Our Lady of the Mission

April 4th 2021 - Easter Sunday The Resurrection of the Lord

+ Next Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday +

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Message from Fr Cyp

Christ is truly risen, alleluia, alleluia!

Father Francis and I welcome you all; praying and hoping we are all kept well, safe and in good health; in body and mind through this Easter and beyond. We pray that this Easter period is a fruitful time of grace for you and all your loved ones. Congratulations and best wishes to our 2020-21 RCIA catechumens and candidates who are now being baptised and received into our Parish Church Community this Easter weekend. We commend them for their patience and commitment through this program. I also thank their families and their Catechists for all their support and guidance. All the very best to our parish schools’ young people and their families as they break for their Easter holidays. We are all grateful for a successful first school term; despite a rocky start. We however remain committed to state and federal governments’ direction in regards COVID 19 situations as well as direction from the Archbishop’s office. Rest assured we are doing our very best to keep OLM a COVID-Safe community. Fr Francis and I are sincerely grateful for all your prayers, best wishes, and enduring support. As always, we 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, Our Blessed Mother and seat of Wisdom.

Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP.

MASS TIMES 5th April to the 11th April 2021

All Masses will be held in the Church


Monday 5th April - Easter Monday - 9.00am

Tuesday 6th April - Easter Tuesday - 7.00am & 9.00am

Wednesday 7th April - Easter Wednesday - 7.00am & 9.00am

Thursday 8th April - Easter Thursday - 7.00am & 9.00am

Friday 9th April - Easter Friday - 7.00am & 9.00am

Saturday 10th April - Easter Saturday - 8.00am & 6.30pm

Sunday 11th April - Divine Mercy Sunday - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm/ 3.00pm Divine Mercy

Prayer of the Week

May the peace of the risen Lord be with us and our loved ones. We pray for healing and reconciliation in all countries affected by conflict and war.

Introduction:

Today we celebrate the central mystery of our Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus and his triumph over the power of death.


1st Reading: Acts 10:34. 37-43

Peter speaks to the household members of the Roman centurion Cornelius. He gives an outline of the story of Jesus and emphasises that his preaching is trustworthy as he has experienced the risen Jesus for himself.


2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

Our life Christians should be centred on the person of the risen Christ, and this should influence the way we think and behave.


Gospel: John 20:1-9

Mary Magdalene finds the tomb of Jesus open and empty and goes to inform Peter and the disciple Jesus loved. They visit the grave but only the beloved disciple understands what has happened.


Antiphon to the Psalm:

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Project Compassion: Easter Sunday

Happy Easter and Thank You from all at Caritas Australia!

Thank you for supporting us this year as we demonstrate how love and compassion for our global community can transform lives. You have responded to St. Oscar Romero’s invitation to “Be More,” putting your compassion into action to support some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By aspiring to be more, you have helped change lives.

Thank you for supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion 2021 Lenten appeal.

www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion #projectcompassion 1800 024 413

Parish Notices - Sunday 4th April 2021

1. COVID 19 Protocols at Church: Given our large parish Church size, we can operate at our usual capacity. As of Monday 15th March 2021, we are no longer required to observe the 2sqm rule and we can admit up to 75% capacity at any one 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. COVID 19 Contact Register: Unless you have a SafeWA App and have checked yourself in using QR code provided at the entrance, we ask you to please fill your details in a WA Government’s Health Department form provided at the information desk. Thank you for your cooperation.


3. Thank you: We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our parish office staff, volunteers and ministry leaders who have assisted in many different ways to organise for Holy Week and Easter celebrations.


4. R.C.I.A: Congratulations to our 2020-21 RCIA catechumens and candidates who are now being baptised and received into our Parish Church Community this Easter weekend. Please keep all those involved in your prayers.


5. No 7am Mass on Easter Monday: There will only be one Mass at 9am on Easter Monday, being a public holiday.


6. Divine Mercy Novena: You are encouraged to privately continue with this novena at home and plan to join us for the feast on Divine Mercy Sunday, 11th April at 3.00pm here in the Church.


7. 2021 Holy Water Bottles: Please help yourself to a holy water bottle from the back of the Church at a gold coin donation. Thank you and God bless.


8. FREE Just Faith Magazine: Please pick up your FREE copy of our parish’s Just Faith Magazine.


9. WYFI: Our parish youth group have their gatherings every First, Third and Fifth Fridays of the month at 7.00pm in the Parish hall. We invite all years six to twelve students to join us. Call Luke 0401822932 for more information.


10. Adoration Space Open: We are pleased to advise that after such a long time of waiting, our adoration space is now complete pending a few touches here and there. Adoration will be in this space on usual days - Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am-7.00pm; uninterrupted. In due course, our week-day morning Masses will be celebrated in this space Monday-Friday unless advised otherwise. We are grateful to one and all who have assisted in various ways to delivering this facility to the parish. God bless you, your families and indeed our whole parish community.


11. Craft Group: has recommenced in meeting room 2 every second Wednesday from 9am to 12pm. For further information please call 9300 6289.


12. Volunteers needed for Faith and Friendship Group: The faith and friendship group for people with intellectual disability are looking for a female volunteer. Your commitment would be 3 hours on a Thursday evening. Your special friend would be a beautiful lady with Down’s syndrome, who you would drive to and from the group throughout term time. Training is provided. No experience required, just an open loving heart. For more details, please contact Sue 0410 418 023


13. Fifth Plenary Council of Australia: After long deliberation on the delayed first assembly due to COVID 19, Catholic Bishops of Australia have now confirmed that they will be gathering with delegates from the 3rd to 10th of October 2021. Kindly pray for the success of this assembly and the opportunities it creates for the Catholic Church in Australia. For more latest news and details, check on plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au


14. 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. Also, some of our Acolytes and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion continue to bring Communion to the sick and home-bound on Sundays as required.


15. The First-Class Relic of St Mariae Goretti: has been donated to the Parish by Pat Fraser. 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.


16. 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 seven-year groups.


17. 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.

Rosters - 11th April 2021

NEWSLETTER NOTICES DEADLINE: Wednesday at 12pm Noon.


RELIGIOUS GOODS STALL: Clare Alexander/ Carol Farber/ Bernadette Nadham/ Angela Sanderson/ Pam Thompson.


READERS: Rossemarie Ramirez-A & Madison Ramirez-A/ Trish Smith & Anne Dale/ Emma Waters & Rachel Wanless/ Matthew Jardim & Michelle Gagatek/ Sharon Cutler & Dan Cutler.


COUNTERS: Sunday 18th April: Vicky Ryan/ Catriona West/ Judy Cavanagh/ Deborah Smith/ Clare Alexander/ Greg & Catriona Johnston.


CLEANERS: Friday 16th April: Ellen Gumbleton/ Carrie Clements-Hicks/ Daniela De Lima/ Bek Hannaford/ Natalie Doherty/ Ashlea Brewer/ Louise Davies/ Rachel Scaf.


BAKERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.

SERVERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.


STATUE OF FATIMA: The Statue is currently with the Joanilho Family in Kingsley. Anyone wishing to say the Rosary with the family can call 0412 238 989 to arrange. From the 10th April, the Statue will be with the Zdunek family in Craigie.


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 7th of May.


EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration is held on Wednesdays 9.30am–7pm and Fridays 9.30am–7pm.


BAPTISM: We welcome Jaginder Sohal & Ellie Bevan into God’s family this weekend.


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

Our Prayers this week will be offered for Jane Byrne, Philomena Fernandes, Francesca Becco, Luu Thi Hanh, Duong van An, Pearl Sein Win, Barney O’Leary, David Franulovich, Adela & Jose Lopez, Cesario Dadia, Gaetano Senzio, John Ardagh, Tony Multari, Prema Chrisostom Gooch, Roy, Isabel Moore, for all Souls in Purgatory, All Doctors, Nurses and Heath Care workers who have died from Covid-19, for all our departed loved ones, all Holy Souls, all victims of Covid-19, all those recently deceased and those who have their anniversary around this time.

Stewardship Corner

Alleluia! Christ is risen and is victorious over sin and death! We are good stewards of our faith if, like St. Paul, we share this good news whenever we can.

General Notices

1. Pilgrimage: Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Pilgrimage from the 22nd of June to the 27th of June 2021. Please see notice at back of Church for more information.


2. Sacred Heart Vietnam Mission 2021 – Seeking Donations of Cotton Fabric: The Vietnam Mission at Sacred Heart College is seeking donations of quality cotton fabrics to make toiletry bags, pencil cases and backpacks. These items will be made by grandparents, parents and students and then delivered to the Kimberley by Sacred Heart Students on their Mission to the Kimberley in November. We require clean, cotton fabric of any colour. Fabric can be delivered to the College, Hocking Parade, Sorrento via Administration for the attention of Ms Susan Rodriguez. For any further information please contact srodrigues@sacredheart.wa.edu.au


3. Attention Married Couples: Celebrate the gift of your unique love and have time to focus on each other and your marriage, away from everyday distractions. We invite you to join us on a Marriage Encounter Weekend. 2021 Weekends as follows: Online Zoom weekend 30th April – 2nd May 2021. Enrich your marriage in the privacy of your own home, using your own Computer. 16-17 October 2021 to be held at Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef (Live Out). For more information or booking contact: Valerie & Brendon on 0424 220 625 – Email: WAbookings@wwme.org.au Website – www.wwme.org.au


4. Youth Leadership Pathway Formation Program: Are you a current youth leader wanting further training? Are you a young person discerning your call in youth ministry to become a youth leader or volunteer? Then this is for you! Youth Leadership Pathway is a 12 months program targeting the needs of youth leaders in parishes. We offer formation, training, pastoral care and a supportive network with the aim to grow Catholic youth leaders with a heart of mission. This program consists of a combination of online training, in-person workshops and mentoring, offering a flexible training opportunity to help you grow in your personal, professional and ministry life. This program is launching in May 2021 and it is for over 18s only. To register or find out more information, please visit: https://training.cym.com.au/


5. Employment Opportunities: 1: Field Worker - Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. Casual Position, 15 hours per fortnight. The position will support Parishes in the formation of Parish Pastoral Councils and in their development and implementation of Pastoral Plans. For additional information about this vacancy please ask for Julie Fuge on 61043600. Applications close Monday 12 April 2021. To receive the Job Description and apply for this position please email: agency.support@perthcatholic.org.au 2: Administration Assistant – Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. 12 month, Fixed Term Position, 3 days/12 hours per week. The position will support the Coordinator and his team with administrative support. Advanced Microsoft skills, strong organisational skills and ability to engage well and appropriately with a range of people will be essential. The position will also entail the organisation of small events and assisting in the development of training and education presentations. The position will suit a person with substantial experience in office administration and who can work independently; has knowledge of and respect for the Catholic faith and can work well in a team environment. A current police clearance will be required. For additional information about this vacancy please ask for Julie Fuge on 61043600. Applications close Monday 12 April 2021. To receive the Job Description and apply for this position please email: agency.support@perthcatholic.org.au

Mass Readings - Easter Sunday

Entrance Antiphon: Psalm 138: 18, 5-6

I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.


Opening Prayer:

O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. 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: Acts 10:34,37-43.

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses – we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead – and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.’


Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 117(118):1-2,16-17,22-23

Response: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.


Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end. Let the sons of Israel say: ‘His love has no end.’ R.


The Lord’s right hand has triumphed; his right hand raised me up. I shall not die, I shall live and recount his deeds. R.


The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone. This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes. R.


Second reading: Colossians 3:1-4

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.


Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes

Christians, to the Paschal Victim offer sacrifice and praise. The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb; and Christ, the undefiled, hath sinners to his Father reconciled.

Death with life contended: combat strangely ended! Life’s own Champion, slain, yet lives to reign. Tell us, Mary: say what thou didst see upon the way.

The tomb the Living did enclose; I saw Christ’s glory as he rose! The angels there attesting; shroud with grave-clothes resting. Christ, my hope, has risen: he goes before you into Galilee.

That Christ is truly risen from the dead we know. Victorious king, thy mercy show!


Gospel Acclamation: 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Alleluia, alleluia! Christ has become our paschal sacrifice; let us feast with joy in the Lord. Alleluia!


Gospel Reading: John 20:1-9

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb’ she said ‘and we don’t know where they have put him.’ So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.


Prayer over the Offerings:

Exultant with paschal gladness, O Lord, we offer the sacrifice by which your Church is wondrously reborn and nourished. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Communion Antiphon: 1 Cor 5: 7-8

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore, let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.


Prayer after Communion:

Look upon your Church, O God, with unfailing love and favour, so that, renewed by the paschal mysteries, she may come to the glory of the resurrection. 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.

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Reflections from Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


After listening to the Word of God from this Gospel passage, there are three things that I would like to say.

First: the announcement. There is an announcement: the Lord has risen; that announcement which travelled by word of mouth ever since the early days of Christianity: it was a greeting: The Lord has risen. And the women who went to anoint the Lord’s body were met by a surprise. The surprise.... God’s announcements always bring surprises because our God is the God of surprises. It has been like this from the beginning of salvation history; ever since our father Abraham. God surprises you: “Just go, go, leave your land and go”. And one surprise always follows another. God is not able to make an announcement without surprising us. And the surprise is what moves your heart, what touches you in the very place you do not expect. To use the language of young people: the surprise is a low blow; you do not expect it. And he goes and moves you. First: the surprising announcement.

Second: haste. The women run, they hasten to say: “But we have found this!”. God’s surprises place us on a journey, immediately, without delay. And so they run to see. Peter and John run. The shepherds on that Christmas night run: “Let us go to Bethlehem to see what the angels have told us”. And the Samaritan woman runs to tell her people: “This is the news: I found a man who told me everything I have done”. And the people know the things that the woman has done. And those people run; they leave what they are doing, even the housewife leaves the potatoes in the pot — she will find them burnt [on her return] — but the important thing is to go, to run in order to see that surprise, that announcement. It still happens today. In our neighbourhoods, in the villages, when something extraordinary happens, people run to see; they go in haste. Andrew wasted no time and went in haste to tell Peter: “we have found the Messiah”. Surprises, good news are always announced in this manner: in haste. There is a person in the Gospel who takes his time. He does not want to take risks. But the Lord is good. He awaits him with love. It is Thomas. “I will believe when I see the wounds” he says. The Lord also has patience for those who are in no hurry.

The surprising announcement, the hastened response, and the third thing I wish to mention to you today is a question: “What about me? Do I have a heart that is open to God’s surprises; am I capable of going in haste or do I persist with the refrain: “well, I’ll see tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow?”. What does the surprise tell me? John and Peter hastened to the sepulchre. The Gospel said that John “believed”. Peter also “believed”, but in his own way; with his faith somewhat clouded by regret for having denied the Lord. The surprising announcement, the running, the hastening and the question: And what do I do on this Easter Day 2018? What do you do?

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Contact us!

Parish Priest: Fr Cyprian M. Shikokoti

Ph: 0450 464 678


Assistant Priest: Fr Francis Quoc Tran

Ph: 0466 909 282


Parish Office

Secretaries: Christine List & Mary McGrath-Yek

Office Hours: Mon – Fri 9am –4pm

Email: whitford@perthcatholic.org.au


Sacramental Coordinator: Brigid Fredericks

Ph: 08 9307 2776

Email: sacramental.whitford@perthcatholic.org.au


Missioncare: Donna Moxey (Meals, Visiting & Family help)

Ph: 0434 637 355

Youth and Young Adult Contact Details

Youth Choir: Tara Prentice - 0424 205 011

Youth & Family Choir: Fran Christie Zscherpel - 0433 852 967

WyFi: Luke 0401 822 932 or Monica 0408 499 985


Safeguarding Officers:

Rachel Wood 0400 958 513

Margy Reeler 0458 509 054

Andrew DeMaio 0422 236 051

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