Holy Family Church Kalamunda

Catholic Archdiocese of Perth

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As most of you are aware by now the Government and Health Authorities have made the difficult decision to shut down all non-essential services. This includes our Church.

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our Facebook page @holyfamilychurchkalamunda

and of course this weekly bulletin.

Each week we will include links to resources to help you to fulfill your

spiritual needs during this uncertain time.

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A Word from Fr Suresh

Dear Parishioners,


“Every owner, occupier or person apparently in charge of an affected place must close to the public for a period commencing at 12 noon on 23 March 2020 and ending to midnight on 13 April 2020.”

-The Commissioner of Police and State Emergency Coordinator.

Accordingly, we have to follow the Government’s directives and the Archbishop’s decisions fully and faithfully. To fail to do so would be to risk putting people’s lives in danger and would be a source of shame and scandal for our own people and the wider community.

These days, more than ever, we need to call on the resources of our personal faith and of our Church’s tradition. We believe that “...nothing can come between us and the love of God, made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).

Updated Government directives:

In the Archdiocese of Perth the following is to be observed in relation to the celebration of WEDDINGS and FUNERALS from 11.59pm (local time) 25 March 2020:


The celebration of each wedding must adhere to the government-issued restriction of no more than five (5) people in attendance.

Attendees at weddings are to be restricted to the celebrant (1), the couple (2) and the witnesses (2).

The rule of one (1) person per four (4) square metres applies.


The celebration of each funeral must adhere to the government-issued restriction of no more than ten (10) people in attendance.

The rule of one (1) person per four (4) square metres applies.

Fr Blasco Fonseca has moved out of the Intensive Care Unit and into a ward at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He has only improved slightly. He is only attached to a respirator during the night but is still unable to speak because he has had a tracheotomy. Please keep him in your prayers as he has a long road to recovery.

May the prayers of Mary, the Help of Christians and the Mother of the Church, support us in all that lies ahead.

St Joseph pray for us.

- Fr. Antony Suresh

Sunday 29th Mar 2020 - Fifth Sunday of Lent Year A

Entrance Antiphon Psalm 42: 1-2

Give me justice, O God,

and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless.

From the deceitful and cunning rescue me,

for you, O God, are my strength.

First Reading Ezekiel 37:12-14

The Lord says this: I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel. And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. And I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and I shall resettle you on your own soil; and you will know that I, the Lord, have said and done this – it is the Lord who speaks.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 129

R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

1. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,

Lord, hear my voice!

O let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my pleading. R.

2. If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,

Lord, who would survive?

But with you is found forgiveness:

for this we revere you. R.

3. My soul is waiting for the Lord.

I count on his word.

My soul is longing for the Lord

more than watchman for daybreak.

(Let the watchman count on daybreak

and Israel on the Lord.) R.

4. Because with the Lord there is mercy

and fullness of redemption,

Israel indeed he will redeem

from all its iniquity. R.

Second Reading Romans 8:8-11

People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

Gospel Acclamation John 11:25. 26

Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;

whoever believes in me will not die for ever.

Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel John 11:1-45

There was a man named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany with the two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was ill. It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair. The sisters sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you love is ill.’ On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will end not in death but in God’s glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified.’

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed where he was for two more days before saying to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judaea.’ The disciples said, ‘Rabbi, it is not long since the Jews wanted to stone you; are you going back again?’ Jesus replied:

‘Are there not twelve hours in the day?

A man can walk in the daytime without stumbling

because he has the light of this world to see by;

but if he walks at night he stumbles,

because there is no light to guide him.’

He said that and then added, ‘Our friend Lazarus is resting, I am going to wake him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he is able to rest he is sure to get better.’ The phrase Jesus used referred to the death of Lazarus, but they thought that by ‘rest’ he meant ‘sleep’, so Jesus put it plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead; and for your sake I am glad I was not there because now you will believe. But let us go to him.’ Then Thomas – known as the Twin – said to the other disciples, ‘Let us go too, and die with him.’

On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to sympathise with them over their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.’ ‘Your brother’ said Jesus to her ‘will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said:

‘I am the resurrection and the life.

If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live,

and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Do you believe this?’

