In the name of the entire parish community, I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Ben Sinagra, the outgoing president of St Denis Parish Pastoral Council. We all remember his selfless service to the parish these past years. He will continue to be involved with our parish website and bulletin.
THANK YOU, BEN.
In the Acts passage Peter tells the rulers and elders that only by the name of Jesus the cripple can stand up perfectly healthy. “For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved”.
The earliest days of Easter mystery see the apostles, rulers, elders, and the people coming to terms with the Risen Christ and his power. The believers have no idea where they are going or what they are doing and everything that happens represents a new experience.
The cripple is healed by the name of Jesus.
Praise the Lord! But our experience also tells us that, despite our fervent prayers, not all are healed, including our loved ones. Why is that? We do not have all the answers, but it is worth pointing out that the Bible does not shrink from mentioning the healings: at the pool side, or on the roadside, or at the gate of the Temple (Jn 5:5; 9:1; Acts 3:2).
‘God has a timetable as well as a purpose’ and that is veiled from us. He does not heal people who have done the right thing. His is always a work of grace. As the killer Covid-19 continues to show its ugly face with heart-breaking pictures from around the world, all we can do is to let things in the hands of God: “Sometimes, we may never understand certain things in life. We just have to leave it in God’s hands and trust that he is doing what is best for us”.
In the past few days (22 April was Earth Day), the ‘rulers’ of the world were busy agreeing to climate-crisis plans. Pope Francis too joins his voice saying that the ‘world is out of time in dealing with climate crisis”. He warns of ‘self-destruction’ if ‘we do not come out better’ from the current crisis.
This is the Pope: ‘It is time to act, we are at the brink. For some time now, we have been increasingly aware that nature deserves to be protected, if only because human interactions with biodiversity must be done with the greatest care and respect’. The Pope is convinced that the current coronavirus pandemic has been a wake-up call and has made awareness about the need to care for the planet more obvious. ‘The two global disasters, COVID-19 and the climate, show that we have no more time to wait’.
ANZAC Day recalls the thousands of fallen soldiers far away from their loved ones. Words can never express our anguish and intimate sorrow. Let us say a prayer for them and let us not forget their sacrifice.
Our sister Mrs Jan Smartt lost her brother Peter Ryan a few days ago. A freak road accident. A young life cut short. Please keep her and her grieving family in your prayers.
Anthony Xavier Rathinam OSM
Sunday Mass details
The Church is closed this weekend
Usual 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
The Church is closed for the Monday public holiday and should open Tuesday.
Weekday Mass times are:
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am
Sunday Readings (24/25 April 2021)
4th Sunday of Easter
The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
||1 John 3:1-2
Sunday Readings (01/02 May 2021)
5th Sunday of Easter
||1 John 3:18-24
|Vigil: Sr Elizabeth Nicholls
7:30 : Odhran O'Brien
9:00 : Britto Singarayar
6:00 : Sue Pham
ATTENTION MARRIED COUPLES. .
||Celebrate the gift of your unique love and have time to focus on each other and your marriage, away from everyday distractions. We invite you to join us on a Marriage Encounter Weekend. 2021 Weekends as follows: Online Zoom weekend 30th April – 2nd May 2021. Enrich your marriage in the privacy of your own home, using your own Computer. 16-17 October 2021 to be held at Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef (Live Out).
For more information or booking contact:
Valerie & Brendon on 0424 220 625
Website – www.wwme.org.au
YOUTH LEADERSHIP PATHWAY FORMATION PROGRAM.
| Are you a current youth leader wanting further training? Are you a young person discerning your call in youth ministry to become a youth leader or volunteer? Then this is for you!
Youth Leadership Pathway is a 12 months program targeting the needs of youth leaders in parishes. We offer formation, training, pastoral care and a supportive network with the aim to grow Catholic youth leaders with a heart of mission. This program consists of a combination of online training, in-person workshops and mentoring, offering a flexible training opportunity to help you grow in your personal, professional and ministry life. This program is launching in May 2021 and it is for over 18s only.
To register or find out more information, please visit: https://training.cym.com.au/
St Vincent de Paul Society
| ST VINCENT DE PAUL APPEAL FOR FOOD DONATIONS
The St Denis Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society extends our sincere gratitude to all the parishioners of St Denis Parish for the very generous support you have given us with your donations of non-perishable food which you place in the blue bins in the church foyer.
We make up small food parcels from your donations which we take on our visits to the poor and needy in our area. Unfortunately, our stock of food items is very low at the moment, so we kindly ask for your help so that we can restock our pantry in the Nolan room.
Suggested food donations:
Currently we are meeting once a month in the Nolan room for around an hour and we visit in teams of two, a few needy families each day. If you would like to learn more about what we do, please contact
- Tinned ham, tuna or vegetables
- Tinned soup
- Long-life milk
- Milo, tea, coffee, sugar
- Pasta & pasta sauce
- Rice and spaghetti
- Noodles, quick meals
- Jam, honey, vegemite
- Sweet or savoury biscuits
- Tinned fruit
- Any other suitable non-perishable items
Peta Cutter (0447 148 700) or Murray Gatti (9349 0151).
Thank you for your kindness and consideration for others and may God bless you for all the support you have given us over the years.
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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