Our Lady of the Mission
June 28th - The 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
- Next Sunday is The 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time -
Message from Fr Cyp
Greetings and peace to you.
It is truly beautiful and a great relief to be back to full capacity here at OLM, Whitford Parish. What has been a rather grim time seem to look even more encouraging; at least for us here in Western Australia. That in itself is a cause for sincere gratitude from one and all of us to almighty God for His enduring love and mercy. Nevertheless, it is not a time for us to let go of all relevant safeguards for a COVID-safe community. We recommit ourselves to complying with state and federal governments’ regulations for our personal safety and that of the wider community. Thank you for doing your bit and encouraging one another to do the same. As I have highlighted in my reflection this weekend, let us all pray for better days ahead. We pray that this time next year, things will be well and brighter for us all; regardless of where we are now. Fr Francis and I remain grateful to one and all of you for your prayers, love and enduring support. You can as always, count on our daily prayers. We once again commend ourselves to the powerful intercession of our blessed Mother Mary, Queen of Apostles.
Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP
MASS TIMES 29th June to 5th July 2020
All Masses will be held in the Church - Max 100 People only
Monday 29th June - St Peter and St Paul - 7.00am & 9.00am
Tuesday 30th June - 7.00am & 9.00am
Wednesday 1st July - 7.00am & 9.00am
Thursday 2nd July - 7.00am & 9.00am
Friday 3rd July - St Thomas - 7.00am & 9.00am
Saturday 4th July - 8.30am & 6.30pm
Sunday 5th July - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm
We gather to experience the generous hospitality of our God, who meets our deepest needs. Here in this place all are welcomed into love’s warm embrace.
1st Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11. 14-16
Elisha receives a warm welcome. His host is richly blessed.
2nd Reading: Romans 6:3-4. 8-11
Death has no more power over Christ. We must live as if dead to sin and alive for God in Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42
Jesus identifies completely both with the Father who sent him and with the disciples who follow him.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Parish Notices - Sunday 28th June 2020
1. We are back to full capacity: Under phase four of COVID 19 RoadMap, we are now back to full capacity but MUST keep to 2sqm rule until it is eased on July 18th. You are no longer required to register or leave us your name and contact details. Thank you one and all for your patience, understanding and support.
2. Parish Newsletter: There will be a limited number of paper copies of the newsletter available on the information desk at the back of the Church for those whom do not have access to our electronic version we email weekly.
3. 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. Starting Thursday 30th of July 2020. Contact Mrs Ann Cunneen on 0410 616 517 for more information or you are welcome to just come join us.
4. 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.
5. Infant Baptisms: We are now able to conduct infant baptisms for up to two families at the usual time of 12.15pm on Sundays. Please contact parish office for more information. Forms are also available from the information desk. Thank you.
6. New 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.
7. 2020 Sacramental Program: We are now able to provide some update on 2020 sacramental celebrations. In the event that further restrictions are eased and we can have more people allowed at gatherings; we are tentatively going to celebrate First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation for all school-aged students as earlier planned - Please refer to your calendar of events. In the unlikely event that further restrictions are not eased, we shall provide alternative dates, times and procedures for the celebration of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation. Unfortunately, celebration of Confirmation remains on hold as we work through a number of logistical matters on the same. We are confident to have details soon and celebration happening sometime this year. Due to uncertainties and tight timeframes, there will be no workshops. However commitment Masses for all the three sacraments will go ahead as previously planned, please refer to your calendar of events. Keep an eye on our parish newsletter and communication from your school or from our sacramental coordinator.
8. Reconciliation: We have resumed individual reconciliation / confession at the usual time of 12pm and at 5.30pm on Saturdays.
9. Visit to the sick in homes and hospitals: Fr Cyprian and Fr Francis will only visit sick parishioners in homes and or hospitals on request. Please save this for only those requiring the last rites. We will be back to normal pastoral visits once COVID 19 is under stable control.
10. 24:7 Whitfords Youth Group: 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: Getting to Know You: Building Relationships after Lockdown (5 July). Call Amanda 0421 144 992 for more information.
11. NEW ENVELOPES for 2020/2021: All envelopes for 2020/2021 have now been posted out. If you received a call to pick up, your envelopes are ready for collection from the Parish office or from the Church as discussed.
12. Planned Giving New Year: The New Year for Planned Giving starts in July and if you have been thinking of joining now would be a good time to start as the new financial year starts on Sunday 5th of July. If you join the parish planned giving program then you are planning to support our church financially. We are a family and we need to budget, just like you do in your family. We plan for the future as well as trying to live day by day. By committing to give your nominated amount our finance committee are then able to plan for our future and pay the bills today. We are self-funded and we rely on your support to run our family/parish effectively.
13. Planned Giving: Where does your money go? 1st Collection & Easter Offering Envelopes: This money goes to pay our priests a basic income. A percentage of the 1st collection goes to helping priests in smaller parishes so that they too can receive their basic income. 2nd Collection: This is the money you put in your planned Giving Envelopes and any loose cash put into the 2nd Collection baskets. This money maintains our presbytery, church, office, parish centre and pastoral group expenses. Join any time by filling in a pledge card at the information desk.
14. 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.
15. 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 - 5th July 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/ Andrea Hancock & Helen Leithead/ Hayley Sheppard & Taylor-Jade Sheppard/ Rosana Hywood & Ann O’Donnell/ Matt MacKenzie & Rod MacKenzie.
CLEANERS: Friday 3rd July 2020: Caron Dabell/ Kellie Hayes/ Mary Healy/ Suzanne Healy/ Katrina James/ Suyaine Tohovitis.
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 3rd July.
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 Jose and Adela Lopez, Marianne Lopez O’Sullivan, Rosita Nicolas, Lestry D’Souza, Gabin D’Souza, Shane Stevenson, Vu Khae Ly, Nguyen Trong Ky, Barney Morier, Shelagh Brice, Christopher Uy, Bernice Longmore, John Teahan, Violetta Romana, Alfric Mendis, Mary Mendis, Marie Daisy Augustin, George and Simone Laventure, Emelio, 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.
Both the first reading and the Gospel today speak of hospitality and welcome. Our ministers of hospitality are a most visible example of using one’s time and talents to welcome the people of God. But the Gospel assures us that all who give just “a cup of cold water” to one of His lowliest ones will be rewarded.
1. Catholic Mission: As the COVID-19 pandemic inflicts all sorts of difficulties around the world, Pope Francis in his Missionary Prayer Intention for June asks us to pray for those who are suffering. He reminds us that many people are suffering due to the great difficulties they are enduring and that we can help by accompanying them in prayer. Pope Francis asks us to pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.
Fr Cyprian's Weekly reflection for Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
During my chaplaincy years at Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia, I encountered a number of very meaningful questions from rather genuine faith-hungry students and staff. Some simple, some quite complex. I remember on odd occasions students asking me; “Fr Cyprian, how do we read the bible? Should we read from page to page or how is it done?” Today, I am asking myself some questions as I am sure you would be in light of today’s gospel. How do we read this gospel? Jesus seem to contradict all that we know about our Christian faith and His gospel. Isn’t the love of parents enshrined in the Ten Commandments? Isn’t it weird to expect a parent not to make their children a priority - especially in 2020? What is Jesus talking about?
At the time of writing this gospel, the disciples of Jesus were at crossroads and very important then; that they make a choice to follow Him and His message of salvation or remain faithful to the traditions of their families and Jewish culture. The challenge for some was that choosing to follow Jesus and the way of His gospel meant being rejected by their families. So, Jesus could not be clearer in letting His disciples know that those who preferred their families to Him were not worthy of Him. His way and His gospel entailed the cross which He ultimately died upon. Whilst His disciples weren’t necessarily going to all die on the cross, they were expected as it is today too, to accept the suffering that comes with following Him.
