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Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 4 February, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Readings today give us a compelling introduction with Jesus as the great healer. After the cure of Peter’s mother-in-law, people bring their sick and come crowding around the door.

In the first Reading there again are remarkable illustrations of human suffering, so much so the urges and challenges that come across our life seem almost overpowering.

Mass for Religious celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Saturday 3 February 2018

Dear Friends,
 
The late Benedictine Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster when asked what makes a good homily gave the following advice: ‘first there must be a good beginning, secondly a suitable ending and thirdly the two should be as close together as possible’! Well, I will leave it to you to judge if I have taken his advice today!

Red Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Monday 29 January 2018

My dear Brothers and Sisters,

A very warm welcome to this Red Mass of the Holy Spirit, in which we implore the grace of God upon all in the legal profession. 

I recognise particularly distinguished judges and magistrates, barristers and solicitors, members of legal staff, and their families, as we come to implore God’s help in the important equity, administration of the law and compassionate decisions that we make for the good of people.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Monday 25 December 2017 at 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With the full realisation of Christmas Day we see the saving power of God in human lives and in the world of today. He was the Word, who communicates God to us here and now.

In the Scriptures, in the utterances of Fathers of the Church, teachers and preachers, we are reminded of the ways in which God has spoken to us. Now we have a powerful reminder that God speaks to us in a person of Jesus Christ. 

Night Mass of Christmas, celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 24 December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

God has come to share our nature in Jesus Christ. He, the Light of the World, opens up our darkness and uncertainty to the warmth of his love. 

This evening I invite you to share in offering this Mass for all the people of our city; that we may know that God is near, and led by his light may live humbly in justice and truth all the days of our lives. We remember the poor, as Jesus was poor in the crib. We remember the lonely, as the shepherds who came to watch for him. We bring the light of our faith to bring our lives to him.

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