Our Lady of the Mission

February 21st 2021 - The First Sunday of Lent

+ Next Sunday is The Second Sunday of Lent +

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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; in body and mind. As we begin this season of Lent, we pray that it is a fruitful time of grace for you and all your loved ones. I ask of your special prayers and fraternal support to our RCIA catechumens and candidates who are to be baptised and received into our Parish Church Community this Easter. It is a big step they are making in these times. I also ask you to support our young people from our two parish primary schools and those in PREP enrolling and preparing for sacraments of initiation this year. It is certainly an exciting time for them, their families, teachers and the wider parish community. We pray that everything will go ahead as scheduled. We remain committed to state and federal governments’ direction in the ever-developing COVID 19 situation as well us 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, Mother of Good Counsel.

Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP.

Know your faith

We have commenced our Lenten observance and now accompanying our Lord on His path of suffering, crucifixion at Calvary; and glorious resurrection at Easter. I offer this short statement as a guideline for those who may struggle with fasting and abstinence. The law of abstinence (refraining from meat) binds all Catholics who are fourteen years of age and above. The law of fasting binds all Catholics who are eighteen to sixty years of age. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence and fasting – ref Canon #1250 - 1253. I hasten to recommend that you speak to your health professional and follow their advice if you have underlying health concerns. All else you may do beyond Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are your personal devotion and at your own discretion.

MASS TIMES 22nd February to the 28th February 2021

All Masses will be held in the Church


Monday 22nd February - The Chair of St Peter - 7.00am & 9.00am

Tuesday 23rd February - 7.00am & 9.00am

Wednesday 24th February - 7.00am & 9.00am

Thursday 25th February - 7.00am & 9.00am

Friday 26th February - 7.00am & 9.00am

Saturday 27th February - 8.30am & 6.30pm

Sunday 28th February - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm

Prayer of the Week

Lord, be with us as we commence our Lenten journey. May we adopt meaningful discipline to assist us to draw closer to you in this season.

Introduction:

As we begin our Lenten journey, water is one of the themes of our readings today. Water is essential for life but can also be destructive and catastrophic. The waters of the flood and the water of baptism are the opportunity for a new beginning.


1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15

After the flood, the rainbow is described as God’s promise not to destroy the earth.


2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22

St Peter reminds his readers that the Noah story now takes on a new meaning. The water of baptism is not the means of washing off dirt or destroying what is unclean, but a source of new life, a life with and in God.


Gospel: Mark 1:12-15

After his temptations in the wilderness, Jesus begins his ministry with the call to repentance.


Antiphon to the Psalm:

Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.

Parish Notices - Sunday 21st February 2021

1. COVID 19 Protocols at Church: Under post transitional Covid-19 restrictions for Perth and Peel regions, and given our large parish church size, we are able to operate at our usual capacity. As of Sunday 14th February 2021, we are no longer required to observe the 4sqm rule and there is no longer a requirement to wear face masks. 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 complete both sides of the Mass attendance cards provided at the back of the church and place them in any of the collection boxes. ONE CARD PER FAMILY is sufficient. For weekday Masses and functions, you will either use a QR code or fill your details in a WA Government’s Health Department form provided at the information desk. Thank you.


3. 2021 Project Compassion: Please pick up your pack of 2021 Project Compassion Envelopes and or boxes today. Kindly return them by Easter. Thank you for your love and generosity.


4. Stations of the Cross: Please join us in praying stations of the Cross every Friday at 7pm throughout Lent starting here in the Church.


5. Parents’ Sacramental Information Evening: We invite all parents preparing their children this year for First Reconciliation, FHC and Confirmation to an information night on Wednesday, 3rd March at 7pm here in the Church.


6. International World Day of Prayer 2021: The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian Women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. This year we are hosting the Prayer Service and it is on Friday 5th March 10am in the Church, followed by Morning Tea. This year we pray for Vanuatu. Everyone is welcome.


7. Fr Cyp’s 10th Sacerdotal Anniversary Thanksgiving Mass and Celebration: Fr Cyprian will be celebrating 10 years of Priesthood on Sunday 7th March. A Special Thanksgiving Mass is planned for 11am followed by Lunch on the WCPS Oval. We would like the whole Parish to give thanks for his calling to the Priesthood and to celebrate with him. To aid with the preparations, the 9.30am Mass will be cancelled on that Sunday so everyone is invited to the Special 11.00am Thanksgiving Mass. (8.00am & 5.45pm Mass will go ahead as usual). More details to come as we, the Parish Council finalise our plans. We pray that in this current situation we will be able to go ahead with our plans for Fr. Cyp's Special day.


8. Parish Bible Study: An exciting study program of the book of Wisdom has been delayed due to COVID. New start dates are now 23rd & 24th February. For registration and more information contact Ramona on 0409 317 114.


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. Our next youth group will explore the theme ‘Diving Deep Into Our Faith. Next catch up is Friday the 19th February. Call Luke 0401822932 for more information.


10. Playgroup: Our Wednesday 9am-11am playgroup is back for 2021 in the parish centre. Please contact the parish office or Nicole Westneat on 0411 542 619 for more information.


11. Newsletter Advertising Vacancy: If you would like to advertise your business on the back of our newsletter, please contact the office on 9307 2776. Advertisements run for three months at a time. The newsletter is emailed to parishioners each week and it is also put on our website and Facebook page. Rates are very reasonable.


12. Contributing to stronger WA Communities: The Archbishop and the Catholic Education of Western Australia (CEWA) invites you to read, reflect and support their campaign for equitable access of educational facilities to all students in WA regardless of their background. Your voice on this matter ought to be heard at the upcoming WA state elections. For more details, please see 'Every Child Counts' website

http://www.everychildcounts.net.au or email communications@cewa.edu.au


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 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.


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 - 28th February 2021

NEWSLETTER NOTICES DEADLINE: Wednesday at 12pm Noon.


RELIGIOUS GOODS STALL: Clare Alexander/ Pat Nerva/ Bernadette Nadham/ Jenny Marcelino/ Pam Thompson.


READERS: Kazak Trofimczyk & Kerry Roberts/ Roslyn Trestrail & Colin Trestrail/ Carol Wright & Volunteer/ Matthew Jardim & Michelle Gagatek/ Emma Machesani & Siena Machesani.


COUNTERS: Sunday 21st February: Jennifer Lalani/ Connie Sanders/ Liz Williams/ Rachel Hargrave/ Antoinette Monisse-Redman/ Darlene & Peter McKenzie.


CLEANERS: Friday 6th March: Maria Mammone/ Darlene McKenzie/ Maria Bennett/ Regaine Tokimatsu/ Raluca Gavriliu/ Cathy Maloney.


BAKERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.

SERVERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.


STATUE OF FATIMA: The Statue is currently with the Fraser family in Duncraig. Anyone wishing to say the Rosary with the family can call 9203 7712 to arrange. From the 27th February, the Statue will be with the Alexander family in Hillarys.


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 5th of March.


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


BAPTISM: We welcome Layla Silva, Scout Fanderlinden, Reghan Devine, & Stefan Maundersinto 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 Kathleen Smith, Billy Harrison, Andrew Guifoyle, Edward & Norman Fernandes, Suzanne Rowe, Alfred Usete, Meliton Casingar, Chris Baig, Preci Partridge, Nora & Patrick Glynn, Francisco Jauregui, Esther Martinez De Jauregui, Yvonne Ang, John Kavanagh, Le van Viet, Le thanh Gia, Rani Chua, Hui Mei Chuen Paul, Melba Yolanda Cruz, 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

Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. St Paul reminds us that God Himself “did not spare His own Son.” Are my gifts to the Lord – of my resources, of my time, of myself – also sacrificial?

General Notices

1. Medjugorje: In thanksgiving for Our Lady's reported daily apparitions in Medjugorje from 1981 to the present day. The Medjugorje evening of prayer group warmly invite you on Friday 26th Feb. 7.00pm to St. Bernadette's Church. 49 Jugan St. Glendalough for prayers of thanksgiving. On this evening we will also continue our 30 day Novena to St. Joseph. All parishioners and families are warmly invited. Free dvd's rosaries, medals, newsletters and booklets available on this evening.Enq. mob 0407 471 256. email medjugorjewa1981@gmail.com


2. Centre for Faith Enrichment: Discovering Catholic Values. An introduction to the Basics of our Faith. ON: Wednesdays, 21st April – 12th May. FROM: 7:30pm – 8: 30pm (4 sessions) WITH: Mr Joe Tedesco. AT: Whitford Parish - 270 Camberwarra Drive, Craigie, 6025. SUGGESTED DONATION: $20


3. Caritas Australia: Each week during this Lenten season, Caritas Australia is holding Virtual Immersion opportunities for parishes via Zoom video conferencing. These digital engagements will allow participants to focus on prayer and reflection, Catholic Social Teaching and an interview and Q&A with Caritas International Program staff. Sessions will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for one hour across Australia. You can register for a Virtual Immersion by going to lent.caritas.org.au. For more information contact: Deacon Paul Reid on 0437 978299 or paul.reid@caritas.org.au


4. Employment opportunity: Permanent Part-Time Safeguarding Office Safeguarding Working with Children Compliance Officer. The position will be responsible for ensuring all aspects of the Working With Children Legislation is adhered to by all Archdiocesan parishes and agencies and will assist the Safeguarding Director with ensuring the 10 Standards are met as per the Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited requirements for audit. To receive the Job Description and submit your application please email agency.support@perthcatholic.org.au by Monday 1 March, 2021, for the attention of Andrea Musulin.


5. Parishioner Needs Help: One of our parishioners has to move interstate urgently because of family health issues and so has furniture for sale. Pick up Hillarys area. Please call 0424 813 890 for more information. Many thanks and god bless.

Fr Cyprian's Weekly reflection: The First Sunday of Lent - Year B

A story is told in Timbuktu, of a mother camel and her son. The child camel comes to the mother camel and asks: ‘Mum, why do we have such wide and tough hoofed feet?’ The mother camel replies: ‘It is to help us trek in arid sandy desert without sinking into it.’ The child camel goes on to ask: ‘Why do we have such huge humps on our backs, mum?’ ‘It is to help us store water and fat to survive on in dry desert environment;’ replied the mother camel. ‘And why do we have such long thick eye lashes, mum?’ asked the child camel. ‘They prevent the desert sand going into our eyes’ said the mother camel. The child camel poses for a second and says: ‘I see, I get it - we have wide hoofed feet to walk in the desert sand, huge humps on our backs to store water and fat and long thick eye lashes to prevent desert sand getting into our eyes. The child camel finally and calmly asks: ‘Mum, what are we then doing here in Disney zoo?’


Every first Sunday of lent, we read of Jesus entry into the desert where He is tempted by the evil one while being ministered to by the angels of God. In the desert, He remains forty days and forty nights without food. Though St Mark does not provide us an extensive version as the other evangelists, Matthew and Luke, he does in fact give us sufficient images to reflect and contemplate on as we join Jesus in this desert experience. We must note, Jesus is driven by the spirit into the desert straight after His baptism in the river Jordan. On the day of our baptism, we too entered the desert that is this world we live in. In this world, like Jesus in the desert, we are tempted in every way and like Jesus, we must resist every trick of the evil one - setting our eyes, minds and hearts to God. More than often, this proves difficult but it should not be a reason for us to give up because our Lord did not give up at all. In all the challenges we go through in our lives as individuals, families and as a community, we must treat them as the ways in which we are being tempted and seek the courage to overcome them by the power of the Holy Spirit and of Jesus who has conquered all. We must not yield to doubt and despair no matter the difficulty.


Interestingly, the author of today’s gospel says that the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert. I’ll suggest it is the Spirit of God that did the driving. As such, Jesus is able as it were, to conquer the evil one because of the Holy Spirit and in fact as He is empowered by His Heavenly Father. The question then must be asked: Who or what drives us? For some of us, power, wealth, fame, greed and sometimes substance might be our driver. Such drives cannot bring us peace and joy. This lent, we must resolve to let the will of God, His love and the love of and for our brothers and sisters drive us. Other than gather and stock up everything for ourselves, may we make a conscious decision to share with those who struggle so that no one around us will be in need when we have more than we want. We resolve to use our power, authority and fame to change our world for the better other than for our own personal and sometimes selfish interests.


For the mother camel and her son in the story above, they need to protect their eyes from the desert sand and they of course require wide feet to prevent them sinking in the desert sand as they trek in it. For us, we must protect our hearts from the grit of the sand as we walk deep into the desert of our hearts this lent. We must let go of the pain of anger, desire for revenge, greed, indifference and doubt. We seek the grace of being chastened by our Lenten observance to give rise to an oasis in the desert of our hearts and souls so there may spring up at the opportune time, a genuine love for God and our neighbours. This in itself is at the heart of Jesus’ urgent call in today’s gospel: ‘The time has come... Repent and believe the Good News.’


Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Parish Priest

Mass Readings

Entrance Antiphon: Psalm 90: 15-16

When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.


Opening Prayer:

Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. 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: Genesis 9:8-15

God spoke to Noah and his sons, ‘See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of the flood. There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.’ God said, ‘Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all things of flesh.’


Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 24(25):4-6,7b-9

Response: Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.


Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth, and teach me: for you are God my saviour. R.

Remember your mercy, Lord, and the love you have shown from of old. In your love remember me, because of your goodness, O Lord. R.


The Lord is good and upright. He shows the path to those who stray, He guides the humble in the right path, He teaches his way to the poor. R.


Second reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22

Christ himself, innocent though he was, died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life, and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison. Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of eight people ‘by water’, and when God was still waiting patiently, that these spirits refused to believe. That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now, and which is not the washing off of physical dirt but a pledge made to God from a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has entered heaven and is at God’s right hand, now that he has made the angels and Dominations and Powers his subjects.


Gospel Acclamation: Matthew 4:4

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory! No one lives on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:12-15

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him. After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’


Prayer over the Offerings:

Give us the right dispositions, O Lord, we pray, to make these offerings, for with them we celebrate the beginning of this venerable and sacred time. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Communion Antiphon: Psalm 90: 4

The Lord will conceal you with his pinions, and under his wings you will trust.


Prayer after Communion:

Renewed now with heavenly bread, by which faith is nourished, hope increased, and charity strengthened, we pray, O Lord, that we may learn to hunger for Christ, the true and living Bread, and strive to live by every word which proceeds from your mouth. 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

This first Sunday of Lent, the Gospel recalls the themes of temptation, conversion and the Good News. Mark the Evangelist writes: “The Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan” (cf. Mk 1:12-13). Jesus goes into the desert to prepare himself for his mission in the world. He does not need conversion, but as a man, he must go through this trial, both for himself, to obey the Father’s will, and for us, to give us the grace to overcome temptation. This preparation consists in the battle against the evil spirit, that is, against the devil. For us too, Lent is a time of spiritual “contest”, of spiritual struggle: we are called to confront the Evil One through prayer in order to be able, with God’s help, to overcome him in our daily life. We know that evil unfortunately is at work in our existence and around us, where there is violence, rejection of the other, closure, war, injustice. All of these are the work of the Evil One, of evil.

Immediately following the temptations in the desert, Jesus begins to preach the Gospel, that is, the Good News, the second word. The first was “temptation”, the second, “Good News”. And this Good News demands man’s conversion — the third word — and faith. He proclaims: “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand”; and then he cautions, “repent, and believe in the gospel” (v. 15), that is, believe in this Good News that the kingdom of God is at hand. In our lives, we always need to convert — every day! —, and the Church invites us to pray for this. In fact, we are never sufficiently orientated towards God and we must continually direct our minds and our hearts towards him. In order to do this, we need to have the courage to reject all that takes us off course, the false values which deceive us, by subtly flattering our ego. Rather, we must entrust ourselves to the Lord, to his goodness and to his project of love for each of us. Lent is a time of repentance, yes, but it is not a time of sorrow! It is a time of penance, but it is not a time of sorrow, of mourning. It is a joyous and serious commitment to strip ourselves of our selfishness, of our “old man”, and to renew ourselves according to the grace of our Baptism.

Only God can give us true happiness: it is useless to waste our time seeking it elsewhere, in wealth, in pleasure, in power, in a career.... The Kingdom of God is the realization of all our aspirations because at the same time, it is the salvation of mankind and the glory of God. On this first Sunday of Lent, we are invited to listen carefully and to hear Jesus’ appeal to convert, and to believe in the Gospel. We are exhorted to begin the journey towards Easter with commitment, to embrace evermore the grace of God who wishes to transform the world into a kingdom of justice, peace and fraternity.

May Mary Most Holy help us to live this Lenten Season with fidelity to the Word of God and with unceasing prayer, as Jesus did in the desert. It is not impossible! It means living each day with the desire to embrace the love that comes from God and which seeks to transform our life and the entire world.

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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: 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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