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Mass celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne Mass celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

Mass celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 30 July 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,Welcome to those who are celebrating Silver, Golden and other wedding anniversaries. Your strong, committed love and the love of your families which surrounds you today, is something for which we thank God on our journey through life.Our treasure is not something material, but something quite imperishable - to discover in Jesus the kingdom of heaven.Some of you may know that in 1972 Robert Redford starred in a movie entitled “The Candidate”, about a young man manipulated by a political consultant who gets himself elected President of America and then...

Mass celebrated at Saint John's Church, East Melbourne for the welcome to graduate teachers

Wednesday 26 July 2017

My Dear Young Friends,

 

 

 

I welcome you with joy, even though the first half of the year has passed, as you come to be with us from your first year as Catholic teachers.  Thank you for dedicating yourselves and your life to this work for people.  I am sure you have learnt already that embracing the challenge of Catholic living and of leadership is something which occasionally leads us outside our comfort zone.  I want to assure you of the nearness of our loving God and of my prayers as we offer this Mass, congratulating you for the choice that you have made.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 23 July 2017 at 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The careful examination of the Readings today reminds us of God's fundamental attitude to us. As we say in the Psalm, "Lord you are good and forgiving." We know that he is patient with us and as St Paul says to the Romans, "The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness" and indeed expresses our pleas to God. The wonderful story of the sowing of seed in the field can be an encouragement to us as we continue our journey. Seed, accompanied by sun, rain and farm management can bring great fruit.

Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne for his Golden Jubilee of priestly ordination

Saturday 22 July 2017 at 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for coming with great rejoicing to accompany me, as I humbly thank God for the gift of priesthood received here in this Cathedral at the hands of Bishop Arthur Fox, fifty years ago today, with my classmates.

In welcoming you all, I recognise the present of our Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, whose presence is a sign of our unity in faith and love with Pope Francis. 

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 16 July 2017 At 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Have you ever been in a crowd so great that you might have felt crushed, perhaps coming out of a sporting event as people surged forward? Those in Rome speak of the crush on the buses or coming out of Saint Peter’s. A huge crowd like this, pressing forward, came to the lakeside to listen to Jesus.

There was always an attractiveness about him, a magnetic quality. Some would say it was the stories he told. They were realistic, simple and clear, and the points that he made highlighted God’s love for people and the invitation he gives to us to imitate his generosity.

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