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.
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.
On Tuesday the 6th November 2018 our Confirmation students from PREP put their Holy Spirit that they received into action. Carol O’Keeffe their teacher organised a trip to the Margaret Hubery Nursing Home. The children have been practising songs and dances for weeks. They were very excited to visit the nursing home and share some Joy with the residents. We received very positive feedback.
One of the Nuns at the centre told Mrs O’Keeffe that she could feel the Spirit amongst these children. The parents of these children should be congratulated for their conviction to their faith and the way the encourage their children to communicate. Our PREP students continue to attend classes after their Confirmation. They make rosaries and pray the rosary to give thanks for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our children finished their outing with a game of cricket. Mr O’Keeffe was there to supervise the teams. We would like to thank him for his help as well as those parents who helped at the excursion.
Congratulations to all children from our parish that received their First Reconciliation Sacrament on Thursday 25 October 2018. Families and parishioners celebrated the Rite of Reconciliation with reverence and joy. Reconciliation is a beautiful sacrament, may we all find the courage to experience this grace from God regularly. On 28-29 October 2018, the children who received their Reconciliation came back to church to receive their certificate and celebrate with cake.
About 25 teens attended a special Teens4Christ (T4C) session on 20 Oct 2018, with the theme “Are You Overwhelmed?” The event was jointly organised by T4C and the Mission4Christ (M4C) youth, a group of youth leaders who have “graduated” out of T4C. During the session, assisted by parents and teens musicians, the M4C leaders led the teens in praise and worship. For formation, the M4C leaders shared with the teens their experience in handling school work, peer pressure and relationship issues.
On a rather windy afternoon, volunteers from the Holy Spirit of Freedom hosted a BBQ for Perth’s homeless at McCullum Park in Victoria Park. A team of Mission4Christ (M4C) youth assisted with cooking and serving of food; and the clean-up thereafter. In spite of the cold, the community brought much needed warmth to the hearts of many of the homeless. Praise the Lord!