Mass for the Members of the Guild of Saint Stephen

Friday, 27th May 2016

My dear young Friends,

I rejoice to be with you at Mass today because the Mass is the most important meeting that we have with our God. When Jesus faced his death on the cross He thought up a wonderful way by which He could be with us. In changing bread and wine, separately because of his death, into his Body and Blood, He is able to be with us every time we celebrate Mass.

Funeral Mass of Father Ross Mckenney at Saint Joseph's Church, Elsternwick

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we come to farewell a devoted pastor, a brother priest who loved his people and had a deep appreciation of the seriousness of the priesthood. Indeed, gravitas and facility with words, as well as the way he wove sentences together with expression and development, are very characteristic of him. He used his great abilities always in the service of his people, and in reflecting the love of his mother, Catherine, of his siblings and family and particularly, of the parochial and Jesuit education which he had received.

Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, for the Feast of Pentecost

Sunday 15 May 2016

My dear Brothers and Sisters, 

The Gospel of this Pentecost feast tells us how the Risen Lord came to his disciples when they had locked themselves away in fear. He stood among them, and said “Peace be with you” … it is the same greeting with which we began the Mass today … and they knew again the joy of being in his presence. With the words “as the Father sent me, so am I sending you”, Jesus commissioned them for the great task which lay ahead of them, in which we still share today.