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Now what? Online Mass and other resources

Updated 24 April 2020

Communications Office
During these unprecedented times, quite painfully, many Catholics will be unable to attend Mass. No doubt, this will only increase our hunger for Christ. We encourage you to continue your life of prayer and participation in the life of the Church despite this heavy cross. This page seeks to provide guidance to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Melbourne regarding their participation in Mass during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Third Sunday in Lent: Spiritual Closeness

Sunday 15 March 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 3rd Sunday in Lent (Year A) 
You may have seen those videos coming from apartment blocks in Italian towns that are shut down because of the coronavirus. Someone in an apartment block with an internal balcony takes up their trusty accordion or guitar and begins playing a folk tune or pop song, and others from different apartments come out onto their balconies and join. Voices are raised in a pop-up choir, and an impromptu orchestra of bells and whistles and tambourines joins in. Old and young get into it, and people wave to each other across their ‘social distancing’ isolation. People might be forced to be shut away in their own homes because of the virus, but they’ve found a way of being together, nonetheless.

Plenary Delegates in Service to the Gospel Mission

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Communications Office
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (CAM) has submitted the names of eight possible delegates to the Bishops Commission for the Plenary Council, from which four will be chosen to attend both the assembly in Adelaide (4-11 October 2020) and the assembly in Sydney (27 June - 2 July 2021). A total of 78 applications were received by the Archdiocese, from which a Selection Panel recommended eight people to Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, who accepted the recommendations. Chair of the Selection Panel, Mark Edwards OMI, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, said that each one of the 78 names submitted could have easily been put forward as a delegate for their example of Christian wisdom and faith. He stressed that delegates are not ‘representatives’ of particular causes, groups or issues, but ‘delegates’ in service to the Gospel mission.