‘Yes, Lord,’ she said ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’

When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in a low voice, ‘The Master is here and wants to see you.’ Hearing this, Mary got up quickly and went to him. Jesus had not yet come into the village; he was still at the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who were in the house sympathising with Mary saw her get up so quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

Mary went to Jesus, and as soon as she saw him she threw herself at his feet, saying, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ At the sight of her tears, and those of the Jews who followed her, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, ‘Where have you put him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept; and the Jews said, ‘See how much he loved him!’ But there were some who remarked, ‘He opened the eyes of the blind man, could he not have prevented this man’s death?’ Still sighing, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening. Jesus said, ‘Take the stone away.’ Martha said to him, ‘Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day.’ Jesus replied, ‘Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said:

‘Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer.

I knew indeed that you always hear me,

but I speak for the sake of all these who stand round me,

so that they may believe it was you who sent me.’

When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, here! Come out!’ The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, let him go free.’

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did believed in him.

Communion Antiphon John 11:26

Everyone who lives and believes in me

will not die for ever, says the Lord.

Planned Giving Contributions

Please continue making contributions to assist us in the continued running of our parish. The weekly collection is absolutely vital in the operation of our parish and without this taking place over the next few weeks(months) we will soon be in financial hardship unless we can receive your contributions. We still need to pay our insurance premiums (over $10,000), council and water rates, telephone, parish loan and many other items, even though the church itself is not open.

PLEASE contribute via Bank Transfer. (If you are unsure how to do this please ask your children or grandchildren for help).

BSB: 016 341

Account: 424276107

Account name: Kalamunda Parish

Please nominate 2nd Collection and use your Surname as the reference eg 2nd Smith

To contribute money to Father Suresh directly do the same transfer but nominate 1st Collection eg 1st Smith


Shirley Hay, Beula Barratt, Shane, Shona Kozma, Jo Tunney, Stuart Sheldon, Fr Blasco Fonseca, Mrs Steele, Paul Lee, Eamon McInerney, Cathy Murray, Humphrey Park, Jim Paparo, John d'Adhemar, Kathy Young, Lawrence, Bernadette Corges, Bernadette Josling, Fred Neubronner, Patrick Armstrong, Greg O’Connor, Alexandra Cregan, Lyn Brown, Gai Smith, Mr Doherty, Eileen Bresland, Danielle Killmurray, Rosa Santos, Victor Silva, Francis Corges, Mary Watson, Anne Park, Lisa Stewart, Terry Page, Flynn Winter, Tony Mondello, Carolyn Tupling, Corrie Van De Putri, Trevor & Madaleine Thomas, Sheila Nolan-Neylan, Naranda & Nathan Schultz, Anna Furfaro, Maria Nordhoff, Courtney, Dorothy Oliver, Mary Brandis, Mike Steward, Paul Watson, Murphy, Margaret Jones, Sue Sondalini, Christine Ferguson, Will Spirker, Dom Michael Tunney, June Winter, Anne-Marie Sternheim.

Stay at home & Pray

Universalis has the Readings at Mass For each day and the week ahead.

CathNews YouTube Channel offers daily Mass from Sydney, and a variety of videos from Church leaders and agencies - including reflections, documentaries and lectures

Pray at Home The Catholic Church of Australia has an extensive list of online resources and links.

Grace Lenten Program 2020 are offering a FREE digital download of Weeks 3 to 6 of their Lenten Program so that everyone can follow along with the Sunday Gospels, psalms and reflections from their own homes.

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Project Compassion

Fifth Sunday of Lent - 29th March 2020

Tawonga is a 10-year-old girl, living with a disability. She lives in a village in northern Malawi in a region plagued by food insecurity and poverty. For most of her life, her parents have struggled to put meals on the table. Tawonga often had to miss school because she was too sick from hunger. The family also faced discrimination in their community due to her disability. Since participating in a Caritas Australia supported program, Tawonga’s life has transformed. Her family now grows enough food to provide three meals a day, ending the struggle of malnutrition, and helping her thrive at school.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2020 to so this transformational program can continue to empower vulnerable women, men and children, and strengthen the communities around them.

Let’s Go Further, Together. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.


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Contact us

Fr Antony Suresh

Tel: 0412 842 380

Email: pp.kalamunda@perthcatholic.org.au

Parish Office

Tel: 9293 1646

Email: kalamunda@perthcatholic.org.au