Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Palm Sunday Year B
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, this weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday. The journey of Lent we had begun on Ash Wednesday gets intensified with this week’s liturgy and reaches its culmination on Easter Sunday. Beginning from Sunday the liturgy is filled with external and rich symbolisms: procession with Palms, the washing of the feet, veneration of the cross etc., However, let us not allow these celebrations to pass us by as mere external rituals, but rather consider them as an occasion to examine our faith, fidelity and relationship with the Lord.
For three years Jesus went around teaching, healing and showing them how much he loved them as his heavenly father loved him. Wherever he went there were crowds of people who followed him. Now as he is about to be handed over: he is alone; not even his beloved apostles who ate and walked with him are with him. He is lonely in his agony. From the moment of his passion, he was arrested, put in prison, led before Caiaphas, Herod and Pilate, interrogated, crowned with thorns, given a heavy wooden cross to carry, stripped of his clothes, nailed to the cross, mocked and finally he died. He underwent all these for my sake. He endured all these so that I would have life through him. Jesus did it out of love for me so that I will have eternal life through him. Through his painful suffering Jesus shows me his loyalty to the father in fulfilling the will of His father and also his love and concern for me.
I sincerely invite you all to participate in the Holy Week liturgy and thus journey with Jesus in his Passion, death and resurrection. When we do this, we will understand how much God loves us and how much God does for us. And also, active participation in the Holy Week liturgy will also deepen our relationship with God, increase our Faith, and strengthen our lives as disciples of Jesus.
Wishing you all a fruitful holy week observance. Amen.
Readings and Hymns
Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Palm Sunday in Lent Year B.
Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick
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. 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 4 priests available to help us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare well for the celebration of Easter.
Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies
Please click here to view the Holy Week and Easter Liturgy timetable.
Easter Message from Archbishop Costelloe SDB
Please click here to read the Archbishop’s Easter Message for 2021.
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.
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 50%.
Please consider joining the Planned Giving Programme. If you are not already a member, for more information contact the Parish Office. Thank you!
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.
Wishing you a happy weekend.
God bless you all!
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest