DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR AUGUST
Prayer for the Feast of the Assumption
MARY, QUEEN ASSUMED INTO HEAVEN, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity. Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall re-join my soul in the unending bliss of heaven. From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you.
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
1st Reading (Apoc 11:19,12:1-6,10)
A reading from the book of the Apocalypse.
The sanctuary of God in heaven opened, and the ark of the covenant could be seen inside it. Now, a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown. She was pregnant, and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth. Then a second sign appeared in the sky, a huge red dragon which had seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet. Its tail dragged a third of the stars from the sky and dropped them to the earth, and the dragon stopped in front of the woman as she was having the child, so that he could eat it as soon as it was born from its mother. The woman brought a male child into the world, the son who was to rule all the nations with an iron sceptre, and the child was taken straight up to God and to his throne, while the woman escaped into the desert, where God had made a place of safety ready. Then I heard a voice shout from heaven, “Victory and power and empire for ever have been won by our God, and all authority for his Christ.”
The Word of the Lord.
The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.
2nd Reading (1Cor 15:20-26)
A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all die in Adam, so all will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order. Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! Mary is taken up to heaven, and the angels of God shout for joy. Alleluia!
Gospel (Lk 1:39-56)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ And Mary said:
‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my saviour; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name, and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy – according to the promise he made to our ancestors - of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.
The Gospel of the Lord.
All generations will call me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me.
Next Week’s Readings
Josh 24:1-2,15-18; Eph 5:21-32; Jn 6:60-69
Feasts of the Week
Fri, 20 Aug - St. Bernard
Sat, 21 Aug - St. Pius X
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) 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.
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
|Baptisms||12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.|
UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
As per Victorian Government guidelines, our church is now closed due to a metropolitan lockdown until at least 11:59pm, Thursday 19 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 http://stpeterapostlemission.org.au or
Parish Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/
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 link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEEdWXn-cbXNHoRUAl_V5Q
Masses are Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am.
Sunday, 15 August 9:00am Mass will also be available on YouTube, link https://youtu.be/RjKY4oLlu3Q
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 Sunday 15th of August at 6:15pm, 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 facebook.com/SPYoungadults for the zoom details! See you there!
CATHOLICCARE VICTORIA SUNDAY APPEAL
This 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 help to support the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community. You can donate online at www.catholiccarevic.org.au or call (03) 9287 5513. All gifts of $2 and above are tax deductible
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.
CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL (CCR)
Renewal Day Saturday 21 August via ZOOM
9:15m Mass – Fr Michael Payapilley VC
10:00am Praise & Worship – Sharon Koh
10:30am to 12:00pm – Speakers
12:00pm to 12:30pm – Intercession
ZOOM ID: 9409078657 / PASSWORD: renewalaug
AUSTRALIA PRAYS: A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
On Sunday 22 August, Catholic parishes are invited to unite in prayer with Christians all across Australia to pray for our local, national and global communities experiencing great need and distress caused by COVID-19. As well as the opportunities for parishes to take part in prayer, there will also be an online gathering with prayer and reflection offered at various times throughout the day. Find out more at http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org.au/LordHaveMercy/
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER: A CHURCH THAT EVANGELISES
In his prayer intention video for August, Pope Francis invites us to join him in praying for a Church ‘that goes out to meet others ... and that transforms all its structures for the evangelisation of today’s world.’ This is also the dream of the ‘Take the Way of the Gospel’ journey as we begin to re-imagine our local Church as Mission communities that are open to change and renewal. The Pope’s prayer intention provides a timely reminder to invite the Holy Spirit into our own local discernment throughout the months ahead. https://youtu.be/eG7ceTF7is8
OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALLIST NICOLA McDERMOTT
As the Olympics have just concluded, we bring you a faith filled story. A reporter asked Nicola when faith had become such a significant part of her life. Her response was that, as a teenager she was always an outcast, thinking she was a misfit and wondering why she was so tall – until she was welcomed into a faith community who loved her. It was then that she encountered God’s love and changed the way she thought of herself. In her words “In 2017 was my big moment when it flicked the switch and I decided to pursue God over sport. Whatever comes from sport is a bonus but I am already complete and perfect and loved as a person regardless of it. That just allowed me to soar over the high jump bar and not be scared anymore because I am loved and that is the most important piece.”
INFORMATION SESSION FOR THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
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 Kevin.Pattison@cam.org.au For more information: Watch Melbourne’s Deacons https://youtu.be/q2RhNDbtTS0
Watch Pope Francis’ 2020 Prayer Intention for Deacons https://youtu.be/NuG99HD1LaY Read More [Brochure] at https://www.cam1.org.au/permanent-diaconate Contact: Office of the Permanent Diaconate (Phone) 03 9412 3357 (Email) email@example.com
We pray for Aji Kurian, June D’Souza, Luca Saragozza, Bob Cathie, Pratibha Divakar, Kurt Rodrigues, Anna Riley, George Perry, Theresa Nam, Babu Kuriakose, Minerva Guinto, Joe Medalle, Eddie Gauci, Giovanni Martello, Fr. Raphael Klein, Tony Hankins, Mavis Roze, Henry Lewis, Ella MacKinnon, Chinnamma Kora, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Daphne White, Trevor Hegarty, Hilda D’souza, Eileen Harper, Maria Wanders, Anthony Cooray, Patrick Fernando, Lolita Lopez, Gliceria Tacata, Ben Halge, Mignonne Barrow, David Daborn, Maureen Murray and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
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. Baby Lilio, Thais Long, Giuseppe Cini and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 22 Aug 2021
|Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman|
Readers – 21/22 Aug 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 21/22 Aug 2021
|6:00pm||Sally DiB / S. Joseph / J. Poppen / Praful A.|
|8:30am||KSC Minister / R. Johnson / R. Hibbert / Volunteer|
|10:30am||V. Firman / J. Quinless / N. Costa / S. Vaz|
|5:00pm||S&I Simangan / E. Angeles / Volunteer|
Music Ministry – 21/22 Aug 2021
|8:30am||St. Philomena’s Choir|