A Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Archbishop of Perth on the ‘Same-sex Marriage’ Debate

To the Catholic People of the Archdiocese of Perth
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Once again, the issue of ‘same-sex marriage’ has emerged in our society in a contentious way. Specifically, there is a great deal of discussion about the merits or otherwise of changing the legal definition of marriage, which at present refers to a union between a woman and a man, to one which embraces same-sex relationships as well.
Complete Letter click here to download

Sing With Joy! United In Diversity

You are invited to the 3rd National Conference of the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network “Sing With Joy! United In Diversity”
VENUE: Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough, WA
DATES: October 5-7, 2017
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: David Haas & Clare Johnson
www.apmn.org.au and follow the conference link. For more info contact: Mrs Angela Gorman (Bendotti) Email: convenor@ampn.org.au

POPE FRANCIS WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

Calling all young people (16-20 years) to be part of an international conversation & share your views on life, faith & experiences of the church. This online survey will provide feed-back to Pope Francis as a part of the General Synod on Young People. Faith & Vocational Discernment to be held in October 2018. Complete the survey & you enter the draw to WIN one of three "Dr Dre Solo 2.0 On-Ear Headphones"! The survey closes on Sunday 2nd july. Survey Link: www.catholic.org.au/youthsurvey

MONSTER BOOK SALE 2017, Pater Noster Parish, Myaree

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June from 9 am - 4 pm both days in the Parish Hall, Evershead St Myaree. To donate books to the sale please contact Margaret on 9330 3848 or email peg.cabass@bigpond.com

CHARISMATIC CONFERENCE

"Come Holy Spirit, we need you" International Presenter, Mr Cyril John Friday 30 June - Sunday 2 July.
Friday 30 June 7:30 pm - 9 pm at ORANA Primary School Hall in Willetton.
Saturday 1 July 9 am - 4:30 pm and Sunday 2 July 11 am - 5 pm at ST BERNADETTE Parish Hall in Glendalough. Contact Frank 0400 885 635 or Dan at daniel.hewitt5@bigpond.com

MENS BREAKFAST WITH ARCHBISHOP COSTELLO

MenALIVE invite you to a morning of fellowship, food & faith reflection at their MenALIVE Pentecost Men´s Breakfast on Saturday 3rd June at St Joachim´s Vic Park with Special guest & Mass celebrant Archbishop Timothy Costello Mass at 7:30 am. Cost $15. RSVP 0419 863 755 or tonydean@westnet.com.au

DISCERNMENT RETREAT DAYS

Where is God calling you ?
Mass, Prayer & Reflection for women & men aged 18-35 considering a religious vocation. At St Catherine´s House of Hospitality, Tuart Hill.
Women: Saturday 17 June 2017 10 am - 4 pm.
Men: Saturday 24 June 2017 10 am - 4 pm.
Enquiries please contact 9220 5901.

WINTER PRAYER DAY
Finding Healing and Hope in the new Universe Story

Presented by Sr Dora Maguire at the Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York St South Perth on Wednesday 14 June from 9:30 am - 1 pm.
Cost is by donation, morning tea and light lunch included. For catering please RSVP on 9334 0999 or at lauramccarty@sosj.org.au

VERITAS YOUTH FESTIVAL

This local festival provides young people with an opportunity to deepen their faith & their relationship with Jesus. Friday 30 June - Sunday 2 July University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. Cost: $50 for a 3-day pass. Check out www.veritasparth.com

WINTER PRAYER DAY

Finding Healing and hope in the new Universe Story
Presented by Sr Dora Maguire at the Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York street South Perth on Wednesday 14 June 2017 from 9:30 am - 1 pm. Cost is by donation, morning tea and light lunch included. For catering please RSVP on 9334 0999 or at lauramccarthy@sosj.org.au

DISCOVER YOUR FERTILITY

A woman´s health is often reflected in her fertility. Learning the Billings Ovulation Method can alert a woman to underlying health problems. Learn how to interpret natural signs of your fertility through all changing life stages from puberty to menopause.

AUSTRALIAN PILGRIMAGE

´IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARY MACKILLOP´ 8-18 November 2017 For more info phone: Annie Bond rsj 02 8912 4818 or email: MMP.NationalPilgrimage@sosj.org.au

ST BENEDICT´S - APPLECROSS

St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School are now taking enrolments for 2019 & have limited places for 2018.

URSULA FRAYNE OPEN DAY

Ursula Frayne Kindy - Year 6 Open Day will be held on Wednesday 31 May at Balmoral St Campus East Victoria Park. Tours will be run on campus at 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 2 pm. To book on these yours contact Jen Steven on 9470 0902 or email steven.jen@ufcc.wa.edu.au

ST PIUS X PRIMARY SCHOOL

There are a few places available for Kindy 2018. For your child to attend please complete an Enrolment Form as soon as possible.
Interviews for Kindy 2019 positions begin soon. For your child to attend please complete an Enrolment Form as soon as possible.
St Pius X Catholic Primary School
Cnr Ley St & Cloister Ave, Manning
Phone: 9450 2797
Web: stpiusx.wa.edu.au

SHRINE TIME

Holy Hour for Young Adults 18-35 yrs is on Sunday, 25th June at 7.30pm at the Schoenstatt Shrine, 9 Talus Drive Mt Richon. Please join in for prayer; praise & worship followed by a social.

WHO AND WHAT ARE MERCY ASSOCIATES?

Mercy Associates are lay women and men who cherish the virtue & practice of Mercy and see it as a way of enhancing their spiritual lives. They meet regularly for prayer, formation, reflection & community. They are connected and committed to the Sisters of Mercy through prayer & support for their missionary activities. Pope Francis considered Mercy so important in our lives he dedicated a whole year to highlight it. So, if you feel drawn to a rich & fulfilling connection to Mercy you may consider becoming a Mercy Associate. ‘Come & See’ what we do on Sunday 2 April from 2pm-4pm at St Catherine’s House of Hospitality, in Tuart Hill. Contact Jan on 94433957 or janoconnor@australiaonline.net.au

INDEPENDENT VIEW ON ROYAL COMMISSION REPORT

The editorial of the March 11 issue of Newsweekly makes pertinent observations of the latest report of the Royal Commission which is an analysis with respect to Catholic Church institutions across Australia. It is a highly recommended read and copies are available in church foyer. Issues highlighted in the editorial include:

  • Flaws in use of statistical data as pointed out by independent, non Catholic journalists
  • Positive, encouraging findings of report not covered by media
  • Interesting statistical comparisons of widespread community and Catholic Church allegations

APPARITION HILL

7 strangers - 2 atheists, 2 terminally ill patients, a skeptic, a widower and a recovering addict, investigate one of the greatest mysteries of the modern era, Medjugorje. Showing at Luna Leederville on Sunday 14 May. $15pp Tickets only available online via https:/www.trybooking.com/260680

YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT

Easter theme, “Christ is Risen”. Run by Catholic Youth Ministry for adults aged 18-35 years, the retreat includes inspirational talks, music, prayer, mass, discussion, meals & accommodation!  Cost: $130. Fri 21-Sun 23 April at Eagles Nest Retreat Centre, Gidgegannup. For more info contact: 9422 7912 or admin@cym.com.au

KINDY VACANCIES 2017 St Columba’s Catholic Primary School

There are still limited vacancies for Kindergarten in 2017 at St Columba’s for children born between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2013. Further details are available at www.stcolumbas.com.au

FALL PREGNANT NATURALLY

The Billings Ovulation Method® can assist you in having the baby of your dreams. If you have been trying to have a baby without success, our teachers can provide information which will give you the best chance to achieve your pregnancy naturally.

HSISCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP

Do you wonder if there is more to Christianity than ritual observance? Would you like Jesus Christ's promises of peace and fullness of life to be realities in your world? If so this FREE, extensive course could be just right for you. It is held at Queen of Apostles parish on Thursday nights from 7-9.30pm. For further details contact Dan on 9398 4973 or Stephen on 0402 540 054.

CENTRE FOR FAITH ENRICHMENT

The Centre for Faith Enrichment offer daytime, evening, weekend AND on-line Adult Faith Formation courses. Call 9241 5221 or visit www.cfe.org.au

RECORD MAGAZINE

The quarterly edition of The Record Magazine is available in church foyer.If you would like a PRINTED copy of The Record each week please advise the church office on 9450 5921.

MISSIONAIRES OF CHARITY’ IN SRI LANKA

YOUTH ADVENTURE & SERVICE The Sisters with Mother Theresa’s order are asking if there are any Australian youth willing to volunteer and experience their way of life with the poor. They have 3 homes in Sri Lanka, 2 homes in Colombo and 1 home on the south of the island. These homes provide for the various needs found within the community including the support of young pregnant women who do not wish to go ahead with an abortion as well as elderly women found in the streets. For more info please contact one of our parishioners Tom Pavey, (whose niece is a Sister with Mother Theresa’s order on pavey.thomas@gmail.com

MERCY CARE FOSTERING SERVICES

Mercy Care has launched a campaign to recruit Foster Carers for children not able to live with their families for various reasons, including exposure to domestic violence, chaotic itinerant lifestyles, drug and alcohol misuse, neglect and various other forms of abuse. Would you consider becoming a Foster Parent? For more information email fosteringervices@mercycare.com.au or phone 9442 3444. See poster in Church Foyer and take home a leaflet.

