Chaos; nothing seems certain; nothing seems stable as people live with fear in different parts of the world.
The authors of the Scripture, moved by the Spirit, are taught to hope for order, peace, and justice because they knew that the Lord’s ‘eyes keep watch on the nations’ (Psalm 66:7). God is in control.
Despite all the fear and trauma, the same God is still here and he wants us to create a loving community where there is care for each other. Hope, progress and peace will be the mark of a transformed community as God sees it.
Sharing the faith of the psalmist let us co-create a better world, giving our all.
May Christ the King bless us all.
Father Anthony Xavier OSM
Feast of Christ the King—Celebration and Procession Sunday 22nd November at 2.30pm (This weekend)
All St Denis parishioners are invited to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King starting with a procession at 2.30pm from St Lawrence Church. The procession through the streets of Balcatta will be followed by a Homily and Benediction. This is a great way to demonstrate our faith in public by walking with the Blessed Sacrament, praying and singing together. All welcome!
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 (21/22 November 2020)
Feast of Christ the King
First Reading Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 22(23):1-3a,5-6
Response The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:20-26,28
Gospel Matthew 25:31-46
Readers Vigil: John Kelderman
7:30 : Odhran O'Brien
9:00 : Sashtri Dumolard
6:00 : Danai Makova
Next Week (28/29 November 2020)
1st Sunday of Advent
First Reading Isaiah 63:16-17,64:1,3-8
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 79(80):2-3,15-16,18-19
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel Mark 13:33-37
Readers Vigil: Mary Barclay
7:30 : Moira Sinagra
9:00 : John Farnan
6:00 : - Youth Volunteer -
Prayers of the Faithful
We pray for Pope Francis and all those who work with him to build God’s Kingdom. That they always be mindful of the joy that comes when lost sheep are returned to the fold.
We pray for those entrusted with making policy to look after the most vulnerable in our communities, that they always place people before the bottom lines.
We pray for all the students, especially the Year 12 students in our community who are completing their exams, that you may bless their career pathways and guide them through their journey of life.
We pray for all the hungry, thirsty, lonely, sick, and those who are in prison. May you give us the heart to reach out to give food, drink and company, especially to those who have no one else in their lives.
We pray for those who dedicate their lives to counselling and healing the sick and helping those who have not been blessed with an abundance of resources. That they see their work as an opportunity to share in the healing ministry of Jesus.
Christmas With The Giovanni Consort
Friday December 11th
Perth’s St. Mary’s Cathedral will be shining as bright as the Star of Bethlehem for a one night only performance of “Christmas with the Giovanni Consort”. Perth’s finest young singers will be presenting an evening of glorious Christmas music, reimagined and given new life by West Australian composers Perry Joyce, Lydia Gardiner, and Joshua Adams (who is also Head Cantor at St Mary's Cathedral). Partnering with the choir on the Cathedral’s mammoth pipe organ will be internationally renowned musician and “Australia’s Wunderkind Organist” (ABC TV) Alessandro Pittorino. Conducting the whole program will be the Giovanni Consort’s Artistic Director, Hugh Lydon. To cap the whole event off, the Cathedral will be spectacularly bathed in light by the incredible team at GSD productions.
Our singers for Christmas with the Giovanni Consort will be sopranos Bonnie De La Hunty, Jessica Taylor, and Kate McNamara; altos Amber Lister, Stef Parr, and Lydia Gardiner; tenors Jason Kroll, Kieran Lynch, and Josh Adams; and basses David Buckley, Francis Cardell-Oliver, and David Penco.
This magical concert will be performed at St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday December 11, commencing at 7.30pm. There is ample parking available at the City of Perth car park located next to the Westin Hotel. Due to stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited seating available and booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased at www.giovanniconsort.com.
St Vincent de Paul - Annual Christmas Appeal
The St Denis Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society will be holding its Annual Christmas Appeal at all Masses on the weekend of 28 & 29 November 2020.
As we have recently held a St Vincent de Paul Community Appeal we will be mainly seeking your help with donations of non-perishable food and gifts to fill around 45 Christmas hampers for the poor and needy in our local community. If you wish to make a financial donation, envelopes marked with SVDPS will be available in the foyer of the church.
Once again we extend our sincere gratitude for your generous support in filling our Vinnies bins with non-perishable food donations during the year, particularly in the face of these difficult times that we’re all suffering. This has allowed us to make up food parcels which we take on our visits to those experiencing need in our area.
Please note that our Conference will not be selling Christmas cards or Calendars this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
God bless you for your kindness.
Archbishop's Christmas Appeal
Please collect your letter about this appeal at the back of the church and donate using the envelopes or go online to donate.
Local Catholic Job
Doubleview Parish (Our Lady of the Rosary) are looking for a Pastoral Associate and Office Manager
Expressions of interest are invited from prospective applicants to fill the part-time position of Parish Pastoral Associate and Parish Office Manager in light of the imminent retirement of Kaye Shervington.
The position requires a multi-skilled, engaging person with a sound knowledge of the Catholic Church's Sacramental program and a broad understanding of parish operations.
Reporting to the Parish Priest, the occupant of this position will be responsible for running the parish office most weekday mornings, handling multiple enquiries, greeting parishioners and visitors, booking services, maintaining official records, overseeing a newsletter and liaising with the parish school and archdiocesan offices.
Hours range up to 15 a week with some irregular time commitments. Award salary with pro rate benefits.
Prospective applicants should obtain a full position description by phoning 94462055 or emailing: email@example.com
Consideration may be given to dividing the two roles.
After examining the position description, applicants should lodge their submissions by the close of business on 24 November 2020.
Applications should be mailed to the Parish Priest at 17 Angelico Street, Woodlands, 6018 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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’.
- The maximum number at this stage is 100.
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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