Friday 9 October 2020
Dear Parishioners and Friends
Greetings to you all!
Reflections for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time year A
Reflecting on the Parable of the wedding feast, Curtis Mitch says the following:
“The parable of the wedding feast is about our response to God’s call. It cautions us first of the dangers of indifference. When the Father invites us into a relationship with his Son, we can either choose to respond or we can quietly decline the invitation and go back to our personal pursuits as though nothing has changed, and no new demands have been placed on our lives. Another danger brought to our attention is indignation. Many people fight the idea that we are all sinners in need of salvation. In such cases, the good news and its call for repentance can seem like a threat to our happiness and our deepest desires for fulfilment in life. This can put us on the defensive and even provoke a hostile response toward those who challenge us with the claims of Christ. Finally, the parable warns us against incomplete conversion. The man without the wedding garment had neither ignored nor refused the invitation to the feast. But his yes to the call of God was not carried through in his life. He wanted the good things of the kingdom, but not enough to break with his sinful ways and live as a committed disciple.” Let us continue to heed the call of our Lord and respond to all his invitations with full participation in our lives.
Readings and Hymns
Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 28th Week in Ordinary Time Year A.
October: A Month of Rosary
I hope and believe that you are all making every effort to do the daily rosary as family and communities. There are many saints who talk highly about the daily recitation of the rosary in their lives. St. Pius X says, “Of all prayers the rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces…love the Rosary and recite it every day with devotion.”
At the Basilica we will pray the rosary everyday at 11.30am, which will lead us into the Angelus and midday mass (Monday to Saturday).
WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER
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 7.30pm and the Feast day Mass on Sunday 18 October at 9.30am 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.
World Mission Sunday Appeal
On the weekend of 17/18 October, our parish will hold the annual Catholic Mission Church Appeal which this year reaches out to support children and their families affected by disability throughout the developing world, where the COVID-19 pandemic only compounds their suffering.
You will be invited to partner our missionary Church as a monthly giving partner, or with a one-off donation with all gifts directed to support community and child-focused programmes. Click here to watch a video on this essential work being carried out in Cambodia.
To read the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Mission Day 2020, click here.
CBC graduation Mass
The young men from CBC Fremantle will have their graduation Mass on Friday 23 October with a special Mass at 5.30pm. Let us keep all the graduating class of 2020 in our prayers so that they will continue to do well as they 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 2.30pm 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 willing to take up this journey, please encourage them to come for the information evening on 29th October at 7pm, in the Parish centre.
For further information please contact the Parish Office, Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm 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 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.
WHAT’S ON IN NOVEMBER
Parish Mass Count: Weekend of 31 October and 1 November 2020
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 with 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.
All Souls’ Day Mass and Offering Envelops
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 (9am, 12pm and 7pm). 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 offering envelopes 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 Souls’ 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 6pm. 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
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.
Please know that you are all in my prayers.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
God bless you all!
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest