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