Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Second Sunday of Lent Year B
The faith journey of Abraham is a perfect example and a wonderful inspiration to all of us to learn for life; how to endure various tests in life and to win God’s favour at the end. Abraham always obeyed God in his life. At the invitation of God, he left his kith, kin and country and came to a foreign land about which he knew nothing.
In this foreign land he lived among strangers who had no time for invaders and foreigners. Just imagine if we were placed in these situations, we would definitely be stressed and begin to question God and complain about his absence in our struggles. But Abraham did not complain like that but yet carried out the command of God. So, we could say that his sacrifice was great.
He also travelled such a long distance from Haran in Assyria to Canaan and then to earn his daily bread in a very hostile environment. He did all these with great trust and obedience to God. He strongly believed that God has chosen him to be the human agent, through whom the great divine blessing for all peoples would come.
While his trust in God was great, there came a test in his life. God who gave him a son in his old age, now asked for him to be sacrificed. It would have been very difficult for him, but yet, his love of God overcame his natural love for his son and his firm faith in the power of God told him that God could still find a way to fulfil the promise of a great race, which he had made to him in his pagan homeland thirty or so years earlier.
Abraham’s prompt, unquestioning obedience pleased God. God knew the answer, but he wanted Abraham’s faith and trust in God to be an example for his descendants for all time.
So, Abraham’s life story was a story of fidelity and unchanging love for the Lord. He believed in God’s promise, even in the face of the most difficult challenge imaginable. So, just like Abraham, let us learn to trust in God and be rewarded in life. Amen.
Readings and Hymns
Please click here (please add the link) to download the readings and hymns for the Second Sunday in Lent Year B.
Pastoral letters from Archbishop Costelloe SDB
Please click here to read Archbishop’s Lenten Pastoral Letter for 2021.
Parish Morning Tea on 7th March 2021
On the First Sunday of every Month at the conclusion of 8am Mass we have Morning Tea with our Parishioners and friends of the Basilica, which is a great opportunity to build our fellowship with one another. So, kindly join us after the 8am Mass on 7th March. All are welcome.
St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Wednesday 17th March
Parishioners are invited to a Concelebrated Mass on 17th March Wednesday at Midday to honour our Patron, St Patrick. Mass will be followed by lunch in the Parish Centre. Please bring a plate to share. Please wear green if possible.
All are Welcome.
Stations of the Cross in Lent
Every Friday in Lent, soon after the Midday Mass at 12.30pm, in our Basilica we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross and unite ourselves with Jesus’ suffering. This spiritual exercise will help us to understand the love of God which resulted in death on the cross.
Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.
Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday
We began our First Lenten reflections on 22nd February at 7pm in the Parish Centre. If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm). All are welcome.
Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick
‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On 27th March Saturday, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishes at 3pm. The Presenter is John Auer.
If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm). All are welcome.
Planned Giving envelopes for2021
Your new planned giving envelopes for 2021 are available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend. Please collect your envelopes.
The Planned Giving Program
The planned giving program is an important part of the Parish as it allows us to maintain all aspects of the Basilica, Presbytery and Parish Administration Centre.
In order to keep the Parish viable, we must maintain a target of 95% and above each week. Last week’s giving was 32%.
Please consider joining the Planned Giving Program if you are not already a member. For more information contact the Parish Office. Thank you!
Project Compassion for 2021
A Special Collection for Project Compassion will be taken up at all Masses during the weekend of 6th and 7th of March 2021.
Donation boxes and weekly offering envelopes for Project Compassion are also available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend. Please donate generously to bring a great change in the lives of those who are in need.
World Day of Prayer – “Build on a Strong Foundation” – Vanuatu
On Friday 5th March at 10am, the Basilica of St. Patrick will host this Ecumenical Prayer Service.
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 artefacts or extra information about Vanuatu that would be greatly appreciated.
Year of St. Joseph
During this Year of St. Joseph, the Basilica of St. Patrick will recite the Litany of St. Joseph at the end of the Rosary (Monday to Saturday) followed by benediction, Angelus and Mass.
Funeral Details of Fr. Ian Mackintosh OMI
The funeral Vigil Mass and Requiem Mass for Fr. Ian Mackintosh will be held in Victoria.
Vigil Mass – Sunday 28th February, 5:30 pm at St John Vianney’s Parish. Booking required – Please click here
Requiem Mass – Monday 1st March, 9:30 am at Mazenod College. Booking required – Please click here
Livestream of Requiem Mass – Please click here
May he Rest in Peace.
Wishing you a happy long weekend.
God bless you all!
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest