Opening and blessing by Archbishop Denis Hart of the Benson Retirement Village, St Peter's Toorak

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are a long way from the fine Sunday afternoon of 11 February 1912 when almost 800 people had gathered "from all parts of the district" (The Advocate 17 February 1912) on the corner of Toorak and Lansell Roads, Toorak for the blessing of St Stanislaus Chapel-of-Ease. I say a long way from February 1912.

Let me explain what I mean. 106 years ago is beyond our life span. However, the oldest parishioner of St Peter's Parish, Dora O'Sullevan, died in March, just short of 100 years, and the oldest parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Margot Burke, died two weeks before her at the age of 94 years. Both women had a long association with these two parishes. They were faithful Catholics, socially engaged, daughters of generous contributors to the Church and active parishioners. Their funerals were attended by their respective surviving sisters, family members and friends and fellow parishioners.

Mass celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 15 April 2018

“Christ would suffer and rise from the dead and that in his name repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations.  You are witnesses to this.”

(Luke 14:47.49)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Greek engineer, Archimedes, once said, “Give me somewhere to stand and I will move the earth.”  And in the light of this, Dietrich Bonhoffer suggested that if Christians really believed and acted on Archimedes’ challenge much would be changed. 

Easter has made it possible for us to bring about such changes, has given us somewhere to stand so that