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Thursday 11 June 2020

Communications Office

When restrictions around public worship eased earlier this month, Fr Andrew Jekot at St Mary of the Cross Catholic Parish, Mordialloc and Aspendale, couldn’t wait to re-open the church doors and welcome his parishioners back. "I certainly thought that at Easter time we would be back full strength in the church for Mass at Pentecost. How wrong was I! It has been wonderful to be able to offer regular weekday and weekend Masses again (as of 2 June) and see parishioners face to face and not through a device!"

A message from Archbishop Peter (Corpus Christi)

Thursday 11 June 2020

Communications Office

In his latest video message to the faithful, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflects on the upcoming Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) and our spiritual hunger for Jesus, especially during this time of COVID-19. He also contemplates the different ways we hunger for the Body of Christ to manifest in our own lives and in wider society: "I'm particularly mindful of the hunger our First Peoples have for their identity in the land ... whether we're First Peoples or settlers or migrants - we hunger for the good of each of our people and that this land might be a sign and witness of how to live well with one another." 

Rerum Novarum Awards re-launched

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Catholic Education Melbourne

The Rerum Novarum Awards for 2020 have been re-launched as a result of the disruption to the school year caused by the COVID-19 virus. The competition is open to groups of Years 10-12 students in Catholic schools in Victoria for projects on a social justice issue, using the See, Judge, Act method to apply the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The Gold award in the competition is $10,000, which will be paid to the school to fund a social justice project undertaken by the school. There will also be a Silver award ($5,000) and a Bronze award ($2,500).


Melbourne Prays: Taking the mission online

Friday 5 June 2020

Communications Office
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, schools and churches were inevitably affected and began closing their doors. Where possible, communities shifted online, providing online learning modules and the livestreaming of Masses. But what of the community and social aspects of prayer? Looking for a creative way to bring people together for daily prayer, two priests from the Archdiocese of Melbourne—Fr Nicholas Pearce (Assistant Vocations Director and Parish Priest of Holy Family Mount Waverley) and Fr Marcus Goulding (Assistant Priest at St Anthony’s Parish South Melton)—took to social media to find a way to bring young university students together and provide a way of punctuating their school day with prayer.