Homilies

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 

Funeral Mass of Father Robert Francis Coghlan Celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at St Mary's Basilica, Geelong

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are gathered to farewell the soul of a dedicated and generous priest, Father Robert Francis Coghlan, who died at St John of God Hospital, nine days before his eightieth birthday, on the Saturday before Palm Sunday. He was already in the 80th year of his age and the 53rd year of his priesthood, at that time resident at Rice Village here in Geelong where he was born and nurtured. Together with his sister Norma, his niece Anne and his family, we priests and people of the Archdiocese pay tribute to Father Bob's gentle, compassionate use of the priesthood of Jesus Christ in service of God's people, despite indifferent health at times in later life.

Easter Sunday Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 1 April 2018

“I am risen and I am with you. Alleluia!”

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral as we celebrate the greatest feast of our Church Year. This is indeed the day the Lord has made. We rejoice because Christ is risen from the dead and through Baptism he has given us his risen life. Each year we celebrate the resurrection because we know that we are always destined for higher things.

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