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Dear All

Try a little tenderness.

It is the year of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin. Pope Francis wants us to ponder this silent man and his role in God’s plan for all of us.

‘When God’s plans collided with his, Joseph attended to a calling beyond the law or custom of his day. He must have felt angry, betrayed, confused. But he also knew something greater was at stake than simply following rigid Mosaic code, which would have demanded stoning a woman found to be with child before marriage. Instead, he trusted Mary and trusted the dream that brought him angelic counsel’. As Pope Francis said in «Joseph’s heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength». Practice tenderness—the sign of a strong heart – in your own families.

Mrs. Hilary Keenan, who passed away on 7th March, will be farewelled on Friday 26th March. The funeral liturgy, presided over by Fr Chris Ross, will begin at 9 30 am. May she be with her George sharing tales of life beyond the shadows.

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 (20/21 March 2021)

5th Sunday of Lent

First Reading Jeremiah 31:31-34
Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 50(51):3-4,12-15
Create a clean heart in me, O God.
Second Reading Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:26

Vigil:   Paul Housley
7:30 :  Moira Sinagra
9:00 :  Britto Singarayar
6:00 :  Rosemary Barker

Sunday Readings (27/28 March 2021)

Palm Sunday

First Reading Isaiah 50:4-7
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 21(22):8-9,17-20,23-24
Second Reading Philippians 2:6-11
Mark 14:1-15:47

Vigil:   Jan O'Connor
7:30 :  - Volunteer needed -
9:00 :  Penny Carroll
6:00 :  - Youth Mass - 


Prayers of the Faithful  

We pray for Pope Francis as he seeks to lead the Church in your ways of love and mercy.
We pray for the civic leaders of our communities that they discern wisely the paths they select for their citizens.
We pray for those who have been victims of any adversities during the past week and for health and peace throughout the whole world.
\We pray for those in our community who struggle to forgive, that God’s example of mercy towards them might inspire them to extend that same love and mercy to their brothers and sisters who have wronged them.
We pray for our brothers and sisters throughout the world who are pushed to the edges of society and whose value and potential are not recognised; that their silenced voices may be raised in hope.


Caritas - Project Compassion 

Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 and help improve health and wellbeing of communities in Indonesia so they can work towards eradicating poverty, providing a better future for all.
You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting or phoning 1800 024 413.



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 375.
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’.
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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