Basilica Newsletter – Friday 4 September 2020

Friday, 4 September 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends

A warm greeting to everyone!

Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The word of God today reminds us and challenges us to continue on the path to forgiveness and reconciliation. We all know in human living, we don’t always meet people who will agree with our thinking or our doing, so when we meet those moments in life, how should we deal with the issues that come up? In general, the 18th Chapter in Matthew’s gospel is a discourse on mutual relations within the Christian community and, especially, what to do when divisions arise.

Here is the advice of a tribal leader to his members: “If you have quarreled with a brother and you have decided to kill him,” he said, “first sit down, fill your pipe and smoke it. When you have finished smoking you will realize that death is a severe punishment for the mistake he has committed, and you may decide to give a good whipping instead. Then you fill your pipe a second time and smoke it to the bottom. By then you feel that the lashes will be too much and instead some simple words of reproof would be sufficient. Then when the third time you have filled your pipe and smoked it to the finish, you will be better convinced that the better thing to do is, going to that brother and embrace him.

Dear friends, during this week, please set aside sometime for yourself, and find out, how you deal with the disputes you have between the members of your family, friends, relatives and work colleague. Please remember, love is our guiding force to achieve unity.

Fathers’ Day celebration
Sunday 6 September 2020, we celebrate Father’s Day. It is a special day in a year where we stop and think about the love, sacrifice and the dedication our father’s do for us in our lives.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the vital importance of the father’s role comes from the fact that, with his wife, he co-operates with God the Creator in bringing a new human life into the world.

So, it is a time to say thanks to all fathers both living and dead, who have played a major role in the growth of the family and children. It is a time to remember their sacrifice, love and concern that they have for their families. It is also the time to prove that the children have inculcated some of the values from the fathers.  Wishing you all a wonderful Fathers’ day celebration.

Pontifical Holy Land Collection, 13 September 2020

This year, due to the pandemic caused by the Corona virus, it was not possible to take up the Good Friday Collection dedicated to supporting Christians living in the Land of Jesus.

The collection in favour of the Holy Land is a small gesture of solidarity that the whole Church is called to make in order to support through the Custody of the Holy Land, the Christian communities that are in the Holy Land, and feel the weight and also the glory of the Cross of Jesus on their shoulders. So, there will be a special collection taken up next Sunday. Thanks for all your generous support.

Parking in the School ground

The School Grounds will be unavailable for parking on Sunday 6 September due to the Annual Hot Rod Show. Thanks for your co-operation.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 23nd Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Let us continue to support one another through our prayers.

I wish you all a happy weekend.

God bless!

 

 

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 28 August 2020

Friday 28 August

Dear Parishioners and Friends

Greetings to you all from the Basilica of St. Patrick

Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for this Sunday remind us that Christian discipleship demands the following: self-control (“Deny yourself”), the willingness to suffer (“take up your cross”), generosity (“to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God”), and readiness to follow Jesus by obeying his commandment of love.

Last Sunday we meditated on how Jesus appreciated Peter for recognising him as the Messiah and thus placed Peter as the head of the Church; calling him the rock and on this rock, I will build my church. But today we see an entirely different picture of Jesus’ attitude towards Peter, calling him as a Satan. Why did Jesus strongly admonish Peter? Peter has grasped the fact that Jesus was the Messiah but has not grasped it fully as to what it really meant. The disciples were still thinking of Jesus in terms of a conquering Messiah, a warrior king, who would sweep the Romans from Palestine and lead Israel to power.  In other words, the disciples were seeking the path of glory but to Jesus it was the path of the cross. Let us always remember that true discipleship consists of following Jesus by denying ourselves fully for the sake of the Kingdom.

Fr. John David OMI

Fr John David Chodagiri OMI joined the Oblates in Fremantle in early 2019 and he quickly adapted to the life in the Fremantle Parish.

In April 2020 Fr John David was to be transferred to Burpengary Parish, Queensland but due to the COVID 19 virus, his transfer was delayed. Fr Christian Fini, the Australian Provincial, has now made the decision to move the Oblates who were due to be transferred earlier in the year. We have some parishes  which have only one Priest in residence and they need assistance.

Therefore Fr John David will temporarily assist Fr Michael McMahon in Lesmurdie before he takes up his position as Administrator of the Burpengary Parish, Queensland.

His friendship, pastoral guidance and care for the Fremantle Catholic Community has been much appreciated and as he now journeys towards his new parish in Queensland we wish to take this opportunity to wish him well and thank him for his service.

Fr John David will leave the Fremantle Community next week with his last Mass being held in the Basilica on Thursday 3rd September at midday.

Parking in the School ground

The School Grounds will be unavailable for parking on Sunday 6 September due to the Annual Hot Rod Show. Thanks for your cooperation.

Archdiocesan Marriage Anniversary Certificates

All parishioners celebrating a special milestone wedding anniversary this year (25, 30, 40, 50+ years) are invited to register for a certificate of blessing from Archbishop Timothy and Bishop Don. Couples can register for a milestone anniversary certificate here.

All certificate requests MUST be received before September 2, 2020.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Let us continue to support one another through our prayers.

I wish you all a happy weekend.

God bless!

 

 

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 21 August

Friday 21 August

Dear Parishioners and Friends!

Greetings to everyone!

I would like to sincerely thank you all for your prayers which helped us to participate fully in our Annual Retreat. This year’s retreat was an entirely different one compare to all the retreats we have had in our lives as priests.

It was indeed an enriching experience for all of us as we are helped to name the realities of the present moment in our lives. Due to the COVID-19 virus, we were not able to be with our fellow Oblates, but yet we were united with one another in Spirit.

This year’s retreat was preached by Fr. Ron Rolheiser OMI, whose reflections I often use in our Patrician every month.  He is a very good Spiritual writer. If you like to read his articles please click here.

Priestly Ordination Anniversary

On August 22nd, Fr Angelo Wijewickrama OMI, celebrates his 28th year of his Priestly Ordination. On this day he made a great choice in his life to commit his life for the sake of Christ and His people. We pray that Fr. Angelo continues to enjoy his Priesthood, and we wish him all the best in all his future endeavours. Congratulations to you dear Fr. Angelo.

Fr Donal Madigan’s Funeral

Fr. Donal Madigan OMI passed away on 14th August 2020. He was born on the 20th May 1937 in Dublin.  He joined the Oblates in 1956 in Ireland and was ordained on 23rd February 1963.

Fr Donal served in Oblate parishes around Australia and in Auckland New Zealand for all his priestly life; he was a gentle genuine caring priest, vitally interested in people and their well-being. He lived a full and active life as a faithful Oblate. The Australian Province thanks God for the life of Fr Donal Madigan OMI.  May he rest in peace.

A Private Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday 27th August, at 5:00pm (AEST) which will be live-streamed. Please click here to view the live stream.

May Fr. Donal rest in peace.

Archdiocesan Marriage Anniversary Certificates

All parishioners celebrating a special milestone wedding anniversary this year (25, 30, 40, 50+ years) are invited to register for a certificate of blessing from Archbishop Timothy and Bishop Don. Couples can register for a milestone anniversary certificate here.

All certificate requests MUST be received before September 2, 2020.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the PDF version of readings and the hymns for this weekend.

Thank you everyone and have a great weekend.

God bless.

 

 

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 14 August 2020

Friday, 14 August 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends!

Greetings to you all from the Basilica of St. Patrick

I hope you are all doing well and supporting one another at this difficult time of our history.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On Saturday 15 August, our Holy Mother the Church celebrates the Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On November 1st 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: He said, “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The Pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation with bishops, theologians and laity.

For us Christians this is a great feast of hope. Mary entering triumphantly into heaven gives all of us hope in our eventual entry as well. What took place in her will happen to us also at the end times.

While reflecting on this Solemnity, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI tells us that the feast of the Assumption is a day of joy because God has won, love has won, and humanity has won life.

As we celebrate this great Feast let us also imitate some of Mary’s humility, her hope, her acceptance and love.  Let us pray also to Mary to help us find the right path every day in our lives.

On 15th August we have 9am and 12pm masses to celebrate this important Holy day of Obligation in our Parish. As the State Government COVID-19 virus restrictions remain in place the temporary suspension of the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is also granted by our Archbishop Timothy Costelloe. So, do not panic if you are not able to make it to the masses on that day.

Sad News

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Fr Donal Madigan OMI who passed away on Friday morning at about 8:30 am Melbourne time. He was an assistant priest in our Basilica of St. Patrick. Please remember him in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

Oblate Priests on annual retreat

On Sunday night the Oblate Priests in the Australian Province will commence their annual retreat. Due to COVID-19 virus, this year the annual retreat will be through Zoom. Please keep us in your prayers as we will remember you all especially during our annual retreat time.

Readings and Hymns

We continue to upload the readings and the hymns for the Sunday masses. Thank you sincerely for all your support with this idea as the COVID-19 virus restrictions are in place. For this week readings and hymns please click here.

I wish you all a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

 

 

Fr John Sebastian OMI

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 7 August 2020

Friday 7 August 2020

Greetings to you all from the Basilica of St. Patrick.

“Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Says Jesus.

The liturgy of the Word for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time gives us encouragement and assurance that we are not alone in any battles we face in our lives.

We are all aware that life is not always smooth, and we don’t encounter joy at all times of our lives, there are moments, where we are tossed by storms of fear. We are afraid of people. We are afraid of the future. We are afraid of the past. We are afraid of life. We are afraid of death. We are also alarmed by the rapid spread of COVID-19. So, in the midst of all these storms of life, there is nothing but uncertainty, but our living God will take care of us and his presence will be always with us. This is clearly captured in all the readings of today.

When the disciples experienced the storms in the sea they immediately went to Jesus and pleaded with him to rescue them from their current situation in life.

Let us also continue to come to Jesus and plead with him through our persevering prayer life; that soon some permanent remedies will be available for everyone in the world.

Let us please keep everyone in our prayers who go through painful situations in life. Particularly let us remember all the people in Victoria, that soon they will be able to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Due to COVID-19, we are not printing the bulletin, but in order to help the faithful to participate in singing during the mass, we will post on our website the PDF of the hymns that will be used for that weekend. To download the hymn sheets please follow this link.

Please keep our Primary School children who will receive First Holy Communion this weekend. As they receive the Lord for the very first time in their lives, may it bring them closer to God and experience God’s love in their lives.

Please be assured of my prayers.

Thank you and God bless!

 

 

Fr John Sebastian OMI