Saturday 21 November 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends

Greetings to you all!

Reflections for the Solemnity of Christ the King Year A

On the last Sunday of the Liturgical calendar, Holy Mother Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King. This Solemnity helps us to acknowledge the author of all creation and the due honour we all need to give Him, in our lives.

This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. This feast was instituted as a result of protest against the rise of modern secularism. After the First World War, there was a growing sense of power of humanity to rule itself. God, the creator of the universe was no more the centre of the cosmos, so in order to emphasise the supremacy of God in the universe this feast was instituted.

The Solemnity of Christ the King invites us to look at the manner in which He served the people. Jesus, the King of the universe, does not use His armies to rule the people, rather He rules through His constant love, compassion, forgiveness and mercy. He also goes after the lost sheep and assures them with life and protection. All those who listen to His voice are out of danger and are always assured with life, joy and happiness.

The first reading, taken from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel says, “I myself will show them where to rest – it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them”.

So, in all that we do and say and enjoy let us acknowledge the supremacy of God in our lives and also appreciate the sacrifices Jesus made on our behalf, so that we are all united with Him at all times of our lives. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Solemnity of Christ the King Year A.

November Mass Offering and Envelopes

During this month of November, we shall continue to remember our loved ones who have gone before us through our daily prayers and praying for them during the daily Eucharistic celebration. Let us never forget the values they have taught us and the sacrifices they have made for us.

It is a custom that during this month we offer special Masses for our departed brothers and sisters, so if you wish to offer Masses for the departed souls, the Mass offering envelopes are available in the foyers of the church.

Future of our Livestreams

The Basilica Facebook page was created on 30 March and started the first live stream on the 1 April 2020. As we still continue to experience this painful isolation due to COVID-19 virus, this modern technology has helped us to be united in prayer and in Spirit, which indeed helped the Basilica of St. Patrick to go beyond its boundaries.

I sincerely appreciate everyone who helped me in this new way of reaching out to the Parishioners and friends of the Basilica, both local and international.

After having spent some time in prayer, I discussed the future direction of the livestream with the Oblate Community and have decided to stop the weekday livestream from the 28 November and carry on livestreaming the 11am Sunday Mass until 20 December.

In order to keep the faith community spiritually healthy, Fr. Angelo and I will share a 2 to 3 minutes video message every day, based on the Word of God of the day. Stay tuned to enjoy this new initiative from our beautiful Basilica.

Thank you sincerely for all your support to the Oblates and to the Basilica.

Spiritual Events in December 2020

Canonization of De Mazenod

On Thursday 3 December, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate around the world will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Canonisation of our founder St Eugene de Mazenod.

It is indeed a great moment of grace for all the sons of de Mazenod and all the faithful who are under the care of the Oblates, to celebrate this day and to give thanks to the Lord.

There will be a Concelebrated Mass at the Basilica on Thursday 3 December at Midday. Please join us and continue to pray for the Oblate brothers and Priests. Please pray constantly too for more vocations to the Priesthood and religious life.

Spiritual Preparation for Christmas

Advent is the journey towards an understanding of the mystery of the Christmas miracle. The Catholic diocese of Wollongong has a small book of daily reflections for us to use throughout Advent and Christmas. Some of our parishioners have participated in the past, to prepare themselves to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

This resource book is a personal reflection and is not a programme as such. It costs $5. We will meet every Monday at 7pm, in the Parish Administration centre. If you want to be part of this Spiritual preparation for Christmas, please contact the parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday).

Parish Christmas Morning Tea

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we were not able to gather for our usual Parish Morning Tea every month, but trusting in God and in His Providence, I hope that we could gather as a community for a Parish Morning Tea before Christmas.

So, kindly join us on 20th December at 9am in the undercover carport near the Basilica. Looking forward to meeting you all.

Second Rite of Reconciliation

In order to prepare ourselves Spiritually to celebrate the joy of Christmas, on 23rd December at 7pm, there will be the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Basilica. Please make use of this spiritual opportunity to prepare and to celebrate Christmas this year.

From the Oblate Province of Australia

De Mazenod Family Gathering 2.0

The de Mazenod Family Gathering will be held on Saturday 29 November at 11.30am AWST. Please do not miss this formation opportunity to get to know more about the de Mazenod Family and the Spirituality of St. Eugene.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Gathering. The Gathering will run for around 1.5 hours and if you have not registered please click here to register for this meeting.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest