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Wedding Anniversary Mass 2022

What is the secret to a long marriage? This was Fr Thai’s question to the most senior couple at our parish’s Wedding Anniversary Mass last Sunday. With the wisdom gained from 66 years of marriage, David Rath answered: “Do as you’re told!” This earned him a smile of approval from wife, Eithne (the lady in red in the photo) and applause from the congregation. This was one of many lighthearted moments which Fr Thai brought to the joyful celebration of Mass and Renewal of Vows.
Congratulations to the 13 couples who celebrated milestone wedding anniversaries at this year’s Mass. Your commitment to your marital vows is a fine example to the whole parish community and may we all draw inspiration from David and Eithne. As Fr Thai pointed out, they have been married longer than many of us have been on this earth!
The organizing team would like to thank Fr Thai for his continued support of this annual parish event, Fr CJ for his presence at the shared meal after Mass and our ever-reliable volunteer photographer Rudy Hendarman for a brilliant job. Our special thanks also go to the team of young parishioners who assisted with hospitality: Gavin, Cassie, Rebecca, Bronagh, Sam and Jacinta.

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More photos can be seen from the following link:

Wedding Anniversary 2022 Photo Gallery



Welcome Fr C.J. Millen


Welcome Fr C.J. Millen (which stands for Carmine-John)

Fr C.J. Millen was born in Kalgoorlie and grew up in several country towns of Meekatharra, Newdegate & Brunswick Junction and Perth due to his father’s work as a primary school teacher and principal. Faith and family have been integral in his development, with weekend Masses and prayers essential along with spending time with family through his mum’s Italian heritage. He has three siblings that consists of an elder brother and sister who are both married with children and younger sister who is also married.

Following secondary graduation from St Norbert College Queens Park, which Fr C.J. Millen attended from Year 8, he completed a Diploma in Computer Engineering at TAFE and an Education Degree at Notre Dame and Edith Cowan University. At the same he worked in many jobs such as electronics, telecommunication, Kmart as supervisor, a swimming instructor, and various others jobs. Despite his success and experiences, deep down he felt something was missing, which led to his various callings to the priesthood. With the help and guidance of family, friends, priests, religious and laity, Fr C.J. Millen decided to test this calling to the priesthood, in which he attended St Charles Seminary in Guildford from 2008. During this time, he completed a Theology Degree at Notre Dame University in Fremantle.

In November 2013, Fr C.J. Millen was ordained a Deacon at South Perth. In March 2015, he was ordained a priest and have been appointed to several parishes within the Archdiocese of Perth that include Ballajura, Greenwood, Lockridge, St Mary’s Cathedral Perth and now St John and Paul Willetton.

Fr C.J. Millen looks forward to getting to know everyone, as we work together to continue to make St’s John and Paul Parish and Orana Primary School a great place for all.

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Parish Busy Bee – Christmas 2021

Just as in our homes we prepare for Christmas by doing some spring cleaning and decorate, our parish had a busy bee session on Saturday 11/12/2021. A crew of more than 20 volunteers arrived early in the morning to spruce up the gardens and polish up our parish inside and out to create a welcoming sight for parishioners and visitors alike. Thank you to all who took part for your efforts.

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John Paul Youth

Thank you to all youth and young adults who joined us 13 November 2021 Saturday night for our gathering. We had such a wonderful night full of fun, fellowship and food!

The youth groups in our parish cater to youth from 12/13 to 30 years old. If you are interested in joining one of our youth groups or you would like more information please contact or 0432425001 so you can join our next session, we’d love to meet you.

Thank you for always supporting us!

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First Reconciliation Sacrament 2021

Congratulations to all children from our parish that received their First Reconciliation Sacrament on Thursday 4 November 2021. The children prayed reverently while they waited to receive the Sacrament. We would like to thank all the Priests that were present. A big thank you to the teachers and Catechists for their help in preparing the children for this Sacrament. Let us pray for these children and families.

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Confirmation 2021

On 11-12 September 2021 at our Parish, Father Thai confirmed 75 candidates. The children spend the year preparing themselves leading up to their Sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament program involves the children attending a retreat, a Commitment Mass, workshop with their parents reflecting what they are learning and they complete their lessons in class. The teachers from Orana and the Catechists from our Parish work very hard with the children to prepare and rehearse with them. We are very proud that they have all achieved this milestone. Please pray for these children and their families that they continue on their faith journey.

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Wedding Anniversary Mass 2021

22 couples from the parish of Ss John and Paul celebrated their milestone wedding anniversaries at a special Mass on 15 Aug 2021.  They included couples who reached significant anniversaries last year but were unable to have a special celebration because of Covid restrictions.  Together the couples chalked up an impressive 823 years of married life.  Among them is a young couple who celebrated their first wedding anniversary last year, and are expecting their first child very soon, and a very blessed senior couple who marked 65 years of marriage.

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Fr Anthony Farewell

The parishioners of Sts John & Paul are so privileged to have had Fr Anthony with us. During this period of time he has given us his time & talents guiding us and leading us to mature spiritually. We would like to thank him and assure him that we will continue to keep him in our prayers. Thank you Fr Anthony. God Bless

First Holy Communion 2021

On 19-20 June 2021, the children from our Parish received their First Holy Communion. 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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Youth and Teens New Year Celebration

The Youth and Teens had a New Year celebration at the Parish presbytery to start the year. It was a beautiful afternoon with fellowship and a good spread of food. The warm weather was a good excuse for the young ones to have fun in the pool.
Our very own Fr Thai was the magician that afternoon and really entertained us leaving us spellbound with his magic tricks.

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Text and photos supplied by Joey Carlos.