Our welcome extends to all visitors and newcomers to our parish. There are many reasons you might find yourself here. Perhaps you have just moved into the area and Immaculate Heart of Mary is your new parish. You may be in Perth visiting family or friends. You may be exploring your faith in new ways, perhaps after leaving the Catholic Church for a period of time. Or you might be new to our Catholic faith entirely, having come from another Christian denomination or another religion, or you may be in a place of spiritual searching.
We encourage you to come along to Mass and hear God’s Word from Holy Scripture, then witness our worship of God in the second half of the Mass in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. You are very welcome to come to our monthly morning teas, held after the 9:30am Mass on the first Sunday of every month in our Parish Centre and meet some of the locals.
At Holy Communion, members of the congregation come up to the front of the Church to receive the Body and Blood of Christ from the priest and other ministers. Holy Communion is sacred and can only be received under certain conditions, particularly when a person is in full communion with the Catholic Church and is free from all serious sin. If you are of a different Christian denomination, or are not baptised, or have not been to church for a while, we ask that you please refrain from receiving the Host or drinking the Blood of Christ from the chalice. You are welcome to come up with everyone else at this time for a blessing instead. To indicate this, please cross your arms across your chest when you get to the minister or priest so that we know that you would like a blessing.
Rembrandt's "The Return of the Prodigal Son", 1669. (Luke 15:11-32)
If you are returning to the Catholic faith having been away for a while, hopefully we can help you reconnect. You may have questions about Church teaching and other important issues. You may have been scandalised by some injustice you witnessed, or you, or someone you love, may have been seriously hurt by someone in the Church. We acknowledge the many sins by members of our Church family, past and present, and we are mindful that reconciling with the Church again may be a long process.
If you are coming back to the Catholic faith, welcome home! The mercy and unconditional love of God is revealed in how the father embraced the repentant prodigal son when he humbly returned. We are all sinners, which is why we need the sacrament of Reconciliation. This beautiful Sacrament is about God’s love, mercy and forgiveness, and allows us to fully reconcile with Christ and the Church again, no matter how far we may have fallen. Even if you haven’t been for a long time and do not remember how to go to Confession, the priest can gently guide you through.
If you are new to the Christian faith completely, you may like to start with reading about the life of Jesus Christ, who is at the very centre of our faith. The Gospel of Luke in the Holy Bible gives the story of Jesus, starting when he was born at Christmas, and ending with his passion, death and resurrection from the dead at Easter. The Acts of the Apostles then continues with how the Church was born, established on the foundation of the apostles and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Watching the stories of other people who have embraced or have returned home to the Catholic faith can also be a source of inspiration and encouragement, as we know this journey can often be quite difficult.
To learn more about our Catholic faith we recommend Call and Response: An Introduction to the Catholic Faith. This short book introduces all the various aspects of our faith, and is available for free from the Catholic Enquiry Centre.
You may also like to check out a few links to Catholic websites, including:
Aleteia - an easy read and interesting daily Catholic newsletter
Ascension Presents - for various Catholic podcasts and videos
Word on Fire - more Catholic podcasts, videos and reading
EWTN - A wealth of Catholic news, TV, devotions, formation and more
Catholic Answers - Answers to questions about our Catholic faith
The Record - Catholic news from our Perth Archdiocese
CathNews - for Catholic news from around Australia and the world
Perth Archdiocesan Website - for more information about our Archdiocese
Vatican Website - for news, information and Church teachings from Pope Francis and the universal Catholic Church.
If you are not doing so already, we encourage you to begin praying regularly and nurture your relationship with God. The Our Father and the Hail Mary prayers below are a good place to start. The Our Father is the model of all prayer, given to us by Jesus Christ himself. With the Hail Mary prayer, ask for our Heavenly Mother to help you in your search for the truth and to strengthen you in your faith.
The Our Father Prayer
who art in heaven,
hallowed be your name;
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
The Hail Mary Prayer
full of grace,
the Lord is with you,
blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of your womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.