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Mass for the 50th anniversary of the Claretian Missionary Sisters

Mass for the 50th anniversary of the Claretian Missionary Sisters

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT ASSISI CENTRE, ROSANNA, ON SATURDAY 26 APRIL 2008 AT 2PM, FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MISSIONARY SISTERS OF SAINT ANTHONY MARY CLARET. INTRODUCTION Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am delighted to be with Sister Leve Swattos and the Claretian Sisters in Melbourne as we thank God for the Golden Jubilee of their formation on 19th March 1958 by Archbishop Geraldo Fernandes and Mother Leonia Milito. The Congregation for these years has been particularly devoted to his will and to the sanctification of her members sharing in the work of...

Welcoming Mass for the World Youth Day Cross and Icon

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART FOR THE WELCOMING OF THE WORLD YOUTH DAY CROSS AND ICON IN SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE, ON FRIDAY, 25TH APRIL 2008 AT 6.00 P.M.

INTRODUCTION

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We have just welcomed to Saint Patrick’s the World Youth Day Cross and Icon, powerful symbols of the limitless, redeeming love of our Saviour, and of the faithfulness of his Mother.  We recognise the presence also of the Aboriginal Message Stick

In this Mass we will adore Jesus as our God.  As we listen to God’s Word and pray with love beyond all telling in union with his Mother, let us ask the Lord above all that he will touch our hearts during this pilgrimage and lead us to allow the Cross to guide our life, to see where truth is found and united with Mary’s prayers to find true peace.

As we call to mind our sins, let us ask the Lord for pardon, light and strength to continue our journey.

HOMILY

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Cross is the principal symbol of the reality of our Catholic faith.  God so loved the world that he sought us out and when we were burdened by Original or personal sin he came to make the ultimate sacrifice – to die for love of us.

In the midst of insult and torment, when he was crucified like a criminal, Jesus was silent, except for very few words:  “Father, forgive them.  They do not know what they are doing.”  And “Into your hands, Father, I commend my spirit.”

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, accompanied by the two other Marys, followed Jesus to his Cross, as she had followed him in life.  She invites us to join her in a similar following. 

Tonight is our opportunity to thank Jesus for his death, to see in this large wooden cross the life giving shadow of what Jesus did coming over our lives, giving them hope, so that we will offer hope and strength to others.

Since 1983 the Cross has travelled around the world spending the last year before each World Youth Day in the country where World Youth Day will next be celebrated.  Since last July the Cross and Icon have journeyed around Australia, accompanied by the Aboriginal Message Stick, highlighting the message of faith that they bring.  Since 2003 the Icon of Our Lady, salvation of the Roman people, accompanies the Cross. 

It is a way when together, as we receive the Cross and Icon from the Diocese of Sale as the young people and the Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, we are united in our journey to World Youth Day and in the invitation which Pope Benedict has given us:  “You will be my witnesses when the Holy Spirit comes.” 

From today until 11th May when we will hand the Cross to the Archdiocese of Hobart at Station Pier, before embarking on the Spirit of Tasmania, the Cross and Icon will be present in our public places, our parishes and communities.  It will provide inspiration that God’s love is with us, his care touches us, his inspiration and invitation to faithfulness, as Mary was faithful, is with us at every moment.

Pope Benedict recently stressed that we are saved by hope because of the reality of all that God has done and continues to do in our lives.

World Youth Day 2008 is an invitation to every young person here to say ‘yes’ to Jesus Christ, to love him and follow him with a renewed heart and to witness to him in the service which we render to the communities in our city and suburb.

“We adore you O Christ and we praise you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.”  It is in the Cross that we find salvation and hope.  Whether in the large cross we c

Mass for 125th Anniversary of Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART FOR THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF STAR OF THE SEA COLLEGE, GARDENVALE, AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE, ON WEDNESDAY, 23RD APRIL 2008, AT 7.00 P.M.

INTRODUCTION

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am delighted to join the Presentation Sisters, your Principal, Mrs. Sandra Diafas, present staff and students, and former alumnae and friends of Star of the Sea, as we celebrate this Mass on the 125th anniversary of the foundation of Star of the Sea.

Since the arrival of the first Presentation Sisters, Star of the Sea has been a significant place of education for young women, recognised in the Archdiocese of Melbourne as a place of strong Christian formation.  The gifts of young people who have gone forth from Star have enriched community and family alike. 

As we come to thank God and to remember the patronage of our Blessed Mother, let us gather together our memories of a great College and carry its inspiration into the future, as we call to mind our sins and invoke the Lord’s all powerful support.


HOMILY

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

One hundred and twenty-five years ago Mother John Byrne and Mother Paul Fahey moved into a house called Turret Lodge with a clear view of the local bay and named Star of the Sea College after Our Lady, Star of the Sea.

The Presentation Sisters had been asked to come to Australia from Ireland by Father James Corbett, and after establishing the first Presentation Convent at Windsor they moved to Gardenvale.  It was the Presentation Sisters from Wagga who established Star of the Sea College.

The image of Our Lady as “Stella Maris” – Star of the Sea – comes directly from the Hebrew and from the early times of Christianity.  It was Saint Jerome in the fourth century who defined Mary as “Stella Maris”, directly translating into Latin her Hebrew name of “Maryam”, “Drop of the Sea”.  This image of “Stella Maris” has been used from the Middle Ages, seeing Our Lady as protecting fishermen and sailors.  The link is obvious because of the location of the College looking out over the nearby bay.

“Stella Maris” or “Star” is an ancient title of Our Lady used by seafarers who have traditionally depended on the stars for navigation and so they trust in the protection and guidance of Our Lady.

Mary, we know, is the incomparable woman, the finest human being and the first disciple of Jesus Christ.  To know Our Lady’s devotion to Christ, her motherly protection and her commitment to the will of God for her, is the inspiration of Star of the Sea.

Tonight, of course, we remember the time of so many people present as pupils or teachers at Star of the Sea and it is these recollections that are most important.  Since 1883 there have been thirteen Presentation Sisters as Principal and three lay Principals, including Sandra Diafas.  With the demands of modern education and science, Star of the Sea has developed into a strong College of 1,000 young women from Years Seven to Twelve.

The College’s House system, whereby there are four Houses; Nagle, Stella, Ave and Fahey, more than seventy years old, honours Nano Nagle, the Foundress of the Presentation Sisters, Our Lady as Star of the Sea, Our Lady from the words ‘Ave Maria’ and Mother Paul Fahey. 

The wide range of activities, including the broad educational curriculum, the College’s a Cappella Choir, the student exchange programmes and the notable achievement of alumnae, is indicative of the fact that Star of the Sea continues to provide for the ever-increasing complexity of needs of young people.

Since 1997 the un

Fifth Sunday of Easter

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE, ON SUNDAY 20 APRIL 2008 AT 11AM.

INTRODUCTION

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

If we enter through Jesus, who is the gate, we come to eternal life.  We do not need a map to see where God the Father may be found because Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Today as we ask that we will freely choose to follow Jesus, let us ask Jesus also that he will show us who he is so that our journey may be filled with light and hope.

HOMILY

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Next Friday and for the ensuing days until 11th May the World Youth Day Cross and Icon will be present in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  Some of you may be able to join us for the Welcome Mass on next Friday evening and thereafter to venerate the Cross.

Since the institution of World Youth Day in 1984 the Cross and Icon have gone around the world to many countries to help young people to be inspired by the Cross, to realise the full import of Jesus’ living and dying, and the living love of Mary, his mother, as together we prepare for World Youth Day.  This is indeed a special time for the Church.  A time when we can reflect who we are.

Other bishops around Australia have told me how the Cross being taken to public and private places, to prisons and mountains and ports and city squares, is a reminder that Jesus Christ is central to all that we do, that his love is real and personal and that when he says in today’s Gospel, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”, we are challenged to look at the life he led, compare it with the life we lead and to draw strength for our journey.

At the beginning of 2005 when I was meeting here in Melbourne with the other Bishops from the English-speaking world to prepare the new translation for the Missal, Archbishop Al Hughes from New Orleans was with us.  He was dynamic, articulate and yet some months later Hurricane Katrina rushed through the American Gulf Coast killing 1,836 people, leaving 1,000 people missing, 851,000 houses damaged or destroyed and 900 churches, synagogues and mosques damaged or destroyed.  Going along in one particular town on a slab now devoid of any building there is a sign – Saint Clare’s Catholic Church meets here.  This is the most telling reminder that the Church is not bricks and mortar, but it is the people who are followers and in love with Jesus Christ.

When Jesus says: ‘I am the Way’: it means that his life is for imitation in being and doing authentically true to the mission God has given us as he was faithful to the Father.  ‘I am the Truth’:  we know that the teaching of Christ in the Gospels and equally the teaching of the Church will shape our journey towards eternal life.  ‘I am the Life’:  means to invite us to be in love with him and follow him to eternity.

Cardinal John Henry Newman said these words:  “Apparently it was not until after his resurrection, and especially after his ascension when the Holy Ghost descended, that the Apostles understood who had been with them in Jesus.  When all was over they knew it.  Now we see a trace of a general principle which comes again and again in Scripture and in the world, that God’s presence is not seen at the time when it is upon us, but when we look back on what has happened.”

This time of the Cross and Icon, this pilgrimage to World Youth Day, reminds us that our God is just as much with us in Melbourne and Australia as he was in Palestine.  He reminds us that everything we do must be directed by the knowledge of his truth and like a magnet he draws us to eternal life.

+ Denis J. Hart,
Ar

Mass for the 40th anniversary of Good Shepherd, Mulgrave

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART FOR THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH, MULGRAVE, ON SUNDAY 20 APRIL 2008 AT 2PM.


INTRODUCTION

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am delighted to join Father Kaz and Father Miroslaw, and each of you in the celebration of forty years of Good Shepherd Parish and to join you in praising God for all that has been achieved. Father Kazimierz Trawicki has given esteemed and generous leadership and for this reason I am honoured to be with you today.

If we enter through Jesus, who is the gate, we come to eternal life.  We do not need a map to see where God the Father may be found because Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Today as we ask that we will freely choose to follow Jesus, let us ask Jesus also that he will show us who he is so that our journey may be filled with light and hope.

HOMILY

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Next Friday and for the ensuing days until 11th May the World Youth Day Cross and Icon will be present in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  Some of you may be able to join us for the Welcome Mass on next Friday evening and thereafter to venerate the Cross.

Since the institution of World Youth Day in 1984 the Cross and Icon have gone around the world to many countries to help young people to be inspired by the Cross, to realise the full import of Jesus’ living and dying, and the living love of Mary, his mother, as together we prepare for World Youth Day.  This is indeed a special time for the Church.  A time when we can reflect who we are.

Other bishops around Australia have told me how the Cross being taken to public and private places, to prisons and mountains and ports and city squares, is a reminder that Jesus Christ is central to all that we do, that his love is real and personal and that when he says in today’s Gospel, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”, we are challenged to look at the life he led, compare it with the life we lead and to draw strength for our journey.

At the beginning of 2005 when I was meeting here in Melbourne with the other Bishops from the English-speaking world to prepare the new translation for the Missal, Archbishop Al Hughes from New Orleans was with us.  He was dynamic, articulate and yet some months later Hurricane Katrina rushed through the American Gulf Coast killing 1,836 people, leaving 1,000 people missing, 851,000 houses damaged or destroyed and 900 churches, synagogues and mosques damaged or destroyed.  Going along in one particular town on a slab now devoid of any building there is a sign – Saint Clare’s Catholic Church meets here.  This is the most telling reminder that the Church is not bricks and mortar, but it is the people who are followers and in love with Jesus Christ.

When Jesus says: ‘I am the Way’: it means that his life is for imitation in being and doing authentically true to the mission God has given us as he was faithful to the Father.  ‘I am the Truth’:  we know that the teaching of Christ in the Gospels and equally the teaching of the Church will shape our journey towards eternal life.  ‘I am the Life’:  means to invite us to be in love with him and follow him to eternity.

Cardinal John Henry Newman said these words:  “Apparently it was not until after his resurrection, and especially after his ascension when the Holy Ghost descended, that the Apostles understood who had been with them in Jesus.  When all was over they knew it.  Now we see a trace of a general principle which comes again and again in Scripture and in the world, that God’s presence is not seen at the time when it is upon us, but when we look back on what has happened.”

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