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The Journey of Reconciliation: Saint Ignatius College, Geelong The Journey of Reconciliation: Saint Ignatius College, Geelong

The Journey of Reconciliation: Saint Ignatius College, Geelong

Friday 28 February 2020

Brendan Nicholls Ash Wednesday was a very important day for the community at Saint Ignatius College Geelong due to the celebration of two significant parallel beginnings. As a Catholic community, staff and students received the ashes as Lent began and the start of forty days of preparation of growing closer to God and others. The College also unveiled a significant symbol of the desire to further the College’s journey of reconciliation and justice for our nation’s First Peoples in the form of an Indigenous Acknowledgement sign. Both of these events are beginnings of...

First Sunday of Lent: Jesus in the Wilderness

Sunday 1 March 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 1st Sunday in Lent (Year A)
It is worth asking why it is that God would send his Son into the heart of temptation, as the very first thing he was called upon to do in his public mission. Why not wait until the Devil presented himself as the contender for humanity’s soul – why go running towards that which brought about our fall? Part of the answer to this question lies in the purpose of Jesus’ mission. God took on our humanity so that he could enter into the heart of our frailty, and from there restore us to our divine image. As St Paul said today: If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift. To receive this gift, Jesus needed to go to where the gift could be received – so, he went to our fallen and corrupted humanity, to confront the death of sin, and to offer the grace of life. 




The Melbourne Church celebrates the 2020 Rite of Election

Sunday 1 March 2020

Communications Office
More than 1,100 people gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday afternoon for the annual Rite of Election, a key step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. It is at this Rite that those preparing to receive the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist at Easter are presented to the Archbishop and the wider community. Over 55 parishes across the Archdiocese of Melbourne were represented at the Rite, with the catechumens (those who are preparing for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and candidates (those who have been baptised—in the Catholic Church or in other Christian traditions—but have not yet come to the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist) gathering at St Patrick's Cathedral to listen to the Word of God and make public their commitment to persevering on their journey towards full communion with the Catholic Church this Easter.

Launching Project Compassion 2020: Go further together

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Communications Office 
Go further together is the theme for this year’s Project Compassion, which Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli officially launched on Tuesday at Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs. Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Every year, millions of Australians take part in standing in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.