Sunday 7 February 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Word of God Sunday)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, as we celebrate the Word of God Sunday, the following reflection is from Fr Tom Elich, the Editor of Liturgy News.

He says:

For many decades, the Catholic Church in Australia has taken part in National Bible Sunday organised on the third Sunday in July by Bible Society Australia. It is good that this is an ecumenical event since all Christian Churches hold the Scriptures in common. It is always listed among the special commemorations in the official Ordo, but I suspect in recent times it has been largely ignored in many Catholic parishes.

Towards the end of 2019, Pope Francis instituted a Sunday of the Word of God. This was put down for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. He chose this date because it is close to when the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated in the northern hemisphere. This timing is quite impractical for Australia. The dates get mixed up with the final weeks of the summer holidays, the return to school and the celebration of Australia Day. This is why, many years ago, we moved the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to the time between Ascension and Pentecost, which is generally in May.

This raised the question of our date for the Sunday of the Word of God. It cannot easily be near to the Christian unity week because all the Sundays are taken up with Easter, Pentecost and the solemnities which follow. Should it coincide with National Bible Sunday in July? In any case, the Australian bishops have decided to keep it close to Pope Francis’ day, so it will be the first Sunday in February. This means we can avail ourselves of any resources which the Holy See may produce.

The Importance of the Word of God

In fact, there were two documents about Scripture released by the Holy See on 30 September – one in 2019 and the other in 2020. They mark the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, the great Scripture scholar who prepared the definitive translation of the Bible into Latin. The first document institutes the Sunday of the Word of God, intended to help people to grow in religious and intimate familiarity with the sacred Scriptures. The second gives an account of St Jerome, his scholarship, his faith and his “living and tender love” of the Word of God. Jerome is proposed as a model for inculturating the Gospel and discovering Christ for our time.

Most are no doubt familiar with the saying of Vatican II: “the Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she has venerated the Lord’s body … offering people the bread of life from the one table of the Word of God and the body of Christ (Dei Verbum 21).” In the same vein, the second document quotes St Jerome: “We are reading the sacred Scriptures. For me, the Gospel is the body of Christ; for me, the holy Scriptures are his teaching. And when he says: ’whoever does not eat my flesh and drink my blood’ (Jn 6:53), even though these words can also be understood of the [eucharistic] Mystery, Christ’s body and blood are really the word of Scripture, God’s teaching.”

So, friends, the Word of God in our life should be our guiding light for our lives. Let us make a conscious effort in our lives that we give importance to the Word of God in our lives and be guided by it. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

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

From Archbishop Costelloe SDB

Please click here to read regarding the post-lockdown transition period for Metropolitan Perth and the Peel region from our Archbishop, which came into effect at 6pm, Friday, 5 February 2021.

Please click here to read from our Archbishop Costelloe’s Pastoral letter, where he reflects on the recent lockdown and the bushfire that affected our state.

Post lock down measures at the Basilica of St. Patrick

Dear friends, effective from Saturday 6 February, we are delighted to be able to re-open the doors of the Basilica, as we transition out of lock down.

Services resume as normal, with Midday Mass Monday to Saturday, and weekend Masses Saturday 6pm Vigil, and Sunday 8am, 8.15am (North Fremantle) 9:30am (Italian), 11am and 5pm.

We will have the following the government regulations in place:

    • Masks to be worn inside the church at all times – no mask no entry.
    • Mandatory register needs to be completed on entrance to the Basilica and Administration Centre.
    • 4 square meter rule and 1.5m social distance to be maintained unless you are family.
    • Maximum seating capacity will be 150 only.
    • Please sanitise your hands upon entry into church.
    • Confessions will be heard from the Children’s chapel, in order to maintain the government regulations.

We thank you for your support and adherence to these measures, helping all people in Perth WA and as the world fights against the spread of COVID-19. We continue to pray for everyone.

Brother Anthony Nguyen Van Nghieu OMI

This weekend, we warmly welcome Bro. Anthony Nguyen Van Nghieu. He was born on March 10, 1985 in Vietnam and joined the Oblate juniorate in Vietnam in 2009. He professed his First vows in 2012 and the Final profession 2017. He arrived in Australia on August 26, 2019 after finishing his philosophy and theology in Vietnam.

While he was in Australia at St. Mary’s Seminary, he studied some courses of English at Yarra Theological Union. Now he joins the Fremantle Oblate Community to gain some pastoral experience before he returns to Vietnam where he will be ordained as an Oblate Priest. He is very warm and friendly person, so please make him welcome to our community.

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.

Ash Wednesday Mass Times

On 17th February with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, we begin the great season of Lent. It is a great opportunity given to us to reflect on the journey of our lives.

On Ash Wednesday, there will be Three Masses: 9.00am, 12noon and 7pm. Please make use of this opportunity and begin our Lenten journey with the determination to follow Jesus at all times in our lives.

Lenten Preparation Programme

The Lenten Programme ‘COMFORT’ will be available to our community commencing at the beginning of Lent.  This programme has been well attended and enjoyed for some years now and we invite you to join us this year. It will be held on Monday evenings at 7pm in the Parish Centre commencing on Monday 22 February 2021.

It is a great chance to make the most of Lent in a relaxed and friendly group. Contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm), if you wish to attend.  All Welcome.

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

The idea of Christians all over the world in over 170 countries coming together to pray the same ecumenical service on the first Friday in March every year is a lovely one.  This year The Basilica of St Patrick will host the 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 artifacts or extra information about Vanuatu that would be greatly appreciated.

Parish Morning Tea

Dear friends due to the post lockdown measures to be followed, there will be NO MORNING TEA this weekend. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

City of Fremantle Parishioner Parking Permits 2021/2022

The City of Fremantle will no longer issue paper Parishioner Parking Permits for St Patrick’s Basilica.

We are still entitled to free parking on Parry St, Adelaide St and Ellen St for two hours during Masses on Saturdays and Sundays, but all vehicles need to be registered with the City of Fremantle, and this needs to be done through the Parish Office. Therefore, if you wish to obtain a parking permit for 2021/22 please ensure that the Parish Office has the following details before 8 February 2021.

  • Full Name of Vehicle Owner.
  • Vehicle Registration.
  • Contact Phone Number.

Once the Parish Office has these details, they will then input them online to the City of Fremantle and your vehicle will be registered from 28/2/21 to 28/2/22. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

World Day of the Sick

Pope St. John Paul II initiated ‘World Day of the Sick’ a year after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It began in 1993 and each February 11thwe are called upon to pray for the sick and to remember those who care for them. As the past year has shown us if we have our health then we have much for which to be grateful.

Pope Francis has asked that the World Day of the Sick this year be observed on Thursday, 11 February 2021. To access the prayer brochure please click here.

Dear brothers and sisters once again be assured of our prayers for everyone who is experiencing these post lockdown measures and the pressures that we have to face. My heart and prayer goes out to all those who lost their property and belongings during this bush fire which has really affected our state. Let us continue to pray for one another and pray for one another.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest