Category Archives: Parish News

RCIA celebrates the life of Linda Lucy

RCIA had its last 2021 weeknight session on 14 Dec (Tue). As we look forward to the reopening of WA in 2022, this was a fitting close to two very challenging years at the RCIA. As well as being a pre-Christmas celebration, the occasion also served as a fitting celebration of the life of our former RCIA candidate, Linda Lucy Austen-Smith. Linda Lucy joined the RCIA in July 2019. She faced many challenges in her RCIA journey, brought about by her poor health and COVID disruption in Mar 2020. By April 2020, Easter came and went and we were not able to receive Linda Lucy and her fellow RCIA candidates into the Church. When restriction eased in June 2020, face-to-face RCIA was able to resume. Linda Lucy was finally received into the Church on 28 Jun 2020. Linda Lucy’s RCIA journey concluded in July 2020, the longest RCIA journey on record. From October 2020, Linda Lucy’s health took a bad turn and started deteriorating rapidly. She was called home to the Lord on 2 April 2021. In her last months, Linda Lucy was supported by John Paul Care and her RCIA family. She was very touched by the warmth shown to her by her new-found faith family. Her closest family members resides overseas and were not able to attend her funeral. The RCIA and other parish volunteers supported Elaine, Linda’s niece who resides in Perth, to give Linda Lucy a fitting send-off. Linda Lucy’s faith journey was truly a timely gift from God. RCIA will resume on 8 Feb 2022, please continue to keep us in your prayers, especially our new candidates Chal, Ethan, Eddy, James and Mike. From our family to yours – have a blessed Christmas!



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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M4C at Cancer Council’s Relay For Life

Relay For Life is an annual 24-hour relay event run by Cancer Council to help raise vital funds for cancer research and programs. Cancer affects all of us, whether we are victims, survivors, or someone who lost a loved one. Within our families, our Church communities and beyond, cancer touches many.

Mission4Christ and friends has been participating in Relay For Life since 2019. Relay For Life West Coast 2021 was held at the Kings Park for the first time on 23-24 Oct 2021. This is the fourth time Mission4Christ is taking part. With the help of the parish community of Willetton, this year our team has raised over $2700. Over the 24-hour period, 23 Mission4Christ members and friends walked, run, laughed as we celebrate our common goal towards a cancer-free world.

St Peregrine, pray for us.

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My Faith My Freedom – Religious Freedom Forum

More than ever, our Parliaments are making laws that take away our religious freedom – euthanasia, abortion, sexuality, marriage, what we teach, who we hire, etc. Yet there are more than 1.6 million Christians who attend 13000 churches across our country every weekend.

To address these and related issues, our parish hosted a religious freedom forum on 18 Oct 2021. The event attracted some 150 attendees from the area, including many guests from outside our parish. It was an evening of inspiring talks, engaging conversations and a call to put our hope into actions.

Special thanks to our presenters Maryka Groenewald, James Parker and Steve Klomp; the support of Fr Thai Vu; and all our volunteers for making this a truly uplifting and memorable evening.

For more information on Religious Freedom issues and how we can put our hope in action, please contact God bless.

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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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M4C Food Missions

Mission4Christ was on a “Food Frenzy” over the past months. From Apr to Jul 2021, in spite of the uncertainty of COVID, M4C volunteers attended to the food needs of various groups across Perth.

  • On 6 Apr, a team of M4C volunteers donated and serve fruits to our friends of the street at the monthly BBQ organised by the Holy Spirit of Freedom.
  • On 13 Apr, M4C volunteers attended the Vinnies Warehouse at Canning Vale to pack food hampers.
  • Then on 16 Jul and 22 Jul, two separate teams of M4C volunteers helped at the Foodbank at Perth Airport. The first team packed a total 387 meat hampers on 16 Jul. Not to be outdone, the second team packed a total 554 meat hampers!

May God bless our organisers, volunteers and most importantly, the people we helped.

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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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