Our Lady of the Mission
January 10th 2021 - The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
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Message from Fr Cyp
Greetings and Happy New Year to you all!
Father Francis and I welcome you all; praying and hoping we are all kept well, safe and in good health throughout this New Year 2021. We consciously remain committed to federal and state governments’ advice and policies as well as advice from the Archbishop’s office in regards to COVID 19 RoadMap. This commitment is now more crucial as WA strong border has since been relaxed from 14th November to a controlled border, allowing travelers from the eastern states to enter Western Australia; with no need of any form of quarantine for some. However, we are required by law, as of 5th December 2020, to provide our contact details whenever we come to Church for Mass and other functions. This can be done in two ways: You have a SafeWA app installed on your smart phone and you scan yourself into Church using the QR code provided on Church doors and or on pews, OR You complete both sides of one of the Mass attendance cards provided in the pews. For weekday Masses and other 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. Fr Francis and I wish you and all your loved ones a truly blessed and safe New Year 2021. We are sincerely grateful for all your prayers, best wishes, support and generous gifts. 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 God. Happy New Year!
Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP.
MASS TIMES 11th January to the 17th January 2021
All Masses will be held in the Church
Monday 11th January - 7.00am & 9.00am
Tuesday 12th January - 7.00am & 9.00am
Wednesday 13th January - 7.00am & 9.00am
Thursday 14th January - 7.00am & 9.00am
Friday 15th January - 7.00am & 9.00am
Saturday 16th January - 8.30am & 6.30pm
Sunday 17th January - 8.00am, 9.30am, 11am & 5.45pm
Today is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. We learn that God the Father blesses his “Beloved”, his Son Jesus, who, with the Holy Spirit, will bring healing and peace to the whole world.
1st Reading: Isaiah 55:1-11
Those who thirst are invited to “come to the water”.
2nd Reading: 1 John 5:1-9
Christian life requires both faith in Jesus and love of other people.
Gospel: Mark 1:7-11
Mark’s Gospel starts with the “good news” of Jesus’ baptism at the beginning of his ministry.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Parish Notices - Sunday 10th January 2021
1. COVID 19 Protocols at Church: Under phase four of COVID 19 RoadMap here in WA, and given our large parish church size, we are able to operate at our usual capacity. As of 1st December 2020, we are no longer required to observe 2sqm rule. 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 and on pews, we ask you to please complete both sides of the Mass attendance cards provided in your pews and place them in any of the collection boxes. ONE CARD PER FAMILY is sufficient. Thank you for your cooperation.
3. Parish Office: the Parish office will resume normal office hours from 9am, Monday 11th January 2021.
4. FREE ‘Just Faith Magazine’: Help yourself to a copy of our Christmas Edition of the Just Faith Magazine; featuring stories and photos from our parish life. We hope you enjoy it.
5. WYFI Christmas Closure: WYFI is now closed and will return on Friday, 29th January 2021. We wish all our young people a safe and blessed Christmas and summer break.
6. Eucharist Adoration: Eucharist Adoration will resume at 9.30am on Wednesday 13th January 2021.May
7. Come Alive in Scripture Bible Study – Update: The group has successfully completed the study on Romans for 2020. We are pleased to announce our next study is planned for 2021 – “Wisdom” with a planned start date of 2nd & 3rd February 2021 (8 weeks), followed by a study on the Gospel of John. A reminder will be sent closer to the start date so you can secure your spot in the program. For more info contact Ramona: email@example.com
8. 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
9. 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.
10. Parish Religious Education Program 2021: Our Lady of the Mission, Whitford Parish offers the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) mandated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. PREP is a comprehensive developmental and sequential religious education program designed especially for children who are attending Non-Catholic Schools from Year One through to Year Six. PREP also includes the preparation of children to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion & Confirmation. PREP classes are held every Thursday during school term from 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm and will start next year on Thursday, 4th February 2021. Enrolment for PREP 2021 is now open. PREP Enrolment Forms are available at the Church Foyer and Parish Office. Please complete the enrolment form and submit it to the Parish Office before 1st February 2021. For more information, kindly contact the Sacramental Coordinator on 93072776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
11. 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.
12. 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 - 17th January 2021
NEWSLETTER NOTICES DEADLINE: Wednesday at 12pm Noon.
RELIGIOUS GOODS STALL: Bernadette Nabham/ Cecilia Araya/ Sible Rozario/ Flora Joanilho/ Mary McGrath-Yek.
READERS: Doug D’Jordan & Elizabeth Shibu/ Roslyn Trestrail & Colin Trestrail/ Carol Wright & Volunteer/ Monica Jardim & Julianna Jardim/ Bernie Smith & Meka McCormack.
COUNTERS: Sunday 24th January: Nicole Willey/ Melissa Arundel/ Paul Finnigan/ Carla/ Nirmalene Mendis.
CLEANERS: Saturday 23rd January: 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 Lenon family in Perth. Those wishing to join them in saying the Rosary can call 9246 7031 to arrange.
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 February.
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Adoration is held on Wednesdays 9.30am–7pm and Fridays 9.30am–7pm.
BAPTISM: We welcome Imogen Wake and Isaac Rivera into 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 Prema Chrisostom Gooch, Roy, Isabel Moore, Pearl Sein Win, Daniel Bradshaw, Douglas Inkson, Geraldine McLoughlin, John Carroll, Frank Norman Doss, Nancy Fragomeni, Edna Copsey, all souls in Purgatory especially our deceased 3rd party members, All Doctors, Nurses and Heath Care workers who have died from Covid-19, for all our departed loved ones, all Holy Souls, all victims of Covid-19, all those recently deceased and those who have their anniversary around this time.
1. Employment Opportunity: Administration Officer with the Personal Advocacy Service, an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. It has a part time (0.40 FTE) fixed term vacancy to 30 June 2022 for an Administration Officer. The successful applicant will provide administration support to the Director to prepare for meetings and events as well as a range of compliance audits including the NDSS, NDIS and National Catholic Safeguarding Compliance Audit. The appointee will have extensive experience with the Microsoft Office product suite. Familiarity with Access Database will be viewed favourably. The person will also undertake various administrative duties for other staff when requested and provide holiday relief cover. To receive the Job Description and submit your application please email email@example.com by Friday 22 January 2021, for the attention of Ray Ryan.
Fr Cyprian's Weekly reflection: The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Baptism is a most decisive moment of our Christian life. This is the day we choose if we were adults or our parents and or guardians chose on our behalf if we were infants, to become followers of Jesus and members of his Church. There are some key elements to baptism in the Catholic Church that some of us may not even know or understand. For instance, baptism leaves us with an indelible (permanent) mark of Christianity. Once baptised a Catholic, one remains a Catholic even if they choose otherwise in life. Baptism cannot be reversed. Baptism frees us from original sin and so it was as it is now, penitential in nature; thus absolving us of our sins by water and the Holy Spirit. It is by baptism we are born again and so made sons and daughters of God in the family we call the church. It is due to these elements and certainly more that Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist commands reflection on our part.
The first question that comes to mind is: Why did Jesus need baptism from John the Baptist? He is God for heaven’s sake! Like he chose to be born of a virgin mother into a human family, Jesus endeavors to identify himself with sinful men and women so that he may later save them by his paschal mystery; that is, by his suffering, death on the cross and resurrection. It is in coming to John the Baptist for baptism that Jesus offers a concrete example of humility for his own disciples and those of John the Baptist. If he who did not require baptism can approach it, it would have been more urgent for those who were being invited by John the Baptist to embrace it and the new life it offered. But why John the Baptist? Our Lord’s cousin was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the one to usher in the New Testament or rather the new era of the proclamation and establishment of the kingdom of God by Jesus. It is John the Baptist who points his disciples and us of course, to the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
At Jesus’ baptism, God’s silence is broken as he tears the heavens open for a new lasting relationship with the earth. “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased”. No one had pleased God the Father until Jesus Christ. For the first time, God reveals his face to the human race who are created in his image. Whilst humanity had been overly rebellious to God and his prophets of the Old Testament, God intervenes with gentleness represented by the Spirit that descends on Jesus in the form of a dove. We only have to remember that after the flood in Noah’s time, a dove carrying an olive branch signaled an end to time of havoc and announced a new peaceful era. At creation, the spirit hovered over the face of the earth bringing form and creation to life by the spoken Word of God. This Word which took flesh in the person of Jesus is about to start His work of recreation and making whole what our sins have since broken.
In the gospel of St. John, Nathaniel asks: Can anything good come from Nazareth? It is providential that Mark clearly tells us that Jesus came from Nazareth to be baptised by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. It is clear that God uses the unexpected and sometimes unfamiliar to accomplish his saving mission. That could be you and me. All we have to do is to be docile to his spirit and open to his Word. A humble man from Nazareth would not be the expectation of the people of Israel about their messiah. In light of this act of God, we ought to be sorry for times we have judged people based on their postcodes or origins.
Our Lord’s baptism inaugurates his public ministry. In this ministry, he will reveal his father’s (our father too) glory to his disciples as he preaches his kingdom, heals the sick and provide a voice for the voiceless in the society; the widow, orphans, poor, crippled and all those living on the margins of life and society. This as we know will put him at odds with the leaders of Israel who will subject him to a cruel death on a cross between two thieves. In all this, no one will clearly acknowledge him other than the gentile centurion in the crowd as they watch him die on the cross. As Christians, we ought to know that our baptism was and is an invitation to share in the sufferings of Jesus and so claim a place in his glorious resurrection. Such sharing in our Lord’s suffering is possible if we can acknowledge like the centurion: Truly, this man was (is) the Son of God! (Mark 15:39). We ourselves know that he is truly the Son of God because he loves us with everything; we ought to love him with our ‘everything’ - our lives, health, wealth, time, talent and faith. May our own baptism be a source of strength in our resolve to follow Jesus daily and so love him in our brothers and sisters like he loves us.
Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Parish Priest
Entrance Antiphon: Matthew 3: 16-17
After the Lord was baptised, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove, and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
Almighty ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
First reading: Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7
Thus, says the Lord: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have endowed him with my spirit that he may bring true justice to the nations. He does not cry out or shout aloud, or make his voice heard in the streets. He does not break the crushed reed, nor quench the wavering flame. Faithfully he brings true justice; he will neither waver, nor be crushed until true justice is established on earth, for the islands are awaiting his law. I, the Lord, have called you to serve the cause of right; I have taken you by the hand and formed you; I have appointed you as covenant of the people and light of the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 28(29):1-4,9-10
Response: The Lord will bless his people with peace.
O give the Lord, you sons of God, give the Lord glory and power; give the Lord the glory of his name. Adore the Lord in his holy court. R.
The Lord’s voice resounding on the waters, the Lord on the immensity of waters; the voice of the Lord, full of power, the voice of the Lord, full of splendour. R.
The God of glory thunders. In his temple they all cry: ‘Glory!’ The Lord sat enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits as a king for ever. R.
Second reading: Acts 10:34-38
Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: ‘The truth I have now come to realise’ he said ‘is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him. ‘It is true, God sent his word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ – but Jesus Christ is Lord of all men. You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil.’
Gospel Acclamation: John 1:29
Alleluia, alleluia! John saw Jesus approaching him and said: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Alleluia!
Gospel Reading: Mark 1:7-11
In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said: ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit. ‘It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’
Prayer over the Offerings:
Accept, O Lord, the offerings we have brought to honour the revealing of your beloved Son, so that the oblation of your faithful may be transformed into the sacrifice of him who willed in his compassion to wash away the sins of the world. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Communion Antiphon: John 1: 32, 34
Behold the One of whom John said: I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.
Prayer after Communion:
Nourished with these sacred gifts, we humbly entreat your mercy, O Lord, that, faithfully listening to your Only Begotten Son, we may be your children in name and in truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
New Year Blessing
God our Loving Father, You command us in the Name of Your only Son Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit not to be afraid. As we begin this New Year, we once again entrust ourselves and all our loved ones to Your divine care. We pray for good health, safety, peace and the wisdom to discern what You have in store for each one of us. Deepen our faith in You who alone has the power over all and in all. Bless us with the grace of sincere trust in You and gratitude to You for all You reveal to us amidst our joys and struggles – whatever they may be. We implore the powerful intercession of the Blessed Ever Virgin Mary, Your beloved daughter and Mother of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Reflections from Pope Francis
Today’s celebration of the Baptism of the Lord concludes the Christmas Season and invites us to think about our baptism. Jesus wished to receive the baptism that John the Baptist preached and administered in the Jordan. It was a baptism of repentance: those who approached expressed the wish to be purified of sins and, with the help of God, they committed to begin a new life.
Thus we understand the great humility of Jesus, the One who had no sin, in joining the queue of the penitents, mingling among them to be baptized in the waters of the river. How humble Jesus is! And in so doing, he manifested what we celebrated at Christmas: Jesus’ willingness to immerse himself in the river of humanity, to take upon himself the failings and weaknesses of men and women, to share their wish for liberation and the triumph over all that distances one from God and renders one a stranger to brothers and sisters. As in Bethlehem, even along the banks of the Jordan, God keeps his promise to take upon himself the destiny of the human being, and Jesus is the tangible and definitive sign of it. He took all of us upon his shoulders; he carries all of us, in life, in our days.
Today’s Gospel passage emphasizes that when Jesus “came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove” (Mk 1:10). The Holy Spirit, who had worked from the beginning of creation and had led Moses and the people in the desert, now descends in fullness upon Jesus to give him the power to accomplish his mission in the world. The Spirit is the creator of Jesus’ baptism and also of our baptism. He opens the eyes of our hearts to the truth, to the whole truth. He propels our life along the path of charity. He is the gift that the Father has given to each one of us on the day of our baptism. He, the Spirit, transmits the tenderness of divine forgiveness to us. And it is again he, the Holy Spirit, who makes the revelatory Word of the Father resonate: “You are my Son” (cf. v. 11).
The celebration of Jesus’ baptism invites every Christian to remember his or her own baptism. I cannot ask you whether you remember the day of your baptism, because most of you were infants, like me; we were baptized as infants. But I ask you another question: do you know the date of your baptism? Do you know what day you were baptized? Each one think about it. And if you do not know the date or have forgotten it, upon returning home, ask your mum, dad, grandma, uncle, aunt, grandpa, godfather, godmother: what is the date? We must always keep that date in our memory, because it is a date of celebration; it is the date of our initial sanctification; it is the date on which the Father gave us the Holy Spirit who encourages us to walk; it is the date of the great forgiveness. Do not forget: what is the date of my baptism? Let us invoke the maternal protection of Mary Most Holy, that all Christians can understand ever better the gift of baptism and commit to living it with coherence, witnessing to the love of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit.
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Parish Priest: Fr Cyprian M. Shikokoti
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Assistant Priest: Fr Francis Quoc Tran
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Secretaries: Christine List & Mary McGrath-Yek
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 9am –4pm
Sacramental Coordinator: Brigid Fredericks
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Missioncare: Donna Moxey (Meals, Visiting & Family help)
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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
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