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.
Why is there suffering?’ This is one of the great human heart questions. God reveals several answers in the scriptures. Easter reminds us of the greatest answer of all.Download
The Christ the Living Vine Social Group organised a morning tea on 3 May 2016. Apart from delicious eats and a good time to catch up with friends, those who attended were treated to a Fashion Show curated by Lyn from Vinnies in Bunbury. Six models showcased more than 40 outfits all sourced from Vinnies and then available for purchase. Much fun was had by all.
To give support to our youth delegates who will be attending the World Youth Day in Poland, the Holy Family Youth Ministry – Albany, organised a “QUIZ NIGHT” in May at the ‘Stirling Club’. This event was attended by more than one hundred sixty people and a great night was had by all. Thank you to Mr Dale Whyte who has been so generous with his time, being our compere for the night, and to all the sponsors who generously donated all our awesome prizes.
A short video of Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit of the ANZACS’ followed by an invitation to attend the ANZAC Mass, was presented to Parishioners at weekend Masses preceding ANZAC Day. Numbers jumped from 44 last year to 77 this year! A new National Flag, portable flagpole and a Gallipoli life-size soldier cut-out were added this year to a variety of other memorabilia displays including signs and succinct documents describing the 15 recorded conflicts (including Peacekeeping) in which Australians have served, since the Colonial period in 1788. These ‘hands-on’ displays attracted a lot of interest and surprise. Our grateful thanks to Fr Pierangelo Repuyan for his moving celebration and participation in our Remembrance Ceremony, in the absence of Fr Concord, who was in the Philippines. Thanks to all who assisted. Lest we forget!
To celebrate the Year of Mercy our Parish formed a committee of eight parishioners to create a visual art piece so that, along with words, there would be a visual expression of the central point of the Year of Mercy.
The heart representing God, was suggested by Christine Emmerson, and Voytek bought her idea into being. The concept of the hands came from Julie Birch and Christine Derickx, two teachers from our school.
The Cords represent Us. The knots in the cord represent our failure, on occasions, to share freely with others the love and forgiveness that God has so freely given and continues to share with each of us.
During the Penitential Rite at each of our weekend masses a parishioner unties a knot on behalf of all, as a sign of our openness to sharing God’s love with others.
The Hands are the hands of each of our school children and they represent all those who wait to receive from God and are merciful in our giving to others.
An entry statement in our Church foyer is also nearing completion.
What an awesome, active and exciting few months its been for young people in our Diocese!
From the 15th-17th of April we had the Revamped Autumn Camp! Young people from across the Diocese gathered with great music, inspiring speakers and great company! Interactive talks including topics such as Who needs mercy? What is Mercy (and why should I care?) Being Merciful and Comforting Friends in Need. On the final night we were led into a period of Adoration, Reconciliation and Reflection by Fr Tony Chiera. Candles were made available for young people to light to show their commitment to the Year of Mercy.
The very next week BYMO and young people from our Diocese attended the Veritas Youth Festival! This festival was also on the theme of Mercy and was a state wide Catholic Youth Festival with over 400 young people! Our Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator led a session designed to help young people find their “mercy story” and reflect on areas in their lives where they needed both to show and receive mercy.
Our preparation for WYD continues and we have 11 very excited pilgrims getting ready for Krakow! We depart on July 19 so please keep us in your prayers! By the time you’re reading this we will also be having the Mercy Alive! Winter Camp in Albany so please pray for our young people there as well!
On the 5th April 2016 Father Robert celebrated his 50th birthday.
The parish couldn’t let this occasion go by without a celebration and gathered in the parish hall.
A bring and share lunch, delicious cake and rousing chorus of Happy Birthday ensured he enjoyed the day.
The parish feels truly blessed to have him as part of the community.
St Damien’s Sunday Lunch for Parishioners, Seniors, and those who have no-one to join for lunch is held a couple of times during the term, with two or three students from Mandurah Catholic College, joining Sorina McKay or another member of the Parish to prepare lunch.