DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR OCTOBER
Plenary Council Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council. Give us the grace to see your face in one another and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road. Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth. Give us ears to listen humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying. Lead your Church into a hope-filled future that we may live the joy of the Gospel. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age. Amen
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
St. Mary MacKillop, pray for us.
Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all.
1st Reading (Gen 2:18-24)
A reading from the book of Genesis.
The Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.’ So from the soil the Lord God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him. So the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh. The Lord built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. The man exclaimed: ‘This at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh! This is to be called woman, for this was taken from man.’ This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.
The Word of the Lord.
May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
2nd Reading (Heb 2:9-11)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
We see in Jesus one who was for a short while made lower than the angels and is now crowned with glory and splendour because he submitted to death; by God’s grace he had to experience death for all mankind. As it was his purpose to bring a great many of his sons into glory, it was appropriate that God, for whom everything exists and through whom everything exists, should make perfect, through suffering, the leader who would take them to their salvation. For the one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of the same stock; that is why he openly calls them brothers.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! If we love one another, God will live in us in perfect love. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mk 10:2-16)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Some Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, ‘Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were testing him. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ ‘Moses allowed us’ they said ‘to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’ Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, ‘The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’ People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ Then he put his arms round them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.
The Gospel of the Lord.
The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the soul that seeks him.
Next Week’s Readings
Wis 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30
Feasts of the Week
Mon, 4 Oct - St. Francis of Assisi
Thu, 7 Oct - Our Lady of the Rosary
WEEKLY PARISH DATES
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) on Zoom.
6:15pm – School of Discipleship on Zoom.
7:00pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) on ZOOM. For details call parish office 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults
7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) online on zoom.
Meeting ID: 982 9710 6111 Passcode: bible. Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399 Passcode: rosary
7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom.
7:00pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena followed by Rosary on Zoom
Meeting ID: 925 4385 9684
|7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
|2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held on zoom
Meeting ID:839 7212 5288Passcode: KNK1.30 pm to 4pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month
|12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the death of our dear brother Dcn. Charles English on Wednesday morning, 29 September. His absolute loyalty and commitment to our parish will always be remembered. He will be missed by not only myself as the Parish Priest, but all our parishioners, members of his diaconate and his Ministry and all those whose lives he touched in his many years of service to the community. His love for Kathleen and his family and her unfailing love and support for him was beautiful to see. Let us keep Kathleen and their family in our prayers and may they be consoled in the knowledge that Dcn. Charles was much loved and respected by all who knew him. Funeral will be held on Monday 11 October, Rosary at 11:00am followed by Requiem Mass at 11:30am. As limited numbers are allowed to attend during the current restrictions, attendance is by invitation only. Livestreaming details of the funeral will be advised in next weekend’s bulletin and on our Parish Facebook and website. The Parish will offer a Rosary on Saturday 9 October at 7:30pm on Zoom. Parishioners are invited to join in the Rosary to pray for Dcn. Charles.
Meeting ID: 857 6635 2685 Passcode: rosary
Floral tributes can be dropped off at the parish office only on Friday 8 October from 9.30 am to 3:00pm.
Condolences to the family can be sent directly to email@example.com, if you have emailed your condolences to the parish office they have been forwarded to the family.
Dcn. Charles served with the Knights of the Southern Cross and St. Vincent De Paul Conference for over 30 years. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences – Councils Gift Fund at Commonwealth Bank BSB: 063 003 Account No: 1008 1787 Details Description: Hoppers Crossing 145
May Deacon Charles English’s soul rest in peace and may the angels lead him into paradise where he can rest forever with our Lord Jesus Christ and our Mother Mary.
FR VINCENT JOHN
BAPTISM FORMATION MEETING
The next Baptism Formation Meeting will be held this Monday, 4th October at 7:00pm on ZOOM. Depending on restrictions, the November meeting will be held either in Church or on ZOOM on Monday, 1st Nov. Zoom Details:
Meeting ID: 994 6762 1751, Passcode: Baptism
UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
As per Victorian Government guidelines, our church is closed due to the current Melbourne lockdown. All Parish facilities are unavailable during the lockdown period. The Parish Office is closed, however staff are working from home Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
LIVE STREAMING OF MASS FROM OUR CHURCH
Our church is live streaming daily and Weekend Masses during the lockdown through our Facebook Page link https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/ and on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEEdWXn-cbXNHoRUAl_V5Q Masses are Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am.
Sunday, 3 October 9:00am Mass will also be available on YouTube, link https://youtu.be/RNdIhGAhY78
PARISH MEETINGS – ZOOM INVITATIONS
ST PETER’S YOUNG ADULTS SPYA (ages 18-29) – ZOOM Every Sunday at 6:15pm. Games, prayer and some awesome chats. For ZOOM details call the parish office on 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults.
Every Monday 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) online on zoom. Meeting link
Meeting ID: 982 9710 6111 Passcode: bible
Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372.
ROSARY EVERY TUESDAY AT 7:00PM
Online Zoom Rosary Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399 Passcode: rosary.
NOVENA TO PERPETUAL SUCCOUR followed by rosary every Wednesday at 7:00pm. Zoom meeting link:
Meeting ID: 925 4385 9684 Passcode: Rosary.
ST. PETER’S CHARISMATIC PRAYER COMMUNITY
Every Saturday 2:30pm to 4:00pm –Praise & Worship held on zoom
Meeting ID: 839 7212 5288 Passcode: KNK.
PLENARY COUNCIL – 1ST ASSEMBLY 3-10 OCTOBER
Over three years ago the decision was announced to hold a Plenary Council and the People of God began preparing for this historic moment by listening to God and by listening to one another’s stories of faith. After this time of listening and journeying the Catholic Church of Australia will gather for the first assembly of the Plenary Council from 3-10th October 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the First Assembly will be held via ‘one device-one person’ mode. There will be 17 members participating in this gathering who have been called from the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The Plenary Council website will provide daily livestreams of parts of the opening Plenary sessions and Masses (including the Opening Mass on Sunday 3rd October).
https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/assembly-1/. Plenary Council Masses and daily morning prayer booklets for full participation are available at
LIFE, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY SUNDAY 10TH OCTOBER - BLESSING FOR ALL PREGNANT MOTHERS & THEIR UNBORN BABIES
Father will be giving a special blessing to all pregnant mothers and their unborn babies at the conclusion of the 9:00am Mass on Sunday 10th October.
LOCKDOWN LIGHT – A resource for parishioners
Getting to know your Bible: Science and the Bible: Are they opposed?
Getting Started: In this video, Bishop Robert Barron firmly debunks the common claim that science and religion are diametrically opposed at www.bit.ly/BibleGettingStarted5a. Visit www.reasonfaithscience.com for further resources.
Going Deeper: This video skilfully explores a Catholic understanding of the Book of Genesis’ account of creation through a tapestry of voices www.bit.ly/BibleGoingDeeper5.
Podcasts for Christian living: How to keep our kids Catholic. In this episode of The Word on Fire show, Bishop Robert Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss what helps children retain their faith into young adulthood. Listen at www.bit.ly/ChristianLiving5.
We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Thressimma Joseph, Philip Pierias, Emelie Dimat, Joseph Devasya, Michela Volo, Altenor Santos, Wilfredo Antonio, Sheila Buultjens, Rani Cramer, Giuseppe Cini, Ivy Aldcroft, Mayeth Santos, Efren Ayuste, Sr Jacinta Umali, Cecilia Thi Ngoc Hoa Vo, Shirley Linehan, Cassy D’Souza, Rita Mifsud, Uthup Mathai Pulikuthiyel, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.
We pray for Fr. Donald Lourensz, Jose Austria, Leonor Lopez, Alden Francis, Lawrence Meehan, Ferdinando Scrofani and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Frank O’Brien, Baby Lilio, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Yvonne Caruana, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Baby Julian Cayme, Kevin McLoughlin and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 10 Oct 2021
|John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira
Readers – 9/10 Oct 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 9/10 Oct 2021
|G. Surrao / S. Fernando / G. Linning
|A. Koek / N&N Gooneratne
|S. Colla / F. Caruana / B. Keane
|E. Angeles / G. Siccita / Volunteer
Music Ministry – 9/10 Oct 2021
|St. Philomena’s Choir
|Shepherds of Christ