The Life of Our Parish

More than two dozen groups, activities and enterprises operate within Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, serving our own community while also reaching out to others. You are invited to discover and participate

Our parish works in several ways with other Christian churches in the district. During the year the churches conduct some combined activities such as World Day of Prayer, celebrated on a rotational basis in the various churches in early March each year. This year the focus of the prayer service was the Bahamas. We host the service one year in every four or five.
The same churches come together to mark Christmas on the first Wednesday of Advent. Our parish hosted last year so our turn will not come around again until 2018. Each church presents a 5-10 minutes item in a program composed by the host church.
Our parish craft group meets each week at the Wembley Downs Church of Christ in a gathering where other Christian groups socialise informally.
Support for the Chaplaincy service at Churchlands Senior High School also falls under the banner of collaboration by local churches. See separate leaflet.
Each of the inter-church activities would benefit from new representatives from our parish. Dorothy Johnston has been our standard-bearer for many years and would welcome participation by others. Call her on 9341 4405 or email her at

Part of the reason we worship together is to generate and maintain a shared sense of community united in faith. That’s why our arrival at church is enriched by a friendly welcome on behalf of the whole community.
The small band of Welcomers provide a familiar face and a smile to greet people as they arrive for Mass. As part of their Ministry, they hand out the weekly newsletter so everyone can be informed about what is happening in the Parish and what the week’s readings and responses are.
At the moment, due to low numbers, it is only possible to provide this service at the two Sunday morning Masses. We invite anyone who would like to meet more parishioners to get involved by contacting Joan Lee on 9446 2952 and email

The role of the music ministry is to encourage and lead the congregation in singing hymns and the liturgy and to provide appropriate music to support prayer and reflection.
A variety of musicians fill this role in our parish and lead the singing at the various Masses each weekend. Among them is the parish choir which has played a significant part in our liturgical life for more than 30 years. In addition to singers and organists, many other musicians have also contributed to the music ministry during that time.
The choir sings at the Christmas Eve Mass, Easter ceremonies and usually the 10am Mass each Sunday. Other talented instrumentalists and singers also contribute to the liturgy by providing music at other Masses.
We would welcome anyone who is interested in joining the music ministry as an instrumentalist or choir member.
To sign up for music duties, contact Judith Haldane on 9446 3491 and email or Julie Prior on 9446 4732 and email

From time to time the parish creates opportunities for social interaction among members of our congregations. It may be when we are hosting special guests or when we try to build fellowship within the ranks of our parishioners. A small team of volunteers willingly takes on the role of organising and preparing catering for such parish events and functions. Duties include setting up tables, urns, cups, drinks and food for community use and then cleaning, washing up and returning equipment.
If you are willing to assist in this capacity, Lina Vinci would love to hear from you. Contact her on 9446 8606 and email

For many years our parish has assisted adults who want to become Catholics. Today this is achieved through a process founded by the Second Vatican Council called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It is best described as a journey of faith which passes through a number of different phases and focuses on conversion of heart and mind to Christ. Our Parish Pastoral Assistant co-ordinates the RCIA program here.

The parish Memorial Wall provides a sacred place for the interment, following cremation, of the ashes of parishioners and/or their immediate family. Access to a niche and the affixing of a plaque relies solely on the authority of the parish priest. Initially the Parish Pastoral Assistant can field enquiries.
Contact Kaye Shervington in the parish office on 0411 123 441 and email for advice and information on the Memorial Wall.

For more than 40 years the Altar Society has worked behind the scenes to keep the inside of the church clean and tidy. The volunteers work in rostered groups, currently on a rotation of seven weeks, to undertake dusting, replenishment of holy water, sorting hymn books and sweeping church porches. The work is usually performed by three or four people on a Friday. Members also organise flowers for the church.
Elle Aurora in the parish office is happy to recruit new volunteers. Contact her on 9446 2055 or

Our parish is taking the historic step of establishing a foundation to handle bequests and significant donations for the long-term preservation and enhancement of its magnificent church.
The new Our Lady of the Rosary Foundation is a legally-constituted entity administered by a board of trustees appointed by the parish priest.
The church building, much admired over the four decades since its design and construction, will benefit from long-term income earned by the invested capital in the Foundation.
While the parish is dedicated to the moral and spiritual advancement of its people, the physical state of its principal place of worship needs protection and care for current and future generations.
In the coming months, the Foundation will be releasing detailed information on how it will accept funds and offer guidance on making pr9341 5222ovision in Wills for its stated purpose.
In the meantime, you can contact any of the directors, Kevin Susai on 9285 0298, Helen Murray on 9446 1389 and John Kobelke on 9341 5222.

Churchlands Senior High School engages a Christian non-denominational chaplain to assist students, parents and teachers with mental health, behavioural and relationship issues. Those who particularly experience grief, loss or alienation can be helped through this service.
The chaplaincy is supported financially by the school, the government and some local churches, although ours no longer provides regular funds. Despite this, our parish continues to recognise the value of the work and aims to sustain moral support for the role.
Cathy Bostock represents Our Lady of the Rosary on the chaplaincy council and would welcome additional interest and support.
Contact her on 9204 1886 or email

Rosary Care is a band of more than 50 volunteers who help members of the parish and school communities with short-term needs. They see their mission as “ordinary people doing ordinary things for ordinary people”. Activities can include assisting the sick, elderly or housebound with meals, transport, limited household tasks and visits.
By supporting people with such needs, Rosary Care is a practical illustration of the archdiocese’s Catholic Outreach in action.
The organisation also arranges three Healing Masses and morning teas each year and a volunteers’ celebration Mass and supper on the feast of the Assumption in August.
New volunteers are always welcome in Rosary Care. You can enlist by contacting one of the co-ordinators includng Catherine Eagle on 0410 019 556, Christine Roberts on 9244 3288 or Stephanie Tranter on 0409 204 369.

Part of the Charismatic Movement, the Agape Praising Group conducts regular meetings in the parish hall. It engages in praise and worship which it embraces as a key to unlock the power of God.
The Agape Group’s gatherings also include sharing, testimonies, the Word of God, healing and intercessory prayer.
Agape members testify to experiencing the love of God in an intimate and personal way. They describe their relationship with the Lord as joyful, life-giving and dynamic.
Their Thursday night meetings culminate in refreshments and fellowship.
To find out more or attend a meeting, contact Celine Briffa on 9446 2147 and email or Julie Whitely on 9246 3118 and email

At each weekend Mass, three or four people assist the priest and acolytes as Special Ministers of Holy Communion. Their sacred role is to help distribute the Body and Blood of Christ during Masses and liturgical celebrations. It requires a dignified and respectful approach.
Some Special Ministers also distribute communion to the sick in the parish on Sundays. In this role, Ministers give additional time and need to be sensitive and understanding of individual situations.
For more information, contact Bernard Willett on 9244 3178 and email

The St Vincent de Paul Society operates in sub-groupings known as conferences. It is 50 years since our parish conference was formed, initially with a focus on helping destitute men.
Today the Society helps the needy across a wide geographic and demographic range. While some need occurs in Doubleview and Woodlands, the bulk of our group’s assistance is directed towards more burdened parishes such as Girrawheen, Nollamara, Mirrabooka, Yokine and Osborne Park.
Each week our 12 members deliver much needed support to individuals and families through home visitation. The society’s parish pantry accepts donations of emergency food from parishioners. Supermarket, clothing and furniture vouchers are also dispensed alongside financial counselling and assistance with utility bills through a depot in Osborne Park.
To assist in the work of the Society, contact Fred Symons on 9446 4631 or Bob Walsh on 9446 3051.

The monies received each weekend at Masses in the second collection need to be counted, recorded and banked. This income is the principal source of funds into the Planned Giving Program from which a vast range of parish expenses are met.
The task is cheerfully tackled every week by one of six counting teams drawn from the ranks of volunteer parishioners.
Typically the work only takes an hour to 90 minutes but the greater the involvement by volunteers, the lighter the burden. The parish would like to attract a few additional teams so the roster can be spread over more weeks.
Barry Johnston is the person to talk to about joining or forming a counting team. He’s on 9341 4405 and email