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Welcome to the website of the

Divine Mercy Church

Lower Chittering, Western Australia

We are in the process of completing a beautiful Church in honour of God’s Mercy.
It will be a place of pilgrimage and grace for the people and Archdiocese of Perth.


Since the revelations of Our Lord to Polish Nun, St Faustina Kowalska, the Divine Mercy devotion has spread to every corner of the earth. This received a great impetus in the Jubilee Year 2000 with the canonization of Saint Faustina and the establishment of Divine Mercy Sunday by Pope Saint John Paul II.

The inspiration behind building this church in honour of Divine Mercy here in Western Australia was not only to cater for the needs of the parish, but to provide the numerous Divine Mercy prayer groups and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Perth with a beautiful and uplifting place of pilgrimage; a sanctuary of prayer and healing where all could come and be spiritually renewed at the foot of the Divine Mercy Image.

Archbishop Barry Hickey approved the proposal for the Church to be dedicated to Divine Mercy, on 8th December 2008, and local parishioner and draftsmen Peter Anthes completed the design for the new Church. Peter drew upon the best traditions in Church architecture in order to produce plans for an inspiring copper domed cruciform stone Church, which would truly be an icon of our faith and a desirable pilgrimage destination. The Church is set in the beautiful Chittering Valley which is already a very popular destination for visitors.

We were finally able to commence work on the Church with the reception of a generous bequest in the latter part of 2011, and through the ongoing generosity of so many over these years the main structure of the church is almost complete. What remains now is the completion of the interior of the church.

We humbly request your prayers and financial help to bring this inspiring and beautiful Church to completion. May God bless you for your generosity and we assure you of our continual prayers for your intentions!

Fr Paul

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EXTERIOR

The entire structure of the church is complete. The copper dome sits proudly atop the romanesque superstructure. The patina natural of the copper has already begun to develop a rich brown which will transition to a classic gentle green in time. The tremendous undertaking of cladding the building in local Moss rock is well underway. Parishioners have donated stone from farms and local stonemason John Glover (who also worked on the Bindoon church) is working his way up and around the building.

INTERIOR

The plasterboard cladding of the interior is practically complete. Extensive electrical and lighting works have been completed by parishioner Justin Donnelly. The beauty of the space and the inspiring proportions of the dome already uplift and inspire.
There is however much finishing to be done. The adornment of this building by means of paint, plaster mouldings and cornices, timber cladding, tiling are important to protect the work already done and to highlight the beauty of the structure and to provide the decorum appropriate to a house of God.




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Most Merciful Jesus, give us generous hearts as we support the construction of this church in honour of Your Divine Mercy. Let it be a place of profound worship and devotion where Your mercy is extolled and venerated by all. May the rays of Your mercy rest in my heart as I support this work, Jesus I trust in You.

St Faustina pray for us.

Amen

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