Saturday 15 May 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

The Ascension of the Lord: Solemnity Year B

Holy Mother Church today celebrates the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord. “All the other writings of the New Testament assume that the Ascension took place immediately after the Resurrection, which would be according to the nature of things. This was also the belief of the Church for the first three centuries; the Ascension was then closely associated with the resurrection ceremonies. It was only from the fourth century that a special feast of the Ascension, forty days after Easter (following the Lucan date), came to be celebrated,” writes Fr. Kevin O’Sullivan, OFM.

This Solemnity, in fact, gives us the strong hope that we will be united with our Heavenly Father as Jesus is united with his Father, having completed his earthly ministry. There is also a strong parting command given to the Apostles. Jesus said to them, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.” These words of Jesus tell the Apostles how the church should become Missionary in nature. The Apostles were given the command to go beyond Jerusalem and carry out the message of the gospel. As we know from the tradition of our Church, how each apostle, carried out this command of Jesus by going to the ends of the earth to proclaim the good news of Christ, even by sacrificing their lives.

Therefore, friends this Solemnity is a strong reminder to all who are baptised that we too must share in this missionary nature of the Church through words and deeds. The book entitled, “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren says, “the primary mission of each Christian is to introduce Christ to others.” This introduction of Christ can take place through various means today. God has given each of us innumerable talents and gits; these gifts are to be used for the good of society, not just for one’s own growth. We need to be generous with the gift of God to others. So let us put our resources towards the benefit of all and thus invite and introduce Christ to others.

So, let us constantly trust in the Lord and carry out the mission of Christ through our words and deeds because Jesus says, “I am with you till the end of times” (Matthew 28:20). God bless!

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for The Ascension of the Lord: Solemnity Year B

Dominic Perissinotto

Dominic’s farewell will be on 23rd May, after the 11am Mass in the Parish Centre. Please RSVP the Parish office on 9335 2268.

National Count of Attendance (Mass Count)

This weekend will be the Third week of the 2021 National Count of Attendance (Mass Count). This weekend we need to collect some more information. You will receive a slip as you enter the church, kindly fill it in and return it to the box that is available in the foyer of the church or return it in the collection basket. Thanks for your cooperation in this.

Feast Day of St. Eugene de Mazenod

Please join the Fremantle Oblate Community for a concelebrated Mass on 21st of May at 12pm, as we will celebrate the Feast of St. Eugene. We continue to ask for God’s blessings on our ministries and commitments as Oblates. Also pray for more vocations to the Congregation.

Mass Intentions

Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 16th May to 22nd May 2021.

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

COVID-19

Please continue your prayers for everyone in the world, particularly for India, as the number of cases is increasing every day. To Pray the COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity, please click here.

Sad News

The funeral Mass of Angela Colbert, the sister of Fr. Anthony Colbert will be celebrated on Tuesday 18th May at 9.45am. During this difficult time, please keep Fr. Colbert and his family in your prayers. May she rest in peace.

My Mother’s First Anniversary of Death

Dear parishioners and friends, I will be celebrating Mass for my Mothers’ First Anniversary of death, on Thursday 27th May at 12pm; please join me and pray for my mother and for my family, as we still struggle with her passing away. After the Mass, please join for delicious Indian food in the Parish Centre.  Please RSVP the Parish office on 9335 2268.

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 50%.

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 8 May 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. On this joyous day, we honour our mothers, living and deceased for their care, concern, and unconditional love, which they lavished upon us throughout the years of our lives. It is one of those special days we cherish and look forward to each year. A mother’s love for her child is unconditional and cannot be compared with anything in the world.

Every mother is a precious person in each and everyone’s lives. When we think about the sacrificial nature of every mother, we can understand how much they have helped us and shaped us for the future. The moment we are born they stop thinking about their comfort and even themselves, because they constantly pour their love on us, and make sure that we have everything needed for our lives.

The former president of India ABJ Abdul Kalam used to say, “When mother is happy, family is happy. When family is happy nation is happy.” So, on this day and in every day of our lives, let us make our mothers happy and make them feel proud about their children, in making right choices in our lives.

This is my first Mother’s Day without the physical presence of my mother. I am sure there are others in the community and in the world who would dearly miss their mothers. I join you all in the spirit of prayer praying sincerely for the departed mothers. I also pray for the mothers who are living, that they continue to enjoy good health in their lives. Appreciate them for all the sacrifices and the love they pour into our lives. Have a wonderful celebration. God bless!

Readings and Hymns

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

Dominic Perissinotto

Dominic, the director of music at our Basilica will take up a new position as the organist at the Brisbane Cathedral, after serving 23 years here. There will be a farewell for him on 23rd May, after the 11am Mass in the Parish Centre. Please RSVP the Parish office on 9335 2268. He will be greatly missed. I take this time to thank him for all his commitments and the passion with which he served the Basilica Community.

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

The feast day Mass for Our Lady of Fatima will be celebrated on 13th May at 7pm, in our Basilica. Please join us and pray to our Lady for the entire world as we still fight against the Pandemic. There will be no procession this year. For more information please click here.

Mass Intentions

Please click here for the Mass Intentions of the week from 9th May to 15th 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 after the 8am Mass, we will have a special Morning Tea in honour of all our mothers. Please come along and pray for all our mothers living and dead and participate in this special morning tea. Looking forward to meeting you all.

COVID-19

Please continue your prayers for everyone in the world, particularly for India, as the number of cases is increasing every day.

Further Easing of Restrictions in Perth and Peel Region

To read our Archbishop Costelloe SDB letter please click here.

The WA Government’s full announcement outlining all restrictions relevant to the lockdown can be found here.

Sad News

The funeral Mass for Angela Colbert, the sister of Fr. Anthony Colbert, will be celebrated on Tuesday 18th May at 9.45am. During this difficult time, please keep Fr. Colbert and his family in your prayers. May she rest in peace.

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 42%

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 1 May 2021

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

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

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.

Mass Intentions

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.

COVID-19

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.

Sad News

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

God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

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

Saturday 27 March 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Palm Sunday Year B

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, this weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday. The journey of Lent we had begun on Ash Wednesday gets intensified with this week’s liturgy and reaches its culmination on Easter Sunday. Beginning from Sunday the liturgy is filled with external and rich symbolisms: procession with Palms, the washing of the feet, veneration of the cross etc., However, let us not allow these celebrations to pass us by as mere external rituals, but rather consider them as an occasion to examine our faith, fidelity and relationship with the Lord.

For three years Jesus went around teaching, healing and showing them how much he loved them as his heavenly father loved him. Wherever he went there were crowds of people who followed him. Now as he is about to be handed over: he is alone; not even his beloved apostles who ate and walked with him are with him. He is lonely in his agony. From the moment of his passion, he was arrested, put in prison, led before Caiaphas, Herod and Pilate, interrogated, crowned with thorns, given a heavy wooden cross to carry, stripped of his clothes, nailed to the cross, mocked and finally he died. He underwent all these for my sake. He endured all these so that I would have life through him. Jesus did it out of love for me so that I will have eternal life through him. Through his painful suffering Jesus shows me his loyalty to the father in fulfilling the will of His father and also his love and concern for me.

I sincerely invite you all to participate in the Holy Week liturgy and thus journey with Jesus in his Passion, death and resurrection. When we do this, we will understand how much God loves us and how much God does for us. And also, active participation in the Holy Week liturgy will also deepen our relationship with God, increase our Faith, and strengthen our lives as disciples of Jesus.

Wishing you all a fruitful holy week observance. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Palm Sunday in Lent Year B.

Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

On Saturday 27th March, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishing at 3pm.

The Theme of the Retreat is: Finding hope and love in journeying with Jesus towards Calvary. The Presenter is John Auer. All are welcome.

Second Rite of Reconciliation on 31st March

On Wednesday 31st March, we will have the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Parish. There will be 4 priests available to help us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare well for the celebration of Easter.

Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies

Please click here to view the Holy Week and Easter Liturgy timetable.

Easter Message from Archbishop Costelloe SDB

Please click here to read the Archbishop’s Easter Message for 2021.

Easter Offerings 

Usually twice a year you are invited, as a community, to make a special effort to financially support the Priests of the Basilica.  As the special season of Easter is fast approaching, you are encouraged to support the Priests during this special season of Easter. The envelops are in the pews, so kindly use them and support your priests generously.

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.

In order to keep the Parish viable, we must maintain a target of 95% and above each week.  Last week’s giving was 50%.

Please consider joining the Planned Giving Programme. If you are not already a member, for more information contact the Parish Office.  Thank you!

Year of St. Joseph

During this Year of St. Joseph, the Basilica of St. Patrick will recite the Litany of St. Joseph at the end of the Rosary (Monday to Saturday) followed by benediction, Angelus and Mass.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 20 March 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Fifth Sunday of Lent Year B

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, The Prophet Jeremiah was 23 years old when he was called by God to be a Prophet. He spoke the word of God in Jerusalem, during the most critical period of Judah’s history (627-587). The people were more interested in politics than in the things of God. As a result, he spoke against their disloyalty to the God of Yahweh and the impending exile they would face in their lives.

The Prophet Jeremiah was always strong in delivering the message of God, amidst all the difficulties in life. Since he was inviting the people to listen and to act accordingly, he was not treated properly by the people. Sometimes he faced insults, was imprisoned and maltreated. Later it was decided to kill him. He was placed in an empty cistern, but a Cushite, a servant of King Zedekiah, released him with the king’s permission, but unknown to the court officials. Eventually he was forcibly taken down to Egypt and according to tradition, was murdered there by his own people.

In the first reading the Prophet Jeremiah is foretelling the setting up of a New Covenant, to replace the Old Covenant made between God and his chosen people on Mount Sinai, a covenant which the Chosen People had not kept. The New Covenant would not be written on tablets of stone but on each individual’s heart. It would be a covenant of love rather than one of obligation.

Our New Covenant was not made with us by any mere human being like Moses, but by the Son of God himself. The blood with which this Covenant was ratified was not the blood of sheep and oxen which Moses used for the ratification of the first Covenant. It was the precious blood of Jesus Christ: “this is the blood of the New and everlasting Covenant which will be shed for you and all men so that sins may be forgiven.”

Yes, dear friends, just like the Prophet Jeremiah, who was willing to do the will of God, even in the face of difficulties and like Jesus, who willingly embraced the cross for our salvation, we too shall die to our selfishness and other things which keep us away from God. By dying to ‘myself’ I will bear abundant fruit in the days to come. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Year B.

Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

A ‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On Saturday 27th March, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishing at 3pm.

The Theme of the Retreat is: Finding hope and love in journeying with Jesus towards Calvary. The Presenter is John Auer.

Please click here to view the flyer, and to view the timetable please click here.

If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Second Rite of Reconciliation on 31st March

On Wednesday 31st March, we will have the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Parish. There will be four priests available to help us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare well for the celebration of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday

The Lenten Reflection Programme is one of many Spiritual means to prepare well to celebrate the joy of Easter. So kindly join us on Monday 22nd March for our Fifth reflection practice. If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Stations of the Cross in Lent

Every Friday in Lent, soon after the Midday Mass at 12.30pm, in our Basilica we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross and unite ourselves with Jesus’ suffering. This spiritual exercise will help us to understand the love of God which resulted in death on the cross.

Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.

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.

In order to keep the Parish viable, we must maintain a target of 95% and above each week.  Last week’s giving was 36%.

Please consider joining the Planned Giving Programme. If you are not already a member, for more information contact the Parish Office.  Thank you!

Annual Chrism Mass in Cathedral

The Annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 7pm.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions numbers have been limited.

The Archbishop has extended an invitation for 7 parishioners only from each parish to attend the Chrism Mass this year. If you would like to attend, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268 ASAP.

Easter Offerings 

Usually twice a year you are invited, as a community, to make a special effort to financially support the Priests of the Basilica.  As the special season of Easter is fast approaching, you are encouraged to support the Priests during this special season of Easter. The envelops are in the pews, so kindly use them and support your priests generously.

Fr. Christian Fini OMI

This weekend we cordially welcome Fr. Christian Fini, the Provincial of Australia. He is here for a short visit. Please make him feel welcome.

Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies

Please click here to view the Holy Week and Easter Liturgy timetable.

Year of St. Joseph

During this Year of St. Joseph, the Basilica of St. Patrick will recite the Litany of St. Joseph at the end of the Rosary (Monday to Saturday) followed by benediction, Angelus and Mass.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Combined 24 Hours of Reparation and Medjugorje Evening for the Year of St Joseph

When: Friday 26th March 2021.

Where: St. Bernadette’s, 49 Jugan Street, Glendalough.

Time: 6.30pm (Commencing with ‘Stations of the Cross’ followed by Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, Rosary, Benediction and Holy Mass).

Continuous Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Prayers Divine Mercy.  Midnight (Fri/Sat) Holy Mass. Continuation of Eucharistic Adoration.

During Adoration talks will be given in the Church Hall. Saturday 27th, morning Holy Mass at 7.30 am. Following Holy Mass, continuation of Adoration and prayers. Conclusion with Vigil evening Holy Mass at 6.30 pm.

We humbly request you invite any Catholic group, family or friends to join us.   Together we can make a difference.

For more information, please contact Eileen & Don, on this email address: medjugorjewa1981@gmail.com

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 13 March 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Fourth Sunday of Lent Year B

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, today we begin the fourth week in our Lenten journey. The gospel today mentions the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a leading Jew. He was a man of wealth and position. He was very much impressed by Jesus’ preaching and miracles. He defended Jesus when his companions were out to have Jesus arrested. He assisted Joseph of Arimathea in the burial of Jesus and supplied expensive spices and myrrh for the embalming of his body. (Jn 19:39).

Though he admired the teachings of Jesus, he lacked courage to come out openly to have a conversation with Jesus, because he was afraid of his fellow Jews, who may criticise him for his closeness with Jesus, so he comes to Jesus at night. This action of Nicodemus only reveals to us that he is not fully open in his association with Jesus. Nicodemus believed in Jesus, but still his faith was not one hundred percent.

Jesus also told Nicodemus that to enter into the kingdom of God, a man must believe in Christ and be baptised. Jesus also tells him that it is God’s will that he himself should be lifted up on the cross and die so that those who believe in him may have eternal life. The willingness of God’s love and concern is constantly seen in the life and death of Jesus on the cross. So, we shall ask the Lord for his courage to stand firm in professing our faith in Jesus. We shall not just become admirers of Jesus’s teaching but let us be his disciples, willing to walk with him at every moment of our lives. Amen

 Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Fourth Sunday in Lent Year B.

 St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Wednesday 17th March

Parishioners are invited to a Concelebrated Mass on 17th March Wednesday at Midday to honour our Patron, St Patrick. Mass will be followed by lunch in the Parish Centre. Please bring a ‘plate’ to share. Please wear ‘Green’ if possible. All are Welcome.

 Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

A ‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On 27th March Saturday, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishes at 3pm.

The Theme of the Retreat is: Finding hope and love in journeying with Jesus towards Calvary. The Presenter is John Auer.

Please click here to view the flyer, and to view the timetable please click here.

If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Second Rite of Reconciliation on 31st March

On Wednesday 31st March, we will have the Second Rite of Reconciliation in our Parish. There will be four priests available to help us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare well for the celebration of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday

The Lenten Reflection Programme is one of many Spiritual means to prepare well to celebrate the joy of Easter. So kindly join us on Monday 15th March for our Fourth reflection practice. If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Stations of the Cross in Lent

Every Friday in Lent, soon after the Midday Mass at 12.30pm, in our Basilica we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross and unite ourselves with Jesus’ suffering. This spiritual exercise will help us to understand the love of God which resulted in death on the cross.

Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.

Free Lenten Reflection Journal from Centre for Life, Marriage and Family

Centre for Life, Marriage and Family, which is one of the Agencies of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth offers a Free Lenten Reflection Journal for your private use. Please collect this free copy from the foyers of the Church.

 Planned Giving envelopes for2021

Your new planned giving envelopes for 2021 are available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend.  Please collect your envelopes.

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.

In order to keep the Parish viable, we must maintain a target of 95% and above each week.  Last week’s giving was 48%.

Please consider joining the Planned Giving Programme if you are not already a member, for more information contact the Parish Office.  Thank you!

 Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal for LifeLink

I wish to sincerely thank all the Parishioners for your generous donation to Archbishop’s Christmas Appeal for LifeLink in 2020. Our Parish has generously donated $5,995.00. Thank you.

 Annual Chrism Mass in Cathedral

The Annual Chrism Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 7pm.  Due to COVID 19 restrictions numbers have been limited.

The Archbishop has extended an invitation for 7 parishioners only from each parish to attend the Chrism Mass this year. If you would like to attend, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268 asap.

Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies

Please click here to view the Holy Week and Easter Liturgy timetable.

 Year of St. Joseph

During this Year of St. Joseph, the Basilica of St. Patrick will recite the Litany of St. Joseph at the end of the Rosary (Monday to Saturday) followed by benediction, Angelus and Mass.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest

Saturday 6 March 2021

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings to you all!

Third Sunday of Lent Year B

This weekend gospel reading talks about Jesus cleansing the temple in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Temple, in the life of Jews, occupies an important place. It also serves as a religious, cultural and political symbol of the people of Israel. Jerusalem was also a centre of pride for the Jews. The Jerusalem Temple strengthened the religious and social identity of the Jews. The Temple, a place which was supposed to unite the people, served as a dividing and oppressive factor for the gentiles. This arouses the anger of Jesus, because they were fully dominated and oppressed in the temple worship.

In the temple worship, people were divided as pure and impure. All the gentiles, Samaritans, prostitutes, handicapped, eunuchs and diseased persons were considered as ritually impure. Thus, ritual purity rules created division among the people. Only by fulfilling these rules can one perform the religious activities. The poor were unable, as they are already burdened with many other taxes. Thus, at the time of Jesus, even religious justice did not stand on behalf of marginalised people.

Economically, as well, the Jerusalem Temple made the poor sections of society outcasts. As a retribution for sin, they had to offer many kinds of offerings, thus it brought wealth to the temple. Jerusalem was also the single Holy place of the Jews in the world.

The practice of going on pilgrimage three times a year brought constant income to the temple.  Sometimes the poor were not able to satisfy the demands of the city and the temple. Thus, the poor were forced to spend from their income during pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Jerusalem’s wealthy people and temple profited the most from these pilgrims.

Because of its political importance, Jerusalem also served as centre for trade. Thus, Jerusalem served as the abode of all customs and revenue officials and a ready market for trade. Jerusalem is supposed to serve as the presence of God on earth.

However, looking at the state of affairs of the city and temple, religiously and politically at the time of Jesus, neither the temple nor the city of Jerusalem was the dwelling place of God but was the place of power and mammon. Poor people had no place in Jerusalem or in the temple.

Looking, at this horrible sight in the house of God Jesus grew angry and cleansed the temple of God. Many interpret this act of cleansing of the Temple (Jn 2:13-22), as a violent act of God. But it has a great significance from a religious point of view. The poor were already subjugated by many laws and oppressed by dominant people. They have only some small places in the temple to worship their God; even there they are made outcast. This alone motivates Jesus to fight on behalf of them and thus restores their dignity.

Jesus indeed became angry because, “The existing socio-religious and political system had become the synonym of evil. It had become tremendously inhuman and corrupt …, and doubly problematic. The temple was supposed to be a divine institution and the people in it the chosen ones of God.”   Thus, Jesus breaks the conventions of Jewish society. He goes beyond the normal and teaches a new teaching, which is the opposite of their norms of daily life.  By cleansing the temple Jesus brings dignity to the gentiles. Amen.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the Third Sunday in Lent Year B.

Parish Morning Tea on 7th March 2021

Please join us on 7th March, at the conclusion of 8am Mass for the First Morning Tea for the year. It is a great opportunity to make friends and to catch up with our friends to build a wonderful Parish Community. All are welcome.

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations – Wednesday 17th March

Parishioners are invited to a Concelebrated Mass on 17th March Wednesday at Midday to honour our Patron, St Patrick. Mass will be followed by lunch in the Parish Centre. Please bring a ‘plate’ to share. Please wear ‘Green’ if possible.

All are Welcome.

Stations of the Cross in Lent

Every Friday in Lent, soon after the Midday Mass at 12.30pm, in our Basilica we pray and meditate on the Stations of the Cross and unite ourselves with Jesus’ suffering. This spiritual exercise will help us to understand the love of God which resulted in death on the cross.

Please join us and make every effort to make this Lent a joyful preparation to celebrate the joy of Easter.

Lenten Preparation Programme every Monday

The Lenten Reflection Programme is one of many Spiritual means to prepare well to celebrate the joy of Easter. So kindly join us on Monday 8th March for our Third reflection practice. If you wish to join this reflection group, please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

Free Lenten Reflection Journal from Centre for Life, Marriage and Family

Centre for Life, Marriage and Family, which is one of the Agencies of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth offers a Free Lenten Reflection Journal for your private use. Please collect this free copy from the foyers of the Church.

Lenten Retreat on 27th March at the Basilica of St. Patrick

A ‘Retreat’ helps us to deepen our relationship with God. On 27th March Saturday, our Parish will offer a retreat starting at 9 am and finishes at 3pm.

The Theme of the Retreat is: Finding hope and love in journeying with Jesus towards Calvary. The Presenter is John Auer.

Please click here to view the flyer, and to view the timetable please click here.

If you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office on 9335 2268, Mon to Fri (9am to 3pm).  All are welcome.

 Planned Giving envelopes for 2021

Your new planned giving envelopes for 2021 are available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend.  Please collect your envelopes.

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.

In order to keep the Parish viable, we must maintain a target of 95% and above each week.  Last week’s giving was 58%.

Please consider joining the Planned Giving Programme if you are not already a member, for more information contact the Parish Office.  Thank you!

 Project Compassion for 2021

During this weekend (6th and 7th March), a Special Collection for Project Compassion will be taken up at all Masses. Please contribute generously.

Donation boxes and weekly offering envelopes for Project Compassion are also available in the front foyer of the Church this weekend. Please donate generously to bring a great change in the lives of those who are in need.

 World Day of Prayer – “Build on a Strong Foundation” – Vanuatu

A special thanks to all who contributed and participated in the World Day of Prayer this year. It was great to see a great community Spirit. Thank you everyone.

 Year of St. Joseph

During this Year of St. Joseph, the Basilica of St. Patrick will recite the Litany of St. Joseph at the end of the Rosary (Monday to Saturday) followed by benediction, Angelus and Mass.

Also, we will pray a Prayer to St. Joseph at the end of the Mass on Monday to Saturday. To pray the Litany of St. Joseph please click here. For a Prayer to St. Joseph click here.

Wishing you a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest