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Dear All

Richard Rohr: ‘Only the Great Self, the True Self, the Godself, can carry the anxiety within us.

The little self can’t do it.

People who don’t pray can’t live the Gospel because the self is not strong enough to hold the anxiety and the fear. If we do not transform our pain, we will always transmit it. Always someone else has to suffer because we don’t know how to suffer; that’s what it comes down to’.

How do we transform our pain these days? Or are we transmitting it to those close to us – domestic violence, abuse of power, unprovoked, random and often fatal hits to unsuspecting members – try to see the wider picture.

How shall we heal our society starting from ourselves?

Father Anthony Xavier OSM 

Sunday Mass details 

Hand sanitisation, extra spacing and only having collection baskets at the entry to the church are still in place.
Details at the bottom of this newsletter for online offerings.

Please remember to clean up and disinfect your immediate area in each pew as you leave. 

Sunday Mass times: 

        Saturday:  6:30 pm 
        Sunday  :  7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 6:00 pm  

9:00 am Mass will be streamed online  

Weekday Mass details 
Weekday Mass times are: 

        Mon - Fri:  8:00 am 
        Saturday:  8:30 am 

Sunday Readings 

(19/20 August 2020)

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Isaiah 55:6-9
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 144(145):2-3,8-9,17-18
                                         Response. The Lord is near to all who call him.
Second Reading            St Paul to the Philippians 1:20-24,27
Gospel                            Matthew 20:1-16

Readers                          Vigil: Jan O'Connor
                                        7:30 : Moira Sinagra 
                                        9:00 : John Farnan
                                        6:00 : Rosemary Barker

Next Week  (26/27 August 2020)

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Ezekiel 18:25-28
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 24(25):4-9
Second Reading            St Paul to the Philippians 2:1-11
Gospel                            Matthew 21:28-32


Readers                          Vigil: Sr Elizabeth Nicholls
                                        7:30 : Ben Sinagra 
                                        9:00 : Bernadette Marbeck
                                        6:00 : - Youth Volunteer -

Prayers of the Faithful 

Lord we pray for our Pope Francis, the Bishops, the Religious and the clergy everywhere, that they may lead us to deeper faith in God and a stronger love for others.
Father we pray for business and world leaders who set the wages for their employees and citizens, that they be sufficient to support individuals and families to live full lives.
Lord we pray for those who are looking for meaningful work, that they may find the support they need to fulfil their obligations to family and community during this time.
Father we pray for those who are sick, lonely, discouraged, or oppressed that they may be strengthened by God’s help and aided by their friends and families.


City of Stirling, Dickies Tree Service - Thanks 

Thank you to the City of Stirling for the work completed on the footpath on Roberts St

We now have a smooth, trip-free access on the footpath between the corners of Osborne and Roberts St and Orchid and Roberts St

Thank you to Dickies Tree Service for providing the mulch which is being spread along Osborne St.

Six Little Stories 

Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. 
On the day of prayer all the people gathered, 
but only one boy came with an umbrella. 
That's FAITH.
When you throw babies in the air, 
they laugh because they know you will catch them. 
That's TRUST.
Every night we go to bed 
without any assurance of being alive the next morning, 
but still we set the alarms to wake up.
That's HOPE.
We plan big things for tomorrow 
in spite of zero knowledge of the future. 
We see the world suffering, 
but still we get married and have children. 
That's LOVE.
On an old man's shirt was written a sentence 
'I am not 80 years old; 
I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.' 
Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories.

The Vinnies Local Community Appeal 2020

Over the past few months, with the constantly changing environment through Covid-19, Vinnies WA has adapted the operation of its emergency services in order

to continue to support those in need in new and innovative ways.

During this period, Vinnies WA:

  • has given out more than $1 million dollars worth of assistance to Western Australians in need;
  • has assisted over 9,500 families;
  • has provided food relief, the main reason for people seeking help;
  • has provided financial support to help pay bills;
  • has developed a new model to get help out to those experiencing hardship by distributing hampers in partnership with Local Government;
  • has distributed over 3,600 hampers this way, and 
  • has had nearly 30% of requests coming from new clients who have never reached out for assistance before.
This year Vincentians cannot physically be on the street to conduct the society’s annual fundraising appeal. Instead, each local Conference is asking for you to donate through the St Denis parish so that this vital work can continue to educate and support those in need in our community.

How you can donate:
  • Envelopes are available at the back of the church. Please fill out and return to the collection baskets also at the back of the Church. These will be collected and registered by Joondanna Conference volunteers. 
  • By post - you can return your envelope with donation enclosed to
St Vincent de Paul Society (WA) Inc
PO Box 1450
Canning Vale DC WA 6970

Remember donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and your donation will stay with your Joondanna Conference to benefit those is need in our local community.


St Denis Parish COVID-19 Guidelines  

Due to the Government regulations of the 2 square metre rule and the need for cleaning and sanitising
  • All gatherings/meetings are to occur in the body of the church utilising the pews in the church.
    • The Marian Chapel is closed to the public at this time;
    • The foyer of the church is not available for meetings and for other programs e.g. line dancing;
    • The Parish Centre including the Nolan Room and the outdoor courtyard are not available for use.
    • The out-door toilets are closed.
  • Social distancing to be observed at all times.  1.5 metres between people; 2 square metres per person at meetings/prayer gatherings within the body of the church.
  • No social gatherings involving the sharing of food and drinks are permitted indoors or outdoors on St Denis property.  In line with the government requirements of ‘Safety First’ the sharing of food, serving utensils, serviettes etc is strongly discouraged.  For example the parish kitchen is only big enough for 1 person at a time.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Every person entering the church is required to sanitize their hands or to wash their hands with soap and water which is provided in the bathroom area.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing of the church after each gathering (prayer groups, mass, etc.) is to be completed by the people who have gathered using the sanitiser and cloths provided in the church. Cloths to be put in buckets provided at the doors of the church
Signing in *** no longer necessary from 27 June 2020
  • Every person coming into the church is required to register their name and phone number in our sign in books provided in the foyer of the church. This is to enable contact tracing in case of an outbreak of Covid-19 and is a government requirement. 
Seating arrangements
  • The maximum number at this stage is 100.
We have 65 individual places marked out.However, if families/couples/people from one household come to mass they can sit beside each other without having to observe the 1.5 metre social distancing rule. This will allow up to 100 people in the church. Please move into the centre of the seat so that people who come later won’t have to ‘climb over you’.
At present, due to social distancing, sanitising etc. -
  • Acolytes, altar servers, sacristan and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are not required. 
  • The Lector is invited to sit in the body of the church and to move to the sanctuary when required.
  • We will not be having entrance/recessional processions or Offertory processions.
  • No communion from the Chalice.
  • No communion on the tongue.  Please receive communion in the hand, and remain standing – kneeling makes it far to difficult for Father to remain socially distanced from the communicant.
  • Hymn books, loose prayer sheets, etc are not to be used.
At present we are unable to -
  • Distribute hard copies of our parish bulletin – if you would like to receive a copy of our bulletin via email please add you details to the list in the foyer of the church
  • Have our book of intentions or mass intentions envelopes out.  If you wish to have a mass offered please contact the parish office on 92422812 or email  or place an envelope in the offering basket in the foyer of the church.
  • Take up collections during Mass.  There are baskets in the foyer of the church for planned giving envelopes/offerings or you may contribute on line – banking details are provided on the newsletter.
  • The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
The communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick is to be temporarily suspended.
  • Confessions
Priests can provide opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, according to the First Rite.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is to occur in a well-ventilated space and with appropriate social distancing being maintained at all times, including the absolution. The Sacrament can be celebrated in the sanctuary but provision for anonymity should be made.
The contact details (name, phone number, address and/or email address) of each person entering the church for Confession must be recorded and retained. No record should be kept of the reason for the person’s presence in the church.
Please contact Fr Anthony
Groups who use the Parish Facilities and are preparing to recommence are advised to contact Fr Anthony with their Covid–19 safety plan which needs to meet the guidelines set by St Denis Parish.
Contact the parish office on 9242 2812 or
The Day with Our Lady, St Peregrine devotional groups and any other large groups are advised to wait until the Government implements Phase 4 of the Roadmap.
Your health is important as is the health and wellbeing of each of our parishioners, please take heed of government regulations and the directives from our Archdiocesan Church leadership.
Stay safe and healthy!
Fr Anthony
Maria Gaglia, Jan Smartt, Sr Elizabeth
(Covid-19 implementation team)


Online Resources details

St Vincent de Paul and other local resources to help people in need are available on

The Parish and Parish priest can accept direct bank transfers to:

St Denis Parish
BSB  086006   Account  528184936

Fr Anthony
BSB   066140  Account  10313613

St Vincent de Paul organisation (not our local chapter)

Caritas (Project Compassion) can take online contributions  

St Denis Parish website 
Parish Facebook group  – Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, including Cathedral mass online

Catholic Mission

Plenary Council Newsletter (PlenaryPost)

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