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 https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/ 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.
After a delay through technical causes, the recent Parish Bulletins have been posted in the Resources section of the website.
Other regular notices to be found there are Parish Rosters, Statements from our Archbishop and lists of Events throughout the Archdiocese which you could consider attending.
You are encouraged to check these frequently.
The State Government has issued advice on a return to the pre-lockdown arrangements which come into effect 12.01am Saturday 15 May 2021.
In broad terms, masks are no longer required, and there is no restriction on the numbers attending church for mass
The experience of the Covid crisis has shown that parishioners care about each other and will do their best to avoid catching or communicating the virus. Promptly seeking vaccination is the new method continuing that care.
The latest roster for those supporting the running of the parish can be found HERE
All rosters are archived under RESOURCES (above)
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 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
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.
The Bulletin for the Weekend of 14/15 November 2020 can be found HERE
Key items for mention are
- 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.
- The parish arrangements for November – the month of the Holy Souls.
- 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.
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.
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.