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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022

Prayer for All the Faithful Departed
Almighty Father, You made everyone in your own image and likeness, and when that image was defaced by sin, you restored it through Christ. Hear our prayers, we pray you, for all our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of the resurrection, and show them the glory of your face. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Entrance Antiphon
Forsake me not, O Lord, my God; be not far from me! Make haste and come to my help; O Lord, my strong salvation!

1st Reading (Wis 11:22-12:2)
A reading from the book of Wisdom.
In your sight, Lord, the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales, like a drop of morning dew falling on the ground. Yet you are merciful to all, because you can do all things and overlook men’s sins so that they can repent. Yes, you love all that exists, you hold nothing of what you have made in abhorrence, for had you hated anything, you would not have formed it. And how, had you not willed it, could a thing persist, how be conserved if not called forth by you? You spare all things because all things are yours, Lord, lover of life, you whose imperishable spirit is in all. Little by little, therefore, you correct those who offend, you admonish and remind them of how they have sinned, so that they may abstain from evil and trust in you, Lord.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

2nd Reading (2 Thess 1:11-2:2)
A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians.
We pray continually that our God will make you worthy of his call, and by his power fulfil all your desires for goodness and complete all that you have been doing through faith; because in this way the name of our Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified in you and you in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. To turn now, brothers, to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we shall all be gathered round him: please do not get excited too soon or alarmed by any prediction or rumour or any letter claiming to come from us, implying that the Day of the Lord has already arrived.
The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia. God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son that all who believe in him might have eternal life. Alleluia!

Gospel (Lk 19:1-10)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the town when a man whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance: he was one of the senior tax collectors and a wealthy man. He was anxious to see what kind of man Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; so he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and spoke to him: ‘Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I must stay at your house today.’ And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. They all complained when they saw what was happening. ‘He has gone to stay at a sinner’s house’ they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said to the Lord, ‘Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times the amount.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek out and save what was lost.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, O Lord

Next Week’s Readings
2 Macc 7:1-2,9-14;   2 Thess 2:16-3:5;   Lk 20:27-38

Feasts of the Week
Tue, 1 Nov - All Saints Day
Wed, 2 Nov - All Souls Day
Fri, 4 Nov - St. Clarence Borromeo


9:15am to 10:25am – Sunday School for children attending non-Catholic Schools.
10:30am Mass – Children’s Liturgy held 1st and 3rd Sundays.
After 5:00pm Mass – Youth Group for youth 12 to 17 yrs. Meet in Church Hall on 2nd and 4th 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
7:00pm to 8:15pm – Bible Study
on zoom, Monday 24th October. Meeting ID: 91984220776 Passcode: bible Contact Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 / Francis Thomas 0401787372
7:00pm Online Zoom Rosary
Meeting ID: 89320421399 Passcode: rosary
7:00pm RCIA
Meeting in Theatrette. Contact Francis Thomas 0401787372 or Dario Carreno 0438525148.
7:00pm Mass
followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour Novena.
1st Friday
7:00pm to 8:15pm Mass & Adoration
2:30pm to 4:00pm St. Peter’s Charismatic Prayer Community
Praise & Worship in Church.
1.30pm to 4:00pm - Healing Mass on 1st Saturday of the month. Next Healing Mass on Saturday, 5th November 2022.
12 noon – Baptisms held 1
st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm. The next Baptism Preparation Meeting on Monday 7th November at 7:00pm in Church.

THE PIETY STORE has a stock of WORD OF GOD 2023 for $20, Columban Calendars for $10 and much more. Come and browse.

Are you enrolled in a Bachelor of Education OR do you have a Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care? Please contact the parish office on 9749 4300.

Please note that as it is a public holiday, the Parish Office will be closed on Cup Day, Tuesday, 1st November.

ST. JAMES’ PARISH COMMUNITY FETE will be held on Saturday 5th November, 10:00am – 4:00pm at St. James Parish, 336 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing. You are invited to come and join us for an afternoon of fun, activities, rides, stalls and much more !!

The Memorial Book is kept near the Sanctuary during November. All are invited to write the names of their departed loved ones in the book. The book will be taken to the Altar during the Offertory to remember and pray for their souls at all the Masses during the month of November.

CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR AVAILABILITY FORMS have been emailed to Readers and Communion Ministers. Can we please request that forms be returned to the parish office, latest by Sunday 14 November so we are able to prepare the roster for the next quarter. Hard copies of the forms are available in the church hall.  Thank you.

CHILDREN’S WEEK – 22-30 October 2022 is a national celebration recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children, and is an opportunity to reflect on how social factors affect the lives and future of our children. This year’s theme is ‘All children have a right to a standard of living that supports their healthy development and well-being’ drawn from Article 27 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Some interesting resources can be found at,highlights%20a%20particular%20Children's%20Right. The Governor General’s Message can be viewed at

On behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council, Fr Vincent would like to thank everyone for the wonderful support in making our Parish Golden Jubilee Dinner a great success. A special thank you to our leaders and volunteers who worked tirelessly over the last few months to plan, arrange and execute a mammoth task. God bless you and your families abundantly. Thank you to all the Sponsors and those who donated items for the Silent Auction. We raised $1,536.50 for Joseph’s corner and MacKillop Family Services which you can be assured will be put to good use in the community. Thank you and God bless.

You are invited to attend this special Memorial Mass on Wednesday, 2nd November at 10:30am.

Please join us for a two-day Spiritual Retreat in our church, hosted by Fr. Roni George VC from Divine Retreat Centre, Sydney. As we are approaching the season of Advent, this is
a great opportunity to take time out from our busy schedules and nourish our spiritual well-being in preparation for Christmas. All are welcome.

Archbishop Peter Comensoli has set a huge target for Melbourne: 500 young people on pilgrimage in 2023, to participate in the largest youth gathering in the world —World Youth Day 2023! Upcoming World Youth Day Information Sessions in October. A life-changing trip to Lisbon, Portugal: Find out more at

After 6 months of sessions, the School of Discipleship (A joint initiative of St Peters & St James Parishes) will celebrate completion of their studies with a Graduation Mass on Sunday November 6, 2022 at 10:30 am when they will be presented with their graduation certificates. Please join the participants for the mass to congratulate them on the successful completion of the school.

MELBOURNE ORDINATION BREAKFAST, Saturday, 19 November 2022, 7:45am for 8:00am start at The Hotel Windsor.  This is an  invitation to a young man, 18+ who isactively involved in the life of the parish through liturgical or youth ministry or other activities such as the Australian Catholic Youth Festival or World Youth Day. The breakfast will include a brief address from Archbishop Comensoli followed by an overview on priesthood and discernment from the Vocations Team.  At 9:00am all guests will walk across to the Cathedral to witness the priestly Ordination. Please contact Fr. Vincent if you are interested.

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We pray for Wayne Patrick Lord, Maria Camilleri, Dexter Martin, Mercedes Manuel, Jojo Rondilla, Rita Mangion, Albert Lopez, S. Amala Nathan, Doreen Pires, Abraham Barretto, Fr. Elias Vella OFM, Sylvia Bignoux, Anna, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Pia Padayo, Joseph Spiteri, Szymom Bejda, Aleyamma John, Juanita Vincent, Jeremy Mendoza, Corina Kostopoulos, Desmond Conns, Jason McLouglin, John McCracken and all whose anniversaries occur at this time.

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, Malia Kautai, Lindsay Coates, Violet Lawrence, Yvonne Caruana, Robert Martinez, Charlotte D’Souza, Johny Gregory, Yelka Kariz, John Parol, Mavis D’Cruz, Daniel Sesto, Mary Cassar, Tae Yoon Jim, Jeffrey Dalton, Maureen Wilson, Lito Alinea, Clint D’Souza, P P Davies, Sandra Farrelly, Eli Simangan, Kevin Suares, Loan Nguyen, Lise Donaldson, Joaquin Romero, Geoffrey Nellis, Annette O’Brien, Ronnie & Ramon Dayao and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 6 Nov 22

Tini & Barrie Hope / Toni Alexander

Readers – 5/6 Nov 22

  6:00pm Jerilee Cardoz
  8:30am Kitty Stuttard
10:30am Sharon Aurubia
  5:00pm Catherine Graham

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 5/6 Nov 22

6:00pm G. Linning / Bernice S. / Sharon A. / Sally DiB
8:30am C. D’Souza / Karen F. / Michelle N. / I. D’Lima
10:30am M&C Peters / E. Mills / D. Dalton
5:00pm A. Koek / E. Angeles / G. Siccita / Volunteer

Music Ministry –5/6 Nov 22

  6:00pm Eagles Wings
  8:30am St. Philomena
10:30am Tongan Community Choir
  5:00pm FilOz