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Friday 11 September 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I hope and believe that you are doing well and continue your support for one another through our prayers and other means of support.

Reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The theme of forgiveness and mercy continues in the liturgy of the Word. Peter asks Jesus, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.

In other words, Jesus says there is no limit to mercy and forgiveness and thus places a high standard of discipleship on all of us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 2842 reminds us that true forgiveness entails “a vital participation, coming from the depths of the heart, in the holiness and the mercy and the love of our God”.

This is a true story from South Africa

Mr van der Broek, has just been tried and found implicated in the murders of both the woman’s son and her husband some years before.  Mr van der Broek had come to the woman’s home, taken her son, set the young man’s body on fire while he and his officers had a party nearby.

Several years later, van der Broek and his cohorts had returned to take away her husband as well and set him on fire as well.  For many months she heard nothing of his whereabouts.  Then almost two years after her husband’s disappearance, van der Broek came back to fetch the woman herself.  How vividly she remembers that evening, going to a place beside a river where she was shown her husband, bound and beaten, but still strong in spirit, lying on a pile of wood.  The last words she heard from his lips as the officers poured petrol over his body and set him aflame were, “Father, forgive them…”

Now the woman stands in the courtroom and listens to the confessions offered by Mr van der Broek.  A member of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission turns to her and asks, “So what do you want?  How should justice be done to this man who has so brutally destroyed your family?”

“I want three things,” begins the old woman calmly, but confidently. “I want first to be taken to the place where my husband’s body was burned so that I can gather up the dust and give his remains a decent burial.”

She pauses, and then continues. “My husband and son were my only family, I want secondly, therefore, for Mr van der Broek to become my son.  I would like him to come twice a month to the ghetto and spend a day with me so that I can pour out on him whatever love I still have remaining in me.

“And finally,” she says, “I want a third thing.  This is also the wish of my husband.  And so, I would kindly ask someone to come to my side and lead me across the courtroom so that I can take Mr van der Broek in my arms and embrace him and let him know that he is truly forgiven.”

As the court assistants come to lead the elderly woman across the room, Mr van der Broek, overwhelmed by what he has just heard, faints.  As he does, those in the courtroom, family, friends, and neighbours – all victims of decades of oppression and injustice – begin to sing, softly but assuredly, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”

So, my dear brothers and sisters we all have our own stories about how things have happened to us. I just want to finish this reflection with these words: Forgiveness is the way we return what has been taken from us and restore the love and kindness and trust that has been lost. With each act of forgiveness, whether small or great, we move towards wholeness. Forgiveness is nothing less than how we bring peace to ourselves and our world.

Virtually Oblate – Discerning Online

St. Eugene, the founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate often used to tell his brothers, “Leave Nothing Undared.”

This year due to the COVID-19 virus there were many challenges which resulted in creating different ways to Preach the message of Christ to others. As a result, the Oblates in the Australian Province this year will host an online, virtual, discernment experience known as ‘Virtually Oblate’

‘Virtually Oblate’ will be a short two-hour online experience which will allow for young men to join together with Oblates and the De Mazenod Family in order to share their experiences of discerning and together discuss the challenges, but also maybe the benefits, that isolation can bring to one’s life of discernment.

This online event will be hosted by the St Mary’s Seminary community on Saturday 26th September from 3-5pm (AEST).

We do ask that each participant register and this can be done easily here.

Please continue to pray for vocations to the Oblates and share this information with any young men you know who may be interested

For further information please click here.

Our Lady of Tindari

This year we celebrate Our Lady of Tindari (Black Madonna) on Sunday 13

September 2020 and due to the restrictions for the COVID -19 virus, we will celebrate the feast of Our Lady in a very different way.

Unfortunately, there will be no Procession or Benediction this year, however the Italian Community will come together to honour Our Lady Of Tindari with Mass in Italian at 9.30am.

Our Lady of Tindari’s first procession from the Basilica was held on 8 September 1996 and has continued every year since.

Safeguarding Sunday

Saturday 13 September 2020 we also remember and celebrate Safeguarding Sunday

This year’s National Child Protection Week is a little different to previous years due to the COVID 19 virus.  However, it is important that we acknowledge the week.

Our Catholic faith is the lens through which we view the world.  This week is a time to reflect on our moral and Christian responsibilities to protect children from harm and to act when the safety and well-being of a child is at risk.

This year the theme for Child Protection Week is Putting the needs of children first.  

In 2017 the Safeguarding Office produced a storybook this story book will be launched today in St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth and copies will be available in Parishes very soon.

Child Protection Week is a time for us all to reflect on the many ways in which we as individuals can play our part in protecting children both within the Catholic Church and our community – we can all play our part.

For more information please click here.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic? Please make sure that they hear about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, a journey of enquiry and faith development for non-Christians and non-Catholics who want to know more about the Catholic faith.

Already Catholic?  If you love your faith and would like to share someone’s faith journey, think about joining the RCIA team, or becoming a sponsor for someone joining the church.

For further information please contact the Parish Office, Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm on 9335 2268.

Pontifical Holy Land Collection

This weekend (12th and 13th September 2020) a special collection will be taken up to support the holy places in Holy Land. Your generous support is greatly appreciated towards this great cause.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 24th Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Let us continue to support one another through our prayers.

Please keep all the Oblate Priests also in your prayers.

Wishing you all a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

 

 

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest

Friday 11 September

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Friday 11 September 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I hope and believe that you are doing well and continue your support for one another through our prayers and other means of support.

Reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The theme of forgiveness and mercy continues in the liturgy of the Word. Peter asks Jesus, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.

In other words, Jesus says there is no limit to mercy and forgiveness and thus places a high standard of discipleship on all of us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 2842 reminds us that true forgiveness entails “a vital participation, coming from the depths of the heart, in the holiness and the mercy and the love of our God”.

This is a true story from South Africa

Mr van der Broek, has just been tried and found implicated in the murders of both the woman’s son and her husband some years before.  Mr van der Broek had come to the woman’s home, taken her son, set the young man’s body on fire while he and his officers had a party nearby.

Several years later, van der Broek and his cohorts had returned to take away her husband as well and set him on fire as well.  For many months she heard nothing of his whereabouts.  Then almost two years after her husband’s disappearance, van der Broek came back to fetch the woman herself.  How vividly she remembers that evening, going to a place beside a river where she was shown her husband, bound and beaten, but still strong in spirit, lying on a pile of wood.  The last words she heard from his lips as the officers poured petrol over his body and set him aflame were, “Father, forgive them…”

Now the woman stands in the courtroom and listens to the confessions offered by Mr van der Broek.  A member of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission turns to her and asks, “So what do you want?  How should justice be done to this man who has so brutally destroyed your family?”

“I want three things,” begins the old woman calmly, but confidently. “I want first to be taken to the place where my husband’s body was burned so that I can gather up the dust and give his remains a decent burial.”

She pauses, and then continues. “My husband and son were my only family, I want secondly, therefore, for Mr van der Broek to become my son.  I would like him to come twice a month to the ghetto and spend a day with me so that I can pour out on him whatever love I still have remaining in me.

“And finally,” she says, “I want a third thing.  This is also the wish of my husband.  And so, I would kindly ask someone to come to my side and lead me across the courtroom so that I can take Mr van der Broek in my arms and embrace him and let him know that he is truly forgiven.”

As the court assistants come to lead the elderly woman across the room, Mr van der Broek, overwhelmed by what he has just heard, faints.  As he does, those in the courtroom, family, friends, and neighbours – all victims of decades of oppression and injustice – begin to sing, softly but assuredly, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”

So, my dear brothers and sisters we all have our own stories about how things have happened to us. I just want to finish this reflection with these words: Forgiveness is the way we return what has been taken from us and restore the love and kindness and trust that has been lost. With each act of forgiveness, whether small or great, we move towards wholeness. Forgiveness is nothing less than how we bring peace to ourselves and our world.

Virtually Oblate – Discerning Online

St. Eugene, the founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate often used to tell his brothers, “Leave Nothing Undared.”

This year due to the COVID-19 virus there were many challenges which resulted in creating different ways to Preach the message of Christ to others. As a result, the Oblates in the Australian Province this year will host an online, virtual, discernment experience known as ‘Virtually Oblate’

‘Virtually Oblate’ will be a short two-hour online experience which will allow for young men to join together with Oblates and the De Mazenod Family in order to share their experiences of discerning and together discuss the challenges, but also maybe the benefits, that isolation can bring to one’s life of discernment.

This online event will be hosted by the St Mary’s Seminary community on Saturday 26th September from 3-5pm (AEST).

We do ask that each participant register and this can be done easily here.

Please continue to pray for vocations to the Oblates and share this information with any young men you know who may be interested

For further information please click here.

Our Lady of Tindari

This year we celebrate Our Lady of Tindari (Black Madonna) on Sunday 13

September 2020 and due to the restrictions for the COVID -19 virus, we will celebrate the feast of Our Lady in a very different way.

Unfortunately, there will be no Procession or Benediction this year, however the Italian Community will come together to honour Our Lady Of Tindari with Mass in Italian at 9.30am.

Our Lady of Tindari’s first procession from the Basilica was held on 8 September 1996 and has continued every year since.

Safeguarding Sunday

Saturday 13 September 2020 we also remember and celebrate Safeguarding Sunday

This year’s National Child Protection Week is a little different to previous years due to the COVID 19 virus.  However, it is important that we acknowledge the week.

Our Catholic faith is the lens through which we view the world.  This week is a time to reflect on our moral and Christian responsibilities to protect children from harm and to act when the safety and well-being of a child is at risk.

This year the theme for Child Protection Week is Putting the needs of children first.  

In 2017 the Safeguarding Office produced a storybook this story book will be launched today in St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth and copies will be available in Parishes very soon.

Child Protection Week is a time for us all to reflect on the many ways in which we as individuals can play our part in protecting children both within the Catholic Church and our community – we can all play our part.

For more information please click here.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic? Please make sure that they hear about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, a journey of enquiry and faith development for non-Christians and non-Catholics who want to know more about the Catholic faith.

Already Catholic?  If you love your faith and would like to share someone’s faith journey, think about joining the RCIA team, or becoming a sponsor for someone joining the church.

For further information please contact the Parish Office, Mon to Fri 9am to 3pm on 9335 2268.

Pontifical Holy Land Collection

This weekend (12th and 13th September 2020) a special collection will be taken up to support the holy places in Holy Land. Your generous support is greatly appreciated towards this great cause.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 24th Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Let us continue to support one another through our prayers.

Please keep all the Oblate Priests also in your prayers.

Wishing you all a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

 

 

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 4 September 2020

Friday, 4 September 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends

A warm greeting to everyone!

Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The word of God today reminds us and challenges us to continue on the path to forgiveness and reconciliation. We all know in human living, we don’t always meet people who will agree with our thinking or our doing, so when we meet those moments in life, how should we deal with the issues that come up? In general, the 18th Chapter in Matthew’s gospel is a discourse on mutual relations within the Christian community and, especially, what to do when divisions arise.

Here is the advice of a tribal leader to his members: “If you have quarreled with a brother and you have decided to kill him,” he said, “first sit down, fill your pipe and smoke it. When you have finished smoking you will realize that death is a severe punishment for the mistake he has committed, and you may decide to give a good whipping instead. Then you fill your pipe a second time and smoke it to the bottom. By then you feel that the lashes will be too much and instead some simple words of reproof would be sufficient. Then when the third time you have filled your pipe and smoked it to the finish, you will be better convinced that the better thing to do is, going to that brother and embrace him.

Dear friends, during this week, please set aside sometime for yourself, and find out, how you deal with the disputes you have between the members of your family, friends, relatives and work colleague. Please remember, love is our guiding force to achieve unity.

Fathers’ Day celebration
Sunday 6 September 2020, we celebrate Father’s Day. It is a special day in a year where we stop and think about the love, sacrifice and the dedication our father’s do for us in our lives.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the vital importance of the father’s role comes from the fact that, with his wife, he co-operates with God the Creator in bringing a new human life into the world.

So, it is a time to say thanks to all fathers both living and dead, who have played a major role in the growth of the family and children. It is a time to remember their sacrifice, love and concern that they have for their families. It is also the time to prove that the children have inculcated some of the values from the fathers.  Wishing you all a wonderful Fathers’ day celebration.

Pontifical Holy Land Collection, 13 September 2020

This year, due to the pandemic caused by the Corona virus, it was not possible to take up the Good Friday Collection dedicated to supporting Christians living in the Land of Jesus.

The collection in favour of the Holy Land is a small gesture of solidarity that the whole Church is called to make in order to support through the Custody of the Holy Land, the Christian communities that are in the Holy Land, and feel the weight and also the glory of the Cross of Jesus on their shoulders. So, there will be a special collection taken up next Sunday. Thanks for all your generous support.

Parking in the School ground

The School Grounds will be unavailable for parking on Sunday 6 September due to the Annual Hot Rod Show. Thanks for your co-operation.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 23nd Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Let us continue to support one another through our prayers.

I wish you all a happy weekend.

God bless!

 

 

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 28 August 2020

Friday 28 August

Dear Parishioners and Friends

Greetings to you all from the Basilica of St. Patrick

Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for this Sunday remind us that Christian discipleship demands the following: self-control (“Deny yourself”), the willingness to suffer (“take up your cross”), generosity (“to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to God”), and readiness to follow Jesus by obeying his commandment of love.

Last Sunday we meditated on how Jesus appreciated Peter for recognising him as the Messiah and thus placed Peter as the head of the Church; calling him the rock and on this rock, I will build my church. But today we see an entirely different picture of Jesus’ attitude towards Peter, calling him as a Satan. Why did Jesus strongly admonish Peter? Peter has grasped the fact that Jesus was the Messiah but has not grasped it fully as to what it really meant. The disciples were still thinking of Jesus in terms of a conquering Messiah, a warrior king, who would sweep the Romans from Palestine and lead Israel to power.  In other words, the disciples were seeking the path of glory but to Jesus it was the path of the cross. Let us always remember that true discipleship consists of following Jesus by denying ourselves fully for the sake of the Kingdom.

Fr. John David OMI

Fr John David Chodagiri OMI joined the Oblates in Fremantle in early 2019 and he quickly adapted to the life in the Fremantle Parish.

In April 2020 Fr John David was to be transferred to Burpengary Parish, Queensland but due to the COVID 19 virus, his transfer was delayed. Fr Christian Fini, the Australian Provincial, has now made the decision to move the Oblates who were due to be transferred earlier in the year. We have some parishes  which have only one Priest in residence and they need assistance.

Therefore Fr John David will temporarily assist Fr Michael McMahon in Lesmurdie before he takes up his position as Administrator of the Burpengary Parish, Queensland.

His friendship, pastoral guidance and care for the Fremantle Catholic Community has been much appreciated and as he now journeys towards his new parish in Queensland we wish to take this opportunity to wish him well and thank him for his service.

Fr John David will leave the Fremantle Community next week with his last Mass being held in the Basilica on Thursday 3rd September at midday.

Parking in the School ground

The School Grounds will be unavailable for parking on Sunday 6 September due to the Annual Hot Rod Show. Thanks for your cooperation.

Archdiocesan Marriage Anniversary Certificates

All parishioners celebrating a special milestone wedding anniversary this year (25, 30, 40, 50+ years) are invited to register for a certificate of blessing from Archbishop Timothy and Bishop Don. Couples can register for a milestone anniversary certificate here.

All certificate requests MUST be received before September 2, 2020.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the readings and hymns for the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Year A.

Let us continue to support one another through our prayers.

I wish you all a happy weekend.

God bless!

 

 

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 21 August

Friday 21 August

Dear Parishioners and Friends!

Greetings to everyone!

I would like to sincerely thank you all for your prayers which helped us to participate fully in our Annual Retreat. This year’s retreat was an entirely different one compare to all the retreats we have had in our lives as priests.

It was indeed an enriching experience for all of us as we are helped to name the realities of the present moment in our lives. Due to the COVID-19 virus, we were not able to be with our fellow Oblates, but yet we were united with one another in Spirit.

This year’s retreat was preached by Fr. Ron Rolheiser OMI, whose reflections I often use in our Patrician every month.  He is a very good Spiritual writer. If you like to read his articles please click here.

Priestly Ordination Anniversary

On August 22nd, Fr Angelo Wijewickrama OMI, celebrates his 28th year of his Priestly Ordination. On this day he made a great choice in his life to commit his life for the sake of Christ and His people. We pray that Fr. Angelo continues to enjoy his Priesthood, and we wish him all the best in all his future endeavours. Congratulations to you dear Fr. Angelo.

Fr Donal Madigan’s Funeral

Fr. Donal Madigan OMI passed away on 14th August 2020. He was born on the 20th May 1937 in Dublin.  He joined the Oblates in 1956 in Ireland and was ordained on 23rd February 1963.

Fr Donal served in Oblate parishes around Australia and in Auckland New Zealand for all his priestly life; he was a gentle genuine caring priest, vitally interested in people and their well-being. He lived a full and active life as a faithful Oblate. The Australian Province thanks God for the life of Fr Donal Madigan OMI.  May he rest in peace.

A Private Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday 27th August, at 5:00pm (AEST) which will be live-streamed. Please click here to view the live stream.

May Fr. Donal rest in peace.

Archdiocesan Marriage Anniversary Certificates

All parishioners celebrating a special milestone wedding anniversary this year (25, 30, 40, 50+ years) are invited to register for a certificate of blessing from Archbishop Timothy and Bishop Don. Couples can register for a milestone anniversary certificate here.

