Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time B
Dear friends, we continue to reflect on the power of God’s Word. The evangelist Mark begins his gospel with the proclamation of John the Baptist. St. Mark only in brief mentions the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan and the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Thereafter, Jesus begins his public ministry with an invitation to turn away from sin and invited the first disciples to follow him and to be with Him.
Jesus preached his first sermons to his fellow Jews in their synagogue on the Sabbath day and he performed a miracle there. Every town in Palestine; small or great had a synagogue, where all the pious Jews gathered to fulfil their obligations on the sabbath day. When they gathered, they would recite the prayers and hear the scriptures read to them and also listen to their rabbis, who would interpret the scriptures to them. Jesus was probably invited by the local rabbi to preach in the synagogue as it was a custom at the time to invite any stranger present to speak to the congregation. (see Acts13:15).
When Jesus got up to speak, he did not speak like other rabbis, rather he spoke with great authority. He did not quote others to prove his authority. He laid down the law himself on his own authority, “you have heard this… but I say to you.” (Matthew 5:21). But it is surprising to see, who did recognize Jesus, when he spoke with authority? It was the evil spirit who recognised him. The evil spirit thought that Jesus had come to abolish them. But Jesus did not allow them to speak, because Jesus did not want his true relationship with God to be known yet. Jesus will gradually reveal to his disciples and the hearers of His message, about the mystery of His incarnation and God’s plan for the human family.
As we continue to reflect on the power of God’s word, let us learn to recognise God in every event of our lives. The more I lean to recognise God’s presence the happier I will be in my life.
Next week we will celebrate Word of God Sunday. So, let us continue to engage ourselves with the Word of God and learn to recognise his ever-abiding presence with us and thus lead a life that will please God and others. Amen.
Readings and Hymns
Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B.
Parish Religious Education Programme (PREP)
This year the Fremantle Catholic Parish of St Patrick’s Basilica will offer the Parish Religious Education Programme (PREP) for all Catholic children who attend non-Catholic Schools.
This programme incorporates Religious Education along with Sacramental Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Classes will commence in February and will continue throughout the whole year. The Sacramental Parent Information evening will be held on 16 February at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.
Ash Wednesday Mass Times
On 17th February with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, we begin the great season of Lent. It is a great opportunity given to us to reflect on the journey of our lives.
On Ash Wednesday, there will be Three Masses: 9.00am, 12noon and 7pm. Please make use of this opportunity and begin our Lenten journey with the determination to follow Jesus at all times in our lives.
Lenten Preparation Programme
The Lenten Programme ‘COMFORT’ will be available to our community commencing at the beginning of Lent. This programme has been well attended and enjoyed for some years now and we invite you to join us this year. It will be held on Monday evenings at 7pm in the Parish Centre commencing on Monday 22 February 2021.
It is a great chance to make the most of Lent in a relaxed and friendly group. Contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm), if you wish to attend. All Welcome.
Daily Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick
I believe that you all enjoy the inspirational quotes of St. Eugene over these days, which bring out clearly his total love for Christ, for his Church and for the poor. Also, the inspiring homilies of Fr. Angelo every Sunday.
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.
World Day of Prayer – “Build on a Strong Foundation” – Vanuatu
The idea of Christians all over the world in over 170 countries coming together to pray the same ecumenical service on the first Friday in March every year is a lovely one. This year The Basilica of St Patrick will host the Ecumenical Prayer Service on Friday 5th March 2021 at 10am.
All are welcome to join us in prayer and afterwards enjoy a cup of tea in the Parish Centre. If you are attending and would like to bring a plate, please let the Parish office know of your intentions.
We would also like to know if any parishioners have artifacts or extra information about Vanuatu that would be greatly appreciated.
Parish Morning Tea
The First Morning tea for this year will be held on 7th February 2021 after 8am Mass. All are welcome. Looking forward to meeting you all.
Our Lady of Lourdes Procession
On Friday, 12th February 2021, in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes there will be a procession around Lake Monger reciting the Rosary commencing at 7pm from the Dodds St Carpark, Wembley. For more information click here.
City of Fremantle Parishioner Parking Permits 2021/2022
The City of Fremantle will no longer issue paper Parishioner Parking Permits for St Patrick’s Basilica.
We are still entitled to free parking on Parry St, Adelaide St and Ellen St for two hours during Masses on Saturdays and Sundays, but all vehicles need to be registered with the City of Fremantle, and this needs to be done through the Parish Office. Therefore, if you wish to obtain a parking permit for 2021/22 please ensure that the Parish Office has the following details before 8 February 2021.
- Full Name of Vehicle Owner.
- Vehicle Registration.
- Contact Phone Number.
Once the Parish Office has these details, they will then input them online to the City of Fremantle and your vehicle will be registered from 28/2/21 to 28/2/22. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Word of God Sunday 2021
In late December 2020 Pope Francis instituted ‘The Sunday of the Word of God’ to be held every year on the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. In the letter to promulgate this initiative ‘we are reminded, pastors and faithful alike, of the importance and value of Sacred Scripture for the Christian life, as well as the relationship between the Word of God and Liturgy’.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference opted for the first Sunday in February each year to avoid a clash with Australia Day (26 January) should it fall over the weekend. So, on 7th February 2021, the Church in Australia will celebrate Word of God Sunday. I am sure this initiative will really increase our thirst for God’s Word in our lives.
Year of St. Joseph
Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from 8th December 2020, to 8th December 2021.
In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.
World Day of the Sick
Pope St. John Paul II initiated ‘World Day of the Sick’ a year after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It began in 1993 and each February 11thwe are called upon to pray for the sick and to remember those who care for them. As the past year has shown us if we have our health then we have much for which to be grateful.
Pope Francis has asked that the World Day of the Sick this year be observed on Thursday, 11 February 2021. To access the prayer brochure please click here.
To read a note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning Anti-COVID19 vaccination please click here.
Wishing you a happy weekend.
God bless you all!
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest