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: Donna 0434 637 355

 

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: Patricia 0404 445 894 or patricia.starkie@gmail.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 / MARIAN PRAYER GROUP

There are two cenacles in the church. One on Wednesday mornings immediately following 9.00am Mass and the other on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. It consists 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. Adoration: After 9am Mass on Wednesday till 7pm & Friday till 7.30pm.

Contact: Marian Prayer Group / Eucharistic Adoration: Eileen 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: Donna 0434 637 355

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

Just Faith Magazine is our free Parish magazine profiling parish people/activities and is released 3 times per year (Easter, Spring and Christmas). We have a great JFM team of writers, photographers and a skilled designer. New team members, ideas and articles are always welcome.

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 448 185 663

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 Joseph 0402 048 502; 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. We can take back our life and live in love and peace with ourselves and God. Meeting in Mercyville Convent Mondays 1pm – 2pm and in Mercyville Chapel Thursdays 7.30pm

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

NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR

The Rosary is said every Tuesday evening at 6.30pm in the Church in front of Our Lady’s statue. All parishioners are invited to come along to say the Rosary.

Contact: Shirley-Ann 0424 813 890

NOVENA AND DIVINE MERCY

Novena To Our Lady Of Perpetual Help & Divine Mercy (sung in EWTN version).  Join us to ask for Mary’s help and blessings in our lives and for our families.  We are encouraged to be part of this beautiful devotion and prayer (similar to the Novena Church in Singapore).  It will be held every second Saturday of the month in our Church immediately after the 8:30am Mass until 10:00am.

Contact Fr Joseph  0402 048 502

VOCATIONS

The WA Vocations Network is an association of like-minded people who aim to promote an awareness of vocation, and is associated with similar Vocations Networks in other States and at a National level. At parish level, the vocations contact is a point of reference for material from the Vocations Network. This is especially important at specific times such as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations or the Australian Week of Prayer for Vocations, which is centred around the Feast of Mary MacKillop on the 8th of August.

Contact: Sr Margaret Kane, RSJ Ph/Fax: 9440 3914