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The Bells of St Patrick's The Bells of St Patrick's

The Bells of St Patrick's

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Communications Office
 
When Bishop Goold visited Europe in 1851-1852, he purchased a peal of eight bells for £500. They went on display at the Crystal Palace, Exhibition in London in 1851 having been cast by Murphy’s Bell Foundry in Dublin. Originally intended for St Francis Church, they arrived in Australia in the ship Lorina in February 1853.  

Melbourne Coptic Church prays for Lebanon

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne 
 
The Coptic Church in Melbourne has sent prayers and sympathies to the people of Lebanon as thousands of Copts prayed for loved ones at services across the state this weekend. Already grappling with Coronavirus and economic hardship, the people of Lebanon were shaken by  two huge port explosions last Tuesday evening in the capital city, Beirut, that killed more than 150 people and injured thousands more.

Love without limits: St Maximilian Kolbe

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Communications Office
 
What makes someone volunteer to die in the place of a stranger? For St Maximilian Kolbe, it was a natural conclusion of a remarkable life dedicated to selfless love. In 1941, he was sent to the Auschwitz death camp as prisoner #16670. In the death camp, many survivors witnessed the saint’s adherence to his own often-repeated principle: ‘Love without limits.’

 

 

 

From the storm there will emerge hope (Homily, 19OT)

Sunday 9 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli 
 
Into the destruction of a storm, Jesus strode out on the waters to meet his terrified disciples. “Courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.” Are not these precisely the words of calm, tenderness and life we long to hear amid the storm that is overwhelming our lives at present? The numbers of dead and infected grow daily, with the elderly and front-liners most exposed to the brunt of the COVID winds. The earthquake of unemployment and the loss of livelihoods has broken down our protective walls. We are fatigued and frightened as the fire of the virus burns on. And like Elijah on the mountain and the disciples on the lake, we are feeling alone and abandoned, knowing that the rest of the country is finding a way towards safety. And so, we cry out, “Lord, save me!”
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