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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021



Holy, beloved Father, your Son Jesus taught us that there is great rejoicing in heaven whenever someone lost is found, whenever someone excluded, rejected or discarded is gathered into our “we”, which thus becomes ever wider. We ask you to grant the followers of Jesus, and all people of good will, the grace to do your will on earth. Bless each act of welcome and outreach that draws those in exile into the “we” of community and of the Church, so that our earth may truly become what you yourself created it to be: the common home of all our brothers and sisters. Amen.

Entrance Antiphon
All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgment, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.

1st Reading (Num 11:25-29)
A reading from the book of Numbers.
The Lord came down in the Cloud. He spoke with Moses, but took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. When the spirit came on them they prophesied, but not again. Two men had stayed back in the camp; one was called Eldad and the other Medad. The spirit came down on them; though they had not gone to the Tent, their names were enrolled among the rest. These began to prophesy in the camp. The young man ran to tell this to Moses, ‘Look,’ he said ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ Then said Joshua the son of Nun, who had served Moses from his youth, ‘My Lord Moses, stop them!’ Moses answered him, ‘Are you jealous on my account? If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all!’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.

2nd Reading (James 5:1-6)
A reading from the letter of St. James.
An answer for the rich. Start crying, weep for the miseries that are coming to you. Your wealth is all rotting, your clothes are all eaten up by moths. All your gold and your silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be your own sentence, and eat into your body. It was a burning fire that you stored up as your treasure for the last days. Labourers mowed your fields, and you cheated them – listen to the wages that you kept back, calling out; realise that the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. On earth you have had a life of comfort and luxury; in the time of slaughter you went on eating to your heart’s content. It was you who condemned the innocent and killed them; they offered you no resistance.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Your word, O Lord, is truth: make us holy in the truth. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us. ‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward. ‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Remember your word to your servant, O Lord, by which you have given me hope. This is my comfort when I am brought low.

Next Week’s Readings
Gen 2:18-24;   Heb 2:9-11;   Mk 10:2-16

Feasts of the Week

Mon, 27 Sep - St. Vincent de Paul             
Wed, 29 Sep - Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, archangels
Thu, 30 Sep - St. Jerome
Fri, 1 Oct - St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Sat, 2 Oct - The Holy Guardian Angels




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 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at


7:00pm to 8:30pm – 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: 893 2042 1399  Passcode: rosary

7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) on Zoom.

7:00pm Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena followed by Rosary on Zoom

Meeting ID: 925 4385 9684

Passcode: Rosary

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 5288Passcode: KNK

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


As per Victorian Government guidelines, our church is closed due to the current Melbourne lockdown. 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 or Parish Facebook

Our church is live streaming daily and Weekend Masses during the lockdown through our Facebook Page link and on YouTube Masses are Monday to Friday 8:30am, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am.

Sunday, 26 September 9:00am Mass will also be available on YouTube, link

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.


ST PETER’S YOUNG ADULTS SPYA (ages 18-29) – ZOOM Every Sunday at 6:15pm. Games, prayer and some awesome chats. For ZOOM details call the parish office on 97494300 or message SPYA on Facebook at

Every Monday 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James) online on zoom. Meeting link
Meeting ID: 919 8422 0776 Passcode: bible. Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372.

Online Zoom Rosary Meeting ID: 893 2042 1399
Passcode: rosary.

NOVENA TO PERPETUAL SUCCOUR followed by rosary every Wednesday at 7:00pm. Zoom meeting link:
Meeting ID: 925 4385 9684 Passcode: Rosary.

Every Saturday 2:30pm to 4:00pm –Praise & Worship held on zoom
Meeting ID: 839 7212 5288 Passcode: KNK.

LOCKDOWN LIGHT – A resource for parishioners
Getting to know your Bible: Praying with Scripture
Getting Started: In this short video, Fr James Martin SJ introduces us Lectio Divina–a way of praying with the Bible that helps us listen to God. Watch at
Going Deeper: Pray as You Go is an online prayer tool that provides a guided contemplation of each day’s Gospel passage. Set aside 10-15 minutes, find a comfy space and visit
Podcasts for Christian livingParents of the Saints–How Did They Do It?
In this podcast, Jason Evert speaks with Patrick O’Hearn about his new book ‘Parents of the Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind Our Favourite Saints’, offering key insights into the families of popular saints. Listen at

This Sunday 26th September, the Catholic Church across the world marks the 10th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis’ Message is that we ought to work ‘Towards an ever wider “WE”’. He writes: ‘We are all in the same boat and called to work together so that there will be no more walls that separate us, no longer others, but only a single “we”, encompassing all of humanity.’ Let us be encouraged by Pope Francis’ message and show neighbourhood closeness to Migrants and Refugees in their vulnerabilities. Simple practical kindnesses can generate the “we” of our concern for them. May they not feel simply the “I” of facing their difficulties alone. As Pope Francis prays in his Message: “Bless each act of welcome and outreach that draws those in exile into the ‘we’ of community and of the Church, so that our earth may truly become what you yourself created it to be: the common home of all our brothers and sisters. Amen.” 

ARE YOU CALLED TO BE a Spiritual Director, a Pastoral Supervisor or a Compassionate Listener to others?
You are invited to a Taster Session (via Zoom), on Saturday 2 October 2021, 9.30am - 11am to explore whether one of these ministries may be for you.  Come and experience in a facilitated group a) the Siloam Program for the Formation of Spiritual Directors, b) the Emmaus Supervision Program, c) Let the Heart Listen. Each of these courses is available in 2022 in-person (Covid-permitting) or via Zoom. To register for the free Taster event , please click the link on our home page at, or contact Heart of Life, Melbourne at or tel (03)9890 1101.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Meditation. Free Zoom Information Session on Saturday 12 October from 7.00pm – 7.30pm. Presenters: Rev. Assoc. Prof. John Dupuche and Dr Chris Morris.  Enquiries to Jenny Delahunt on 9412 3333,, or

We pray for Emelie Dimat, Joseph Devasya, Michela Volo, Altenor Santos, Wilfredo Antonio, Sheila Buultjens, Rani Cramer, Giuseppe Cini, Ivy Aldcroft, Mayeth Santos, Efren Ayuste, Sr Jacinta Umali, Cecilia Thi Ngoc Hoa Vo, Shirley Linehan, Cassy D’Souza, Rita Mifsud, Uthup Mathai Pulikuthiyel, Bijan Banerjee, Emmanuel Troise, Philip Gomes, Hector Serpes, 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, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away.

We pray for Allie Billings, Djoana Josue, Celine D’Souza, Lodenia De Torres, Colonel S.A. Maria Dass and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

We pray for Dcn. Charles English, Gary Spotswood, Sean Donaldson, Kath Meddings, Wilfredo Villareal, 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, Vincent Margaret, Yvonne Caruana, Dale D’Souza, Franklin Quintanilla, Baby Julian Cayme, Kevin McLoughlin and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 3 Oct 2021

Tini & Barrie Hope

Readers – 2/3 Oct 2021

  6:00pm Davy Fernandez
  8:30am Grace Sharman
10:30am Lute Eleipa
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 2/3 Oct 2021

  6:00pm H. Durski / P. Albuquerque / J. Poppen
  8:30am C. D’Souza / K. Fernandes / S. Vaz
10:30am V. Firman / E. Mills / J. Quinless
  5:00pm E. Angeles / A. Koek / G. Aldcroft

Music Ministry – 2/3 Oct 2021

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Samoan Choir
  5:00pm FilOz