Program Schedule

Start time: Friday 1st March 2024 

(from 5.30PM, starting with "a last supper", followed by the Way of the Cross at 7.00PM sharp)

End time: Saturday 2nd March 2024 

(after the 6PM Mass and during the community supper to break the fast together by 7.30PM)

Venue: Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Perth.

Address: 55 Tudor Avenue South, Riverton, Western Australia 6148.

Parish Office Tel: (08) 6188 6877.

Cost:  AUD$15 per person aged 12 years old or older.  AUD$10 per child under 12 years old. 

(this is the registration fee, payable at the registration desk when you arrive.)
Registrations close on 26 Feb 2024.
FAST24 Perth Program - 2024

2024 Lenten Theme: "Here I Am Lord"

There is a powerful Hebrew word that sums up three words in English.  The word is Hineni (הנני), which means “Here I am!” and throughout the Bible this profound Hebrew expression emerges at significant moments where discipleship meets faithfulness and spontaneity.   We find Hineni in the prayers of Abraham, Moses, Samuel and Isaiah (see Genesis 22:1, Exodus 3:4, 1 Samuel 3:4, and Isaiah 6:8).

When God approached Abraham to ask Abraham to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham responded, “Hineni!” not knowing what God was about to do (Genesis 22:1).   Moses heard a summoning voice emanating from the burning bush, leading him to also respond, with "Hineni" -- "Here I am!" (Exodus 3:4).  God called out to the young Samuel three times before Samuel finally responded, “Hineni!" (1 Samuel 3:4).  In a visionary encounter, Isaiah received his prophetic calling, and when God inquired, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" Isaiah passionately answered, "Hineni! Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8).

Some translations include a “Behold” with the “Here am I” statement, emphasising that the person saying it is present and ready for action. It is sometimes used by children expressing readiness to submit to their parents’ requests.  It is, in this sense, an appropriate way to respond to God the Father whenever He calls.  The Almighty God's wish should be our command.  So, are we Ready?  Alert?  Attentive?  Receptive?  Responsive?  to the Lord our God? 

‘Here I am, Lord’ is a simple and powerful prayer to commemorate the season of Lent and prepare oneself for Easter.  Perhaps this year's FAST24 Lenten experience can change your world if you allow it to change this moment in your life.  

Join us at FAST24 on 1st-2nd March 2024 at the Parish of Our Lady Queen of Apostles in Riverton, Western Australia.