The extraordinary encyclical Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis is five years old (written ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement 2015). Its deeper message is about interconnectedness, especially the relationship between humans and the rest of creation. Francis explores this in depth in the encyclical's fourth chapter, titled ‘Integral Ecology’:
Ecology studies the relationship between living organisms and the environment in which they develop. This necessarily entails reflection and debate about the conditions required for the life and survival of society, and the honesty needed to question certain models of development, production, and consumption. It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected. Time and space are not independent of one another, and not even atoms or subatomic particles can be considered in isolation. Just as the different aspects of the planet — physical, chemical, and biological — are interrelated, so too living species are part of a network which we will never fully explore and understand.
On May 25, the Vatican will shine a spotlight on the Laudato Si' Action Platform, inviting all Catholics — families, parishes and dioceses, schools and universities, healthcare facilities, businesses and farms, lay movements and organizations, and religious congregations — to take specific steps toward sustainability over the next seven years.
Please learn what each one of us can do. [Adapted from NCR]
Anthony Xavier Rathinam OSM
Sunday Mass details
Sunday Mass times:
Saturday: 6:30 pm
Sunday : 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 6:00 pm
Live streaming of masses (when available) on our Facebook page
Weekday Mass details
Weekday Mass times are:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am
Sunday Readings (15/16 May 2021)
The Ascension of the Lord
God is king of all the earth.
|Vigil: Adolf Fernandes
7:30 : Moira Sinagra
9:00 : Sashtri Dumolard
6:00 : -Volunteer Required-
Sunday Readings (22/23 May 2021)
|Vigil: John Kelderman
7:30 : Jan Smartt
9:00 : Britto Singarayar
6:00 : -Volunteer Required-
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 375 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 375.
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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