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Dear All

Do you remember that I quoted Charles Dickens a few Sundays ago?

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we….’

Walking with Christ on his way to Jerusalem and to his Passion, we also share the pain of the peoples under military or oppressive regimes, the kidnapped young children, those languishing in refugee camps, those who lost their loved ones for Covid-19 and those aspiring for righteousness.

Pope Francis begins his pilgrimage in Iraq this weekend, bringing hope to the subdued Christian community. As concerned Christians, let us pray for the entire human family so that goodness may prevail.

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   

        Saturday:  8:30 am 


Easter Preparation  

        The Way of Cross:  7:30 pm Friday 


Sunday Readings (06/07 March 2021)

3rd Sunday of Lent

First Reading Exodus 20:1-17
Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 18(19):8-11
Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-25

Vigil:   Lorraine Lockyer
7:30 :  Maria Gaglia
9:00 :  Sashtri Dumolard
6:00 :  Agatha Makova


Sunday Readings (13/14 March 2021)

4th Sunday of Lent

First Reading 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 136(137):1-6
Second Reading Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21
Readers Vigil:   Adolf Fernandes
7:30 :  Jan Smartt
9:00 :  Bernadette Marbeck
6:00 :  Danai Makova


Prayers of the Faithful  

We pray for pope Francis and all Christian leaders.  May they guide your people in wisdom and truth by being living examples of your commandments   
We pray for leaders of governments and industry as they seek more just ways to distribute the earth’s resources.
We pray for all those who are suffering.  May they receive peace and joy through the care of others and the knowledge that God is with them
We pray for families who struggle to honour their fathers and mothers, especially those struggling with Alzheimer’s and other illnesses.
We pray for the millions of adults who have not had the opportunity to receive an education.  That with our support of Project Compassion, they find new opportunities to learn and grow so they can be architects of their own development.


St Vincent de Paul - JobSeeker Payments 

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St Denis Primary School - Kindy Enrolments 2022

We are now taking applications for our Kindergarten program for 2022. Any child born between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 is invited to apply.  Positions are filling fast so please contact us ASAP.  Interviews will take place at a time to be advised, later this term.  Please collect an enrolment form from the school office.

Please contact the Administration Office at
2 Orchid Street Joondanna or  
via email: 
(Phone Number: 92423422)




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.  

Seating arrangements
  • The maximum number at this stage is 200.
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’.
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 
  • 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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