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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.