26 September 2020

Saturday 26 September 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends

I hope that you are all doing well within the given situation of the COVID-19 virus. We, the Western Australians, are able to go out to meet some of our family members or friends, but it is not so with the rest of Australians and the entire world, so let us continue to keep one another in our prayers as we endure this painful pandemic.

Reflection for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The gospel passage for this weekend talks about a father, who approached his two sons to carry out some work in his vineyard and how they both responded to it. The father went to the first son and said, “My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went. The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir,” but did not go.

Commenting on this parable, a famous Scottish minister, William Barclay says that the key to the correct understanding of this parable is that it is not really praising anyone. It is setting before us a picture of two very imperfect sets of people, of whom one set were nonetheless better than the other. Neither son in the story was the kind of son to bring full joy to his father. Both were unsatisfactory; but the one who in the end obeyed was incalculably better than the other.

This parable also further reminds us that there are two very common classes of people in this world. First, there are the people whose promises are much better than their practice. They will promise anything; they make great protestations of piety and fidelity; but their practice lags far behind.

Second, there are those whose practice is far better than their promises. They claim to be tough, hard-headed materialists, but somehow, they are found out doing kindly and generous things, almost in secret.

The really good man or woman is the one in whom professed belief and practice meet and match. Further, this parable teaches us that promises can never take the place of performance, and fine words are never a substitute for fine deeds, says William Barclay.

Change of Mass Times in the Basilica

Please note that from this weekend, 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

Saturday 26 September 2020, St. Mary’s Seminary Community in Melbourne will host an Online discernment Weekend.

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.

If you are keen to explore about God’s calling in your lives, please click here to register. It is a great opportunity to pray and discern about one’s life.

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.

There will be an information evening on 29th October at 7pm, in the Parish Centre. If you know anyone who is keen to become Catholic, please encourage them to come along for this information evening.

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

National Council of Churches in Australia

This weekend (26/27 of September) is a further special time of National Prayer regarding the pandemic. We all are experiencing a very painful situation and the impact of this pandemic, overseas and here.

We are all aware of the suffering it is causing; the extent of the social and economic dislocation, the difficulty getting the virus under control and the level of many people’s anxiety. What we can offer again now are our prayers together as we did before.

Let us pray this prayer together:

“Gracious God, trusting in your providence and presence, we bring our prayer for an end to this pandemic.

We pray for your strengthening of those offering costly leadership during this crisis.

We pray for all who are ill.

We pray for those anxious about getting ill.

We pray for those full of grief.

We remember those who have died.

We pray for your grace to sustain us as we do what we can in our context.

We ask these things, as you encourage us so to do. “Ask and it will be given you.” (Matthew 7:7).

In resurrection faith, we offer our heartfelt prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.”

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 26th Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Let us continue to support one another through our prayers.

Enjoy this wonderful long weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest