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Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne for ordinations... Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne for ordinations...

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne for ordinations...

Saturday 24 June 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,With wonder we come forward for the ordination of Trevor Tibbertsma and Marcus Goulding to the priesthood, of Hubert Fernando to the permanent diaconate; and Tho Tran to the diaconate on his journey to the priesthood. Ordinations are an invitation to young men, supported by the Church, to come forward to be other Christs and Ministers of Word and Sacrament. Today we are surrounded by the joyful prayer and praises of the community of the faithful as these four men come forward to ordained ministry, supported by family, friends, seminarians, priests and bishops...

Mass celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne for the 35th anniversary of Catholic Regional College, Sydenham

Thursday 22 June 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is the presence and love of Jesus which transforms all of us, and here at CRC over 35 years, gifted leaders and intelligent, aspiring young people have worked together to take their place in the world with dignity and skill.

For me this has shone out through the leadership of principals, the huge vision of Father John O'Reilly and the readiness of young people to give dignity, respect, care and hospitality, so that in passing through CRC Sydenham we see our place in the world.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 18th June 2017, Feast of Corpus Christi

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The feast of Corpus Christi has always reminded me how real and close is Jesus when present to us. In the sacrifice of the Mass what he did on the cross in death is made present again and the bread and wine consecrated become his Body and Blood, the food and medicine for our souls.

I have often said here that whether in the celebration of Mass where we prepare by listening to God’s Word and then the bread and wine are changed so that Jesus becomes really present, we are drawn into unity with our God in a marvellous and wonderful way, which will never end.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 11 June 2017, Trinity Sunday

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity, remembering that God invites us to be drawn into the love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We need to remember that God is not an abstraction, but a Trinity of persons who love and give for each other in such a powerful way that that love is poured into our lives and our hearts.

Liturgy of the Word celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart in Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, for the 40th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Communities

Friday 9 June 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With great love and honour, I welcome you all to St Patrick's Cathedral as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way in Australia. I greet with esteem Toto and Rita Piccolo, Father Tony and our local leaders Joe and Carmen, and all who have been touched so powerfully by the Word of God. I thank you for your goodness and for allowing the Word of God to touch and burn in your hearts, so that the privilege of bringing God's living word to people shines from you beautifully and humbly, and brings life to the world.

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