Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Greetings to you all!
Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B
Dear friends in the gospel reading today, Jesus spells out the union that should exist between him and his disciples, under the image of a vine and its branches.
The image of a vine and its branches are powerful images to show us how the branches of a tree cannot have its life unless it is connected to the vine. The image of a vine or vineyard was often used in the Old Testament to represent the chosen people of God.
In the gospel Jesus says that my Father is the vine dresser, who will prune the life bearing ones constantly to bear even more fruit and will cut off the withered branches: through this Jesus stresses the fact that he is only an instrument used by his Father. So we are all invited to remain with him at every moment of lives, so that we will continue to receive the saps (which are his graces and blessings) in order that we will continue to grow and be united with him.
As members of the mystical body of Christ, everyone should make a constant effort to be united with him. We all know the fact that living a faith filled Christian life is not that easy because we can be drawn towards various temptations if we are not connected with God. So let us pray earnestly that we are united with Jesus at all times of our lives, so that we are safe from all temptations in life and enjoy the grace and every blessing we will receive as a result of our union with Christ.
Readings and Hymns
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Post-lockdown restrictions to ease further: Perth and Peel Region
The places of worship can return to 100%, which is indeed great news for us.
To read our Archbishop Costelloe’s SDB, announcement please click here.
To read the WA Government’s full announcement outlining all restrictions relevant to the lockdown can be found at: Perth and Peel lockdown restrictions to ease further (www.wa.gov.au).
Please note the mask is still compulsory. Thanks for all your cooperation.
National Count of Attendance (Mass Count)
The 2021 National Count of Attendance (Mass Count) will take place over the four weekends in May (starting 1 May 2021). A local count of the Perth Archdiocese will not occur this year. This must be taken up during the four weekends of May, Thanks for your cooperation in this.
Our Lady of Fatima Novena
Our Lady of Fatima Novena and Mass will commence on 4th May. It is a beautiful tradition which has been going on for more than 50 years in our Basilica. Please join us in this special Novena to Our Lady of Fatima and Mass and pray for everyone as we still experience the effects of the pandemic. Unlike last year we will not have the procession in honour of our Lady of Fatima. For more information please click here.
Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week (from 2nd May to 8th May 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.
Please continue to pray for everyone in the world: who are all affected badly with this continuous effect of the Pandemic. Still the normal lives of the people are affected, which indeed leaves us with pain and suffering. Particularly pray for India, as you are all aware of the great suffering that people are experiencing. Please also pray for my classmate who is a priest: he is still in a critical condition. During last week, all my classmates joined through Zoom and prayed the Rosary for him and for everyone in the world. Please continue to plead to the Lord for everyone in the World.
Angela Colbert, the sister of Fr. Anthony Colbert passed away on Tuesday evening. The funeral details are not yet known; once they become available I will keep you posted. During this difficult time, please keep Fr. Colbert and his family in your prayers. May she rest in peace.
Have a wonderful weekend
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest