Fifth Plenary Council of Australia: On 1 June 2022 the Framework for Motions document that will be considered at the Second Assembly was published. It contains 30 motions across eight mission areas that the 277 Members – clergy, religious and laity – will vote on next month. The Framework for Motions document will form the backbone of the reflection, discussion and decisions when the Members gather together in person in Sydney from 4 – 9 July 2022. The Framework for Motions document can be accessed on this link https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au. The program for the Second Assembly will also be published on this website. The Opening and Closing Masses will be live-streamed. In addition, the opening session of each day’s proceedings will also be live-streamed.
God, you are the strength of your people, our guide and protector. Keep us always in your peace and secure in your love.
Greetings and welcome!
Fr Francis and I warmly welcome you here at Our Lady of the Mission, Whitford Parish; parishioners and visitors alike. We pray and hope that you feel truly safe and at home in this our place of prayer, worship and personal encounter with our risen Lord. May the Holy Spirit ever pray in us more than we can ever imagine and bind us together in the love of our Heavenly Father. Whitford Catholic Parish is home to over seventy nationalities represented by our parishioners and frequent visitors. We take pride in our young people; those in our parish primary and secondary schools, those enrolled in our Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) and our parish youth group. They are not just our future Church but a vital part of our Church today and now. We value our young people and endeavor to have their voices heard at every level of our administrative and pastoral engagements. We are ever grateful to the many individuals and groups that volunteer in various ministries of our parish life. To one and all, know that you are valued and appreciated in your own right. We cannot be what we are without you. With ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions, we renew our collective commitment to keeping OLM a COVID-Safe community. Our priests, office staff, cleaning ministry team are doing their bit. We ask you to do your bit in assisting us in this resolve. Together, we will be victorious over this pandemic. Fr Francis and I thank one and all of you for your ongoing prayers, concern, encouragement and support. Rest assured of our daily thoughts and prayers. We commend you as always, into the powerful intercessions of our Blessed Virgin Mother of Good counsel, and into those of St Joseph, patron of the universal Church.
Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti – PP.
Jesus’ call to follow him asks us to give him “not less than everything”. His is not a call to a half-hearted, lukewarm commitment, but to be dedicated to the generous service of others.
1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:16. 19-21
Elisha leaves behind his parents and his farming lifestyle and follows the itinerant prophet Elijah as his servant.
2nd Reading: Galatians 5:1. 13-18
We are called to be free, not to a life of selfishness and sin, but to one of generous service of others.
Gospel: Luke 9:51-62
Following Jesus requires a wholehearted commitment.
Antiphon to the Psalm:
You are my inheritance, O Lord.
First reading: 1 Kings 19:16,19-21
Elisha leaves the plough to follow Elijah
The Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go, you are to anoint Elisha son of Shaphat, of Abel Meholah, as prophet to succeed you.’ Leaving there, Elijah came on Elisha son of Shaphat as he was ploughing behind twelve yoke of oxen, he himself being with the twelfth. Elijah passed near to him and threw his cloak over him. Elisha left his oxen and ran after Elijah. ‘Let me kiss my father and mother, then I will follow you’ he said. Elijah answered, ‘Go, go back; for have I done anything to you?’ Elisha turned away, took the pair of oxen and slaughtered them. He used the plough for cooking the oxen, then gave to his men, who ate. He then rose, and followed Elijah and became his servant.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps. 15(16):1-2,5,7-11
Response: You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you. I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God. O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup; it is you yourself who are my prize.’ R.
I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel, who even at night directs my heart. I keep the Lord ever in my sight: since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm. R.
And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad; even my body shall rest in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, nor let your beloved know decay. R.
You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right-hand happiness for ever. R.
Second reading: Galatians 5:1,13-18
When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free
When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery. My brothers, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence. Serve one another, rather, in works of love, since the whole of the Law is summarised in a single command: Love your neighbour as yourself. If you go snapping at each other and tearing each other to pieces, you had better watch or you will destroy the whole community. Let me put it like this: if you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions. If you are led by the Spirit, no law can touch you.
Gospel Acclamation: 1 Sam 3:9; John 6:68c
Alleluia, alleluia! Speak, O Lord, your servant is listening; you have the words of everlasting life. Alleluia!
Gospel Reading: Luke 9:51-62
Jesus sets out for Jerusalem
As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?’ But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village. As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’ Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’
Plenary Council Prayer
Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land. O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council. Give us the grace to see your face in one another and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road. Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth. Give us ears to listen humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying. Lead your Church into a hope-filled future, that we may live the joy of the Gospel. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age. Amen.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
Saint Mary MacKillop, pray for us.
Prayer in Challenging Times
God our loving Father, we pray for your love and compassion to abound as we walk through these challenging times. We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load of making decisions with widespread consequences. We pray for those who are suffering with sickness and all who are caring for them. We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable to not succumb to the risks of this persistent virus.
We pray for misinformation to be curbed that fear may take no hold in our hearts and minds. As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide, may we also approach each day in total faith and peace, trusting in the truth of your goodness towards us. We ask this, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Our Lady of the Mission, Pray for us.
Prayer of Consecration for Ukraine
We turn to you, Lord Jesus Christ, Word of God made flesh for us, and we entrust the people of Ukraine to you who once said to your disciples, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you” (Jn. 14:27). Hear the cry of your people; change the hearts of those who have unleashed such suffering on the innocent; strengthen the resolve of those who are working to bring the conflict to an end; be close to those who have been driven from their homes and from their homeland; heal the wounds of mind and heart inflicted on the children; comfort the frightened and the lost; strengthen the faith of those who are bereaved; give eternal rest and joy to those who have died.
In your own agony on the cross you entrusted your mother to the beloved disciple, and entrusted him and all disciples to your mother’s care (Jn. 19:26). It was through Mary’s faith that you, the Word made flesh, came to dwell among us. That same faith strengthened Mary as she stood at the foot of the cross. We pray that your suffering people in Ukraine may know and experience that Mary stands with them, too, in this time of their great distress. You have given Mary to us as the Mother of the Church and the Help of Christians. With great confidence in the power of her prayer, in accordance with the tradition of your Church, and in communion with our bishop and all the Holy People of God, we consecrate and entrust the people of Ukraine to Mary and ask that our prayers might be joined with hers as we come before you now in hope and in trusting faith. Hear our prayers, O Lord, and raise up champions of peace, of justice and of healing, so that the weapons of war may be silenced and the people of Ukraine may know the peace that only you can give.
Mary, Mother of the Church, Help of Christians, Mother of the Ukrainian people, pray for us.
· Safeguarding Commitment Statement: Use the following link to view the Safeguarding Commitment statement – Commitment Statement – Safeguarding Office (perthcatholic.org.au)
· Safeguarding Induction: We invite ALL Church Workers (volunteers to paid) to attend an online ZOOM safeguarding induction with the limit of 25 people per session. This session will cover the Safeguarding Policies and Procedures. To register please visit: www.safeguarding.perthcatholic.org.au or phone 9221 7762.
There are 7 sessions available until September 2022:
o Thursday, 30 June 2022 at 1 pm
o Thursday, 21 July 2022 at 7 pm
o Friday, 29 July 2022 at 10 am
o Wednesday, 17 August 2022 at 7 pm
o Thursday, 25 August 2022 at 2 pm
o Tuesday, 13 September 2022 at 7 pm
o Wednesday, 28 September 2022 at 10 am
· Safeguarding Induction for all Church Workers: The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have broadened safeguarding to include adults at risk. ALL church workers (volunteers or paid) are to attend a 2-hour safeguarding induction. A church worker is anyone in the parish in any role – paid or voluntary.
This induction provides an overview of the Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, the role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer and the importance of Safeguarding within the parish.
Our Prayers this week will be offered Conrado Costanilla, Carmelita Costanilla, Bernice Longmore, Alice Hayden, Le thi Be, Lori Tschorn, Robert Winter, all Souls in Purgatory, all Doctors, Nurses and Heath Care workers who have died from Covid-19, for all our departed loved ones, all Holy Souls, all victims of Covid-19, all those recently deceased and those who have their anniversary around this time.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In today’s Gospel (cf. Lk 9: -51 – 62), Saint Luke begins the story of Jesus ‘ last journey to Jerusalem, which will end at chapter 19. It’s a long march not only spiritually, theologically and in geographical space, towards the fulfilment of the mission of the Messiah. The decision of Jesus is radical and total, and those who follow him are called to grapple with it. Today the evangelist presents us with the three people – three cases of vocation, we might say – which highlights what is required of those who want to follow Jesus all the way to the end.
The first character promises: “I will follow you wherever you go” (v. 57). Generous! But Jesus replies that the son of man, unlike the foxes that have dens and birds have nests, “has nowhere to lay his head “(v. 58). The absolute poverty of Jesus. Jesus, in fact, left the family home and has renounced all security to proclaim the Kingdom of God to the lost sheep, His people. So Jesus showed us his disciples that our mission in the world cannot be static, but that of travelling form place to place to preach the good news. The Christian is a travelling exhibition. The Church by its nature is in motion, it is not sedentary and quiet in it’s own enclosure. Is open to the widest horizons. Sent-the Church is sent! -to bring the Gospel to the streets and reach the human existential suburbs. This is the first person.
The second character that Jesus meets receives the call directly from Him, however replies: “Lord, let me first go and bury my father” (see para. 59). It is a legitimate request, based on the commandment to honour your father and mother (cf. Es 20.12). However, Jesus replies, “let the dead bury their dead” (see para. 60). With these words, deliberately provocative, he intends to assert the primacy of discipleship and the proclamation of the Kingdom of God, even on the most important, such as the family. The urgency to announce the Gospel, that breaks the chain of death and inaugurates eternal life, does not admit delays, but it requires readiness and availability. Therefore, the Church is itinerant, and the Church is decided, it acts quickly, on time, without waiting.
The third character wants to follow Jesus but on one condition: he will do so after going to take leave from his relatives. And the master says : “no one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God” (see para. 62). The following of Jesus excludes regrets and backward looks, it requires the virtue of decision.
The Church, following Jesus, is itinerant, acts immediately, quickly, and is determined. The value of these conditions imposed by Jesus – itinerancy, promptitude and decision – don’t come from a number of “no’s” to good things and important things in life. Rather, emphasis should be placed on the main goal: to become a disciple of Christ! A free and informed choice, made for love, to respond to the priceless grace of God, and not done as a way to promote oneself. It’s sad that! Woe to those who think to follow Jesus is a way to help to promote themselves, i.e. to get ahead, to feel important or acquire a place of prestige. Jesus wants us to be passionate about Him and the Gospel. A passion of the heart which translates into concrete acts of proximity, closeness to the neediest brothers , and gestures of care. Just as He himself lived.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary, icon of the Church on the move, help us to follow the Lord Jesus with joy and to announce the good news of salvation to others with renewed love.
In today’s second reading, St Paul provides a wonderful one-sentence summary of Christian stewardship: Out of love, place yourselves at one another’s service.
Whitford Vinnies- Winter appeal this weekend. Your donations allow our volunteers provide food, warm clothing, bedding and pay bills for those struggling in our local community. We will be holding a retiring collection after Mass. If you require a tax receipt, please write your contact details on an envelope and place it any time in the church poor box. Many thanks to our many generous supporters.