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

Saturday 3 April 2021

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!

Mass Intentions

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.

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 27 March 2021

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.

Easter Offerings 

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.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 20 March 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, The Prophet Jeremiah was 23 years old when he was called by God to be a Prophet. He spoke the word of God in Jerusalem, during the most critical period of Judah’s history (627-587). The people were more interested in politics than in the things of God. As a result, he spoke against their disloyalty to the God of Yahweh and the impending exile they would face in their lives.

The Prophet Jeremiah was always strong in delivering the message of God, amidst all the difficulties in life. Since he was inviting the people to listen and to act accordingly, he was not treated properly by the people. Sometimes he faced insults, was imprisoned and maltreated. Later it was decided to kill him. He was placed in an empty cistern, but a Cushite, a servant of King Zedekiah, released him with the king’s permission, but unknown to the court officials. Eventually he was forcibly taken down to Egypt and according to tradition, was murdered there by his own people.

In the first reading the Prophet Jeremiah is foretelling the setting up of a New Covenant, to replace the Old Covenant made between God and his chosen people on Mount Sinai, a covenant which the Chosen People had not kept. The New Covenant would not be written on tablets of stone but on each individual’s heart. It would be a covenant of love rather than one of obligation.

Our New Covenant was not made with us by any mere human being like Moses, but by the Son of God himself. The blood with which this Covenant was ratified was not the blood of sheep and oxen which Moses used for the ratification of the first Covenant. It was the precious blood of Jesus Christ: “this is the blood of the New and everlasting Covenant which will be shed for you and all men so that sins may be forgiven.”

Yes, dear friends, just like the Prophet Jeremiah, who was willing to do the will of God, even in the face of difficulties and like Jesus, who willingly embraced the cross for our salvation, we too shall die to our selfishness and other things which keep us away from God. By dying to ‘myself’ I will bear abundant fruit in the days to come. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Year B.

Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

A ‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. 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.

Please click here to view the flyer, and to view the timetable please click here.

If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  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 four priests available to help us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare well for the celebration of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday

The Lenten Reflection Programme is one of many Spiritual means to prepare well to celebrate the joy of Easter. So kindly join us on Monday 22nd March for our Fifth reflection practice. If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Stations of the Cross in Lent

Every Friday in Lent, soon after the Midday Mass at 12.30pm, in our Basilica we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross and unite ourselves with Jesus’ suffering. This spiritual exercise will help us to understand the love of God which resulted in death on the cross.

Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.

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 36%.

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

Annual Chrism Mass in Cathedral

The Annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 7pm.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions numbers have been limited.

The Archbishop has extended an invitation for 7 parishioners only from each parish to attend the Chrism Mass this year. If you would like to attend, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268 ASAP.

Easter Offerings 

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.

Fr. Christian Fini OMI

This weekend we cordially welcome Fr. Christian Fini, the Provincial of Australia. He is here for a short visit. Please make him feel welcome.

Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies

Please click here to view the Holy Week and Easter Liturgy timetable.

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.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Combined 24 Hours of Reparation and Medjugorje Evening for the Year of St Joseph

When: Friday 26th March 2021.

Where: St. Bernadette’s, 49 Jugan Street, Glendalough.

Time: 6.30pm (Commencing with ‘Stations of the Cross’ followed by Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, Rosary, Benediction and Holy Mass).

Continuous Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Prayers Divine Mercy.  Midnight (Fri/Sat) Holy Mass. Continuation of Eucharistic Adoration.

During Adoration talks will be given in the Church Hall. Saturday 27th, morning Holy Mass at 7.30 am. Following Holy Mass, continuation of Adoration and prayers. Conclusion with Vigil evening Holy Mass at 6.30 pm.

We humbly request you invite any Catholic group, family or friends to join us.   Together we can make a difference.

For more information, please contact Eileen & Don, on this email address: medjugorjewa1981@gmail.com

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 13 March 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Fourth Sunday of Lent Year B

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, today we begin the fourth week in our Lenten journey. The gospel today mentions the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a leading Jew. He was a man of wealth and position. He was very much impressed by Jesus’ preaching and miracles. He defended Jesus when his companions were out to have Jesus arrested. He assisted Joseph of Arimathea in the burial of Jesus and supplied expensive spices and myrrh for the embalming of his body. (Jn 19:39).

Though he admired the teachings of Jesus, he lacked courage to come out openly to have a conversation with Jesus, because he was afraid of his fellow Jews, who may criticise him for his closeness with Jesus, so he comes to Jesus at night. This action of Nicodemus only reveals to us that he is not fully open in his association with Jesus. Nicodemus believed in Jesus, but still his faith was not one hundred percent.

Jesus also told Nicodemus that to enter into the kingdom of God, a man must believe in Christ and be baptised. Jesus also tells him that it is God’s will that he himself should be lifted up on the cross and die so that those who believe in him may have eternal life. The willingness of God’s love and concern is constantly seen in the life and death of Jesus on the cross. So, we shall ask the Lord for his courage to stand firm in professing our faith in Jesus. We shall not just become admirers of Jesus’s teaching but let us be his disciples, willing to walk with him at every moment of our lives. Amen

 Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fourth Sunday in Lent Year B.

 St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Wednesday 17th March

Parishioners are invited to a Concelebrated Mass on 17th March Wednesday at Midday to honour our Patron, St Patrick. Mass will be followed by lunch in the Parish Centre. Please bring a ‘plate’ to share. Please wear ‘Green’ if possible. All are Welcome.

 Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

A ‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On 27th March Saturday, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishes at 3pm.

The Theme of the Retreat is: Finding hope and love in journeying with Jesus towards Calvary. The Presenter is John Auer.

Please click here to view the flyer, and to view the timetable please click here.

If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  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 four priests available to help us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare well for the celebration of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday

The Lenten Reflection Programme is one of many Spiritual means to prepare well to celebrate the joy of Easter. So kindly join us on Monday 15th March for our Fourth reflection practice. If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Stations of the Cross in Lent

Every Friday in Lent, soon after the Midday Mass at 12.30pm, in our Basilica we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross and unite ourselves with Jesus’ suffering. This spiritual exercise will help us to understand the love of God which resulted in death on the cross.

Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.

Free Lenten Reflection Journal from Centre for Life, Marriage and Family

Centre for Life, Marriage and Family, which is one of the Agencies of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth offers a Free Lenten Reflection Journal for your private use. Please collect this free copy from the foyers of the Church.

 Planned Giving envelopes for2021

Your new planned giving envelopes for 2021 are available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend.  Please collect your envelopes.

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 48%.

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

 Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal for LifeLink

I wish to sincerely thank all the Parishioners for your generous donation to Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal for LifeLink in 2020. Our Parish has generously donated $5,995.00. Thank you.

 Annual Chrism Mass in Cathedral

The Annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 7pm.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions numbers have been limited.

The Archbishop has extended an invitation for 7 parishioners only from each parish to attend the Chrism Mass this year. If you would like to attend, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268 asap.

Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies

Please click here to view the Holy Week and Easter Liturgy timetable.

 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.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 6 March 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Third Sunday of Lent Year B

This weekend gospel reading talks about Jesus cleansing the temple in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Temple, in the life of Jews, occupies an important place. It also serves as a religious, cultural and political symbol of the people of Israel. Jerusalem was also a centre of pride for the Jews. The Jerusalem Temple strengthened the religious and social identity of the Jews. The Temple, a place which was supposed to unite the people, served as a dividing and oppressive factor for the gentiles. This arouses the anger of Jesus, because they were fully dominated and oppressed in the temple worship.

In the temple worship, people were divided as pure and impure. All the gentiles, Samaritans, prostitutes, handicapped, eunuchs and diseased persons were considered as ritually impure. Thus, ritual purity rules created division among the people. Only by fulfilling these rules can one perform the religious activities. The poor were unable, as they are already burdened with many other taxes. Thus, at the time of Jesus, even religious justice did not stand on behalf of marginalised people.

Economically, as well, the Jerusalem Temple made the poor sections of society outcasts. As a retribution for sin, they had to offer many kinds of offerings, thus it brought wealth to the temple. Jerusalem was also the single Holy place of the Jews in the world.

The practice of going on pilgrimage three times a year brought constant income to the temple.  Sometimes the poor were not able to satisfy the demands of the city and the temple. Thus, the poor were forced to spend from their income during pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s wealthy people and temple profited the most from these pilgrims.

Because of its political importance, Jerusalem also served as centre for trade. Thus, Jerusalem served as the abode of all customs and revenue officials and a ready market for trade. Jerusalem is supposed to serve as the presence of God on earth.

However, looking at the state of affairs of the city and temple, religiously and politically at the time of Jesus, neither the temple nor the city of Jerusalem was the dwelling place of God but was the place of power and mammon. Poor people had no place in Jerusalem or in the temple.

Looking, at this horrible sight in the house of God Jesus grew angry and cleansed the temple of God. Many interpret this act of cleansing of the Temple (Jn 2:13-22), as a violent act of God. But it has a great significance from a religious point of view. The poor were already subjugated by many laws and oppressed by dominant people. They have only some small places in the temple to worship their God; even there they are made outcast. This alone motivates Jesus to fight on behalf of them and thus restores their dignity.

Jesus indeed became angry because, “The existing socio-religious and political system had become the synonym of evil. It had become tremendously inhuman and corrupt …, and doubly problematic. The temple was supposed to be a divine institution and the people in it the chosen ones of God.”   Thus, Jesus breaks the conventions of Jewish society. He goes beyond the normal and teaches a new teaching, which is the opposite of their norms of daily life.  By cleansing the temple Jesus brings dignity to the gentiles. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Third Sunday in Lent Year B.

Parish Morning Tea on 7th March 2021

Please join us on 7th March, at the conclusion of 8am Mass for the First Morning Tea for the year. It is a great opportunity to make friends and to catch up with our friends to build a wonderful Parish Community. All are welcome.

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Wednesday 17th March

Parishioners are invited to a Concelebrated Mass on 17th March Wednesday at Midday to honour our Patron, St Patrick. Mass will be followed by lunch in the Parish Centre. Please bring a ‘plate’ to share. Please wear ‘Green’ if possible.

All are Welcome.

Stations of the Cross in Lent

Every Friday in Lent, soon after the Midday Mass at 12.30pm, in our Basilica we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross and unite ourselves with Jesus’ suffering. This spiritual exercise will help us to understand the love of God which resulted in death on the cross.

Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday

The Lenten Reflection Programme is one of many Spiritual means to prepare well to celebrate the joy of Easter. So kindly join us on Monday 8th March for our Third reflection practice. If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Free Lenten Reflection Journal from Centre for Life, Marriage and Family

Centre for Life, Marriage and Family, which is one of the Agencies of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth offers a Free Lenten Reflection Journal for your private use. Please collect this free copy from the foyers of the Church.

Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

A ‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On 27th March Saturday, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishes at 3pm.

The Theme of the Retreat is: Finding hope and love in journeying with Jesus towards Calvary. The Presenter is John Auer.

Please click here to view the flyer, and to view the timetable please click here.

If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

 Planned Giving envelopes for 2021

Your new planned giving envelopes for 2021 are available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend.  Please collect your envelopes.

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 58%.

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

 Project Compassion for 2021

During this weekend (6th and 7th March), a Special Collection for Project Compassion will be taken up at all Masses. Please contribute generously.

Donation boxes and weekly offering envelopes for Project Compassion are also available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend. Please donate generously to bring a great change in the lives of those who are in need.

 World Day of Prayer – “Build on a Strong Foundation” – Vanuatu

A special thanks to all who contributed and participated in the World Day of Prayer this year. It was great to see a great community Spirit. Thank you everyone.

 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.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 27 February 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Second Sunday of Lent Year B

The faith journey of Abraham is a perfect example and a wonderful inspiration to all of us to learn for life; how to endure various tests in life and to win God’s favour at the end. Abraham always obeyed God in his life. At the invitation of God, he left his kith, kin and country and came to a foreign land about which he knew nothing.

In this foreign land he lived among strangers who had no time for invaders and foreigners. Just imagine if we were placed in these situations, we would definitely be stressed and begin to question God and complain about his absence in our struggles. But Abraham did not complain like that but yet carried out the command of God. So, we could say that his sacrifice was great.

He also travelled such a long distance from Haran in Assyria to Canaan and then to earn his daily bread in a very hostile environment. He did all these with great trust and obedience to God. He strongly believed that God has chosen him to be the human agent, through whom the great divine blessing for all peoples would come.

While his trust in God was great, there came a test in his life. God who gave him a son in his old age, now asked for him to be sacrificed. It would have been very difficult for him, but yet, his love of God overcame his natural love for his son and his firm faith in the power of God told him that God could still find a way to fulfil the promise of a great race, which he had made to him in his pagan homeland thirty or so years earlier.

Abraham’s prompt, unquestioning obedience pleased God. God knew the answer, but he wanted Abraham’s faith and trust in God to be an example for his descendants for all time.

So, Abraham’s life story was a story of fidelity and unchanging love for the Lord. He believed in God’s promise, even in the face of the most difficult challenge imaginable. So, just like Abraham, let us learn to trust in God and be rewarded in life. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here (please add the link) to download the readings and hymns for the Second Sunday in Lent Year B.

Pastoral letters from Archbishop Costelloe SDB

Please click here to read Archbishop’s Lenten Pastoral Letter for 2021.

Parish Morning Tea on 7th March 2021

On the First Sunday of every Month at the conclusion of 8am Mass we have Morning Tea with our Parishioners and friends of the Basilica, which is a great opportunity to build our fellowship with one another. So, kindly join us after the 8am Mass on 7th March. All are welcome.

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Wednesday 17th March

Parishioners are invited to a Concelebrated Mass on 17th March Wednesday at Midday to honour our Patron, St Patrick. Mass will be followed by lunch in the Parish Centre. Please bring a plate to share. Please wear green if possible.

All are Welcome.

Stations of the Cross in Lent

Every Friday in Lent, soon after the Midday Mass at 12.30pm, in our Basilica we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross and unite ourselves with Jesus’ suffering. This spiritual exercise will help us to understand the love of God which resulted in death on the cross.

Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday

We began our First Lenten reflections on 22nd February at 7pm in the Parish Centre. If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On 27th March Saturday, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishes at 3pm. The Presenter is John Auer.

If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Planned Giving envelopes for2021

Your new planned giving envelopes for 2021 are available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend.  Please collect your envelopes.

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 32%.

Please consider joining the Planned Giving Program if you are not already a member. For more information contact the Parish Office.  Thank you!

Project Compassion for 2021

A Special Collection for Project Compassion will be taken up at all Masses during the weekend of 6th and 7th of March 2021.

Donation boxes and weekly offering envelopes for Project Compassion are also available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend. Please donate generously to bring a great change in the lives of those who are in need.

World Day of Prayer – “Build on a Strong Foundation” – Vanuatu

On Friday 5th March at 10am, the Basilica of St. Patrick will host this Ecumenical Prayer Service.

All are welcome to join us in prayer and afterwards enjoy a cup of tea in the Parish Centre. If you are attending and would like to bring a plate, please let the Parish office know of your intentions.

We would also like to know if any parishioners have artefacts or extra information about Vanuatu that would be greatly appreciated.

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.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Funeral Details of Fr. Ian Mackintosh OMI

The funeral Vigil Mass and Requiem Mass for Fr. Ian Mackintosh will be held in Victoria.

Vigil Mass – Sunday 28th February, 5:30 pm at St John Vianney’s Parish. Booking required – Please click here

Requiem Mass – Monday 1st March, 9:30 am at Mazenod College. Booking required – Please click here

Livestream of Requiem MassPlease click here

May he Rest in Peace.

Wishing you a happy long weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 20 February 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

First Sunday of Lent Year B

During the first week of Lent, we always meditate on the Temptations of Jesus. Why does the church want us to focus on the Temptations of Jesus? The Church does it with a purpose so that we too may enter into our own personal desert within ourselves, that we may probe deeply into our hearts to find out what need to be transformed and thus can come closer to God and his Son Jesus.

‘Repent and believe in the gospel’ (Mark 1:15). This is the essence, the marrow of Christ’s teaching. So, Lent is a great opportunity given to us all, to pay great attention to this invitation of Christ in our lives.

Moses before receiving the Old Law on Mount Sinai fasted for forty days (Ex 34:28); Elijah, the first of the great prophets, sent to Israel, fasted for forty days on his journey to Mount Horeb (1Kgs.19:5). So, Christ also, the lawgiver of the New Covenant, the Prophet of God’s mercy and love spent forty days in the wilderness before beginning his mission of redemption.

Unlike the evangelists Matthew and Luke, the evangelist Mark does not give us a specific mention about the various ‘temptations’ of Jesus. But Mark’s very brief account clearly implies that Satan lost in the struggle. Satan was made aware that Jesus was the Messiah who would eventually conquer him and destroy all the elements of evil from the face of the earth.

So, these forty days of our Lenten observance are very important in our efforts to come closer to God. It is a time of testing and also a great means of deepening our lives and finding out where I stand in my relationship with God, my family, friends and the wider community to which I belong. Do I remain faithful to Christ’s teaching amidst all the temptations and struggles I face in my life? As we live out our baptismal commitment in this ever-changing world, we need to be vigilant and equipped with Spiritual strengths in order to defeat the various forms of temptations we will face in the world.

No one escapes temptations in life. St. Francis de Sales points out that temptation is quite simply a fact of life that we will have to face. He also further says that great saints were often tempted violently, and sometimes had to fight certain temptations their whole lives.

The evangelist Mark gives us a practical tip to avoid temptations. “Stay awake and pray not to be put to the test”. (Mark 14:38). Jesus was able to overcome his temptations by constantly being in touch with the His Father through prayer in the wilderness.  During this Lenten season, let us try to spend more time in prayer to overcome temptations.  When you are united with Jesus, you will surely feel the difference in your lives. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the First Sunday in Lent Year B.

Pastoral letters from Archbishop Costelloe SDB

Please click here to read Archbishop’s Lenten Pastoral Letter for 2021.

Stations of the Cross in Lent

During the Lenten season it is a great tradition in the life of the Church to make the Stations of the Cross, and thus unite ourselves with Christ by meditating on His Passion, Death and Resurrection.

So, in our Basilica, on every Friday during Lent we will make the stations of the Cross at 12.30pm. Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme

We begin our First Lenten reflections on 22nd February at 7pm in the Parish Centre. This programme has been well attended and enjoyed for some years now and we invite you to join us this year too.

If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Lenten Retreat at the Basilica of St. Patrick

During our Lenten journey ‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On 27th March, our Parish will hold a half a day retreat. If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  More information will follow in the next week Newsletter. All are welcome.

Planned Giving envelopes for 2021

Your new planned giving envelopes for 2021 are available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend.  Please collect your envelopes.

Project Compassion for 2021

A Special Collection for Project Compassion will be taken up at all Masses during the weekend of 6th and 7th of March 2021.

Donation boxes and weekly offering envelopes for Project Compassion are also available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend. Please donate generously to bring a great change in the lives of those who are in need.

Parish Religious Education Programme (PREP)

This year the Fremantle Catholic Parish of St Patrick’s Basilica will offer the Parish Religious Education Programme (PREP) for all Catholic children who attend non-Catholic Schools.

This programme incorporates Religious Education along with Sacramental Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.  Classes will commence in February and will continue throughout the whole year.  The Sacramental Parent Information evening will be held on 16 February at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.

World Day of Prayer – “Build on a Strong Foundation” – Vanuatu

There are only two more weeks left to celebrate “World Day of Prayer”. This year The Basilica of St Patrick will host this Ecumenical Prayer Service on Friday 5th March 2021 at 10am.All are welcome to join us in prayer and afterwards enjoy a cup of tea in the Parish Centre. If you are attending and would like to bring a plate, please let the Parish office know of your intentions.

We would also like to know if any parishioners have artefacts or extra information about Vanuatu that would be greatly appreciated.

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 and Mass.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Rev. Fr. Ian Mackintosh OMI

On Friday Morning 19th February, Fr. Christian Fini, the Australian Provincial communicated to us the sudden passing of Rev. Fr. Ian Mackintosh OMI. He was a very faithful and committed Oblate who lived his priesthood with great joy and happiness.

Please keep all the Oblates and all the faithful people with whom he served cheerfully throughout this Province, able to accept this sudden loss.

Please click here to read a short Biography of Fr. Ian prepared by Fr. Christian Fini OMI. We wait for the funeral details to come through. May he rest in peace.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

COVID-19 Update – Saturday 13 February 2021

Dear Parishoners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Archbishop Costelloe has published new guidance on the transition out of lockdown restrictions, which are due to come into effect from midnight tonight.

You can read his full message here.

As of 12.01am on Sunday 14 February 2021, the requirement to wear masks and the four-square-metre rule will be discontinued. In effect, we will return to the same restrictions we were under before this lockdown.

You will still be required to use the Safe WA app, or a written contact register, whenever you attend the Basilica or the Administration Centre, and sanitise your hands on entry.

Since Saturday 6 February we have resumed normal services, with Midday Mass Monday to Saturday, as well as a 6pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, and Masses on Sunday at 8am, 8.15am (North Fremantle), 9.30am (Italian), 11am and 5pm.

I thank you all for your patience and understanding over the last two weeks, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Please click here to read this week’s regular newsletter.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest