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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2023


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. Amen.

Entrance Antiphon
Forsake me not, O Lord, my God; be not far from me! Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my strong salvation!

1st Reading (Mal 1:14-2:2,8-10)
A reading from the prophet Malachi.
I am a great king, says the Lord of Hosts, and my name is feared throughout the nations. And now, priests, this warning is for you. If you do not listen, if you do not find it in your heart to glorify my name, says the Lord of Hosts, I will send the curse on you and curse your very blessing. You have strayed from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your teaching. You have destroyed the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of Hosts. And so I in my turn have made you contemptible and vile in the eyes of the whole people in repayment for the way you have not kept to my paths but have shown partiality in your administration. Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why, then, do we break faith with one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors?
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
In you, Lord, I have found my peace.

2nd Reading (1 Thes 2:7-9,13)
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians.
Like a mother feeding and looking after her own children, we felt so devoted and protective towards you, and had come to love you so much, that we were eager to hand over to you not only the Good News but our whole lives as well. Let me remind you, brothers, how hard we used to work, slaving night and day so as not to be a burden on any one of you while we were proclaiming God’s Good News to you. Another reason why we constantly thank God for you is that as soon as you heard the message that we brought you as God’s message, you accepted it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power among you who believe it.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! You have one Father, your Father in heaven; you have one teacher: the Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mt 23:1-12)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Addressing the people and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do: since they do not practise what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted obsequiously in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi. ‘You, however, must not allow yourselves to be called Rabbi, since you have only one master, and you are all brothers. You must call no one on earth your father, since you have only one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor must you allow yourselves to be called teachers, for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord.

Next Week’s Readings
Wis 6:12-16;   1 Thess 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13

Feasts of the Week
Thu, 9 Nov - Dedication of the Lateran Basilica       
Fri, 10 Nov - St. Leo the Great         
Sat, 11 Nov -St. Martin of Tours      



9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.
After 5:00pm Mass in Theatrette – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 years on 2nd and 4th Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays.
6:15pm in Church Hall - School of Discipleship.
7:00pm to 8:15pm – No Bible Study Monday, 6th November 2023
7:00pm - Online Zoom Rosary - Meeting ID: 893 5477 8556Passcode: rosary7:00pm
7:00pm - Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
2:30pm to 4:00pm - St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship in Church.
1.30pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday 2nd December 2023.
12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays.
Baptism Preparation Meeting held on 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm. Next Baptism Preparation Meeting Mon 6th November 2023 at 7:00pm in Church.

Fr. Vincent and Fr. Simeon thank the Sri Lankan Community for hosting such a spirit filled and joyful Multicultural Mass on Sunday, 29th October. Heartfelt thanks to the concelebrating priests, Davy Fernandez, the Multicultural Mass Committee, PPC, Liturgy Team, Altar Servers, Choir, Flag Bearers, Lectors, Cantors and all the volunteers for their hard work and contribution in making the celebration special. It is a great joy when we come together as one Body of Christ and celebrate our unity in diversity. Special thanks also to all the families who prepared and provided the delicious food for everyone to enjoy. Our sincere thanks to all the volunteers who helped in setting up, serving food, cleaning up and providing traffic management.

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed on Monday 6th November and Cup Day, Tuesday, 7th November 2023.

The Memorial Book will be kept near the Sanctuary. All are welcome to write down the names of their departed loved ones. The book will be taken to the Altar during Mass to remember and pray for the faithful departed at all the Masses during November.

THE PIETY STORE has a stock of WORD OF GOD 2024 for $20 and much more. Come and browse.

After 6 months of sessions, the School of Discipleship will celebrate completion of their studies with a Graduation Mass on Sunday 5th November, 2023 at 10:30 am when they will be presented with their graduation certificates. Please join the participants for the mass to congratulate them on the successful completion of the school.

CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR AVAILABILITY FORMS have been emailed to Readers and Communion Ministers. Can we please request that forms be returned to the parish office, latest by Sunday 12th November so we are able to prepare the roster for the next quarter. Hard copies of the forms are available in the church hall. Thank you.

All parishioners who have lost a loved one are invited to attend this special Memorial Mass for the Deceased. Invitations will be sent to families who have lost a loved one in the past 12 months. You are welcome to bring a photo of the Deceased and place it on the table near the Sanctuary.

Help provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the conflict. Donate now at or call 1800 024 413.

God of compassion,
We turn to you with heavy hearts
As we consider the needs of your family.
Israelis and Palestinians, we are all your people,
Each of us loved by You
And called to live in peace and justice.
We lament the dreadful loss of life,
Destruction of property and loss of human dignity.
We are pained by so much suffering.
We beg you to bring healing to this ancient place.
Help your people find a way forward.
Enable everyone to look each other in the eye,
And embrace each other as sisters and brothers,
As they find your image in every face.
We ask that courage and grace
Will help create a wiser and more gentle future,
Where everyone has a home.
God of wisdom, come to our aid.

Archbishop Peter Comensoli invites young men in our parish, aged 18 and over, who are involved in Youth Ministry or in any other part of life in our parish. The breakfast will include an overview on priesthood and discernment from the Vocations Team. From 9am all guests will walk across to the Cathedral to participate in the priestly Ordination. Each ticket includes breakfast at a cost of $25 each. Please add your name and any dietary requirements when you register at the following link.
Ordination Breakfast - November 2023

VISIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY MOST REV. PAUL GALLAGHER (Secretary for the Relations with States and International Organisations, Secretariat of State, Holy See)
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Vatican, Archbishop Comensoli is pleased to welcome His Excellency Most Rev Paul Gallagher and the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia – His Excellency Most Rev Charles Balvo to Melbourne. Archbishops Comensoli, Gallagher and Balvo, together with clergy of the Archdiocese, will celebrate Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica – Thu 9 Nov, 5.30pm. All welcome to attend.

Night of the Witnesses is an evening of testimony, prayer, song, adoration and reflection to honour the witness of modern-day Christian martyrs and to stand in solidarity with Christians around the world who are suffering persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ. The Presider is Archbishop Peter Comensoli and Guest speaker is His Beatitude Patriarch Joseph Absi of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. All are welcome to attend.  

We pray for Tae Yoon Jim, Fr Phero Nguyen Van Tuong, Jim Smith, Edna Clayton, Pawlu Labu Manau Gam, Precila D’Silva, Ramani Kumanayake, Roberto Savio, Patricia Samuel, Antony Prakash, David Villanueva, Josefina Briones, Ida Rodericks, Veronica Jewell, Clare Frangipani, Moleli Tato, Gloria Cardente, Felix Cardente, Albino Ferlazzo, Mariano Da Silva Borges, Sebastiao Ornai, Kevin McLoughlin and all who have died in disasters all over the world.

We pray for Jason McLoughlin, Joseph Dupont, Pat Clarke, Alex Sciberra, Cielito & Elizabeth Angeles, Neville Nettar and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Violet Lawrence, Jeffrey Dalton, Sean Donaldson, Dale D’Souza, Mavis D’Cruz, Renato Manalilli, Atima Chakraborty, Adrian McGill, Lindsay Coates, Jenna Murnane, Vittorio di Palma, Pat Murray, Elizabeth de Guzman, Amelia Pamparo, Daniel Quintanilla, Tony Faranda, Kelly de la Rosa, Gwen Graham, John O’Regan, Roberta Costa, Ana Linda Bergenholtz and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 12 Nov 23

Kitty Stuttard/Eileen Lewis/Bonny D’Souza/Rosemary Hibbert

Roster for Readers – 11/12 Nov 23

  6:00pm Adele Vesty
  8:30am Michelle Nelthropp
10:30am Savita D’Souza
  5:00pm Joan Ocampo

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 11/12 Nov 23

  6:00pm S. Martis / Sophie D / G. Linning / N. Golaw
  8:30am P. Fitzgerald / S. Graham / 2 X Volunteers
10:30am F. Caruana / S. Colla / G. Schembri / R. Hibbert
  5:00pm C. Skinner / E. Angeles / A. Koek / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 11/12 Nov 23

  6:00pm Mater Dolorosa
  8:30am St. Philomena
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