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Mass at St Catherine’s, Balwyn - Wednesday 12th November 2014

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT CATHERINE’S, BALWYN, ON WEDNESDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER 2014, AT 11.00 A.M.  
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Readings today for the feast of Saint Martin speak about the spirit of the Lord being given to him as he was anointed.  Martin’s life is quite extraordinary.  He had pagan parents who reared him in Pavia in Italy and became a catechumen.  At fifteen he took the military oath and at eighteen received Baptism.  He was a soldier for some time and Saint Hilary of Poitiers ordained Martin as an exorcist following his discharge from the army.  When Hilary returned to Poitiers in about 360, Martin established the first French monastery.  He was Bishop of Tours in 371, living at his cathedral until with eighty disciples he reassumed a monastic way of life.

He is the patron saint of France and was renowned for his charity and prayer.  The new Commandment of Jesus Christ:  'Love one another as I have loved you', is the watchword of Saint Martin, whose charity and awareness of the needs of others is our watchword.

Here at Saint Catherine’s, as we enjoy so much care and goodness, we too can be instruments of that charity and love through prayer and hope.  Today we are reassured that the God of all grace, whose love we celebrate in this Eucharist, will be with us at every moment.

+ Denis J. Hart,

ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.

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