St. Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) 2021


Prayer for the feast of St. Mary MacKillop

God of the Pilgrim, St. Mary MacKillop trusted your guidance in her journey of life and deepened her confidence in your will.

May we renew our trust in your Providence to lead us in hope.

May we relish the sacred in the ordinariness of our lives.

May we grow in the fullness of your love and the depth of your mystery.

We ask this through Jesus Christ the way, the truth and the life.


Entrance Antiphon
Come, you blessed of my Father, says the Lord. I was sick, and you visited me. Amen, I say to you: whatever you did for one of the least of my brethren, you did it for me.

1st Reading (1 Kg 17:8-16)
A reading from the first book of Kings.
And then the word of the Lord came to Elijah, ‘Up and go to Zarephath, a Sidonian town, and stay there. I have ordered a widow there to give you food.’ So he went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks. Addressing her he said, ‘Please bring a little water in a vessel for me to drink.’ She was setting off to bring it when he called after her. ‘Please’, he said, ‘bring me a scrap of bread in your hand.’ ‘As the Lord your God lives,’ She replied. ‘I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a jug; I am just gathering a stick or two to go and prepare this for myself and my son to eat, and then we shall die.’ But Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but first make a little scone of it for me and bring it to me, and then make some for yourself and for your son. For thus the Lord speaks, the God of Israel: Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied, before the day when the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.’ The woman went and did as Elijah told her and they ate the food, she, himself and her son. The jar of meal was not spent nor the jug of oil emptied, just as the Lord had foretold through Elijah.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
My soul clings to you, your right hand holds me fast.

2nd Reading (Col:3:12-17)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians.
As the chosen of God, the holy people whom he loves, you are to be clothed in heartfelt compassion, in generosity and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another. The Lord has forgiven you, now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, put on love, the perfect bond. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together in one body. Always be thankful. Let the Word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and whatever you say or do, let it be in the name of the Lord Jesus, in thanksgiving to God the Father through him.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Many women were there by the cross, watching from a distance, the same women who had followed Jesus and looked after him. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mt 6:25-34)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, for all his worrying, add one single cubit to his span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin, yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the grass in the field which is there today and thrown in the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more look after you, you men of little faith? So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? How are we to be clothed?” It is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another, says the Lord.

Next Week’s Readings
Apoc 11:19,12:1-6,10;   1 Cor 15:20-26;   Lk 1:39-56

Feasts of the Week
Tue, 10 Aug - St. Lawrence
Wed, 11 Aug - St. Clare
Sat, 14 Aug - St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe




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) in the Community Centre.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) in the Theatrette every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) online on zoom.
Meeting ID: 919 8422 0776 Passcode: bible. Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
Tuesdays 7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary Meeting ID: 967 7002 9670  Passcode: rosary

7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) in the Theatrette.

7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.

1st Fridays 7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
Saturdays 2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held on zoom
Meeting ID: 839 7212 5288 Passcode: KNK1.30 pm to 4pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month – Cancelled in Aug
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.

Seminarian Tue Pham has been appointed to our parish for a year for his pastoral placement. Kindly assist him in his ministry. Please welcome Tue into our parish community with our usual warm St. Peter’s welcome.

As per Victorian Government guidelines, our church is now closed due to a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm, Thursday 5 August. Parish facilities, such as the Community Centre, Theatrette, Meeting room, etc., are not available during the lockdown period. The Parish Office is closed, however staff will be working from home from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. To keep yourself updated with Parish news, visit the Parish website at or parish Facebook page at

Our church is live streaming daily and Weekend Mass during the 7-day lockdown through our Facebook Page link Masses are Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am.

Sunday, 8 August 9:00am Mass will also be available on Youtube, link

We require 2 or 3 volunteers for about 30 minutes before each weekend Mass to assist with QR checking. This involves ensuring that all people attending Mass check in via the QR Code and providing assistance to a few people who are unable to register via the QR Code. If you attend either the 8:30am, 10:30am or 5:00pm Sunday Mass on a regular basis and are able to be at church 30 minutes before start of Mass to assist with QR Marshalling duties, kindly contact the Parish Office on 9749 4300.

Thanksgiving envelopes and letters for the new financial year that have not been collected from the Church will be distributed by volunteers directly to your home. If you have not received your envelopes or letters and for those parishioners who are not part of the thanksgiving program and would like to join, please contact the parish office.

