On Thursday December 10, 2020, the youth from Mission4Christ assembled a team of passionate young people to volunteer at the Good Sammy warehouse in Canning Vale.
Good Sammy has 27 op shops across WA and strives to reduce waste by recycling 6 million kilograms of pre-loved goods every year.
Good Sammy also does an amazing job in expanding employment opportunities for people living with disability and helping them develop their skills. The Canning Vale warehouse has more than 120 employees living with disability that work in various roles.
We got to work alongside Good Sammy’s incredible employees, sifting through various donated goods. Our group was separated and stationed to different parts of the warehouse, sorting through clothes, jewellery, toys, electricals and homewares. It was an eye opening experience to see how much work was involved in just one day alone.
We would like to thank our generous volunteers and Good Sammy Canning Vale for hosting us and giving us the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes.
On 21-22 Nov 2020, the children of our Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The children were prepared very well by our Catechists and teachers from Orana. We are blessed to be able to celebrate this special Sacrament even as COVID-19 made 2020 a very challenging year. The children came back to Mass on the following weekend to give thanks for receiving this Sacrament and celebrated by receiving their certificates and cake.
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.
On 29 Oct 2020, the children of our Parish received the Sacrament of Penance. They rejoiced in receiving Grace from God and were prepared very well by our Catechists and teachers from Orana, We were very fortunate to have six priests to listen to confessions. I would like to thank them for being present for this paraliturugy by our Catechists and teachers from Orana.
The children came back to Mass on the weekend to give thanks for receiving this Sacrament and celebrated with by receiving their certificate and cake.
On Saturday 17 October 2020, a group of youth from Mission4Christ and the wider community took part in Relay For Life in Joondalup. This is an annual event run by Cancer Council to help raise vital funds for cancer research and programs.
COVID-19 has been especially tough for Cancer Council. While the Relays have a tradition of being a 24-hour event to symbolise that cancer never stops, Cancer Council unfortunately had to cancel one of their Relays earlier this year, and ran a shortened version in Joondalup for 5.5 hours.
We are very grateful to have been able to attend Relay For Life this year. It was a day filled with running, walking, fundraising and entertainment, all in the name of fighting cancer. We would like to thank the parish and the wider community for their generosity, helping us to raise a total of $3510 for Cancer Council.
Please help us to pray for all those affected by cancer, that one day, people will never have to hear the words, ‘you have cancer’.
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.
In July 2019, 8 adults commenced their RCIA journey at our parish, inquirying to join the Catholic faith. RCIA 2019/2020 started like any other RCIA of the previous years. Through fellowship and discussions, great friendship bonds were formed, as the candidates grew closer to God. Along the way, there were the usual RCIA hospitality events comprising of food, drinks and a birthday celebrations or two.
Then on 23 Mar 2020, in the midst of our Lenten observations, COVID-19 forced a shutdown of our parish. Undeterred, the RCIA group continued to meet for online fellowship each week. Over the following three months, as restrictions eased, the RCIA group moved to a hybrid-style meeting, with 20 participants meeting face-to-face in the parish while the rest joining online. It was a challenging period for the group, for both candidates and volunteers. Yet God’s graces were always on hand, as God used this period to form the candidates and the catechist team in an unprecedented way.
Finally on 9 Jun, RCIA resumed with a new found zest. Watched over by the Holy Spirit, each group member embarked upon on a new personal encounter with the Lord. Through a number of weekly sessions and a reflection day, participants meditated over the grace of God – of being Called, Loved, Forgiven and Claimed by him. This Conversion Encounter culminated in the celebration of the Initiation Sacrament Mass on 28 Jun. With great joy, our parish received 8 adults into full communion with the Church, through the Initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. At the same time, two children from our RCIA family also received the Sacrament of Baptism.
Click here to view a slideshow of our RCIA journey.
RCIA 2019/2020 and the Conversion Encounter programme will conclude on 26 Jul. To find out more about joining the Catholic Faith (or to join us as a volunteer), visit the RCIA page at http://willettoncatholicparish.org.au/rite-of-christian-initiation-of-adults-rcia/
On Tuesday 4 Feb, a group of young people from Mission4Christ volunteered at Foodbank WA’s warehouse, where they packed hampers for people experiencing food insecurity.
Food is a basic need that people can often take for granted, and it was eye-opening to realise how many Australians are unable to afford food for themselves and their families. Working to assist these vulnerable people was a rewarding experience, while also helping to reduce food wastage by using donations from local businesses such as Aldi and Hello Fresh.
Mission4Christ would like to thank Foodbank WA for the opportunity to volunteer and all its work in supporting such a great cause.