23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021


For All Fathers 

God our Father, we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for our own fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers, but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who are no longer with us, but who live forever in our memories and nourish us with their love.

Entrance Antiphon
You are just, O Lord, and your judgment is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.

1st Reading (Is 35:4-7)
A reading from the prophet Isaiah.
Say to all faint hearts, ‘Courage! Do not be afraid. Look, your God is coming, vengeance is coming, the retribution of God; he is coming to save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf unsealed, then the lame shall leap like a deer and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy; for water gushes in the desert, streams in the wasteland, the scorched earth becomes a lake, the parched land springs of water.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
Praise the Lord, my soul!

2nd Reading (James 2:1-5)
A reading from the letter of St. James.
My brothers, do not try to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between classes of people. Now suppose a man comes into your synagogue, beautifully dressed and with a gold ring on, and at the same time a poor man comes in, in shabby clothes, and you take notice of the well-dressed man, and say, ‘Come this way to the best seats’; then you tell the poor man, ‘Stand over there’ or ‘You can sit on the floor by my foot-rest.’ Can’t you see that you have used two different standards in your mind, and turned yourselves into judges, and corrupt judges at that? Listen, my dear brothers: it was those who are poor according to the world that God chose, to be rich in faith and to be the heirs to the kingdom which he promised to those who love him.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Jesus preached the Good News of the kingdom and healed all who were sick. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mk 7:31-37)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark
Returning from the district of Tyre, Jesus went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, right through the Decapolis region. And they brought him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they asked him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, put his fingers into the man’s ears and touched his tongue with spittle. Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, and the ligament of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly. And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they published it. Their admiration was unbounded. ‘He has done all things well,’ they said ‘he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God; my soul is thirsting for God, the living God.

Next Week’s Readings
Is 50:5-9;   James 2:14-18;   Mk 8:27-35

Feasts of the Week
Wed, 8 Sep - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Father’s Day Blessing

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the gift of fathers
who have been an inspiration
through their love and dedication.
Just as you sent your Son
to show the world your love for us as a father,
we pray that you will send your Spirit upon all fathers
that they may be strengthened
as they strive to guide and support their families.




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) on Zoom.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship on Zoom.

7:00pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) on ZOOM. For details call parish office 9749 4300 or message SPYA on Facebook at facebook.com/SPYoungadults

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) starting 8 September on Zoom.

7:00pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena starting 8 September on Zoom
Meeting ID: 815 7766 5412
Passcode: 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 on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 994 6762 1751
Passcode: Baptism.

As per Victorian Government guidelines, our church is now closed due to an extended Melbourne lockdown until 23rd September. All Parish facilities are unavailable during the lockdown period. The Parish Office is closed, however staff are working from home Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. To keep yourself updated with Parish news, visit the
Parish website at http://stpeterapostlemission.org.au or
Parish Facebook https://m.facebook.com/stpetershoppers/

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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSEEdWXn-cbXNHoRUAl_V5Q

Masses are Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am.

Sunday, 5 September 9:00am Mass will also be available on YouTube, link https://youtu.be/Y57Q--v5Ebs

The Father’s Day Appeal helps raise funds to enable the Foundation to care for our priests who are in retirement by way of providing them with accommodation, medical care and support. Due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions and Masses not being able to be said at Parishes, donations to the Father’s Day appeal can be made through the Priests Retirement Foundation website via debit, credit card or Paypal where the donor’s details are loaded and receipts can be issued. The website is www.cam.org.au/foundation.

The next Baptism Formation Meeting will be held this Monday, 6th September at 7:00pm on ZOOM. Depending on restrictions, the October meeting will be held either in Church or on ZOOM. Zoom Details below:
Meeting ID: 994 6762 1751, Passcode: Baptism

NOVENA TO PERPETUAL SUCCOUR will recommence over the Zoom platform from Wednesday 8 September at 7 pm. Zoom meeting link:
Meeting ID: 815 7766 5412   Passcode: novena

SAFEGUARDING SUNDAY 2021 – 12 September 21
Next weekend, the Catholic Church in Australia marks Safeguarding Sunday, on which we pray for those who have been abused, their families and supporters. St Peter Apostle Mission Parish and the Diocese of Melbourne are committed to the care, wellbeing and protection of children, young people and people at risk in our community. May our message be that child protection and the dignity of every person is the responsibility of every adult. You can find out more about the Church’s work in this area at https://www.catholic.org.au/safeguarding-sunday or contact the Parish Child Safety Officer, Catherine Graham via the Parish office. Parents and carers may also find the Protecting God’s Children Parent Resource: A Catholic Parent’s Guide to Keeping Their Kids Safe helpful to teach their children between 5 and 12 a range of important personal safety skills

Thanksgiving envelopes and letters for the new financial year have been distributed to the parishioners. Thank you for your continued financial support to the parish. Given the current lockdown situation and our inability to come to church, we encourage you to continue supporting the parish through online payment or direct debit. For more information, please contact the parish office.

We are excited to announce that an online Alpha Program is commencing in our combined parishes of St Peters and St James starting Monday September 27, 2021. Alpha is a great program with a series of interactive sessions that create a safe and honest space (online or in person) where people can explore life, faith and meaning. For enquiries, please email us at hopperscrossingalpha@gmail.com or call Anita on 0411772320. There are limited places available so please register early. To register, please fill in the form at https://bit.ly/3mvElli

LOCKDOWN LIGHT – A weekly resource for parishioners
Getting Started: In this short video Fr. Mike Schmitz shares several reasons we should pick up our Bible again. See it with fresh eyes and allow it to transform our lives. Watch www.bit.ly/BibleGetting Started1.
Going Deeper: In this video Bishop Robert Barron looks at different approaches to understand Scripture and how we can use it to hear God speaking to us today. Watch www.bit.ly/BibleGoingDeeper1.

PASTORAL LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP PETER COMENSOLI  to the clergy and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Melbourne on the application of Traditionis Custodes in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  A copy of this letter is being forwarded with the bulletin and is also available on our Website and  Facebook page.

As the situations in Afghanistan and Lebanon deteriorate, you can help to support families caught up in the crises. Please donate to Caritas Australia so that we are able to respond to crises like these and others across the world. To provide much needed support, visit caritas.org.au/lebanon or www.caritas.org.au/afghanistan or call 1800024413 tollfree

As our Sick List is getting too large, please note that names are deleted at the end of each month. We will start afresh the following month, naming those friends, family or loved ones for whom we wish to pray. Names are to be emailed to the parish office. Thank you for your understanding.

We pray for Enri Sait, Antonino Fonti, Felicia Kalithotage, Gil Cruz, Teodoro Santos, Divina Ellis, Christina Godinet, Ricky Santos, Jacinto Bautista, Tony Perry, Joseph Vu, Michael Fogarty, Helen Nones, Erlinda Caparas, Aji Kurian, Luca Lauretta, Bob Cathie, Pratibha Divakar, Kurt Rodrigues, Anna Riley, George Perry, Theresa Nam, 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.

We pray for Raymond Linning, Mary Davidson, Norma Lord, Annakutty Joseph, John Tanti, Edith Platel, Naomi Villareal and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, Shirley Linehan, Brian & Helen Kelly, Bill Thomas, Gordon Newman, Trish Musarra, Steven & Helen Smith, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Sylvia Aldersea, Frank O’Brien, Baby Lilio, Thais Long, Giuseppe Cini, Vincent Margaret, Yvonne Caruana, Dale D’Souza and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 12 Sep 2021

John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers – 11/12 Sep 2021

  6:00pm Lynn Aranha
  8:30am Ignes D’Lima
10:30am Sunil Vaz
  5:00pm Savita D’Souza

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 11/12 Sep 2021

  6:00pm D&J Roga / G. Linning
  8:30am N&N Gooneratne / K. Fernandez
10:30am F. Caruana / S. Colla / J. Quinless
  5:00pm C. Skinner / E. Angeles / G. Siccita

Music Ministry – 11/12 Sep 2021

  6:00pm Footsteps
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Youth Band
  5:00pm Shepherds of Christ