Basilica Newsletter – Friday 21 August

Friday 21 August

Dear Parishioners and Friends!

Greetings to everyone!

I would like to sincerely thank you all for your prayers which helped us to participate fully in our Annual Retreat. This year’s retreat was an entirely different one compare to all the retreats we have had in our lives as priests.

It was indeed an enriching experience for all of us as we are helped to name the realities of the present moment in our lives. Due to the COVID-19 virus, we were not able to be with our fellow Oblates, but yet we were united with one another in Spirit.

This year’s retreat was preached by Fr. Ron Rolheiser OMI, whose reflections I often use in our Patrician every month.  He is a very good Spiritual writer. If you like to read his articles please click here.

Priestly Ordination Anniversary

On August 22nd, Fr Angelo Wijewickrama OMI, celebrates his 28th year of his Priestly Ordination. On this day he made a great choice in his life to commit his life for the sake of Christ and His people. We pray that Fr. Angelo continues to enjoy his Priesthood, and we wish him all the best in all his future endeavours. Congratulations to you dear Fr. Angelo.

Fr Donal Madigan’s Funeral

Fr. Donal Madigan OMI passed away on 14th August 2020. He was born on the 20th May 1937 in Dublin.  He joined the Oblates in 1956 in Ireland and was ordained on 23rd February 1963.

Fr Donal served in Oblate parishes around Australia and in Auckland New Zealand for all his priestly life; he was a gentle genuine caring priest, vitally interested in people and their well-being. He lived a full and active life as a faithful Oblate. The Australian Province thanks God for the life of Fr Donal Madigan OMI.  May he rest in peace.

A Private Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday 27th August, at 5:00pm (AEST) which will be live-streamed. Please click here to view the live stream.

May Fr. Donal rest in peace.

Archdiocesan Marriage Anniversary Certificates

All parishioners celebrating a special milestone wedding anniversary this year (25, 30, 40, 50+ years) are invited to register for a certificate of blessing from Archbishop Timothy and Bishop Don. Couples can register for a milestone anniversary certificate here.

All certificate requests MUST be received before September 2, 2020.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the PDF version of readings and the hymns for this weekend.

Thank you everyone and have a great weekend.

God bless.



Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest