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Saturday 15 October 2022

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

The Liturgy of the Word today encourages us to ask these following questions: When I pray, do I persevere in my prayer? When I pray, do I trust in God?

Both Moses and the widow in today’s Gospel story teach us how we should pray with trusting Faith and perseverance. The historical background to the liturgy of the word will help us to understand how one should persevere in the journey of our prayer life.

The context of the first reading is Joshua was fighting the battle against the Amalekites. At that time, Israel’s resources were inadequate, and their morale was at a low ebb. The Amalekites waged war on Israel, and Israel had no choice but to fight back.  Staff in hand, Moses stood on top of the mountain overlooking the battleground. He was praying fervently for Israel with raised, outstretched arms. As he grew weary, his two assistants, Aaron and Hur, seated him on a rock and propped up his arms. “As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight.”  When we join the army with Jesus, who prayed for us with outstretched arms on the cross, we will surely win the battle with our own Amalekites: the temptations and evil tendencies in our lives.

Let us now look at the background to the Gospel. When Luke wrote this Gospel, the Parousia or Second Coming of Jesus had been delayed beyond what the early Church had expected. In addition, the Church was experiencing persecution from both the Jews and the Romans.  The persecuted early Christians were finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their Faith.

Hence, today’s Gospel lesson addresses the issues of Faith in difficult times. The word of God reassures the disciples that God is listening to our persistent prayers and will grant them justice and vindicate their Faith in the end. When we persevere in our prayers the blessing will surely follow. We are invited to always pray to our heavenly father and not to lose our hearts.

Even though there seems to be lots of uncertainties in our lives, I am sure perseverance in prayer and trust in God will help us to go ahead in our lives. This is the real story of my eldest brother Arockiasamy. He was a civil engineer. He started to work for the state government, soon after his graduation. He did very well. But his luck did not continue for a long time. Due to job reduction in the government 300 engineers lost their jobs. My brother was one among them. All the engineers felt that it is not fair, so they filed a case, but most of them did not persevere in this legal procedure. My brother continued in this and after 22 years of perseverance he won the case and went to the job he loved. I could see how he did not give up on this. There were difficulties but he carried it through trusting in God. He always began his day with praying the scripture. I am sure you will have your own stories to share. I think some sharing of our daily faith experience will bring others back to faith or will inspire them to embrace the faith. So let us always remember that our perseverance in prayer will bring fruits and blessings in our lives. 

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector & Parish Priest

The weekend eBulletin

Click here to download the eBulletin for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C.

Monthly Senior’s Morning Tea

Monthly Senior’s Morning Tea is a special parish initiative to bring our seniors together to share a cuppa and a chat. The Senior’s morning tea is held every third Monday of each month in the Parish Hall from 10am to 11am. The Next Senior’s Morning Tea will be held on Monday 17 October at 10am in the Parish Centre.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a wonderful opportunity for those who seek to embrace the faith of the Catholic Church and a great avenue for those who wish to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ.

If you know anyone willing to take up this journey, please encourage them to come for the information evening on 19th October 2022 at 7pm, in the Parish centre.  For further information please contact the Parish Office, Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm on 9335 2268.

The Ursulines 70th Anniversary Celebrations

You are warmly invited to help us celebrate the gift of 70 years of Ursuline presence in Western Australia. Anniversary celebrations will commence at 6pm Mass on Saturday 22nd October 2022 and will be followed by a light supper together in the Parish Hall. Please let anyone associated with the Ursuline Missionaries of the Sacred Heart know about this special 70th celebration. All welcome.  RSVP by 15th October for catering purposes – to Sr. Lynn (0403860639) or the Parish Office (93352268).

Triduum for the Blessing of the Fleet

On Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20st October Fr. Giancarlo Iollo OMI will lead the Triduum Mass in Italian at 7.30pm to pray and to prepare ourselves to celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday 23rd October.

Blessing of the Fleet: Mass and procession

Mass and procession for the Blessing of the Fleet will be held on Sunday 24th October at 9.30am, Monsignor Michael Keating, will lead the Italian Mass, for the Blessing of the Fleet.

The procession will start at 2pm, from the Basilica of St. Patrick and go to the fishing harbour through the streets of Fremantle, to bless the boats and pray for the safety of the fishermen and for a good harvest from the sea. It will be followed by benediction at the Basilica. Please come along to celebrate this long-standing tradition of our Fremantle community.

Please note that evening Mass for this Sunday will be held at 6pm.

November Mass Offering Envelopes

November is the month when we remember our deceased family and friends by offering a Mass for them. Envelopes are on the pews and in the side foyers of the Church and the Parish Office. Envelopes can be placed on the collection plate or handed to the Parish Office.

All Saints and All Souls Day Masses in The Basilica

All Saints Day Tuesday 1 November: Mass Midday

All Souls Day Wednesday 2 November: Masses 9am, Midday and 7pm

Parish Centre Toilets

Over the past few weeks, we have had some issues with the toilets and access to the toilet area. During the week if you wish to use the toilets and they are locked, please call into the parish office, and ask for them to be opened. On the Weekends the toilets will only be opened before Masses. Thank you.

Planned Giving

The Planned Giving Programme is an important part of the Parish and assists 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 giving was 46%.

Please consider joining the Planned Giving Programme. For more information contact the Parish Office. Thank you!

EFT First Collection Details

BSB: 086 006

A/c No: 56187 5405

Reference: 1st Collection and your name

First Collection supports the Priests.

EFT Second Collection Details

BSB: 066 107

A/c No:  0080 0216

Reference: 2nd Collection and your name

Second Collection supports the Parish.

Regarding Masks

Masks are not mandatory; however, masks are encouraged where physical distancing is not possible if you have cold & flu symptoms, or you wish to safeguard yourself from the COVID-19 virus.

Safeguarding of our children in the Parish

The Archdiocesan Safeguarding Project was started in 2016 by Archbishop Timothy Costello SDB with the aim of providing a safe and secure environment for all its members, leaders and especially children and vulnerable adults. The parish of St Patrick’s Basilica is committed to creating a safe parish. To read more please click here.

Upcoming Events

Sunday 16 October: SPPS Family Mass.

Monday 17 October to Thursday 20 October: Aquinas Retreats.

Tuesday 18 October to Thursday 20 October: Blessing of the Fleet Triduum.

Friday 21 October: CBC Graduation Mass.

Saturday 22 October: Ursuline Sister’s 70th Anniversary.

Sunday 23 October: Blessing of the Fleet Mass, Procession and Benediction.

Tuesday 25 October: First Reconciliation Parish Candidates.

Wednesday 26 October: Frist Reconciliation Iona Candidates.