Parish News

August 2017


We congratulate the following parishioners celebrating their wedding anniversaries this month. Des & Betty Leggett, Megan & Jim Phillips, Julie & Dominic Palumbo, Catherine & Francois Rousset, Marek & Grazyna Toczylowski, Jared & Amelia Graves, Patricia & David Cowley, God Bless you on your Special Day
If you would like your wedding anniversary to be remembered in the parish bulletin and the Prayer of the Faithful please enter your details on the form in the church foyer.


Mass Intentions

6 pm: Golden Saint
8.30 am: Golden Saint
10:00 am: Golden Saint
If you would like a weekend Mass offered for your intentions, please complete a Mass Intention envelope and leave it with Fr Ossie, Pastoral Assistants or Office Staff the WEEK PRIOR to the Mass.


Laudato Si

offers a course that explores Caring for our Common Home
In his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis called all people of goodwill to accept the challenges of being protectors of creation, of one another & of the environment. He showed the impact of irresponsible consumerism and environmental damage on all of us, but especially on the poor of the world.


Care for our Common Home @ Holy Family Parish
7 pm - 8.30 pm Wednesday 16 August 2017
Jim Smith from the Centre for Faith Enrichment presents this Seminar Series that will explore Laudato Si and lead to planning the changes needed to properly care for our common home. Cost is $5 per evening.
Complimentary tea & coffee on arrival


Fri 13th - Sun 15th October 2017
Explore the beauty of creation in the bushland of the Canning River at the Christian Brothers ´Westcourt´ located at 53 Redmond St, Salter Point. Presented by Sr Shelly Barlow RNDM & Br Terry Casey CFC this retreat is $300 Live-in or $170 Live-out. Holy Family Parish Special Offer: Live-out for $40. Limited places so please contact the office 9450 5921 or if you are interested.



Voluntary postal plebiscite is being activated. The Coalition for Marriage request: 1) Your prayers 2) Ensure you are registered to vote 3) Make people aware of the argument for retaining definition of marriage and 4) Watch John Anderson interview at john_anderson_speaks_on_marriage



Sunday 10 September 2017



Saturday 9 September 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.
If you are interested in joining the wonderful ministry of serving on the altar please register your interest on the sign-up sheet in the foyer.


Feast of the Assumption

Thursday 15 August 2017
Mass at 9 am and 7 pm.
The Nativity and The Assumption are the only two Holy Days of Obligation that are celebrated on the date.



7 pm Saturday 19 August 2017. Enjoy Pasta with plain Neapolitan sauce with Mediterranean lettuce salad accompanied by garlic or plain bread. Complimentary Peroni, glass of read or white house wine or soft drink will be served. ONLY $10 to be paid by 13 August 2017 Register on list in church foyer. Limited places will be available for this first of a series of fun evenings. Watch this space for more details.



Holy Family Parish Como thank the INDONESIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANISATION for providing the Music Ministry at our 10 am Mass this weekend. The ICYO invite parishioners to their fifth charity concert SVARA: a Contemporary Choral Anthology” on Saturday 7 October in Beasley Auditorium, Perth Modern School. Dress Rehearsal at 3.30 pm is $15 and Main Performance at 7.30pm is $25. Tickets on sale after 10 am Mass TODAY. All proceeds go to Karya Mulia School for the Deaf in Surbaya, Indonesia.



Relationship enrichment weekend for married couples!  We invite you to join our next Marriage Encounter Weekend in Mandurah on 11 - 13 August. For more information contact George & Monica on 0424 220 625 Online booking available at


Catholic Mission My heart-felt thanks for your prayerful and generous response to the Catholic Mission Appeal last weekend. Your donations provide desperately poor parishes in every developing country around the world with the means to attend to the needs of the most vulnerable in their community. Through your prayers and generosity, God’s Love touches the hearts of those forgotten by the rest of the world.  Should you be inspired to do more and perhaps spend some time in an overseas missionary community, feel free to email me at the Catholic Mission office in Highgate on  to fix a time to meet and explore the possibilities.

"Imagine a sower going out to sow..."  Your support for this week-end´s Catholic Mission Appeal will sustain & strengthen the presence and work of Catholic missionaries throughout the developing world. They are the sowers of Jesus´ parable. They sow the seeds of God´s love in places that the rest of the world have either forgotten about or abandoned. Your regular mission donation is what nourishes the seed that is being sown, ensuring a rich harvest for God´s kingdom. Catholic Mission is the official overseas missionary agency of our Holy Father, Pope Francis. The focus of the 2016 Catholic Mission Appeal was the Mobile Learning Tuktuk Service run by the Daughters of Charity in Cambodia. You may view the Annual Report released by the sisters on the Notice Board or at
Please return your envelopes in the second collection NEXT WEEKEND (29-30 July 2017).



The Perth Catholic Archdiocese invites you to the 2017...
Including the launch of the new Archdiocesan Parent Handbook Protecting God’s Children
WHEN: Tuesday 5 September 2017
WHERE: Duxton Hotel Perth
TIME: 7.3am-9.00am
COST: $49 per person
RSVP: Friday 25 August 2017
on 9221 7763 or email

The Archdiocese Safeguarding Office in partnership with WA Child Safety Services presents...
Safeguarding Protective Behaviours
Parent Workshop
7-9pm Wednesday 30th August 2017, Holy Family Como Parish Hall. Please register your interest on sheet in church foyer.


Sacramental Program

Saturday 5 August Confirmation Commitment Mass
First Eucharist: Sunday 27 August 2017
Confirmation: Saturday 28 October 2017


Church Choir

The whole congregation singing at Mass fosters a strong bond of unity and a sense of belonging. We sing God’s praises with songs based on scripture & reflecting the theme of the days readings and the season of the liturgical year. If you would like to join one of our choirs to help lead our liturgical singing please see Fr Ossie, Tony Pires or Nola Smith. Liturgical singing is sung prayer


Used Stamps

Mary MacKillop and her Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (SOSJ) hold a special Como parishioners. The Sisters ran the primary school that was attached to the church. May MacKillop International (MMI) is the international aid & development agency of the SOSJ and in the spirit of Mary MacKillop they empower communities through education, health and livelihoods. A very simple way we can support the Sisters in their work is to DONATE YOUR USED STAMPS. The Sisters collate the stamps for sale through world wide auctions. The stamp collection box will be a permanent fixture in the church foyer and stamps will be forwarded to MMI on a regular basis. Please remember Mary MacKillop International before you throw your next stamped envelope in the bin.



Tuesday 6 June and every FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH this group will meet in the church after the 9am Mass. They will particularly pray for those on our Prayer List.
Win Klomp firmly believes the Power of Prayer was in action when her trasured watch was recently found and returned to her. Praise the Lord.



Do you like children and want to share the love of God with them ? Our Sunday Children´s Liturgy Team urgently needs YOU ! No experience needed. Contact the Office on 9450 5921.


no parking

Please be aware that there is a marked Cycle Way on the Church side of Thelma Street. It extends from Canning Highway for almost the entire length of Thelma Street. This unbroken white line on the road forbids Parking or Standing. Vehicles parked on Thelma Street are making it dangerous to exit the church carparks as they conceal any oncoming vehicles or cyclists! Please do not park on Thelma St. Additional over flow parking has been provided on the grass on the southern side of the church. Take the first entrance off Thelma Street and continue through Canning Hwy carpark to lawn area.
We are anticipating large numbers at the Easter Triduum ceremonies so will provide OVERFLOW PARKING on the lawn area to the southern side of the church. Enter from the Canning Hwy Car Park (1st entrance off Thelma St). Gates to lawn area will be open 60 minutes prior to each ceremony.



A shiny black shoe box and contents belonging to the Craft Group has gone missing. Please return it with the contents to the Parish Office. No questions asked. Thank you.



Th FIRST COLLECTION goes to the Parish Priest to supplement his diocesan stipend that provides for his personal needs.
The SECOND COLLECTION is used for the provision and ongoing maintenance of ALL parish assets, consumables and pastoral programs. For instance, the maintenance of buildings, grounds and furniture, the purchase of Altar bread & wine, music copyright licenses & stationary, the provision of gas, water, electricity & telephone. For the continued provision of our Liturgical and Pastoral activities please be generous with the SECOND COLLECTION.


Santo Pio

meet every Friday after the 7 pm Mass. You are most welcome to join this small prayerful group.


Parish Pastoral

Copies of our PARISH MISSION STATEMENT (Click to download) are available in the church foyer. Please forward your comments to the PPC Chairman Tony Pires on Phone: 0418 900 046 or
PPC Annual General Meeting Sunday 10 September2017
Nominations are being sought for 3 new councillors. Get involved in this vibrant, active parish - nominate NOW


piety stall

Our Piety Stall has been restocked with beautiful liturgical, sacramental & devotional items. Please take a moment to browse through our cabinet.


Holy Family

Designed to reach out in very practical ways to those in need our community. Holy Family Care is at the very heart of our Christian identity. Parishioners are being asked to volunteer their time and/or talents on a regular basis. A register will be set up and Coordinators will call on volunteers as the need arises. Anyone in our community (not just parishioners) who have a temporary or on-going need will be able to access this service by contacting the Parish Office. Support is needed in various areas eg. Transport to and from church, shops or medical appointments. Short term home help: Emergency meals or Babysitting; Handyman jobs and so on.
Information flyers and Volunteer Registration Forms are available in the church foyer. Volenteers needed. Contact Parish Office on 9450 5921

Parish Sponsors

If you would like to advertise your business in the Holy Family weekly Parish Bulletin please contact the office or see Fr Ossie or Nola Smith after Mass this weekend for more details on the Parish Sponsorship Program.


The Power of Prayer

Please keep the following people in your prayers this week.
Daisy Givens, Clemente Manalo, David Williams, Rick Starr, Simone, Peter Jones, Ivy Din, Sri Supartini, Carmella Scurria, Patricia Cowley, John Mayger, Liam Fitzpatrick, Luke Ed Devereux, Bernadette Fernandez, Sean Vaughan, Helen Goddard, Doreen Stevens, Josephine Pollom, Norah Langshaw, Joyanne Langer, Elizabeth Noronka, Nadia O’Brien, Dayanthan Stanley, Renate Kirkby, Twila Young, Doris Koh, May Stevens David Gamman, Sumartini Lasiman, Natasha Ria-Cruz Guttridge, Toby, Angela Ross, Sr Antonine MC, Mark Davis, Elvira, Denzil Isaaks, Robin & Robinson Sy Suan, Troisi, Serafini, Walker, Hart, Fernandez, Stevens, Varriale, Nyguen, Bickley Cain, Vinceguerra, Capes Families
If you know someone who has asked for prayers please add their name to the list in the church foyer.


Tuesday 4 April and every FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH this group will meet in the church after the 9am Mass. They will particularly pray for those on our Prayer List.

Planned Giving Program

Planned Giving Envelope

Planned Giving Envelopes effective from July 2017 are available in the church foyer.
Anyone who would like to use these envelopes can you please complete a pledge slip in the Church Foyer and drop it into the office.
Holy Family Parish Como-Kensington relies on the generous and regular financial contributions by parishioners through our Planned Giving Program. Your contributions are put toward the upkeep and maintenance of the parish buildings and grounds and the continued operation of pastoral, religious education and evangelising programs in our parish.
For your convenience you may contribute to the Holy Family Planned Giving Program using Planned Giving Envelopes or through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
We encourage you to use EFT and have your contribution deducted weekly, monthly or annually from your cheque or savings account. You may do this by contacting your financial institution or using personal online banking. Your contribution will be recorded on your bank statement and you may cancel or alter the amount of your contribution at any time.
The bank details for Holy Family Parish are:
Account Name: Holy Family Como
BSB Number: 036-050 Account Number: 790041
Reference/Description: (Your Surname & Initials)
PLEASE NOTE: Planned Giving contributions are NOT tax deductible.


Church Rear Steps

The City of South Perth recently conducting a Public Building Risk Assessment on our church. We have been advised that to comply with Helth/Building legislation the ramp, steps and rear of the church at the top of the steps MUST BE KEPT CLEAR AR ALL TIMES as they are the main exit way in the event of an emergency. The City are providing us with approriate signage and will monitor the situation on an ad hoc basis. Please do not sit on the steps or stand near glass doors.


Arranging flowers

As some of our 'flower arrangers' have had to give up their commitment to the roster, we are in need of three or four new volunteers. With an extra few members on the roster for the year, your commitment would only mean 'doing the flowers' for four or five fortnights in Ordinary Time during the Liturgical year; (no flowers are required for Advent and Lent). Money for fresh flowers is provided for the first weekend of your turn, with the second weekend just requiring a little freshening/topping up. Please contact me on: Ph94578082, M: 0409883077 or email: for further details or leave your details at the Parish Office. Megan Phillips Liturgy Committee (Sanctuary flowers, banners etc.)



Adoration is held in our parish on Thursday from 9.30am-3.30pm. We 2 more people to spend an hour with Jesus on Thursdays from 12:30 am - 2:30 pm. Please consider adding your name to the Roster in the the church foyer.


I want you

Ask Not What Your Parish Can Do For You – But What You Can Do For Your Parish. Watch this space –more details later.

Como Holy Family Ukulele Players


Nothing to do on a Saturday afternoon!! Why not drop in to the Parish Hall and join in a-sing-a-long with our Parish Ukulele Group while they practice. Afternoon Tea/Coffee will be provided. Great time guaranteed. Contact Alan 0404 017 382.

eRecord. Last Chance For Back Issues


The e-Record is the new format of communication for local news and events from across the Archdiocese of Perth. We encourage all past readers of The Record wherever possible to embrace the new format as we work to ensure the Gospel finds its place within our ever changing modern society. To subscribe to the digital version of the e-Record, send your details to Our Parish will print and distribute copies of the e-Record for those who do not have or use email. Copies will be available in the foyer and a donation of $1 per copy is requested to cover our cost.
FREE copies of the latest edition of The RECORD Magazine are on the church pews. With a focus on our Aboriginal culture and the work of the church it is a very interesting read. Please take one home.


Craft and Cuppa

The Holy Family Parish Craft Group meet every Wednesday in Hall or Meeting Room 1 following the 9am Mass. Great bunch of ladies, lots of laughter and funny anecdotes. You can knit, sew, mend, do anything or nothing!! A hot cuppa and a friendly chat are always on offer!
The Parish Craft Group thank all who generously supported their Craft Sale Fundraiser. The sale raised enough to purchase a new set of Altar Bells for the Sanctuary plus a new large pix for Nursing Home visits.


Home Communion

Do you know anyone who is house bound or new to a Nursing Home and would like to receive Holy Communion? If so, please contact the Parish Office on 9450 5921 or email:


Parents of Teenagers

If you are a parent of a teenager then this relaxed and casual gathering on the LAST SATURDAY of the month is for you! Join us for fish & chips in the Parish Hall after Mass. Pre-order food for 7 pm pickup from Johnny’s Fish Bar (9450 2058) Bring drinks, board games etc.
BYO teenagers


small faith christian communities

Small Christian Faith Communities meet once a fortnight or once a month at a place near you. For more information please contact Leo Burke on 0449 677 468


Busy Bee

2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
The Parish gardening group is urgently seeking more assistance, sadly, some of our members have retired and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them sincerely for their generousity over so many years. The next Busy Bee will be on Saturday 12 August 2017 commencing at 8.00 am. There is quite a lot of jobs to do within the church and surrounds prior to Easter. If any parishioners could offer an hour or so of their time commencing from 9.00 am we would be most grateful. Bring your own gloves, a happy smile and willing hands and join in the fun. Thank you. Fr Ossie.


Remember the sick

Please remember the sick and home bound members of our community. Remember and pray for those who are sick and are not able to be with us in our community Masses.


Working with children

During our recent priests meeting with the Archbishop at the Vietnamnese Catholic centre. all priests were reminded to ensure that those who are volunteers in the parish and are in contact with children must have a Working With Children Card. The penalty is very heavy for not possessing a WWC card, the parish can be fined $50,000. Apparently, the Australian Federal Police do spot checks. Should you have any doubts about the need to have a WWC card, please approach Fr Ossie for more clarification. Thank you.
We have been formally advised by the Working with Children authorities that EME´s are included in the list of those required to hold a valid WWC Card. This is effective immediately. We encourage you to NOT view this in a negative light, rather as a positive initiative to implement strategies that will help prevent the strocities of the past and keep our children safe now and in the future. We extend our sincere appreciation to our EME´s for their prompt attention to this matter aither by providing their current WWCC details or completing the application requirements to get a WWCC.



If anyone has photos of events held in our parish since the Easter ‘17 edition of the @HOME or would like to share information on a parish group, please contact the office on:

Sunday Cuppa

Morning Tea Roster

If you would like to be involved in the Sunday Cuppa Roster after the 8.30am or 10am Masses please add your name to the list in the church foyer.
Any parishioners able to assist with an Indonesian Theme Morning Tea after 10 am Mass on Sunday 30 July 2017, please add your name to list in foyer.

Receiving the Blood of Christ


Please be reminded that the preferred way as recommended by the Archdiocese of Perth when coming to receive the Precious Blood of Christ is NOT BY INTINCTION but DRINKING from the Chalice.



....Always refer to your individual rosters for date/times, etc. as human error sometimes may occur when the weekly bulletin is compiled
Thank you. Fr.Ossie.


To all who use the hall / parish centre and Church. We have marvelous facilities in our parish, they are for our use but please do not abuse what we have, help to us to make sure the place is well taken care of. Should you use the facilities, please make sure that before you leave the premises, the lights, stereo system, aircon, gas etc are switched off. If the floor is dirty, please take time to sweep the place and keep it tidy. From now on anyone using the place must put a deposit of $50.


Firstly. I would like to thank you all for being an active parishioner helping out in the different ministries of our parish. It is a commitment that you have pride in taking part, and God bless you for giving yourselves to the community. Remember that it is your way of serving God and his people. If at any time you feel you need e break, please do not hesitale to let Fr Ossie know of your intention. Whenever you are not able to be present on the weekend you are rostered on please have the courtesy to find a replacement by contacting one of the other volunrtees. Thank you and God bless. Fr. Ossie.



Parish Priest: Fr Ossie Lewis
Resident Priest: Fr Greg Carroll
Parish Pastoral Assistants:
Nola Smith & Tony Pires
Sacristan: Joseph Muttupulle
Office Staff:
Cecilia Bray, Maggie Doyle
Safeguarding Officers Breda Pires (0422 237 261)& Jim Philips (0419 964 806)
Liturgy Committee: Nola Smith
Adult Faith Formation: Tony Pires
Sacramental Preparation:
Nola Smith & Mark Ferroa
Sacred Environment: Megan Phillips
Holy Family Care: Magie Doyle
St Vincent de Paul Society:
Mike Cosson
Parish Pastoral Council Chair:Br> Tony Pires
Finance Committee:
Mary-Jo Sieber
Maintenance Committee:
Jim Phillips
Grounds Maintenance:
Colin Howarth
Social Committee: Mary Tiley
Hall CoordinatorMaggie Doyle

Contact details for the above parishioners are available from the Church Office Monday-Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

14 August 2017 - 20 August 2017

Monday 14 August 2017

  • No 9 am Mass
Tuesday 15 August 2017 The Feast of the Assumption
  • Mass 9.00 am
  • Mass 7.00 pm
Wednesday 16 August 2017
  • Mass 9:00 am
  • Craft Group 9:30 am - Meeting Room 1
  • Mass 10:00 am - Balmoral Nursing Home
  • Exploring Laudato Si - Hall - 7 pm
Thursday 17 August 2017
  • Mass 9.00 am
  • Adoration of The blessed Sacrament 9.30 am - 3.30 pm
  • Indonesian Catholic Youth Organization - Hall - 5:00 pm
Friday 18 August 2017
  • Mass 7:00 pm
  • Santo Pio Prayer Group 7:30 pm - 9 pm Hall
Saturday 19 August 2017
  • ACPEWA Meeting 8:00 am - Hall
  • Holy Family Choir Rehearsal 9:00 am - Church
  • 1st Eucharist Class 3:30 pm - Church
  • Confirmation Class / Workshop 4:45 pm - Meeting Room 1
  • Saturday Mass - 6 pm Confirmation Commitment Ceremony
  • Pasta & Peroni Night 7:00 pm - Hall
Sunday 20 August 2017
  • Mass 8.30 am
  • Children´s Liturgy Meeting Room 2
  • Mass 10.00 am
  • Children´s Liturgy Meeting Room 2
  • Mandarin Mass 4.00 pm
  • Children´s Liturgy Meeting Room 2