27 October was the last day for Fr. Hyginus at the Willetton parish. The parishioners congratulated and thanked Fr. Hyginus after the mass ended. We pray that the Lord will always bless Fr. Hyginus abundantly on the next leg of his journey.
On 24 October 2019, the children of our Parish received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The children prayed reverently while they waited to receive the Sacrament. We would like to thank all the Priests that were present especially Father Thai and Father Hyginus. A big thank you to the teachers and Catechists for their help in preparing the children for this Sacrament. The children and parents have attended a parent workshop, learning their prayers and attended a retreat at the Schoenstatt Shrine. Let us pray for these children and families.
Congratulations to all the candidates who were confirmed on 7 and 8 September 2019. They were extremely well prepared. We would like to thanks Mrs O’Keeffe, Mrs Packer, Ms White, Ms Walsh and Mrs Bell and all Orana staffs that prepared the children and helped during the Mass. We would like to also thanks Father Thai and Father Hyginus.
We would like to thanks the music ministry for their joyful contributions. We would like to thanks Helen and Audrey for putting up the banner and thank you to the ladies who organised the flowers. Thank you to the acolytes for their help.
We would especially like to thank the parents, may God guide you in your endeavours to raise catholic children. Let us keep all these families in our prayers.
It was a family affair at this year’s Wedding Anniversary Mass last Sunday. Parish stalwarts Christina and Basil Fernandez celebrated their 51st anniversary, together with their son, Gary and his wife Celestine, who marked their 25th. They were among 21 couples who collectively celebrated 726 years of marriage, ranging from Tiffany and Ashley Stehn’s one year to Eithne and David Rath’s 63 years.
In a promising sign for the future of our parish, members of JPYM (John Paul Youth Ministry), including three third-generation Fernandezes pitched in to do the washing up and cleaning after the shared meal which followed the Mass. Well done, young people!
The organising team would like to thank Fr Thai for his inspiring homily and the beautiful Mass celebration, Fr Hyginus for his presence and blessing, John Richards and Gaylor Murray for the marvellous music, Xavier Das for helping with the slide presentation, Rudy Hendarman for the wonderful photos and Karen and James De Rozario for the hall set-up and everyone else who each year help make this celebration a memorable parish event. Also thank you very much to Christina, Anne, and Su who have prepared this beautiful annual event for so many years.
Congratulations to all our children who received their First Holy Communion and so diligently prepared for their Sacrament. A big Thank You goes out to all who helped prepare the students and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. May God bless the parents of these children and that they continue to guide these children in the Catholic faith.
The children attended Mass the weekend after their First Holy Communion and celebrated with a cake in the Hall and collected their certificates. During the offertory procession the children and their families made very generous donations of non- perishables gifts to Saint Vincent De Paul. Thank you to the families for their contributions.
On Sunday 9th June 2019, Fr. Thai and the group members of Personal Advocacy Service helped celebrate an Adapted/Inclusive Liturgy at the 10.30am Mass at Sts. John and Paul Parish, Willetton. During this liturgy, People with intellectual disabilities were enabled to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist with a little help from parish volunteers. They helped out by altar serving, candle bearers, being part of the entrance procession bringing in the book of gospels, leading movements to the reading, responsorial Psalm and Gospel, leading the Prayers of Intercession, bringing up the gifts in the Offertory Procession, distributing communion and just by being present.
Kenneth Phua, who is vision impaired gave a short talk on the importance of parishes being Inclusive and how people with disabilities have gifts and talents to share with everyone. Our Parish Inclusivity Co-ordinator is Sr. Josephine. If you would like to know more about ways you can help make our parish be more Inclusive please contact Sr. Josephine on 0431 881 316 or Sr. Veronica on 93717065 or Andrea Carlos on 0422334397.
Text supplied by Andrea Carlos.
Photos supplied by Gladwin Abrio.
Anzac Day was meaningfully celebrated at 9 am Mass. Fr Thai explained the importance of sharing the Anzac spirit and message with young people.
The ode was respectfully and expressively recited by Lee Bonser and the Australian National Anthem sung at the end of the mass. John De Vrie having just returned from the Dawn service shared the relevance of the various artefacts on display and his own medals. There were colourful displays display at the front of the church and outside, artistically set up by Graham Hodge, assisted by his wife Michel. Many thanks to all involved on behalf of the parish.
Text and photos supplied by Andre Sequeira.
On 30 March 2019, the children from PREP led the Saturday vigil Mass. The children learnt many prayers through the course of the year, for this Mass the year 4, 5, and 6 students shared with us their class prayers. The congregation were invited to pray with the children. We have also been reinforcing reverence in the Church with our students. The children have learnt that before Mass they should kneel and pray to Jesus, during Mass they should listen to God’s Word and after Mass they should put God’s Words into actions. Congratulations to all the children, particularly the readers for the efforts they put into preparing for this Mass. Thank you to the Cathechists for the devotion and time they put into teaching our Parish children. The parents of our PREP program should also be congratulated for the dedication they put into developing their children’s faith. God bless you all.
A very big thank you for the amazing effort from all parents for supporting the children in sharing the Good News story with our parishioners. The children are a great testimony to your parenting. The children’s performance in the short play called The Unexpected Christmas and the Nativity Pantomime on Christmas Eve really created an unforgettable experience for everyone.
Also a huge thank you and appreciation to Helen Miller our Organist for sharing her talent, dedication and commitment to play for us every week and Juanita Curtis for her time and commitment to help us out with the organisation of the kids. Juanita lost her precious dad Norman Curtis a few weeks ago but has continued to come to support us. And also a great thank you to Sharon Willesen for her effort in planning and coordinating this event. Please keep them in your prayers.
The Carols by Candlelight 2018 was held on Sunday 16th December 2018. This event was started with the sausage sizzle. Then the carols was performed inside the church, with most of the lights turned off. Thank you all for coming and singing at Eventide. Our friend in the North Pole, Santa Claus, also paid a special visit to distribute the presents to the children. The parishioner went home taking the memories in their heart.