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.
On Pentecost Sunday, Fr Nick commissioned the Parish Pastoral Council to work with him to foster the mission of the Church in our Parish and Diocese, being conscious of the needs of parishioners. The PPC asked for prayerful support as they strive to make Christ present for all, being mindful of His example as one who served.
Parish Pastoral Council Executive: Angela Hegney, Deputy Chairperson; Kaye Cruickshank, Secretary; Fr Nick Lim, Parish Priest; and Tony Parkinson, Chair
On Thursday 5 May at Our Lady of Lourdes School we celebrated Mums, Nannas, Grans, Aunties and other mothering figures in our lives with a special Mothers’ Day Mass and Morning Tea.
Artwork depicting our special Mums was on display. We sang a beautiful song giving thanks to God for our Mums. Fr Wayne gave a blessing to all Mums, then they stayed to enjoy a cuppa afterwards. It was wonderful to have so many people attend.
I write to you again about the protection of our young people from internet porn intruding into their homes against their parents’ wishes. Currently, there is a battle between the Commonwealth Government and most pornographic Internet Services Providers (ISPs) over this matter.Download
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ
In April last year, Pope John Paul II launched a world-wide renewal of Catholic belief and practices in the Eucharist. He published an Encyclical letter to all Catholics, Ecclesia de Eucharistica (‘The Eucharist in the Life of the Church’). The climax of this renewal will be a Synod of Bishops from every part of the world on the Eucharist, to be held in Rome next year.