Saints Peter & Paul, Apostles 2021


Prayer to St. Peter the Apostle

O Holy Apostle, because you are the Rock upon which Almighty God has built his church; obtain for me I pray you, lively faith, firm hope and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, recollection in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever.  Amen.

Entrance Antiphon
These are the ones who, living in the flesh, planted the Church with their blood; they drank the chalice of the Lord and became the friends of God.

1st Reading (Acts 12:1-11)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
King Herod started persecuting certain members of the Church. He beheaded James the brother of John, and when he saw that this pleased the Jews he decided to arrest Peter as well. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread, and he put Peter in prison, assigning four squads of four soldiers each to guard him in turns. Herod meant to try Peter in public after the end of Passover week. All the time Peter was under guard the Church prayed to God for him unremittingly. On the night before Herod was to try him, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with double chains, while guards kept watch at the main entrance to the prison. Then suddenly the angel of the Lord stood there, and the cell was filled with light. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him. ‘Get up!’ he said ‘Hurry!’ – and the chains fell from his hands. The angel then said, ‘Put on your belt and sandals.’ After he had done this, the angel next said, ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me.’ Peter followed him, but had no idea that what the angel did was all happening in reality; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed through two guard posts one after the other, and reached the iron gate leading to the city. This opened of its own accord; they went through it and had walked the whole length of the street when suddenly the angel left him. It was only then that Peter came to himself. ‘Now I know it is all true’ he said. ‘The Lord really did send his angel and has saved me from Herod and from all that the Jewish people were so certain would happen to me.’
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord set me free from all my fears.

2nd Reading (2 Tim 4:6-8.17-18)
A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to Timothy.
My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing. The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! You are Peter, the rock on which I will build my Church; the gates of hell will not hold out against it. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mt 16:13-19)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Peter said to Jesus: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus replied: You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.

Next Week’s Readings
Ezek 2:2-5;   2 Cor 12:7-10;   Mk 6:1-6

Feasts of the Week
Mon, 28 Jun - St. Irenaeus
Tue, 29 Jun - Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles
Sat, 3 Jul - St. Thomas, Apostle




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). 28th June at St. James’ Church.

7:00pm RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) in the Theatrette.

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 held in church.

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 in Church.


As per the Victorian Government announcement, our church is now open to a maximum of 200 worshippers with social distancing of 1 per 4 sq mtrs. With these additional numbers, there will be no bookings required for Weekend or Weekday Masses. Attendance will be on a first come first serve basis. If you do not have a booking for this weekend, we can still accommodate you with the increased numbers.


  • The 15 minute threshold has been removed and all venue attendees must register via the QR Code system.
  • ALL people attending St. Peters MUST wear a face mask, register using the QR Code, including volunteers attending church (Masses, Baptisms, Prayer Meetings, etc.).
  • Copies of QR Codes for Church attendance are displayed outside the church entrance to reduce overcrowding in the foyer.
  • There are different QR Codes for other areas around the Church. Please register using the appropriate QR Code displayed for the area you are visiting.
  • Arrive early to allow time to check in.
  • Volunteers will assist.

Below is our new QR Code. Use your phone to scan the code
St Peter Apostle Mission Parish New QR Code
Location code H35QQS

St Peters Church New QR Code 

Our church will live stream the Sunday 10:30am Mass via our Facebook page and YouTube. Links below
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Fr Vincent and Deacon Charles wish a very happy feast to all our parishioners. Please join us this weekend to give thanks to our Patron St. Peter for all the blessings and graces bestowed upon our wonderful parish.

Thanksgiving envelopes and letters for the new financial year will be available for collection from the Church Hall. Please start to use the new envelopes from the weekend of 3/4 July 2021.

Please note that CONFESSIONS ON A WEDNESDAY ARE NOW HELD AT 6:30PM followed by Mass and Novena as usual.

RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a program for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic and receiving the Sacraments. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.00pm in the Theatrette at St Peter Apostle Mission Parish. If you or anyone you know is interested, you are welcome to come along. The invitation is also extended to any Catholics who may want to come and help Catechists by sharing their knowledge and faith and motivate the Candidates. Please contact Francis Thomas at or 0401 787 372 or Evelyn Stowers at or 0499 416 158.

Kindly note that the Piety Stall will be open after all weekend masses. If you require to buy anything from the Piety Stall on weekdays, please contact Margaret Newman and she will be happy to open the Piety Stall after the weekday 8.30 am mass.

ROSTERS FOR LECTORS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION are available for collection from the Hall.

Join us for an online rosary led by parishioners praying for various intentions including the COVID situation, the sick and dying and those suffering from the impacts of the lockdown. Zoom details are:
Meeting ID: 967 7002 9670  Passcode: rosary

Session will be held this Monday 28th June from 7 to 9 pm
Topic: Book of Acts Ch 4 & 5 at Ray’s Centre, St James Parish. Enquiries to Clive Gonsalves 0490814452 or Francis Thomas 0401787372.

There will be a 3rd Collection at all masses on the weekend of 10/11 July for the Catholic Mission Propagation of the Faith Appeal to help people like the Good Shepherd Sisters in Bangkok, Thailand, as they reach out to vulnerable mothers and their babies during their time of need. We thank you for your generosity.

Thursday, 22 July 2021 at 6:00pm. To register please visit Followed by a live Question & Answer session with key staff. For Enrolment applications email or call 8734 2444. Applications close 20 August 2021.

Every year, Catholics come together across Australia to acknowledge and celebrate the gifts of Australia’s First Peoples in the Catholic Church. This year, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) have adopted the NAIDOC theme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday (4 July): "Heal Country".

7th August 2021 10:00am to 4:00pm. Pray in the Chapel, take a tour of the Museum, Mass at 12:30 with Fr. Peter Malone. Check website for virtual tour and other information –

We pray for Catherine Marsh, John (Jack) Collins, Vincent Portelli, Chinnamma Joseph, Charlie Cassar, Maureen Moynahan, Bruna Santi, K.L. Kurian, Fr Tony Micallef, Generosa Gregorio, Marcelino San Pedro Sr. Mary Batchelor, Fr. George Vanderkunnel, Benjamin D’Souza, Bianca Sungoh, Mercy Vivera, Liberato Gomez Jr., Fr. Royce Macedo, Victor Jeyarajah, Arfan Anthony, Alfred White, Aliakutty Lonappan, Angelina Gonna, Crispin Fernandes, Lydia Van Susteren, Sveto, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Numeriano Medel, Sally Dela Pena, Neville Morrish, Merwyn Duarte, Rowena Ilagan, Nemesia, Sergio, Quiter & Lando Sanchez 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, Maria Kiloumis, Brian & Helen Kelly, Amira Saliba, Bill Thomas, Suranga Desilva, Haeday Riaca, Mayenne Gomez, Frank O’Brien, Lisa Tagala, Josiah Salesa, Gordon Newman, Esther Uwase, Trish Musarra, Ann Gee Lee, Valerie Coates, Bernice Steinhauer, Ian Cameron and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 4 July 2021

Bill Coghlan / Paul Mulquiney / Bernard Cassin

Readers – 3/4 July 2021

  6:00pm Adele Vesty
  8:30am Mary Yeruva
10:30am Lute Eliepa
  5:00pm Lerna Vasquez

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 3/4 July 2021

  6:00pm H. Durski / Sharon A./ B. Fernandes / A. Koek
  8:30am K. Fernandes / C. D’Sopuza / S. Vaz / E. Stowers
10:30am J. Quinless / N. Costa / B. Keane / G. Siccita
  5:00pm E. Angeles / R. Albuquerque / 2 X Volunteers

Music Ministry – 3/4 July 2021

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