Saturday 15 May 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

The Ascension of the Lord: Solemnity Year B

Holy Mother Church today celebrates the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord. “All the other writings of the New Testament assume that the Ascension took place immediately after the Resurrection, which would be according to the nature of things. This was also the belief of the Church for the first three centuries; the Ascension was then closely associated with the resurrection ceremonies. It was only from the fourth century that a special feast of the Ascension, forty days after Easter (following the Lucan date), came to be celebrated,” writes Fr. Kevin O’Sullivan, OFM.

This Solemnity, in fact, gives us the strong hope that we will be united with our Heavenly Father as Jesus is united with his Father, having completed his earthly ministry. There is also a strong parting command given to the Apostles. Jesus said to them, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.” These words of Jesus tell the Apostles how the church should become Missionary in nature. The Apostles were given the command to go beyond Jerusalem and carry out the message of the gospel. As we know from the tradition of our Church, how each apostle, carried out this command of Jesus by going to the ends of the earth to proclaim the good news of Christ, even by sacrificing their lives.

Therefore, friends this Solemnity is a strong reminder to all who are baptised that we too must share in this missionary nature of the Church through words and deeds. The book entitled, “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren says, “the primary mission of each Christian is to introduce Christ to others.” This introduction of Christ can take place through various means today. God has given each of us innumerable talents and gits; these gifts are to be used for the good of society, not just for one’s own growth. We need to be generous with the gift of God to others. So let us put our resources towards the benefit of all and thus invite and introduce Christ to others.

So, let us constantly trust in the Lord and carry out the mission of Christ through our words and deeds because Jesus says, “I am with you till the end of times” (Matthew 28:20). God bless!

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for The Ascension of the Lord: Solemnity Year B

Dominic Perissinotto

Dominic’s farewell will be on 23rd May, after the 11am Mass in the Parish Centre. Please RSVP the Parish office on 9335 2268.

National Count of Attendance (Mass Count)

This weekend will be the Third week of the 2021 National Count of Attendance (Mass Count). This weekend we need to collect some more information. You will receive a slip as you enter the church, kindly fill it in and return it to the box that is available in the foyer of the church or return it in the collection basket. Thanks for your cooperation in this.

Feast Day of St. Eugene de Mazenod

Please join the Fremantle Oblate Community for a concelebrated Mass on 21st of May at 12pm, as we will celebrate the Feast of St. Eugene. We continue to ask for God’s blessings on our ministries and commitments as Oblates. Also pray for more vocations to the Congregation.

Mass Intentions

Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 16th May to 22nd May 2021.

To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 from Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.

COVID-19

Please continue your prayers for everyone in the world, particularly for India, as the number of cases is increasing every day. To Pray the COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity, please click here.

Sad News

The funeral Mass of Angela Colbert, the sister of Fr. Anthony Colbert will be celebrated on Tuesday 18th May at 9.45am. During this difficult time, please keep Fr. Colbert and his family in your prayers. May she rest in peace.

My Mother’s First Anniversary of Death

Dear parishioners and friends, I will be celebrating Mass for my Mothers’ First Anniversary of death, on Thursday 27th May at 12pm; please join me and pray for my mother and for my family, as we still struggle with her passing away. After the Mass, please join for delicious Indian food in the Parish Centre.  Please RSVP the Parish office on 9335 2268.

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.

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!

Have a wonderful weekend

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 8 May 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. On this joyous day, we honour our mothers, living and deceased for their care, concern, and unconditional love, which they lavished upon us throughout the years of our lives. It is one of those special days we cherish and look forward to each year. A mother’s love for her child is unconditional and cannot be compared with anything in the world.

Every mother is a precious person in each and everyone’s lives. When we think about the sacrificial nature of every mother, we can understand how much they have helped us and shaped us for the future. The moment we are born they stop thinking about their comfort and even themselves, because they constantly pour their love on us, and make sure that we have everything needed for our lives.

The former president of India ABJ Abdul Kalam used to say, “When mother is happy, family is happy. When family is happy nation is happy.” So, on this day and in every day of our lives, let us make our mothers happy and make them feel proud about their children, in making right choices in our lives.

This is my first Mother’s Day without the physical presence of my mother. I am sure there are others in the community and in the world who would dearly miss their mothers. I join you all in the spirit of prayer praying sincerely for the departed mothers. I also pray for the mothers who are living, that they continue to enjoy good health in their lives. Appreciate them for all the sacrifices and the love they pour into our lives. Have a wonderful celebration. God bless!

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the sixth Sunday of Easter Year B.

Dominic Perissinotto

Dominic, the director of music at our Basilica will take up a new position as the organist at the Brisbane Cathedral, after serving 23 years here. There will be a farewell for him on 23rd May, after the 11am Mass in the Parish Centre. Please RSVP the Parish office on 9335 2268. He will be greatly missed. I take this time to thank him for all his commitments and the passion with which he served the Basilica Community.

National Count of Attendance (Mass Count)

The 2021 National Count of Attendance (Mass Count) will take place over the four weekends in May (starting 1 May 2021). A local count of the Perth Archdiocese will not occur this year. This must be taken up during the four weekends of May, Thanks for your cooperation in this.

Our Lady of Fatima Novena

The feast day Mass for Our Lady of Fatima will be celebrated on 13th May at 7pm, in our Basilica. Please join us and pray to our Lady for the entire world as we still fight against the Pandemic. There will be no procession this year. For more information please click here.

Mass Intentions

Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 9th May to 15th May 2021.

To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm).

Mother’s Day Morning Tea

On 9th May after the 8am Mass, we will have a special Morning Tea in honour of all our mothers. Please come along and pray for all our mothers living and dead and participate in this special morning tea. Looking forward to meeting you all.

COVID-19

Please continue your prayers for everyone in the world, particularly for India, as the number of cases is increasing every day.

Further Easing of Restrictions in Perth and Peel Region

To read our Archbishop Costelloe SDB letter please click here.

The WA Government’s full announcement outlining all restrictions relevant to the lockdown can be found here.

Sad News

The funeral Mass for Angela Colbert, the sister of Fr. Anthony Colbert, will be celebrated on Tuesday 18th May at 9.45am. During this difficult time, please keep Fr. Colbert and his family in your prayers. May she rest in peace.

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.

To keep the Parish viable, we must maintain a target of 95% and above each week.  Last week’s giving was 42%

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

Have a wonderful weekend

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 1 May 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B

Dear friends in the gospel reading today, Jesus spells out the union that should exist between him and his disciples, under the image of a vine and its branches.

The image of a vine and its branches are powerful images to show us how the branches of a tree cannot have its life unless it is connected to the vine. The image of a vine or vineyard was often used in the Old Testament to represent the chosen people of God.

In the gospel Jesus says that my Father is the vine dresser, who will prune the life bearing ones constantly to bear even more fruit and will cut off the withered branches: through this Jesus stresses the fact that he is only an instrument used by his Father. So we are all invited to remain with him at every moment of lives, so that we will continue to receive the saps (which are his graces and blessings) in order that we will continue to grow and be united with him.

As members of the mystical body of Christ, everyone should make a constant effort to be united with him. We all know the fact that living a faith filled Christian life is not that easy because we can be drawn towards various temptations if we are not connected with God. So let us pray earnestly that we are united with Jesus at all times of our lives, so that we are safe from all temptations in life and enjoy the grace and every blessing we will receive as a result of our union with Christ.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B.

Post-lockdown restrictions to ease further: Perth and Peel Region

The places of worship can return to 100%, which is indeed great news for us.

To read our Archbishop Costelloe’s SDB, announcement please click here.

To read the WA Government’s full announcement outlining all restrictions relevant to the lockdown can be found at: Perth and Peel lockdown restrictions to ease further (www.wa.gov.au).

Please note the mask is still compulsory. Thanks for all your cooperation.

National Count of Attendance (Mass Count)

The 2021 National Count of Attendance (Mass Count) will take place over the four weekends in May (starting 1 May 2021). A local count of the Perth Archdiocese will not occur this year. This must be taken up during the four weekends of May, Thanks for your cooperation in this.

Our Lady of Fatima Novena

Our Lady of Fatima Novena and Mass will commence on 4th May. It is a beautiful tradition which has been going on for more than 50 years in our Basilica. Please join us in this special Novena to Our Lady of Fatima and Mass and pray for everyone as we still experience the effects of the pandemic. Unlike last year we will not have the procession in honour of our Lady of Fatima. For more information please click here.

Mass Intentions

Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week (from 2nd May to 8th May 2021).

To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm).

Mother’s Day Morning Tea

On 9th May, as we will be celebrating Mother’s Day, there will be a Special Morning Tea in our Parish after the 8am Mass. Please come along and pray for all our beautiful Mothers during the Holy Mass and participate in this Special Morning Tea for our mums. All are welcome.

COVID-19

Please continue to pray for everyone in the world: who are all affected badly with this continuous effect of the Pandemic. Still the normal lives of the people are affected, which indeed leaves us with pain and suffering. Particularly pray for India, as you are all aware of the great suffering that people are experiencing. Please also pray for my classmate who is a priest: he is still in a critical condition. During last week, all my classmates joined through Zoom and prayed the Rosary for him and for everyone in the world. Please continue to plead to the Lord for everyone in the World.

Sad News

Angela Colbert, the sister of Fr. Anthony Colbert passed away on Tuesday evening. The funeral details are not yet known; once they become available I will keep you posted. During this difficult time, please keep Fr. Colbert and his family in your prayers. May she rest in peace.

Have a wonderful weekend

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 17 April 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Third Sunday of Easter Year B

Dear friends in Christ Jesus, we continue in the joy of Jesus’ resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus continues to instil in us hope, joy and peace in our lives. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles, once again reminds us that the plan of God cannot be defeated. When Jesus was put to death, the enemies of Jesus thought that they have won the fight against Jesus’ life. But the witnesses of the Apostles remind us that Jesus is not defeated but he is only glorified again.

In the early days of the Church in Jerusalem, the topic of Jesus’ resurrection was a constant one among those who put Jesus to death, because they constantly denied the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But the witnesses of the Apostles to the resurrection of Jesus Christ were entirely contrary to that of his enemies. The Apostle Peter courageously proclaims in the street of Jerusalem, saying, “It was you who accused the Holy One, the Just One, you who demanded the reprieve of a murderer while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are the witnesses.” (Acts 3:13-15).

It was not just the courageous proclamation of the Apostles: served as a witness to Jesus’ resurrection, but also the miracle of curing the crippled man, in the name of Jesus by the Apostle Peter (Acts 3:1-10) was a wonderful opportunity for the people to witness to the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, there were lots of people, who came to believe in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:4). The growth of the infant Church in Jerusalem and in Gentile lands is sufficient proof to show how the Apostles and the others believed in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

As people of resurrection, let us continue to invite and lead people towards Christ. The experience of Jesus’ resurrection brought forth lots of transformation: both in the lives of the Apostles and in the Jewish community. We shall also become an agent of God’s love and compassion to others and thus lead many more faithful towards God.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Third Sunday of Easter Year B.

Parish Morning Tea on 18th April

This weekend, 18th April, our Basilica Parish will have the Morning Tea after the 8am Mass. Please come and enjoy a conversation over a cuppa with the Parishioners and the friends of the Basilica. All are welcome.

Mass Intentions

Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 18th April to 24th April 2021.

To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm)

Mother’s Day Morning Tea

On 9th May, as we will be celebrating Mother’s Day, there will be a Special Morning Tea in our Parish after the 8am Mass. Please come along and pray for all our beautiful Mothers during the Holy Mass and participate in this Special Morning Tea for our mums. All are welcome.

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.

To keep the Parish viable, we must maintain a target of 95% and above each week.  Last week’s giving was 40%.

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

Have a wonderful weekend

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 10 April 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Year B

Dear friends, the Second Sunday of Easter is also known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.” On 30th April 2000, when St. John Paul II canonised his countrywoman, Faustina, he said, “It is important that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’.”  In brief, this Sunday invites us to contemplate the mercy of God.

One can tangibly experience the mercy and forgiveness of God through the sacrament of reconciliation. This happens when we have the courage to accept it and make a strong determination not to do it again. Then we can see how the grace and peace, guidance and support of Christ has come into our lives.

The four verses from the First reading today bring home the genuine concern, love, support and the care of the early Christian Community towards the other members in the community. They held everything in common and there was no one in want. It only shows us how they were deeply rooted in the message of Jesus Christ: as God cares for everyone, we have the duty to care for one another in the community. I always believe that it is not by having more that I become happy; rather by being more, I truly live a life of happiness, and this happiness cannot be taken away from me.

This particular practice of the early Christian community sends us a strong message that every baptised member of our community should be willing to share what we have with those who have nothing. Every gift or wealth I enjoy reminds me that we are not the real owners of what we possess: we are only the administrators of the property God has given us.

As we are in the Easter joy, let us continue to witness to the faith we profess and celebrate in our lives. Always try to reach out to the others who are in need. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Second Sunday of Easter Year B.

Parish Morning Tea on 18th April

Our Parish Morning Tea for April will be held on 18th April after the 8am Mass. Please come and enjoy a conversation over a cuppa with the Parishioners and the friends of the Basilica. All are welcome.

Mass Intentions

Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 11th April to 17th April 2021.

To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm)

Have a wonderful weekend.

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest