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Don’t miss this chance to discover Divine Worship

This is a year of new beginnings for me, as after faithfully attending the Yanchep Catholic church since 1993, I am having a year of peregrination around the Archdiocese of Perth (OK, so I’m parish hopping).

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting St Paul’s in Mount Lawley – although, I could say I was visiting the Parish of St Ninian and St Chad, for this is the current location of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.  I have to say, I was impressed by the beautiful liturgy, the welcoming community, the wholehearted singing of the congregation: none of this ‘let the choir do their stuff, and I’ll just sit back and listen’ attitude – no, this was a united voice, as of a heavenly army in formation.

If you had come in off the street and never been to a Personal Ordinariate Mass, you might have wondered why the Liturgy seemed a little different from the usual form, and wanted to know the reasons why.  Here is the answer for you: in town this week, is Professor Hans-Jürgen Feulner, Professor of Liturgy and Sacramental Theology in the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna.  Professor Fuelner is known for his work in developing the Liturgy known as Divine Worship.  We are honoured that Prof. Fuelner has made time to visit us here in Perth, to share with us his expertise in this field.

Ordinariate event

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With One Heart Joined Constantly in Prayer


Promise of the Elect from last year’s Ordination to the Diaconate

A wondrous thing is happening in Perth on 17th November. Six young men are giving their lives to God and will be ordained as priests.

It behoves us all (yes, that word may seem archaic, but I need to use some lofty language to express the grandeur of this event) – it behoves us all, as a praying, united, Catholic community, to spend some time supporting these men in prayer.

Joanna Grzech, sister to one of the ordinands, has suggested that we all join in a Novena – starting tomorrow, if you can, so that we can reach the end point on the day prior to the big event.  Joanna says …

I ask that you join me in a novena dedicated to the futures of these men. A novena is a set of prayers that we pray over 9 days with a special intention. A novena to St. John Vianney may be fitting given he is the patron saint for Priests.

Please pray this novena for these men to be steadfast to the will of the Lord during their vocation. Let us pray that they be prayerful, devoted and faithful to spreading the Good News and the teachings of Mother Church. 

Three men are lucky enough to be locals and have their close family and friends around to celebrate this joyful occasion, but please keep in your prayers those whose family cannot be here for their ordination due to health or financial reasons, that that they feel the love of their Perth Catholic community like they would from their own families. 

These men’s lives will no doubt be tough, but they have been called at this time to do God’s work, and we thank them for listening and answering God’s call. Please keep them in your prayers now as they prepare for their Ordination, and throughout their lives.

You can find and download the words of the novena here:
St John Vianney Novena.

The six deacons are: Mariusz Grzech, Konrad Gagatek, Joseph Laundy and Tung Vu from St Charles Seminary, and Patricio Carrera Morales and Kenneth Acosta Garcia from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

Our sincerest congratulations to all of you for your perseverance and gift of self.



Breaking news: God loves Yanchep Two Rocks! We’re building a Church.


Extract from “Far North on Track”, Lucy Jarvis, North Coast Times, 25 July 2017.

Not that we didn’t have one already.  As Christians know, the Church is the term we use for the people, and not just the building.  Catholics have worshipped in Yanchep-Two Rocks since the seventies – first at the marina, then in the YDHS library, then in the old sheep-shearing shed converted by the Anglican Church into St James’s Church, and when that was removed (I heard a rumour it was taken to the wheatbelt town of Southern Cross, but that may be apocryphal), at the Yanchep Community Centre, where we currently celebrate Mass.

But it’s wonderful news that the Archdiocese has committed to investing in land in the Yanchep-Two Rocks area.  This week, Nick Perrignon, Principal of Acumen Development Solutions, announced that a Catholic Church would be built on the hill overlooking Beachside Parade in Capricorn Estate.

Even more wonderful is the fact that we will have a Church building before a school, because that puts our priorities in the right order.  Everything we have is from God, and to him we should first and foremost give right praise.  If we get that first commandment right – to love the Lord our God with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength (Mk 12:30), the rest will follow (or it will if we’re loving God correctly – note to the community: “We’re not all paedophiles”)!  What I mean by ‘the rest’, is loving our neighbour, which includes building schools and reaching out to the sick, the lonely, and those in need.

But having a Church building enables us to do and be so much more.  It means we can have a permanent place to honour God in the Holy Eucharist.  It means we can have a much more visible presence in the Community and (we hope) serve the Community better.  Already we are involved in visiting the frail and aged at Bethanie Beachside (which is run by our friends, the Church of Christ), and we have also had a bread distribution programme going for many years (courtesy of Bakers Delight). But it would be nice to hear from members of the Yanchep Two Rocks Community about other areas of need, especially your prayer requests.

If the life of our Church is like a recapitulation of Scripture, having our own church building will be like the difference between the Israelites wandering around in the desert for years on end and finally building the Temple under Solomon.  Or that’s how it feels, because we’ve been praying for this for so very long.

I will endeavour to keep you posted about the actual timeline of the building.  So far, all discussions have been in commercial confidence and therefore we have to wait until an official announcement from the Archdiocese.  Or as we could say …

On the idea of ‘Church’, here are some snippets from the Catechism …

751 The word “Church” (Latin ecclesia, from the Greek ek-ka-lein, to “call out of”) means a convocation or an assembly. It designates the assemblies of the people, usually for a religious purpose. 139 Ekklesia is used frequently in the Greek Old Testament for the assembly of the Chosen People before God, above all for their assembly on Mount Sinai where Israel received the Law and was established by God as his holy people. By calling itself “Church,” the first community of Christian believers recognized itself as heir to that assembly. In the Church, God is “calling together” his people from all the ends of the earth. the equivalent Greek term Kyriake, from which the English word Church and the German Kirche are derived, means “what belongs to the Lord.”

752 In Christian usage, the word “church” designates the liturgical assembly, but also the local community or the whole universal community of believers. These three meanings are inseparable. “The Church” is the People that God gathers in the whole world. She exists in local communities and is made real as a liturgical, above all a Eucharistic, assembly. She draws her life from the word and the Body of Christ and so herself becomes Christ’s Body.

The Catholic Church. The Catechism Of The Catholic Church (Kindle Locations 3771-3776). . Kindle Edition.

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Ash Wednesday Masses for Perth far Northern Suburbs 2017

ash-wednesdayHaving trouble finding an Ash Wednesday Mass which fits with your work schedule?  We have the solution – Masses arranged by time for the Perth far northern suburbs.

06:45 Our Lady of the Mission, Whitfords (in the Church, not the Chapel)
08:00 St Andrew’s, Clarkson
08:30 St Simon Peter’s, Ocean Reef
09:00 Our Lady of the Mission, Whitfords
09:00 Presbytery, 3 Blaxland Ave, Two Rocks
09:05 St Luke’s, Woodvale (with the Primary School)
12:10 Holy Spirit Chapel, Joondalup
19:00 St Luke’s, Woodvale
19:00 St Andrew’s, Clarkson
19:30 Our Lady of the Mission, Whitfords

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Wise Men follow the sign

christmas-mass-signA big shout out to Max Fraser of Two Rocks who made this wonderful sign for our Christmas Mass!  Thanks Cathie and Max for installing this on the corner of Marmion Avenue.  So good to see everyone pitching in and helping.

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Christmas Mass Times 2016

The Yanchep Christmas Mass will be at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 24th December at the Yanchep Community Centre in Lagoon Drive.  The next closest Mass venue is at St Andrew’s Clarkson and their Mass times are here.

Guilderton Christmas Mass will be at the usual 8 a.m.

Lancelin Christmas Mass will be at 10 a.m.

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Alone at Christmas? We’ll adopt you for the day!

christmas-group-therapyIf you know anyone in our local area who doesn’t look forward to Christmas because it reminds them of their sadness, let them know that they can join us for lunch!  Perhaps they have lost a loved one.  Perhaps their family isn’t speaking to them.  Or perhaps they are far away from their friends and relations.

Whatever the reason is for their loneliness, they need to know that God loves them with a tender love and wants to reach out to them to share his abundant joy.

All you need to bring is a plate of salad or dessert, and a “Secret Santa” to the value of no more than $10.  Call 0400 660 337 to book a place!