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Dear All

This Sunday Jesus speaks of talents.

Have you accepted God’s plan for your life?

Have you thanked God enough for your physical, intellectual, social and other gifts?

‘What do you have that you have not received’ (Paul)? 

Open your mind to all the possibilities God is offering you right now.

Explore daily the will of God.

‘True life is lived when tiny changes occur’ (Tolstoy).

Father Anthony Xavier OSM 


This weekend is Archbishop's Lifelink Christmas Appeal. Donations can be placed in the envelopes available at the church or can be made online

Envelopes are available in the foyer of the church if you would like a mass offered during the month of November for departed family members and friends.

Feast of Christ the King—Celebration and Procession Sunday 22nd November at 2.30pm
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 (14/15 November 2020)

33nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31 
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 127(128):1-5
                                         Response Happy are those who fear the Lord.
Second Reading            1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Gospel                            Matthew 25:14-30

Readers                          Vigil: Sr Elizabeth Nicholls
                                        7:30 : Maria Gaglia 
                                        9:00 : Penny Carroll
                                        6:00 : Rosemary Barker

Next Week  (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
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


Prayers of the Faithful 

We pray for the Church and all her people, that we may be accepting and welcome everyone with open arms from any race, colour or religious tradition.
We pray for the world leaders and those in government that they may lead with integrity and stay true to providing for
People’s needs and allow religious people the right to worship God.
We pray for all your people who are in need throughout the Archdiocese.  Let us show our love for Jesus through our service to those who reach out to us for help.
We pray for all the workers of this world who labour hard to earn a living. May they be rewarded for their efforts and respected in the workplace.
We pray for all those who struggle with anxiety, depression, and all other mental illness. That they are given the grace to persevere and make it through life one day at a time.

Sharing our Church  

Did you know that the Eritrean Community gathers at St Denis Church every Sunday to celebrate mass?

Have you noticed this ‘box’ on the sanctuary of the church?

Ever wondered what it contains?

This box contains the sacred religious scrolls of scripture for the Eritrean Community.

In a sense it is another tabernacle – a locked box containing something sacred and holy.

We treat it with the same reverence and respect we have for our tabernacle and the ambry (locked box containing the sacred oils


St Vincent de Paul - THANK YOU 

Once again the St Denis, Joondanna Conference of the St Vincent De Paul Society wishes to thank parishioners for the very generous support of our recent appeal.

Donations have continued to be handed in and a total of $2,440 has been received.

Your generosity and ongoing support of Vinnies and the services we provide to local families is heartwarming – thank you so much.

We also greatly value the donated food that is being placed in the blue Vinnies bin at the front of the church. Our Conference uses this food to provide food parcels for the people we see on our weekly visits.


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:
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


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 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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