Our Lady of the Mission
September 13th - The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
- Next Sunday is The 25th 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 14th September to 20th September 2020
All Masses will be held in the Church
Monday 14th September - The Exaltation of the Holy Cross - 7.00am & 9.00am
Tuesday 15th September - Our Lady of Sorrows - 7.00am & 9.00am
Wednesday 16th September - Saints Cornelius, Pope, Cyprian - 7.00am & 9.00am
Thursday 17th September - 7.00am & 9.00am
Friday 18th September - 7.00am & 9.00am
Saturday 19th September - 8.30am & 6.30pm
Sunday 20th September - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm
Only human beings set limits to what they will give and forgive. This is partly because we live in time, and time makes us set limits to what we do and give to each other. Eternity is without limits.
1st Reading: Ecclesiasticus 27:30 – 28:7
The cure for bad memories is to remember the things of God.
2nd Reading: Romans 14:7-9
Life and death only have meaning when they are lived for something more than ourselves.
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
There is no limit to forgiveness, because heaven is eternal forgiveness.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
The Lord is kind and merciful; slow to anger and rich in compassion.
Parish Notices - Sunday 13th 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. 2020 First Reconciliation: WCPS & PREP on Tuesday, 27th October at 7.00pm, PCPS & PREP on Wednesday, 28th October at 7.00pm.
3. 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.
4. Holy Land Collection: This weekend, we are taking up a third collection at all Masses for the Holy Land which we missed earlier in the year due to having no Good Friday celebration. Please deposit your contribution in one of the special boxes provided at the back of the church. Thank you.
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 group meets 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. 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.
8. THE RELIC OF ST MARIA GORETTI is in a Reliquary, in Our Lady's Grotto, in the Church. Any family wishing to have this First Class Relic in their home may take the Reliquary, and keep it as long as they need to, then return it to the Church when no longer required. Please advise the office on 9307 2776, or Shirley-Ann on 0424 813 890, when you take the Reliquary and when it's returned. Thank you.
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 18th September. 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. 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.
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 - 20th September 2020
NEWSLETTER NOTICES DEADLINE: Wednesday at 12pm Noon.
RELIGIOUS GOODS STALL: Bernadette Nadham/ Cecilia Araya/ Sible Rozario/ Flora Joanilho/ Pam Thompson.
READERS: Laurie Graham & Chris Graham/ Natalie Bullen & Peter Ross/ Tamara McGougan & Dan Wood/ Karena Tansey & Emelia Tansey/ Rafaela Rogers & Mia Rogers.
COUNTERS: Sunday 20th September: Jennifer Lalani/ Connie Sanders/ Rachel Hargrave/ Antoinette Monisse-Redman/ Justine Brennan.
CLEANERS: Saturday 19th September: Alana Williams/ Connie Chadinah/ Ian Fernandez/ Carol Janeczko/ Evelyn D’Souza/ Clair McCormack.
BAKERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
SERVERS: Glory Be Café is still closed.
STATUE OF FATIMA: From 19th September to the 26th September the Statue of Fatima will be with Pinto family in Hillarys. Those wishing to join them in saying the Rosary can call 0404 022 913 to arrange. From the 26th September the statue will be the Cantatore family in Craigie.
DEVOTION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS: Is held on the first Friday of every month during 9.00am Mass. The next Devotion will be on Friday the 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, Jose & Adela Lopez, Le Van Viet, Le Thi Be, Joao da Silva Ferreira, Janet Grover, Joe Lopez, Christopher Baig, Cyril Stritch, Douglas Sobrielo, Zhang Jin Xiu, Sonia De Andrade, Thomas Walters, Gweneth de Cruz, 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. Aussie-Pinoy Got Talent WA: When: 26th of September from 6pm - 11.30 pm at the FACPI Club House, 1 Catherine Street, Bedford WA. Ticket cost: $10 per person, children under 12 are free. Tickets will be available at the door on the night. Food and drinks for sale. All proceeds will go to the not for profit Foundation for the Preservation of Filipino Culture and Values.
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 email@example.com or phone 9221 7117. Please see notice at back of Church for more information.
3. 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-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
Forgiveness and reconciliation are integral to Christianity and certainly particular to our Catholic Faith. Unfortunately, it is common knowledge that forgiveness and reconciliation are hard to come by. They need to be worked on and a considerable effort need to be invested into securing some. In the Sacrament of reconciliation or that of penance/confession as is better known to many, we are restored to right relationship with God and indeed with one another when it has been broken due to sin. Reconciliation restores us to love and peace. The work of reconciliation and need for forgiveness manifests itself in our everyday life at home, at work, at school or wherever we find people – we are simply prone to error, mistakes, wrongdoing or sin due to our human fragility.
Once again, like we have heard him speak for the rest of us in recent weeks, Peter puts a question to Jesus: ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ No doubt we have wondered ourselves, how many times can we truly forgive a person who keeps on offending us? Peter suggests a number to Jesus; seven, that is. The number seven in biblical terms signifies totality, finality or completeness as paralleled to God creating the universe in seven days. Jesus’ answer must have surprised Peter as it does surprise us: ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.’ What does that actually mean? Forgiveness ought to be infinitely ongoing. We ought to be forbearing with one another remembering that we are all weak people. It is a Christian vocation.
Today’s gospel provides us one of the few times that Jesus answers a question with a parable. In the parable of the unrepentant debtor, Jesus explains to His apostles and to us His followers of 2020 why it is crucial that we make forgiveness and reconciliation our special vocation. Like the servant who owed his master a large sum of money; ten thousand talents we are told, so we too owe our God so much. We owe God such huge debt that warranted the death of His Only Begotten Son Jesus on the cross to cancel it out. And indeed, on the cross Jesus cries out and says: Forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. It must baffle God that we His sons and daughters who He has been pleased to forgive our huge debt, our many sins; giving us life to the full are determined to exact vengeance against our fellow brothers and sisters for so little debts.
In her wisdom, the Catholic Church has made Reconciliation or Penance or Confession as is otherwise known, one of its seven sacraments and made it available at all times for those who might need or want to celebrate it. The wisdom in this is the fact that as members of families and communities we find ourselves vulnerable to mistakes against each other; thus, sinning against our loving God. We cannot really be at peace with ourselves, each other and with God when the wrongs we have against each other are weighing heavily on us. Sin takes grace away from us and that is why we insist within our Catholic Faith, that Holy Communion be received only by those who have prepared themselves and are in state of grace. Those harboring grudges, those who are angry, those who have been gossiping, those who are envious and so forth cannot be in a state of grace.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray that God may forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us. It is important that we do not just say the words without really meaning it. To receive forgiveness from God demands that we be prepared to forgive those who have offended us if we have not done so as yet. Yes, this is a rather challenging demand on us but that is why we are Christians; Catholics, to be more precise. We ought to remind ourselves in light of this gospel that Christian living was not meant to be a bed of roses. That is why the Lord asks us to pick up our crosses if we want to follow Him. He picked up His. He picked you and I up. Sometimes other people’s hurtful words and actions against us may just be those crosses we’ve got to carry in following the Lord.
So, what happened to justice? Do we just tolerate injustice and condone hurtful behavior from others? Is that what the Lord is asking of us? Clearly no. When one hurts us, we are called to follow the right channels of addressing the issue as we were advised last weekend; with forgiveness and reconciliation as our focus. First, we talk to them in private. If the matter is not resolved, to ask one or two others to assist us in the discussions. If that is not successful, we bring the individual/s to the attention of the wider community and if they refuse to listen to the community, we treat the individual/s as pagans or tax collectors. That is, like non-believers. But we ought to remember, the advice Jesus is giving us is for family or community living - likeminded people. For us, our faith in Jesus makes us of one mind and one heart.
Today and in the week ahead, let us ask ourselves who in our lives requires seventy-seven times forgiveness from us. Could it be our child, grandchild, a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a friend or a colleague of ours? Am I aware of someone in my life who has forgiven me so many times over? My parents, spouse, friend or colleague? Have I thanked them and prayed for them? What hurts am I finding hard to let go? Have I spoken to someone about them? Have I prayed about them? When was the last time I celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation? What might be holding me back? This week let us be grateful to God for his boundless mercy. As Pope Francis has reminded us: The name of our God is Mercy. He echoes the words of saint John and those of Pope Benedict VI who tell us, God is Love.
Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Parish Priest
Entrance Antiphon: Sir 36: 18
Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel.
Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. 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: Ecclesiasticus 27:33-28:9
Resentment and anger, these are foul things, and both are found with the sinner. He who exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord, who keeps strict account of sin. Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven. If a man nurses’ anger against another, can he then demand compassion from the Lord? Showing no pity for a man like himself, can he then plead for his own sins? Mere creature of flesh, he cherishes resentment; who will forgive him his sins? Remember the last things, and stop hating, remember dissolution and death, and live by the commandments. Remember the commandments, and do not bear your neighbour ill-will; remember the covenant of the Most High and overlook the offence.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 102(103):1-4,9-12
Response: The Lord is kind and merciful: slow to anger, and rich in compassion.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord all my being, bless his holy name. My soul, give thanks to the Lord and never forget all his blessings. R.
It is he who forgives all your guilt, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with love and compassion. R.
His wrath will come to an end; he will not be angry for ever. He does not treat us according to our sins nor repay us according to our faults. R.
For as the heavens are high above the earth so strong is his love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far does he remove our sins. R.
Second reading: Romans 14:7-9
The life and death of each of us has it’s influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life: it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Gospel Acclamation: John 13:34
Alleluia, alleluia! I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:21-35
Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. ‘And so the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; but he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt. At this, the servant threw himself down at his master’s feet. “Give me time” he said “and I will pay the whole sum.” And the servant’s master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt. Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him. “Pay what you owe me” he said. His fellow servant fell at his feet and implored him, saying, “Give me time and I will pay you.” But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt. His fellow servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him. Then the master sent for him. “You wicked servant,” he said “I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?” And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt. And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’
Prayer over the Offerings:
Look with favour on our supplications, O Lord, and in your kindness accept these, your servants’ offerings, that what each has offered to the honour of your name may serve the salvation of all. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Communion Antiphon Psalm 35: 8
How precious is your mercy, O God! The children of men seek shelter in the shadow of your wings.
Prayer after Communion:
May the working of this heavenly gift, O Lord, we pray, take possession of our minds and bodies, so that its effects, and not our own desires, may always prevail in us. 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
Jesus gives us a catechesis about the unity of brothers and sisters and ends it with a beautiful word: "I assure you that if two of you, two or three, will agree and ask for a grace, it will be granted to you." Unity, friendship and peace among brothers and sisters attracts the benevolence of God. And Peter asks the question: "Yes, but what should we do with the people that offend us? If my brother offends me, he offends me, how many times will I have to forgive him? Seven times?" And Jesus answered with that word that means, in their idiom, "always": "Seventy times seven." You must always forgive.
And it's not easy, to forgive. Because our selfish heart is always attached to hatred, revenge, resentment. We have all seen families destroyed by hate in the family that gets passed down in the family from one generation to the next. Brothers who, in front of the coffin of one of the parents, do not greet each other because they carry on old grudges. It seems that it is stronger to cling to hatred than to love, and this is precisely the treasure – let's say so – of the devil. He always occupies himself among our grudges, among our hates and makes them grow, keeps them there to destroy. Destroy everything. And so often, for small things, he destroys. And he also destroys the Lord who did not come to condemn, but to forgive. This God who is able to celebrate for a sinner who draws near to him and forgets everything.
When God forgives us, he forgets all the evil we have done. Someone said, "It's God's ailment" He has no memory, he is able to lose his memory, in these cases. God loses the memory of the awful stories of so many sinners, of our sins. He forgives us and he goes on. He only asks us: "Do the same: learn to forgive", do not carry on this unfruitful cross of hatred, and resentment, "you will pay for it". This word is neither Christian nor human. The generosity of Jesus who teaches us that in order to enter heaven we must forgive. Indeed, He tells us: "You, go to Mass?" – "Yes" – "But when you go to Mass and you remember that your brother has something against you, reconcile first; don't come to me with love for me in one hand and hate for your brother in the other." Consistency in love. Forgive. Forgiveness from the heart.
There are people who live condemning people, talking ill of people, constantly dirtying their workmates, dirtying neighbours, relatives, because they don't forgive something they've done to them, or they don't forgive something they didn't like. It seems that the devil's wealth is this: sowing love to non-forgiveness, living attached to non-forgiveness. And forgiveness is a condition for entering heaven.
The parable that Jesus tells us is very clear: to forgive. May the Lord teach us this wisdom of forgiveness that is not easy. And let us do one thing: when we go to confession, to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, let us first ask ourselves, "Do I forgive?" If I feel that I do not forgive, do not pretend to ask forgiveness, because I will not be forgiven. Asking for forgiveness is forgiving. They're both together. They can't separate. And those who ask for forgiveness for themselves like this servant, who the master forgives everything, but do not give forgiveness to others, will end up like this servant. "So too, my Heavenly Father will do with you if you do not forgive your brother from the heart."
May the Lord help us understand this and lower our heads, so that we are not proud, to be magnanimous in forgiveness. At least to forgive "out of interest." How come? Yes: forgive, because if I do not forgive, I will not be forgiven. But always forgiveness.
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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