Parishioner: Sunil Rodrigues
Like most parishes across the Archdiocese of Perth, the lay faithful of Notre Dame Catholic Church came together during the end of the Lenten period.
The Cloverdale Parish community marked the start of Holy Week by gathering at the Notre Dame Catholic Primary School grounds on Palm Sunday to mark the start of Holy Week, which is a reminder of Jesus’ last days on earth.
With the Palm Sunday procession starting on the oval, parishioners dressed in red, held palms and processed towards the Church.
On Holy Thursday, Cloverdale Parish Priest Father Michael Quynh washed the feet of 12 parishioners.
Parishioners of all ages and races were chosen to have their feet washed, representing the diversity of Catholics who come to worship at Cloverdale.
The Mass was filled with solemn hymns and a reminder to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, plus a reception of the Holy Oils.
On Good Friday, a group of children participated in the Stations of Cross and learnt more about Jesus’ last journey by enacting each station.
There were Stations of the Cross on the school oval for parishioners. Parishioners volunteered to carry the cross to each station while Fr Quynh and the congregation followed the cross reflecting and praying at each station.
Parishioners were encouraged to volunteer for all aspects of the Holy Week.
The Good Friday service was a solemn and meaningful gathering to commemorate the Passion of Christ. People lined up for the adoration of the cross and Holy Communion.
The Passion of the Lord was read by Fr Quynh and two readers while the congregation joined in the responses.
An overflow service to accommodate the large crowd was organised in the parish hall.
Mass of the Vigil was celebrated in four parts.
The first part commenced outside for the blessing of Fire and of the Paschal Candle. Parishioners entered Church and lit their candles from the Paschal Candle, Fr Quynh sang the Exsultet gracefully. The second part was the Liturgy of the Word. The third part was the Blessing of the Baptismal water. The congregation renewed the baptismal promises and then Fr Quynh sprinkled holy water on everyone. The fourth part was the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
This concluded with the final blessings and distribution of Easter eggs to all the Children present.