Bulletin for 4th Sunday of Easter 2022

Click HERE for the Bulletin.

Happy Mothers’ Day for 2022.

The Bulletin has items drawing attention to today as the World Day of Prayers for Vocations – and that is for every vocation for each of us, clerical and religious and lay men and women. Each vocation is from God and to be valued as our ‘talent’ as described in the Gospel which we will return to God at the Last Judgement as enhanced or diminished.

Another item is the news that our Archbishop was this week elected the President of the Conference of Australian Catholic Bishops (ACBC) replacing Archbishop Coleridge. He will be the first Western Australian president of the ACBC and the first from a religious order, in his case the Salesian Order.

Covid 19 – New Level 1 Restrictions Apply

As from 12.01am Friday 29th April 2022 WA Health requirements relating to Covid-19 will be relaxed. With respect to the Parish Church,

  • Masks are no longer mandatory
  • Congregation numbers and spacing limits are removed

Common sense would indicate

  • Do not attend with Covid or flu-like symptoms
  • Maintain physical distancing and/or masking if you are concerned

See the State government website HERE for full details and the Archdiocesan guideline HERE

Parish Bulletin for 1st and 2nd Sundays of Lent

The Bulletins for the 1st Sunday and 2nd Sunday of lent are uploaded.

Key items from the bulletin for the 1st Sunday of Lent are

  • The latest Covid-19 arrangements applicable this week
  • The changes to the Sacramental Program planning
  • Start of the Project Compassion project for 2022

The main points from that of the 2nd Sunday of Lent are

  • Lenten devotions and preparation reflections
  • Dates and times of this year’s Easter Ceremonies
  • Special prayer for those suffering in the floods on the east seaboard

Covid Level 2 requirements – 3 March 2022

The Vicar General has issued the full requirements applicable to places of worship throughout the Archdiocese of Perth dealing with Covid-19 level 2 measures as determined by the WA Government, effective Thursday 3 March 2022 and ongoing.

The requirements can be read in full by linking HERE

In brief,

  • Do not enter the church if you have any flu-like symptoms or have had close contact
  • Masks are required within the church and parish centre
  • Register attendance by QR code or written registration
  • Individuals (or family groups) are to maintain 1.5m separation
  • Church capacity is limited to achieve 2m2 per person and maximum 150 people
  • For sacraments, funerals, weddings and other ceremonies, see text HERE

Your continuing compliance with these public health requirements will be greatly appreciated.

Bulletin, 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 27 Feb 2022

This is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time for now, as we move into Lent on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, 2 March and start to prepare ourselves to be ready for the great celebration of Easter.

All the details for masses and devotions of Lent are to be found in the Bulletin, which can be found HERE or under the Information tab > Weekly Bulletins,

Also in the Bulletin is a memorial to Alistair Mory who tragically passed away this week. The whole parish community grieves the loss of this young (27yo) man and offers their prayers and sympathy to his family.

Some members of the parish came together during the week to reflect on the themes of the Global Synod “For a Synodal Church – Communion, Participation, Mission. The fruit of the session will be submitted for inclusion in the Archdiocesan summary, and thence to the Synodal assembly in 2023.
There will be another gathering on Thursday 10 March in the parish centre from 6.30 – 8.00pm, to consider another submission by the extended deadline, Sunday 13 March

Lent is also the time for Project Compassion, and there will be more information on this in the Bulletin and over the next four weeks leading to Easter. Please provide your support for this great need.

2022 Sacramental Program Registration Day

The complete details of the 2022 Sacramental Program at St Aloysius’ can be found HERE

This year, there will be the One Day for Registration to apply to be part of the 2022 Sacramental Program, and that is the 9.30am Sunday Mass on the 13th March, 2022.

The contact person for the Program is again
John Edwards – 0438 527 050 – john@jfedwards.biz

Parents (and Godparents) are expected to be well informed of their responsibilities and requirements prior to presenting their children for initiation in the sacraments.

Bulletin for 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, 20 Feb 2022

The Bulletin can be found HERE or under the Information tab on this website.

Items of importance include
* Details of Registration for the 2022 Sacramental Program
* Details of a Parish reflection on the Pope’s Synod, Thurs 24th March, 6,30pm at the Parish Centre. All are invited to prayerfully consider and provide their experience and hopes related to the Synod’s purposes. It will be as per the Guidelines on the web.
* Further call for assistance with the Sunday Children’s Liturgy.

Take the Bulletin home after mass, and refer to it during the week.

Sunday 13 February 2022 – Bulletin and Synod

The Bulletin for the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year C) is to be found under Information>Weekly Bulletins or HERE

You can see that Lent is approaching on the year’s Liturgical Cycle, with Ash Wednesday on 2nd March. There are some suggestions in the Bulletin for you to plan what is best for you to enter this penitential season.

Another note is regarding Pope Francis’ Synod of Bishops to be held in October 2023. The theme of the synod is, Synodality: Communion, Participation , Mission. Pope Francis has invited every Christian (and others) to reflect on what church means to us and how it can better pursue the Mission entrusted to us all by Jesus. Submissions, either from groups or individuals, can be submitted online HERE , or at https://www.catholic.org.au/synodalchurch

From an article by Austen Ivereigh in Commonweal reporting on Pope Francis’ homily,

“He doled out some conciliar ecclesiology: the three keywords of this synod—communion, participation, and mission—are intrinsic to the Church regenerated by Vatican II, the first two reflecting the life of the Trinity, the third reflecting the apostolic commitment to today’s world that flows therefrom.”

“But then Francis leaned into one of the keywords in particular. Without participation, he said, synodality risks remaining abstract and “talk about communion remains a devout wish.” Without “real involvement”—turning up, speaking, being heard, acting—synodality stays on paper. Participation, he said, is a matter not of form but of faith. What happens at baptism is the conferral of “the equal dignity of the children of God.” Baptism therefore demands that we take part in the life and mission of the Church, in all the diversity of its charisms and ministries.”

We can and must Participate in the life of our Church, not leaving the stage for Others to make of it what they will. You can discuss what this might mean in the Comments section or by contacting Gerald on web@shentonparkcatholics.org.au .

Synodality 2023 – Communion, Participation, Mission

Speak Boldly, Listen Carefully

Inside the synod

By Austen Ivereigh       October 21, 2021   Commonweal.

Many religious institutes had regular assemblies, others engaged in consultations prior to decision-making, while some combined consultative and deliberative practices. The diversity of methods and traditions was tremendous. Yet alongside the clear lines of authority and obedience in most religious orders were two elements they all seemed to have in common.

The first is that discernment and decision-making are the business of the whole body, not just of the few entrusted with governance. In his landmark October 2015 synod speech, Pope Francis quoted an ancient maxim: Quod omnes tangit, ab omnibus tractari et approbari debet (“what affects everyone should be discussed and approved by all”). And because, as St. Benedict notes in his seventh-century rule, God sometimes speaks through the youngest in the community, enabling participation means paying special attention to the timid edges, to the unlikely places, to those outside.

The second is that this business of consultation and deliberation is not separate from the life of prayer but intrinsic to it. The habitus of community decision-making is attentive listening to others, straining for the whispers of the Spirit even in the mouths of people we resent or disagree with. It calls, therefore, for giving time to all, in equal measure, for speaking honestly and boldly but not hammering others with our views, for sitting in peaceful, open silence so that we can hear what words do not always say and can often conceal. Synodality requires us to understand that we do not possess the truth, but that sometimes, when we put aside our emotions and agendas, it possesses us, overflowing the narrow channels of our thinking.

In short, participation and prayerful listening are the hallmarks of these religious orders’ modus vivendi, operandi, et cogitandi. This is synodality. It has been used for Church elections ever since the apostles asked God to reveal to their hearts who should take the place of Judas. It has been used to transcend problems and conflicts ever since the “Jewish question” threatened to blow apart the early Church. Chapter 15 of the Acts of the Apostles relates how, at the Council of Jerusalem, the people, the elders, and the Spirit were all engaged in discerning the new path for the Church, announced by St. Peter’s in those famous words: “It has seemed to the Holy Spirit and to us.”

Synodality within Hierarchical Institution

A synodal Catholic Church is still a communio hierarchica, but authority is no longer exercised in a remote and authoritarian way. Leadership becomes “co”: a matter of collaboration, cooperation, and co-responsibility. (This comes easily to young people, says Sr. Nathalie, who has worked with them for years. She calls them “Generation Co.”) In a co-responsible Church the Spirit leads us all; the priest and the bishop are in the midst of the people of God, not hovering over them

Despite an unusually heavy week, the pope was in cracking form. He reminded us that the synod is not a parliament or an opinion poll but an “ecclesial event whose protagonist is the Holy Spirit.” He doled out some conciliar ecclesiology: the three keywords of this synod—communion, participation, and mission—are intrinsic to the Church regenerated by Vatican II, the first two reflecting the life of the Trinity, the third reflecting the apostolic commitment to today’s world that flows therefrom.

But then Francis leaned into one of the keywords in particular. Without participation, he said, synodality risks remaining abstract and “talk about communion remains a devout wish.” Without “real involvement”—turning up, speaking, being heard, acting—synodality stays on paper. Participation, he said, is a matter not of form but of faith. What happens at baptism is the conferral of “the equal dignity of the children of God.” Baptism therefore demands that we take part in the life and mission of the Church, in all the diversity of its charisms and ministries.

Experience of Synodality in Performance

At mid-morning came the chance to model the synodal method, when we broke into pre-assigned small language groups of about twenty people each, made up of curial heads (there were three dicastery chiefs in my English group “E”), diocesan bishops, Rome-based religious, the odd ecumenical guest, and laypeople of various sorts. Our facilitator invited us to speak about how “journeying together” happened (or not) in our local Church, and our hopes and fears for the global synod process.

The method was interesting. After introductions, we reflected silently for five minutes, preparing our input. Each person spoke for a maximum of three minutes. Then came five more minutes of silent reflection. Then, after re-reading their notes, each person shared for a further two minutes whatever had enlightened or resonated with them. (The guidance we were given beforehand invited us to consider what the Spirit seemed to be calling us to, what paths were being opened, and to note “inner spiritual movements” of joy or sadness, anxiety or confidence, consolation or desolation.) Finally, there was a free-form time of about twenty minutes for “discerning and elaborating the synthesis,” which would be written up as a verbale to be sent to the synod secretariat.

It was striking that the senior Vatican people—cardinals and bishops—offered theological soundbites, while the religious and lay people spoke of experiences. The soundbites were good: Francis was giving the Church permission to be what Lumen gentium envisaged; synodality was the antidote to individualism and tribal division; we had now the chance to recover the original way of “being Church,” allowing decisions to bubble up from below. But the experiences were far more compelling, especially those of religious sisters who described the efforts of their orders to become more synodal in their way of governing and making decisions. It meant, they said, a shift in mindset and culture, accepting a greater degree of uncertainty and tension than many were comfortable with. Yet building prayer and listening into the processes had led to a heightened awareness of the margins, to more unity and joy, and to greater humility. They spoke of the temptation of worldliness, of lapsing into an authoritarian attempt to present an outward face of uniformity and efficiency, rather than accepting their conflicts and uncertainties and waiting on the Spirit for answers to emerge.

As they spoke, it seemed obvious that synodality and holiness were intertwined, that a synodal Church better reflects, as Francis had just told us, “God’s style, which is closeness, compassion, and tenderness.”

Extracted from an article in Commonweal.

LINK to related sites

A. Link to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Synod Resource material https://www.synodresources.org/resources/

B. A link to the Vatican website for the Synod with many resources https://www.synod.va/en.html

C. A link to the Diocese of Parramatta site for Synod material https://parracatholic.org/synod-of-bishops/

Sunday 9th January 2022 – Bulletin and Masks

The Bulletin for the weekend of 8th and 9th January 2022 can be found HERE

This weekend (from 6.00pm Friday 7th Jan) in WA, masks are no longer needed in church gatherings (Hooray!) This is to be enjoyed even if it is only to be expected to last until the border is opened and the Omicron version arrives. Still, something to be grateful for.

The Baptism of the Lord is a wonderful feast, reminding us of our individual baptisms which ushered us into the special relationship with Jesus. As such, it also reminds us of our responsibilities to to respond to the ‘talents’ of faith we have been given and how we are to answer for them at the last day. Baptism makes us members of the Royal Priesthood of Christ and with the powers and duties associated with that state.