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’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.
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.
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.
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
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest