DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR JULY
Prayer of the Aboriginal People
Father of all, You gave us the Dreaming. You have spoken to us through our beliefs.
You then made your love clear to us in the person of Jesus.
We thank you for your care.
You own us, you are our hope.
Make us strong as we face the problems of change.
We ask you to help the people of Australia to listen to us and respect our culture.
Make the knowledge of you grow strong in all people, so that you can be at home in us and we can make a home for everyone in our land.
Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice.
1st Reading (Ezek 2:2-5)
A reading from the prophet Ezekiel.
The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me. He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have turned against me. Till now they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me. The sons are defiant and obstinate; I am sending you to them, to say, “The Lord says this.” Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them.’
The Word of the Lord.
Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.
2nd Reading (2 Cor 12:7-10)
A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.
In view of the extraordinary nature of these revelations, to stop me from getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and stop me from getting too proud! About this thing, I have pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me, but he has said, ‘My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.’ So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he sent me to bring Good News to the poor. Alleluia!
Gospel (Mk 6:1-6)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Jesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed the man who seeks refuge in him.
Next Week’s Readings
Amos 7:12-15; Eph 1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13
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.
|Mondays||7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) at St. James’ Church.|
|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|
2:30pm to 4:00pm – St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community Praise & Worship held in church.
1.30 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.|
WELCOME TO OUR NEWLY BAPTISED
We welcome into our Church Lucas Marino, Stefania Wegrzyn, Tobias Aspiotis who are to be baptised this weekend. 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.
Thanksgiving envelopes and letters for the new financial year are available for collection from the Church Hall. Please collect your envelope or letter as soon as possible. The new envelopes are to be used from this weekend 3/4 July 2021.
Please note that CONFESSIONS ON A WEDNESDAY ARE NOW HELD AT 6:30PM followed by Mass and Novena as usual.
UPDATED PARISH GUIDELINES
St Peter Apostle Mission Parish QR Code for church. Location code H35QQS
As per the Victorian Government announcement, our church is now open to a maximum of 200 worshippers with social distancing of 1 per 4 sqmtrs. No bookings required for Weekend or Weekday Masses. Attendance will be on a first come first serve basis. Please note the following:
- ALL people attending St. Peters MUST wear a face mask, register using the QR Code and maintain social distancing.
- There are different QR Codes for other areas around the Church. Please register using the appropriate QR Code displayed for the area you are visiting.
- Arrive early to allow time to check in.
NEW STATUES OF ST. PETER & ST. ANTHONY
Acknowledging the strong devotion many of our parishioners have to our patron St. Peter and to St. Anthony, our church now has two new statues, one of St. Peter and one of St. Anthony, located in the side Chapel.
Parishioners can leave their prayer intentions and thanksgiving notes for the weekly Wednesday novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Intention boxes are placed by the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, also in the side Chapel.
MEMORIAL MASS FOR LYDIA VAN SUSTEREN
There will be a Memorial Mass for Lydia Van Susteren on Sunday 11 July at 8:30am. Many of you will remember Lydia, one of our parishioners who passed away recently at Glendale. Lydia volunteered in several roles in her time at the parish. She was an extraordinary minister and took Holy Communion to the sick both in our parish and outside. She was a Lector, sang in the choir and also volunteered at the parish office. May her soul rest in peace.
ROSTERS FOR LECTORS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION are available for collection from the Hall.
Kindly note that the Piety Stall will be open after all weekend masses. If you require to buy anything from the Piety Stall on weekdays, please contact Margaret Newman and she will be happy to open the Piety Stall after the weekday 8.30 am mass.
RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic and receiving the Sacraments. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.00pm in the Theatrette at St Peter Apostle Mission Parish. If you or anyone you know is interested, you are welcome to come along. The invitation is also extended to any Catholics who may want to come and help Catechists by sharing their knowledge and faith and motivate the Candidates. Please contact Francis Thomas at email@example.com or 0401 787 372 or Evelyn Stowers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0499 416 158.
TAKE THE WAY OF THE GOSPEL
In the Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Peter Comensoli for Pentecost, he invited us into a new conversation about our common mission for the coming years. He initiated this by having two meetings, one with the clergy of the Archdiocese, and the other with lay representatives from the Parishes. It’s now our turn to have this conversation in our Parish. Time, date and venue for an information and discussion session will be advised later. All Parishioners are encouraged to attend this session, including all ministries, parish leaders, council members, youth groups, prayer ministries, to discuss how St Peter’s can become a Mission Parish as envisaged by Pope Francis and Archbishop Peter.
CALLING LEADERS TO JOIN THE ALPHA TEAM
Joint parishes of St Peters and St James is planning to start an ALPHA Program in Hoppers Crossing. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space where people can explore life, faith and meaning. A pilot program is being run for those who would like to be part of the Alpha team that will lead Alpha Programs in our parishes. If you have a heart for Evangelisation and would like to be part of the team, you are invited to an Information Session to be held at St James Church, 336 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing on Tuesday 6th July at 7 pm. Enquiries contact the parish office on 9749 4300 and leave your contact details.
RELIGIOUS ARTICLES AND STATUES will be available for purchase in the parish hall after all masses on the weekend of 17/18 July
HEAL COUNTRY: 2021 ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SUNDAY 4th JULY
Every year, Catholics come together across Australia to acknowledge and celebrate the gifts of Australia’s First Peoples in the Catholic Church. This year, the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) have adopted the NAIDOC theme for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sunday (4 July): "Heal Country". Combining with NATSICC, Caritas has produced an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sunday Resource booklet. This and more information can be found at the NATSICC website https://www.natsicc.org.au/2021-atsi-sunday.html.
CATHOLIC MISSION PROPAGATION OF FAITH APPEAL
There will be a 3rd Collection at all masses on the weekend of 10/11 July for the Catholic Mission Propagation of the Faith Appeal to help people like the Good Shepherd Sisters in Bangkok, as they reach out to vulnerable mothers and their babies during their time of need. Thank you for your generosity.
THOMAS CARR YEAR 7, 2023 ONLINE PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT & ENROLMENTS Thursday, 22 July 2021 at 6:00pm. To register please visit www.thomascarr.vic.edu.au/#quicks. Enrolment applications from email@example.com or 8734 2444. Applications close 20 August 2021.
CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE Ethical Issues and Human Ageing Online unit via zoom on 6 Saturdays from 31 July. Lecturer: Rev. Dr Laurence McNamara CM. Audit, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Options available. Enquiries: 03 9412 333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We pray for Grace La Ferlita, Carmelo Cassar, Hector Cordero, John (Jack) Collins, Vincent Portelli, Maureen Moynahan, Bruna Santi, K.L. Kurian, Fr Tony Micallef, Generosa Gregorio, Marcelino San Pedro Sr., Mary Batchelor, Benjamin D’Souza, Mercy Vivera, Liberato Gomez Jr., Victor Jeyarajah, Crispin Fernandes, Lydia Van Susteren, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Wayala Pathivila, Stanislaw Ewiak, Philomena Cleur, Vittorio Di Pietro, Betty McCluskey, Rose Farrugia, Francis Zammit, Peter Rogan, John Borg, Jose T, Antonietta De Quattro, Mary Edirmannasinghe, Anastazja Petryszak, Elena Tasso, Pacita Cruz, Bernard Moynahan 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, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar, Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Maria Kiloumis, Brian & Helen Kelly, Amira Saliba, Bill Thomas, Suranga Desilva, Haeday Riaca, Mayenne Gomez, Frank O’Brien, Lisa Tagala, Josiah Salesa, Gordon Newman, Esther Uwase, Trish Musarra, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Bernice Steinhauer, Ian Cameron and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 11 July 2021
|Pravin Albuquerque / Clarence D’Souza / Grace Sharman|
Readers – 10/11 July 2021
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 10/11 July 2021
|6:00pm||N. Golaw / G. Aldcroft / S. Martin / Volunteer|
|8:30am||S. Joseph / K. English / N&N Gooneratne|
|10:30am||F. Caruana / S. Colla / A. Koek / V. Firman|
|5:00pm||E. Angeles / G. Siccita / Volunteers X 2|
Music Ministry – 10/11 July 2021
|8:30am||St. Philomena’s Choir|
|5:00pm||Shepherds of Christ|