WA Restrictions Changing This Weekend
SaturdayVigil mass today will require masks to be worn and extra spacing at mass
With some restrictions lifting at midnight on tonight, masks do not need to be worn from Sunday onwards. The effective church capacity goes back to 200.
All the usual procedures are still in place:
- Please do not come to the Church grounds if you are at all unwell.
- Contact registers are manditory, fill out the sheets or scan the QR code every time
- Hand Sanitising on entry and exit
- Santisation of seating areas
- No collection baskets during mass, please place offerings in the foyer baskets or donate online
The single anxious thought that dominates the minds of all people in all the nations of the world (yet there are those who do not believe in this pandemic) is Covid-19. We walk around like people just out of the operating theatre as governments listen to experts and ask our assistance to defeat this disease. It is a rare occasion when all humankind focuses on just one issue.
Do we lead distracted lives? Do we take our health for granted and engage in self-destructive behaviour, placing our lives at risk? Some of our Chinese brothers and sisters are cancelling their New Year celebrations – year of the Ox – due to the current restrictions. Yes, people are stressed out; debates rage online; in the meantime, thousands die and are farewelled.
How do we understand health in these troubled times? Is health just the absence of illness or injury? As we move into Lent next Wednesday (Mass at 8:00am and at 7:30pm) let us learn to cultivate harmony, energy, and balance.
May the Spirit of the Lord be upon us.
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
Ash Wednesday (17th) : 8:00 am and 7:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am
The Way of Cross: 7:30 pm Friday
Sunday Readings (13/14 February 2021)
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 31(32):1-2,5,11
Response I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Gospel Mark 1:40-45
Readers Vigil: John Kelderman
7:30 : Ben Sinagra
9:00 : Bernadette Marbeck
6:00 : Rosemary Barker
Sunday Readings (20/21 February 2021)
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading Genesis 9:8-15
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 24(25):4-6,7b-9
Second Reading 1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel Mark 1:12-15
Readers Vigil: Mary Barclay
7:30 : - volunteer needed -
9:00 : Britto Singarayar
6:00 : Arlyne Sony
Prayers of the Faithful
We pray for Pope Francis as he continually reminds the entire church of its responsibility to those on the margins of society.
We pray for nations that they might discover new ways to respond to the sufferings that cause people to flee from their homes and seek asylum in other countries.
We pray for those who have been victims of any adversities during the past week and for peace throughout the whole world.
We pray for men and women who work to heal minds and bodies. That in their work they might experience and share God’s healing love with those in their care.
We pray for all those who are suffering an illness of the mind or body, that they might be open to exploring the ways God might heal them.
The donation box for newpapers has been removed from the carpark for now. Please don't bring newspapers along expecting to donate them.
St Denis Parish COVID-19 Guidelines
*** Extra restrictions until midnight Saturday 13 February 2021
Limited to 65 attendees
Masks at all times
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 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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