Our Lady of the Mission
November 15th 2020 - The 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
+ Next Sunday is Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe +
Message from Fr Cyp
Greetings and Peace to you all!
Father Francis and I welcome you all; praying and hoping we are all kept well, safe and in good health by the grace of God. We congratulate all our young people who have made their Confirmation and those preparing for the same in the days ahead. May the Holy Spirit find a home in them, their families and in indeed, in every member of our Whitford Catholic Parish Community. We consciously remain on the path to some new sense of normality while remaining committed to federal and state governments’ advice and policies as well as advise from the Archbishop’s office in regards to COVID 19 RoadMap. This commitment is now more crucial as WA strong boarders are relaxing from 14th November to controlled boarders, allowing travellers from the eastern states to enter Western Australia; with no need of any form of quarantine for some. Advent and Christmas seasons are fast approaching and so a busy time in our parish. Whilst things can change very fast (hopefully not), we are on course to celebrate our Christmas Masses as always including Christmas Eve outdoor Mass at 06.00pm on the oval. Please stay tuned to our parish weekly newsletter when we provide you relevant details. We look forward to celebrating with you and all your loved ones. As always, Fr Francis and I assure you of our ongoing prayers. Please keep us in yours. We commend one and all of you to the powerful intercession of Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel.
Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP.
MASS TIMES 16th November to 22nd November 2020
All Masses will be held in the Church
Monday 16th November - 7.00am & 9.00am
Tuesday 17th November - St Elizabeth of Hungary - 7.00am & 9.00am
Wednesday 18th November - 7.00am & 9.00am
Thursday 19th November - 7.00am & 9.00am
Friday 20th November - 7.00am & 9.00am
Saturday 21st November - The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 8.30am & 6.30pm
Sunday 22nd November - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm
As the Church year nears its end, we reflect on how faithfully we are living as children of light. Our desire is to be ready to met Jesus when he returns.
1st Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13. 19-20. 30-31
The most attractive qualities in a person are not beauty or charm, but trustworthiness, wisdom, industriousness and generosity.
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Speculating when the world will end is not the best way to prepare for it. We need to be working hard and doing the right thing when the Lord comes.
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus tells a parable about a rich man who entrusted his disposable wealth to the care of servants during his absence. He was furious to find that one of them made no effort to put it to good use.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Parish Notices - Sunday 15th November
1.COVID 19 Protocols at Church: Under phase four of COVID 19 RoadMap here in WA, and given our large parish church size, we are able to operate at usual capacity with strict adherence to 2sqm rule until it is relaxed at the appropriate time. Our parish priests, staff, cleaners and volunteers are doing their very best to keep the space safe for us all. We are grateful to one and all of you for supporting us in this commitment of making OLM a safe and COVID 19-Free community.
2. Betty Rea’s Farewell Morning Tea: You are invited to morning tea to help thank Betty for all her years at our Parish next Thursday morning the 19th November at 9.30am in the Parish Hall. Please RSVP for catering purposes to the Parish Office by Wednesday 18th November on 9307 2776 or email@example.com.
3. 2020 Confirmation Dates: Congratulations PREP & PCPS who have made their Confirmation. WCPS will have theirs at 2pm on 21st November and at 2pm on 22nd November.
4. Inviting Year Fives to WYFI: We invite all current year five students to our parish youth group experience on Friday, 27th November at 7pm in the parish centre. This is to prepare you for next year if you choose to join us when in year six. Please consider coming along. Thank you.
5. New Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist: Congratulations to Peta Genste, Meg Horne, Maura Killalea, Edith Rodrigues-Thomas and Christina Schrader on their appointment as new Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. We also congratulate Mario Mendis who is returning in this capacity. The Commissioning will be held at the 9:30 Mass on the 15th November.
6. November Mass Offerings: In November the church encourages us to pray and offer Masses for all Holy Souls. We are all on a pilgrimage, journeying with all the faithful followers of Christ living, as well as departed; our prayers assist each other to focus in walking towards God so that we all may be united with our loving God one day in Heaven. November is the month dedicated for all Souls; therefore there will not be any private intentions mentioned in Mass. Mass offerings for all the departed can be written on the November envelopes. These envelopes will be collected and placed directly at the foot of the Altar. Throughout this November month, your priests are offering all their Masses for your family’s loved ones and intentions.
7. Book of Life: The book will be in its special place in the sanctuary during the month of November. You may add the names of those who have died during the past year. Please do not repeat names that have already been recorded in previous years.
8. 2020 Christmas Eve Outdoor Mass Nativity Play: We are looking for children to be involved in the Nativity Play, which is a feature of the Parish Christmas Eve Mass on the Whitford school oval. Those children who feel they would like to a reading, and/or play the parts of Mary, Joseph, herald, innkeepers, shepherds and angels are invited to a practice on SATURDAY 19TH DECEMBER AT 10AM. We will meet on the oval side of the church. Characters will be chosen from those present at the practice. All children are welcome to join us. Enquiries: Leanne Fragomeni 0424 584 460
9. St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal: We hope to offer festive hampers again this Christmas. Lists of various size families are now available on the shelf at the rear of the church, with suggested hamper items. Generous people, families and friends can donate a hamper to struggling people we have helped in recent months.
Please sign up, provide your contact details and take the numbered information sheet matching your selected family. Alternatively, you may wish to donate funds to our Christmas appeal on Sat 28th & Sun 29th November.
10. St Vincent de Paul Christmas Cards: From this weekend we have a limited number of Christmas cards for sale, $5 per packet. Please use the envelopes provided and put the money in the Poor Box. God Bless.
11. WYFI: 24:7 Whitfords Youth Group - For all youth in Years 6 to 12. 1st, 3rd & 5th Fridays @ Whitfords Parish Hall, 7pm. Coming up: Friday 20th November. Call Amanda 0421144992 or Luke 041822932 for more information.
12. Religious Goods Stall: A reminder that your 2021 rosters are ready to pick up from the back of the Church.
13. 2020/21 RCIA Program: Would you like to become a Catholic or know more about our Catholic Faith? Please come join us on Thursdays at 7.30pm in the parish centre. Contact Mrs Ann Cunneen on 0410 616 517 for more information or you are welcome to just come join us.
14. Come Alive in Scripture Bible Study – Update: The group has successfully completed the study on Romans for 2020. We are pleased to announce our next study is planned for 2021 – “Wisdom” with a planned start date of 2nd & 3rd February 2021 (8 weeks), followed by a study on the Gospel of John. A reminder will be sent closer to the start date so you can secure your spot in the program. For more info contact Ramona: firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Advertising Vacancies: If you would like to advertise in our Christmas edition of our Just Faith magazine, please contact the office on 9307 2776. As well as promoting your business through our community, you will be helping to support this publication. Rates are very reasonable.
16. Plenary Council: Please note the change of plenary council key dates. Events will now be held in October 2021 in Adelaide and in July 2022 in Sydney. You may also like to have a read of the recently published discernment papers of the six National Themes https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/continuing-the-journey-of-discernment/
17. Visit to the sick in homes and hospitals: Fr Cyprian and Fr Francis are now able to visit our sick parishioners in homes and hospitals. If you know a family member or parishioner who may benefit from such visit, please let us know. Communion for the sick has resumed. We thank you all for your patience, understanding and support over these past difficult months.
18. The First Class Relic of St Mariae Goretti: has been donated to the Parish by Pat Frazer. The Relic is ‘housed’ in a Reliquary which is kept by the Statue of Our Lady at the back of the Church. Parishioners may take the Reliquary to their homes and keep it as long as required then return it to the Church. Please call the office 9307 2776 or Shirley-Ann 0424 813 890 and advise when the Reliquary is taken and returned.
19. Whitford Catholic Primary School: Whitford Catholic Primary School is a community that celebrates faith and achievement and promotes excellence in all we do. Please visit our website www.whitfordcatholicps.wa.edu.au, our Facebook page or call (08) 9404 4200 for more information. We are currently taking expressions of interest and interviews for enrolment across the 7 year groups.
20. Padbury Catholic Primary School: Padbury Catholic Primary School is a welcoming, inclusive and faith-filled community which caters for students from Pre-Kindy to Year 6 in a double-stream setting. We actively promote our school values of Respect, Excellence, Sacredness and Togetherness. Please visit our website www.padcath.wa.edu.au or call 9404 4000 to express your interest or request an interview (no interview required for Pre-Kindy.
THE ARCHBISHOP’S CHRISTMAS APPEAL FOR LIFELINK:
is being held throughout the Archdiocese this weekend. If you did not collect Archbishop Costello’s personal letter at Mass last weekend, please collect one as you leave and read his message, or, use one of the special giving envelopes which have been provided on the pews for you today. We urge you to give generous support to help the work of our Archdiocesan social service agencies and help people in need. You can mail your gift in the reply paid envelope provided or return your envelope and donation to the Parish at any time over the coming weeks.
Rosters - 22nd November 2020
NEWSLETTER NOTICES DEADLINE: Wednesday at 12pm Noon.
RELIGIOUS GOODS STALL: Bernadette Nadham/ Dea Guildea/ Sible Rozario/ Shirley-Ann Poulton/ Anneta Grader.
READERS: Kazak Trofimczyk & Kerry Roberts/ Andrea Hancock & Helen Leithead/ Hayley Sheppard & Taylor-Jade Sheppard/ Monica Jardim & Julianna Jardim/ Sharon Cutler & Dan Cutler.
COUNTERS: Sunday 29th November: Jennifer Lalani/ Connie Sanders/ Rachel Hargrave/ Antoinette Monisse-Redman/ Justine Brennan.
CLEANERS: Friday 20th November: Lucy McLean/ Sian Hill/ Lia Harris/ Danni Russell/ Arianna Edwards/ Natasha Davies.
BAKERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
SERVERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
STATUE OF FATIMA: From 28th November to the 5th December the Statue of Fatima will be with Cooper family in Burns beach. Those wishing to join them in saying the Rosary can call 0434 856 403 to arrange. From the 5th December the statue will be the Villaneuva family in Iluka.
DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS: Is held on the first Friday of every month during 9.00am Mass. The next Devotion will be on Friday the 4th December.
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration is held on Wednesdays 9.30am–7pm and Fridays 9.30am–7pm.
PRAY FOR THE SICK: We pray for all those in our parish’s Book of the Sick. You are most welcome to add names to this book in the foyer of the Church. Please cross out when our prayers are no longer needed.
Death & Anniversary
All the Masses this week will be offered especially for all those names mentioned in the Book of Life and whose name lies beneath the Altar and all our departed loved ones Holy Souls, all those recently deceased and those who have their anniversary around this time.
1. Pro-Life Petition: Legislation is before Parliament which would severely restrict pro-life groups from peacefully praying and offering life-saving assistance at abortion clinics in Perth. Each week, over the past 23 years these vigils have continued with police permission and many lives have been saved. The lives of thousands of unborn children will be further endangered if this legislation is passed. Please sign the petition at the back of the Church and ask your friends and family members to sign too. Why sign? Numbers are important in Parliament . It costs you nothing, innocent lives depend on you and as Catholics we have a moral obligation to stand up for life.
2. The Catholic Archdiocese of Perth Job Vacancy: Part-time Parish Pastoral Associate and Parish Office Manager. Applications close the 24th November. Please see notice at back of Church for more information.
3. Palms Australia – Reaching beyond 2020: People of all trades and professions are being requested by communities abroad seeking to build the capacity of their organisations and the skills of their people. Restrictions this year have made communities’ needs acute, but your assistance will help to develop self-reliance and sustainable solutions to poverty. Palms Australia will provide you with thorough preparation to ensure your readiness as travel resumes, and support on assignment.
4. Northern Suburbs Social Group: November Meeting for 2020, Thursday 19th November at 10.30am, at St Anthony’s Parish Hall, 15 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo (parking is at rear of Church). Enjoy music, meet new friends and hopefully win a prize. Due to Covid-19 guidelines we will not be bringing a plate to share. You may bring your own lunch if you wish. Tea, coffee and water will be supplied as usual.
5. St Simon Peter Parish Advent retreat – Quo Vadis?: on the 25th, 26th & 27th November 7.30pm – 9pm. Please come and join us over these three evenings reflecting on our spiritual journey! Where we’ve been, what happened and where are we going? Wednesday 25th Nov: ‘Our spiritual journey over the past year’ followed by Q & A and Tea & coffee. Thursday 26th Nov: ‘The Last Things’, Death, Judgement, Heaven & Hell followed by a Taize Prayer Service. Friday 27th: at 7pm Mass, ‘Preparing for Advent and Christmas’ followed by Q & A and Tea & Coffee. Each night a short talk presented by Gerald Searle a former parishioner and writer of our four Biblical Plays staged by St Simon Peters Players some years ago. Gerald is a graduate in Philosophy, Theology, Social Sciences, Counselling and Spiritual Direction and currently ministers as a spiritual mentor in Wanneroo.
Fr Cyprian's Weekly reflection for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
For many businesses and institutions, it is common to complete a stocktake at the end of every financial year. It is a time to ask oneself how each of the items on their stock has performed with a view of finding out what needs to be done for the same for the next financial year for the good of the business or institution. Some items on the stock may be increased due to good demand and greater returns, some may be reduced or not be restocked at all due to low demand and or poor returns on them. At the same time, service performance of staff may also be undertaken to work out who may need assistance on the team to improve business or institution’s performance in the year ahead. This may certainly involve a shift in the mode of operation depending on what challenges have been detected in the course of staff evaluation.
As we come to the end of our liturgical year, I invite us in light of today’s gospel, to have a personal ‘spiritual stocktake’ of our lives as a Christian; precisely, Catholic people. In so doing, we ought to first ask ourselves, what is our business? Our business is certainly the mission Jesus has entrusted to us; proclamation of His gospel, love of God and love of neighbour. As we have listened and reflected on scripture this year, as we have partaken in the sacraments this year and as we communed with fellow Christians this year, can we confidently say that we have grown in our faith? Are we any mature for it? That is to say, have I grown in the love of God and my neighbour?
The gospel makes it clear today, that our good Lord has entrusted each of us with talents in accord to our capabilities; some have five, some two and some just one. These talents and their number are figurative. However, we must look into our own personal lives and make them concrete, in the here and now; with sincere gratitude to God for His abundant generosity and trust in us. For some of us, our talent/s are our vocation. Vocation in the family life where we are called to serve our spouses and children with pure love. It could be those called in the ordained and consecrated life of the Church and called to serve the community through prayer and proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and so make Him truly present in the joys and challenges of God’s people.
Especially this year 2020 in which we have struggled and continue to struggle with COVID 19, all of us must ask ourselves how we have used the gift of faith to bring about hope in a world gripped with a one in a century pandemic. As a health practitioner, have I put my best foot forward to support all those needing to benefit from my talent and profession? As a leader; both religious and civil, have I provided the kind of leadership that stems from the love of God and neighbour as informed by the gospel? As a Christian, have I entrusted myself, my family and the community at large in the mercy and love of God by prayer or have I let doubt and worry take hold of me?
In a world where there’s so much ‘fake’ news, lifestyles and presentation of the truth, the author of today’s first reading from the Book of Proverbs provides us a good reminder: Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty... We cannot afford to fake the Gospel. We must allow ourselves to open our hearts and let go of those things that have become a barrier in our Christian growth. Today’s gospel names one such hinderance: laziness. The moment we realise that laziness in the work of God is in fact a sin, we must hasten to present it in the sacrament of reconciliation and resolve to do the best we can to put ourselves without reserve at the service of God; in our private and public lives. The man who was given one talent admits to have been afraid - let us turn to Jesus who tells us not to be afraid. It is in letting go of fear and trusting in the master’s plan that we can hear these words: “Well done, good and faithful servant... come and join in your master’s happiness.” Let this happiness be real, pure and begin here and now!
Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Parish Priest
Entrance Antiphon: Jeremiah 29: 11, 12, 14
The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place.
Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First reading: Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31
A perfect wife – who can find her? She is far beyond the price of pearls. Her husband’s heart has confidence in her, from her he will derive no little profit. Advantage and not hurt she brings him all the days of her life. She is always busy with wool and with flax, she does her work with eager hands. She sets her hands to the distaff; her fingers grasp the spindle. She holds out her hand to the poor, she opens her arms to the needy. Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty; the woman who is wise is the one to praise. Give her a share in what her hands have worked for, and let her works tell her praises at the city gates.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 127(128):1-5
Response: Happy are those who fear the Lord.
O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways! By the labour of your hands you shall eat. You will be happy and prosper. R.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house; your children like shoots of the olive, around your table. R.
Indeed, thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life! R.
Second reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
You will not be expecting us to write anything to you, brothers, about ‘times and seasons’, since you know very well that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. It is when people are saying, ‘How quiet and peaceful it is’ that the worst suddenly happens, as suddenly as labour pains come on a pregnant woman; and there will be no way for anybody to evade it. But it is not as if you live in the dark, my brothers, for that Day to overtake you like a thief. No, you are all sons of light and sons of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness, so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober.
Gospel Acclamation: John 15:4. 5
Alleluia, alleluia! Live in me and let me live in you, says the Lord; my branches bear much fruit. Alleluia!