ST PETER’S YOUNG ADULTS SPYA (ages 18-29) will be having their session on zoom this coming Sunday 8th of August at 6:15 pm. Join in and escape the lockdown blues. They will have games and prayer and some awesome chats – bring along food with you and join in the zoom party! Call the parish office or message SPYA on Facebook at for the zoom details! See you there!

RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic and receiving the Sacraments. If you or anyone you know is interested, you are welcome to come along. Please contact Francis Thomas at or 0401 787 372 or Evelyn Stowers at or 0499 416 158.

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY will be celebrated next Sunday 15th August. This is a holy day of obligation.

The next MULTICULTURAL MASS PLANNING MEETING will be held on Saturday, 28th August 2021 at 10:00am at the Community Centre.  All are welcome to attend.

JOSEPH’S CORNER will hold their annual bric a brac fundraiser on the weekend of 21/22 August after all the weekend Masses if restrictions are eased further and capacity numbers at Church are increased. The shop raises funds to help Partners and Family members of people affected by addiction. If you can find something to purchase at the stall you will be helping to keep this service continuing. There will also be a donation box at the stall for anyone wanting to make a cash donation. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

Next weekend is the CatholicCare Victoria Sunday Appeal. CatholicCare Victoria delivers counselling and mental health services, specialised support for children and teens, refugee and asylum seeker help, support for separating families, homelessness support and pastoral care. Donations from our parish community will help to support the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community. Please donate to the CatholicCare Victoria Sunday Appeal. Your support and generosity will help the vulnerable and marginalised in our community and empower everyone to reach their full potential. You can donate using the appeal envelope available or online at or call (03) 9287 5513. All gifts of $2 and above are tax deductible

As a result of Victoria’s lockdown and current restrictions, the information session planned for 14 August has been postponed to Saturday, 4 September at 10:00am at the Catholic Theological College (CTC), East Melbourne. For further information contact Deacon Kevin Pattison at For more information: Watch Melbourne’s Deacons

Watch Pope Francis’ 2020 Prayer Intention for Deacons Read More [Brochure] at Contact: Office of the Permanent Diaconate (Phone) 03 9412 3357 (Email)

Following Pope Francis’ most recent Apostolic Letter, Traditionis Custodes, Archbishop Peter Comensoli recorded this brief message for the community of faith in Melbourne. In the video he explains the significance of the pope's letter, acknowledging the ways in which we give expression to our faith in ritual, and the need to pray and study what Pope Francis has put forward in order to respond in truth and charity. You can also read the Archbishop's letter to clergy here:

We pray for Yolanda Francis, George Perry, Theresa Nam, Babu Kuriakose, George P M, Minerva Guinto, Joe Medalle, Eddie Gauci, Giovanni Martello, Fr. Raphael Klein, Tony Hankins, Mavis Roze, Henry Lewis, Ella MacKinnon, Juan Cisternas, Salvatore De Bartolo, Heath Prior, Clement Francis, Edith Street, Chinnamma Kora, Mary Perlaki, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Kath Bool, Beverley Jacobs, Anthony Bulbrook, Olive Barber, Umberto Princi, Roland Rocha, Oliva Luna, Joseph Farrugia, Hilda D’Souza, Maria Victoria Fava, Vincent Borg, Margaret Fenech, Julie Anne Sewell and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Jean Cameron, Wilfredo Villareal, Steven & Helen Smith, Shirley Linehan, Jack Davies, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Maria Kiloumis, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Haeday Riaca, Mayenne Gomez, Lisa Tagala, Josiah Salesa, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Ian Cameron, Sylvia Aldersea, Alfred Spiteri, Doris Weselmann, Frank O’Brien, Tony Perry, Jean Norman, Silvia Scrofani, Kevin McLoughlin and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 15 Aug 2021

Lerna Vasquez / Teresita Grisancich / Luzviminda Dela Cruz

Readers – 14/15 Aug 2021

  6:00pm Jeslin Shaji
  8:30am Dominic Hankins
10:30am Giovanna Siccita
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 14/15 Aug 2021

  6:00pm A.  Vesty / N. Golaw / G. Linning / Sharon A.
  8:30am Michelle N. / C. D’Souza / Romayne A. / S. D’Silva
10:30am E. Mills/ S. Delos Reyes / L.Ortega / B. Fernandes
  5:00pm Youth Mass

Music Ministry – 14/15 Aug 2021

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am FilOz
  5:00pm Youth Mass