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Prayer for Parish

Christ Jesus,

You who love us and deepen in us the knowledge of Your name and Your love, open all doors and make known the way of salvation, You call us to take time and to be with You in prayer, to draw close to You and to seek Your Will.

You desire to purify our hearts and to lead us to repentance draw us together as a community and help us to open our hearts to appreciate the gift of each other.

Bless our Parish Community and all those we love. May your grace lead us to a new Pentecost in our lives to go and proclaim the Good News to all and a deeper desire to live the mission of the Church.



RCIA Inquiry nights

God’s Love
Jesus and Me
Who is the Holy Spirit?


What is RCIA? 
Every year, thousands of people are received into the Catholic Church. In times past, inquirers were normally prepared in individual or small-group private sessions by a Catholic priest and were received into the Church at any time of the year. In 1971, in response to the call of the Second Vatican Council, the Church dramatically revised the process of becoming Catholic and decreed the new process for welcoming new Catholics to be the
"Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults."

The RCIA, while in a sense new, was not really new, but an effort to restore the spirit of the early Church Christianity by emphasizing conversion as a participation in the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. In giving support and shape to the journey which the would be Catholic undertakes during the process, the entire praying, witnessing and teaching Body of Christ – people in the local Church, Experience renewal

The process includes a series of rites, carried out whilst candidates learn about the, experience spiritual development and are finally fully included into the Body of Christ, the Church.

There are four stages in the RCIA:

- the Precatechumenate or period of inquiry and evangelization;

- the Catechumenate which is a time of serious and dedicated formation;

- the Period of Purification and Enlightenment which coincides with Lent;

- and Mystagogy (Greek, meaning "interpretation of mystery") which lasts from Easter to Pentecost.

How Long Does It Take?
There is no set time period for the process of becoming a Catholic. Different parishes and dioceses may set their own timetables. However, the Church makes clear that what is important is not meeting a schedule, but instead ensuring adequate preparation. Some may require more, some less, depending on their spiritual readiness. Whatever precedes it, though, the Sacraments of Initiation should normally be celebrated during the Easter Vigil.

Contact: Janette James

Mass Times

Mon - Sat 9:00am & 1st Fri of the month 7:30pm
Wed 10:30am at Gwelup

Sat 6:00pm (Vigil)
Sun 8:30am, 10:00am (Italian), 12noon (Croatian), 5:00pm
Sun 11:30am at Gwelup

Every 4th Sunday of the month at 5:00pm


Reconciliation is available every morning during the week
before 9am Mass in St Lawrence church.

Fri 8:30am - 8:55am
1st Fri 8:30am - 8:55am & 7:00pm - 7:25pm
Sat 5:15pm - 5:55pm or by appointment.
(during Advent and Lent 15 minutes before 9:00am Mass)

Sun after 11:30am Mass or by appointment.

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