb 2021

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