Sunday 13th December 2020
ST THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC CHURCH, BATEMAN
Investing in our Community
St Thomas More Catholic Church (STMCC) columbarium project was initiated in response to a rising interest for a parish columbarium within the church grounds. Following parish community consultation, the Project Committee developed a columbarium brief and submitted to the Archdiocese for consideration. The columbarium project was approved by the Archdiocese in October 2020.
The features of the columbarium will blend into the current church design but have its own uniqueness. It is aimed at creating a peaceful and sacred environment for the internment of ashes of parishioners following cremation. It is intended especially for those who love and have an affinity with STMCC, which they wish to continue after death.
The Project Committee has previously met with two potential architects to evaluate their experience and capability of listening and working with a diverse parish community. A suitable architect with landscaping capability has been appointed and the design work has now commenced. It is anticipated that the preliminary concepts will be presented to the Parish community in the New Year.
A small Columbarium Management Committee will be formed to undertake the ongoing administration and management of the parish columbarium.
YIDARRA /CORPUS CHRISTI AMALGAMATION NEWS
We are pleased to announce that the Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth, has endorsed the recent decision by the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA) for the amalgamation of Corpus Christi College and Yidarra Catholic Primary School into one K-12 College.
A short information session has been timetabled to enable School Board members, Principals, clergy of the Bateman Parish, staff, parents and parishioners to receive information about how an effective transition will take place. This meeting will be held on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 3.00pm in the Caroline Payne Theatre, Corpus Christi College. All are welcome.
WITH HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO ALL BATEMAN PARISHIONERS FROM FR. PHONG
Last Sunday our parish community had truly entered into a joyful celebration as we marked my 20th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination. On behalf of my parents, siblings, and my whole family, I would like to thank everyone involved in the planning and organization for such a meaningful and memorable event. I especially acknowledge the dedicated work and tremendous efforts of the following committees, ministries, parish groups, and individuals:
• Members of the Parish Pastoral Council.
• Members of the Sub-Committee for the support of Clergy
• Members of the Liturgy Committee.
• Members of the Events Committee.
• Members of the Marguerite Prayer for Clergy Group
• Members of the Youth Music Ministry.
• Fr. Simeon, Parish Staff Office and Volunteers.
• Acolytes, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Sacristans, Collectors, Floral Arrangers and our Photographers & Videographer.
• Musical entertainments performed by Men Alive, Family Choir, Ukulele Group, and Bollywood Dancers.
• Corpus Christi College
• Indonesian Catholic Community of Perth (ICCP)
• To all the volunteers who had helped in the preparation, and all those parishioners who brought food and drinks for the occasion.
I express my sincere thanks for all your prayers, well wishes, many gifts, and to everyone for making this memorable event very special for my parents, my family, our parish community, and for me.
Thank you and God bless!!! Fr. Phong
CONTACT REGISTERS WILL BE MANDATORY FROM 5 DECEMBER 2020
The Premier recently announced that mandatory contact registers will be introduced from Saturday 5 December 2020, for specified venues such as places of worship. Maintaining a contact register is an extra safety measure and one of the most effective ways to control the spread of COVID-19.
Therefore, as from Saturday 5 December 2020, our parish church will need to record the location, date, name, and telephone number of parishioners and volunteers in various ministries at St Thomas More Catholic Church, Bateman Parish.
The State Government has released a free app – SafeWA – which provides our church with a unique QR code for parishioners to scan to register their attendance. The app securely saves the encrypted data for access only by Department of Health contact tracing personnel if needed. Churches and venues may also use alternative formats for registration, including other electronic or paper-based systems depending on what is suitable for the church, venue or individual.
ADVENT 2nd RITE OF RECONCILIATION SERVICE
The following parishes advised their Advent services:
• Riverton Parish: Tuesday 15th Dec. – 7.00pm
• Langford Parish: Thursday 17th Dec. – 7.00pm
• Canning Vale Parish: Tuesday 22nd Dec. – 7.00pm
FOOD SALE – SUNDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2020
A variety of delicious cooked food, hot savouries, nonya kuehs, cakes, cookies (peanut, sucade) and other delicacies will be on sale after all morning masses. Please come and support us. Contact Winnie @0421 601 095 if you wish to contribute any food or pre order cookies as Christmas gifts.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS EVE NATIVITY
Christmas is fast approaching and the Christmas Committee have commenced organising the Children’s Christmas Eve Outdoor Mass. So we are now encouraging all Primary aged children, who would like to participate in the Nativity to register at the Church foyer.
We request that the children be available for both rehearsals to be included in the Mass.
The Children’s Christmas Eve Outdoor Mass will be held on Thursday, 24th December at 6:30pm.
The practices for the nativity will be on: Saturday, 19 December at 2:00pm &
Wednesday, 23 December at 4:00pm
To register your interest, please use the sign-up sheet in the church foyer or contact Brenella on 0418877791.
Specific help in the following areas is also required – Please contact Brenella directly in these instances.
1. 2 older primary aged students to assist as readers
2. Any parent that wish to assist will be gladly appreciated. Thank you.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Dear Parishioners, Christmas is a time for giving, and this year we need the gift of your time.
To make the Christmas Eve special (and last year the support we received was wonderful), we need the following helpers:
To help set up at 9.30am on Thursday 24th December 2020:
20 Helpers to put the chairs out
To help out before Mass:
20 Greeters/COVID Marshals
To help out during Mass:
3 Altar Servers
24 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
To help out after Mass:
10 people to assist with the basket gifts
To register your assistance, please put your name down on the list at the back of the church or email Juliana at: email@example.com
SECURITY FOR YOUR CARS DURING CHRISTMAS MASSES
We ask you to be aware and not to leave valuable items in your car when you come to church, especially for the Christmas Eve Outdoor Mass and all other Christmas Masses. We encourage you to carpool, or leave your car at home and walk to church if possible. For your peace of mind, the Parish will also arrange for the local Police and Melville City Council Security to patrol around the church complex during the busy services. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
CATECHIST NEEDED FOR RE PROGRAM –
ST THOMAS MORE PARISH, BATEMAN
Afterschool Religious Education Catechist is needed for 2021. If you are studying education at university and doing Religious Accreditation, this will be a great opportunity to enhance to your Religious Education experience and add to your Resume. R.E. lessons are on Wednesday afterschool from 4.00pm – 5.00pm. We have the school holidays off.
R.E. will commence on 3rd February 2021. Please contact Judy on 9310 1747 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Tuesday at 8.30am – 4.30pm or Wednesday 10.00am – 5.30pm)
SACRAMENTAL DATES FOR 2021: ST THOMAS MORE, BATEMAN
First Eucharist: 12th /13th June 2021
Confirmation: 11th/12th September 2021
Reconciliation: 23rd October 2021
ENROLMENT DAY: WED 27TH JAN 2021 4PM – 5PM (CHURCH HALL)
All children (from pre-school age on) who attend Government schools are warmly welcomed to attend the Religious Education after school program which commences on February 03rd, 2021 Special arrangements can be made for High School children (high school class commences 28th April 2021) and Catholic School children who may not have celebrated their age relevant Sacrament.
Please note that Confirmation is a 2 year program.
Enquiries: Mrs Judy Machado on 93101747 (Tues /Wed) or email email@example.com
BATEMAN TEENS GROUP
The Bateman teens group will be back on the start of Term 1 of 2020. We thank all the parents, guardians, youth leaders and teens for the constant support and dedication towards the youth group. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
If you have any questions or are interested in your teens attending Youth Group, please do not hesitate to contact St. Thomas More Parish Youth Coordinators on firstname.lastname@example.org
Final CYM MASS AND HOLY HOUR: WED 16th DEC AT 5:30 PM
Join CYM for their final mass and holy hour for the year on Wednesday 16th December at 40A Mary street, Highgate WA. Mass begins at 5:30 pm followed with Adoration from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm.
For any inquiries regarding our youth ministry, please don’t hesitate to contact our youth leaders via email email@example.com or contact CYM directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9422 7912.
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