Are you going through a period of darkness?
Prophet Isaiah consoles us saying that ‘God will gather his lambs in his arms and carry them in his bosom’ (40:11).
Part of the healing is with us – our desire to emerge from what pulls us down – as we observe ‘all the people of Jerusalem making their way to the desert’ (Mark 1:5).
God continues to manifest himself in numerous ways and it is up to us to make time for God, open up ourselves to him ‘to set our paths ahead straight’.
May God give us the same awareness John the Baptist had: ‘Someone is following me’.
Father Anthony Xavier OSM
Attendance Registers are back and physical distancing is still in place.
The state government has reintroduced attendance registers.
Every person entering the church needs to sign in to the written register or use the QR code with the SafeWA smartphone app.
Bars, cafes, restraurants etc are all reintroducing attendance registers and QR codes so the SafeWA app will make it easier everywhere you visit.
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Sunday Mass details
Attendance registration (or QR scanning), hand sanitisation, extra spacing and only having collection baskets at the entry to the church are currently required for all church attendance.
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
Weekday Mass details
Weekday Mass times are:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am
Saturday: 8:30 am
Christmas Mass details
Christmas Mass times are:
Christmas Eve (Thur 24th December): 6:30 pm (with 6pm Carols), 8:00 pm
Christmas (Fri 25th December): 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am
Sunday Readings (05/06 December 2020)
2nd Sunday of Advent
First Reading Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 84(85):9-14
Response Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Second Reading 2 Peter 3:8-14
Gospel Mark 1:1-8
Readers Vigil: Paul Housley
7:30 : Ben Sinagra
9:00 : Bernadette Marbeck
6:00 : - Volunteer Needed -
Next Week (12/13 December 2020)
3rd Sunday of Advent
First Reading Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11
Responsorial Psalm Luke 1:46-50,53-54
Second Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel John 1:6-8,19-28
Readers Vigil: Lorraine Lockyer
7:30 : Arlyne Sony
9:00 : Britto Singarayar
6:00 : - Volunteer Needed -
Prayers of the Faithful
We pray for all Church leaders, especially Pope Francis, that they, like John the Baptist, may always be filled with the Holy Spirit and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ with unflinching devotion.
We pray for leaders of the world that they understand the responsibility that comes with their power and ‘be awake’ to the needs of their people.
We pray for all people who are imprisoned by addictions of any kind that they will find a deeper purpose to their lives through the love of others around them.
We pray for families who are struggling with mental illness, that this season may be a time to hope, and to take inspiration from the knowledge and understanding of what it means for God to be both loving and patient.
We pray for ourselves that in this time of preparation for Christmas we will focus on our needs rather than our wants and be generous to those who need help.
Emmanuel Centre - Parish Invitation
St Vincent de Paul - Annual Christmas Appeal
Did you know that more than 13 % of Australia's overall population - or about 3.24 million people - live below the poverty line, according to an Australian Council
of Social Service (ACOS) and University of New South Wales in a report released in February 2020 (pre-Covid).
- About 774,000 children under 15 years, or 17.7% of Australian children are in poverty.
- Poverty, the Australian Council of Social Service says, has become a consistent feature of Australian life, with millions still living below the poverty line despite 27 years of uninterrupted economic growth.
- A survey of young people on Youth Allowance found 9 in 10 skip meals and 1 in 3 have withdrawn from their studies because of a lack of funds.
- A survey of people on Newstart found more than 8 in 10 regularly skip meals and more than half have less than $15 a day left after housing costs.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal Weekend 28/29 November 2020
The St Vincent de Paul Society extends our sincere gratitude for your very generous support in providing non-perishable food for the poor and needy in our community throughout 2020.
This year we are planning to distribute up to 45 Christmas Hampers to local individuals & families in need.
The students and parents of St Denis Primary School are assisting us but we also need help from you, the Parishioners, with food and Christmas presents to fill these hampers.
If you wish you can select a star from the notice board and buy a special Christmas gift or a gift voucher for a child or teenager which will be placed in their Christmas hamper.
We will distribute hampers on Sunday 20 December, so please place food donations and any wrapped gifts with star attached (so that we know what is in the parcel) in or near the blue Vinnies bins in the foyer of the church by Sunday 13 December.
We will also accept financial donations which can be put in the envelopes marked SVDPS and placed in the collection boxes.
Suggested food donations:
- Christmas cakes, fruit mince pies
- Christmas puddings, tinned fruit
- Tinned ham, tuna, vegetables, soup
- Long-life milk, custard, jellies
- Long-life juices, cool drinks, cordial
- Milo, tea, coffee
- Pasta & pasta sauce, rice, noodles, cereal
- Condiments: tomato sauce,
- Spreads: honey, jam, vegemite
- Potato chips, doritos, cheezels
- Sweet or savoury biscuits
- Nuts, dried mixed fruit
- Chocolates, lollies, serviettes
- Other non-perishable items
Christmas With The Giovanni Consort
Friday December 11th
Perth’s St. Mary’s Cathedral will be shining as bright as the Star of Bethlehem for a one night only performance of “Christmas with the Giovanni Consort”. Perth’s finest young singers will be presenting an evening of glorious Christmas music, reimagined and given new life by West Australian composers Perry Joyce, Lydia Gardiner, and Joshua Adams (who is also Head Cantor at St Mary's Cathedral). Partnering with the choir on the Cathedral’s mammoth pipe organ will be internationally renowned musician and “Australia’s Wunderkind Organist” (ABC TV) Alessandro Pittorino. Conducting the whole program will be the Giovanni Consort’s Artistic Director, Hugh Lydon. To cap the whole event off, the Cathedral will be spectacularly bathed in light by the incredible team at GSD productions.
Our singers for Christmas with the Giovanni Consort will be sopranos Bonnie De La Hunty, Jessica Taylor, and Kate McNamara; altos Amber Lister, Stef Parr, and Lydia Gardiner; tenors Jason Kroll, Kieran Lynch, and Josh Adams; and basses David Buckley, Francis Cardell-Oliver, and David Penco.
This magical concert will be performed at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday December 11, commencing at 7.30pm. There is ample parking available at the City of Perth car park located next to the Westin Hotel. Due to stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited seating available and booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased at www.giovanniconsort.com.
Archbishop's Christmas Appeal
Please collect your letter about this appeal at the back of the church and donate using the envelopes or go online to donate.
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 - is back!
- 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 or scan the QR code using the SafeWA smartphone app. This is to enable contact tracing in case of an outbreak of Covid-19 and is a government requirement.
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’.
- The maximum number at this stage is 100.
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 sign up using the links at the bottom of this newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com 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 communal celebration of the Anointing of the Sick is to be temporarily suspended.
- The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
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!
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 https://www.erconnect.org.au/
The Parish and Parish priest can accept direct bank transfers to:
St Denis Parish
BSB 086006 Account 528184936
BSB 066140 Account 10313613
St Vincent de Paul organisation (not our local chapter)
Caritas (Project Compassion) can take online contributions https://lent.caritas.org.au/donate/
St Denis Parish website http://www.stdenis.com.au/
Parish Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1302786806404916/.
http://www.perthcatholic.org.au/ – Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, including Cathedral mass online
Plenary Council Newsletter (PlenaryPost) https://mailchi.mp/89790a462ff6/plenary-post-edition-15-march-8-2649645
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