23 October 2020

                                                Friday, 23 October 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

 Reflections for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time year A

The Word of God invites us all to reflect on the “Law of Fraternal Charity” and how one faithfully follows it in their lives. In the first reading, the book of Exodus, clearly reminds the people of Israel, how they should be good to the strangers, because they were strangers in Egypt, so they should really be nice to them and take care of them.

In the gospel reading, when Jesus was asked, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus says, “You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets also.’ Thus, Jesus says it loudly that these two commandments are inseparably related to each other. Love of God and love of neighbour are two aspects of the same love, not two different kinds of love. They complement each other.  Absence of the love of the neighbour means absence of the love of God too.

So, how do I apply the love of God and love of neighbour in my life? All of us may not have the material resources to give to those who are in need, but definitely one can offer an encouraging word, any act of kindness or prayer to a neighbour who needs our love and care. Amen

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 30th Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

What’s on this week

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. May the outpouring of this divine gift bring them closer to Jesus and become His witness wherever they go.

Thank you for your support for the World Mission Sunday Appeal

Thank you for your prayers and generous response to last weekend’s Catholic Mission Appeal.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to donate, you can do so now by using the envelopes provided, or you can text GIVE to 0488 854 436 on your mobile phone and follow the prompts to make your donation (include parish name and state in the notes field).  You will receive a confirmation text and email with your receipt immediately.  Tithe.ly is the donation platform; it is a safe and effective way of donating whilst protecting your privacy.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

May I sincerely request you all to promote The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults to anyone who wishes to embrace or deepen their faith in Jesus Christ.

The information evening is 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


 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.

Special Wedding Anniversary Mass

On Sunday 1st November at 11am Mass, the Basilica of St. Patrick will host a special Mass for the couples from our Parish who celebrate a significant anniversary this year and will receive a special certificate blessed by our Archbishop Timothy Costelloe.

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 Streetcar park. For further details, please contact Fremantle Cemetery on 1300 793 109.

Please know that the Oblate Community in Fremantle remembers you all in our personal and community prayers.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

God bless

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest