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Mass for the silver jubilee of the Indonesian catholic family

MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT SAINT PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, MELBOURNE,
ON SUNDAY, 23RD SEPTEMBER 2012 AT 2.00 P.M., FOR THE SILVER JUBILEE OF THE INDONESIAN CATHOLIC FAMILY.

 
My dear young Friends,
 
Twenty-five years when you are young seems a short time.  However, as Archbishop I am filled with joy at the fact that for the past twenty-five years the Indonesian Catholic Family and all its activities of prayer, recreation, catechism, evangelisation and social life have nurtured so strongly the Indonesian community here in Melbourne.
 
From the time of the first initiative under Father Chris Geraud of the Society of Jesus at Saint Colman’s, Balaclava, to the formal establishment of the Indonesian Catholic Family under Marcus Soema in 1987, through to the present Committee under the leadership of Heru Prasetyo and your Chaplain, Father Paulus Santoso, there has been continued growth and immeasurable support for the ways of faith in those who have come to live in Melbourne.
 
I want to pay tribute to all that has been achieved, but also to underline what comes through clearly in today’s liturgy.  True greatness comes in service and endurance.  The example of the suffering servant in Isaiah, which is a foretaste of Jesus Christ, shows us that we can best serve God and others by recognising and developing our own gifts and placing them at the service of others so that they will receive from us justice, compassion and truth.
 
Service in truth and honesty, loving others as Jesus has loved us, in deeds rather than in words, are the foundation of all that we seek to do in the Church and in the Indonesian Catholic Family.
 
In all the years the work founded by Archbishop Little and under the aegis of Father John Murphy, the Migrant Chaplain Co-ordinator, and Father Paul Glynn of the Oblates, the Indonesian Catholic Family under the leadership of Oblates, Franciscans, Divine Word Fathers, Capuchins, Jesuits and Carmelites from Indonesia, has always been a strong part of our Archdiocese.

From the Readings today let us remember that in thanking God we do so humbly for his remarkable gifts, but we recognise also all those priests and people who have worked to support our young people so well.
 
May twenty-five years of the Indonesian Catholic family be a milestone and a stepping off point.  May your faith deepen, your love grow and your awareness that the Lord is always near, especially to those who are challenged and suffer or live in a new country, be your watchword and your light.  Congratulations and may God bless you all.
 
 
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.
 
 
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