Our Lady of the Mission
October 18th - The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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 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. We look forward to celebrating First Reconciliation later this month and Confirmation as scheduled for next month. Please keep these young people in your prayers. Mini/JAM and School-led Masses remain suspended until such time we have an announcement moving us into phase five of COVID-19 RoadMap. It is quite evident that a good number of our senior parishioners are understandably still staying away. I call on each of us to remember those of them who are doing it tougher than others; those stuck in aged care or nursing homes with little or no contact from family, those separated from family due to border closures and those whose health puts them at a serious vulnerable risk. Let us assure them that we are thinking of them, praying for them and we love them. They are forever special to us. As always, Fr Francis and I assure you of our ongoing prayers. Please keep us in yours. We commend one and all of you; during this Marian October month, into the powerful intercessions of Our Lady, Mother of good counsel.
Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP.
MASS TIMES 19th October to 25th October 2020
All Masses will be held in the Church
Monday 19th October - 7.00am & 9.00am
Tuesday 20th October - 7.00am & 9.00am
Wednesday 21st October - 7.00am & 9.00am
Thursday 22nd October - 7.00am & 9.00am
Friday 23rd October - 7.00am & 9.00am
Saturday 24th October - 8.30am & 6.30pm
Sunday 25th October - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm
Jesus came to create a new society where there is no room for “them” and “us”. God’s love includes each one of us, regardless of our differences.
1st Reading: Isaiah 45:1. 4-6
God has called each of us by name.
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Paul tells his Thessalonian congregation that he prays constantly for them.
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21
Jesus’ enemies tried to trap him with a question about whether or not to pay taxes. Whichever answer he gave could catch him out and lead to his ultimate downfall.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
Give the Lord glory and honour.
Parish Notices - Sunday 18th October
1. We are back to Church: Under phase four of COVID 19 RoadMap, we are now back to full capacity but MUST keep to 2sqm rule until it is hopefully eased on October 24th. Please do your best in helping us to make OLM a safe and COVID 19 free community. Thank you one and all for your patience, understanding and support.
2. Commitment Mass for Confirmation: At all Masses on the weekend of 31st October & 1st November. Please bring your commitment and prayer cards to Mass.
3. Visiting Priest: Fr Hilary Rotich is visiting us from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Beagle Bay, Broome Diocese where he has been working for the past eight years. Fr Hilary will be with us for some weeks and will concelebrate or celebrate at some of our Masses. Please make him welcome during his stay with us.
4. 2020 First Reconciliation: WCPS & PREP on Tuesday, 27th October at 7.00pm, PCPS & PREP on Wednesday, 28th October at 7.00pm.
5. 2020 Parish AGM: You are invited to join us at our Parish AGM on Tuesday, 3rd November at 7pm in the Parish Centre. This is a great opportunity to hear and know how our parish has been doing over the last twelve months and contribute to what we hope to do in the next twelve months. We kindly ask all our ministry leaders to send into the parish office their reports by close of day on Friday, 16th October. Thank you and look forward to seeing you then.
6. Overseas Mission: is having a plant sale on Saturday 7th November and Sunday 8th November after all Masses. Any donations of potted plants can be brought the week prior and left in the Garden bed located to the left of the Church door. All proceeds raised will go to the Overseas Missions. Please contact Linda on 0449 101 720 for further information.
7. All Souls’ Memorial Service: Sunday, 8th November at 2.30pm in the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park. Please share this information with fellow parishioners, family and friends.
8. 2020 Confirmation Dates: PREP at 11am on Sunday, 8th November, PCPS on 14th/15th November 6.30pm, 11am & 5.45pm; WCPS will be at 2pm on 21st November and at 2pm on 22nd November.
9. Parishioner Help: One of our lovely lady parishioners who can no longer drive would like to be given a lift to mass each Sunday. She lives at the Seacrest retirement village in Sorrento, not far from our church. If you can assist please contact the parish office on 9307 2776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
10. St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal: We hope to again supply festive hampers to struggling local families this Christmas. Generous Individuals, families and friends may offer a hamper to people we have helped in recent months. A list of various size families will be available in early November at the rear of the church, with suggested hamper items.
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: (Next week for Friday youth groups) Friday 16th October Tropical Holiday Party!
Call Amanda 0421144992 or Luke 041822932 for more information
12. October is Rosary Month: Please select the days you are available to offer your rosaries to Mary, please write your name and preferred days on the rosary boards located at both entrances of the Church. At this time with Covid-19 we need Marys intersession more than ever. Mary thanks you for your participation.
13. 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: email@example.com
14. Readers: New Rosters are available for collection at the back of the Church in the pigeon hole. They take effect as of the 7th and 8th of November and run until Easter Sunday, 4 April, 2021. Please ensure you pick up your copy. Thank you.
15. New Edition of Blue Book: A new edition of the blue book is out now. It is our parish's directory to ministries and various contacts. Please help yourself to one and do let us know if there is anything we can do to improve it for the future. We thank all our ministry leaders and volunteers for their enduring support to our parish life.
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. 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.
18. Communion on tongue: If you’re keen on receiving communion on the tongue, please consider coming at the end of queue and approach the priest; not acolyte or special minister.
19. The Record: Please help yourself to a FREE copy to the Record magazine on your way out; the official magazine for the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, WA.
20. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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 - 18th October 2020
NEWSLETTER NOTICES DEADLINE: Wednesday at 12pm Noon.
RELIGIOUS GOODS STALL: Cathy Mola/ Dea Guildea/ Bernadette Nadham/ Shirley-Ann/ Anneta Grader.
READERS: Lyne Acacio & Margarita Tranquille/ Dorine Gaiqui &Anne Dale/ Carol Wright & Volunteer/ Volunteer & Volunteer/ Sally Cameron & Anne Couzens.
COUNTERS: Sunday 1st November: Greg & Catriona Johnston/ Geraldine Parotte/ Christine Schrader/ Michael Schrader/ Taryn Smith.
CLEANERS: Saturday 24th October: Maria Mammone/ Darlene McKenzie/ Maria Bennett/ Regiane Tokimatsu/ Raluca Gavriliu/ Cathy Maloney.
BAKERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
SERVERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
STATUE OF FATIMA: From 31st October to the 7th November the Statue of Fatima will be with Gordon family in Currambine. Those wishing to join them in saying the Rosary can call 0400 215 893 to arrange. From the 7th November the statue will be the Norgrove family in Merriwa.
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 6th November.
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
Our Prayers this week will be offered for Bill Gribben, Lewine Hancock, Eva La Touche, Terri Kane, Jennifer Meaden, Chris Baig, Pearl Sein Win, Alan DeCruz, Maria Iozzi, Joseph Iozzi, Ronald McArthur, James, George Zdunek, Bob Colan, Tom Crnkovic, Milena Ben, Franka Legeny, Dennis Gillam, all Souls in Purgatory especially our third party members, 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.
1. World Mission Sunday Appeal for Prayers and Charity. In his World Mission Sunday message this year, Pope Francis encourages all of us to pray for all those poor and marginalized communities afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic and our missionaries who continue to lovingly serve these communities despite the risks. Our Holy Father asks us, if we can, to follow-up our prayers with charitable support. If you are in a position to do so, you could become a monthly partner, or make a one-off gift by calling the local Catholic Mission office on 9422 7933. Alternatively, you can call 0488 854 436 and then text GIVE on your mobile phone, then follow the prompts to make your donation (include your parish name in the notes field). You will receive a confirmation text and email with your receipt immediately. Tithe.ly is the donation platform, it is a COVID-safe way of donating whilst protecting your privacy.
We will always be grateful for your prayers and charitable response. Should you like more information about our overseas projects, or on leaving a bequest, or on volunteering to support the work of Catholic Mission, please contact Francis Leong at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Trinity: Major maintenance works are required over the next few years to preserve the Chapel and Monastery buildings. To raise funds an online shop has been set up and can be found at our new website www.holytrinitycarmel.com.au. For further information please contact Sister Deborah on 0488 388 226.
3. Job Vacancy with the Catholic Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Perth: Please see notice board at back of Church for more information. Applications Close Friday 30th October 2020.
Fr Cyprian's Weekly reflection for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
Relationship between Church and State has always; and continue to be a matter of great concern. Put in simple terms, humans are by nature, both religious and political beings - two sides of the same coin. However, we are aware when political figures have used or use the Church or religion in general for their own career advantage. Such examples will be like pulling a few and sometimes isolated religious themes from here and there that ‘seem to support’ their manifestos to appeal to the religious quarters of their citizens while actually not believing in any of it. Sadly too, there are times when religious figures have compromised their faith to try and appease policy makers. In today’s gospel, Jesus makes it clear: that should never be the case. Church and State ought to complement each other in a way that enhances the joy and peace of the people of God.
Having spoken to the religious leaders of Israel in parables over the last three weeks; namely, in the parable of the two sons, in the parable of the evil tenants and in the parable of the royal wedding, today Jesus pulls no punches and directly calls these leaders hypocrites! A people who never see each other face to face (Pharisees & Herodians) are apparently ‘united’ in a plot to destroy the Son of God. Little do they know, that Jesus is forever ahead of them as He is the Lord of all. Humanly rooted in His Jewish family and culture, Jesus understands the significance of the trap that is laid before Him and so He turns it over to them. We would for instance ask ourselves, why did Jesus not pull a coin from His own pocket when wanting to make a point about the image on it? It is because He did not have it - but they readily had it on them and so they handed one over to him.
The first of the Ten Commandments is this: I am the Lord Your God, you shall not have any other gods before me (Exodus 20). From the start, religious leaders of Israel have got it wrong because of the importance they place on money and economy as a whole. By carrying coins that bore the image of the emperor, the religious leaders of Israel were in a way condoning a form of idolatry. This in part, answers the question why Jesus will not be carrying any of these coins with Him. We will remember, when he calls the twelve and then the seventy-two and sent them out in pairs, He asked them to carry no haversack and no coins. That was meant to say: rely on the power of God and the Holy Spirit in your ministry. We must ask ourselves here: have we idolized our money, careers and talents; thus, forgetting the need for God in our lives?
Today’s gospel reading gets abused or rather misused by different people/groups; both in political and religious circles. For those in politics, they may use this gospel and the words of Jesus in wanting to undermine Church’s contribution to political atmosphere saying: Church should not meddle in political discourses. On the other hand, religious leaders and Christ’s faithful may sometimes use this text to relieve themselves of uncomfortable political responsibility. As established at the start of this reflection, men and women are by nature both religious and political beings. We cannot run away from our religious and political responsibilities. We have to consciously and meaningfully contribute to both in making for a just and peaceful world.
I have highlighted in some of my past reflections, the significance of the Lord’s Prayer. In it, we pray as we shall do at this Mass: Our Father in heaven, may your name be held holy. May your kingdom come and may your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. As a Christian people, we are called to already built and live in the kingdom of God here and now as we place our hope in His heaven, our heaven, which He will eventually calls us to; to be eternally united with Him. To build heaven on earth, we need each other’s contribution; in politics, in religion, business, science and all those other areas of life that enhance mutual love and peace for all. Each one has got to have a voice that is listened to and appreciated even if not adopted in some cases.
Remaining faithful to Jesus and His gospel, we go home today knowing that it is a noble thing to pay our fair share of taxes. Only then can we demand that our political leaders and public officers assist us in establishing a kingdom of God here and now; where the sick, elderly and the lonely are taken good care of. A kingdom of God on earth where victims of crime and injustice find true justice and assured of security and peace. When we pay our fair share of taxes we can and should expect the freedoms that our constitution affords us; freedom of speech, freedom of practicing our religion without having to be scoffed at and labeled as old-school.
The one thing we cannot overlook in reading this gospel is the fact that all we are and have has come from God. With that, Jesus could not have been more categorical is saying: …give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God. The question we must now ask ourselves is this: Who is it that we are and what is it that we have that has not been sourced from God? Our very being, our health, our talent, our faith, our wealth, our families and all else we have is given us by God. Not because we merit it. Because He loves us unconditionally. This week, we go and be grateful for every single thing in our life that we have claimed as our and return thank to the God of heaven and earth who has been so gracious to bless us.
Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Parish Priest
Entrance Antiphon: Psalm 16: 6, 8
To you I call; for you will surely heed me, O God; turn your ear to me; hear my words. Guard me as the apple of your eye; in the shadow of your wings protect me.
Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. 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: Isaiah 45:1,4-6
Thus, says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whom he has taken by his right hand to subdue nations before him and strip the loins of kings, to force gateways before him that their gates be closed no more: ‘It is for the sake of my servant Jacob, of Israel my chosen one, that I have called you by your name, conferring a title though you do not know me. I am the Lord, unrivalled; there is no other God besides me. Though you do not know me, I arm you that men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun that, apart from me, all is nothing.’
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 95(96):1,3-5,7-10
Response: Give the Lord glory and honour.
O sing a new song to the Lord, sing to the Lord all the earth. Tell among the nations his glory and his wonders among all the peoples. R.
The Lord is great and worthy of praise, to be feared above all gods; the gods of the heathens are naught. It was the Lord who made the heavens. R.
Give the Lord, you families of peoples, give the Lord glory and power; give the Lord the glory of his name. Bring an offering and enter his courts. R.
Worship the Lord in his temple. O earth, tremble before him. Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’ He will judge the peoples in fairness. R.
Second reading: First Thessalonians 1:1-5
From Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonica which is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ; wishing you grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We always mention you in our prayers and thank God for you all, and constantly remember before God our Father how you have shown your faith in action, worked for love and persevered through hope, in our Lord Jesus Christ. We know, brothers, that God loves you and that you have been chosen, because when we brought the Good News to you, it came to you not only as words, but as power and as the Holy Spirit and as utter conviction.
Gospel Acclamation: Philippians 2:15-16
Alleluia, alleluia! Shine on the world like bright stars; you are offering it the word of life. Alleluia!
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:15-21
The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said. And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in an honest way, and that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man’s rank means nothing to you. Tell us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ But Jesus was aware of their malice and replied, ‘You hypocrites! Why do you set this trap for me? Let me see the money you pay the tax with.’ They handed him a denarius, and he said, ‘Whose head is this? Whose name?’ ‘Caesar’s’ they replied. He then said to them, ‘Very well, give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.’
Prayer over the Offerings:
Grant us, Lord, we pray, a sincere respect for your gifts, that, through the purifying action of your grace, we may be cleansed by the very mysteries we serve. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Communion Antiphon: Psalm 32: 18-19
Behold, the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, who hope in his merciful love, to rescue their souls from death, to keep them alive in famine.
Prayer after Communion:
Grant, O Lord, we pray, that, benefiting from participation in heavenly things, we may be helped by what you give in this present age and prepared for the gifts that are eternal. 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
We have just heard one of the most famous phrases in the entire Gospel: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mt 22:21).
Goaded by the Pharisees who wanted, as it were, to give him an exam in religion and catch him in error, Jesus gives this ironic and brilliant reply. It is a striking phrase which the Lord has bequeathed to all those who experience qualms of conscience, particularly when their comfort, their wealth, their prestige, their power and their reputation are in question. This happens all the time; it always has.
Certainly Jesus puts the stress on the second part of the phrase: “and render to God the things that are God’s”. This calls for acknowledging and professing – in the face of any sort of power – that God alone is the Lord of mankind, that there is no other. This is the perennial newness to be discovered each day, and it requires mastering the fear which we often feel at God’s surprises.
God is not afraid of new things! That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways. He renews us: he constantly makes us “new”. A Christian who lives the Gospel is “God’s newness” in the Church and in the world. How much God loves this “newness”!
“Rendering to God the things that are God’s” means being docile to his will, devoting our lives to him and working for his kingdom of mercy, love and peace.
Here is where our true strength is found; here is the leaven which makes it grow and the salt which gives flavour to all our efforts to combat the prevalent pessimism which the world proposes to us. Here too is where our hope is found, for when we put our hope in God we are neither fleeing from reality nor seeking an alibi: instead, we are striving to render to God what is God’s. That is why we Christians look to the future, God’s future. It is so that we can live this life to the fullest – with our feet firmly planted on the ground – and respond courageously to whatever new challenges come our way.
The Church is called to waste no time in seeking to bind up open wounds and to rekindle hope in so many people who have lost hope. I think of the words of Pope Paul VI, with which he established the Synod of Bishops: “by carefully surveying the signs of the times, we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods… to the growing needs of our time and the changing conditions of society” (Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio Apostolica Sollicitudo).
When we look to this great Pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle, we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks! Thank you, our dear and beloved Pope Paul VI! Thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church!
In his personal journal, the great helmsman of the Council wrote, at the conclusion of its final session: “Perhaps the Lord has called me and preserved me for this service not because I am particularly fit for it, or so that I can govern and rescue the Church from her present difficulties, but so that I can suffer something for the Church, and in that way it will be clear that he, and no other, is her guide and saviour” (P. Macchi, Paolo VI nella sua parola, Brescia, 2001, pp. 120-121). In this humility the grandeur of Blessed Paul VI shines forth: before the advent of a secularized and hostile society, he could hold fast, with farsightedness and wisdom – and at times alone – to the helm of the barque of Peter, while never losing his joy and his trust in the Lord.
Paul VI truly “rendered to God what is God’s” by devoting his whole life to the “sacred, solemn and grave task of continuing in history and extending on earth the mission of Christ” (Homily for the Rite of Coronation: Insegnamenti I, (1963), 26), loving the Church and leading her so that she might be “a loving mother of the whole human family and at the same time the minister of its salvation” (Encyclical Letter Ecclesiam Suam, Prologue).
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Parish Priest: Fr Cyprian M. Shikokoti
Ph: 0450 464 678
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
Ph: 9307 2776
Missioncare: Donna Moxey (Meals, Visiting & Family help)
Ph: 0434 637 355
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