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out. ‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more. The man who had received two made two more in the same way. But the man who had received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. ‘Now a long time after, the master of those servants came back and went through his accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made.” ‘His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.” ‘Next the man with the two talents came forward. “Sir,” he said “you entrusted me with two talents; here are two more that I have made.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness.” ‘Last came forward the man who had the one talent. “Sir,” said he “I had heard you were a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered; so I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is; it was yours, you have it back.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and lazy servant! So, you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered? Well then, you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return, I would have recovered my capital with interest. So now, take the talent from him and give it to the man who has the five talents. For to everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough; but from the man who has not, even what he has will be taken away. As for this good-for-nothing servant, throw him out into the dark, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”’
Prayer over the Offerings:
Grant, O Lord, we pray, that what we offer in the sight of your majesty may obtain for us the grace of being devoted to you and gain us the prize of everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Communion Antiphon: Psalm 72: 28
To be near God is my happiness, to place my hope in God the Lord.
Prayer after Communion:
We have partaken of the gifts of this sacred mystery, humbly imploring, O Lord, that what your Son commanded us to do in memory of him may bring us growth in charity. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer in a Time of a Pandemic
Holy God, you are our comfort and strength in times of Crisis, Pandemic and Uncertainty. Surround us now with your grace and peace through this global pandemic of COVID 19. By your Spirit, help those for whom the effects of this pandemic have been severe and even tragic. Sustain those who are working hard through it. Grant your wisdom to those governing and guiding us to a sense of normality. Fill us all with courage and hope of better days ahead. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our rock and redeemer. Amen.
Reflections from Pope Francis
The Gospel presents to us the Parable of the Talents (cf. Mt 25:14-30). Before setting off on a journey, a man gives his servants talents, which at that time were coins of considerable value: he gives five talents to one servant, two to another, one to another, to each according to his ability. The servant who had received five talents was resourceful and he traded with them, earning another five. The servant who had received two behaved likewise, and acquired another two. However, the servant who had received one dug a hole in the ground and therein hid his master’s coin.
Upon the master’s return, this same servant explained to him the reason for this action, saying: “Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground” (vv. 24-25). This servant did not have a trusting relationship with his master, but was afraid of him, and this hindered him. Fear always immobilizes and often leads to making bad choices. Fear discourages us from taking the initiative; it induces us to take refuge in secure and guaranteed solutions, and thus end up not accomplishing anything good. To move forward and grow on the journey of life, we must not have fear; we must have faith.
This parable helps us understand how important it is to have a true concept of God. We must not think that he is a cruel, hard and severe master who wishes to punish us. If this mistaken image of God is within us our life cannot be fruitful, because we will live in fear and this will not lead us to anything constructive. On the contrary, fear paralyzes us; it causes our self-destruction. We are called to reflect in order to discover what our idea of God really is. Already in the Old Testament he revealed himself as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex 34:6). And Jesus always showed us that God is not a severe or intolerant master, but a father full of love, of tenderness, a father full of goodness. Therefore, we can and must have immense faith in him.
Jesus shows us God’s generosity and care in so many ways: with his words, with his gestures, with his welcome toward everyone, especially toward sinners, the little ones and the poor, as today — the first World Day of the Poor — also reminds us. But he also does so with his admonitions, which show his interest so that we do not pointlessly waste our life. Indeed, it is a sign that God has great esteem for us: this awareness helps us to be responsible people in all our actions. Therefore, the Parable of the Talents reminds us of a personal responsibility and of a faithfulness that even becomes the ability to continually set out anew, walking new paths, without “burying the talent”, that is, the gifts which God has entrusted to us, and for which he will call us to account.
May the Blessed Virgin intercede for us, so that we may remain faithful to the will of God, cultivating the talents that God has given us. Thus we will be helpful to others and, on the last day, we will be welcomed by the Lord, who will invite us to take part in his joy.
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Parish Priest: Fr Cyprian M. Shikokoti
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Assistant Priest: Fr Francis Quoc Tran
Ph: 0466 909 282
Secretaries: Christine List & Mary McGrath-Yek
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 9am –4pm
Sacramental Coordinator: Brigid Fredericks
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Missioncare: Donna Moxey (Meals, Visiting & Family help)
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Youth and Young Adult Contact Details
Youth Choir: Nicole Westneat - 0411 542 619
Youth & Family Choir: Fran Christie Zscherpel - 0433 852 967
WyFi: Luke 0401 822 932 or Amanda 0421 144 992
Rachel Wood 0400 958 513
Margy Reeler 0458 509 054
Andrew DeMaio 0422 236 051