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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.

Christmas Warmth for the Homeless

Christmas time can be a particularly tough time for our homeless friends on the street. It is a time when they can feel especially lonely while the rest of us are spending time with our family and loved ones. In support of the Holy Spirit of Freedom community and to help bring warmth to our homeless friends on the street, the young volunteers from Mission4Christ organised a series of community events leading up to Christmas.

The young volunteers donated money to buy Christmas gifts; then gathered on 29 Nov to wrapped these gifts. Closer to Christmas, supported by their friends from T4C and RCIA, M4C organised the baking of some 800 pieces cookies. The team of volunteers then gathered in the parish centre on 23 Dec to gift wrap these gifts of love. On Christmas Day itself, a small team of M4C youth helped at the Christmas picnic organised by the Holy of Freedom community, where the community distributed the gifts to our homeless friends.

Have a blessed Christmas, everyone.

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Youth Faith In Action

About 25 teens attended a special Teens4Christ (T4C) session on 20 Oct 2018, with the theme “Are You Overwhelmed?” The event was jointly organised by T4C and the Mission4Christ (M4C) youth, a group of youth leaders who have “graduated” out of T4C. During the session, assisted by parents and teens musicians, the M4C leaders led the teens in praise and worship. For formation, the M4C leaders shared with the teens their experience in handling school work, peer pressure and relationship issues.

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On a rather windy afternoon, volunteers from the Holy Spirit of Freedom hosted a BBQ for Perth’s homeless at McCullum Park in Victoria Park. A team of Mission4Christ (M4C) youth assisted with cooking and serving of food; and the clean-up thereafter. In spite of the cold, the community brought much needed warmth to the hearts of many of the homeless. Praise the Lord!

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A Celebration of Life and Achievements with Norm Curtis

About 60 parishioners gathered for a morning tea on 19 Oct 2018, to celebrate with Norm Curtis his life and achievements. Norm Curtis is a long time parishioner of our parish and has served the parish and the Church faithfully for many years. His chairmanship of the Finance Committee has seen many much needed improvements to the parish ground and its surround. In spite of being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Norm has kept a bright outlook and shared with parishioners his challenges and journey. Please continue to pray for Norm, his family and all who are suffering from physical and other ailments.

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For more photos on this and other parish events, visit the parish photo album

John Paul Youth Mass

At the Vigil Mass on 13 Oct 2018 (Sat), about 40 young people from our parish gathered to celebrate the launch of the new John Paul Youth Mass. During the mass, young people from Teens4Christ, John Paul Youth Ministry and Mission4Christ came together to serve the mass as one young church. At the end of the mass, representatives from each of the ministries introduced their respective groups to the parish community. The young people then gathered in the church hall to enjoy an evening of food and games.

Let us pray for our young parishioners in the Year of Youth as they lead the way in opening up new horizons for spreading joy!

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The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

Pope Francis blessed 6 statues of Immaculate Heart of Mary for 6 separate continents. The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady for Australiasia arrived at the Willetton Parish on 9 Sep. A total of 500 parishioners participated in a day of prayers and reparation. The afternoon concluded with a fellowship meal.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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Sacrament of Confirmation

At 6.30pm Mass on 8 Sep (Sat) and 10.30am Mass on 9 Sep (Sun), 59 children from the Parish Religious Education Programme (PREP) and Orana Primary School celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. In conferring the Sacrament, Vicar General Fr Peter Whitely congratulated the children and encouraged them to continue to grow their faith.

Congratulation to all children and their parents. Special thanks go to all teachers and catechists who help prepare the children for this important milestone in their faith journey. Please continue to pray for the children and their families.

For more information on the PREP Program, go to: http://willettoncatholicparish.org.au/education/

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