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Dear All

Have you heard the silent cry of the poor, of the voiceless? They live all over the world, and occasionally we come to know that they too share our planet when someone makes a bold move to tell his/her story like the woman in the Gospel story this Sunday as she raises her voice.

Often, silence reigns supreme and we are just helpless.

‘To live like a tree, single and free and
in brotherliness among the trees of the forest
that is our dream’.

Nazim Hikmet

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.

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  (15/16 August 2020)

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Isaiah 56:1,6-7
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 66(67):2-3,5-6,8
                                         Response. O God; let all the peoples praise you!
Second Reading            St Paul to the Romans 11:13-15,29-32
Gospel                            Matthew 15:21-28


Readers                          Vigil: Adolf Fernandes
                                        7:30 : Odhran O'Brien
                                        9:00 : - volunteer needed - 
                                        6:00 : Agatha Makova 

Next Week  (22/23 August 2020)

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Isaiah 22:19-23
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 137(138):1-3,6,8
Second Reading            St Paul to the Romans 11:33-36
Gospel                            Matthew 16:13-20


Readers                          Vigil: Paul Housley
                                        7:30 : Maria Gaglia 
                                        9:00 : Penny C
                                        6:00 : Bernadette Marbeck 

Prayers of the Faithful 

Father we pray for the Church, that she may be a sign of God’s love, living by the word with which she has been entrusted.
Father we pray for all the leaders of the world, that as the Prophet Isaiah reminded the Israelites to have care for justice and to act with integrity, may they also put aside their need for power and heed the call of today’s religious leaders.
Father we pray for families who struggle to support loved ones who suffer from depression.  That they be inspired by the Canaanite woman to raise the needs of their children to the attention of those who can offer assistance.
Father we pray for all of us here today, that we may experience the healing power of God who brings good out of evil, life out of death. May we recognize the needs of strangers in our midst and share with them the power of the Gospel.


St Denis Youth Mass and Dinner (Sunday 30 August 2020)

After a long break, St Denis and 24:7 SERVE are excited to announce a comeback of our popular youth masses at St Denis Parish! We’re having a light dinner followed by a few chocolate-themed games and a quiz with a prize. We’ll be sampling all types of chocolate including hot chocolate, Tim Tams, chocolate fondue and more!
What: dinner, a quiz, fun games and chocolate!
When: Sunday 6pm, 30th August
Where: St Denis Parish
Who: Anyone from Y5-Y12
Bring yourself along and come have some fun with us!
Feel free to contact Thomas at or 0490427113 for more details.


St Denis Church Grounds Beautification (August 2020)

Father Anthony is working to improve the Church Grounds and would love to have some extra pairs of hands on the job. Please contact Father on 9242 2812 or just turn up to help. Monday to Saturday through out August between 9am and 2pm. Bring some gloves and if you have some gardening tools and come to work alongside Father and others in the community as we get ready for spring.


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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