On 22nd May 2016 during the family Mass, Fr Tony Chiera, our Vicar General officially opened the Door of Mercy of Our Lady’s Assumption Church Mandurah as a Pilgrim Centre for the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016. Participating in the privileges granted by the Holy Father we, the parish community cordially welcomes everyone to be a part of this Holy Pilgrimage. May the Lord of Mercy bless you all.
On Friday 20 May, we celebrated St Mary’s Feast Day with a beautiful Mass led by Fr Wally and our Year 5/6 students. Cake was enjoyed by all and the students loved the old school games. A big special thank you to the Year 5/6 students, who researched, promoted and organised the games to end a fabulous day.
A large congregation was present at St Patrick’s Cathedral Bunbury on May 18th to farewell Bishop Myles McKeon, who died on 2 May 2016 at the age of 97.
Bishop Myles was born in Drummin, a small village in County Mayo, Ireland on May 3rd 1919.
He attended All Hallows College in Dublin, a seminary that prepared students for Missions in English speaking countries of the world. From there, he was sent to the Archdiocese of Perth where he worked in a variety of roles for many years before he was consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop in 1962.
During this time, Bishop Myles was privileged to attend what he refers to as the “highlight of my years as a Bishop”, the Second Vatican Council in Rome.
Bishop Myles was appointed the Second Bishop of Bunbury in 1969. He reflected on his appointment in an interview in 2009 saying “I was delighted with my appointment to Bunbury because, having been reared in the country in the West of Ireland; I was comfortable with country people. In my years as Bishop of Bunbury I can honestly say I was totally happy; the people were just great, just wonderful people”.
In his 13 years as Bishop of Bunbury Diocese, Bishop Myles was responsible for establishing a number of initiatives that brought great life to the diocese. Following a visit to the United States soon after his appointment, Bishop Myles was able to secure a sizeable grant that was used in part to establish the House of Carmel in Gelorup, the Chapel of the Holy Eucharist in Bunbury, and the Catholic Youth Camp in Busselton.
On a working visit to Bangkok for the Apostolate of the Sea, Bishop casually asked Carmelite Mother Anne if there were any sisters who would like to come to Bunbury, as we needed someone to pray for us. She did not hesitate to say yes, and the first group of sisters arrived in 1974. They originally stayed at the House of Prayer in Dardanup, until funds were raised to build the convent in Gelorup.
As a result of his travels around the diocese for pastoral visits, Bishop Myles became aware of the great need for a body such as Centrecare to provide support for our rural families. Sr Glenys Yeoman from Perth came to Bunbury to set up and run the Bunbury Centrecare, and over the years it became highly successful, and eventually merged with the Anglican Church as a more ecumenical body.
The Permanent Diaconate was established in Bunbury Diocese soon after married deacons were given approval from Rome. Bishop Myles saw the Diaconate as something that would be a great help to the priests of the Diocese, and set up the training program after receiving advice and programs from a Bishop in Sacramento. Both the Permanent Diaconate Training Program and the men who have undertaken it have been an ongoing blessing to the Diocese.
It was also during Bishop Myles time as Bishop of Bunbury that the Diocesan Development Fund was established at the suggestion of then chancellor Paul Gee, to guarantee the future financial security of the Diocese.
In 1982 Bishop Myles’ request to retire due to health reasons was granted by the Pope, and he left the Diocese in the capable hands of Bishop Peter Quinn. Bishop Myles did however continue to work in the Diocese for many years, agreeing to take on the work of the “Propagation of the Faith” when asked by Bishop Quinn.
The final years of Bishop Myles’ life were spent in the loving care of the Sisters of St John of God in Subiaco.
Bishop Myles McKeon was remembered fondly by family members here in Australia, and in messages from those in the US and Ireland who were not able to attend the funeral. In his eulogy, Deacon Paul Gee remembered Bishop Myles as a caring, pastoral man, and his family wrote of him being a man whose priorities were; making time for, and spending time with, ordinary people, and promoting the missions for those in need. One of his favourite sayings was “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”.
Bishop Myles McKeon was laid to rest in the crypt of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Bunbury following a requiem Mass celebrated by Bishop Gerard Holohan. Priests from the Diocese of Bunbury and the Archdiocese of Perth, as well as Archbishop Costelloe, Emeritus Archbishop Hickey and Bishops Sproxton and Entwhistle also attended.
Frs Ian Johnson, Leon Russell, Wally Kevis and Pat Rooney place the pall on Bishop Myles’ coffin.
Bishop Myles McKeon is the second Bishop of Bunbury to be interred into the crypt of St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Students at Our Lady of the Cape Primary School have been hosting Family Masses at Our Lady of the Southern Cross Parish in Dunsborough on a monthly basis. In an initiative to build school and parish interaction, students and their parents are invited to attend the Saturday evening Mass and to participate alongside parishioners during the liturgy. Following Mass, all parishioners are invited to enjoy fellowship and a light pizza supper with the students, kindly provided by the school P&F.
Our second Family Mass was hosted by the Year Three Class in May.
Past and present students, staff, clergy, parents and community members recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Our Lady of the Cape Primary School in Dunsborough. In a Mass that was concelebrated by current Parish Priest Fr Ian Johnson and former Associate Priest Fr Wayne Bendotti, the spirit of co-operation, pursuit of excellence, uniqueness and zest for life that has been a hallmark of the school was honoured, and the continued growth of the school celebrated.
A special emphasis was placed on the new school values of Compassion, Appreciation, Respect and Excellence (CARE). Mass was followed by a shared morning tea and birthday cake to commemorate the occasion.
Representing the youngest and oldest students in the school, Xavier Hayhow and Sophia Prestipino
Back L-R Current Students Zac Beers, Lyndon Pritchard, Principal of OLC Mr Des Wilkie, Principal of St Mary MacKillop College Mr Chris Wallace,
Fr Ian Johnson, Molly Greaves, Polly Higgins
Front L-R: Former students Lahni Dallimore, Grace Carroll, Jack Dollinson & Ashley Spencer
On her 89th birthday, parishioners at St Thomas More Church Margaret River thanked inspired organist Betty Peaker for her life long contribution to many music ministries in various churches. Betty was also honoured for her tireless dedication in offering years of retreats and renewal at her beautiful God’s Farm. Special hymns sung a’capella were organised as a surprise for Betty at the parish morning tea and the celebration was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy St Joseph’s Parish in Manjimup is one of the Pilgrimage Churches, designated by Bishop Gerard in the Bunbury Diocese.
The faithful are able to gain an indulgence by entering through the Holy Door and linking that with;
- Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Celebrating the Holy Eucharist while reflecting on God’s Mercy
- Making a Profession of Faith (Creed)
- Saying a prayer for Pope Francis and the intentions he bears in his heart.
The Year 4 Students of Mandurah Catholic College had their First Holy Communion on 15 May 2016. We sincerely thank all the teachers and families who supported these students through this wonderful journey.
Pentecost is a joyous occasion and once again the Parish celebrated with a Family Fun Day after the Sunday Mass. The Parish Youth team co-ordinated the event which was enjoyed by all. Red was the colour of the day, from the decoration in the Church to the red clothes worn by many parishioners. It was also the Commitment Mass for this year’s Confirmation Candidates; blessed day all round.
Seventy-one Year 3 students from St Mary MacKillop College participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation over a week, followed by a Thanksgiving Mass held on Pentecost Sunday. Students attended the Mass with their families, and cut the celebration cake afterwards with Fr Nick.