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Dear All

Isaiah speaks of God using Cyrus, the Persian king (God calls him his anointed – Isaiah 4:1, 4-6) to carry out his salvific plan. A benevolent ruler, King Cyrus believes in religious pluralism and allows the Jews to return from Babylon to Jerusalem and re-build the Temple.

Think of an experience from your own life or that of someone you know in which help came from an unlikely source. Ultimately, God is in charge and can work through even the least likely people.

Kindly keep Mrs. Theresa Soh in your prayers. May God give her the grace and courage to accept what she cannot change.

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 (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
                                         Response. Give the Lord glory and honour.
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

Next Week  (24/25 October 2020)

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Exodus 22:20-26
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 17(18):2-4,47,51
Second Reading            St Paul to the Thessalonians(1) 1:5-10
Gospel                            Matthew 22:34-40


Readers                          Vigil: Jan O'Connor
                                        7:30 : Ben Sinagra 
                                        9:00 : John Farnan
                                        6:00 : - Youth Volunteer -

Parish Confirmation 

St Denis Parish will celebrate Confirmation this Friday 23rd October 2020. Please keep the candidates in your prayers. 

Prayers of the Faithful 

Father we pray for the Pope and the college of bishops as they endeavour to be good stewards of the financial resources entrusted to them.  That they weigh h

eavily what belongs to governments of the day and what belongs to the people of God.
Father we pray today for peace in our world which is troubled in different areas by war and fighting. May the Holy Spirit guide the world leaders in their decision making.
Father we pray for all who are victims of injustice and poverty. May we open our arms and hearts to them in particular those suffering in our own community.
Father we pray for those gathered here that each day we find new ways to put our faith into action, in our community, and also working towards personally becoming better disciples.
Father during this National Carer’s Week we pray for  the 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend with disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged. “Blest be the work of their hands.”

St Vincent de Paul - Food Bank Report

St Vincent de Paul works side by side with Food Bank providing for those in need within our community. The latest Food Bank report gives a deep insight into the need for our services in 2020. 
This year’s report emphasises that COVID-19 is having a profound effect on the food security of Australians. While the need for food relief has become somewhat erratic and unpredictable, nationally charities are reporting that overall demand is up by 47% and many of those now experiencing food insecurity (28%) have never before needed support.
Other key findings include: 

  • The proportion of food insecure Australians seeking food relief at least once a week has more than doubled since last year, from 15% to 31%.
  • When it comes to COVID-19 causing hunger in the community, young Australians are being hit the hardest. 65% of food insecure 18 to 25-year-olds are going without food at least once a week due to the pandemic.
  • More than a quarter (28%) of those experiencing food insecure had never faced it before the pandemic.
  • Charities are seeing significant numbers of two new groups in particular: casual employees and international students.
  • 61% of food secure Australians have accessed food relief since COVID-19 hit but the other 39% have not reached out for the help they need. The most common barriers to accessing relief are embarrassment (33%), shame (30%) or thinking there might be others in greater need (33%).
  • While government assistance, such as JobKeeper and JobSeeker, have provided vital temporary relief for many, 62% say they are not receiving the assistance they need.
  • 37% say they need more than they’re getting,
  • 21% are ineligible for any additional support and
  • 4% have found it too difficult to apply.
  • Post-COVID-19, almost 35% of food secure Australians don’t know how they will cope or expect they won’t cope at all when the additional government support is withdrawn.

View the information interactively 

or download the full report 

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 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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