Cardinal Pell had his conviction for child sexual abuse quashed by the full bench of the Australian High Court on Tuesday 7 April 2020. Welcomed by many who have been convinced of the innocence of Cardinal Pell, the final ruling will crush those who suffer the long term pain of sexual abuse at the hands of people they were taught to trust implicitly.
Archbishop Costelloe has issued a letter to his flock on the matter, appealing for all to accept the ruling and be calm and measured in their responses, both for and against.
The full text of the Archbishop’s letter is attached HERE
The Perth Archdiocese has issued a Flyer which provides the links to Easter ceremonies celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral and live streamed to your computer.
- The Flyer (to be found HERE) provides several methods to connect for o Holy Thursday, the Lord’s Supper – Thursday 9 April, at 7.00pm
o Good Friday Passion of the Lord – Friday 10 April, at 3.00pm
o Easter Vigil Mass – Saturday 11 April, at 6.00pm
o Easter Sunday Mass – Sunday 12 April, at 11.00am
- The Flyer also advises that Channel 7 will broadcast from St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on free to air television
o Good Friday Passion of the Lord – Friday 9 April, at 1.00pm (WST)
o Easter Sunday Mass – Sunday 12 April, at 08.30am (WST)
- There are three short forms for your family to join in a home prayer and reflection experience, as crafted in Brisbane
o Holy Thursday
o Good Friday
o Easter Sunday
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The button may not always appear, and then use Shalom World (shalomworld.org)
You are particularly advised to click through to Daily Mass just before 2.00pm (Perth time) to be part of Pope Francis’ daily mass in Santa Marta chapel, Rome. Although in Italian, there is a careful translation into English through the readings and the Homily.
The Homily provided by Pope Francis each day is to be treasured and given time for further reflection.
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The channel started as Shalom TV in India and later became a global channel. In 2014, the channel was launched in North America. Shalom world is run by a catholic not for profit ministry called Shalom World Ministries that is based in Kerala, India. In 2018, Shalom World was launched in Australia.
Read the pastoral letter from our Parish Priest which is the key part of today’s Bulletin. Father Manoj speaks of his care for his flock’s suffering and encourages us to learn how to pray alone or in our family groups in place of our cherished masses. There are all of the readings for this Sunday for you to read and reflect. Other items deal with,
* live-streamed Mass and Easter Liturgies;
* with the practicalities of Project Compassion and the absent Sunday collections,
* and with some extra resources to lead us and our children to a deeper knowledge and love of Christ in our daily life.
The full Bulletin and attachments can be found HERE
As we cannot gather for the Eucharist for the immediate future, an electronic copy of the Bulletin will be compiled and posted on the website. A copy will be emailed to all the addresses on file.
In the Bulletin you can find:
- Pray with Pope Francis to Mary for help through the Virus crisis
- The readings of the Liturgy of the Word for the 5th Sunday of Lent
- Find links to on-line masses and prayer sessions
- Read an update on Perth delegates to Plenary Council 2020
- Find advice on closure of the church and cancellation of planned StAloysius events
The full edition can be found with past posts at Resources (above) or HERE
Archbishop Costelloe has issued a second pastoral letter today (24 March 2020). It follows his first letter of 18 March.
He urges his flock to resist panic and know God stands with us. In these turbulent times, we Catholics have to find new ways to live our faith
By government decree and following medical advice,
- Public masses (including Easter liturgies) will be suspended indefinitely
- All churches and chapels will be closed and kept closed
- Baptisms and Confirmations will be deferred except in emergencies
- Weddings and Funerals will only occur with strict limitations
- Individual Reconciliation will be by special arrangement
- Anointing of the Sick and distribution of Eucharist will be by special arrangements and only by those not a high risk
Pastoral care for each other will call for generosity and originality. Think of care for our priests. Think of care for the fearful, sick and lonely people.
Mass will be viewable on live-streaming channels
Keep in touch via the Archdiocese news, www.perthcatholic.org.au. The full text of the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter can be found HERE.
Keep in mind the lessons of Christ coming through the storm to comfort and save the wave-tossed and frightened disciples.
While our Eucharistic Gatherings are temporarily in abeyance, and electronic version of the weekly Bulletin will be found on the parish website.
You can find a copy HERE
On Sunday 14 October, in front of a packed congregation, four young Christians were confirmed in their faith by Father Manoj.
Pictured left to right, Ryan Ashworth, Henry Elkington, Father Manoj, John Edwards (rear), Joseph Kilcullen and Gemma Savage.
Pray for them, and for their families, at this time of many and deep challenges that their faith may be strengthened and sustained.
Mass was followed by an enthusiastic morning tea and congratulations. Our Parish is stronger for these young people.
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Patrick O’Regan, currently Bishop of the Diocese of Sale in Victoria, as the 12th Archbishop of Adelaide.
Bishop O’Regan succeeds Archbishop Philip Wilson, who resigned as Archbishop of Adelaide in July 2018.
Archbishop elect O’Regan will lead Adelaide as it prepares to host the first session of the Plenary Council 2020 in October.
The impact of the onset of the Coronvirus has been sudden and overwhelming. The first of the changes on 4th March 2020 affected how we receive the Eucharist, how we offer the Sign of Peace and the removal of the Holy Water. This week on the 16th March we were advised to cease any gathering for the Eucharist until 1 April. Our Archbishop issued a Pastoral Letter explaining the causes and the changes, and encouraged the faithful to remain steadfast and not be daunted.
“The Mass is at the heart of our lives as Catholics: it is our way of gathering as a community of faith to draw strength from each other; it is our way of listening to the Word of God in faith; it is our way of offering our lives, our needs, our hopes and our loved ones to God; it is our way of allowing the Lord to unite us to himself in Holy Communion and for us to be deprived of the Mass is a great sacrifice and a great suffering.
“But the Lord himself calls us to this – because we are our brother’s keeper,” he explained.
These changes are unprecedented and all Catholics should be united in mutual support. There will be financial and social disruptions from this epidemic, and we should be prepared to offer practical assistance.