Faith Development

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

This committee was formed at the end of 1998 to initiate and co-ordinate Faith Development initiatives in the parish. Among the initiatives of the committee is the quarterly publication of the parish magazine, “Just Faith”, arranging workshops and Key Note Addresses and facilitating other programs of faith development held in the parish.

Contact: Ann  9401 6517

AFTER SCHOOL RELIGIOUS PROGRAM

Our aim is to educate the children who do not attend Catholic Schools with a good basic knowledge of their faith. The classes are held every Thursday at Whitford Catholic Primary School and the Parish Centre from 4.00 to 5.00 pm. Enrolment is during third term and again before school starts. Notification of these dates will be published in the newsletter and the bulletin.

Contact: Patricia 0404 445 894

 

BAPTISM PREPARATION

Firstly, a baptism information form needs to be completed before attending the preparation class. You are invited to come to one of our weekend Masses. A volunteer at the information desk will assist you after Mass. Then call our parish office to book into a preparation class which are held every second Thursday at 7.30pm in our church for parents and godparents. Children of school age, to be baptized, also need to attend after their private instruction with our religious instructor is completed. The class involves reflection, questions are answered, the baptism day is rehearsed and planned and readings are chosen.

Contact: Parish Office: Mon – Fri 9am-4pm 9307 2776

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

This enables children aged from 4 – 8 years old to reach a better understanding of the Gospel Reading each Sunday. Children are taken into the meeting room at the start of the 9.30am Mass and they return to church at the Offertory of the Mass.

Contact: Rafaela: 0450 704 014 or rafaelarogers@hotmail.com

COME ALIVE WITH SCRIPTURE

This group holds classes for you to learn about the scriptures through short courses which are usually held on a Tuesday evening.  Each course runs for about 10 weeks.

Contact: Carol 0419 948 411

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Adoration takes place ever Wednesday and Friday immediately following 9am Mass and closes at 7pm. All are welcome to call in and spend this special time with Jesus, who is truly present here in Body, Soul and Divinity.  Our roster requires that you give one hour per week to sit with Jesus.  During Eucharistic Adoration, Jesus and the tabernacle cannot be left unattended at any tiem, hence the request for people to sit with Him for this one hour on a roster basis.  If you are willing to be on the roster and spend this special hour with Jesus, please see contact below.  Jesus will bless you and your family abundantly for this quiet time spent in his company.

Contact:  Eileen 0407 471 256 or 9402 2480

MARIAN MOVEMENT

This prayer group meets immediately following 9.00am Mass on Wednesday mornings. Prayers consist of the Holy Rosary, invocation prayer to the Holy Spirit, prayers for the Pope’s intentions, a reading from the Blue Book “To the Priests – Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”, concluding with the Act of Consecration Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Contact: Eileen 0407 471 256 or 9402 2480

FAMILY CATECHESIS

This group provides families with the individual support they need to raise their children in the catholic faith. This can include material and help for parents whose children are making sacraments.

Contact: Patricia 0404 445 894

FOCOLARE

“May they all be one” (John 17-21). This is the ideal of the Focolare Movement. A passage of Scripture is chosen each month as a guideline for daily living, the commentary with this is called “Word of Life”. Please join us once a month for a cup of tea/coffee, read the “Word of Life” together, and relate your own experiences of trying to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13-34).

Contact: Kathy 9305 4264

‘JUST FAITH’ MAGAZINE

The ‘Just Faith’ magazine is Our Lady of the Misiion’s (Whitford Parish) FREE colour magazine, profiling parish people and parish activities.  It is published three times per year: Easter; Spring; and Christmas.  We have an enthusiastic and committed Just Faith Ministry team consisiting of writers, a Photographer and a skilled graphics designer.  You are invited to submit ideas and articles for possible publication.  We also warmly welcome feedback so that we can ensure we continually aim to publish content that is of interest to our readers.  If you are able to spare a few minutes of your time to provide feedback, please email us at whitford@optusnet.com.au with the subject ‘Just Faith feedback’.

Contact: Carmen: 0422 556 707.

Email: whitford@optusnet.com.au with the subject: Just Faith article

Parish Office 9307 2776

LEGION OF MARY

This group meets every Tuesday in the Parish Centre at 1pm. Members are required to recite the Catena (prayer) every day, and are obliged to attend the weekly meetings. They should spend at least two hours each week on active work in pairs, e.g. visit the sick, housebound, elderly and bereaved; deliver birthday cards to children (up to four years old), who were baptised in the parish; visit parishioners on behalf of the parish priests on an ongoing basis; and generally assist the Parish Priest with any other work he may require from time to time. Membership is open to Catholic men and women over 18 years of age and we would be delighted to welcome new members.

Contact: Pat: 9401 4221 or Carol: 0407 693 430

LIGHTHOUSE CLUB

This club helps our parishioners to respond to the call for a New Evangelisation, serving the Church by providing inspirational CDs and brochures that will enrich and strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ and understanding of our Catholic Faith.

Contact Irene 9402 0694

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT

Celebrate Love is a two-day seminar consisting of workshops and reflective exercises designed to lead married couples in to a deeper intimacy with each other. The Seminars are held twice a year and there are a growing number of couples from this Parish who have participated.

For weekend dates and further information please contact the Parish Office

Contact: Brad and Mary: 9401 0596 or 0448 185 663

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

Embrace – Preparing to Live in Love. Each engaged couple receives individual instruction by a trained ‘Mentor’ couple, held over six sessions. Topics include: communication, forgiveness & reconciliation, family of origin, sexuality, spirituality and sacrament.

Contact: Fr Cyprian 0450 464 678; or Brad and Mary  9401 0596 or 0448 185 663

FR. JUSTIN’S MEDITATION: VISUALIZATION METHOD

We follow Fr Justin’s style of meditations to help enhance our lives by freeing ourselves from the stresses, worries and angers that we hold in our bodies which cause all the depression and sickness we have in our lives. Working on being positive and focusing on all the good we have in our life enables us to find the person God knows we are, giving us the tools to take back our lives to live in good health, love and peace with ourselves, others and God.  We can take back our life and live in love and peace with ourselves and God.  Meditation is the key to survival in our modern world.  It is a private retreat, a key that unlocks the inner doorways to a deeper, inner peace.  It brings relaxation to the body, peace to the mind, and awakening to the soul, leaving you feeling great. Meeting in Mercyville Convent Library on Mondays 1pm – 2pm and Thursdays 7pm – 8pm

Contact: Mary 9401 5340 or Elinor 9300 6289

PERSONAL ADVOCACY

This small group reaches out to people with intellectual disabilities, through regular fortnightly meetings, so that they can be included in the life and liturgy of the parish.Volunteer advocates from our parish are linked on a one-to-one basis with a person with intellectual disabilities and through these relationships members of the group come to know and understand what it is to love and to be loved, to give and to receive, to forgive and to be forgiven. This is faith in action for both the volunteers and for the people with disabilities.

Contact: Sue 0410 418 023

PILGRIMAGES

Giving parishioners a unique spiritual experience by visiting places like The Holy Land and Fatima.

Contact: Ray 0412 698 852   Email: raytan1941@hotmail.com

PRAYER GROUP (Filipino and Friends)

This group meets fortnightly on Thursdays in the Parish Hall at 11am to say the Rosary together and study scriptures to strengthen their faith. The group is involved with various community activities, especially pastoral activities. They also have a choir that sings in different church groups.

Contact: Noya 9246 7324

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

A process for preparing and welcoming new members into the Catholic Church. At the moment the group meet on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre during school term time. Committed, practising Catholics would be welcome as sponsors.

Contact: Ann 9401 6517

DIVINE MERCY MINISTRY

This Ministry provides information on the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Messages and Praying for the sick and dying.  They also coordinate the Divine Mercy Feast Day Novena, which begins on Good Friday and culminates on the Feast of the Divine Mercy, held on the 2nd Sunday of Easter which is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.

Contact: Clare 0410 289 725

SACRED HEART OF JESUS

In order to honour the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we will have prayers for the purpose on the first Friday of each month, at 7pm in the church (after Adoration).  All welcome to attend.

Contact Ray 0412 698 852

STATUE OF FATIMA

Our Lady’s Statue has been moving from house to house for over 30 years. Parishioners are invited to have the Statue in their homes for a week at a time, and this happens twice a year.  A Roster is prepared each year and sent to the family.  Whilst the Statue is with the family, the Rosary is said each day.

Contact: Shirley-Ann  0424 813 890