31 October 2020

Saturday 31 October 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends

Greetings to you all!

Reflection on All Saints’ Day

The Holy Mother Church remembers and honours all the holy men and women who made a tremendous effort to radiate the holiness of God, living out their daily commitments: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.’ (Leviticus 19:2). These men and women have been teachers and preachers; they are founders of religious orders and scholars. They are married persons, missionaries, and martyrs. They come from all walks of life and from various parts of the globe. They show us how to live faithfully the Beatitudes that Jesus teaches us in today’s gospel. We celebrate the feast of each canonized saint on a particular day of the year. But there are countless other saints and martyrs, men, women and children united with God in Heavenly glory, whose feasts we do not celebrate. Among these would be our own parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters who were heroic women and men of Faith.

According to Pope Urban IV All Saints’ Day is also intended to supply any deficiencies in our celebration of saints’ feasts during the year. As we celebrate these heroic men and women, we are invited to imitate them in our lives and make them as model of our faith. This feast also makes us aware of our universal call to holiness. So, whatever we do or say, let it be the means for us to come closer to God and radiate His goodness in our lives. Thus, we shall also make an effort to be counted among the saints in heaven. Amen

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Solemnity of All Saints Day.

All Souls’ Day

On Monday 2 November we will remember and pray for our loved ones who have gone before us to enjoy their eternal life. So far, this year has been a painful one for some because they have lost their loved ones and couldn’t be there to show their final love and respect, which will indeed be in their hearts and minds as long as they live. But, these painful realities of life cannot stop us living because our life is also guided by faith and hope in our loving Saviour.

The first letter of St. Peter says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil of fade.” (1Peter 1:3-4). Jesus through his death and resurrection has defeated the horror of death.

During this month let us pray for our beloved parents, brothers and sisters, friends and relatives, priests and religious that God in His abundance of mercy and compassion wipe away their failures and grant them eternal life. May they all rest in peace. Amen.

All Souls’ Day Mass Offering Envelops

To celebrate All Souls’ Day, there will be three Masses (7am, 12pm and 7pm) in our Basilica. During this month, 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 are available in the side foyers of the Church and the Parish Office.  These Envelopes can be placed on the collection plate or handed in to the parish office.

Please join us in the Holy Eucharistic celebration and pray for our loved ones who have gone before us to enjoy their eternal life.

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.

First Holy Communion for the Catechism class

Please remember Our Catechism class students during this weekend mass on Saturday 31 October, who will receive the Lord for the very first time in their lives. May this encounter help them to come closer to God and appreciate the love that Jesus shows us through His body and blood.

Parish Mass Count

This weekend (31 October and 1 November) we will take up the Mass count at all Masses in the Basilica. 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.

Special Wedding Anniversary Mass

On Sunday 1 November at 11am Mass, the Basilica of St. Patrick will celebrate 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 and Auxiliary Bishop Sproxton.

Sunday 8 November: Remembrance Day Mass

The month of November is also known as the Month of Remembrance, where we reflect on the lives of our loved ones who have gone before us to enjoy their eternal life.

During the second week of November, closer to the celebration of Remembrance Day on 11 November, it is our tradition at the Basilica of St. Patrick that we also pray for our armed forces who have given their lives defending our country with a special Mass for the fallen soldiers. Brent Grapes (trumpet) with Eva-Marie Middleton (soprano) and Dominic Perissinotto will present music written specially for this theme.

Please join us and pray for everyone who defended our country and gave us the freedom we enjoy today. May they all Rest in Peace.

May the Word of God and the celebration of Sacraments continue to strengthen us and give us hope as we endure this painful pandemic. We shall also continue to pray for God’s wisdom and inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon all who are trying to find a permanent remedy for this pandemic.

May God bless you all!

God bless

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest