8th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019


A day of fast and abstinence. Mass times are 8:30am,10:00am (School Mass) and 7:00pm.



6:15 to 8:15pm HSI School of Discipleship in Community Centre

Youth Group meet in the Hall after 5pm Mass

Young Adults (18 -29 years) meet in Theatrette from 6:00pm

Baptisms 1st & 3rd Sundays at 12 noon
1st Fridays 7:00pm to 10:00pm starting with Mass
Healing Mass 1st Saturday of the month, 1:30pm to 4:30pm – NEXT HEALING MASS ON APRIL 6TH, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
3rd Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass
Wednesdays 7:30pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena after 7:00pm Mass


Dear friends, this week the lifting of the suppression order concerning Cardinal George Pell’s trial and the sustained media focus has made for a challenging time for the Catholic Church in Melbourne. We will all have different ways of both responding to this news and making sense of it.

For some it heralds another chapter in the already painful journey that Catholics have been a part of over the last few years. Some of us may feel upset and saddened by the news. Some of us may just feel very weary about the way our Church is being portrayed in the media. There are those in our community who have been abused and the story touches on and may re-open already raw wounds.

On this the last Sunday prior to Lent we gather around the table of the Lord. We pray that God will continue to journey with us as we search to understand, accept and acknowledge the challenges of our times. We hold in our thoughts and prayers all those who have suffered abuse within the Church.
Fr. Vincent John CMI

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC)
Please see noticeboard.

As is now publicly known, Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of historical sexual crimes relating to two young people at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne. This follows two trials, the first of which could not reach a verdict. While acknowledging the judgement of the jury, I join many people who have been surprised and shaken by the outcome of the second trial. I fully respect the ongoing judicial process, noting that Cardinal Pell continues to protest his innocence. An appeal against the verdict has been lodged. It is important that we now await the outcome of this appeal, respectful of the ongoing legal proceedings. All other charges relating to Cardinal Pell, except those subject of the appeal, have been discontinued. My thoughts and prayers are with all victims who have been abused by clergy, religious and lay people in the Archdiocese of Melbourne at this challenging time, and I renew my personal commitment to do all I can to ensure victims of such abuse in Melbourne receive justice and healing. At this time, I also acknowledge all in the Catholic Church who are walking with survivors and communities harmed by the scourge of abuse, and who are committed to building a culture of safety for our children and vulnerable people. At this time, may I assure you that I keep all involved in my prayer.

The next Baptism Preparation Meeting will be held on Monday 4th March 2019 at 7:00pm in Church.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be held every Friday during Lent commencing at 7:00pm in the Church and followed by Mass. This year we are seeking various parish ministries to lead and conduct the weekly Stations of the Cross. Emails have been sent to all Ministry Leaders. If you are interested please advise the Office of the same. Stations of the Cross on March 8th, 2019 will be conducted by HSI School.

Come and join us in our yearly Lenten pilgrimage at Ta Pinu to pray and reflect on Jesus’ passion and death. Saturday, 16th March, 15 Flanagans Drive, Merrimu. Stations of the Cross at 10:30am, followed by Mass and shared fellowship. More information from Sherwin on 0466 408 004 or email the parish office at stpeters@westnet.com.au.

We welcome into our Church community Lance Tyler Cabral, Cruz Munesu Kadira, Christian Kunashe Kadira and Kudiswa Nashe Eli Shonhiwa 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.

ROSTERS for Lectors, Ministers for Communion, Piety Store and Communion to the Sick available for collection from the hall.

BARRY TOBIN would like to celebrate the 6:00pm Mass on Saturday, 9th March with our church community and meet with some of his old parishioners. Please make Fr. Tobin welcome.

A combined St Peters & St James Bible Study program will commence on Tuesday March 5th 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Theatrette conducted by Deacons Royden & Charles. This year we will be discussing the Gospel of Mark. Bible study will be held every first and third Tuesday of the month. Come and experience an interactive bible study program with short films, reflections and discussions. Enquiries Royden 0426 071 375.

Young Adults Ministry presents God’s Not DeadFrom Darkness to Light - PG on Saturday March 2nd (after the 6:00pm mass). A good Christian movie about a Pastor’s fight to keep his church from being shut down. BBQ, drinks and snacks at 7:00pm. Movie commences 7:30pm. Movie is for all ages especially young people. Come and support our parish youth.

If your children attend a non-Catholic School and you wish for them to prepare to receive Sacraments or general instruction, come and see us. Classes each Sunday 10th Feb from 9:15am to 10:25am. Please bring a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate. Enquiries to Bernice on 9749 2812.

We pray for Carina Ubay, Hubert Hurtis, Telemete Eliepa (Leo), Germano Gonsalves and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Austin Gracias, Oscar Rego, George Bellard, Father Joe Briffa, Josephine Catania, Pedro Alinea, Poshan Misquitta, Paul Mazzonetto, Derrick Gowe, Anton Vaz and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Leo Linehan, Lydia (Aleida) Van Susteren, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Liam Parr, Edith Street, Bob Meehan, Lucy Ballan, Irene Jones, Thais Long, Sr. Eileen Jones, Virginia Jewers, Eugene Xavier, Mabel Fernandes, Ding de Leon, Kath Meddings, Joyce Devine, Nella Inserra, Anna Vincenzino, Xavier Bradley, Robert Hart, George Cache, Patrick Thornby, Patrick Clark, Lewis Zammit, Nofoao Thomas, Vonnie Pritcard, Vincent Jones, Shelton, Melvin Ramshaw, Angela O’Brian, Maria Barruto, Lee Andrew Tesaluna, Shirley Poppen, Rosa Carullo and all who are ill in our Parish.



Money Counters –10 March 19

Bill Coghlan / Paul Mulquiney

Readers – 9/10 March 19

  6:00pm Davy Fernandez
  8:30am Kevin McLoughlin
10:30am Lionel D’Cruz
  5:00pm Jerilee Cardol

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion - 9/10 March 19

  6:00pm M. Maple / S. D’Silva / D&J Roga
  8:30am E. Stowers / S. Gomez / C. Coelho / B. Jones
10:30am S. Colla / F. Caruana / S. DiB / N. Costa
  5:00pm J. P Lai/ M. Etiennette / G Siccita / C Skinner

Music Ministry - 9/10 March 19

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am Shirley & Group
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ


ASH WEDNESDAY – 6 March 19

8:30am Mass

Reader Elaine Dalton
Dist of Ashes Fr. Vincent/L. Jones/B. Farrugia/Davy F.
Communion Fr. Vincent/C. Coelho/S. Martis/Sally DiB

7:00pm Mass

Reader Jeffrey Poppen
Dist of Ashes Fr. Vincent/Dcn. Royden/M. Maple/ B. Steinhauer
Communion Fr. Vincent/Dcn. Royden/A. D’Souza/ K. Fernandes