Jesus and His Gospel, and so authentic Christianity are sharply counter cultural especially looked at in the lens of 2020. Being an authentic follower of Jesus in 2020 demands that we are pro-life and yet we live in a culture that has normalized death; the unborn, terminally ill and the elderly are seen by some in our society as an inconvenience. To say something different as a Christian on this matter you’re labelled a bible-basher which can be very intimidating. The mention of Laudato Si by Pope Francis makes some political and cooperate leaders cringe because they put their careers and the dollar figure before the care of earth which is a gift given us as custodians to pass on to the next generation. As followers of Jesus, we must stand with courage in the face of these figures knowing that there can only be one master in these matters; God, and Him alone we serve.
Allow me to comment on today’s first reading. Elisha says to the Shunamite woman: This time next year, you will hold a son in your arms. What a brilliant promise to give to a couple that have longed for a child for so long! It appears that this promise which is in fact God’s gift to the Shunammitess and her husband, is a token of appreciation for their care and love for the servant of God; namely, Elisha. That love and care stems from their acceptance and faith in God. For that, God sees their hearts and intervenes in their situation through His servant Elisha.
A dear friend of mine ones told me, whenever I am in a sticky situation, I should tell myself that things won’t be the same this time next year. I should at least give myself time to go through and recover from whatever is troubling me. We sometimes automatically go into a ‘Save Our Ship (SOS)’ mode when confronted with a challenge in our lives. We forget to look at the bigger picture; that is, the blessings God has bestowed on us in the past, now and those He will bestow on us in the future. While Elisha’s promise is directed to the Shunamite woman, it could be our promise too as we go through this current crisis. We must, as believers and followers of Christ, trust that He will carry us to a better place next year with this pandemic behind us. Yes, it is paramount that we do whatever is humanly possible to mitigate the tragic effects of this pandemic but that must not be seen as replacing the power of God who has all things in control; our lives, our livelihoods, our jobs and businesses, our community and the society at large.
This time next year, things will be better for us all. Let that be our prayer and say amen to it with conviction. The gospel reminds us that with God, all things are possible.
Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Parish Priest
Entrance Antiphon: Psalm 46: 2
All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy!
O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. 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: 2 Kings 4:8-11,13-16
One day as Elisha was on his way to Shunem, a woman of rank who lived there pressed him to stay and eat there. After this he always broke his journey for a meal when he passed that way. She said to her husband, ‘Look, I am sure the man who is constantly passing our way must be a holy man of God. Let us build him a small room on the roof, and put him a bed in it, and a table and chair and lamp; whenever he comes to us he can rest there.’ One day when he came, he retired to the upper room and lay down. He said to his servant Gehazi, ‘Call our Shunammitess. Tell her this: “Look, you have gone to all this trouble for us, what can we do for you? Is there anything you would like said for you to the king or to the commander of the army?”’ But she replied, ‘I live with my own people about me.’ ‘What can be done for her then?’ he asked. Gehazi answered, ‘Well, she has no son and her husband is old.’ Elisha said, ‘Call her.’ The servant called her and she stood at the door. This time next year,’ he said ‘you will hold a son in your arms.’
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 88(89):2-3,16-19
Response: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
I will sing for ever of your love, O Lord; through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth. Of this I am sure, that your love lasts for ever, that your truth is firmly established as the heavens. R.
Happy the people who acclaim such a king, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who find their joy every day in your name, who make your justice the source of their bliss. R.
For it is you, O Lord, who are the glory of their strength; by your favour it is that our might is exalted; for our ruler is in the keeping of the Lord; our king in the keeping of the Holy One of Israel. R.
Second reading: Romans 6:3-4,8-11
When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life. But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him anymore. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.
Gospel Acclamation: 1 Peter 2:9
Alleluia, alleluia! You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy people. Praise God who call you out of darkness and into his marvellous light. Alleluia.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:37-42
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. ‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me. ‘Anyone who welcomes a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man will have a holy man’s reward. ‘If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.’
Prayer over the Offerings:
O God, who graciously accomplish the effects of your mysteries,
grant, we pray, that the deeds by which we serve you may be worthy of these sacred gifts. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Communion Antiphon: Psalm 102: 1
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all within me, his holy name
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.
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
Andrew DeMaio 0422 236 051
Clare Ogden 0422 551 375
Rachel Wood 0400 958 513