Dear Parishioners and Friends
Greetings to you all!
Reflections for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
As we approach the end of the Liturgical Year, the readings invite us to focus on the Eschatological themes: such as end of times and last judgement. The Parable of “the wise and foolish virgins” stresses the need for watchfulness and preparedness in the time leading up to the coming of the Son of Man, who will call His disciples to account for their actions at His return.
Christian Spirituality always emphasised the need to be ready at all times to be admitted to the eternal table of Christ. We all have a great desire to meet Jesus face-to-face and enjoy His company, but a mere desire of eternal life is not sufficient. Rather, we need to work on that constantly and patiently without losing our faith and hope.
According to William Barclay, this parable has some universal warnings, which cannot be obtained and borrowed at the last minute in our Christian living, such as: a good relationship with God and neighbour, good character, and Faith. So, we need to work on our discipleship and our faith every single day of our lives because it cannot be attained at the last minute. Amen.
Readings and Hymns
Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
All Souls’ Day Mass Offering and Envelopes
We shall continue to remember and pray for all our loved one’s during this month of November that they enjoy eternal life and thus they also pray for us and help us to walk in the light of faith they have shown to us.
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. May they Rest in Peace.
Sunday 8 November: Remembrance Day Mass
On Sunday 8th November, our 11am Mass will be a special Mass for the armed forces who have given their lives defending our country.
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.
From the Archdiocese of Perth
Archbishop’s LifeLink Appeal
The Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal for LifeLink will be held next weekend, 14 and 15 November 2020
Please collect your copy of Archbishop Costelloe’s personal letter at Mass this weekend, read his message during the week and give generously to support the valuable work of our Archdiocesan social service agencies.
You can mail your donation directly in the reply-paid envelope provided or return your envelope and donation for a Special Collection which will be held at Masses next weekend.
You may also donate securely online by credit card at www.lifelink.com.au.
From the Australian Province
De Mazenod Family Gathering 2.0
In August 2019, before we celebrated 125 Years of Oblates’ arrival in Australia and 25 years of St. Patrick’s being a Basilica, the Oblates and the people who minister along with the Oblates gathered for the first time for the inaugural De Mazenod Family gathering.
Following our inaugural Gathering in Fremantle in 2019, on 29th November 2020 at 11.30am (AWST) we will once again meet as a community and as a family. This year’s gathering will take place online via Zoom.
If you attended the 2019 Gathering, we encourage you to attend and reconnect with the De Mazenod Family and the people you met at the inaugural gathering.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Gathering and see where we are heading into the future as the De Mazenod Family.
The Gathering will run for around 1.5 hours and we ask you to click here to register for this meeting
The Oblate Community in Fremantle continues our spiritual connection with everyone through our personal and community prayers.
Please continue to be strong as we all fight against this pandemic.
May God bless you all!
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest