50th Anniversary of Church Dedication Mass
MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT HOLY EUCHARIST CHURCH, CHADSTONE,
ON SATURDAY, 22ND SEPTEMBER 2012 AT 5.00 P.M., FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today’s Mass in its Opening Prayer emphasises the love of God and neighbour, the keeping of precepts, the attaining to eternal life. While the Readings challenge us about the disagreements which can occur between people about who is the greatest, Our Lord emphasises that the gift of service of each other is the greatest gift of all and the one way of following Christ, who gave his all that we might live.
Holy Eucharist church for the past fifty years has been a place where we bring our worship and love to the living Lord, offered and received in the Eucharist, the nourishment for God’s holy people on their journey.
Fifty years can be a remarkable point of pause for reflection, inviting us to see the implications, not only of the presence of this striking building on Dandenong Road, but of the power of the Eucharist in our lives.
In the Mass Jesus joins us with his perfect self-offering to the Father on the cross, which gave infinite praise and reparation to God for the sins of human kind. When just before his passion he said ‘do this in memory of me’, he instituted the Eucharist by which all that he did on the cross, in giving himself in perfect love and in reparation and salvation, would be brought to bear on us through the Mass in an unbloody way. The separation of bread and wine consecrated to become the Body and Blood of Christ, where he is present totally in the whole as well as in each of its parts, is the effective means by which God reaches into our human lives and nourishes them.
But remember there are two essential, inseparable aspects of the Eucharist. First, the common offering and reception we have each time we come to Mass. Second, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day by which we can contemplate the Eucharist and its power in our lives by becoming more aware and receive inspiration and depth and be united with the ministry of the Sacrament of the Eucharist, praying for the sick and those to whom the Eucharist is taken outside of Mass.
Your parish is Holy Eucharist parish and I would believe that it is most important that it have a very powerful awareness of the nearness of God and his ability to transform us in our lives as we continue on our journey.
Congratulations on fifty years of worship of God and Christian service in Holy Eucharist church. But remember anniversaries are not merely about the past; they always reach forward into what we can dream and be in the future as we continue our journey towards eternal life to which the Lord draws us. May Jesus live in our hearts forever.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.