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St. Peter Chanel Parish - Deer Park
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848 Ballarat Road,
Deer Park, Victoria 3023
Father Felimon Libot CMF
(03) 9363 3132
Tuesday - Friday – 9am to 3pm

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COVID-19 Guidelines Update 25 March

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PLEASE NOTE: ALL baptisms postponed until further notice. ALL sacraments suspended until further notice. 

Confessions by appointment.  

Any intentions please call the Parish Office (9363 3132) and leave a message as the priests will be still celebrating private daily Mass on their own. 

See guidelines for funerals.  

Please refer to the guidelines issued by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne:

Let us continue being a community by praying together

Dear Parishioners

 I hope everyone is safe and well in these difficult times when our church and particularly our Adoration Chapel have been closed and Masses suspended. In these times we need to keep our spiritual lives strong and meaningful. While we cannot attend Mass or come to the Adoration Chapel, we must continue to keep our prayers and our Catholic values alive. It is possible to view Masses on various social media platforms, which many of you are already doing.

 My thoughts are with those of you who have been directly impacted by the restrictions imposed by the relevant government bodies on your work and freedom of movement outside your homes, particularly all who have lost their job or have had their work hours reduced, the vulnerable (who have chronic or severe illnesses, who are 70 and over, who are in nursing homes, etc.) - and all who continue to do marvelous work in the health system, despite the threat to their health in caring for others.

 I invite you to join in praying as a community at certain times during the day:

·        The Angelus at 12 noon

·        The Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm

·        Oratio Imperata (prayer for special intentions) on the threat of the Covid-19 at 7pm

 Praying as a community, whilst being at home or in isolation, means that we are connected to each other through our prayers.

I wish to assure you that I am praying for you all, particularly during my private Masses. Fr Rowan and Fr Luis are also doing the same to ensure our Parishioners are connected through our private Masses. Although we are not physically connected during this time, I and the other Priests continually keep you in our intentions.

 Yours faithfully in Christ,

Fr Felimon (MonLibot, CMF



 God our Father,

We come to you in our need

To ask your protection against the 2019 N-Corona Virus

That has claimed lives

And has affected many.


We pray for your grace,

For the people tasked with studying the nature and cause

Of this virus and its disease

And of stemming the tide of its transmission.

Guide the hands and minds of medical experts

That they may minister to the sick

With competence and compassion,

And of those governments and private agencies

That must find a cure and solution to this epidemic.


We pray for those afflicted -

May they be restored to health soon.

Grant us the grace

To work for the good of all

And to help those in need.

 Grant this through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son

Who lives and reigns with You

In the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, forever and ever. Amen


Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

St Peter Chanel, pray for us

St Mary of the Cross, pray for us

St Anthony Mary Claret, pray for us.


Listening to the growing demand for advice on how to join the Eucharist without being able to attend physically, the Holy Father, offers us this prayer of spiritual communion.

This is a prayer that Pope Francis says every morning.

Corpus Domini

At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen.

[Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930) Spanish diplomat of the Holy See beatified 1953]

Welcome to St Peter Chanel Parish, a vibrant, faith-filled community centred on the Eucharist. "The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life." (Pope St John Paul II). This is expressed primarily by our celebration of Holy Mass and we are pleased to offer two daily Masses every weekday, in addition to four weekend Masses (click on Mass Times in the menu to see full schedule). As well, our parish has a Perpetual Adoration Chapel which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with rostered adorers to cover each hour. You are welcome to visit our Adoration Chapel anytime to spend some quiet time with the Lord. If you would like to be part of our team of adorers by taking on a weekly holy hour, please contact the parish office for more information.

Our parish also has a great devotion to Mary, the Mother of God. The Holy Rosary is recited each weekday before Mass. We also have a Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The Legion of Mary has been active in our parish since 1994 and all the Marian feast days are celebrated with reverence throughout the year. 

Our Patron Saint

St Peter Chanel was born in 1803 in the hamlet of La Potiere, France. He was the fifth of eight children. From about the age of 7 to 12 he worked as a shepherd. The local parish priest persuaded his parents to allow Peter to attend a small school which the priest had started. His piety and intelligence soon attracted the attention of a visiting priest, Fr. Trompier, and he was put into Church-sponsored education at Cras in 1814. He made his first communion on 23 March 1817.

It was from that time that his attraction for the missions abroad began. His interest was the result 

of reading letters from missionaries sent back by Bishop DuBourg from America. He later said, "It was that year that I formed the idea of going to the foreign missions." In 1819 he entered the minor seminary where he won several awards and class prizes in Latin, Christian doctrine and speech and in 1824 attended the major seminary.

He was ordained on 15 July 1827 and spent a brief time as an assistant priest at Ambérieu-en-BugeyThere he met Claude Bret,who was to become his friend and also one of the first Marist Missionaries. The following year, Chanel applied to the Bishop for permission to go to the missions. His application was not accepted and instead he was appointed for the next three years as parish priest of the parish of Crozet, which he revitalized in that short time.

His zeal was widely respected, and his care, particularly of those in the parish that were sick, won the hearts of the locals. During this time, Chanel heard of a group of Diocesan Priests who were hopeful of starting a religious order to be dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Marist and missionary

In 1831, at the age of twenty-eight, Peter Chanel joined the new Society of Mary (Marists) who would concentrate on missionary work. Instead of selecting him as a missionary, however, the Marists used his talents as the spiritual director at the Seminary of Belley, where he stayed for five years. In 1836, the Marists were asked to send missionaries to the South West Pacific Islands. Peter Chanel was made the superior of a group of seven Marist missionaries that set out on 24 December from Le Havre.

Peter Chanel and a lay brother arrived on the island of Futuna on 8 November 1837.

At first they were well received by Futuna's king, Niuliki. Fr. Chanel struggled to learn the language and mastered it. Despite little apparent success and severe want, he maintained endless patience and courage. It was a difficult mission, coping with isolation, different foods and customs. Eventually a few natives were baptised while a few more were being instructed. King Niuliki believed that Christianity would undermine his authority as high priest and king. When his son, Meitala, sought to be baptised, the king sent his son-in-law, Musumusu, a warrior, to "do whatever was necessary" to resolve the problem. Musumusu initially went to the king’s son, Meitala and the two fought. Musumusu, injured in the fight, went to Fr. Peter Chanel pretending to need medical attention. While Fr. Chanel tended him, a group of others ransacked his house. Musumusu then took an axe and clubbed Peter Chanel to death. He died on April 28, 1841.

Eventually, most on the island converted to Catholicism. Musumusu himself converted and, as he lay dying, expressed the desire that he be buried outside the church at Poi, so that those who came to revere Peter Chanel in the Church would walk over his grave to get to it.

Chanel was declared a martyr and beatified in 1889.He was canonised on 12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII.St Peter Chanel is recognised as the proto-martyr and Patron Saint of Oceania. His feast day is 28 April.


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