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  • Covid Certificate required for all over 16 years of age (including staff/volunteers); and ID
  • Masks are required to be worn
  • Ushers will check with Swiss COVID Check App
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  • Continued social distancing

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  • Advent 2021 Newsletter Friday, November 26th, 2021

    Maranatha!

    The expression “Maranatha!” was an important prayer among the early Christians. It is an Aramaic word which is a combination of two words “marana – tha” which literally mean “the Lord comes” or in the imperative case “Come, Lord!” St. Paul used this Aramaic word at the end of his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 16, verse 22: “Come, Lord!”

    We use this expression especially during the Advent season. While many Christians today celebrate Advent in the weeks preceding Christmas, the early Christians used the expression “Maranatha! “Come, Lord” as a regular prayer throughout the year, especially during their weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist.

    Why did Paul and the early Christians regularly use this watchword – “Maranatha!? This prayer is related to the prayer Jesus gave his disciples: “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 5: 10; Luke 11:2). When we pray for the Lord’s kingdom to come, we ask God to send his Son, the Lord Jesus, to come and reign over us as King and Lord of All.

    How does the Lord Jesus reign over us here and now? Through his Word and Spirit. God’s kingdom comes to those who submit their lives to him – who obey his word and yield to the purifying work of the Holy Spirit who transforms us into the likeness of Christ. The distinctive mark of the disciples of Jesus is their love for one another. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

    The Advent season reminds us that we are a sign of God’s kingdom – his redeeming presence and merciful love. God bless you all!

    Father Sibi

    Ready your Way during Advent:

    1st  Sunday of Advent – 28 November 2021

    15:00 – 17:00 – Religious Education for the classes postponed from last week
    17:30 Mass

    We will start our Advent season supported, as usual, by our choir and today also with a small orchestra to musically enhance our Liturgical celebration.

    After Mass our Confirmation candidates will offer a warm drink, cakes, & chocolate hearts outside at the entrance to the Church…not quite our traditional Pot-Luck dinner but hopefully a step on our journey to normality. A Collection Box will be available, with donations in aid of the Children’s Hospital in Bethlehem (our annual Xmas collection).

    Advent Extra……copies available at Mass …your journey to Christmas with daily reflections and prayers. A limited number of copies of Celebrate Advent for children aged 7-12 years are also available.

    Our deceased Sisters and Brothers – Father Sibi will also offer Mass for all the deceased members of our families & friends. Please email names by Saturday of your family/friends if you wish them to be included – sibi.cs@yahoo.com

    2nd Sunday of Advent – 5 December 2021

    16:30 – 17:15 – Advent Reflections – A discussion on preparing for Advent with one of the Carmelite priests – will take place In the Church
    17:30 Mass

    3rd Sunday of Advent – 12 December 2021

    15:00-17:00 – Religious Education
    16:45 – 17:15 – Confession – Father Sibi is available for Confession in the Chapel downstairs
    17:30 Mass

    4th Sunday of Advent – 19 December 2021

    16:45 – 17:15 – Confession – Father Sibi is available for Confession in the Chapel downstairs
    17:30 Mass

    Christmas Mass – Saturday 25 December 2021 Mass @ 17:30

    As always, our collection taken at Christmas Mass, as part of the Bishop’s Appeal, is in aid of the Children’s Hospital in Bethlehem, this year together with the donations made on the 1st Sunday of Advent. We thank you in advance for your generous support for this worthy cause. Glühwein and Stollen will be served after Mass in the Hall.

    Feast of the Holy Family Mass – 26 December 2021 Mass @ 17:30

    Welcome to our new Community members.…

    We are so glad you are here and have chosen us as your Catholic Home in Basel! We hope we can enrich and support your faith journey.

    Thank you…….

    After 12 years’ service, Lisa Falcigno, is laying down her “notes” as Music Coordinator for the Community. The Council sincerely thanks Lisa for her commitment and dedication in organising the choir and music for our weekly Liturgy.

    Consider serving in our community…..

    God calls on us to think outside of ourselves and use the gifts He has entrusted to us to grow His kingdom and serve others. There can be no doubt about our ability to help when we are working on behalf of the Lord – He has prepared us for this mission (Jeremiah 1:4-8)! We must ask ourselves today, “How am I joyfully and generously using my gifts to be a good steward for Christ?” –

    As a Community of Volunteers, we are always in need of members to support the functioning of the ESRCCB.  Currently the following ministries need volunteers:

    RE Teachers; Altar Servers; Music Coordinator; Choir Members; Liturgy coordinator (council position), Adult Faith Coordinator (council position)

    If you are interested in serving as a Volunteer, please contact info@ESRCCB.org or approach the Hospitality Ministers on duty, a Council member, or Father Sibi after Mass.

    Not forgetting…

    3G Rule…. In line with current Federal Office for Public Health regulations attendance at Mass is only possible for Vaccinated, Recovered or Tested persons (so-called 3G rule in German). Please remember to bring your certificate and an Identity Document along to Mass. This rule currently valid until 22 January 2022

    The ever-present virus… as always, in line with current BAG recommendations, please disinfect your hands on entering the Church and continue to maintain distance to your fellow parishioners during Mass i.e., in the pews and when receiving Communion. We recommend the wearing of masks during Mass and if you feel unwell to stay at home.

    Dress warmly… to ensure sufficient fresh air in the Church during Mass the large doors will remain open during the winter months.

    Happy Holidays… We wish all community members a Blessed Advent and Christ-filled Christmas. Go well, travel safely, stay healthy and take time to slow down and rest.

    Looking ahead…….

    New Year Mass times… On Saturday 1 January 2022 – Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Mass will be celebrated at 17:30. On Sunday 2 January 2022 – Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, Mass will be celebrated at 17:30

  • Last 4:00 PM Mass to be offered on Nov. 21 – 5:30 PM Mass with COVID certificate will continue Sunday, November 21st, 2021

    We offer our weekly Mass at 5:30 PM at Bruder Klaus on Sundays. Masks are mandatory from age 16. Social distancing and hand hygiene are important. ESRCCB Guidelines.

    4:00 PM Sunday Mass (limited attendance to 50 people) – last 4:00 PM Mass on Nov. 21

    • No certificate required
    • Mass limited to 50 attendees (including staff/volunteers)
    • No registration required at this time; first come first served concept
    • Church doors will be closed when limit of 50 persons is reached
    • Continued wearing of masks and social distancing
    • Contact details for tracing is required

    5:30 PM Sunday Mass (unlimited attendance)

    • Covid Certificate required for all over 16 years of age (including staff/volunteers); and ID
    • Ushers will check these at the door with Swiss Covid Check App
    • Unlimited attendance
    • No registration required
    • Continued wearing of masks and social distancing

    Other Sunday Masses streaming in English

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  • ESRCCB Annual General Meeting – AGM – Sunday, June 6 after Mass Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

    Many of your children would have been Confirmed by Bishop Felix Gmür at our annual Confirmation Mass. Over the years, the closing hymn for the Confirmation Mass has been the hymn “Go Make a Difference”, which is a rallying call for the newly Confirmed to indeed go and make a difference ….”…to be the light of the world, not to be hidden but be seen,………..to be the spirit of hope, … the voice of peace….to go and make a difference in the world”

    Our rallying call after many months of restrictions in our ability to worship is also about making a difference, about YOU personally really being able to make a difference.

    So why not join us at our AGM this Sunday after Mass (in the Bruder Klaus Hall or online via Zoom) and help us to make a difference as part of our Faith Community, serving and growing in the  love of Christ.

    We look forward to welcoming you at the AGM! (Masks and keeping social distance are required.) 

    And now some more good news …

    Owing to the recent easing of restrictions, registration for our regular weekly Mass is no longer required. However, wearing of masks and maintaining distance remain mandatory.

    For the additional Masses on 13 June (First Reconciliation) and 20 June (First Holy Communion) registration for the participants remains mandatory. Regular Mass at 17.30 on these days does not require registration.

    We will continue with the live streaming of Mass for the time being.

Father's Posts

  • Matthew 13:24-30 Saturday, July 24th, 2021

    Jesus in today’s parable was warning us against a premature separation of wheat from weed, of the good from the bad. He was saying that this kind of separation is really God’s work, not our work and that it will happen at the end of time rather than in the course of time. Just as the servants in the parable would have been unable to distinguish the wheat from the weeds if they had been let loose, we do not always have the necessary insight to distinguish who is good and who is evil. We can get it terribly wrong; we only have to think of those innocent people who have been wrongly imprisoned. How often in our own personal lives have we judged someone harshly only to discover in time that we were very wide of the mark. Too great a zeal to purify the wheat field risks doing more harm than good. A weed-free garden may be highly desirable, but the gospel today suggests that we may have to learn to live with weeds. We need to be patient with imperfection, in ourselves and in others. As we know only too well, life is not tidy. It is not like a well-manicured garden, in which order and harmony prevail. Each of us is a mixture of wheat and weed; we are each tainted by sin and yet touched by grace. Our calling is to grow in grace before God and others, as Jesus did. We look to him to help us to keep on turning from sin and growing in grace.

  • Feast of Mary Magdalene – John 20:1-2, 11-18 Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

    According to the gospels, Mary Magdalene was one of the women disciples who followed Jesus in Galilee. She stood with the other women looking on as Jesus was crucified. She witnessed the burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea. She went to the tomb with other women early on the first day of the week. It is the gospel of John that highlights the role of Mary Magdalene on Easter Sunday. The tears we shed at a graveside flow from our love for the person who has died. On that first Easter Sunday, Mary seems to have been alone weeping outside the tomb. Yet, she was not really alone. The one for whom she wept was present to her, even though she did not recognize him, ‘she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not recognize him’. She thought she was seeing the gardener. The risen Lord is always present to us in our moments of sadness and grief, in our times of struggle and distress. Like Mary Magdalene, we don’t always recognize the Lord’s presence. We can be so absorbed by our grief or by our plight that we struggle to see beyond it. At such times, we often need to find a quiet moment to become aware of the risen Lord’s presence and to hear him speak our name, as he spoke Mary’s name to her. It was when the stranger spoke her name that she recognized him as the risen Lord. As Jesus, the risen Lord, said to Mary Magdalene, he has ascended to his Father and our Father, to his God and our God, but he is also present among us and present to each one of us personally, especially in times of loss and struggle. The feast day of Mary Magdalene invites us to allow ourselves to become more aware of the risen Lord’s presence and to become attuned to his calling us by name.
    ✍️CB

  • Exodus 14,21-31.15,1; Mt 12,46-50. Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

    The background to the story in today’s first reading is the freedom of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. This story reminds us about the continuing presence of God with his people. God worked signs and wonders through Moses and Aron which caused the Pharao to free the people. The Lord went with them as a pillar of cloud by day and as a pillar of fire by night. the Lord fought for them. That means the people were under the protecting hands of God every moment of their lives. The only condition was that the people put their complete trust in the Lord and believed in him.
    The Lord promised through the prophet Isaiah that he will be Immanuel- God with us. we read in John’s gospel that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. We experience this continuing presence and care of God through the incarnation of Jesus and especially through the Holy Eucharist. It is in him that we live, move and have our being, as St. Paul would tell us. The only demand that he places before us is that we trust him with all our heart and strength and that we believe that he will fight for us in our troubles and he will show us how to go about.
    It is the same invitation that we have in the gospel, to be a member of the family of Jesus.

  • Matthew 10:24-33 Saturday, July 10th, 2021

    10.07.2021

    Three times in the course of today’s gospel reading, Jesus says to his disciples, ‘Do not be afraid’. He was sending them out on a mission. He did not hide anything from them. He spoke clearly of the hostility they were likely to encounter. If they accused Jesus, the master, of associating with Beelzebul, what will they not say of the members of his household, Jesus’ followers! When it comes to witnessing publicly to our faith in the Lord, they (we) can all be held back by fear. Yet, they are not to be afraid of those who will oppose their message, even to the point of killing their body. They are to be free of fear because Jesus has brought them, and disciples of every generation, into an intimate relationship with God. We share in Jesus’ own relationship with God. As believers in Jesus, we enjoy a familial relationship with God, which is a sharing in Jesus’ own relationship with God as Son. We are valued and watched over by God. Only when we are convinced of this relationship we will be able to overcome fear and have the courage to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. Genuine faith is always a courageous faith. In the gospel reading today, Jesus gives us a reason why we can be courageous in witnessing to our faith in him. God who cares for the humble sparrow cares for us even more, we who are worth ‘more than hundreds of sparrows’. God holds us in the palm of his hand, especially when we witness publicly to our faith in his Son, when, in the words of Jesus at the end of the gospel reading, we declare ourselves publicly for him before others. It is above all at such times that God is our refuge and our strength, in the language of one of the Psalms.

    ✍️CB

  • Matthew 10:16-23 Thursday, July 8th, 2021

    09.07.2021

    The words of Jesus to his disciples in today’s gospel reading reflects the experience of the early church. Those first generations of believers were indeed handed over to the Jewish Sanhedrin and scourged in synagogues; they were dragged before pagan kings and governors and asked to give an account of their beliefs. Within the same family, they were those who professed faith in Jesus and those who did not, and, so, brother did betray brother to death, parents their children and children their parents. The kind of experience Jesus describes may seem somewhat remote from us and, yet, it is not far removed from the experience of many Christians today who live in a culture dominated by religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Even the secular culture, for all its espousal of liberalism and tolerance, can be very hostile to the public expression of religious belief, including the religious values of the gospel. We know that the values of the gospel are not always well regarded by the culture in which we live; many see those gospel values as a threat, especially a threat to a certain understanding of human freedom. Yet, Jesus reassures them that they will not have to face this hostile world on their own. The Holy Spirit will be given to them as a resource and will inspire their witness. The church is as dependant on the Holy Spirit today as it ever was. We all need to keep on asking for and opening our hearts to the gift of this Spirit, if we are to stand firm to the end, in our own time and place. We are just as much in need of the Holy Spirit today, as the first disciples were if we are to bear witness to the Lord and all he stands for. Now, more than ever is the time to witness courageously to this treasure in the power of the Spirit.

    ✍️CB

  • Matthew 10:7-15 Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

    08.07.2021

    Is Jesus sending out his disciples in a state of unpreparedness? The usual resources that people would take with them for a long and demanding journey are being denied to them. From a human point of view, Jesus sending out his disciples almost devoid of the usual resources seems absurd. We can rightly assume that the emphasis on this state of vulnerability is a lesson for the disciples not to be over-reliant on their own human resources, but to rely on the Lord to provide for them. We must plan for every eventuality. Yet, when it comes to the work of the Lord in our time, we need to have a light hold on all our many resources and to allow room for the Lord himself to work. We can be so absorbed in the work of the Lord that we can side-line the Lord of the work. If we excessively provide for ourselves, including our work in the Lord’s service, we can forget that the Lord is the ultimate provider. Poverty of resources can sometimes allow the Lord to work more powerfully than he could if we had every eventuality covered in advance. The Lord is always inviting us to step out of the boat, trusting that he will not let us sink. As Saint Paul reminds us, the Lord’s power is often made perfect in weakness.

    ✍️CB

  • Gen 41:55-57, 42:5-17,17-24; Matthew 10:1-7 Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

    Jesus has been gathering a growing number of disciples since the beginning of his public ministry. According to today’s gospel reading, from this larger group, Jesus called twelve to whom he gave authority and power to share in his healing ministry. The number twelve was significant; it is a reminder of the twelve tribes of Israel. This group of twelve were to symbolize the renewed Israel that Jesus was working to form. Jesus chose these twelve very deliberately. They were to receive intensive training and instruction so as to share in his ministry in a special way. Yet, by the end of the gospel, every one of this group had deserted him, the first-mentioned of the group, Peter had denied him publicly, and the last mentioned, Judas Iscariot had betrayed him to his enemies. In spite of the fact that these twelve had been given special authority and power and had spent more time in his company than others, listening to him and seeing what he did, they failed him when the cross came into view. They were not faithful to their calling. In the words of today’s first reading, their hearts were divided. Although Jesus calls people, calls each one of us, he cannot force us to respond to his call. Although he has a purpose for our lives, he is somewhat helpless before our refusal to co-operate with his purpose for us. Yet, in the gospel story, the failure of the twelve was not the end of their relationship with Jesus. After he rose from the dead, he appeared to them in Galilee and renewed his relationship with them, sending them out to preach the gospel to all nations. The Lord may be helpless before our failure but he remains faithful to us in spite of our unfaithfulness to him and he is always at work to bring some good out of our failures. All he asks is that, in the words of today’s first reading, we continue to ‘go seeking the Lord’. ✍️CB

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