Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B
The Gospel reading invites us to reflect on the call of Mary. In the history of salvation, we see both in the Old Testament and the New Testament God has called many men and women to act on his behalf. In all these narrations we see that God takes the initiative and communicates His choice and the challenge ahead of them.
What was the challenge in the call of Mary? To be the mother of God, but she was a virgin. It was unthinkable in those days and still today in some cultures. But God does not want Mary to act blindly; he wants a response that involves her whole heart, mind and soul. For this reason, the angel Gabriel answers Mary’s questions and concerns, which do not manifest doubt but, rather, humility in seeking to understand God’s will. God created Mary free of sin and filled her with grace and goodness. Yet he respects her freedom to choose to do His will.
What a great privilege we all have, the all-powerful God who created all things and who lovingly cares for us should be so generous in respecting our freedom!
So, we should do our best not to abuse our freedom. Rather try to live the calling of God to each of us and emulate the qualities of our Blessed Mother in our lives; such as her total trust in God, her humility and her willingness to co-operate in the history of our Salvation. Amen.
Readings and Hymns
Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B.
Daily Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick
There are only five more days before we celebrate the joy of Christmas. If you are still looking for resources to prepare yourself for the great day of Christ’s birth, here are some wonderful ideas, how one can meaningfully prepare to celebrate the joy of Christmas. If you wish to download PDF of Mary’s Dream, please click here.
Monday 21st December will be the last day of our Advent Reflection. I sincerely thank all those who participated and benefited a great deal from this year’s Advent journey. If you wish to attend the last session, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday).
Parish Christmas Morning Tea
On Sunday 20th December at 9am will be our Parish Christmas Moring Tea. Please do join us to celebrate as a community in celebrating the birth of Christ. I look forward to meeting you all.
Second Rite of Reconciliation
Kindly join us on Wednesday 23rd December at 7pm, for the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Basilica. Please make use of this spiritual opportunity to prepare ourselves well and to celebrate the joy of Christmas.
Usually twice a year you are invited, as a community, to make a special effort to financially support the Priests of the Basilica. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, there were no Easter Offerings and whilst we understand that things have been very difficult this year, we request that you please assist with the Christmas Offerings.
Envelopes are available in your planned giving boxes or in the pews of the Church. Your generosity is very much appreciated along with your prayers, encouragement and blessings.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Times
Please click here to be familiar with the Christmas Mass Times.
Parish Office Working Hours
The Basilica Parish office will close at Midday on 24th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January 2021. Thanks for your patience during this time.
Fr. Christian Fini OMI, Australian Provincial
Fr. Christian Fini, the Australian Provincial will pay a short visit to the Oblates and to the Parish from 19th to 21st December. He will join us for the Parish Christmas Morning Tea and will lead the 11am Mass on Sunday. Please make him feel welcome.
Sunday 20th December will be the last day of our 11am live streaming of the Mass. I sincerely thank everyone who helped me to reach out to the faithful both nationally and internationally. Thank you also to all the Parishioners and friends of the Basilica for all your support and encouragement. Thank you.
Archbishop Costelloe SDB – Christmas Message
The Archbishop’s Christmas message can be accessed by clicking here.
Wishing you a happy weekend.
May God bless you all.
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest