Saturday 9 January 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

The Baptism of the Lord

Dear brothers and sisters, Holy Mother Church celebrates today the Baptism of the Lord. With the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, the Christmas season comes to an end. Christmas is the feast of God’s Self-revelation to the Jews, and Epiphany celebrates God’s Self-revelation to the Gentiles. At his Baptism in the Jordan, Christ reveals himself to repentant sinners. From Monday onwards we will begin the Ordinary Time.

First and foremost, the baptism of Jesus reminds us of our identity and mission.  The Baptism reminds us of who we are and Whose we are.  The Catechism of Catholic Church No 1279 says, “By Baptism we become the adoptive sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus, members of his Church, heirs of Heaven and temples of the Holy Spirit. We become incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made sharers in the priesthood of Christ.” Hence, “Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No 1213).

This feast also reminds us of the graces we have received in Baptism and to renew our Baptismal promises: On the day of our baptism, as Pope St. John Paul II explains, “We were anointed with the Oil of Catechumens, the sign of Christ’s gentle strength, to fight against evil.  Blessed water was poured over us, an effective sign of interior purification through the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We were then anointed with Chrism to show that we were thus consecrated in the image of Jesus, the Father’s Anointed One.  The candle lit from the Paschal Candle was a symbol of the light of Faith which our parents and godparents must have continually safeguarded and nourished with the life-giving grace of the Spirit.”

As we celebrate this feast let us become aware of our commitments to the faith, we all profess in Jesus and thus bear witness to our faith and also be a model to others. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

I shall continue to request you all to support us and engage with all the posts and videos from our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Also follow Fr. Angelo on his Sunday homilies.

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Parish Office Working Hours

The Basilica Parish office will resume its working days from Monday 11th January 2021. You can contact the Parish office from Monday to Friday (9.30am to 3pm). Thanks

Wishing you all a happy weekend.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest