DEVOTIONAL PRAYER FOR AUGUST
PRAYER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY
Loving God, you made each of us in your image and likeness. Open our eyes to recognise one another as equals, replacing domination and control, violence, and abuse, with mutuality, reciprocity, respect, and freedom. Help us to love like you. Jesus Christ, you rejected the use of religious traditions to justify violence. Teach us to unmask manipulations of our faith used to justify violent, abusive, or coercive behaviour. Teach us to be people who show tenderness, respect and care for others as you did. Holy Spirit, you are with us always, showing us the way. Move us to assist those who experience violence and abuse, and support their call for justice. Empower us to hold perpetrators of violence and abuse responsible, encouraging them to change their behaviour. Amen.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.
1st Reading (Ecc 3:17-20, 28-29)
A reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus.
My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver. The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power of the Lord is, he accepts the homage of the humble. There is no cure for the proud man’s malady, since an evil growth has taken root in him. The heart of a sensible man will reflect on parables, an attentive ear is the sage’s dream.
The Word of the Lord.
God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.
2nd Reading (Heb 12:18-19,22-24)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: not a blazing fire, or a gloom turning to total darkness, or a storm; or trumpeting thunder or the great voice speaking which made everyone that heard it beg that no more should be said to them. But what you have come to is Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem where the millions of angels have gathered for the festival, with the whole Church in which everyone is a ‘first-born son’ and a citizen of heaven. You have come to God himself, the supreme Judge, and been placed with spirits of the saints who have been made perfect; and to Jesus, the mediator who brings a new covenant.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Take my yoke upon you; learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart. Alleluia!
Gospel (Lk 14:1, 7-14)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
On a Sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’ Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’
The Gospel of the Lord.
How great is the goodness, Lord, that you keep for those who fear you.
Next Week’s Readings
Wis 9:13-18; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33
Feasts of the Week
Mon, 29 Aug - Passion of St. John the Baptist
Sat, 3 Sep - St. Gregory the Great
WEEKLY PARISH DATES
9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.
6:00pm in Theatrette – Young Adults (SPYA) meet 1st and 3rd Sundays. More info contact Raoul on 0411057080.
6.15pm in Community Centre – School of Discipleship, for details contact Francis Thomas 0401787372
|Mondays||7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study on zoom. 91984220776 Passcode: bible Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372|
|Tuesdays||7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 89320421399 Passcode: rosary7:00pm RCIA Meeting in Theatrette. Contact Francis Thomas 0401787372 or Dario Carreno 0438525148.
|Wednesdays||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 in Church.
1.30 pm to 4pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday, 3rd Sept 2022.
|Baptisms||12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm. The next Baptism Preparation Meeting on Monday 5th September at 7:00pm in Church.|
SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS 28TH AUGUST 10:30AM
We congratulate the children from St. Peter's Sunday School who will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion this Sunday. We pray that the Eucharist will enrich and nourish them throughout their lives. As part of the Jubilee celebrations, the Ladies Aux. will provide a special breakfast for the First Holy Communion children after Mass. Everyone is invited for tea/coffee and snacks.
APPEAL FOR SRI LANKA
A Special collection will be taken at all masses this weekend for Sri Lanka, where there is great turmoil due to the political and socio-economic situation. The proceeds will be sent to the Diocese of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. Your donations will be used to provide food for needy families.
FATHER'S DAY – SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
Father Vincent will be giving a special blessing to Fathers at all the weekend Masses. Father’s Day Appeal collection will take place at all masses on the weekend of 3rd / 4th September. The Appeal helps raise funds to enable the Foundation to care for our retired priests.
FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LADY - THURSDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER, 8:30AM MASS
In celebration of Mother Mary's birthday, parishioners are invited to bring their own statues or icons of Our Blessed Virgin Mary, and place them on the tables near the Sanctuary, to be blessed by Father during Mass.
MASS FOR SHIRLEY LINEHAN (deceased) at 10:30am on Sunday 11th September. Morning Tea after Mass provided by the Linehan family. We remember Shirley Linehan leading her choir and enhancing our liturgy with her beautiful voice over many decades in our church.
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
|PARISH CARNIVAL, Saturday 17th September
Hosted by St Peters Young Adults (SPYA), Everyone! Come join us for an amazing day of fun for the whole family, with lots of food, live music, raffles, games and more! We cannot wait to see you on Saturday 17th September from 12-3 pm! Bring all your family and friends along as we celebrate a day of community!
|HIGH TEA, Sunday 25th September
Hosted by St. Peter’s Ladies Auxiliary, Sunday, 25th September, 2:00pm to 4:00pm in the Church Hall. Tickets $10 per person. Bookings essential and cash only. Tickets will be sold at the 6:00pm and 10:30am Masses on 27 & 28 August and at 10:30am Mass on 11 September.
|GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS, SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER, 10:30AM MASS
Archbishop Peter Comensoli will be the main celebrant at our Golden Jubilee Anniversary Mass on Sunday, 9th October 2022 at 10:30am. Fellowship after Mass.
|CELEBRATION DINNER, Saturday, 22nd October
7:30pm to 11:00pm at St. James Hall, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing. Buy your tickets after every weekend service. Adults $35; child $20; Pensioners $30. Limited seats available. First come first served basis. Advise organisers of number of seats required to enable seating accordingly. Please bring cash or credit card (No fees charged).
|HISTORY OF ST. PETER APOSTLE MISSION CHURCH
We are collating the history of the parish for our Golden Jubilee. One aspect is changes to our church over the years. We are looking for information including large changes to the altar, as well as the smaller changes to eg stained glass windows, blinds, statues, etc. If you have information or photographs please contact Catherine Graham at the Parish Office on 9749 4300 or email email@example.com.
|VOLUNTEERS' THANKSGIVING MASS, Friday, 16th September
As part of our Golden Jubilee celebrations, Fr. Vincent invites all past and present volunteers, who have or are still giving their time, talents and gifts to serve our Parish, to this special Thanksgiving Mass on Friday 16th Sept at 7:00pm followed by fellowship. The Mass will be offered for the personal intentions of all our wonderful volunteers and a special blessing will be given.
|St. Peter Apostle Mission Parish celebrates our history. “Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth” - 1982 -1987 is a video snapshot of these years, as together, our early clergy, staff and parishioners, pray, renew their faith, reach out to those in need and work hard, to grow the parish and school! The video can be viewed at the following YouTube Link https://youtu.be/r7goEYNW1Eg|
It has been brought to our notice that various spam emails are being sent to parishioners soliciting funds. Please note that Fr Vincent, the parish office staff or other parishioners do not ask individuals for any money or gift cards or sponsorship. Please treat it as a hoax. If you receive an email from the parish asking you to click on a link, please do not click on the link. Please delete the email and block the sender. If you have any queries, please contact the parish office on 9749 4300.
PIETY STORE NEWS
- Rosters for the next 3 months are available for collection from the Hall.
- Word of God 2023 now on sale for $20.
ST PETER'S YOUTH group will commence from Sunday 24th September 2022 for youth from the ages of 12 to 17 yrs. Youth will meet in the church hall after the 5pm mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Come and join us for a faith and fun filled evening followed by fellowship. For further information, please contact the parish office on 97494300.
ALPHA PROMOTION MASS
The Joint parishes of St. Peters & St. James Hoppers Crossing ALPHA will host the 10:30am mass on Sunday 4th September. The ALPHA team will provide welcome, music and fellowship after mass with a small promotion of the ALPHA Program starting at St. Peters in October 2022. Please come along and be part of the ALPHA Experience being showcased by the ALPHA Team.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY, 28TH AUGUST
The Church in Australia marks Social Justice Sunday on August 28. In their Social Justice Statement, Respect: Confronting Violence and Abuse, the Australian bishops speak out about the scourge of domestic and family violence. They call for relationships to be marked by equality and reciprocity rather than domination and violence, respect and freedom rather than coercion and control. You can access the Statement and resources at www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au.
We pray for Sylvia Cachia, Fr Dominik Jalocha OP, Carol Sparkes, Zenaida Viola, Aurea Manalo, Leslie Raymond, Girolamo Talarico, Peter Pereira, Revath Kumar, May Murray, Lucian D’Olivera, Olivia Newton John, Lydia Hazelman, Ismail Corloncito, John Brown, David De Sousa, Maria Tindera Trulgio, Henryka Kordus, Mother Ellen Marie Quinn, Felix Arias Sr., Philomena Garmen, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.
We pray for Brian Rego, Floreswinda Fernandez, Bernard Fernandez, Andrew Charles Mulquiney, Divina Grace Ellis, Robert & Dorothy Heathcote, Enri Sait, Bill Fairney and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK
We pray for Sean Donaldson, Wilfredo Villareal, Helen Kelly, Gordon Newman, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Thais Long, Vincent Margaret, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Jean Cameron, Arturo Bacani, Vivienne Gantar, Magda Symons, Bill Thomas, Trevor D’Souza, Malia Kautai, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Joseph Mathew, Adrian McGill, Yvonne Caruana, Robert Martinez, Charlotte D’Souza, Johny Gregory, Yelka Kariz, John Parol, Mavis D’Cruz, Daisy Thomas, Daniel Sesto, Mary Cassar, Tae Yoon Jim, Joy Panong, Jeffrey Dalton, Maureen Wilson, Ralston Balasingham, Ollie Orlinski, Lito Alinea and all who are ill in our Parish.
Counters – 4 Sep 22
|K. Stuttard / E. Lewis / B. D’Souza / E. Hibbert|
Readers – 3/4 Sep 22
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 3/4 Sep 22
|6:00pm||H. Durski / S. Fernando / S. Joseph / K. Phan|
|8:30am||Karen F. / C. D’Souza / G. Sharman / Michelle N.|
|5:00pm||Romayne A. / C. Skinner / E. Angeles / Volunteer|
Music Ministry –3/4 Sep 22