AN INVITATION "COME AND SEE"

.... to come and enjoy an evening of reflection, sharing & prayer followed by a light meal.
Theme: Why Winter? The spiritual journey of the doma time.
Where: Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York Street, South Perth.
RSVP: Alma Cabassi rsj, cabassi@gmail.com, 0419 044 136

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION AMORIS LAETITIA, ´THE JOY OF LOVE: ON LOVE IN THE FAMILY´

Pope Francis has recently published a new papal document ( ‘Apostolic Exhortation’) about marriage and family life. The full version of Amoris Laetitia is available to read and download on the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference website: www.catholic.org.au/synod-2015/home

. A summary is also available on this website.

DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUP 7TH ANNIVERSARY

The Divine Mercy Prayer Group of St Jerome’s Parish invites everyone to celebrate its 7th Anniversary from 2–4 pm at St Jerome’s Catholic Church, 36 Troode St, Munster. Celebration will be led by Fr Varghese Parackal VC and will include the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Chaplet and a Healing Mass. Call Connie 0437803322/Liliana 94373435

HOLY SPIRIT INTERACTIVE (HSI)

are running a School of Discipleship program at Sts John & Paul parish hall in Willetton every Friday night at 7 pm except the last Fridays of the month. The aim of the program is to create participants to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ and is guaranteed to be life changing. Admission is free. Kindly contact Stephen at 0402540054 or Dan at 93984973.

Caritas Australia

To combat the variable weather patterns affecting farmers in Vinsen´s village, a local community program supported by Caritas Australia, is teaching farmers how to terrace land and grow sustainable crops for life, regardsless of the changing weather patterns. Please donate to Project Compassion and help farmers in remote West Timor grow sustainable crops for life.

DAYDAWN ADVOCACY CENTRE

DAYDAWN ADVOCACY CENTRE Unit 2/5 Aberdeen Street, Picadilly Square Central, Perth WA 6000, is an initiative of Emeritius Archbishop Hickey established as an advocacy, referral and support service for Aboriginal people. Mary McComish, the Director is seeking volunteers to assist this Archdiocessan LifeLink agency. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mary on 9218 8035 or email daydawn@perthcatholic.org.au

ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS INTO NOTRE DAME

Bridging course are offered by Notre Dame with access to undergraduate courses upon completion. To apply contact the Prospective Students Office on 08 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au. Website www.nd.edu.au

COUNCELLING AT NOTRE DAME

Ever thought of becoming a Councellor? Notre Dame welcomes applications from parishioners into the Councelling degree programs. Counselling studies at Notre Dame combine personal, spiritual and caring dimensions in highly practical, skills-based programs. For more information email future@nd.edu.au.

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BEING CATHOLIC

is a popular Australian website that provides a great range of articles, video and interviews to support Catholics on the journey of life and faith. Visit www.beingcatholic.com.au to read the latest article, "How To Become A Saint In One Easy Step."

PERTH YOUNG CHRISTIAN STUDENTS MOVEMENT ADULT ASSISTANT

Young Christian Students is a Local, National and International movement run for by and among high school students. Our aim is to put our faith into action and be the change we want to see in the world, using the Review of Life (See Judge Act) methodology. Through this we see that students are experts in their own reality and should be the ones take make changes within it. Perth YCS is looking for a Diocesan Adult Assistant, to support, empower and challenge diocesan student leaders. We'd love to have you on the team! Experience in the Review of Life (See, Judge, Act) method is preferred. This is a volunteer role.
For further enquiries contact:
Perth Coordinator, Merida Cooke:
0402705119, or Perth YCS Office on 0894227911.

NEW VICAR GENERAL

Our Archbishop, Most Rt. Rev. Timothy Costello has appointed Fr Peter Whitely as the next Vicar General of Perth Archdiocese. We congratulate Fr. Whitely on his appointment.

CATHOLIC FAITH ENRICHMENT COURSES

The Maranatha Centre for Adult Faith Formation offers short daytime, evening and online courses on a variety of topics. No prerequisites, exams or assignments. If you are interested in enriching your understanding of your faith, visit www.maranathacentre.org.au or call 9241 5221 for more information on upcoming courses.

PARISH TO PARISH BED AND BREAKFAST BOOK

Is available to Catholics wishing to purchase a copy ($18) Australian cheque. The book covers the details of 200 Catholic homes in NZ and Australia where you can enjoy great hospitality for $25 each for 2 or more or $30 for one person. To order a copy email marie.ian@xtra.co.nz or phone 0064 3 3595 541 or post to Marie Anderson, 2 Brent Place, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand.

DEEPENING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD!

You are invited to learn more about CENTREING PRAYER - a method of deepening one's relationship with God.

LOCATION: Westcourt Chapel, Christian Brother's Support Centre, 53 Redmond St., Salter Point

WHEN: Monday evenings 7.30pm - 8.15pm. For further information, please call Br. Terry on 0458-649-986

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Spiritual Direction is a traditional practice that encourages us to explore a closer relationship with God. In spiritual direction one is assisted in reflecting deeply on the experiences of your daily life. A spiritual director accompanies you on your journey as you deepen your relationship with God. Frequency of meetings are determined by the client and the SD by agreement. There is usually a fee in¬volved for the consultation. For more information please contact Br Terry on 0458 649 986.

KIMBERLEY CATHOLIC VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Urgently needed volunteer workers

The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church on Aboriginal Missions. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, build¬ing maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking and cleaning. Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months to 2 years, with the possibility of an extension. For further details and an application form please contact: Jo & Kevin Bell 08 9192 1060 or mobile 0427433244 (email) volunteers@broomediocese.org Web: www.broomediocese.org Mail: PO Box 76, Broome WA 6725

CATHOLIC MISSION

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEOUS DONATIONS TO CATHOLIC MISSION, IF YOU HAVE NOT DONATED PLEASE TAKE ONE OF THE CATHOLIC MISSIONS APPEAL ENVELOPE AND PUT IT IN THE FIRST OR SECOND COLLECTION. THANK YOU. GOD BLESS

PUBLIC TOURS OF ST MARY'S CATHEDRAL

If you are interested in art and architecture and the religious history of St Mary's Cathedral you may wish to join a public tour to be conducted every Tuesday from 10.30am -11.30am. Pre-booking is not required.
A donation of $5.00 per person would be much appreciated. Make your donation and collect your ticket at the Church Office, 25 Victoria Avenue on the day. For group bookings please email the Cathedral on cathedral@perthcatholic.org.au.

CARITAS AUSTRALIA

The Catholic Church's Agency for International Aid and Development, is looking for a person, committed to Social Justice and the Church's mission to the poorest of the poor, to be our Diocesan Director Perth and to work with our Western Australian/ Northern Territory Diocesan Directors. This is a full-time paid position, located in Perth and may be the job for you. If you are interested, please read further information on the notice board and/or email Patricia Ryan on patriciar@caritas.org.au (m: 0418 182 302)

SEEKING MENTOR COUPLES

Been married for over ten years and have a passion for marriage? Ministry to the Newly Married is seeking volunteer mentor couples for this year's program. If you think you might be interested. or for more information please contact Karen on 0409 682 923 or Jacqueline on 0414 285 884 or email newlymarried@perthcatholic.org.au.

Teaching as a career ?

The University of Notre Dame Australia enjoys an excllent reputation in preparing intending teachers to enter the profession. Likewise, qualified practitioners can access courses to enhance their educational theory and practice. Programs available through the School of Education include:
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Care; Primary; Secondary; Conversion; and Double degrees)
- Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum; Early Childhood; Leadership & Management; Retum to Teaching; and Special Needs) and
- Graduate Certificate in Religious Education
- Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
- Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
- Master of Education (Curriculum; Early Childhood; Leadership & Management; Religious Education; Special Leaming Needs; and Conversion Primary) and
- Master of Religious Education
If you would like to explore opportunities within Education, please contact the Prospective Students Office on 94330533. Email:future@nd.edu.au

Acts 2 College of Mission & Evangelisation

Have you just finished high school? Not sure what to do this year? Are you keen to see renewal in the church? Keen to discover more about your Catholic Faith? Or to know the bible better? Have you discovered the power of prayer? Would you like to know more about the answers to these questions? This week, why not give Acts 2 Bible College a call, check out our web www.acts2come.wa.edu.auor phone 9202 6859.

 
contact

Parish Priest: Fr Ossie Lewis PP

Mailing Address: 45 Thelma Street, Como, WA 6152

Phone: (08) 9450 5921 Fax: (08) 9450 5760; Email: como@perthcatholic.org.au
ossielewis28@gmail.com

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm