Category Archives: Parish News

A Celebration of Life and Achievements with Norm Curtis

About 60 parishioners gathered for a morning tea on 19 Oct 2018, to celebrate with Norm Curtis his life and achievements. Norm Curtis is a long time parishioner of our parish and has served the parish and the Church faithfully for many years. His chairmanship of the Finance Committee has seen many much needed improvements to the parish ground and its surround. In spite of being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Norm has kept a bright outlook and shared with parishioners his challenges and journey. Please continue to pray for Norm, his family and all who are suffering from physical and other ailments.

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For more photos on this and other parish events, visit the parish photo album

John Paul Youth Mass

At the Vigil Mass on 13 Oct 2018 (Sat), about 40 young people from our parish gathered to celebrate the launch of the new John Paul Youth Mass. During the mass, young people from Teens4Christ, John Paul Youth Ministry and Mission4Christ came together to serve the mass as one young church. At the end of the mass, representatives from each of the ministries introduced their respective groups to the parish community. The young people then gathered in the church hall to enjoy an evening of food and games.

Let us pray for our young parishioners in the Year of Youth as they lead the way in opening up new horizons for spreading joy!

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The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

Pope Francis blessed 6 statues of Immaculate Heart of Mary for 6 separate continents. The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady for Australiasia arrived at the Willetton Parish on 9 Sep. A total of 500 parishioners participated in a day of prayers and reparation. The afternoon concluded with a fellowship meal.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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Sacrament of Confirmation

At 6.30pm Mass on 8 Sep (Sat) and 10.30am Mass on 9 Sep (Sun), 59 children from the Parish Religious Education Programme (PREP) and Orana Primary School celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. In conferring the Sacrament, Vicar General Fr Peter Whitely congratulated the children and encouraged them to continue to grow their faith.

Congratulation to all children and their parents. Special thanks go to all teachers and catechists who help prepare the children for this important milestone in their faith journey. Please continue to pray for the children and their families.

For more information on the PREP Program, go to: http://willettoncatholicparish.org.au/education/

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Holy Spirit of Freedom BBQ for the Homeless

The Holy Spirit of Freedom held a BBQ for the homeless on 19 Aug at McCullum Park in Victoria Park. A rich menu were on offer: sausages, beef patties, salad, coleslaw, rolls, drinks and much more. All food were generously donated and prepared by the volunteers. The Mission4Christ (M4C) group of young adults were on hand to help cook and serve the food. After the meal, everyone joined in for a friendly game of soccer.

M4C are a group of Uni-aged parishioners who have ‘graduated’ out of Teens4Christ (T4C). M4C serves the parish and wider community through missions and volunteer work. To contact them, please email m4c@willettoncatholicparish.org.au.

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T4C Session “Missions & Community”

About 30 teens gathered in the parish hall on 11 Aug for a special theme Teens4Christ (T4C) session – “Missions & Community”. The session was led by the young adult group Mission4Christ (M4C), who shared with the teens mission work they have undertaken in the local community and abroad. As usual, there were abundance of fun, formation and food!

T4C is a teens ministry specially catered for high-school-aged teens. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month. For more information, contact Raisa raisagodin@yahoo.com.au 0424 466 677 or Joey joeycarlos5@gmail.com 0434 947 055.

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Wedding Anniversary Joy 2018

On Sunday 22 July 2018, John Paul church held a special Mass for 14 couples in our parish who are celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries this year. Joining them in marking a special anniversary was a priest familiar to us all – Fr Greg Carroll – who is celebrating his 50th year of priesthood.

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Fr Greg is pictured here with the 14 happy couples. Standing at the front with Fr Thai is our most senior couple, Eithne and David Rath, who will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on 6 Aug.

In his homily, Fr Thai congratulated the anniversary couples and commended them for being an inspiration and a good role model for the community, especially the younger generation. Together this year’s anniversary couples chalk up a total of 528 years of marriage. Among them are 9 couples marking 25 – 40 years, 4 marking 50 years and the Raths, at 62 years.

– Su Goh.

Fr. Christian Irdi Farewell

The parishioners gathered together in the farewell dinner held on Sunday 1 July 2018 as we said farewell to our much loved Assistant Priest, Fr Christian Irdi. We congratulated him on his new journey for further study at Rome. In this event, Fr Thai and the parishioners also said thank you to Fr Christian who has shared his amazing knowledge with us. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless him abundantly as he continues on the next leg of his journey.

 

First Holy Communion 2018

Congratulations to our First Holy Communion candidates. The children behaved so reverently and participated fully during the Masses with their responses, prayers and singing. Special thanks to Father Christian and Father Thai for the beautiful Masses. We would like to thank the teachers and Catechists for their dedication and thorough preparation of their students. Thank you to Christine Walsh and Emma Bell for their support.

There is a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes. We would like to thank the Acolytes, flower ladies and the choirs for their contributions. Thank you to Helen and Audrey for the banner in the Hall. May God especially bless the parents of these children that they continue to guide their children in the Catholic faith. Congratulations parents on preparing  your children so well.

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20th Anniversary Celebration of Personal Advocacy Service (PAS)

Thank you Sr. Veronica, all our friends, advocates, leaders, and family members from Personal Advocacy Service, would like to thank Fr. Christian, Fr. Jim Corcoran, Readers, Acolytes, Parish Admin staff and volunteers, musicians, choir members and parishioners of Sts. John and Paul Parish Willetton who all contributed towards making our 20th Anniversary celebration of the Adapted Liturgy on Saturday 16th June 2018, 6.30 pm mass so meaningful.
Making all people welcome is a 2 way process and we are very blessed that the Community of Sts. John and Paul Parish is so welcoming and inclusive.
A special thanks to Graham Hodge who does so much behind the scenes. We couldn’t have done it without the help from everyone.

PAS is an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth and provides support for people with varying degrees of intellectual disability to enable them to live more fully as active members of their local community. This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome and share in their gifts and talents. If you would like to know more about this ministry please do not hesitate to give Andrea Carlos a call on 92755388 (Tuesday – Friday 9.30 am – 2.30 pm) to have a chat. Email andrea@paswa.org.au. Visit our website www.paswa.org.au to know more about us.