3 October 2020

Saturday 3 October 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends

It is once again a great opportunity for me to greet you all through this weekly newsletter. The Oblate Community constantly remembers parishioners and friends of the Basilica in our community and personal prayers. Please continue to pray for the entire world as we go through this painful situation in the world.

Reflections for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Daniel Webster was a famous Englishman. He compiled the famous Webster’s English Dictionary. One day someone asked him, “What is it that often lingers in your mind?” Webster replied, “My individual accountability to God”.

Yes, this weekend liturgy of the Word invites us to think about our accountability to God. He has given us all the necessary things for our daily living. So, with the help of all the means that are provided to us, how do I live my life as a disciple of Jesus in producing fruits through the gift of life God has given me?  Let us become aware of all the good things we enjoy in life and thank the Lord so that we will be happy to meet when he comes again in His final glory.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 27th Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Upcoming Events in October at the Basilica of St. Patrick

October: A Month of Rosary

Traditionally, the month of October is known as Rosary Month. The Rosary is a powerful prayer through which we meditate on the life, mission, death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The history of the Church reveals to us that great things have been achieved by praying the rosary as families and communities. So, I strongly recommend that we pray the rosary as families and communities during this month as we go through this painful pandemic.

At the Basilica we will pray the rosary everyday at 11.30 am, which will lead us into the Angelus and midday Mass, Monday to Saturday.

Annual Blessing of the Fleet

On Sunday 18 October, we will celebrate the Annual Blessing of the Fleet. This year due to the COVID-19 virus, we will not be able to celebrate this event as we normally do with the Procession and Benediction.

This year we will celebrate in a very small way with the Triduum starting on Wednesday 14 October at 7.30 pm and the Feast Day Mass on Sunday 18 October at 9.30 am in Italian led by Bishop Bianchini. After the Holy Mass, Bishop Bianchini will go along with the committee to bless the boats in the harbour.

CBC Graduation Mass

The young men from CBC Fremantle, will have their graduation Mass on Friday 23 October with a special Mass at 5.30 pm. Let us keep all the graduating Class of 2020 in our prayers so that they will continue to do well as these graduates leave the college.

Confirmation Mass for our Primary School Children

The graduating Class of 2020 from our St. Patrick’s Primary School will be Confirmed on Sunday 25 October at 2.30 pm from our beautiful Basilica. Kindly keep all the candidates in your prayers, so that they will continue to profess, celebrate and witness to their faith as they will be confirmed to go and bear fruit in their lives.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a wonderful opportunity for those who seek to embrace the faith of the Catholic Church and also a great avenue for those who wish to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ.

If you know anyone who is willing to take up this journey, please encourage them to come for the information evening on 29 October at 7 pm in the Parish Centre.

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

First Holy Communion for the Catechism class

Our Catechism class students prepared by Sr. Lynn will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday 31 October at the 6 pm Mass.

Let us pray for them so that this wonderful experience of receiving Jesus in their lives for the first time will bring them closer to Jesus.

Parish Mass Count

It may be somewhat strange to be conducting a mass count in October as we go through this painful situation caused by COVID-19 virus. Our first mass count this year was conducted in March before the full impact of COVID 19 hit us. The upcoming count will help us to understand its impact on parishes at this time and provide us with figures to compare to when we conduct the next count in early 2021.

The next Mass count will be on the weekend of Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November 2020.

Upcoming Events in November at the Basilica of St. Patrick

All Souls Day Mass and Offering Envelopes

During the month of November, we fondly remember and pray for our loved ones who have gone before us. Throughout the month of November we shall remember them and pray for them.

There will be three Masses on this day at 9 am, 12 pm and 7 pm. During the month of November, it is also our custom that we offer Mass for the departed members of our families and pray for their souls.

All Souls Day Mass offerings envelop will be available in the side foyers of the Church and the Parish Office.  These Envelopes can be placed on the collection plate or handed to the parish office; an offering in the envelope is customary.

All Soul’s Day Mass at West Chapel, Fremantle Cemetery

A Mass to commemorate, All Souls Day will be held at Fremantle Cemetery in the West Chapel on Monday 2 November at 6 pm. The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board welcomes all parishioners to this spiritual occasion.

All visitors are asked to park in the Carrington Street car park. For further details, please contact Fremantle Cemetery on 1300 793 109

News from the Archdiocese of Perth

Biblical Scholarships

B.J. Hickey Biblical Foundation Scholarship applications are now open. Click here to learn more. 

Invitation to Cultural Diversity Mass

You are invited to join Bishop Don Sproxton DD VG at a Eucharistic Celebration for the Cultural Diversity Mass on Saturday 24 October at 6.00 pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth

Click here to register.

Come and celebrate all cultures that make our church so vibrant. Dress in your cultural attire and enjoy this event with family and friends. There will be food and coffee available for purchase after mass.

Let us continue to offer our support and friendship to everyone who is in need at this difficult time.

Please know that you are all in my prayers.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest