Saturday 20 March 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, The Prophet Jeremiah was 23 years old when he was called by God to be a Prophet. He spoke the word of God in Jerusalem, during the most critical period of Judah’s history (627-587). The people were more interested in politics than in the things of God. As a result, he spoke against their disloyalty to the God of Yahweh and the impending exile they would face in their lives.

The Prophet Jeremiah was always strong in delivering the message of God, amidst all the difficulties in life. Since he was inviting the people to listen and to act accordingly, he was not treated properly by the people. Sometimes he faced insults, was imprisoned and maltreated. Later it was decided to kill him. He was placed in an empty cistern, but a Cushite, a servant of King Zedekiah, released him with the king’s permission, but unknown to the court officials. Eventually he was forcibly taken down to Egypt and according to tradition, was murdered there by his own people.

In the first reading the Prophet Jeremiah is foretelling the setting up of a New Covenant, to replace the Old Covenant made between God and his chosen people on Mount Sinai, a covenant which the Chosen People had not kept. The New Covenant would not be written on tablets of stone but on each individual’s heart. It would be a covenant of love rather than one of obligation.

Our New Covenant was not made with us by any mere human being like Moses, but by the Son of God himself. The blood with which this Covenant was ratified was not the blood of sheep and oxen which Moses used for the ratification of the first Covenant. It was the precious blood of Jesus Christ: “this is the blood of the New and everlasting Covenant which will be shed for you and all men so that sins may be forgiven.”

Yes, dear friends, just like the Prophet Jeremiah, who was willing to do the will of God, even in the face of difficulties and like Jesus, who willingly embraced the cross for our salvation, we too shall die to our selfishness and other things which keep us away from God. By dying to ‘myself’ I will bear abundant fruit in the days to come. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Year B.

Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

A ‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On Saturday 27th March, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishing at 3pm.

The Theme of the Retreat is: Finding hope and love in journeying with Jesus towards Calvary. The Presenter is John Auer.

Please click here to view the flyer, and to view the timetable please click here.

If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Second Rite of Reconciliation on 31st March

On Wednesday 31st March, we will have the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Parish. There will be four priests available to help us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare well for the celebration of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday

The Lenten Reflection Programme is one of many Spiritual means to prepare well to celebrate the joy of Easter. So kindly join us on Monday 22nd March for our Fifth reflection practice. 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.

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.

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 36%.

Please consider joining the Planned Giving Programme. If you are not already a member, for more information contact the Parish Office.  Thank you!

Annual Chrism Mass in Cathedral

The Annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 7pm.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions numbers have been limited.

The Archbishop has extended an invitation for 7 parishioners only from each parish to attend the Chrism Mass this year. If you would like to attend, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268 ASAP.

Easter Offerings 

Usually twice a year you are invited, as a community, to make a special effort to financially support the Priests of the Basilica.  As the special season of Easter is fast approaching, you are encouraged to support the Priests during this special season of Easter. The envelops are in the pews, so kindly use them and support your priests generously.

Fr. Christian Fini OMI

This weekend we cordially welcome Fr. Christian Fini, the Provincial of Australia. He is here for a short visit. Please make him feel welcome.

Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies

Please click here to view the Holy Week and Easter Liturgy timetable.

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.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Combined 24 Hours of Reparation and Medjugorje Evening for the Year of St Joseph

When: Friday 26th March 2021.

Where: St. Bernadette’s, 49 Jugan Street, Glendalough.

Time: 6.30pm (Commencing with ‘Stations of the Cross’ followed by Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, Rosary, Benediction and Holy Mass).

Continuous Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Prayers Divine Mercy.  Midnight (Fri/Sat) Holy Mass. Continuation of Eucharistic Adoration.

During Adoration talks will be given in the Church Hall. Saturday 27th, morning Holy Mass at 7.30 am. Following Holy Mass, continuation of Adoration and prayers. Conclusion with Vigil evening Holy Mass at 6.30 pm.

We humbly request you invite any Catholic group, family or friends to join us.   Together we can make a difference.

For more information, please contact Eileen & Don, on this email address: medjugorjewa1981@gmail.com

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest