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Dear All

Here is an article that I read recently:

Lens on Creation: Throwing away people by Paul Jeffrey

I met these boys one night at a church-run shelter in Chennai, India. The next morning, they took me to where they spend their days — the city's dump, with its mountains of smoking garbage. Journalists aren't allowed there, so the boys teamed up to smuggle me in.

Such cooperation is part of their life as scavengers. As they dig through the refuse, they excitedly share news of promising leads on scrap metal, which fetches a higher price, or even food that's still edible. They often dig side by side, cooperating as they churn through waste.

In many parts of the world, it's the poor who sort through our trash, even trash we've exported to other continents. As they search for sustenance in our excess, they are often invisible to us and — like our refuse — disposable.

In his criticism of a spreading ‘throwaway culture’, Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium, ‘Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded’.

In the United States, we generate 4.4 pounds of municipal solid waste per person per day. Our planet groans under the weight of what ‘Laudato Si’ terms our ‘disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary’. And our spiritual lives groan under the weight of our selfishness.

For reflection and action:

In a notebook, keep track of everything your household throws out for a week. Make a note of what kind of waste it is and weigh it, if you have a scale. How much of your week's waste consists of food scraps? Plastic? Paper? Other items? How could you reduce it? To heal the planet, we must reduce our consumption to levels that are sustainable for everyone.

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  

9:00 am Mass will be streamed online  

Weekday Mass details 
Weekday Mass times are: 

        Mon - Fri:  8:00 am 
        Saturday:  8:30 am 

Sunday Readings  (05/06 September 2020)

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                  Ezekiel 33:7-9
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 94:1-2. 6-9
                                         Response. If today you hear his voice! Harden not your hearts.
Second Reading            St Paul to the Romans 13:8-10
Gospel                            Matthew 18:15-20


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

Next Week  (12/13 August 2020)

24st Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
                 Ecclesiasticus 27:33-28:9
Responsorial Psalm      Psalm 102(103):1-4,9-12
Second Reading            St Paul to the Romans 14:7-9
Gospel                            Matthew 18:21-35


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

Prayers of the Faithful 

We pray for Pope Francis that his strength and wisdom will continue to be a gift to our Church. May his leadership of love and mercy continue to inspire all other leaders in the Church.

We pray for all the leaders of our world. May they learn to trust in God’s wisdom rather than their own limited personal resources.

God our father, in your wisdom and love you made all things.  
Bless the fathers everywhere, who have given us life and love, that we may show them respect and love.

We pray for all the children who are growing up without their fathers. May the Holy Spirit be upon them and comfort them.

We pray for all the people who have suffered loss and trauma through the death of their loved ones. May they come to know that the infinite mercy of God is a cushion for their grief.


The Vinnies Local Community Appeal 2020

Over the past few months, with the constantly changing environment through Covid-19, Vinnies WA has adapted the operation of its emergency services in order to continue to support those in need in new and innovative ways.

During this period, Vinnies WA:

  • has given out more than $1 million dollars worth of assistance to Western Australians in need;
  • has assisted over 9,500 families;
  • has provided food relief, the main reason for people seeking help;
  • has provided financial support to help pay bills;
  • has developed a new model to get help out to those experiencing hardship by distributing hampers in partnership with Local Government;
  • has distributed over 3,600 hampers this way, and 
  • has had nearly 30% of requests coming from new clients who have never reached out for assistance before.
This year Vincentians cannot physically be on the street to conduct the society’s annual fundraising appeal. Instead, each local Conference is asking for you to donate through the St Denis parish so that this vital work can continue to educate and support those in need in our community.

How you can donate:
  • Envelopes are available 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

Remember donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and your donation will stay with your Joondanna Conference to benefit those is need in our local community.


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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