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Mass for schools to honour the Feast of Saint Patrick, in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Friday 17 March 2017

My dear young friends,

Patrick was born in Roman Britain, the son of a city councillor, who had a country farm. At sixteen Irish pirates came and sold him as a slave. For six years he had to be a shepherd, living with the sheep in wind and rain. Encouraged by a voice that he heard in his sleep, he escaped and found a ship and eventually got back to Roman Britain.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 12 March 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Often it can be said that we live a life surrounded by many signs and demands. The world presents a call to new experience. To travel on a tram or train is to be surrounded by the clamour of mobile phones. Older generations can only work in silence. Younger generations need to be surrounded by sound. We might ask whether this is a desire to be distracted or an anxiety against meeting our self and the truth. Whatever it may be, there is a distinct difference between hearing and listening.

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