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Walk with him and trust: Alex Chow prepares for Ordination to the Diaconate Walk with him and trust: Alex Chow prepares for Ordination to the Diaconate

Walk with him and trust: Alex Chow prepares for Ordination to the Diaconate

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Communications Office
This Saturday, on the Feast of St Mary MacKillop, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli will ordain seminarian Alexander Chow as a deacon for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Alex, who worked as a chemical scientist before pursuing his calling to the priesthood, says his parents' example of faith was integral to his own faith life and vocation. 'I think with God nothing is too late... It might take time but God is patient with us.'

Archbishop Peter thanks VMCH staff for Celebration Week

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Communications Office
It may be a time of great risk and difficulty, but it's also a time to celebrate the good work done by the staff of aged care facilities, according to Archbishop Peter's message of encouragement to VMCH. Speaking from St Patrick’s Cathedral, Archbishop Peter filmed a message to encourage the staff of VMCH for their Celebration Week while the city is in lockdown following the outbreak of Covid-19 in Victoria, which has affected people in vulnerable situations and the wider aged care industry.   

St Patrick’s Cathedral: A closer look

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Communications Office
During lockdown, we’re already learning to adapt without many simple pleasures like going to cafés, or restaurants, or a bookshop. But also, one of the things we miss is being in and around those beautiful sacred spaces that we frequent each week for Mass. That’s why we’re running a series on spaces around the Archdiocese – particularly St Patrick’s Cathedral – that reminds people of the beauty around us in the Archdiocese, but also to inspire hope that we’ll come to these places with new appreciation once the lockdown ends. Let us pray for the triumph of Christ as we continue during lockdown and we welcome you tune in to celebrate Mass this Sunday at 11am. 

CatholicCare reaches out as Victoria enters State of Disaster

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Each year in August CatholicCare celebrates the CatholicCare Sunday Appeal in Catholic parishes throughout Greater Melbourne, Geelong and Gippsland, and like many of our other routines, this too has been impacted by the pandemic. With many parishes in lockdown for the safety and wellbeing of communities, 2020 will mark the first year conducting CatholicCare Sunday Appeal online. The staff of CatholicCare ask that you join in helping to BREAK BARRIERS – this year’s theme – to help families overcome the barriers holding them back, so that they may live life to the full.  

Teaching, healing and nourishing (Homily, 18th Sunday in OT)

Sunday 2 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Friends, note the order in which things unfold for Jesus today. Jesus has heard of the death of his cousin, John the Baptist. This is a moment of grief for him and his disciples. So they look for a place where they can be alone in their sadness. But the people around about find them. Jesus, putting aside his own personal struggles, turns toward their neediness in mercy, and offers himself to them: in teaching, in healing and – miraculously – in nourishing. Note, also, the order in which things unfold for the disciples. Like Jesus, they heard of the tragedy of John’s death, they too experience the ache of grief, and they seek to find the space they need to mourn. Here is where the two stories begin to part.