All certificate requests MUST be received before September 2, 2020.

Readings and Hymns

Please click here to download the PDF version of readings and the hymns for this weekend.

Thank you everyone and have a great weekend.

God bless.

 

 

Fr. John Sebastian
Rector and Parish Priest

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 14 August 2020

Friday, 14 August 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends!

Greetings to you all from the Basilica of St. Patrick

I hope you are all doing well and supporting one another at this difficult time of our history.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On Saturday 15 August, our Holy Mother the Church celebrates the Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On November 1st 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: He said, “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The Pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation with bishops, theologians and laity.

For us Christians this is a great feast of hope. Mary entering triumphantly into heaven gives all of us hope in our eventual entry as well. What took place in her will happen to us also at the end times.

While reflecting on this Solemnity, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI tells us that the feast of the Assumption is a day of joy because God has won, love has won, and humanity has won life.

As we celebrate this great Feast let us also imitate some of Mary’s humility, her hope, her acceptance and love.  Let us pray also to Mary to help us find the right path every day in our lives.

On 15th August we have 9am and 12pm masses to celebrate this important Holy day of Obligation in our Parish. As the State Government COVID-19 virus restrictions remain in place the temporary suspension of the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is also granted by our Archbishop Timothy Costelloe. So, do not panic if you are not able to make it to the masses on that day.

Sad News

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Fr Donal Madigan OMI who passed away on Friday morning at about 8:30 am Melbourne time. He was an assistant priest in our Basilica of St. Patrick. Please remember him in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

Oblate Priests on annual retreat

On Sunday night the Oblate Priests in the Australian Province will commence their annual retreat. Due to COVID-19 virus, this year the annual retreat will be through Zoom. Please keep us in your prayers as we will remember you all especially during our annual retreat time.

Readings and Hymns

We continue to upload the readings and the hymns for the Sunday masses. Thank you sincerely for all your support with this idea as the COVID-19 virus restrictions are in place. For this week readings and hymns please click here.

I wish you all a happy weekend.

God bless you all!

 

 

Fr John Sebastian OMI

Basilica Newsletter – Friday 7 August 2020

Friday 7 August 2020

Greetings to you all from the Basilica of St. Patrick.

“Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Says Jesus.

The liturgy of the Word for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time gives us encouragement and assurance that we are not alone in any battles we face in our lives.

We are all aware that life is not always smooth, and we don’t encounter joy at all times of our lives, there are moments, where we are tossed by storms of fear. We are afraid of people. We are afraid of the future. We are afraid of the past. We are afraid of life. We are afraid of death. We are also alarmed by the rapid spread of COVID-19. So, in the midst of all these storms of life, there is nothing but uncertainty, but our living God will take care of us and his presence will be always with us. This is clearly captured in all the readings of today.

When the disciples experienced the storms in the sea they immediately went to Jesus and pleaded with him to rescue them from their current situation in life.

Let us also continue to come to Jesus and plead with him through our persevering prayer life; that soon some permanent remedies will be available for everyone in the world.

Let us please keep everyone in our prayers who go through painful situations in life. Particularly let us remember all the people in Victoria, that soon they will be able to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Due to COVID-19, we are not printing the bulletin, but in order to help the faithful to participate in singing during the mass, we will post on our website the PDF of the hymns that will be used for that weekend. To download the hymn sheets please follow this link.

Please keep our Primary School children who will receive First Holy Communion this weekend. As they receive the Lord for the very first time in their lives, may it bring them closer to God and experience God’s love in their lives.

Please be assured of my prayers.

Thank you and God bless!

 

 

Fr John Sebastian OMI

Basilica Newsletter 11th July

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I hope you are all travelling well with this present situation of COVID-19. I continue to share with you prayers and hopes for a speedy recovery for the world so that we can return to normal soon.

This week the Liturgy of the Word talks about the richness of God’s Word and its impacts on everyone who trusts in Him.

I want to share with you this story, which gives us an insight into how when we share the good in us and the richness of God’s saving Word with others, the entire life of the others also continues to be nourished.

There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbours.  How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbours when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.  “Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn.”

Let us make a strong decision today that we shall always Trust in God’s Word and share it with others, through our words and deeds.

It also challenges us to reflect on how deeply the Word of God has taken root in our lives, how central God is to the very fabric of our day-to-day life as we endure this painful situation.

Keep your faith high and continue to hold on to God, who has the power over everything in the world.

Thank you and God bless!

Fr. John Sebastian OMI