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First Com­mu­nion - A won­der­ful parish oc­ca­sion

What a happy fam­ily day it was on Sun­day 3 June when the St Bene­dict’s parish joined to­gether to cel­e­brate the First Com­mu­nion of 30 young peo­ple. This event was the cul­mi­na­tion of many months of learn­ing and prepa­ra­tion. Spe­cial thanks were ex­pressed to the chil­dren’s par­ents, rel­a­tives and friends and to the cat­e­chists and team who helped in the lead up to this spe­cial day. After the cel­e­bra­tory Mass ev­ery­one joined in cut­ting a cake and en­joyed a yummy morn­ing tea.

The Sciber­ras fam­ily from Ma­roota had a spe­cial dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion on the day with not only their el­der daugh­ter Aleisha mak­ing her First Com­mu­nion but younger daugh­ter, three-month-old Evie May, be­ing bap­tised. The pic­ture shows dad Dave Sciber­ras hold­ing Evie May, Aleisha, mother Liz and, in front, proud brother Ethan.

New Sacra­men­tal pro­gram

As soon as First Com­mu­nion was over we started on a new sacra­men­tal pro­gram for the com­ing year. This be­gan with a Par­ent In­for­ma­tion Night on 11 June and will be fol­lowed by Con­fir­ma­tion on Satur­day 4 Au­gust.

St Vin­nies to Bre­war­rina

The parish has again gath­ered goods and do­na­tions to send to those in need in the Bre­war­rina dis­trict. Our lo­cal St Vin­nies group has co­or­di­nated this col­lec­tion and mem­bers have trav­elled the al­most 800 km to de­liver the goods. The So­ci­ety of St Vin­cent de Paul (SVP) was founded by French phi­lan­thropist Fred­eric Ozanam in 1833 to help poverty-stricken in­hab­i­tants of his na­tive Paris. SVP has now spread over much of the world and we are proud that its ethos is be­ing fol­lowed so well in our lo­cal parish.

Week­end Mass Times

St. Bene­dict's Catholic Church Ar­ca­dia; Mass at the Monastery, 121 Ar­ca­dia Rd, Ar­ca­dia, at 7 am ev­ery morn­ing. Mass at the Parish Cen­tre, Corner Fa­gans Rd & Ar­ca­dia Rd 7 pm Satur­day, 9 am Sun­day.

try to an­swer their ques­tions on the jour­ney to adult­hood.

One thing stands out: es­sen­tially, par­ents love and are FOR their chil­dren.

God doesn’t make mis­takes. He is a per­fect Fa­ther to His chil­dren. “As for God, His way is per­fect. The Word of the Lord is sure. He is a buck­ler, a mighty buck­ler to those who trust in Him.” (2 Sa­muel 22:31)

The bi­ble says, “If God is FOR us, who can be against us? For God has proved His love by giv­ing us His great­est trea­sure, the gift of His Son. And since God freely of­fered Him up as the sac­ri­fice for us all, He cer­tainly won’t with­hold from us any­thing else He has to give.” (Ro­mans 8:31-32)

Get to know Him- and through a re­la­tion­ship with His Son, Je­sus Christ, you too will know Him as your per­fect Fa­ther.

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