5th Sunday of Easter 2021

Prayer to St. Joseph, Model for Workers

St. Joseph silent and well-known carpenter in Nazareth, model of workers, by the work of your hands, you gave your contribution to the work of the Creator, you earned your living, and you provided for the needs of the Holy Family.

Intercede for all workers, in the difficulties of their daily lives, especially for the unemployed, in their anxieties for tomorrow, so that, through the guidance of God, the great Architect and Builder, they may use their strength and their talents to make visible his Kingdom, his new creation, to offer a concrete service to society, and to earn wages worthy of their efforts.


Entrance Antiphon
O sing a new song to the Lord, for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.

1st Reading (Acts 9:26-31)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
When Saul got to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him: they could not believe he was really a disciple. Barnabas, however, took charge of him, introduced him to the apostles, and explained how the Lord had appeared to Saul and spoken to him on his journey, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Saul now started to go round with them in Jerusalem, preaching fearlessly in the name of the Lord. But after he had spoken to the Hellenists, and argued with them, they became determined to kill him. When the brothers knew, they took him to Caesarea, and sent him off from there to Tarsus. The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.

2nd Reading (1 Jn 3:18-24)
A reading from the first letter of St. John.
My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active; only by this can we be certain that we are children of the truth and be able to quieten our conscience in his presence, whatever accusations it may raise against us, because God is greater than our conscience and he knows everything. My dear people, if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience, we need not be afraid in God’s presence, and whatever we ask him, we shall receive, because we keep his commandments and live the kind of life that he wants. His commandments are these: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another as he told us to. Whoever keeps his commandments lives in God and God lives in him. We know that he lives in us by the Spirit that he has given us.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Live in me and let me live in you, says the Lord; my branches bear much fruit. Alleluia!

Gospel (Jn 15:1-8)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. John.
Jesus said to his disciples ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more. You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you. Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it. It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48;   1 Jn 4:7-10;    Jn 15:9-17

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 3 May - Sts. Philip & James




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) meet in the Community Centre.

6:15pm – Young Adults (18 - 29 years) meet in the Theatrette every week.

6:15pm – School of Discipleship meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall.

Mondays 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Bible Study (St. Peters & St. James). 1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays at St. James’ Church.
Wednesdays 7:00pm Mass followed by Mother of Perpetual Succour 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 in church. Registration via QR Code.
Baptisms 12 noon – Baptisms held 1st & 3rd Sundays. Baptism Preparation Meeting held on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:00pm in Church.


We welcome into our Church Felix Bolinao, Lucas Cimino, Storm Rose & Summer Raine Sabatini, Lilly Lord and Erin Flynn who are to be baptised this weekend. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Parents, Godparents, family and friends, we pray that these children will lead lives full of happiness, faith and love.

For many years now the Parish Priest, Parish Pastoral Committee, Parish office staff and volunteer leaders have been committed to ensure the safety, wellbeing and dignity of children, young people and vulnerable adults in the Parish. To assist in this task, a Child Safeguarding Committee has been formed, and meet regularly to ensure that all staff and volunteers in the Parish are aware of their responsibilities. We have in excess of 273 volunteers and 418 volunteer positions. As our ministries recommence, we are working with the leaders of each ministry to ensure that all volunteers have signed a safeguarding Code of Conduct declaration for 2021, have a valid working with children check (except for Choir members) and have a police check where required. Thank you for your continuing support and commitment to this important priority. If you have any questions please contact Catherine Graham, Child Safety Officer via the Parish Office.

It is the deep desire of the Holy Father that the month of May be dedicated to a prayer marathon conducted by Catholics across the globe to become “vehicles of the prayer of the entire Church,” said the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation in a press release on 21 April. Starting on Saturday 1 May and broadcast live from the Gregorian Chapel of St Peter’s Basilica, the Holy Father will lead the Rosary which will be available at 6:00pm Rome time (2:00am AEST) on all Vatican media platforms. He will also bless Rosaries to be sent to the 30 Marian Shrines participating in the daily live-streamed prayers.

We congratulate the children from St. Peter's Sunday School who will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion this Sunday. We pray that the Eucharist will enrich and nourish them throughout their lives.

Youth group for children (12 to 18 years) resumes this Sunday 2nd May after the 5:00pm mass at the Community Centre, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. All are welcome.

Parishioners, please note that as required by our Archdiocese each year, there will be a mass count at all masses for the first four weekends in May.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Parishioners are encouraged to present their ideas/suggestions/concerns to the PPC via the SUGGESTION BOX in the church hall or via email to stpeters@westnet.com.au or hopperscrossing@cam.org.au.

To celebrate and acknowledge the wonderful Mothers in our Parish, Father will give a special blessing for all Mothers at next weekend's Masses.

Please note the following dates that children from St. Peter's School will receive their First Holy Communion. Please be aware that parking may be an issue at these Masses. We ask that you keep these children in your prayers.
Saturday 15th May - 6:00pm & Sunday 16th May - 10:30am
Saturday 29th May - 6:00pm & Sunday 30th May - 10:30am

The Victorian Government recently announced a tightening on the use of QR codes for certain public gatherings including religious gatherings. Everybody, including volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, etc.) must scan the QR code and provide contact details upon arrival.

  • 100% of all people attending St. Peters MUST sign in using the QR Code.
  • Registration by Trybooking is no longer available.
  • Volunteers will provide assistance to those who do not have smart-phones to check in.
  • Copies of QR Code are also displayed outside the church entrance to reduce overcrowding in the foyer.
  • Arrive early to allow time to check in.
  • Volunteers requested to assist with QR registration at all masses. If you are able to help, kindly arrive in church at least 30 minutes before Mass. Thank you.


  • Church opens 30 minutes before mass starts. Please ensure you register via QR Code and sanitise prior to entering church.
  • Please remain in your allocated seat, do not move pews or chairs and maintain social distancing while in church.
  • Lighting candles is permitted but please do not touch the statues.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY, Hoppers Crossing Conference is very short of volunteers to participate in its Home Visitation Program to help families in need. If you are able to help, please contact Grace on 0434 274 275 or email Altona.rcp@svdp-vic.org.au.

Enrolments are Open.  Information Evening to be held on Monday, 10th May at 7:00pm. NO children. Maximum 2 Adults per family. Attendance must be pre-booked. Entry via car park.

MATILDA, THE MUSICAL presented by Thomas Carr College. 7:00pm Thursday 27 May to Saturday 29 May. Doors open from 6:30pm. Tickets $5 per person. Book online via www.trybooking.com/BQBYA.

Come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing! The weekend is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome. The next residential weekend is on 21 -23 May 2021 in Wantirna South. Book early to avoid disappointment). Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676. Website: wwme.org.au or EMAIL vicbookings@wwme.org.au.

We pray for Michael Buttigieg, Margaret Lane, Santana Vaz, Celine Jose, Reggie McGowan, Shobha D’Souza, Patsy Francis, Dale Simila, Joslyn Huffing, David Chalk, Mrs Devotta, Douglas D’Silva, Delma Padua, Lily Carvalho, Augusto Saragozza, Joan McGowan, Jane Geralda Joseph, Vincent Mariadoss, Margaret Jolly Lobo, Pauline Rodrigues, Nancy Menezes, Maria Leonor Dela-Pena, James D’Silva, Belen Simangan,  all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Leon Gill, Mary Shanks, John Meddings, Molly Golding, Mary Hartshorn, Margaret Smith, Neville Smith, Elizabeth Jacobs, Olga Evans, Flor Golaw, Basilio Angeles, Marija Husar, Mary Wilson, Glenis Mumford, Gloria Granger, Teresa Colosimo, Thomas McClure 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, Mila Africano, Albert Wankhar,  Dale D’Souza, Melissa Bear, Lynn Worsley, Henry Lewis, Nicoletta Carinci, Esther Uwase, Mirna Lamb, Catherine Marsh, William Vasiliadis, Alfredo Angeles, Jonas Dumadag and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 9 May 2021

John Allen / Jules & Neeta Pereira

Readers –8/9 May 2021

  6:00pm Jeffrey Poppen
  8:30am Adele Vesty
10:30am Lionel D’Cruz
  5:00pm Connie Skinner

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 8/9 May 2021

  6:00pm D&J Roga / B. Fernandes
  8:30am E. Stowers / G. Sharman / G. Linning
10:30am V. Firman / S. Colla / F. Caruana
  5:00pm R. Perera / E. Angeles / Volunteer

Music Ministry – 8/9 May 2021

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