Written by Christine / Fiona

July 5, 2018

Parish Notices

IMAGE OF ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE: The image of St Thomas which has been and is so central to our prayer and reflection comes from a window in a small English Catholic Church which opened in 1849. It is from the Church of St Birinus at Dorchester on Thames, Wallingford near Oxford. The architect for this church, William Wardell, later emigrated to Australia and is well known for being the architect for St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, and St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. The image is used with the blessing and best wishes of the priest and parishioners of St Birinus Church.

SPECIAL COLLECTION AT MASS this weekend: The Peter’s Pence Collection has its origin about a thousand years ago in England. Today, the purpose of the Peter’s Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father, Pope Francis, with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease. This collection is taken up at this time in every Catholic Church throughout the world.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: An information night is to be held in St Thomas the Apostle School on Tuesday 24th July at 7:00pm. All families who wish their child to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion this year must attend. If you are unable to make it to the first meeting a second meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st August at 7:00pm.

NO WEEKDAY MASSES DURING JULY while Fr Denis is away. Fr Denis will be attending a meeting in Sydney this week along with the Diocesan Directors for Clergy Life & Ministry from all over Australia. Following this meeting he will be taking some annual leave.

FAMILY PRAYER MEETING: Last Friday of every month at St Peter’s College, Clyde North 7.30pm – 8.30pm. For enquiries, contact Jean-Paul Antoine 59907777 or the parish office. Month of July is on 27th.

PIETY STALL – Every 2nd weekend of the Month. For orders and enquiries, call Rick & Anita on 0450 782 558.

CHOSEN CONFERENCE – “You did not choose me but I chose you. and I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” – John 15:16. The Chosen Conference is a national conference of young people and young adults between 18 – 30 years old, from 12th – 15th July 2018 at Mannix College Clayton, Melbourne. This conference is organised by Jesus Youth, an International Catholic Association with a focus on evangelising young people and nurturing their missionary initiatives.  The Chosen conference is an initiative in the Year of Youth to help young people to encounter Jesus in a life-changing way. The conference consists of youth rallies, up-lifting talks, workshops, Theatre, Eucharistic celebrations, Vocation & Mission Expo & Live music from Master Plan, the band performed last two WYD’s. If you are interested or want to register please visit For more information about the group registration please contact  or call us at 0491 002 081.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES with Pope Francis: Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.  Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. For more information, please visit “When I meet someone who is getting married I say to them, “You are the ones who have courage!” Because it is not easy to form a family, not easy to commit your lives forever; it takes courage.  And I am proud that you are courageous.”  (Pope Francis)

KIMBERLEY CATHOLIC VOLUNTEER SERVICEWANTED:  VOLUNTEER WORKERS – FINANCE OFFICER AND PROPERTY MANAGER: The Diocese of Broome, WA, requires volunteers to assist with the work of the local Church in the Kimberley. There are various important voluntary tasks: administration, building maintenance, gardening, shop staffing, cooking, cleaning etc.  Placements are preferred for a period of 6 months.  We are currently seeking volunteers for several parishes including Broome, Balgo, Kalumburu and Bidyadanga.

For further details on how to be a part of this unique experience, and an application form, please contact:

Volunteer Coordinator: Anneliese Rohr 08 9192 1060 Email: Web: Mail:  PO Box 76, BROOME  WA  6725


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA): The RCIA is for any of the following: An unbaptised adult seeking to become a full member of the Catholic Church; a baptised adult of another Christian Church desiring to be in full communion with the Catholic Church; A Catholic who has not been fully initiated into the Church and needs suitable preparation prior to the celebration of Confirmation and Eucharist; A Catholic seeking to be renewed in his/her faith; a non-Catholic who just wants to know more about the Catholic Church. Now is the time for people who wish to participate in the coming RCIA group to contact the Parish Office. We invite every family to invite one person or family to join the RCIA. St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is always delighted to welcome and assist those who wish to know more about the Catholic faith.


ALL ADULT PARISHIONERS – The Parish Council has updated our Parish Code of Conduct for the Safety of Children and Vulnerable Adults within our Parish and feel that in order to truly create a child safe environment it is necessary for all adult parishioners to read, understand and sign that they will adhere to all aspects of the Parish Code of Conduct. If you have any questions about this, please contact our Parish Safety Officer at the Parish Office. is a revolutionary online platform featuring the best Catholic videos, audio talks, eBooks and movies from trusted partners like the Augustine Institute, St. Paul Center, Marian Fathers, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press and Word on Fire. Catechism and Personal Faith Formation are at the fingertips of every parishioner. St Thomas the Apostle parishioners are very privilege to have free access to this. To get the parish code contact Parish Office: 5998 0947 or email:


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