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

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 3 June 2018, The Feast of Corpus Christi

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, in the joyous context of thanksgiving we come to celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Christ is present with us in the Eucharist in the fullness of his Divinity; he who shared our humanity, left his perfect Sacrifice and abiding presence with us when he instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper.

Blessing of school buildings at St Patrick's School, Mentone

Tuesday 29 May 2018

My Dear Young Friends,

I am honoured to join Father Michael McEntee, your Principal Mr Tim Noonan, teachers, students and parishioners as we bless these new facilities for St Patrick's School. It is the first time I have ever blessed an elevator, and I am sure that the staff members will work better and more generously as a result of their new facilities.

I am here to encourage you in the work of Catholic Education, learning to know and love Jesus our Saviour, to prepare for life and to dedicate ourselves to the welfare of others.

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

Sunday 13 May 2018, The Feast of the Ascension

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension when Jesus, by his own power, returned to his Father to prepare us for the promised Holy Spirit who would stay with us forever. The Ascension means that our minds must be continually on the things of heaven, living in the midst of the everyday. It is a moment when our wordless praise and joy is brought to God, who is always near to us.

Opening and blessing by Archbishop Denis Hart of the Benson Retirement Village, St Peter's Toorak

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are a long way from the fine Sunday afternoon of 11 February 1912 when almost 800 people had gathered "from all parts of the district" (The Advocate 17 February 1912) on the corner of Toorak and Lansell Roads, Toorak for the blessing of St Stanislaus Chapel-of-Ease. I say a long way from February 1912.

Let me explain what I mean. 106 years ago is beyond our life span. However, the oldest parishioner of St Peter's Parish, Dora O'Sullevan, died in March, just short of 100 years, and the oldest parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Margot Burke, died two weeks before her at the age of 94 years. Both women had a long association with these two parishes. They were faithful Catholics, socially engaged, daughters of generous contributors to the Church and active parishioners. Their funerals were attended by their respective surviving sisters, family members and friends and fellow parishioners.

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