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PREP 2020 Year End Party

As the year comes to a close, on 1 December 2020, the children from PREP, participated in a special end of the year Mass celebrated by Fr Thai before they had their party in the parish centre.

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First Holy Communion 2020

On 19-20 September 2020, 48 children from our Parish received their First Holy Communion. The children were prepared beautifully by their teachers. A big Thank You to the Principal of Orana and the Associate Principal Erin Leech for their help in preparing the children for this Sacrament. A big Thank You to the volunteers who helped to register parishioners every week, for their dedication and efforts to keep our whole congregation safe, particularly at these two Masses. Thank you to Father Thai and Father Anthony for their help and support with the children and their Prayers and words of guidance during the Mass. Please continue to pray for our children that their faith grows stronger each day and that they remain closer to our heavenly Father.

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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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