Blessed New Year – It’s Advent Again

This Weekend we open the door to another liturgical year – Year C in the lectionary.

This Sunday’s Bulletin accordingly has many references to

  • reflection evenings (keep Thursday 7 December free for Taize prayers/hymns in our church),
  • to seasonal preparations (Parish Party, Children’s Nativity Story, Christmas mass times, etc)
  • and to the Vinnies Christmas Hamper appeal.

The bulletin can be found under, Information tab > Weekly Bulletins.

The Beauty of our Restored Crib

Children admire the 2020 Crib

Throughout the year, Thuy Tran has worked to carefully restore the figurines in the parish Crib set. The results have charmed all those who stop and pray there, especially the youngest. So our thanks to Thuy for her skill, and to Trish and John who have again set up the Crib and the lighting (and the Christmas tree).

Here Joshua (left) and Zavier admire and love the Holy Family.

Pope Francis 2020 Christmas Blessing

Pope Francis Christmas

Pope Francis reprised in shorter form the message he set out in his latest Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti – Brothers and Sisters All. Namely, that God by his incarnation in Jesus Christ has demonstrated that God is in all, and that inasmuch as all are dependant children of God, we are all sisters and brothers.

So, you can find this in the text of Pope Francis’ homily delivered from Saint Peter’s Basilica on the occasion of the annual Urbi et Orbi Christmas blessing to the whole world which is available HERE

Parish Bulletin – 32nd Sunday of OT, 8 November 2020

St Aloysius' Church

The Parish Bulletin for the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A) can be found HERE

Key items for noting are:

The Archbishop’s Appeal for LifeLink which will be held next weekend – watch for further details

The Sisters of Mercy Christmas cards are available in the church foyer, with funds to benefit the Sister’s outreach in Nairobi, Kenya.

The full story of the St Aloysius Parish’s evangelising outreach to the poor and desperate in Lagos, Nigeria.

Parish Bulletin for 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 15th November 2020

The Bulletin for the Weekend of 14/15 November 2020 can be found HERE

Key items for mention are

  1. This Sunday (the Global day of the Poor) was the launch of the Archbishop’s LifeLink appeal for the support of the social outreach agencies of the Archdiocese. This is the only time of the year when the Archbishop directly asks his flock to contribute to these most needed front line responders to the needy of Perth and surrounds. Please read the letter and report, and give as generously as you are able.
  2. The parish arrangements for November – the month of the Holy Souls.
  3. A friend of the parish, Greg O’Brien, is in desperate need of accommodation for him and his prized cat. He is a full time worker at RPH. If you know of any spare rooms or house sitting opportunities, call Greg on 0413 701 489.

Parish Bulletin for All Saints – 1 November 2020

The Bulletin for this Sunday is to be found HERE. Points of interest include:

The feast of All Saints (1 November) or All Hallows is a key feast to celebrate all those who have gone before us and are acknowledged as being united with God. It is an occasion to reflect that each of us is part of the Community of Saints, of the past, the present and the future, since time has no place in the spiritual world.
November is also the time of the year for us to pray for and to the departed. In a special way, we remember family and friends who have died by making a mass offering asking the parish community to pray with us for the benefit of the departed souls. There are special envelopes available in the foyer and a box for them to be put into. The box is placed directly on the altar at each mass of the month.

The Plenary Council preparations are continuing even if not much is heard. Groups are drafting the working document (instrumentum laboris) which will be released early in 2021 with a draft agenda, both to be considered and commented on. There are sessions for discernment prayer and the next one is on Thursday evening from 5.30pm at the Sienna Centre, Doubleview, dealing with What is God asking of us in Australia for a Church that is Prayerful and Eucharistic.

The parish outreach has formed a relationship with a team in Lagos, Nigeria, who are serving the very poor in that city during Covid and at a time of great tumult. We have transferred $4,000 AUD as a contribution and a commitment of solidarity. Today’s Gospel story of the Good Samaritan is timely and tells us how to care humbly for all God’s children in need deeply and personally.

Bulletin for 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A. 25th October 2020

The Bulletin for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2020 (25th October 2020) is available HERE or can be accessed via the Resources tab (above).

The 30th Sunday of OT was marked by the story related in the Gospel of Matthew of the Pharisees seeking to snare Jesus in their conundrum of the greatest commandment of the Law. Jesus simply gathered all the complex requirements under two headings – the First is to love God in every way, and the Second is close behind, to love your neighbour as your self.

Sister Maureen of the Sisters of Mercy visited the parish and spoke at mass of the missionary work the congregation is doing in Nairobi, Kenya, and the importance of funds raised by the sale of Christmas cards designed by the people of Kenya. There are some cards still available at mass.

The parish welcomed with joy the arrival of Maybell, the third beautiful daughter of Brenda and Mauron, born 6th October. At the same mass, there were prayers for Robin Neave, the elder brother of Scilla Stack, who died suddenly on the 21st October.

Commissioning of 12 Perth Archdiocese delegates to the Plenary Council

The twelve delegates from the Perth Archdiocese (also called the Perth Local Church) to participate in the Australian Plenary Council were commissioned last Sunday, the 4th October 2020.

Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 4 October witnessed the commissioning of 12 local delegates who have the privilege of representing the Archdiocese of Perth in the upcoming Plenary Council (PC)

The commissioned Plenary Council Delegates who will represent the Archdiocese of Perth at the upcoming assemblies in October 2021 and July 2022 are:

 Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB DD, Auxiliary Bishop Rev Donald Sproxton DD, Father Peter Whitely VG, Vicar for Clergy Brian McKenna EV, Episcopal Vicar for Education and Faith Formation Fr Vincent Glynn EV, St Charles’ Seminary Rector Fr Phillip Fleay, Redemptoris Mater Seminary Rector Fr Michael Moore SM, UNDA Vice-Chancellor Prof Francis Campbell, Centre for Faith Enrichment Director Dr Marco Ceccarelli, Applecross Parish youth coordinator Emily Hardbottle, UNDA senior lecturer in theology Dr Angela McCarthy and The Shopfront Director Mr Damian Walsh

After the conclusion of the Gospel reading, Archbishop Costelloe offered some words of reflection, then calling the delegates to the altar for a special blessing, committing them to their new role.

Archbishop Costelloe noted that this call by the Lord (to St Francis of Asissi), “to return once again with courage and boldness to the beauty of the gospel and begin to build our lives, our institutions, and our ministries more solidly on the basis of Gospel principles” is not a call to tear down the Church and start again from scratch.

Reiterating the fact that the challenge of the PC, is a task of the whole Church and not just the bishops, Archbishop Costelloe invited the community to keep the delegates in their prayers as they undergo months of intense spiritual preparation.

“The danger is that we simply presume that the Holy Spirit wants for the Church exactly what we might want for the Church. But as the Lord says to us in the Scriptures: ‘my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (Is 56:8-9).

Parish Bulletin – 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, 4 October 2020

The Bulletin for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A, 4th October 2020 can be read in full with a link in the Resources tab above, or clicking HERE

In addition to the regular Parish Diary and the Rosters, there are three key points.

  1. The COVID-19 safety guidelines which continue to be observed.
  2. Pope Francis’ Prayer to Our Lady seeking Her intercession to protect against the global impacts of the pandemic
  3. Pope Francis’ Prayer intention for October, the Laity’s Mission in the Church