Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Easter Sunday Year B
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, on behalf of all the Oblates here at the Basilica of St. Patrick I wish you all a Happy Easter.
The Easter celebration is a powerful reminder to all the believers in Christ that nothing can destroy our soul. All that we go through in our lives, is a preparation to enjoy and to meet Christ Jesus face to Face.
After 40 days of constant prayer, penance and almsgiving, we are gathered here to celebrate the heart and soul of our faith: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is indeed a great day of celebration for all of us, because Jesus, through His death and resurrection has broken the chains of death and risen in triumph from the grave.
A story goes like this: after the resurrection of Jesus the local news agency went to interview Joseph of Arimathea. The interviewer asked Joseph many questions. One such question was: “why did you give your tomb for Jesus?” He said that Jesus just needed it for the weekend. Again, the interviewer asked him “Now the grave you had lent to Jesus is yours again, what are you planning to do with that?”
He took a long pause and said, “When I heard that He had risen, naturally I raced to the tomb. He was not there. He had given my tomb back to me. So, what I did after that was: I placed a comfortable bench under the trees just opposite the opening to the tomb. In the evening when the sun goes down, I go and sit there and say to myself, ‘Jesus of Nazareth has slept in this tomb and God raised Him from death. Joseph of Arimathea will also lie in this tomb and God will raise him again. Then the interviewer left him.
Yes, dear friends, this is the core of our faith that all who believe in Jesus Christ will rise with him one day, when he comes in glory. St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthian says, ‘If Christ has not been raised from death our faith is futile.” (1 Cor 15: 17).
The resurrection of Jesus gives meaning to the Christian faith and Christian life. Life does not end on Good Friday. At the foot of the Cross, it just begins. The resurrection of Jesus Christ instils a new hope and a new outlook to our lives. Above all, the resurrection of Jesus should lead us to a greater encounter and commitment to Christ and His message.
Today’s Gospel tells us that, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary are the first to receive the news of the risen Lord and to encounter him. They had been there at the foot of the Cross; they had been there when Jesus was laid in the tomb; and now they were receiving love’s reward; they were the first to know the joy of the Resurrection.
So, on this great day of Jesus’ resurrection let us continue to profess, celebrate and bear witness to our faith through our words and deeds.
Have a wonderful Easter celebration with your family and friends. God bless!
Readings and Hymns
Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Easter Sunday Year B.
18th April Parish Morning Tea
Friends, as you are aware that we always gather on the first Sunday of every Month for our Parish Morning Tea, which brings us together for a good chat over a cuppa. Since the first Sunday of April is Easter Sunday, we will have our next Parish Morning Tea on the 18th of April after 8am Mass. Please mark this date in your diary. Looking forward to seeing you all.
Project Compassion 2021
Please return your Project Compassion donation envelopes and boxes either via the weekend collections or directly to the Parish Office. Thank You!
Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 5th April to 10th April 2021.
To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm)
Once again on behalf of the Oblates at the Basilica of St. Patrick I wish you all a Happy Easter. Have a wonderful celebration of Easter with your families and friends.
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest