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Initiation Sacrament Mass

In July 2019, 8 adults commenced their RCIA journey at our parish, inquirying to join the Catholic faith. RCIA 2019/2020 started like any other RCIA of the previous years. Through fellowship and discussions, great friendship bonds were formed, as the candidates grew closer to God. Along the way, there were the usual RCIA hospitality events comprising of food, drinks and a birthday celebrations or two.

Then on 23 Mar 2020, in the midst of our Lenten observations, COVID-19 forced a shutdown of our parish. Undeterred, the RCIA group continued to meet for online fellowship each week. Over the following three months, as restrictions eased, the RCIA group moved to a hybrid-style meeting, with 20 participants meeting face-to-face in the parish while the rest joining online. It was a challenging period for the group, for both candidates and volunteers. Yet God’s graces were always on hand, as God used this period to form the candidates and the catechist team in an unprecedented way.

Finally on 9 Jun, RCIA resumed with a new found zest. Watched over by the Holy Spirit, each group member embarked upon on a new personal encounter with the Lord. Through a number of weekly sessions and a reflection day, participants meditated over the grace of God – of being Called, Loved, Forgiven and Claimed by him. This Conversion Encounter culminated in the celebration of the Initiation Sacrament Mass on 28 Jun. With great joy, our parish received 8 adults into full communion with the Church, through the Initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. At the same time, two children from our RCIA family also received the Sacrament of Baptism.

Click here to view a slideshow of our RCIA journey.

RCIA 2019/2020 and the Conversion Encounter programme will conclude on 26 Jul. To find out more about joining the Catholic Faith (or to join us as a volunteer), visit the RCIA page at http://willettoncatholicparish.org.au/rite-of-christian-initiation-of-adults-rcia/

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Young People Volunteer at Foodbank WA

On Tuesday 4 Feb, a group of young people from Mission4Christ volunteered at Foodbank WA’s warehouse, where they packed hampers for people experiencing food insecurity.

Food is a basic need that people can often take for granted, and it was eye-opening to realise how many Australians are unable to afford food for themselves and their families. Working to assist these vulnerable people was a rewarding experience, while also helping to reduce food wastage by using donations from local businesses such as Aldi and Hello Fresh.

Mission4Christ would like to thank Foodbank WA for the opportunity to volunteer and all its work in supporting such a great cause.

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RIP, Mrs Caroline Ebede

Mrs Caroline Ebede, the beloved mother of Fr Hyginus, passed away on 24 Jan in Nigeria. Funeral will be held on 17 Feb at Umunnowu Village, Agulu, Nigeria. May the Lord in His boundless mercy, grant Mrs Caroline eternal rest and peace. Please keep the family in your prayers.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Myriam

The parish family gathered after the midday mass on Friday 25 Oct to celebrate the 100th birthday of our dearly treasured member, Myriam Regnard. The celebratory lunch was lovingly prepared by a team of volunteers. It was a great  joyous occasion to celebrate and give thanks to our Lord for the life of Myriam, Growing Vine Ministry and the community of Sts John & Paul Church.

Que Dieu Vous Benisse, Myriam. You are a true testimony to God’s blessings!

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Fellowship with Fr Hyginus

With Fr Hyginus’ stay at Willetton Catholic Parish coming to an end, over 30 members of the Wednesday Bible Study Group gathered after Fr Hyginus’ talk on 23 Oct 2019 to share fellowship with him.

God bless you and farewell, Fr. You will be sorely missed!

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Mission4Christ at Cancer Council’s Relay For Life

18 young members of our community participated in the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life on 19-20 Oct at HBF Arena, Joondalup. Relay For Life is a fun and moving experience held over a 24-hour period to raise awareness in cancer and to raise vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services. Each year thousands of Australians participate in Relays across Australia.

Cancer affects all of us, whether we are victims, survivors, or someone who lost a loved one. Within our families, our Church communities and beyond, cancer touches many. As we remember those whom we lost to cancer, we also rejoice in the fact that the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life brings out the best in all of us. We are united in our fight against cancer and in our celebration of life.

Thanks to our families, friends and church community, the Mission4Christ team raised more than $4000 for the Cancer Council. Please continue to join us in praying for all effected by cancer.

God bless you. St Peregrine, pray for us.

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Fr Hyginus 16th Ordination Anniversary

On 16 Aug 2019, about 70 parishioners gathered in the parish hall to celebrate Fr Hyginus’ 16th ordination anniversary. Amazingly, according to Fr Hyginus himself, this is the first time he is celebrating his ordination anniversary. Congratulations, Fr Hyginus. May God render his presence in your heart, his holiness in your soul and his joy in your spirit. Amen.

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Movie Fundraiser for the Cancer Council

The Mission4Christ youths hosted a special screening of Disney’s Lion King on 20 Jul 2019 at Grand Cinemas Como, in aid of the Cancer Council. M4C would like to thank the parish community for their overwhelming support of the fundraiser event. We raised a total of $1500 from ticket sale and donations! Our communities have lost many members to cancer over the years. We remember and pray for all of them.

Coming up, on 19-20 Oct, a group of about 20 M4C vounteers will participate in the Cancer Council’s 24-hour Relay For Life event at the HBF Arena Joondalup. Cancer never stops and shouldn’t we. We ask the community to pray for us and families affected by cancer as we prepare this 24-hour non-stop relay event. God bless our communities.

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Rite of Election

On 14 Mar (Thu), our four RCIA candidates, Cheyne, David Jamie and Marcus, were presented to Archbishop Costelloe at St Mary’s Cathedral, in a ceremony called the Rite of Election. Through this Rite of Election, God elects the candidates to begin their final preparation towards their reception into His Universal Church. As a parish community, let us keep our RCIA candidates in our prayers, as they prepare for their Initiation Sacraments at Easter.

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Welcome Fr Hyginus Ebede

Fr Thai and the parishioners are warmly welcoming Fr Hyginus Ebede as the new Assistant Priest, who came to us from the Kalgoorlie Boulder Parish. We hope Fr Hyginus Ebede feels right at home in our vibrant parish.