‘Let what you have said be done to me’.
After moments of hesitation, learning from the archangel how God intends to carry out his plan, Mary surrenders.
Do you hesitate to let God into your life?
Do you ask for signs from God?
Do you want to know how God works?
Take the Scriptures in your hand and start reading.
In this Christmas season you may want to begin from Matthew or from Luke.
Or just read the Acts of the Apostles to know how the Apostles too change their ‘ideas’ on God.
Walk with God.
Father Anthony Xavier OSM
Christmas Mass Details
All Christmas Masses will be ticketed.
Please write your name and seating requirement in the register in the Church foyer or get free tickets online at https://www.trybooking.com/BNGFX
The first vigil mass is booked out so if you have tickets but don't need some of them then please return the tickets online so that someone else can attend.
If you would like to make a Christmas Offering to the Chrurch or the Servites then there are bank details at the bottom of this newleter or you can use these fundraising pages:
St Denis Parish: https://www.trybooking.com/au/donate/stdenisparish
Servite Priests: https://www.trybooking.com/au/donate/stdenispriest
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.Please use the SafeWA smartphone app for fast registration or fill out the register in the foyer of the church.
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.
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 Mass details
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 (except Friday - please see Christmas times)
Saturday: 8:30 am
Sunday Readings (19/20 December 2020)
4th Sunday of Advent
First Reading 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 88(89):2-5,27,29
Response For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Second Reading Romans 16:25-27
Gospel Luke 1:26-38
Readers Vigil: Jan O'Connor
7:30 : Jan Smartt
9:00 : Penny Carroll
6:00 : Rosemary Barker
Prayers of the Faithful
We pray for the Pope and his brother bishops as they daily seek to follow Mary’s example to do God’s will and to rejoice in the challenges that are presented to them.
We pray for our leaders and those who serve in public office may they strive to bring about peace and unity in the communities they serve by giving the example of a virtuous life.
We pray for the families of our parish and those in the surrounding area, may the joy of Christmas bring hope and communion to everyone this festive season.
We pray for those who are on holiday at this time, that they may find true rest and a safe return and may this rest fill them with the zeal of bringing Christ to others in the New Year.
Thank You and Christmas Blessings from Catholic Mission
All of us at the Perth Catholic Mission Office wish you a Holy Christmas and offer our gratitude for your prayers and generosity towards those in need despite the current economic challenges and worries about friends and family in Australia and overseas.
Your Mission donations strengthen God’s loving presence amidst the on-going global pandemic. At Christmas, we are reminded that this presence came in the form of a helpless infant born of refugee parents into the poverty of a manger - a scene of life, hope and peace replicated in poor communities in the developing world where our missionaries work.
Please remember them and those they serve in your Christmas prayers.
Archbishop's Christmas Message
Video available on the Archdiocesean website or Facebook
St Denis Parish COVID-19 Guidelines
Due to the Government regulations 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.
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 200 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 200.
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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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