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

Saturday 10 April 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Year B

Dear friends, the Second Sunday of Easter is also known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.” On 30th April 2000, when St. John Paul II canonised his countrywoman, Faustina, he said, “It is important that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’.”  In brief, this Sunday invites us to contemplate the mercy of God.

One can tangibly experience the mercy and forgiveness of God through the sacrament of reconciliation. This happens when we have the courage to accept it and make a strong determination not to do it again. Then we can see how the grace and peace, guidance and support of Christ has come into our lives.

The four verses from the First reading today bring home the genuine concern, love, support and the care of the early Christian Community towards the other members in the community. They held everything in common and there was no one in want. It only shows us how they were deeply rooted in the message of Jesus Christ: as God cares for everyone, we have the duty to care for one another in the community. I always believe that it is not by having more that I become happy; rather by being more, I truly live a life of happiness, and this happiness cannot be taken away from me.

This particular practice of the early Christian community sends us a strong message that every baptised member of our community should be willing to share what we have with those who have nothing. Every gift or wealth I enjoy reminds me that we are not the real owners of what we possess: we are only the administrators of the property God has given us.

As we are in the Easter joy, let us continue to witness to the faith we profess and celebrate in our lives. Always try to reach out to the others who are in need. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Second Sunday of Easter Year B.

Parish Morning Tea on 18th April

Our Parish Morning Tea for April will be held on 18th April 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 11th April to 17th April 2021.

To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm)

Have a wonderful weekend.

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 3 April 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Easter Sunday Year B

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, on behalf of all the Oblates here at the Basilica of St. Patrick I wish you all a Happy Easter.

The Easter celebration is a powerful reminder to all the believers in Christ that nothing can destroy our soul. All that we go through in our lives, is a preparation to enjoy and to meet Christ Jesus face to Face.

After 40 days of constant prayer, penance and almsgiving, we are gathered here to celebrate the heart and soul of our faith: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is indeed a great day of celebration for all of us, because Jesus, through His death and resurrection has broken the chains of death and risen in triumph from the grave.

A story goes like this: after the resurrection of Jesus the local news agency went to interview Joseph of Arimathea. The interviewer asked Joseph many questions. One such question was: “why did you give your tomb for Jesus?” He said that Jesus just needed it for the weekend. Again, the interviewer asked him “Now the grave you had lent to Jesus is yours again, what are you planning to do with that?”

He took a long pause and said, “When I heard that He had risen, naturally I raced to the tomb. He was not there. He had given my tomb back to me. So, what I did after that was: I placed a comfortable bench under the trees just opposite the opening to the tomb. In the evening when the sun goes down, I go and sit there and say to myself, ‘Jesus of Nazareth has slept in this tomb and God raised Him from death. Joseph of Arimathea will also lie in this tomb and God will raise him again. Then the interviewer left him.

Yes, dear friends, this is the core of our faith that all who believe in Jesus Christ will rise with him one day, when he comes in glory. St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthian says, ‘If Christ has not been raised from death our faith is futile.”  (1 Cor 15: 17).

The resurrection of Jesus gives meaning to the Christian faith and Christian life. Life does not end on Good Friday. At the foot of the Cross, it just begins. The resurrection of Jesus Christ instils a new hope and a new outlook to our lives. Above all, the resurrection of Jesus should lead us to a greater encounter and commitment to Christ and His message.

Today’s Gospel tells us that, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary are the first to receive the news of the risen Lord and to encounter him. They had been there at the foot of the Cross; they had been there when Jesus was laid in the tomb; and now they were receiving love’s reward; they were the first to know the joy of the Resurrection.

So, on this great day of Jesus’ resurrection let us continue to profess, celebrate and bear witness to our faith through our words and deeds.

Have a wonderful Easter celebration with your family and friends. God bless!

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Easter Sunday Year B.

18th April Parish Morning Tea

Friends, as you are aware that we always gather on the first Sunday of every Month for our Parish Morning Tea, which brings us together for a good chat over a cuppa. Since the first Sunday of April is Easter Sunday, we will have our next Parish Morning Tea on the 18th of April after 8am Mass. Please mark this date in your diary. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Project Compassion 2021

Please return your Project Compassion donation envelopes and boxes either via the weekend collections or directly to the Parish Office. Thank You!

Mass Intentions

Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 5th April to 10th April 2021.

To Book your Mass Intentions please contact the Parish office on 9335 2268 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm)

Once again on behalf of the Oblates at the Basilica of St. Patrick I wish you all a Happy Easter. Have a wonderful celebration of Easter with your families and friends.

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest