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Saturday 17 September 2022

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

The Prophet Amos sends out a clear warning to those who practised injustice against the poor and helpless. The Prophet was chosen by God to go to Israel, the northern kingdom, to go and speak to them in the name of God. He was called during the 8th century B.C. At that time the country enjoyed material prosperity, but idolatry and injustice were rife among the upper classes especially. Against these vices the prophet spoke fearlessly, until he was driven from the kingdom eventually.

The lives of the prophets will reveal to us that, their mission was not always an easy one, yet we see God wins at the end through the courageous proclamation of the prophets he chose and though their sacrifices too. The Prophet says, “Listen to this, you who trample on the needy and try to suppress the poor people of the country, you who say, ‘When will New Moon be over so that we can sell our corn, and sabbath, so that we can market our wheat?… The Lord swears it by the pride of Jacob, ‘Never will I forget a single thing you have done.’ These words of the prophet sharply condemned those who are out to increase their wealth at the expense of the poor. God assures us that ‘Never will I forget a single thing you have done.’ We can feel that God watches over us and sees that justice is done for his chosen people. It is also true in the history of our salvation that God intervenes and looks after his chosen people, because God loves his people and does not abandon them. So, in our dealings with one another, let us always practice justice that everyone is entitled to in one’s life. That way, we may not experience harsh punishment from God.

During this weekend, let us hold in our prayers the First Holy Communion candidates, from our Parish and the Confirmation candidates from IONA college that the reception of these sacraments will bring them closer to Christ. And may they continue to be his witnesses in the world. Amen

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector & Parish Priest

The weekend eBulletin

Click here to download the eBulletin for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C.

Fr John Patrick OMI

This weekend we welcome Fr Patrick to the Fremantle Oblate community and the Basilica of St Patrick.  Fr Patrick will be will us in Fremantle until Easter 2023. We hope that he enjoys his stay and please make sure to introduce yourself to him.

Monthly Senior’s Morning Tea

Monthly Senior’s Morning Tea is a special parish initiative to bring our seniors together to share a cuppa and a chat. The Senior’s morning tea is held every third Monday of each month in the Parish Hall from 10am to 11am. The Next Senior’s Morning Tea will be held on Monday 19 September at 10am in the Parish Hall.

Parish Morning Tea

Please join us on the First Sunday of every month after the 8am Mass for our Parish Morning Tea. The next morning tea will be on Sunday 9th October after the 8am Mass. All Welcome.

The Ursulines 70th Anniversary Celebrations

You are warmly invited to help us celebrate the gift of 70 years of Ursuline presence in Western Australia. Anniversary celebrations will commence at 6pm Mass on Saturday 22nd October 2022 and will be followed by a light supper together in the Parish Hall. Please let anyone associated with the Ursuline Missionaries of the Sacred Heart know about this special 70th celebration. All welcome. RSVP by 15th October for catering purposes – to Sr. Lynn (0403860639) or the Parish Office (93352268).

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Join Monsignor Michael Keating on a wonderful pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan. It is from Nov 22 to Dec 8. It is very safe and not too tiring. For itinerary e-mail or send a text to Sheila or Veronica on 0433 771 979 or 0402 290 827 for more info. Do hurry as seats are now limited.

Parish Centre Toilets

Over the past few weeks, we have had some issues with the toilets and access to the toilet area. During the week if you wish to use the toilets and they are locked, please call into the parish office and ask for them to be opened. On the Weekends the toilets will only be opened before Masses. Thank you.

Planned Giving

The Planned Giving Programme is an important part of the Parish and assists us to maintain all aspects of the Basilica, Presbytery and Parish Administration Centre. To keep the Parish viable, we must maintain a target of 95% and above each week. Last week giving was 53%.

Please consider joining the Planned Giving Programme. For more information contact the Parish Office. Thank you!

EFT First Collection Details

BSB: 086 006

A/c No: 56187 5405

Reference: 1st Collection and your name

First Collection supports the Priests.

EFT Second Collection Details

BSB: 066 107

A/c No:  0080 0216

Reference: 2nd Collection and your name

Second Collection supports the Parish.

Regarding Masks

Masks are not mandatory; however, masks are encouraged where physical distancing is not possible if you have cold & flu symptoms, or you wish to safeguard yourself from the COVID-19 virus.

Safeguarding of our children in the Parish

The Archdiocesan Safeguarding Project was started in 2016 by Archbishop Timothy Costello SDB with the aim of providing a safe and secure environment for all its members, leaders and especially children and vulnerable adults. The parish of St Patrick’s Basilica is committed to creating a safe parish. To read more please click here.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 17 September: Parish First Communion Mass.

Sunday 18 September: IONA College Confirmation Mass.

Monday 19 September: Seniors Morning Tea.

Wednesday 21 September: Fr John Arcbold OMI Anniversary of Ordination.

Thursday 22 September: National Day of Mourning Public Holiday.

Monday 26 September: King’s Birthday Public Holiday.

Thursday 29 September: Fr Giancarlo Iollo OMI Anniversary of Ordination.