Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Hearty Welcome to the Season of Advent
A warm welcome to the New liturgical Year, B. During the liturgical Year B, the Gospel of Mark in generally read.
Today, we also begin the season of Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming or arrival”.
Advent is the time where we prepare ourselves to receive Christ in our hearts, in our homes and into the world.
It’s also the season of waiting, but not a passive waiting. During this time, we yearn, we search, and we reach out for the God who will come to us in human flesh.
Though, we are technologically well advanced, but we still find ourselves waiting for something. For example, we wait for the package to arrive that we ordered online in a record speed; waiting for the queue to move quickly when we are at supermarket checkout.
But if you ask me personally what I wait for? Besides spiritual wellbeing, I truly wait for a vaccine for this COVID-19 virus, which will wipe away the COVID-19 virus from the world, so that once again I can move around as before. I could go on adding to the list you and I wait for.
Yes, dear friends, this year has been a stressful year for the human family and for some in particular, it has left an unforgettable memory in their lives, especially in the loss of their loved ones, and their inability to be with their families to support one another and to be supported. Because of this COVID-19 virus, some of us couldn’t do it.
Though, life brings in constant challenges, but what helps me to keep going is the assurance that God gives me through His revealed words, “Do not be worried, I am with you till the end of time.” (Matthew 28:20)
During this Advent journey, the Liturgy of the Word will constantly encourage us to move forward in our faith journey and will also constantly remind ourselves to be ready, to be alert, and to be awake, so that we are ready to receive baby Jesus in our lives and to celebrate this joy with the members of our families and communities.
In our Basilica, every Monday at 7pm, we gather in our Parish Administration centre to reflect on the Advent themes and to prepare ourselves to celebrate the joy of Christmas. If you wish to be part of this preparation, please ring our Parish office for more details.
So, once again, I encourage you all to take up this Advent journey joyfully and prepare ourselves for the joy of Christmas.
Wishing you a happy Advent journey
Readings and Hymns
Please click herehere to download the readings and hymns for the First Sunday of Advent, Year B.L
Live stream in the Basilica
Saturday 28th November 2020 will be the last day of our Midday live Stream. From 29th onwards we will only Live Stream the 11am Holy Mass on Sunday.
I sincerely appreciate everyone who helped me in this new way of reaching out to the Parishioners and friends of the Basilica, both local and international.
In order to keep the faith community spiritually healthy, Fr. Angelo and I will share a 2 to 3 minutes video message every day, based on the Word of God of the day. Stay tuned to enjoy this new initiative from our beautiful Basilica.
Thank you sincerely for all your support to the Oblates and to the Basilica.
Mandatory Contact Register
A Mandatory Contact Register will come into play from Saturday 5 December 2020.
This means anyone who enters the Basilica of St. Patrick will need to register either via the QR Code which will be available in the front foyer of the Basilica or via the Manual Contact Register which will be available in the front foyer of the Basilica as well.
May I sincerely request all those who have mobile phones to download the SafeWA App. Please click here to learn how to download and register yourself as individual.
If you can do this prior to your arrival in the Basilica it would make everyone’s job easier. Then on your arrival you just need to scan the QR code we have in the foyer of the Basilica.
For those who do not have mobile phones, manual registers will be available in the foyers of the Basilica. Please make sure to enter your details clearly.
I sincerely look forward to your co-operation in this regard, so that we could keep the community safe and everyone gets to enjoy the fullness of health.
Please note this is a MANDATORY requirement. If we fail to meet the requirement, we will incur a huge fine, so kindly co-operate with us. Thank you.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Times
Please click here to be familiar with the Christmas Mass Times.
25th Anniversary of de Mazenod’s Canonization
On Thursday 3rd December, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate around the world will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Canonisation of our founder St Eugene de Mazenod.
It is indeed a great moment of grace for all the sons of de Mazenod and all the faithful who are under the care of the Oblates, to celebrate this day and to give thanks to the Lord.
There will be a Concelebrated Mass on 3rd December at Midday in our Basilica. Please join us and continue to pray for the Oblate brothers and Priests around the world. Please pray constantly too for more vocations to the Priesthood and religious life.
Advent is the journey towards an understanding of the mystery of the Christmas miracle. The Catholic diocese of Wollongong has a small book of daily reflections for us to use throughout Advent and Christmas. Some of our parishioners have participated in the past, to prepare themselves to celebrate the joy of Christmas.
This resource book is a personal reflection and is not a programme as such. It costs $5. We will meet every Monday at 7pm, in the Parish Administration centre. If you want to be part of this Spiritual preparation for Christmas, please contact the parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday).
Parish Christmas Morning Tea
Due to the COVID-19 virus, we were not able to gather for our usual Parish Morning Tea every month, but trusting in God and in His Providence, I hope that we could gather as a community for a Parish Morning Tea before Christmas.
So, kindly join us on 20th December at 9am in the undercover carport near the Basilica. Looking forward to meeting you all.
Second Rite of Reconciliation
In order to celebrate the joy of Christmas, spiritual preparation is also essential. On Wednesday 23rd December at 7pm, there will be the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Basilica. Please make use of this spiritual opportunity to prepare ourselves well and to celebrate joy of Christmas.
From the Oblate Province of Australia
De Mazenod Family Gathering 2.0
The de Mazenod Family Gathering will be held on Sunday 29th November 2020 at 11.30am (AWST). Please do not miss this formation opportunity to get to know more about the de Mazenod Family and the Spirituality of St. Eugene.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Gathering. The Gathering will run for around 1.5 hours and if you have not registered please click here to register for this meeting.
Wishing you a happy weekend.
May God bless you all.
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest