Friday 18 September 2020

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Friday 18 September

Dear Parishioners and Friends

I hope and believe that you are doing well and continue your support for one another through your prayers and other means of support.

Reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The parable for this weekend’s liturgy is also known as “the Parable of Workers in the Vineyard” or “the Parable of the Generous Landlord.”  This remarkable and rather astonishing parable is found only in Matthew.  It reminds us that although God owes us nothing, He gives us abundantly and equally.

In this parable Jesus talks about a landowner who hired labourers at five different times during the course of one day to work in his vineyard but paid the same living wage for a full day’s work to all of them. “This is probably one of the most controversial parables ever uttered by Jesus Christ, creating heated debate about the unusual generosity of a benevolent vineyard owner, says, Patricia Datchuck Sánchez.”

This story illustrates the difference between God’s perspective and ours.  Perhaps it disturbs our sense of fairness and justice.  Our sense of justice seems to favour the labourers who worked all day and expected a wage greater than that given to the latecomers.  Perhaps most people would sympathize with the workers who had worked longer and seemingly deserved more.  We can understand their complaint since, for most of us, salaries are linked to the number of hours of work.  A skilled worker gets more than an unskilled worker.  If workers have the same skills, the same hours of work and similar responsibilities, we expect them to get the same wages.

But God doesn’t see matters in the same way that we do.  God thinks of justice in terms of people’s dignity and their right to a decent life. This parable, “the Parable of Workers in the Vineyard”, talks about the love, grace and mercy of God. Pope Francis says: “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”  Let us become aware of ourselves and the number of times, we have been forgiven by God and the great generosity of God in our lives too.

Change of Mass Times in the Basilica

Please note that from the weekend of 26/27 September 2020, the following will be the new mass times in the Basilica of St. Patrick.

Weekday Masses:

  • Angelus and Mass at Midday.

Weekend Masses:

  • Saturday Vigil at 6 pm
  • Sunday 8 am
  • Sunday 8.15 am at North Fremantle
  • Sunday 9.30 am (Italian)
  • Sunday 11 am (livestreamed)
  • Sunday 5 pm.

Until Phase 5 has been implemented we will not have Wednesday and Friday 7 pm evening Masses. Thank you sincerely for your co-operation.

Virtually Oblate – Discerning Online

As we are in a very challenging time of our human history, it is good to give some time to think about What is God calling me to do at this time? If you want to further explore about your own discernment, please join ‘Virtually Oblate’.

It  will be a short two-hour online experience which will allow for young men to join together with Oblates and the De Mazenod Family in order to share their experiences of discerning and together discuss the challenges, but also maybe the benefits, that isolation can bring to one’s life of discernment.

This online event will be hosted by the St Mary’s Seminary community on Saturday 26th September from 3-5pm (AEST).

We do ask that each participant register here.

For further information please click here.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic? Please make sure that they hear about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, a journey of enquiry and faith development for non-Christians and non-Catholics who want to know more about the Catholic faith.

Already Catholic?  If you love your faith and would like to share someone’s faith journey, think about joining the RCIA team, or becoming a sponsor for someone joining the church.

For further information please contact the Parish Office, Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm on 9335 2268.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 25th Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Let us continue to support one another through our prayers.

Please keep all the Oblate Priests also in your prayers.

Wishing you all a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest