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Solemn Mass of Easter Sunday celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 16 April 2017

“You must have heard about the recent happenings, about Jesus of Nazareth ….. we can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judea and in Jerusalem.” 
(Cf. Acts 10:37.39)


My dear Brothers and Sisters,


These are the words which the apostle, Peter, a witness to the resurrection of Christ, addressed to the centurion, Cornelius, and his household. Today, the witnesses speak out. The women who ran to the tomb, the apostles, Peter and John, Paul of Tarsus, the many missionaries and saints who have given to the world their awareness that Christ is risen. On the strength of this unending testimony the Church has grown and is now spread throughout the world, even in our own century.

Easter Vigil celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Saturday, 15 April 2017

“There is no need for you to be afraid. Jesus is not here, he has risen as he said he would.”
(Matthew 28:5-6)


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


We feel very much one with the women who had rushed to the tomb at the break of dawn. They had experienced the tragic events leading up to Our Lord’s crucifixion. They had felt the sadness and confusion, which often results in our lives after death. Yet, they had persevered in the Lord. The angel comes to reassure them so effectively, that quickly they ran away to tell the others the good news of the resurrection.

Mass of the Chrism celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Tuesday 11 April 2017

“The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to bring Good News.”
(Luke 4:18)

Dear Brothers in the Priesthood, Brothers and Sisters,

The Gospel which we have just read offers us imperishable life, liberty, light and hope. It echoes what Pope Francis said about the joy of the Gospel and its power to transform each of us. Reflecting on the gift of priesthood in our Diocese and in our parish, we remember the life-giving constant service, which you my brother priests give so effectively.

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