The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Today we come to acknowledge that the Eucharist is the summit and centre of our whole Christian life. The bread and wine we offer are changed by the power of Christ given to the priest and become the Body and Blood of Jesus our Saviour, who died on the cross giving himself for us. It is the same Lord we receive in Holy Communion and whom we adore present in the church and carry in procession. Jesus our Saviour is present with us.

Trinity Sunday

Today we celebrate God, who is Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. He is faithful, slow to anger, rich in love and constancy, three persons in one, praiseworthy above all forever.

Today too I invite the people of our Diocese to join in a two year programme, launched here in the Cathedral on Friday night, following the Pope's invitation to contemplate Jesus Christ, to take up holiness as our goal and to launch out in mission to our brothers and sisters to share what we have freely received.

Mass to Launch the Pastoral Focus 'Contemplate - Launch Out'

I rejoice in your presence this evening under the patronage of Our Lady Help of Christians as she and we pray for the Lord's guidance on the Church of Melbourne at the beginning of the New Millennium.

Tonight is the beginning of two years of focus on Jesus as Our Lord and Saviour, together with taking up the challenge of responding to the Holy Father's invitation to launch out into the deep. In the lives of our priests and people alike, of individuals and communities, prayer and action to preach the Gospel more effectively in diverse situations has to be the indication of authentic Catholic faith, which is to be shared.

Mass for the Silver Jubilee of Sister Maria Lucy

Today we gather with Sister Maria Lucy to thank God for the gift of religious consecration in the Missionaries of Charity, which she has exercised under the inspiration of Jesus. Her vows of chastity, poverty and obedience in the special charism of the Institute are a public witness to the transforming power of the Lord.

As we join together in thanking God for her gentle gifts given for us for twenty-five years and as we call to mind our sins, let us ask that the Lord may transform us through the example of religious and through a deeper awareness of God's gifts.