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Children Christmas Mass 2019

Children’s Christmas Mass & Carol Service 6pm, 24th Dec 2019

Our Children’s Christmas Eve Mass and Carol Service this year was another wonderful celebration of our Lord’s birth shared by all who attended.

In the Carol Service, children of the St John and Paul’s Parish presented an outstanding performance of “The Unexpected Christmas” play by Simmone Graham (New Zealand). Told from a child’s perspective, the play depicts Angels discussing Jesus’ birth with God. The message of God’s universal love for us was beautifully delivered in the acting and dialogue with humour sprinkled throughout. Sweet and short, the play elicited smiles and giggles from the congregation.

The Nativity presentation that followed was another hit. This year we had a ‘real’ donkey join us in the procession! This almost life-sized donkey on wheels carried Mary down the aisle delighting the children (and adults) in the pews.

Our multi-talented child actors also gave their voices to sing beautifully in the choir. We had a few more musically talented children come on board this year with their flutes, a clarinet, viola, cello and saxophone. The beautiful sounds added depth and enlivened the overall presentation. It was a wonderful, enjoyable listening experience for all indeed.

Altogether the children’s presentation was impressive, delightful and impactful. Their determination in remembering lines, knowing their positions and taking on new songs was very much appreciated and is to be commended. It all paid off in the end. So too their parents who made the commitment to bring them to the practices every Saturday rain or shine. This combined effort is what makes our Parish such a vibrant community.

For many families in the Parish, including mine, Christmas isn’t complete without participating in an activity that keeps Jesus in the foremind at this special time. The lead up to Christmas becomes more meaningful as we are reminded of the reason for the season.

Our Children’s Christmas Mass and Carol service provides a great opportunity for families to experience that together.

If you and/or your children would like to join us in 2020, look out for the registrations in November. We would love your support. All children aged 7-14 welcomed.

God bless your year ahead.

Sharon Willesen

Matt 19:14 let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these

Special Note:  A big thank you to Juanita Curtis (Nativity Presentation) and Helen Miller (Organ and Musical Arrangements) for their help in making this a memorable part of our 2019 Christmas celebrations

Busy Bee Christmas 2019

Thank you to all parishioners who have generously donated their time and talent for the Busy Bee on Saturday 30 November 2019 preparing our Church for the Christmas celebration.

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PREP Concert 2019

Our PREP program has finished for the year with a wonderful concert. Each class performed items. They sang, danced and read beautifully. We farewelled our wonderful Confirmation class. All the families joined Father Thai, Father Anthony and all the care just for a wonderful afternoon tea feast. We would sincerely like to thank, Anggy, Mary, Stephanie, Bev, Matthew, Daryl, Megan, Bronaugh, Sylvia and Carol our hard working Catechist. They prepare lessons every week, share their faith journey and truly inspire our children. May God bless you.

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The Food Fair 2019

The Food Fair 2019 was a a huge success. Together, we raised $12,500. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to each and every person who cooked, served, helped, cleaned , donated and volunteered on that day. It was YOU who made it possible.

Maria and Marisa

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Fr. Hyginus Ebede Farewell

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.

Sacrament of Reconciliation 2019

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.

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Sacrament of Confirmation 2019

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.

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Wedding Anniversary Mass 2019

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.

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First Holy Communion 2019

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.

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Personal Advocacy Service Mass 2019

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.

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Photos supplied by Gladwin Abrio.

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