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Dear All

Pope Francis’ third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, issued on 3rd October, invites us to focus on what unites us all as brothers and sisters.

‘It is, foundationally, a pointed critique of nationalistic populism, of economic systems that exploit the poor, and indeed, of democracy itself, at least as it seems to be evolving at the beginning of the 21st century’.

The pope has harsh words against neo-fascist ideas about nation and race, unbridled free-market capitalism, feverish consumerism, income and wealth inequality, and other issues that promote excessive selfishness.

How shall the world community develop and promote a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good, reflecting the Gospel values? You can read the complete document online; it has 74 pages of text (and references from pages 75-92).

Father Anthony Xavier OSM 

Sunday Mass details 

Hand sanitisation, extra spacing and only having collection baskets at the entry to the church are still in place.
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. 

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 
        Saturday:  8:30 am 

Sunday Readings (10/11 October 2020)

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Isaiah 25:6-10
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 22(23)
                                         Response. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Second Reading            St Paul to the Philippians 4:12-14,19-20
Gospel                            Matthew 22:1-14


Readers                          Vigil: Adolf Fernandes
                                        7:30 : Maria Gaglia 
                                        9:00 : Penny Carroll
                                        6:00 : Danai Makova

Next Week  (17/18 October 2020)

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Isaiah 45:1,4-6
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 95(96):1,3-5,7-10
Second Reading            St Paul to the Thessalonians(1) 1:1-5
Gospel                            Matthew 22:15-21


Readers                          Vigil: John Kelderman
                                        7:30 : Odhran O'Brien 
                                        9:00 : Sashtri Dumolard
                                        6:00 : Rosemary Barker

Prayers of the Faithful 

We pray for the church that she may be always be a sign of unity and love, keeping the message of the Gospel at the heart of all she does as she cares for both the frail and the strong.
We pray for all the nations of the world and their leaders that they may seek peace and promote equality over hatred and injustice.
We pray for those who struggle to open themselves to your love, may their lives be transformed and their hearts converted.
We pray for all those in our parish community, that we may live in the house of the Lord all the days of our life.
We pray for those who are sick, that they may be consoled by their family and friends as they journey through their suffering.
We pray for those who have been victims of any adversities during the past week and for health and peace throughout the whole world.


St Vincent do Paul - THANK YOU 


Following our recent Vinnies Local Community Appeal 2020, the Joondanna Conference members would like to express their extreme gratitude for the many generous donations in response to this appeal. Conference treasurer, Murray, is pleased to let you know that so far a total of $2,260 has been collected. This amount will be used by your Joondanna Conference to assist those in need in our local area.

Without your amazing generosity our Conference could not undertake the essential work that we carry out every week. Many thanks from Conference members Peta, Murray, Sophia, Gavin, Bob, Michael, Terry, Agatha, Anne, Trish, Florence, Kevin & Jan. 

How to donate:

  • Envelopes are available in the pews and at the back of the church. Please fill out and return to the collection baskets also at the back of the Church. These will be collected and registered by Joondanna Conference volunteers. 
  • By post - you can return your envelope with donation enclosed to
St Vincent de Paul Society (WA) Inc
PO Box 1450
Canning Vale DC WA 6970


St Denis Parish COVID-19 Guidelines  

Due to the Government regulations of the 2 square metre rule 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 *** no longer necessary from 27 June 2020
  • 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. 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 100.
We have 65 individual places marked out.However, 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 100 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 add you details to the list in the foyer of the church
  • 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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