Holy Rosary Parish Community

       PENTECOST SUNDAY 

31st May 2020

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

WEEKEND MASSES AT HOLY ROSARY by ROSTER ONLY MAX 20 persons 

WEEKDAY & WEEKEND MASSES AT CARMEL Roster 20 persons 

 

 

PARISH WORKING BEE SATURDAY – 23rd May 2020 10am to Noon

Thank You to all who came to help out at the working bee, it was very successful, 17 parishioners attended and a special thank you to George Schaefer for organising the working bee and coordinating the activities.

 

PHONE OFFICE: 9386 1870

IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

ANOINTING OF SICK

HOLY COMMUNION

 

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS AND LITURGY

Visit: http://liturgy.perthcatholic.org.au/prayer-resources/

 

CHURCH FINANCES

We know that many are suffering financial uncertainty, and will also be worried about the jobs of children and other loved ones.  If you can continue any financial support to the parish that would be greatly appreciated.  We recommend that Electronic Funds Transfer be utilised as the safest and most convenient means of directing your donations:

For the Church:    Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   66717 2492  Name: Holy Rosary Parish Account

For the Clergy:     Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   55143 0488  Name: Nedlands Presbytery Account

** Weekly Planned Giving envelopes can be dropped off at the Church Office or collected on request by phoning the Church Office.
** You may consider using cheques (marked not negotiable) by mail or placing it in our post box or delivered to our Church Office.

 

PARISH CONNECT

With the return to Mass, we are working on an alternative day and time for the Zoom Meetings.

 

HOMILY FROM FR GAVIN

Readings: Acts 2:1-11;     1 Corinthians 12:3 – 7, 12-13;    Gospel: John 20:19 – 23

PENTECOST 2020

Everything that Jesus Our Lord did, he did for us and therefore this means that he did nothing for himself. He wanted to return to the Father because then the Holy Spirit would come down to Earth, this Spirit, an indwelling Spirit, was the new way God wanted to Shepherd His People.

I get the feeling that most of us tend to take the Holy Spirit for granted, we know that the Holy Spirit prompts us, guides us, reminds us, but we then tend to leave it at that. This a very passive way of interaction with the Holy Spirit. Yet, when we think about the drama in which the Holy Spirit descended upon Earth we can’t help but see that there is great movement and excitement.

The Spirit certainly wanted to heighten the attention of the disciples and apostles and all the generations that follow. It says the Holy Spirit’s arrival “sounded like a powerful wind from Heaven”, a “noise that filled the entire house”, then there were “tongues of fire” and the “gift of speech”.  This event also demonstrates to us that the Holy Spirit also wants to animate us with that movement and excitement in our lives.

This scene also reminds us of the descent of God on Mount Sinai to meet Moses and the Israelite community. There were peals of thunder, lightning, earthquakes, and loud trumpet blasts. This is what theologians call a Theophany meaning God’s Presence in nature.

Now the Holy Spirit brings us seven gifts which we can liken to a Spiritual Toolbox. These Gifts are embedded in us in Baptism and empowered at Confirmation so that we can actively use these Gifts every day for every type of circumstance.

For instance, if we are faced with a difficult situation or a very trying decision to make, then we should ask the Holy Spirit to heighten the Gift of Wisdom in us. The Gift of Wisdom will help us perceive things with a bigger perspective so that we can see all the connections. Using Wisdom, the final decision will, with the help of the Holy Spirit, be for the good of all.

If we have workmates, friends or relatives trying to persuade us to follow their own secularist, atheistic or agnostic way of living then ask the Holy Spirit to heighten the Gift of Fortitude or Courage so that we can with confidence express our Christian faith. The Holy Spirit can also inspire us with appropriate words to help leave a good impression on our opponents and also help them to understand that we all live for the Greater Glory of God.

Maybe someone comes to you searching for some sound advice or even counselling, you can ask the Holy Spirit to heighten the Gift of Counsel so that through the Spirit you can really discern the needs of this person seeking advice and also through the Inspiration of the Spirit give that person sound spiritual and moral advice.

If you find your faith waning or scriptures very difficult to understand and, because of this, your knowledge of Jesus and therefore your faith needs enrichening, then ask the Holy Spirit to heighten the Gifts of Understanding and Knowledge. These two gifts will help a person grow in a deeper understanding of Jesus, his teachings and examples, the Christian Way of life and also help the seeker to grasp the Revelations of God in Scriptures.

In matters of Faith the Gift of Piety can really help a person to open their Spiritual Eyes to the Supreme Majesty of God.

Perhaps you may feel inclined to do something or are being pressed by someone else to do something that does not sit comfortably with you then we can ask for the heightening of the Gift of the Fear of the Lord so that you will not distance ourselves from God.

So, we have these seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit we can use every day, for every situation, it is (if you like) our Spiritual Toolbox.

We also have Virtues of the Spirit, which are all embedded within us, to make us like Christ-like beings such as Love (Divine Love), Joy (the Joy of Christ that makes our joy complete), Peace (a peace that the world cannot give), patience, generosity, gentleness, self-control etc…All of these to keep us modeled on Christ.

So, the Holy Spirit, an indwelling Spirit and the Spirit of Love, is for our good to help us in our journey of faith and to gain an even greater knowledge of Jesus Christ Our Lord, also to understand our Christian Way of Life at substantial depth, and to help us journey as God’s People. The Holy Spirit wants us to be animated therefore we should respond actively (daily) to the Holy Spirit particularly in difficult and trying situations. As Jesus Our Lord said: Ask and you will receive, Seek and you will find, Knock and the door will be opened to you.

 

 

 

Holy Rosary Parish Community

       6th SUNDAY OF EASTER

17th May 2020

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

WEEKEND MASSES AT HOLY ROSARY by ROSTER ONLY MAX 20 persons 

WEEKDAY & WEEKEND MASSES AT CARMEL 1st 20 persons 

 

 

PARISH WORKING BEE SATURDAY – 23rd May 2020 10am to Noon

See “BEADS” for further details.

Can you help out, even for half an hour? Great if you can.

 

PHONE OFFICE: 9386 1870

IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

ANOINTING OF SICK

HOLY COMMUNION

 

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS AND LITURGY

Visit: http://liturgy.perthcatholic.org.au/prayer-resources/

 

CHURCH FINANCES

We know that many are suffering financial uncertainty, and will also be worried about the jobs of children and other loved ones.  If you can continue any financial support to the parish that would be greatly appreciated.  We recommend that Electronic Funds Transfer be utilised as the safest and most convenient means of directing your donations:

For the Church:    Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   66717 2492  Name: Holy Rosary Parish Account

For the Clergy:     Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   55143 0488  Name: Nedlands Presbytery Account

** Weekly Planned Giving envelopes can be dropped off at the Church Office or collected on request by phoning the Church Office.
** You may consider using cheques (marked not negotiable) by mail or placing it in our post box or delivered to our Church Office.

 

PARISH CONNECT

Those who would like to connect with parishioners of Holy Rosary, we are meeting on Zoom (video conferencing) every Saturday for a Shared Liturgy at 6pm for 40 minutes. This gathering includes song, prayer, reflection on the Gospel for the weekend and general discussion. Please phone 9386 1870 or email me gavin_gomez@hotmail.com It would be great to see you online.          Fr Gavin.

 

THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED WITH THE CLEANING OF HOLY ROSARY CHURCH

Thank you to Juliana Hwang for taking the initiative to have the Church cleaned after the 8 weeks of closure and for Moy Ng (for dusting all the pews & kneelers and bringing back the shine in them), Felicia Dominique and family (for mopping the Church floor) and Vivienne Watts, great work and all in the Presence of Christ Our Lord. God Bless You and your families. Fr Gavin.

 

PRAYER COMPOSED BY MARGARET BRUCE

Dear Jesus

You are the Christ who gives us Strength for the Journey.

Help us to find Hope when we are faced with so much uncertainty at this time of Covid 19.

Help us to find Faith as we do not know what the future will hold for us.

Help us to find Compassion for those who have lost their jobs and for those who, through no fault of their own, are now without a home.

Keep us close together as a Community and lead us in Your Way of Living with Love.

You are the Christ who gives us Strength for the Journey.

Amen

 

PRAYER COMPOSED BY FELICIA DOMINIQUE

Lord,

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to gather here today.

To teach us about Unconditional Love, the Love that knows no bounds.

Especially, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, when Your people feel uncertain, fear and anxious,

You have taught us that unconditional Love and unconditional sacrifices will make us overcome our fear and our anxiety, and bring back good things about  humanity in us.

For those who have yet to be touched by your Love, please invite them in to your communion of Love.

For those who have lost their way in darkness through their fear and anxiety, please light their way and guide them through darkness.

For those who have passed away, may Your guidance can let their souls into Heaven.

For those who are sick, especially the COVID-19 victims, please strengthen and renew their faith, mind, body and soul.

For us  and our family who gathered here today, please strengthen and restore our faith, mind, body and soul so we could overcome any forthcoming fears, anxieties and temptations.

Please fill our heart with Your Love, through Jesus Christ, so we can share it with others.

 Thank You God, for everything

 Amen

A TOUGHT BY JOSEPHINE FERGUSON-ALLEN – RE: THIS SUNDAY’S GOSPEL JOHN 14:15-21

 

 

 

HOMILY FROM FR GAVIN

Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17   –   1Peter 3:15 – 18  –  Gospel: John 14:15 – 21

 

6th SUNDAY OF EASTER – A2020

There are two very strong themes that come out of our readings today, one is HOPE and second, the HOLY SPIRIT.

Hope is something that every humanbeing needs and we develop this hope from childhood where we look forward to a Christmas present or a Birthday present, or we look forward to meeting a cousin we have not seen for some time, or maybe look forward to an outing planned for the near future. As, teenagers and adults we look forward to becoming someone, or international travel, or a new car or a qualification. Hope is good for us because it gives us aspirations and helps us to lead an energetic and active life, and, no matter what stage in life we may be in, there is still hope in us, for instance, a grandparent may be looking forward to a new grandchild.

Spiritual Hope is almost the same and embeds itself in us when we begin to ask the big questions in life, for instance: Who am I? What am I doing here? What is this life all about? Where are we all going?

Our Spiritual Hope comes from the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ because in the Resurrection we can see that there is more to life than just this life here on Earth. On a number of occasions I have been asked by primary school students: What is the meaning of life? The answer I give is Our Lord Jesus Christ, and then they look at me a bit puzzled. So, I try to explain.

In the first paragraph of St John’s Gospel and also in St Paul’s Letters, it is said that EVERYTHING has been created THROUGH HIM, that is the Word of God, who is Jesus, and FOR HIM, and that, not one thing has its being (or existence or life) WITHOUT HIM. This inevitable means that outside Our Lord Jesus Christ, if that is possible to conceive, nothing exists! So, everything WITH BEING or LIFE is inside and within the Power of Christ Our Lord. Also, not only has everything been created THROUGH him and FOR him but also in time everything will return to God THROUGH the Word of God, who is Jesus Christ Our Lord.

This means that there will be a time ahead of us when we will all have to face the Word of God, Jesus Christ, and there is no escape for anyone. This also means that every day that goes by, we are drawing that much closer to Him. So, in order not to make this a daunting experience, we need to live the Gospel, particularly, the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ himself. So, for life on Earth to have any meaning we need Christ who is our Destiny.

This is why the Holy Spirit is so invaluable for us because the Holy Spirit is an indwelling Spirit we receive on the day of our Baptism and it is the Holy Spirit who will guide us through life and reminds us of all that Jesus has said and done and also empower us with Gifts and Virtues of the Spirit.

In the first reading something had gone terribly wrong, the Samaritans who were baptised did not receive the Holy Spirit, the reason could well be that they were not Baptised in the words Jesus had given his Apostles after his resurrection, that everyone be baptised in the “Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, it appears that the Samaritans were only baptised in the “Name of Jesus”. So, to correct this, the disciples then prayed over the Samaritans, invoking the Holy Spirit upon them and they received God’s Spirit. This demonstrates how important the Holy Spirit is for every Christian.

Also, in the first reading you can see the work of the Holy Spirit in Philip who preached with great confidence and whose words really touched the Samaritans. Philip also carried out some remarkable miracles, both physical and spiritual with the work of the Spirit and Jesus Our Lord dwelling in St Philip.

In the second reading St Peter puts a challenge to the new Christians which he could well put today to each one of us and that is: Do you have the confidence, courtesy, respect and clear conscience to explain to someone where you get your Christian Hope from?

This is why the work of the Holy Spirit is invaluable, an indwelling Spirit, Who can help us Know Jesus Our Lord at a much more deeper level with the Gifts of Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Fortitude, Counsel, Piety and Fear of the Lord, and also, Virtues or Fruits of the Spirit to give us those Inner Spiritual Qualities, such as Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Generosity, Faith, Hope, Self-Control.

So, Jesus is our HOPE and our PURPOSE in Life and the Holy Spirit, dwelling in us, helps us on our daily journey towards Him.

Stay safe and in good health.

Keeping you all in my prayer & daily mass

God Bless, Fr Gavin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Rosary Parish Community

                     5th SUNDAY OF EASTER                        Mother’s Day

10th May 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

NO WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND MASSES AT HOLY ROSARY AND CARMEL 

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

PHONE OFFICE: 9386 1870

IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

ANOINTING OF SICK

HOLY COMMUNION

 

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS AND LITURGY

Visit: http://liturgy.perthcatholic.org.au/prayer-resources/

 

CHURCH FINANCES

We know that many are suffering financial uncertainty, and will also be worried about the jobs of children and other loved ones.  If you can continue any financial support to the parish that would be greatly appreciated.  We recommend that Electronic Funds Transfer be utilised as the safest and most convenient means of directing your donations:

For the Church:    Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   66717 2492  Name: Holy Rosary Parish Account

For the Clergy:     Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   55143 0488  Name: Nedlands Presbytery Account

** Weekly Planned Giving envelopes can be dropped off at the Church Office or collected on request by phoning the Church Office.
** You may consider using cheques (marked not negotiable) by mail or placing it in our post box or delivered to our Church Office.

 

PARISH CONNECT

Those who would like to connect with parishioners of Holy Rosary, we are meeting on Zoom (video conferencing) every Saturday for a Shared Liturgy at 6pm for 40 minutes. This gathering includes song, prayer, reflection on the Gospel for the weekend and general discussion. Please phone 9386 1870 or email me gavin_gomez@hotmail.com It would be great to see you online.          Fr Gavin.

 

PRAYER COMPOSED BY GIMA MATHEW

God of Love, we turn to you with prayerful hearts and with confidence in your loving presence among us now and in every moment of our lives. We stand before you as a people of hope, trusting in your care and protection. May we be comforted by your love in these anxious times.

Merciful God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old; that we may look after each other in these challenging times, especially those among us who are vulnerable. May your example give us the courage we need to go to the margins, wherever they may be.

Father, bring healing to those who are sick with the Coronavirus and be with their families and neighbours. We pray especially for those who are isolated, that they may know your love in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Heavenly Father, send forth your Spirit to enlighten our minds and dispose our hearts to accept your truth. Help us to listen to one another with openness and honesty, eager to learn from the talents and intuitions that you have given each of us. Amen.

 

PRAYER COMPOSED BY CASEY FLORENCE

Our Loving Lord,

Help us to always have faith in you especially in the most hardest of times. You are the one we long to hear and see. Please merciful Father hold our hand and guide us to your boundless love so that we may go through this troubling time with faith, strength, and courage.

We pray especially for all the lonely people who are in need for love and companionship. Give them your care and friendship.

Compassionate Father assist the ones who are suffering, give them your consolations and your endless support so they can heal with your help.

Bless the nurses, doctors, and scientists who are working around the clock to give aid to the people around the world who are in need of this assistance.

Kind Father assist the leaders around the world to make the right and just decisions. Give them the courage to guide their country through this hard time.

Caring Father Bless the families who are gathered here today. Love them and give them the faith and bravery to go on through this distressing time.

We thank you Father for helping us so far and we pray that you will continue to help us. Thank you for your affectionate presence in the families of the Parish and throughout the world.

Amen

 

PARISH WORKING BEE SATURDAY – 23rd May 2020 10am to Noon

See “BEADS” for further details.

Can you help out, even for half an hour? Great if you can.

 

REQUIEM MASS

On Friday the 8th May 2020 we celebrated a Requiem Mass for Margaret Mary Wilson (Maiden Name: Cullity), 89 years old, former Loreto Student and married in Holy Rosary 1951. Margaret’s family and the Cullity Family have been very closely connected to Holy Rosary. Margaret’s parents names are engraved on the Plaque beside the staircase leading up to the Choir Loft. Also, Denis, her brother informed me after the Requiem Mass that he was an altar server 85 years ago at Holy Rosary, which would have been in Latin where the priest had his back to the congregation. In those days the altar servers had to know the Latin responses off by heart, or they had to face “the music” after the mass if they had forgotten any responses. No doubt, Denis had seen alot of changes over the decades.

 

HOMILY FROM FR GAVIN

Readings: Acts 6:1 – 7   –   1Peter 2:4 – 9 –  Gospel: John 14:1 – 2

5th SUNDAY OF EASTER A 2020

The Gospel reading is an extract from the Last Supper, Jesus Our Lord is giving his disciples a farewell speech and it is probably one of the longest discourses or speeches that Jesus makes in all the Gospels. There is no emphasis on the crucifixion or his death, only on his Divinity, giving his disciples Hope. Only Jesus, the Son of God can make claims like these, that:

  1. He is going to the Father in Heaven to prepare a place, or a room, for each of his disciples;
  2. No one can gain access to the Father except through Jesus himself;
  3. If you know him, that is Jesus, you know the Father and if you have set your eyes on Jesus you have seen Father;
  4. Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in him;
  5. The words he has said comes from Father because the Father lives in him, and the work Jesus has done has come from Father.

All of this is also pointing to the intimacy of the Most Holy Trinity, the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God.

Jesus Our Lord, would have known that this was going to be very challenging for his disciples to understand, after all it is about his Divinity (High Christology), this is the reason why Jesus then says, “at least believe it on the evidence of his work”, in other words – his humanity, in all that Jesus has said and done, let these be his witness (Low Christology).

Jesus also says that He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life, again pointing to his Divinity, particularly with the use of  “I AM” a reference to God’s Name.

Jesus is the Way: means that all his followers should look to Jesus to be guided by him because he has given us a Way to live, so we should be like sheep following the Good Shepherd who is leading us to fresh pastures and giving us life. His Word and Example is based on Love, summarized in his Love Commandment, Love One another as He has love us.

Jesus is the LIFE: means that he is the Source of Life, since he draws life from the Father so he can give life, he has the Key to Life, nothing else in this world can give Life.

All the Sacraments Jesus gave us, such as Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion, are Sacraments of Life. When we receive them we draw more closer to Jesus who is Life, as he once said “I have come so that you may have life and have it in abundance”.  The sacraments bring us the inner joy, peace, love, happiness that this world cannot give and eventually, in God’s time, we will experience Everlasting Happiness.

Jesus IS the TRUTH: means there is no Truth more Perfect than he is, he is the Ultimate Truth, the Divine Son of God, the Word of God, through whom everything was created meaning that nothing exists outside the knowledge and power of Jesus as the Son of God and further, Creation will return to the Father only through Jesus, His Son.

St Peter, in the reading today gives us a more indepth understanding of what it is to be Christian, a disciple of Jesus. Firstly, he says that we have been Chosen and that we are Living Stones making a Spiritual House. In Baptism we become Temples of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling Spirit who guides us through life, but also unites all Christians together to form the Body of Christ, the Church, we are the Living Stones and we are also spiritually connected to the Communion of Saints.

St Peter also says, that we are a Royal Priesthood a Consecrated Nation. In Baptism we are Chrismated with the Oil of Chrism, as Jesus was anointed Priest Prophet and King. So, we do have a priestly ministry in our Christian identity, for instance, in the way we gather together to participate in the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass and pray, not only for ourselves, but for our families, friends and also for people we don’t even know. Also, in this priestly context we endeavour to reach out to those who need help, evangelise, offer faith instruction, and to pray and comfort those who need healing and support.

Jesus Our Lord came into this world for our benefit to “Set us Apart”, so that we may be the Salt of the Earth and a Light to the world, to be a sign of Hope, a Refuge, and a Peacemaker in this World. Jesus also adds, that if we affirm him as the Lord, the Son of God sent by the Father then we can achieve even Greater Things because he is returning to the Father.

 

 

Holy Rosary Parish Community

                     4th SUNDAY OF EASTER                        Good Shepherd Sunday

3rd May 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

NO WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND MASSES

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

PHONE OFFICE: 9386 1870

IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

ANOINTING OF SICK

HOLY COMMUNION

CHURCH FINANCES

We know that many are suffering financial uncertainty, and will also be worried about the jobs of children and other loved ones.  If you can continue any financial support to the parish that would be greatly appreciated.  We recommend that Electronic Funds Transfer be utilised as the safest and most convenient means of directing your donations:

For the Church:    Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   66717 2492  Name: Holy Rosary Parish Account

For the Clergy:     Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   55143 0488  Name: Nedlands Presbytery Account

** Weekly Planned Giving envelopes can be dropped off at the Church Office or collected on request by phoning the Church Office.
** You may consider using cheques (marked not negotiable) by mail or placing it in our post box or delivered to our Church Office.

PARISH CONNECT

Those who would like to connect with parishioners of Holy Rosary we are meeting on Zoom (video conferencing) every Saturday at 6pm for 40 minutes. This gathering includes song, prayer, reflection on the Gospel for the weekend and general discussion. Please phone 9386 1870 or email me gavin_gomez@hotmail.com     Fr Gavin.

PRAYER COMPOSED BY JOSE FLORENCE

Our Father, You are the gate, that leads us to our salvation.
Your voice is what our hearts long for, there is nothing else that can give the immense hope and peace other than your words.
Father I pray especially for all who are suffering and are lonely..
You are their hope.

Give strength to all the health care workers to take this heavy load of care and responsibility. And, guide our leaders to take the right decisions.

Loving Father into your hands we surrender ourselves, with boundless confidence that you will walk with us during this trouble time.

Praying for all the families who are gathered together for this time to pray here, fill everyone’s hearts with your peace. Praying for their personal intentions, Father Bless each one and keep them all in your loving care.

We Thank you for your loving presence in each families of our parish and all around the world.  Amen.

HOMILY FROM FR GAVIN

Readings: Acts 2:14, 36-41   –   1Peter 2:20 -25 –  Gospel: John 10:1-10

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY A 2020

There is something very distinct about the human voice, there are certain tones and qualities in the voice that can identify the person. For instance, if we think about famous actors and actresses, singers and public speakers, all they need to do is to say a few words or sing a few notes and immediately we know who they are. The famous voices that we all know, of course, belong to our parents, when they spoke we knew exactly who they were, particularly, our mothers.

In my family there are six siblings, five boys and one girl and almost every day, at some point, our family home was a ball of noise in our younger days. But, yet, when our mother called out to us we heard her voice very clearly. At times it was almost as though she had a kind of a radio frequency for each child, because whilst we were playing our noisy games, suddenly one of us would stop dead in our tracks and say, “mum is calling me”, and the rest of us would say, “we did not hear her voice”, nevertheless, the one she called would immediately go and find out what she wanted.

Well, God also has a Voice, remember when God was creating, He said, “Let there be Light”, and so on, everything was Called or Spoken into Being. Then later, God spoke to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, to Moses and the Prophets, and today, God is constantly speaking to us as the Good Shepherd, the Word of God.

There are many different ways the Good Shepherd speaks to us, for instance, whilst we were reading or listening to the Gospel today, Jesus himself was speaking to us. In every teaching of the Holy Scripture God communicates with us because those words have been inspired by God.

Also, the Good Shepherd speaks to us in the Teachings of the Church, which have been inspired by the Holy Spirit moving within the Institution of the Church. Also, we have living voice of the Shepherd in the Pope and the Bishops, who are the successors of St Peter the Apostle.

We also have the lives of the saints. When we read the life of a saint we are reading about a person who listened to the Good Shepherd and allowed themselves to be moulded by the word and example of Jesus Christ, and so the person reading the life of the Saint is also absorbing the voice of the Shepherd who is speaking through the life of the Saint.

The Good Shepherd can also speak to us through people around us, such as, a member of our family, a friend or a relative, a work colleague, and even a total stranger. We will know when the Shepherd has spoken when those words not only touch our hearts but also are called to mind for many years ahead. This is how an ordinary person can become the instrument for the spoken word of the Good Shepherd.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd also speaks to us when we are praying, at Mass or even in private prayer, he speaks to us in the silence of our hearts.

Also, when we are faced with moral issues, the Shepherd will speak to us in our Conscience. Vatican II defines the human conscience as: “ the most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God, whose voice echoes in his depths”.

In the Gospel it says that the Good Shepherd leads from the front and calls his sheep and they follow him because they know his voice. This means, in modern terminology, we are “wired up” to recognise the voice of the Shepherd, in other words, we have an innate gift to know his voice. Furthermore, the Shepherd, already knows us by Name, he knows where we are at any point in our lives, he knows where we have been, he knows where we are going, he knows our strengths and our weaknesses. Who better to lead us through life?

Jesus, has already walked our Journey, as the Incarnate Word of God for thirty-three years here on Earth, so he knows all the traps and pitfalls in this world and that is why he is with us to protect us and give us life.

Jesus also warns in the Gospels, that there are many other voices in this world, so be careful, those voices are from “thieves and brigands”, their only intention is to steal life away from those who follow them, in other words, by leading them into the dangers of sin. Jesus, whilst on earth, was also tempted in every way but did not sin.

St Peter says in the 2nd reading that Jesus Christ was always prepared to die for us, bearing our faults in his own body, in other words taking upon himself our sins, and he adds, that it is “through his wounds [we] have been healed”.

In the 1st reading from the Acts of the Apostles St Peter proclaims that God has made Jesus, who was crucified and raised from the dead, Lord and Christ, in other words the Anointed One, and to close, St Peter’s final words is that Jesus is “shepherd and guardian of our souls”, a very good reason to listen and follow his voice, the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Stay safe and in good health.

Keeping you all in my prayer & daily mass

God Bless, Fr Gavin

Holy Rosary Parish Community

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

26th April 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

NO WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND MASSES

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HELPFUL INFORMATION

  • IF IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc     ….…        Please phone the Office: 9386 1870
  • SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION    …….     Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870
  • ANOINTING OF SICK       ………         Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870

CHURCH FINANCES

We know that many are suffering financial uncertainty, and will also be worried about the jobs of children and other loved ones.  If you can continue any financial support to the parish that would be greatly appreciated.  We recommend that Electronic Funds Transfer be utilised as the safest and most convenient means of directing your donations:

For the Church:    Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   66717 2492  Name: Holy Rosary Parish Account

For the Clergy:     Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   55143 0488  Name: Nedlands Presbytery Account

** Weekly Planned Giving envelopes can be dropped off at the Church Office or collected on request by phoning the Church Office.
** You may consider using cheques (marked not negotiable) by mail or placing it in our post box or delivered to our Church Office.

PARISH CONNECT

Those who would like to connect with parishioners of Holy Rosary we are meeting on Zoom (video conferencing) every Saturday at 6pm for 40 minutes. This gathering includes song, prayer, reflection on the Gospel for the weekend and general discussion. Please phone 9386 1870 or email me gavin_gomez@hotmail.com     Fr Gavin.

HOMILY FROM FR GAVIN

Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33   –   1Peter 1:17-21 –  Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

The Gospel event written by St Luke the Evangelist concerning the two disciples of Jesus making their way along the Road to Emmaus is also meant to give us an insight into our own faith’s journey in the sense that we are never alone because Our Lord comes to meet us where we are at and is constantly journeying with us through our daily lives.

The two disciples departed from Jerusalem because they thought their journey of faith in Jesus of Nazareth, Lord and Master, was finished because they had witnessed the crucifixion and burial in the tomb, consequently, they were not really convinced that Jesus had risen from the dead. So, they distanced themselves from Jerusalem the focal point of God’s saving work because they were lost, confused and down hearted over what had happened, the life, suffering and death of Jesus, seemed to make no sense to them. Also, their faith and hope in Jesus that he would be the one to set Israel free from it’s enemies was totally shattered!

This was such a great disappointment to them and such a distraction that they failed to recognise the stranger who began to accompany them along the road.

We can certainly identify ourselves with these two disciples

because on our faith’s journey there are times when we too are faced with disappointment and despair when it seems as though God has abandoned us and no longer cares. It is exactly in these moments we fail to recognise his presence with us. Yet, he may come to us as a member of the family, a friend, a work college or a complete stranger or even in a profound event during the day that has a special meaning for us only.

The journey on the Road to Emmaus tell us that Jesus comes to us especially when we are at our weakest, Christ, re-enters our troubled lives unexpectedly in order to meet us where we are at and this is where we are invited to meet him [p]

The two disciples convinced themselves that they knew it all that everything had come to an end but, Jesus then breaks open the Holy Scriptures to them pointing out all that is written about him and why it was necessary that he should suffer and die and how all that he did was not a failure but resulted in glory and triumph. It says that the two disciples expressed how their hearts burned as Jesus opened the scriptures to them.

This is Jesus present in the Word of God and through Scriptures Jesus Christ communicates “himself” to us and gives us a deeper insight into: who we are, our present lives and the faith we are living. St Jerome said that “Not to know the Scriptures is not to know Jesus himself”.

Towards the end of the Journey the disciples invited Jesus to stay because they liked what he said. This insight tells us that Jesus will never force his way into our lives instead we must invite him and accept His presence, and, how easy it is, in the busyness of our lives to pass up the opportunity to enter more deeply into those relationships and special moments that can nourish and deepen our faith.

That evening it says that the disciples’ eyes were opened when they saw Jesus breaking bread and it was at that moment that they recognised Jesus himself and their faith re-ignited, they had gained new understanding and were transformed. Without any hesitation they made their way straight back to Jerusalem to share their “profound” and “real” experience with their friends.

So, the Emmaus Story is really a story of Love, where the pulse of the Saviour’s heart is: “Father, not one of them will I lose”.

Therefore, we can always be certain that Our Lord Jesus Christ is walking along with us on our Journey of Faith through life.

Stay safe and in good health.

Keeping you all in my prayer & daily mass

God Bless, Fr Gavin

 

Holy Rosary Parish Community

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

19th April 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

NO WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND MASSES

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HELPFUL INFORMATION

  • IF IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc     ….…        Please phone the Office: 9386 1870
  • SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION    …….     Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870
  • ANOINTING OF SICK       ………         Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870

CHURCH FINANCES

We know that many are suffering financial uncertainty, and will also be worried about the jobs of children and other loved ones.  If you can continue any financial support to the parish that would be greatly appreciated.  We recommend that Electronic Funds Transfer be utilised as the safest and most convenient means of directing your donations:

For the Church:    Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   66717 2492

For the Clergy:     Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   55143 0488

** Weekly Planned Giving envelopes can be dropped off at the Church Office or collected on request by phoning the Church Office.
** You may consider using cheques (marked not negotiable) by mail or placing it in our post box or delivered to our Church Office.

 

HOMILY FROM FR GAVIN

Readings:

Acts 2:42-47   –   1Peter 1:3-9   –   Gospel: John 20:19-31

 

Can you imagine what kind of reaction there would be if the Resurrection of Jesus Christ the Lord happened in the 21st Century? I would say that the reaction would be principally the same as St Thomas’ response: Unless, I can see and I can touch, I refuse to believe!

 

The Modern Society we live in today is more scientific and analytical which means basically that: if something is not visible then it does not exist! This is why St Thomas’ doubt would speak to the people of today especially his vital expression of amazement and faith “My Lord and My God” and the concluding words of the Risen Christ: “You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe”.

 

At the time of the appearances, there were only a few who actually witnessed the Risen Christ so for many it was a matter of Faith, or a leap of faith, into the invisible or transcendental. St James in his Letter makes an important point about faith and that is: “to prove one has faith it must be accompanied with good deeds”.

 

So, to help the faith of those who were not witnesses, the Holy Spirit worked through the Apostles in their preaching and miracles, and it says in the Acts of the Apostles that “this made a deep impression on everyone”, and so the Church began to grow. It also says: the first Christians went as a body to the Temple, met in their homes for the breaking of Bread, lived together, owned everything in common and were “looked up to by everyone”. So, this was the visible side of faith, good deeds, and this is why practice and good example are very effective means for Evangelisation.

 

In the Gospel, another important point raised by the Risen Christ is the Forgiveness of Sins. After greeting the apostles with “Peace be with you” he breathes the Holy Spirit on them and sends them on mission, to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sin. This was the reason why Jesus sacrificed himself, so that, he would have absolute power over sin and death and therefore offer Divine Mercy to every human being of all times: past, present and future.

 

The apostles from that day were given the faculties to forgive sins, those who accepted baptism were instantly absolved of all their sins, even mortal sin, and the apostles continued to absolve sins. These faculties where then passed down to bishops and also priests in the generations that followed.

 

The problem we have today is that this Sacrament of Reconciliation is not taken seriously and even the word ‘’SIN is slowly disappearing from our vocabulary. The reason for this could be, as we mentioned before, the lack of visibility. Grace is invisible, the Stain of Sin is invisible, Absolution (or the removal of Sin) is invisible, so if something is not visible then it does not exist. In addition to this, it could also be the result of the message of this world constantly desensitising people of Reality of Sin through the media outlets of Internet, Television and Magazines.

 

The critical problem we are faced with as human beings is that wherever there is sin, sin builds on sin, until the sense of the gravity of sin is lost.  In addition, this inevitably means that Peace cannot prevail because the sinner remains restless including those around that person. When extrapolating this into Global Terms this could explain why our World is always restless.

 

This is all very relevant to this Divine Mercy Sunday, 19th April 2020. Jesus Christ Our Lord already knows how destructive Sin is for the humanbeing and for our way of living and, no doubt, could foresee how Sin would be the Cause for the destruction of Our World.

 

In 1934 in an endeavour to remove Sin from the World and Offer Divine Mercy, Jesus Christ Our Lord, revealed to St Faustina: “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy”. Also, a Divine Mercy Chaplet was given by our Lord, it takes about 7 minutes to recite, and is a prayer asking for Divine Mercy for the World: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in ATONEMENT for our sins and those of the whole world.

Also: “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion Have mercy on us and on the whole world” AND: “Holy God Holy Mighty One Holy Immortal One have mercy on us and on the Whole World”.

Stay safe and in good health.

Keeping you all in my prayer & daily mass

God Bless, Fr Gavin

Holy Rosary Parish Community

EASTER SUNDAY

12th April 2020

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

NO WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND MASSES

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HELPFUL INFORMATION

  • IF IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc     ….…        Please phone the Office: 9386 1870
  • SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION    …….     Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870
  • ANOINTING OF SICK       ………         Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870

CHURCH FINANCES

We know that many are suffering financial uncertainty, and will also be worried about the jobs of children and other loved ones.  If you can continue any financial support to the parish that would be greatly appreciated.  We recommend that Electronic Funds Transfer be utilised as the safest and most convenient means of directing your donations:

For the Church:    Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   66717 2492

For the Clergy:     Bank:  NAB   BSB:    086 006    Account:   55143 0488

** Weekly Planned Giving envelopes can be dropped off at the Church Office or collected on request by phoning the Church Office.
** You may consider using cheques (marked not negotiable) by mail or placing it in our post box or delivered to our Church Office.

 

EASTER MESSAGE FROM FR GAVIN

COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON

I hope you had no problems with celebrating Easter Triduum online, the Archbishop has done very well in organising this for his Diocese and the cantor’s and the organist were exceptional. I celebrated the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday and Easter Saturday Vigil on my own, but the strangest thing was that I did not feel that I was on my own even for a second. I could see the rows of empty pews in our Church but had no feeling of being alone. Perhaps, this is because there is a spiritual connection with the flock assigned to each priest to care and minister, even from a distance. Also, it could be that, as some priests do believe, me being one of them, that the empty pews are filled with holy angels and souls from purgatory. Whatever the case, under the circumstances, I was very happy and very satisfied in celebrating the Easter Triduum on my own for our Parish Community and the World.

On Easter Sunday I celebrated Mass with the Carmelite Sisters and here is an extract of my homily for Easter Sunday:

The message of the Resurrection is very relevant to the Covid-19 pandemic, because our God of Life will not allow this virus to defeat us because we have a God Who wants us to live life to the full and not remain in misery, darkness or death. This is also contrary to Christ the Light of the World. Although some may say that this is God’s doing for us to change our lives, it is more probable that God allowed this to happen so that we can learn from our mistakes. Humans cannot live in the fast lane week in and week out something must give. Generally, our world has become too material and with it, too wasteful with so much food, resources and goods just dumped, thrown away. And, greed that has put tremendous strain on our planet, companies that have not restored the ground on which they have extracted resources, wildlife that has been hunted almost to extinction, lack of care for the disposal of plastics which have been mistaken for food by wildlife on land and in the seas, also the general increase in pollution that is very likely to be the cause of some changes in our weather patterns.

Covid-19 does certainly have a dark side with suffering and death but there is a benefit emitting from it. Now, that it has practically paralysed the world, there are no conflicts, no wars, no flexing of muscles, no terrorism, no people being forced out of their home and country, no greedy and selfish business activity, nature has been left alone and recovering, pollution levels are dropping and people are looking out for one another, and young families are enjoying some quality time with each other.

The Resurrection and Eastertide is very much about a God of Life who is presently waiting for our prayers Globally: “Ask and you will receive, Seek and you will find, Knock and the door will be opened to you”. At some point, hopefully in the very near future, everyone can open the doors of their homes and come out and enjoy freedom, hopefully, with a different mindset that seeks a better way of living, caring for one another and our planet and accepting God as very much part of our lives.

What a Beautiful Resurrection Story that will be!!!

Stay safe and in good health.

Keeping you all in my prayer & daily mass

God Bless,  Fr Gavin.

Holy Rosary Parish Community

PALM SUNDAY

     5th April 2020        

 

NO WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND MASSES

HOLY ROSARY AND CARMEL MONASTERY

SUSPENDED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Archdiocese Website – www.perthcatholic.org.au

#  STATEMENTS & PASTORAL LETTERS

#  SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASSES

#  PRAYERS & OTHER RESOURCES

IF IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc…

Please phone the Office: 9386 1870              

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870

ANOINTING OF SICK

Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870

 

A NOTE FROM FR GAVIN

Hope you are all keeping well, it has been pretty quiet in the office, with a very few phone calls, mainly just general enquires with no calls for help, we are blessed. This is certainly a time to rest from all the activity in these past years.

This Sunday is Passion/Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.

Livestream Masses will be celebrated by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe:             These can be accessed by Clicking the GREEN Button on our Home Page

Palm Sunday: 11.00 am ….. Holy Thursday: 7.00 pm

Good Friday: 3.00 pm…. Easter Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm               Easter Sunday: 11.00am.

Link on our website or the Archdiocesan website: perthcatholic.org.au

If you have Project Compassion envelopes please bring your envelopes to the office or phone 9386 1870 and I will arrange to them collected.

The Good Friday Collection for Holy Land has been re-scheduled for 12/13th September 2020.

Our Centre for Liturgy Office website also offers more resources for prayer and masses – visit:   http://liturgy.perthcatholic.org.au/prayer-resources/

For those are who looking for a film to watch try this free online film called: Garabandal, Only God Knows: https://www.garabandalthemovie.com it will be available from 3rd – 12th April 2020.     [Garabandal is a small village in Spain where 4 young school girls experienced apparitions of Saint Michael the Archangel and the Blessed Virgin Mary during 1961 to 1965]

Stay safe and in good health.

Keeping you all in my prayer & daily mass

God Bless,  Fr Gavin.

Holy Rosary Parish Community

5th Sunday of Lent

          29 March 2020   

 

 

NO WEEKDAY OR WEEKEND MASSES

HOLY ROSARY AND CARMEL MONASTERY

SUSPENDED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Archdiocese Website – www.perthcatholic.org.au

#  STATEMENTS & PASTORAL LETTERS

#  SUNDAY & WEEKDAY MASSES

#  PRAYERS & OTHER RESOURCES

IF IN ISOLATION and NEED HELP with shopping etc…

Please phone the Office: 9386 1870              

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870

ANOINTING OF SICK

Available on Request: phone office 9386 1870

A NOTE FROM FR GAVIN

We are experiencing difficult and uncertain times and our normal way of life has been temporarily change, hopefully only for a short while. This has also impacted on our Worship and Spiritual Life, we are now coming up to our 2nd week without the Holy Eucharist and I am sure that many are dearly missing this weekly/daily encounter with Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

Although the Churches are closed, we still have the opportunity to connect with the Livestream Masses and receive Our Lord spiritually. I hope that many are taking up this opportunity because firstly it helps us continue with the pattern of our Christian Way of Life, but also as we gather for prayer and worship, even though remotely, it means that the Body of the Church has gathered in numbers and that our prayer & worship becomes so much more greater in the Hands Of God, particularly at this time of the Covid-19 virus. Our prayers are invaluable for our family, relatives and friends, work-colleagues, doctors and nurses and all those helping to keep this virus under control and also to completely remove it from our nation and our world.

Also, I hope that those who have isolated themselves are getting the help they need from family or friends but please be aware that we have help available if there is a need, so far there has been no call for help so I can only assume that all is going well.

Keeping you all in my prayer & daily mass

 

God Bless,  Fr Gavin.