Sunday 6th December 2020
NEW PARISH EMAIL ADDRESSES
Please be advised of our new parish email addresses at St Thomas More Catholic Church, Bateman Parish:
1. Bateman Catholic Parish (Secretary): email@example.com
2. Bateman Planned Giving: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Bateman Pastoral Care: email@example.com
4. Bateman Catechist: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Bateman Safeguarding Officer: email@example.com
6. Bateman Youth: firstname.lastname@example.org
ST THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC CHURCH, BATEMAN COLUMBARIUM PROJECT
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.
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.
CHAPLETS OF THE DIVINE MERCY – WED 9TH DEC 7.30PM
A beautiful, prayerful, sung devotion held in our church on the second Wednesday of each month commencing at 7.30 pm. The last devotion for this year will be held on Wednesday 9th December 2020 commencing at 7.30 pm. Please be advised that incense will used during the devotion.
Afterwards, we will wind the year up with refreshments, so please bring along a plate. Enquiries to George Lopez on 9310 9493 or 041 991 0039.
ADVENT 2nd RITE OF RECONCILIATION SERVICE – THURSDAY 10th DECEMBER 2020 AT 7.30PM
Our Advent 2nd Rite of Reconciliation Service will be held on Thursday 10th December 2020 at 7.30pm. There will be many neighbouring priests to assist us in this service, so please invite your family and friends to come along to prepare ourselves spiritually for Christmas.
The following parishes advised their Advent services:
• Willetton Parish: Wednesday 9th Dec. – 7.00pm
• Bateman Parish: Thursday 10th Dec. – 7.30pm
• 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.
HOME-MADE BISCUITS FOR THE PRISONERS
This year the Parish will not be asking for Donations of Home-made Biscuits for the Prisoners due to the Covid-19 situation. Due to the handling of the biscuits and cookies during packing, we feel that it may not be hygienic enough and also the prisoners may not want to receive them this year because of the Corona Virus Pandemic.
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
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 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)
The photographs from the Confirmations have just been uploaded to the website.
Please use the following login details to access the photos and place orders accordingly.
Website: maverickphoto.com.au https://maverickphoto.com.au/
Login ID: confirmation
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 FINAL TEENS GROUP TERM 4–FRI 11TH DEC AT 7PM
The final STMP youth group for Term 4 will be on Friday 11th December at 7-8:30 pm in the Church Hall. This is an end of year celebration for both the teens and the parents. All parents/guardians are welcome to join along with their teens and their siblings/relatives. Please RSVP along with any dietary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions or are interested in your teens attending Youth Group, please do not hesitate to contact Bateman’s Youth Leaders on: email@example.com
CYM MASS AND HOLY HOUR, EVERY WEDNESDAY
Join CYM for their mass and holy hour every Wednesday at 40A Mary street, Highgate WA. Mass begins at 5:30 P.M. followed with Adoration from 6:15 P.M. to 7:15 P.M.
For any inquiries regarding our youth ministry please don’t hesitate to contact our youth leaders via email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact CYM directly at email@example.com or 9422 7912.
DIOCESAN NEWS CATHOLIC MISSION’S 2020 CHRISTMAS REFLECTION IN WORD & MUSIC
As part of this year’s Advent season, Catholic Mission will present a Christmas Reflection on Modern Slavery on Wednesday December 9th from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at St Patrick’s Basilica in Fremantle. It will be a beautiful evening of sacred classical music interspersed with inspirational readings and a key note meditation by Professor Francis Campbell, Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University. Due to COVID-19 protocols, seats are limited and will need to be booked via www.trybooking.com/BNAMI. For those who are unable to make it, the event will be live-streamed & online via www.catholicmission.org.au/perth2020. For more information & a digital copy of the Reflection booklet email Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9422 7933.
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