17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021

Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly

Bless all Grandparents and the Elderly and keep them in Your care.

Bless them with peace, health and healing.

Reward them for their Faith and fidelity, for their work and goodness, for their love and thoughtfulness, for their gifts and prayers.

Give them a long and happy life together.

May old age come to them in the company of family and friends.

And when life is over, unite them again, where parting will be no more, in the Kingdom of Your love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Entrance Antiphon
God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people.

1st Reading (2 Kg 4:42-44)
A reading from the second book of Kings.
A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing Elisha, the man of God, bread from the first-fruits, twenty barley loaves and fresh grain in the ear.’ ‘Give it to the people to eat’, Elisha said. But his servant replied, ‘How can I serve this to a hundred men?’ ‘Give it to the people to eat’ he insisted ‘for the Lord says this, “They will eat and have some left over.”’ He served them; they ate and had some left over, as the Lord had said.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

2nd Reading (Eph 4:1-6)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, through all and within all.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 6:1-15)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.   Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits.

Next Week’s Readings
Ex 16:2-4, 12-15;   Eph 4:17, 20-24;   Jn 6:24-35




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
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.

As per the Victorian Government guidelines, our church is now closed until 11.59pm, Tuesday 28 July unless otherwise notified. All Parish facilities are not available during the lockdown period. The Parish Office is closed, however staff will be working from home 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/

Our church is live streaming daily and Weekend Mass during the lockdown through our Facebook Page link https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/

Masses are Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday 9:00am and Sunday 9:00am during lockdown.

25 July, Sunday 9:00am Mass will also be available on Youtube, link as follows
LIVE Sunday Mass | 25th July 2021 | 9.00 AM | St. Peter Apostle Mission Parish | Hoppers - YouTube.

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.

WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY will be celebrated for the first time this year on Sunday 25 July. Our parish will dedicate the 9:00am mass this Sunday 25 July to grandparents and the elderly on the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne.

Parishioners of all cultures are invited to attend the first Multicultural Mass meeting for this year which will be held on Saturday, 31 July at 10:00am in the Meeting Room off the church hall.

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 francispthomas@hotmail.com or 0401 787 372 or Evelyn Stowers at stowersjulian@gmail.com or 0499 416 158.

Parishioners are requested to submit any suggestions or recommendations they may have in the Parish Pastoral Council Suggestion box placed in the main foyer.  Your suggestions/recommendations will be responded to by members of the PPC.

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.

Next session on Monday 26 July from 7 to 8.30 pm on Zoom
Meeting ID: 919 8422 0776 Passcode: bible
Enquiries Clive 0490814452 or Francis 0401787372

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishops-Elect Anthony John Ireland and Martin Ashe that was to take place at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, on Saturday, 31 July 2021 has been postponed due to the uncertainty of COVID restrictions in Victoria. Let us keep Bishops-Elect Ireland and Ashe in our prayers during this time.

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 registrar@ctc.edu.au

HEART OF LIFE is offering an “At-home Retreat – Moments that are Grace” – over five weeks, beginning Tuesday, 3 August and concluding 31 August. This at-home retreat, invites you to spend some time in prayer at home each day pondering your experiences of the day, and to be accompanied by a retreat-companion on how God might have been present for you. To register your interest, please call 9890 1101 or email info@heartoflife.melbourne, no later than 28 July 2021.”

National Vocations Awareness Week – Vocations come from families, communities and parishes. Strong families and communities are the place where vocations are first nurtured. In this National Vocations Awareness Week, let us pray for all families in our parish, and for those preparing for marriage. Let us also pray that our parish community may always be welcoming and encouraging of vocations to marriage, priesthood and consecrated life.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE BEING CALLED TO SERVE? The Permanent Diaconate is open to single and married men who want to serve God and the Church as ordained ministers. COME & SEE! An Information Session about the Permanent Diaconate will be held on 14 August, Saturday 10:00 – 11:45am at the Catholic Theological College (CTC), East Melbourne. 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) diaconate@cam.org.au.

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: www.melbournecatholic.org/apostolic-letter-traditionis-custodes

We pray for Edith Street, Chinnamma Kora, Fr Dominic Jyrwa, Bryan Goveas, Amira Saliba, Franco Biase, Eufemia Palapal, John Rauling, Mila Africano, Mary Perlaki, Dick Maple, Grace La Ferlita, Carmelo Cassar, Hector Cordero, John (Jack) Collins, Vincent Portelli, Maureen Moynahan, Bruna Santi, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Raymond & Elie Rego, Elaine Smith, Helga Jacob, Philomena Jennings, Josephine Borg, Joseph Xuereb, John David Gonzalez, Paolina Aparo, Laurence Flaherty 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, Suranga Desilva, Haeday Riaca, Mayenne Gomez, Lisa Tagala, Josiah Salesa, Gordon Newman, Esther Uwase, Trish Musarra, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Bernice Steinhauer, Ian Cameron, Sylvia Aldersea, Giovanni Martello, Alfred Spiteri, Doris Weselmann, Frank O’Brien and all who are ill in our Parish.


 Counters – 1 Aug 2021

Kevin McLoughlin / Derrick Netto / Toni Alexander

Readers – 31 Jul/1 Aug 2021

  6:00pm Wilfred D’Cruz
  8:30am Romayne Albuquerque
10:30am Rosemary Hibbert
  5:00pm Jerilee Cardoz

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 31 Jul/1 Aug 2021

  6:00pm Davy F. / H. Durski / B. Fernandes / S. Fernando
  8:30am G. Sharman / K. Fernandes / S. Joseph / S. Vaz
10:30am J. Quinless / N. Costa / V. Firman / G. Siccita
  5:00pm E. Angeles / A. Koek / Volunteers X 2

Music Ministry – 31 Jul/1 Aug 2021

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Samoan Choir
  5:00pm Filoz