Saturday 16 January 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Dear friends, today we begin the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The liturgy of the Word today, invites us to reflect upon our responses to the invitation of God. God speaks to us at every moment of our lives; so how do I respond to that call of God. Today’s reading emphasis the fact that everyone is called by God to be something, to do something for others with our life and with our unique gifts, God has given to each of us.

Today’s First Reading is about a young man who did not recognise God’s call at first. God called Samuel and he thought it was his master Eli. Twice God called, twice Samuel went to Eli, twice Eli told him to go back to sleep. The third time God called Samuel, Eli realised what was happening and told Samuel, “The next time you hear the call, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening’. When the Lord called the fourth time, Samuel was ready, ready to listen to God.

As the Scripture says, “Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him and let no word of his fall to the ground”. That is, he continued to listen carefully to what God was saying, to listen to God’s call. And, in turn, he passed on what he had heard to others. God’s Word is never to be kept just for ourselves. That would be like the man who kept the talent he had been given wrapped it up in a cloth and buried it in the ground.

Dear friends, God is calling me now, today. What is he saying to me? Am I really listening to Him? When I live my life in accordance with God’s calling then my life will be beautiful and also becomes a wonderful inspiration to my brothers and sisters.

There are many distractions in the world, but yet when I keenly pay attention to his calling then my life will be joyful, so always pay attention to God’s calling as we live our daily lives. Amen

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time B.

Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

I shall continue to request you all to support us and engage with all the posts and videos from our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Also follow Fr. Angelo on his Sunday homilies.

Please click here to promote our Facebook page and YouTube channel with your families and friends.

Wish you all a wonderful week ahead.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 9 January 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

The Baptism of the Lord

Dear brothers and sisters, Holy Mother Church celebrates today the Baptism of the Lord. With the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord, the Christmas season comes to an end. Christmas is the feast of God’s Self-revelation to the Jews, and Epiphany celebrates God’s Self-revelation to the Gentiles. At his Baptism in the Jordan, Christ reveals himself to repentant sinners. From Monday onwards we will begin the Ordinary Time.

First and foremost, the baptism of Jesus reminds us of our identity and mission.  The Baptism reminds us of who we are and Whose we are.  The Catechism of Catholic Church No 1279 says, “By Baptism we become the adoptive sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus, members of his Church, heirs of Heaven and temples of the Holy Spirit. We become incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made sharers in the priesthood of Christ.” Hence, “Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No 1213).

This feast also reminds us of the graces we have received in Baptism and to renew our Baptismal promises: On the day of our baptism, as Pope St. John Paul II explains, “We were anointed with the Oil of Catechumens, the sign of Christ’s gentle strength, to fight against evil.  Blessed water was poured over us, an effective sign of interior purification through the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We were then anointed with Chrism to show that we were thus consecrated in the image of Jesus, the Father’s Anointed One.  The candle lit from the Paschal Candle was a symbol of the light of Faith which our parents and godparents must have continually safeguarded and nourished with the life-giving grace of the Spirit.”

As we celebrate this feast let us become aware of our commitments to the faith, we all profess in Jesus and thus bear witness to our faith and also be a model to others. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

I shall continue to request you all to support us and engage with all the posts and videos from our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Also follow Fr. Angelo on his Sunday homilies.

Please click here to promote our Facebook page and YouTube channel with your families and friends.

Parish Office Working Hours

The Basilica Parish office will resume its working days from Monday 11th January 2021. You can contact the Parish office from Monday to Friday (9.30am to 3pm). Thanks

Wishing you all a happy weekend.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 2 January 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Feast of the Epiphany

The Holy Mother Church celebrates today the Feast of the Epiphany.  The word ‘epiphany’ comes from Greek, meaning, a ‘showing’ or ‘manifestation’. Originally the word Epiphany referred to the visit of a king to the people of his provinces.

The Epiphany story highlights two important truths. First of all, it reveals the royal messiahship of Jesus and secondly, of God’s revelation to the Gentiles.

The evangelist Matthew talks about these three wise men, who are central to the feast of the Epiphany. They were pagans who did not know anything about the true God of the Jews.  Yet that God revealed to them the birth of the king, whom he had promised to the Jews.

These three men came in search of the newly born King. When they found Him, they worshiped him and paid their homage by offering him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Today, when we go on a journey, there are many things we think about. When we go to an unknown place immediately we look at the road maps, or now the easily available thing is the GPS, which gives us the direction to the desired destination.

To these three men the star in the sky was their GPS, which led them to the Child Jesus. For them the Star was their symbol of hope, of joy and of peace. To them, the star was but a small reflection of the fullness of the Light of the world that awaited them at the end of their journey.

Today’s gospel finishes by saying that they were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod and returned to their own country by a different way.

Yes, dear friends, when the star appeared in heaven, they were very joyful and after paying their homage to the newborn baby Jesus, they went back to their country by a different way. It only tells us that when we meet God and experience God in our lives, life is not going to be the same; rather our lives will be transformed.

God always guides us daily through various signs. If we could pay attention to them then there will be much newness in one’s life and thus, we will move away from our farmer way of life and start to live in Christ.

As we begin this New Year, let us pay attention to the hope and guidance that God gives to each one of us throughout this New Year.

I wish you and your families a happy New Year 2021.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Feast of Epiphany.

Daily Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

Since Fr. Angelo and I will take a break during January, there will not be a daily reflection video. Instead, we will post the life and beautiful features of our Basilica for you to see. It will be followed by some inspirational quotes of St. Eugene.

I kindly request you all to engage with these posts and continue to promote our Facebook page and YouTube channel with your families and friends. Please click here to promote our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Parish Office Working Hours

The Basilica Parish office is still closed. We will be back to work on Monday 11 January 2021. Thanks for your patience during this time.

Wishing you a happy New Year. I prayed for you all during the midnight Mass I had with the Tamil Catholics in Perth, that we all enjoy peace, joy and happiness in our lives and prayed for a permanent cure for the COVID-19 virus. We all pray sincerely that this New Year 2021 brings us hope and a quick recovery from this crisis situation in the world.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 26 December 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Holy Family Sunday

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, tomorrow the Holy Mother Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. The Church has appointed this Sunday, within the Christmas Octave as the Feast of the Holy family of Nazareth. This Feast is an invitation to all the families in the world to model their families on the values of the Holy Family of Nazareth. The Second Vatican Council called the family the domestic Church. It also emphasised that family is the foundation of society and the church. Every family has a particular role to play in building up the human society.

During this time of Christmas joy, I wish that each family spends time together and appreciates the qualities and commitment of each member of the family, who contributes towards making a beautiful home. In doing so, a great level of trust, love and joy will flourish among each member of the family.

I also highly value that, amidst the business of our lives, we give priority to family prayers. Sometimes, one may think that we waste our time in prayer, but I would say that time is not wasted but it is only invested. No family is without troubles, but just try and see how things turn out to be a beautiful thing when we pray together. God will show us ways and means through which we could overcome all our troubles. I invite you all to consider starting family prayer during the new year.

Pope Francis in his encyclical “Joy of the Gospel” also emphasised the need to think of others as the characteristic feature of the Catholic Church. The failure in concern for others, he calls Lent without Easter. So, let each member of the family always give priority and show concern to everyone in the family, so that we shall remain as a joyful and happy family, like that of the Holy Family in Nazareth.

I sincerely pray during this festive season that you all enjoy a happy time together as family and also let us not forget the beautiful examples that we can tap from the Holy Family of Nazareth. Amen

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for Holy Family Sunday, Year B.

Daily Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

Please continue to promote our Facebook page and YouTube channel with your families and friends. Please click here to promote our Facebook and YouTube pages and to view the daily reflections.

Parish Office Working Hours

The Basilica Parish office closed at midday on 24 December and will reopen on Monday 11 January 2021. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Christmas Gifts

Along with my fellow Oblates, I wish to thank you all for your wonderful gestures of love, concern and support you have given to us during this difficult year, which none of us can forget that easily.

Thank you also sincerely for all the wonderful gifts and the words of encouragement you have sent to us personally and as a community. We assure you of our sincere prayers. We pray that 2021 brings us lots of joy, happiness and good health to everyone in the world.

Wishing you a happy Christmas and a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Christmas Message 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends, I wish you all a joyous Christmas!

The birth of Jesus reminds us all about the continuous fidelity and the love that God shows us through His only begotten son Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16).

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through Kings and the Prophets and at last He spoke to us through this only begotten Son Jesus, who has come to give us life and life in abundance. (Jn 10:10).

During this year I have reflected with you on a number of occasions about how difficult this year was for me personally. At some stage I also started to question everything that happened to me personally and globally too, which resulted from this pandemic. The more I asked, the more pain it brought me. I felt that there was no hope at all. That also seized me with a great sense of fear about the future. But the more I started to look at the way God guided me in the past, and how God guided me in the present, through my family and friends, then I began to see the ray of hope that was coming to me slowly. I am sure some of you would also have gone through a similar experience in your own lives.

The people of Israel were also longing for a Messiah who would give them hope and future prosperity in their lives. So, the Prophet Isaiah consoles the people with these comforting words saying, “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.” So, the birth of Christ gives us the message of hope, love and assures us the continued presence of God in our lives, “Emmanuel”.

So, dear friends, I invite you all to celebrate this Christmas with a great sense of hope that the birth of the baby Jesus will definitely bring us many glad tidings in our lives and in the world.

My prayer also goes to those families, who are unable to be together, though you all made every possible effort to be united, but due to the COVID-19 virus, it was not possible.

My sincere prayer also goes to those families who have lost loved ones during this year, and as a result may be facing a difficult Christmas. Please know that our loved ones enjoy their Christmas with the Lord in heaven and they too will constantly pray for us at this difficult time of our lives.

So, once again I wish you all a happy Christmas and pray that the birth of Christ will bring us a permanent cure for this COVID-19 virus, and thus we all become the children of joy, hope and love for others.

Thank you and God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 19 December 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B

The Gospel reading invites us to reflect on the call of Mary. In the history of salvation, we see both in the Old Testament and the New Testament God has called many men and women to act on his behalf. In all these narrations we see that God takes the initiative and communicates His choice and the challenge ahead of them.

What was the challenge in the call of Mary? To be the mother of God, but she was a virgin. It was unthinkable in those days and still today in some cultures. But God does not want Mary to act blindly; he wants a response that involves her whole heart, mind and soul. For this reason, the angel Gabriel answers Mary’s questions and concerns, which do not manifest doubt but, rather, humility in seeking to understand God’s will. God created Mary free of sin and filled her with grace and goodness. Yet he respects her freedom to choose to do His will.

What a great privilege we all have, the all-powerful God who created all things and who lovingly cares for us should be so generous in respecting our freedom!

So, we should do our best not to abuse our freedom. Rather try to live the calling of God to each of us and emulate the qualities of our Blessed Mother in our lives; such as her total trust in God, her humility and her willingness to co-operate in the history of our Salvation. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B.

Daily Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

Please continue to promote our Facebook page and YouTube channel with your families and friends. Please click here to promote our Facebook and YouTube pages and to view the daily reflections.

Mary’s Dream

There are only five more days before we celebrate the joy of Christmas. If you are still looking for resources to prepare yourself for the great day of Christ’s birth, here are some wonderful ideas, how one can meaningfully prepare to celebrate the joy of Christmas. If you wish to download PDF of Mary’s Dream, please click here.

Advent Reflection

Monday 21st December will be the last day of our Advent Reflection. I sincerely thank all those who participated and benefited a great deal from this year’s Advent journey. If you wish to attend the last session, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday).

Parish Christmas Morning Tea

On Sunday 20th December at 9am will be our Parish Christmas Moring Tea. Please do join us to celebrate as a community in celebrating  the birth of Christ. I look forward to meeting you all.

Second Rite of Reconciliation

Kindly join us on Wednesday 23rd December at 7pm, for the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Basilica. Please make use of this spiritual opportunity to prepare ourselves well and to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

Christmas Offerings 

Usually twice a year you are invited, as a community, to make a special effort to financially support the Priests of the Basilica.  Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, there were no Easter Offerings and whilst we understand that things have been very difficult this year, we request that you please assist with the Christmas Offerings.

Envelopes are available in your planned giving boxes or in the pews of the Church.  Your generosity is very much appreciated along with your prayers, encouragement and blessings.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Times

Please click here to be familiar with the Christmas Mass Times.

Parish Office Working Hours

The Basilica Parish office will close at Midday on 24th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January 2021. Thanks for your patience during this time.

Fr. Christian Fini OMI, Australian Provincial

Fr. Christian Fini, the Australian Provincial will pay a short visit to the Oblates and to the Parish from 19th to 21st December. He will join us for the Parish Christmas Morning Tea and will lead the 11am Mass on Sunday. Please make him feel welcome.

Live Stream

Sunday 20th December will be the last day of our 11am live streaming of the Mass. I sincerely thank everyone who helped me to reach out to the faithful both nationally and internationally. Thank you also to all the Parishioners and friends of the Basilica for all your support and encouragement. Thank you.

 

Archbishop Costelloe SDB – Christmas Message

The Archbishop’s Christmas message can be accessed by clicking here.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI

Rector and Parish Priest

Sunday 13 December 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Third Sunday of Advent

Welcome to the third week in our Advent journey. Advent is a great reminder for all of us to think about the love of God in our lives and it is also a great time to prepare ourselves to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

The third Sunday of Advent is also known Gaudete Sunday, which means rejoicing Sunday. This Sunday reminds us that we are getting nearer to the joy of Christmas. So, every believer should happily prepare to celebrate this day.

In the Gospel reading, we see a delegation from Jerusalem sent by the Priests and Levites to John the Baptist to know about his identity. When the delegation asked John the Baptist whom he was, he openly declared to them that he was not the Christ or Elijah, who would reappear when it was time for the Messiah to come. When the delegates demanded an answer from him, he said, ‘I am, as Isaiah prophesied: a voice that cries in the wilderness: Make a straight way for the Lord.’

John the Baptist was very much aware of his role: to prepare the way for the Messiah and he did it with great perfection. He also humbled himself in front of everyone saying, ‘I am not fit to undo his sandal strap’.

Dear friends, as we wait for the joy of Christmas, it is also an invitation to be humble before God, acknowledging all that we have in our lives as a pure gift from God. As John the Baptist introduced Christ to others, we shall also through our words and deeds proclaim Christ to others. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

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

Daily Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

I hope and believe that the daily reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick keep you all spiritually healthy.

Please continue to promote our Facebook page and YouTube channel to your families and friends. Please click here to promote our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Mary’s Dream

Please collect your personal copy of Mary’s Dream, which has many wonderful ideas, how one can meaningfully prepare to celebrate the joy of Christmas. If you wish to download PDF of Mary’s Dream, please click here.

Advent Reflection

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

Please join the Parish Community on 20th December at 9am in the undercover carport near the Basilica for our Parish Christmas Morning Tea. I look forward to meeting you all.

Second Rite of Reconciliation

I am sure you will be busy packing all your Christmas gifts for your family and friends. While doing so, it is also important that we pay attention to our Spiritual life.

So, kindly join us on Wednesday 23rd December at 7pm, for the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Basilica. Please make use of this spiritual opportunity to prepare ourselves well and to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

Christmas Offerings 

Usually twice a year you are invited, as a community, to make a special effort to financially support the Priests of the Basilica.  Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, there were no Easter Offerings and whilst we understand that things have been very difficult this year, we request that you please assist with the Christmas Offerings.

Envelopes are available in your planned giving boxes or in the pews of the Church.  Your generosity is very much appreciated along with your prayers, encouragement and blessings.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Times

Please click here to be familiar with the Christmas Mass Times.

Mandatory Contact Register

The Mandatory Contact Register came into effect from Saturday 5 December 2020.

This means anyone who enters the Basilica of St. Patrick will need to register either via the QR Code or the Manual Contact Register which are available in the front foyer of the Basilica. The quickest way would be through the SafeWA App. For those who do not have a smartphone, please use the Manual Contact Register in the foyer of the church.

I sincerely look forward to your co-operation. As Christmas celebrations are fast approaching, I need many volunteers, who could help the faithful when they attend the Masses at the Basilica, during Christmas eve and on Christmas Day. If you could help, please ring the parish office on 9335 2268 (9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday)

It is a MANDATORY requirement, if we fail to meet the requirement, we will incur a huge fine, so we ask you kindly co-operate with us. Thank you.

Directives for Churches and Chapels within the Archdiocese of Perth

Please click here to read the new Directives for Churches and Chapels within the Archdiocese of Perth.

Archbishop Costelloe SDB – Christmas Message

Click here to view our Archbishop’s Christmas Message for 2020.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI

Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 5 December 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

A Hearty Welcome to the Second Sunday of Advent

We begin the Second week of our Advent journey. As we await with faith, hope and joy for the coming of baby Jesus in our midst, it is also a great opportunity to reflect on our relationship with God. St. John the Baptist begins his ministry inviting people to renew their lives with these words: “Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight” (Mark1:1).

Renewal is and should be part and parcel of our lives: either in our professional life or in personal life. We all take time to renew ourselves in order to equip ourselves to face the demands of our world and more especially in our professional lives. Similarly, it is also important to renew our lives spiritually. In fact, it should be done quite regularly so that we will be ready to receive the Lord in our lives at any time, and to enter into the eternal life that the Lord has prepared for us.

So, let us accept the challenge and the invitation of St. John the Baptist to turn this year’s advent season into a real spiritual homecoming by making the necessary preparations for the arrival of our Lord and Saviour Jesus into our hearts and lives. Amen

Readings and Hymns

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

Daily Reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick

I hope and believe that the daily reflections from the Basilica of St. Patrick keep you all spiritually healthy.

Please continue to promote our Facebook page and YouTube channel to your families and friends. Please click here to promote our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Mary’s Dream

This weekend you will find copies of Mary’s Dream in the side foyers of the Church. Please pick up a copy and take the time to read through it and perhaps action some of the items mentioned. Please click here to download the PDF of Mary’s Dream.

Mandatory Contact Register

The Mandatory Contact Register comes into effect from Saturday 5 December 2020.

This means anyone who enters the Basilica of St. Patrick will need to register either via the QR Code or the Manual Contact Register which are available in the front foyer of the Basilica. The quickest way would be through the SafeWA App. For those who do not have a smartphone, please use the Manual Contact Register in the foyer of the church.

I sincerely look forward to your co-operation. I also would like to invite volunteers, who could help the faithful when they attend the Masses at the Basilica. If you could help, please ring the parish office on 9335 2268 (9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday)

It is a MANDATORY requirement, if we fail to meet the requirement, we will incur a huge fine. So kindly co-operate with us. Thanks

Directives for Churches and Chapels within the Archdiocese of Perth

Please click here to read the new Directives for Churches and Chapels within the Archdiocese of Perth.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Times

Please click here to be familiar with the Christmas Mass Times.

Advent Reflection

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.

Christmas Offerings

Usually twice a year you are invited, as a community, to make a special effort to financially support the Priests of the Basilica. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 virus, there was no Easter Offerings and whilst we understand that things have been very difficult this year, we request that you please assist with the Christmas Offerings.

Envelopes are available in your planned giving boxes or in the pews of the Church. Your generosity is very much appreciated along with your prayers, encouragement and blessings.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

May God bless you all.

Fr. John Sebastian OMI

Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 28 November 2020

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 Reflection

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

Saturday 21 November 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends

Greetings to you all!

Reflections for the Solemnity of Christ the King Year A

On the last Sunday of the Liturgical calendar, Holy Mother Church celebrates the Solemnity of Christ the King. This Solemnity helps us to acknowledge the author of all creation and the due honour we all need to give Him, in our lives.

This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. This feast was instituted as a result of protest against the rise of modern secularism. After the First World War, there was a growing sense of power of humanity to rule itself. God, the creator of the universe was no more the centre of the cosmos, so in order to emphasise the supremacy of God in the universe this feast was instituted.

The Solemnity of Christ the King invites us to look at the manner in which He served the people. Jesus, the King of the universe, does not use His armies to rule the people, rather He rules through His constant love, compassion, forgiveness and mercy. He also goes after the lost sheep and assures them with life and protection. All those who listen to His voice are out of danger and are always assured with life, joy and happiness.

The first reading, taken from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel says, “I myself will show them where to rest – it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them”.

So, in all that we do and say and enjoy let us acknowledge the supremacy of God in our lives and also appreciate the sacrifices Jesus made on our behalf, so that we are all united with Him at all times of our lives. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Solemnity of Christ the King Year A.

November Mass Offering and Envelopes

During this month of November, we shall continue to remember our loved ones who have gone before us through our daily prayers and praying for them during the daily Eucharistic celebration. Let us never forget the values they have taught us and the sacrifices they have made for us.

It is a custom that during this month we offer special Masses for our departed brothers and sisters, so if you wish to offer Masses for the departed souls, the Mass offering envelopes are available in the foyers of the church.

Future of our Livestreams

The Basilica Facebook page was created on 30 March and started the first live stream on the 1 April 2020. As we still continue to experience this painful isolation due to COVID-19 virus, this modern technology has helped us to be united in prayer and in Spirit, which indeed helped the Basilica of St. Patrick to go beyond its boundaries.

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.

After having spent some time in prayer, I discussed the future direction of the livestream with the Oblate Community and have decided to stop the weekday livestream from the 28 November and carry on livestreaming the 11am Sunday Mass until 20 December.

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.

Spiritual Events in December 2020

Canonization of De Mazenod

On Thursday 3 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 at the Basilica on Thursday 3 December at Midday. Please join us and continue to pray for the Oblate brothers and Priests. Please pray constantly too for more vocations to the Priesthood and religious life.

Spiritual Preparation for Christmas

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 prepare ourselves Spiritually to celebrate the joy of Christmas, on 23rd December at 7pm, there will be the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Basilica. Please make use of this spiritual opportunity to prepare and to celebrate Christmas this year.

From the Oblate Province of Australia

De Mazenod Family Gathering 2.0

The de Mazenod Family Gathering will be held on Saturday 29 November 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