2021 Archbishop’s LifeLink Appeal

The ARCHBISHOP’S CHRISTMAS APPEAL FOR LIFELINK will be held the weekend of 13/14 November 2021.

Please collect your copy of Archbishop Costelloe’s letter at Mass this weekend, read his message and please give generously to support the valuable work of our Archdiocesan social service agencies.

You may mail your donation in the reply- paid envelope provided, or return your envelope and donation for a Special Collection which will be held at Mass next weekend.

You may also donate (securely) online by credit card at

Archbishop Responds to WA Legislation on Confessions

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The Western Australian parliament has recently passed into law legislation ostensibly to protect minors from abuse, which provides for criminal penalties for confessors who do not break the seal of confession and report any abuse they become aware of through the confessional.

The full text of his response can be found HERE

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

Archbishop responds to the call of Hon S.McGurk MLA

The Hon Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Safety, called on the Archbishop to support the proposed legislation which would force priests to report information regarding child sexual abuse revealed in the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). That is, the Minister called on the Archbishop to signal that the church puts child safety first by supporting the legislation which violates the Seal of Confession.

Archbishop Costelloe has responded with a letter to the Minister (the Premier and the WA Cabinet) which can be read HERE . He points out that he cannot in good conscience support the law and also there is no reason for saying that he (and the Church) do not put child safety first AND conform to centuries of belief and practice of the secrecy of the confessional. It is evident that recent changes have been formulated and carefully put into effect to ensure that children are now safe in the care and support of the church bodies. To say or imply otherwise is malicious.

Proposed WA law to force priests to report confessions

The State Government of WA has introduced legislation which will require priests to report any information of child sexual abuse arising from the sacrament of Reconciliation (or Confession). This is contrary to the long established teaching and practice of the Roman Catholic church.

In response to a call by the Minister, Ms Simone McGurk, for the Archbishop to state the Perth Catholic position on the matter, the Perth Archbishop, Timothy Costelloe SDB has issued a detailed statement. The full text can be found HERE.

The text should be read in its entirety to fully appreciate the situation, but in simple terms, Archbishop Costelloe points out that it is false to say that the church must place either child safety or church teaching first. The church in faith and in practice does both, in that child safety is embedded in the very teachings and practice of the church, particularly in Western Australia.

Take the opportunity to read and understand the Archbishop’s reasons and be prepared to counter any simplistic criticism of the sacrament.

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

Perth Archbishop’s Second Pastoral Letter on Coronavirus

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.