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.
A very Big Big THANK YOU for all who came along to help clean and tidy up our church on 8 December 2018 in preparation for Christmas 2018. There were plenty of people that exercising their God given talents and abilities on this sunny day. Everyone went about their task cheerfully and with dedication, making it a wonderful environment to get to know each other.
On Tuesday the 20th of November 2018, our PREP families celebrated the end of the year with a Concert and party. Each class group performed Christmas items for Family and friends. The children were very entertaining and very talented. Father Thai recognised and farewelled our year six children who have completed the Primary Religious Education program. We like to also acknowledge the parents and grandparents who bring these children to class each week and take their children to Mass each week. Their dedication towards their child’s faith development should be commended.
Father Thai and the parishioners would like to thank our dedicated Catechists who give so much of their time to teach the children of our Parish every week. These catechists take great care in preparing lessons, rehearsing with the children and teaching them about God’s Word. Please pray that they continue their great work. Thank you Anngy Tanjaya, Mary Quek, Stephanie Singarajah, Bev Callaghan, Matthew Oliveiro, Megan Duggan, Carol O’Keeffe, Eric Fernandes and Sylvia Dias. We would also like thank our Administrator John Sutton for all his hard work in our PREP program and also Magdalene Heldt as the PREP coordinator.
on 18 November 2018, the children from our Primary Religious Education lead the 10.30am Mass. Fiona our Year Three student explained to the congregation, that before Mass we should pray and talk to God, during Mass we should listen to the Word of God and after Mass we should put God’s words into action. The children from Year One, Two and Three have learnt many prayers this year. They recited prayers they learnt with the congregation before Mass. Dinaya greeted the congregation with warmth and clarity. Erin, Celicia and Saoirse proclaimed the Word exceptionally well. Jeorgia and Joshua read the Prayers of the Faithful beautifully. We would like to thank the readers for the efforts they put into practising for the Mass. Father Thai blessed the Catechists and thanked them for the contributions they make every week to Our Religious Education Program. We would like to thank Father Thai for his support and involvement in our PREP program.