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All Saints and All Souls

An angel frees the souls from Purgatory (detail), Ludovico Caracci, 1610, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca Vaticana

An angel frees the souls from Purgatory (detail), Ludovico Caracci,
1610, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca Vaticana

The Solemnities of All Saints (1 Nov) and All Souls (2 Nov)  are particularly poignant to me this year.

I lost my husband to cancer in March, and I remember thinking, as I said goodbye to his body, that Chemistry and Biology could only go a certain way to explaining what had happened.  The essence of Bill, his irrepressible cheerfulness and zest for life, his forgetfulness of self, his ridiculous jokes, his kindness and generosity, the way he would give a chirpy greeting to everyone he passed – in short, those elements which made up his transcendent soul – had moved on, and all that was left behind was merely a shell.

As Fr Barron says in his homily,

We are more than our bodies, more than our memories, more than our imagination, more than our senses.  There is a mysterious spiritual capacity within us.  That’s what the church calls the soul.


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Fr Barron also has a beautiful take on All Saints’ Day here:

The takeaway message is that once you surrender your life to Christ, you find your deepest self.  The saints are those people who have surrendered their lives to God so completely, that they have lit up the world around them with God’s love.  Yes, the saints are heroes and role models but they are also still alive, and they are our spiritual friends – and we can ask them to pray for us and act on our behalf (think of St Therese of Lisieux – ‘I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth.’)

Here are this Sunday’s readings for Australia.

Word format: All Souls Day Year A

Pdf format: All Souls Day Year A

Don’t forget Fr Augustine will join with other Northern suburbs’ priests to celebrate Mass for All Souls at the Chapel at Pinnaroo Memorial Park, Whitfords Avenue on 2 November at 2.30 p.m.  We particularly remember our former parishioner, Veronica (Ronnie) Spratling, who died on 29 October in Victoria.  Our condolences to all the Spratling family.

I have also written a list of deceased members of our parish in the intentions section of the Newsletter. If I have left anyone out, please email me and I will add them to our November list.

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A | How do you respond to God’s invitation?

Hello to all!  Here are the readings for this Sunday:

Parable of the Two Sons, courtesy of

Parable of the Two Sons, courtesy of

Word format: Year A 26th Sunday

Pdf format: Year A 26th Sunday

Listen to Fr Robert Barron’s homily on Taking Spiritual Responsibility here:

And the quote for the day is from Blaise Pascal:

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners, and the sinners who think they are righteous.

Don’t forget that Fr Augustine will be away from the 28th September to 11th October, so there won’t be any weekday Masses.


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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A | Why be envious because I am generous?

This Sunday’s commentary on God’s overflowing grace and mercy is taken from Dr John Bergsma here.

Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard, Greek Manuscript, downloaded from

Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard, Greek Manuscript, downloaded from

You can download this weekend’s Bulletin from the links below.

Word format: Year A 25th Sunday

Pdf format: Year A 25th Sunday

Fr Augustine would also like someone from Yanchep / Two Rocks to volunteer to be our Lifelink Representative.  Any takers?

Fr Augustine will be away visiting relatives in Melbourne from 28 September to 11 October so during that time there will be no weekday Masses.

Photos from Fr Christian Irdi’s Visit on 13 September 2014

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass yesterday when Fr Christian Irdi concelebrated with Fr Augustine.  And special thanks to all who provided food and cleaned up afterwards!  We all enjoyed Fr Christian’s homily on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which we later discovered was impromptu (!) (as he had prepared for different readings).  We never would have noticed as it sounded so well researched!  As you can see from the photos, we all enjoyed ourselves immensely and really appreciated Gus, Anelia and Alessia joining us, as well as a few visitors.  We wish Fr Christian all the best as he now goes to Rome to complete postgraduate studies in Fundamental Theology prior to returning to Perth as a Diocesan Priest.

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Yanchep Catholic Church, 13 September 2014

Yanchep Catholic Church, 13 September 2014

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The Isenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grunewald, 1512-1516, Unterlinden Museum, Colmar, Alsace, France.

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14 September | The Exaltation of the Cross

Just a reminder to all to bring a plate for supper after Mass tonight, as we have newly ordained Fr Christian Irdi visiting!  You can read Fr Christian’s account of his calling to the priesthood here.  Today is doubly a feast because it’s also the Exaltation of the Cross.

The Isenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grunewald, 1512-1516, Unterlinden Museum, Colmar, Alsace, France.

The Isenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grunewald, 1512-1516, Unterlinden Museum, Colmar, Alsace, France.

Today’s Mass readings can be downloaded here:

WORD FORMAT:  Year A The Exaltation of the Cross

PDF FORMAT: Year A The Exaltation of the Cross

Fr Robert Barron explains why the cross was necessary here:

Thank you to those who took the trouble to attend the Atlantis Beach development meeting last Monday to find out about possibilities for a church and Catholic school in the area.  We’ll be giving you feedback on this soon!

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23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A | If your brother sins against you

Here are the Mass Readings and Newsletter for this weekend.

Word format: Year A 23rd Sunday

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REFLECTION:  Today’s commentary on Confronting Sin in the Church is taken from Dr John Bergsma’s exegesis at The Sacred Page.

PRAYERS:  Please pray for Christina Even of Yanchep who is recovering from her hip operation.  Also please pray for David Navin, whose boat sank off Two Rocks earlier this week, and who has now died in hospital.  Please also pray for all fathers (it being Father’s Day in Australia).  We would like to promote the work of the Fatherhood Foundation at the Dads4Kids website – they have a number of great resources for Dads.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: We are also pleased to announce that recently ordained Father Christian Irdi will be taking the time to visit us and celebrate the 6 p.m. Vigil Mass next Saturday, 13 September, at St James Church, Yanchep.  Please bring a plate to share for supper in the hall after Mass.

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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

Hello all!  Great news: we now have 63 regular followers by email as well as another 2 WordPress followers, so I would just like to thank you all for your interest!  If there are any particular items you would like news about, please let us know.

Here is this week’s Parish Bulletin with the readings for Sunday.

Word document: Year A 22nd Sunday

Pdf document: Year A 22nd Sunday

This week’s newsletter commentary is taken from Fr John Speekman’s blog over at Sunday Homilies and Reflections from Australia. Fr John is the administrator of Howlong parish on the NSW/Victoria border.

In other news, I have been on the phone to the Archdiocesan Office and the Catholic Education Office (CEO).  Tanya Davies from Strategy Policy Governance has informed me that the CEO has not yet been able to secure land in Yanchep or Two Rocks.  They would like to secure about 4 ha in both suburbs and are intending to build a K-12 Catholic school in Alkimos/Eglinton.  Theresa Carroll from the Archdiocesan Property Office explained that negotiations had been under way with Tokyu Corporation, but had ‘fallen over’.  Apparently it is a matter of convincing individual developers to allocate land for a Private School , as it is more lucrative to sell off the land as individual housing lots, and only land for State Schools is written into the Local Structure Plan unalterably.  If anyone would like to help me advance our case for a Catholic school and church here, please let me know.  If you can’t help physically, at least keep praying for our pastoral area’s growth in the Lord.  Stay tuned for further updates!

The Archbishop has requested that we pray and fast for Iraq (hence Fr Augustine’s additional prayer in the Prayers of the Faithful).  Read the Archbishop’s letter here.  The Archdiocesan website also has a media release on the prosecution of Fr Glenn Humphreys here.  And, to read all the latest local Catholic news, The Record is available here.

Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter, Pietro Perugino, 1481-82, Sistine Chapel, Vatican.

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21st Sunday Ordinary Time Year A | The Keys of the Kingdom

Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter, Pietro Perugino, 1481-82, Sistine Chapel, Vatican.

Christ Handing the Keys to St Peter, Pietro Perugino, 1481-82, Sistine Chapel, Vatican.

Today’s readings show us how the relationship between the Pope and Jesus brings to fulfilment its prefigurement in the relationship of the Royal Steward to the Kingdom of David.

Word document: Year A 21st Sunday

Pdf document: Year A 21st Sunday

Fr Robert Barron’s video below explains why Christians need a Pope:

For a more in depth treatment, Scott Hahn has a beautiful and biblical explanation of the Papacy here.

Also, the movie, God’s not Dead is still showing at Innaloo and Morley. God's not Dead Session times for Innaloo for tomorrow are 11:00, 4:30, 6:15.  If anyone wants to join us for the 6:15 session, please let me know!  Movie review here.

We also need to join Bishop Anthony Fisher of Parramatta’s prayer crusade for Christians being martyred for their faith in Iraq and Syria.  Fast, pray, go to Adoration and read the article in The Australian here.  And translate your prayers into action here with a donation!


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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A | Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman, illuminated parchment, folio 164r, Les Tres Heures du Duc du Berry, 1412-1490, Chateau de Chantilly, France

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman, illuminated parchment, folio 164r, Les Tres Heures du Duc du Berry, 1412-1490, Chateau de Chantilly, France

Here are the readings for this Sunday’s Mass:

Word document: Mass Readings, 20th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A

PDF document: Mass Readings 20th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A

Do you find the story of Christ and the Canaanite woman one of the “hard sayings” of Jesus?  Then listen to these podcasts by Fr Robert Barron …

  1. How great is your faith?
  2. Strength through resistance


Also, this is the last week you can make a submission to the Euthanasia enquiry.  If you don’t know what this is about, let me explain.  Green’s Senator, Richard di Natale, tabled a draft bill in parliament in June, proposing that doctors be allowed to prescribe and administer an end of life substance to a terminally ill person.  Please go here to find out what you can do.

Some points to remember (quoted from ACL):

  • Legalising euthanasia puts at risk the lives of society’s most vulnerable people – the elderly, the lonely, the sick, and the depressed. Euthanasia transmits the message that some lives are no longer worth living or worth caring for.
  • Euthanasia undermines the fundamental relationship of trust between doctor and patient. Patients trust doctors to act in their best interest.
  • Euthanasia puts pressure on patients who are concerned about being a burden to their families or friends.
  • Despite safeguards, in countries where euthanasia has been legalised, a large number of euthanasia deaths occur without the explicit request or consent of the patient.
  • After euthanasia is introduced, the strict boundaries are often relaxed to include, for example, mental illness but no terminal physical illness. Euthanasia for children as young as 12 is permitted in the Netherlands, and for children of any age in Belgium.
  • In most cases, physical pain can be treated with palliative care.

Also this week, Senator Eric Abetz has been shot down for suggesting there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.  MercatorNet has a great take on this issue here.  Stay informed because you probably won’t be informed by the main stream media.  By the way, Senator George Brandis has been a great defender of religious freedom and will this week be delivering the University of Notre Dame’s annual lecture on religious liberty.  Read more here.  (… and sorry, it’s in Sydney, not Perth).

And now a quote for the day:

“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.
If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens.
If we love enough, we are going to light a fire in the hearts of others.
And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.”
Dorothy Day

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Here is the Church Newsletter for this weekend:

Word format: Year A 19th Sunday

Pdf format: Year A 19th Sunday

Please let us pray for the Christians and other minorities in Iraq, who are suffering unimaginable persecution at this time.  More information here:

Read the Emergency SOS from the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Louis Sako, President of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Iraq (7 August 2014).

Donate to Aid to the Church in Need here.

Fast and pray for the persecuted Church in Iraq and Syria.

 Christ Walking on Water

Christ Walking on Water