OUR Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Doubleview has encouraged all members of the community to visit and utilise the facilities at its new parish centre.
The complex, which opened on March 11, consists of the Rosary Community Centre and Dominican Priory – a residency for the parish priests.
Father Peter Hoang, who was appointed parish priest in September, said the new building was an important resource in order for the parish to bring people together.
“If you want to create a sense of community, you need a place for people to come and share their stories,” he said.
“Every week we have something different; for example, the first week of the month on Saturday evening we have cheese and wine for those who come, the second week we have pizza for the youth, the third and fourth we have morning teas.
“It caters for a lot of different groups, it doesn’t focus on just one end – no one misses out.”
The priest has worked as a chaplain across Australia and said the new centre and priory was a different setting compared to some of his past experiences.
“Before I came to Perth I was living at another priory in Sydney,” he said.
“But I was also a chaplain to Monash University in Melbourne and ANU in Canberra where I lived in a college.
“Here we have the community centre for people to use, the kitchen, bathrooms, parish offices and my office.”
The backyard patio of the centre contains a life-size statue of Saint Dominic, representing the history of the Dominican presence in WA and acting as a tribute to the saint who actively prayed the Rosary.
Children from Holy Rosary Primary School and the community will be able to get involved at the centre, with plans to build a garden in its outside empty space within the next few months.