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Saturday 24 June 2023

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In today’s Gospel, Jesus shares his mission to proclaim the kingdom of heaven with his disciples. The signs of the kingdom’s presence consist of the work that Jesus has already been doing: the sick are cured, lepers are cleansed, demons are driven out, and the dead are raised to life. The disciples are sent to continue doing the work that Jesus has begun. This is a moment of transition in Matthew’s Gospel. The focus has shifted from the ministry of Jesus to the work of the community that he has inaugurated. More than any other Gospel, Matthew’s Gospel elaborates on the work of the Church, which is to continue after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

The Gospel reports that Jesus commissions twelve disciples. Many scholars believe that the twelve disciples symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel. It designates, therefore, continuity between Israel and the Church.

Matthew lists the names of the twelve disciples, as do Mark and Luke. Matthew also uses the word apostle when referring to the Twelve. The word apostle means “one who is sent.” In this context, Matthew is calling attention to the mission that the twelve disciples are being given. They are sent by Jesus to proclaim the kingdom of heaven in word and deed.

As Jesus sent his disciples to continue his work and mission, so too the Church is sent by Jesus. The Church is his continuing presence on earth. Every person in the Church is sent by Christ to do the work that he did. This task can seem daunting. Yet when we have learned to work together with others to achieve a common goal, we have learned something of what it means to do the work of Christ. The family is one such place in which we work with others, sharing a common task and a common goal. As family members gather, invite each person to reflect upon their contributions to family life. Take time to thank one another for the contributions each person makes to your family life. Praying that your family can be a model for other families. (Source: Loyola Press)

The Weekend eBulletin

Click here to download the eBulletin for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A.

Senior’s Morning Tea

The next Senior’s Morning Tea will be held on Monday 19th June at 10am in the Parish Centre. All Senior’s Welcome.

Parish Morning Tea

The next Parish Morning Tea will be held on Sunday 2nd July after the 8am Mass in the Presbytery Carport. All welcome.

Readers Required

We are currently seeking readers for the following Masses:-

  • 8am Mass every 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month, commencing in July.

If you can assist please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268.

Basilica Guardians

Seeking guardians for Wednesdays and Thursday 1pm to 3pm. We require two volunteers for each session. If you can assist please contact the Parish Office om 9335 2268.

Br Luan Ha OMI

Next Thursday we will welcome Br Luan Ha from the Oblate Seminary in Melbourne to the Fremantle Community. Br Luan will be staying with us for one month so he can experience Parish life.

July/August Readers Roster

New July/August Readers Roster on noticeboard in foyers and has also been sent to emails. Any queries please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268.

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 48%. 

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 Costelloe 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.


Monday 19 June: Senior’s Morning Tea.