The Ascension of the Lord 2021


Prayer to St. Joseph

O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

O Saint Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, so that having experienced here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Hold Him close in my name and kiss His fine head from me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.


Entrance Antiphon
Men of Galilee, why gaze in wonder at the heavens? This Jesus whom you saw ascending into heaven will return as you saw him go, alleluia.

1st Reading (Acts 1:1-11)
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’ Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.’ As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, ‘Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.
The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm
God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

2nd Reading (Eph 4:1-13)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians.
I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all. Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. It was said that he would: When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners, he gave gifts to men. When it says, ‘he ascended’, what can it mean if not that he descended right down to the lower regions of the earth? The one who rose higher than all the heavens to fill all things is none other than the one who descended. And to some, his gift was that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers; so that the saints together make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ. In this way we are all to come to unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God, until we become the perfect Man, fully mature with the fullness of Christ himself.
The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia! Go and teach all people my gospel. I am with you always, until the end of the world. Alleluia!

Gospel (Mk 16:15-20)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St. Mark.
Jesus showed himself to the Eleven, and said to them: ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned. These are the signs that will be associated with believers: in my name they will cast out devils; they will have the gift of tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and be unharmed should they drink deadly poison; they will lay their hands on the sick, who will recover.’ And so the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven: there at the right hand of God he took his place, while they, going out, preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that accompanied it.
The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon
Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, alleluia.

Next Week’s Readings
Acts 2:1-11;   Gal 5:16-25;   Jn 15:26-27, 16:12-15




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). 2nd & 4th 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.


Fr. Vincent will be away on annual leave from Monday 17th May to Thursday 27th May 2021. During this time Fr. Frank Buhagiar will celebrate weekday and weekend Masses. Please make him welcome. There will be a Liturgy of the Word & Communion Service on Monday, 17 & 24 May at 8:30am and Wednesday 19 & 26 May at 8:30am. Please note the 7:00pm Mass and Novena will be held on Wednesday 19 & 26 May.

We welcome into our Church community Archie Pushkarna & Sebastian Tringali who are to be baptised this Sunday. 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.

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 or

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

Welcome the return of our Healing Mass starting on Saturday 5th June from 1:30pm. This will include Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Praise & Worship, Rosary & Divine Mercy Prayers, Healing Praying over or laying of hands, Eucharistic Mass and fellowship. This Healing Service is subject to the current Covid Safe Guidelines.

This weekend is the Chaplaincy Appeal in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Each year a special collection is conducted in all parishes to support the vital work of our Catholic chaplains. The chaplains support thousands of Victorians every year in hospitals, prisons and youth justice centres, and those living with HIV/AIDS. Chaplains provide a listening ear, a compassionate presence, along with assistance to cope with emotional pain and loneliness. Please give generously. A special collection will be taken up this weekend or you can donate online at or call (03) 9287 5513.

Join St Peter’s Young Adults for an awesome movie night at 7:00pm on Saturday 22nd May in the Parish Hall. Bring along your family and friends to watch the movie “The Little Prince”!! There will be food and drinks available to purchase. Gold coin donation on entry. See you there!!

We congratulate the Year 4 Students from our school who will be receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion this weekend. We pray that the Eucharist will spiritually nourish them throughout their lives.

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.

You can scan the parish QR code to register yourself when you attend mass.

St Peters QR Code

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.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a program for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic and receiving the Sacraments. The meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.00pm in the Theatrette in 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 0401787372 or Evelyn Stowers at or 0499416158

HEART OF LIFE 'Pondering Grief'
Saturday 22 May 2021, 10am-3.30pm. This reflection day offers an invitation to reflect on and honour our inner life of change and transition. Facilitated by Linda Espie at Heart of Life, Kildara Centre, Rear 41 Stanhope St, Malvern. Cost $80 (Materials provided, BYO lunch). Book and pay via website, email or tel 9890 1101.

We pray for Fr Cormac Nagle, Nilo Martin Maniwang, Lynus Lobo, Fr. Peter Noronha, Edith Shaw, Valerie Tribdad, Vincent Lobo, Jamilton Dabu, Marlene Reynolds, Jane Joseph, Alfred Pace, Marcel Zuzarte, Michael Buttigieg, Margaret Lane, Santana Vaz, Celine Jose, Reggie McGowan, Shobha D’Souza, Patsy Francis, Dale Simila, Joslyn Huffing, David Chalk, all who have died due to COVID-19 and all who have passed away recently.

We pray for Leopoldo Pura Jr., Anna Vincenzino, Rosaria Scrofani, Frank Catania, Nicola Lettieri, Elizabeth Clark, Robert Cannard, Vita Sarpi 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, Vincent Margaret, Daniel Skinner, Maria Kiloumis, Brian & Helen Kelly and all who are ill in our Parish.


Counters – 23 May 2021

Kitty Stuttard / Eileen Lewis / Bonny D’Souza

Readers – 22/23 May 2021

  6:00pm Jeslin Shaji
  8:30am KSC Reader
10:30am Sunil Vaz
  5:00pm Dominic Hankins

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion – 22/23 May 2021

  6:00pm S. Martis / S. Albuquerque / N. Golaw
  8:30am KSC Minister / R. Johnson / Volunteer
10:30am E. Mills / B. Fernandes / J. Quinless
  5:00pm S&I Simangan / R. Albuquerque

Music Ministry – 22/23 May 2021

  6:00pm St. Cecilia’s Choir
  8:30am St. Philomena’s Choir
10:30am Domini Chorum
  5:00pm KNK