Our Lady of the Mission
September 20th - The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
- Next Sunday is The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time -
Message from Fr Cyp
Greetings and peace to you all!
Father Francis and I welcome you all to this springtime; praying and hoping we shall all be kept well and in good health. 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 are truly grateful to our parish families, teachers and catechists who have worked with us in such challenging times to prepare and celebrate First Holy Communion for our young people. First Reconciliation remains as planned to take place on 27th and 28th October; and we are now planning to celebrate Confirmation in November this year. As Western Australian Phase Five COVID 19 restrictions have been delayed to at least Saturday, 24th October, Mini/JAM and school-led Masses will remain on hold until further notice. 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 all of you to the powerful intercessions of Our Lady, Mother of good counsel.
Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP
MASS TIMES 21st September to 27th September 2020
All Masses will be held in the Church
Monday 21st September - St Matthew - 7.00am & 9.00am
Tuesday 22nd September - 7.00am & 9.00am
Wednesday 23rd September - St Pius of Pietrelcina - 7.00am & 9.00am
Thursday 24th September - 7.00am & 9.00am
Friday 25th September - 7.00am & 9.00am
Saturday 26th September - 8.30am & 6.30pm
Sunday 27th September - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm
Today’s Gospel invites us to reflect that the Lord, who came down from heaven for our sake and for our salvation, calls everyone to work in his vineyard and so enter the kingdom of heaven.
1st Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9
Isaiah preaches to the people, urging them to return to the Lord who is rich in forgiving.
2nd Reading: Philippians 1:20-24. 27
The apostle calls us to avoid anything in our everyday lives that would be unworthy of the Gospel.
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
Even at the eleventh hour the Lord calls people to work in his vineyard.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
The Lord is near to all who call him.
Parish Notices - Sunday 20th September
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. Our Lady's Procession: You're all invited and most welcome to join us for Our Lady's Procession and recitation of the holy rosary on Saturday, 3rd October 2020 after the 6.30pm vigil Mass. Please bring your rosary beads along.
3. 2020 First Reconciliation: WCPS & PREP on Tuesday, 27th October at 7.00pm, PCPS & PREP on Wednesday, 28th October at 7.00pm.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. BLUE BOOK CHANGE: Details have been changed as follows to SVDP – The groups meet every Tuesday night from 7pm to 8pm. Donated bulky goods home pick-up occurs on Wednesdays- phone our Canning Vale depot on 6323 7561 for collection. Our nearest Vinnies shops are now at Joondalup -u2 /209 Winton Rd P: 9475 5400 and Wangara u6/6 Buckingham Dr. P: 9408 0572
7. The Word Among Us: The October edition is here - Daily meditations for Catholics. Spend just 10 minutes a day with The Word Among Us, and you will learn how to love God, others and self. It is a great tool for us to deepen our own devotion, spirituality and faith. It’s only $5 per copy (cost price) and they are limited. You can get it at the back of our church. Let us embrace God’s Word and listen to Him.
8. Wedding Anniversary Mass 2020: Sat 24th October. Couples celebrating their 20th/25th/30th anniversary, going up in multiples of five, are warmly invited to attend this year’s Mass and celebration in the Main Hall afterwards. Register via the sign-up form at the back of the Church. All couples will receive a certificate from the Parish, Kindly take an Information Leaflet when you sign up.
9. 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/
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. WYFI: 24:7 Whitfords Youth Group is for all youth in Years 6-12. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays 7pm-9pm @ Whitfords’ Parish Hall. Coming up: Friday 2nd October. Call Amanda 0421 144 992 or Luke 0401 822 932 for more information.
13. 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.
14. Collection Practice: Both First and Second collections are now being deposited in special collection boxes provided in the Church foyer upon arrival or as you leave Church after Mass. There will be NO collection at offertory time during Mass. For your information, First collection goes toward support of priests and Second collection is toward every day running and maintenance of the Church.
15. 2021 Columban Art Calendars: Now on Sale Columban Calendars for 2021 are available to buy at the Piety Stall for $8.50 each. They will make for great Christmas presents.
16. Readers: A new Roster is being prepared to commence in November. Please advise Shirley-Ann on 0424 813 890, by Sunday 11 October, if there are any changes to your details. Please note that no changes will be made once the new Roster is out. Thank you.
17. St Vincent de Paul winter appeal for needy families 2020: Due to the Covid-19 crisis we have not had our normal winter appeal this year. However, many parishioners have already made generous donations in the last few weeks. On behalf of the Society and those who have received your donations, we thank you for your generosity. We have just received envelopes for those people who would still like to contribute and in particular who receive a tax deduction for their cash or credit card donation. These envelopes can be found on the table at the back of the church. Please put these envelopes in the Poor box which is located on the wall at the back of the church. If you would like a tax receipt, please fill out the details on the envelope. Many thanks to all our supporters and god Bless. Whitfords St Vincent De Paul members
18. 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.
19. 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 - 27th September 2020
NEWSLETTER NOTICES DEADLINE: Wednesday at 12pm Noon.
RELIGIOUS GOODS STALL: Hyacinth Adie/ Dea Guildea/ Clare (Relief)/ Shirley Ann/ Anneta Grader.
READERS: Linda Sweeney & John Clift/ Celine Chaperon & Liana Strutt/ Rebecca Preedy & Emma Janeczko/ Monica Jardim & Julianna Jardim/ Siena Machesani & Emma Machesani.
COUNTERS: Sunday 4th October: Vanessa Winterton/ Julie O’Brien/ Jenny & Greg Stewart/ Darlene & Peter McKenzie.
CLEANERS: Saturday 25th September: Caron Dabell/ Kellie Hayes/ Mary Healy/ Suzanne Healey/ Katrina James/ Suyaine Tohovitis.
BAKERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
SERVERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
STATUE OF FATIMA: From 26th September to the 3rd October the Statue of Fatima will be with Cantatore family in Craigie. Those wishing to join them in saying the Rosary can call 9402 2014 to arrange. From the 3rd October the statue will be the Joanilho family in Kingsley.
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 2nd October.
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 Rev Fr Remigius Sore, Rev Fr Donald Hughes, Rev Fr Jim Shelton, Rev Fr Anton Hesse, Maria Scopelliti, Sabine Paul, Jose & Adela Lopez, George Zdunek, Soul & Felix Villamon, Arlene Lewis, 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. Medjugorje: All parishioners are warmly invited to our monthly Medjugorje evening of prayer this coming Friday 25th September 7.00pm at St. Bernadette's parish, 49 Jugan Street, Glendalough. For your information all Medjugorje evenings of prayer take place on the last Friday of every month at St.Bernadette's Parish, 49 Jugan Street, Glendalough at 7.00pm. Enq. mob 0407 471 256 email email@example.com
2. The Right to Life Association: Sunday 25th October 2020 we will hold our Annual Lunch from 12.30pm. Tickets are $80 per person for a three course meal. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9221 7117. Please see notice at back of Church for more information.
3. Catholic Mission : TRUST & LOVE IN TROUBLED TIMES: Catholic Mission presents this half day retreat on the Feast of St Therese of Lisieux, Thursday October 1, 2020 at Infant Jesus Parish, Morley. Mass at 9am, Retreat from 10am to 1pm, Morning tea provided. Keynote speakers: Dr Pina Ford, Catholic Education WA, Mr Derek Boylen, Centre for Life, Marriage & Family. Proceeds to help Catholic Mission’s Carmelite partner projects in India. Adults $10, Concession $5. Tickets can be purchased on Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BLMCY For more information contact Francis on 9422 7933 or email email@example.com
4. Mobility Scooter: One of our Parishioners has a mobility scooter for sale that they no longer require, it is near as new. Please contact Edith on 0451 462 554 for further details.
Fr Cyprian's Weekly reflection for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
In the current global pandemic, there are a great many of our people out there who will do anything to secure a job. Job market has understandably and sadly gone under. As I read and reflect on this weekend’s gospel, I’m reminded of an uncle of mine who left home quiet early in his life to live in Nairobi having completed apprenticeship as a painter in the village. Along the fence and inside Uhuru park, there subtly congregate daily, a number of Kenyan people looking for job opportunities in different fields. Potential employers or their agents will come by during the day to interview these men and women and take with them potential employees. My uncle having no connections in Nairobi, he’d rock up at Uhuru park every morning with a paintbrush in his hand dressed in his painting gown. The hope was always for some building or maintenance contractor to pick him for the day or for however long.
I’m talking of days before mobile phones and internet. The challenge in that case was, if my uncle had been picked for more than a day’s work, we did not know and so remained hopeful that he was safe. The joy on my grandma’s face upon my uncle’s return after a few days away was something to behold. There used to be feel of a lost child returning home. I think she got used to it after a while. Without discounting its many challenges, let’s be grateful for technology; internet, tele/mobile phones and the ever-growing social media platforms of 2020. Thank heavens for industrial unions that provide good checks and balances between employers and employees.
It is somewhat consoling to know that in Jesus’ time, job and employment arrangements weren’t any different. Those looking for work will congregate in a place and employers would come looking for them. The question we must ask ourselves is why Jesus tells this parable; to His apostles and us. Key to the message of Jesus in this gospel are the different times that the land owner sends workers into his vineyard and the wage each of them receives at the end of the day. Don’t even mind the grumbling of some of them. The words and actions of the land owner should be the focus as we are told by Jesus, that is how our Heavenly Father is like.
From the day of our baptism or at least from the time we started to understand the purpose of our Christian faith, our goal is to work for a place in the kingdom of God. That is the promise Jesus gives those who follow Him; and that too is the will of Him who sent Him: that He should not lose any of those that He has been given. In baptism, we are given to Jesus. As we are aware, some of us start that journey as infants with the help of families and friends and some of us discover that path ourselves and seek to live out Christian life/faith on our own accord; but in God’s timing. On the day of reckoning, the Good Lord will not be looking at ‘how long’ but how best we opened our hearts to His calling and if we actually let Him be the master of our lives.
In Jesus’ time, His Jewish people took it for granted that because they had received the faith before the gentiles or rather pagan nations, they would in fact be first in the kingdom of God. As such, Jews undermined the gentiles even in their effort to live out the gospel values that Jesus was preaching to them. In today’s gospel passage, Jesus speaks to the ‘proud Jews’ who have abandoned their faith or practice it with ulterior motives – bigger reward or as a show off. You may have heard someone tell you or say; I have been a Catholic for so many years or I have been a member of this parish for so many years. Sadly, when you examine their lifestyle and behavior in light of the gospel, they fail terribly! They are the first to criticize Church teachings, they are ready to discriminate on basis of gender, color or age; they don’t shy away from gossiping, they will not participate in community activities/events or will not do so wholeheartedly if they did and will not provide good example to newer members of the parish or Church community.
On the other hand, we have new members in our parish community and recently baptised Christians who give everything they have and are to their faith. Though they have not been Catholics all their lives, they speak and act with such maturity of faith that is encouraging for all those around them. Such men and women can have no trouble realizing the promise of Jesus that we all receive in the Word of God and in the Sacraments of the Church; namely, eternal life in the kingdom of God. In light of today’s gospel, I invite us to ask for the grace of knowing how best we can be witnesses of Jesus and work in His vineyard without expecting bigger reward in the end than our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith; regardless of how much or how long/short they’ve been with us. Let us focus on the gift the Lord is promising us, eternal life. More importantly, let us know that God loves us for who we are and not for what we do for Him. All He asks of us is a generous open heart. As we sing: Come as you are, that’s how I love you...
Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Parish Priest
I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First reading: Isaiah 55:6-9
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks. Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 144(145):2-3,8-9,17-18
Response: The Lord is near to all who call him.
I will bless you day after day and praise your name for ever. The Lord is great, highly to be praised, his greatness cannot be measured. R.
The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures. R.
The Lord is just in all his ways and loving in all his deeds. He is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts. R.
Second reading: Philippians 1:20-24,27
Christ will be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results – I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake. Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel of Christ.
Gospel Acclamation: Acts 16:14
Alleluia, alleluia! Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son. Alleluia!
Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus, the last will be first, and the first, last.’
Prayer over the Offerings:
Receive with favour, O Lord, we pray, the offerings of your people, that what they profess with devotion and faith may be theirs through these heavenly mysteries. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Communion Antiphon: Ps 118: 4-5
You have laid down your precepts to be carefully kept; may my ways be firm in keeping your statutes.
Prayer after Communion:
Graciously raise up, O Lord, those you renew with this Sacrament, that we may come to possess your redemption both in mystery and in the manner of our life. 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
Dear brothers and sisters!
In today’s Gospel reading (cf Mt 20:1-16) there is the parable of the day labourers in the vineyard, which Jesus recounts in order to explain two aspects of the Kingdom of God: the first is that God wants to call everyone to work for his Kingdom; the second is that, in the end, he wants to give everyone the same reward, that is, salvation, eternal life.
The owner of the vineyard who represents God, goes out at dawn and hires a group of workers, agreeing with them on the day’s wages. It was a fair wage. Then he goes out again [several times] later in the day — he goes out five times on that day — until the late afternoon to hire other unemployed labourers whom he sees. At the end of the day, the landowner orders that a denarius be paid to everyone, even to those who had only worked for a few hours. Naturally, the labourers who were hired first complain because they see that they are paid as much as those who worked for fewer hours. The landowner however, reminds them about what had been agreed; if he then wants to be generous with the others, they should not be envious.
In reality, this “injustice” of the owner serves to provoke in those listening to the parable a qualitative leap because here Jesus does not want to speak about the issue of work or of a fair wage, but about the Kingdom of God! And this is the message: there are no unemployed people in the Kingdom of God. Everyone is called to do their part; and there will be a reward from divine justice for everyone in the end — not from human [justice], luckily! —, but the salvation that Jesus Christ acquired for us with his death and Resurrection, a salvation which is not deserved, but donated — salvation is free — thus, “the last will be the first and the first last” (Mt 20:16).
With this parable, Jesus wants to open our hearts to the logic of the Father’s love which is free and generous. It is about allowing oneself to be astonished and fascinated by the “thoughts” and the “ways” of God which, as the Prophet Isaiah recalls, are not our thoughts and not our ways (cf Is 55:8). Human thoughts are often marked by selfishness and personal advantages, and our narrow and contorted paths are not comparable to the wide and straight streets of the Lord. He uses mercy — do not forget this: He uses mercy —, he forgives broadly, is filled with generosity and kindness which he pours forth on each of us. He opens for everyone the boundless territory of his love and his grace, which alone can give the human heart the fullness of joy.
Jesus wants to make us contemplate the gaze of that landowner: the gaze with which he looks upon each of the labourers searching for work and calls them to go to his vineyard. It is a gaze which is filled with attention, kindness. It is a gaze which calls, invites one to get up and begin a journey because he wants life for each of us; he wants a full, committed life, safe from emptiness and inertia. God excludes no one and wants each of us to achieve his or her fullness. This is the love of our God, of our God who is Father.
May Mary Most Holy help us welcome into our lives the logic of love which frees us from the presumption of deserving God’s reward and from the critical judgement of others.
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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