Covid-19 Transitional Restrictions: 6 – 12 July 2021

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Conforming to the transitional restrictions issued by the WA Health Department, there will be a partial relaxation of restrictions for the period 6th to 12th July 2021.

From Tuesday 6th July, there will be a maximum limit of 150 attendees at church and complying with the 2m2 rule. Masks must be worn; attendees must register their attendance (QR code or manual register) and no-one who is unwell and with flu-like symptoms should attend.

The complete text of the Archbishop’s notice of these transitions can be found HERE

Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter regarding VAD

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Archbishop Timothy Costelloe has issued a Pastoral Letter for the benefit of the Western Australian community regarding new legislation.

The voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation will become effective in WA on 1st July 2021.

Simply stated, this will permit certain persons to access medications designed to cause their death. Also, the law will permit another person to provide assistance where the person choosing to die is unable to self-administer.

Be clear, The Catholic Church’s perennial teaching and tradition is firmly opposed to VAD.

“(T)he Church’s position rests on its constant interpretation of the fifth commandment of the Mosaic law: you shall not kill. This is, we believe, a commandment from God, the giver and sustainer of life. It is a law which pre-exists any government or any parliament. Governments have the power, given to them by those who elect them, to determine what rules are expedient in the societies they govern.”

The Catholic community really faces a two step response to the new law.

Firstly, we must prepare ourselves, recommit to our spiritual goals to see Jesus in ourselves and everyone we meet, particularly those in need such as the sick, suffering and elderly.

Secondly, we can learn how to support these people, and especially those in our own families. The Church has many healing and caring ministries and the community can foster, promote and actively support them.

“(The) conviction about the sanctity and inviolability of human life is one of the most foundational values by which we as Catholics live. We believe that every human life, from its earliest beginnings at conception to its final moments leading to death, is precious and sacrosanct. No-one has the right to “step in” and bring to an end a life that has begun under God’s providence and will come to its end under God’s providence.”

Archbishop Costelloe concludes,

“The VAD legislation has been passed and is about to become operative in Western Australia. I believe this is a tragedy for our society but I fully understand that not everyone sees it this way. For those who do, however, and for whom this is a question of conscientious belief about a matter of life and death, it is essential that we be able to live out our beliefs freely and with integrity.”

The full text of the Pastoral Letter can be found HERE

A copy of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 is linked HERE

Plenary Council 2021

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There have been discussions and virtual/remote meetings in preparation for this year’s first session of the Plenary Council.

A painless way to catch up with the issues is listen and learn from the principals, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe – president of the Plenary Council, and Archbishop Mark Colleridge – president of the Australian Catholic Bishops.

Christopher Lamb, journalist with the UK magazine The Tablet, interviews the two Archbishops and this can be seen on You Tube at this LINK

The other opportunity is a conversation of Archbishop Coleridge with Cardinal John Dew of Auckland. This (with two expert commentators) can be found on You Tube at this LINK

As a responsible Catholic, you are urged to take time to visit these Links as well as the formal Plenary Council website found HERE

If these raise any questions for you (and we hope that they do), please leave a comment below. We could gather one evening to talk the questions over some refreshments.

Parish Bulletin for 2nd Sunday of Easter, 2020

Father Manoj shares his concerns for us all to continuing our prayer life at home while we cannot gather as Church. “We do miss church, but we make our home church!” He has provided ways for us to be constant in our prayers, regular with reading the scripture of each day and keeping in touch through video streaming. Children too can be attracted by reading the Bible together and learning of the life of Jesus.

Find the full Bulletin and Readings HERE

Web Service is now Restored

As you can see (now that you are reading this) the web service has been restored by a successful upgrade of the software. My gratitude to James who piloted through the electronic shoals.

Tuesday 27 April 2020. 10.30.

Palm Sunday Bulletin at St Aloysius’ Parish

The Bulletin, with readings of today’s mass, can be found by clicking on the link HERE.
Father Manoj offers us the hope that is Christ. We are not alone or far from Him in these days of isolation. Just as Jesus is present in our hearts and in our lives, he is also present in our homes – there is the Church. Jesus will see that we can manage even when kept from gathering as community, even when kept from the nourishment of the sacraments. Easter is the ultimate expression of our hope.

Cardinal Pell Aquittal: Archbishop Costelloe

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

Web Links to Easter in Perth

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