Mass for the 10th Anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish, Croydon

Mass for the 10th Anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish, Croydon

Together with Father Michael Morgan, Father Anthony Denton and your other priests and leaders, I gather with you to rejoice in the significant achievements here at Croydon over the last ten years since the foundation of the large parish of Croydon and the moving to a new site. Who would forget the Holy Week ceremonies under a marquee? Who would forget the long presence of the Sacred Heart Missionaries in Croydon? I will certainly always remember the generous work of people from Croydon and East Ringwood who have collaborated so magnificently with Father Michael to make this new parish.

Third Sunday of Lent

I am delighted to be with Father Mark and you all on an informal visit to encourage the good and faith-filled people of Mitcham in our Lenten journey.

Tonight we are confronted with what God asks of us and yet invited to remember that he is a person who loves us, showing us the path to happiness and asking us to take on the cross of challenge.

Rite of Election (Second Sunday of Lent)

As Archbishop of the Church of Melbourne, in communion with Pope John Paul II and acting in the name of the Church, I welcome you to this Rite of Election.

This closes the lengthy period of formation of the minds and hearts of catechumens and of those preparing for Baptism. It is the beginning of a more intense preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation. It involves the Godparents publicly for the first time and is the focal point of the Church’s concern for its catechumens as we move towards Easter.

Second Sunday of Lent

Today the Church reminds us of the seemingly impossible invitation, which God gave to Abraham, to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Yet, God showed that he had another greater design when Abraham responded freely and in faith and because of his faith was given great gifts.

We are invited in this season of Lent to walk always in the presence of the Lord, to listen to him the Beloved, that we too may become beloved sons and daughters and an inspiration to the people who walk with us.

Mass of Installation of Father Gerard Diamond as Parish Priest of St Aloysius, Caulfield

I am delighted to return to St Aloysius to formally induct Father Gerard Diamond as your Parish Priest.

Today, on the second Sunday of Lent, we join Peter, James and John on the mountain of the Transfiguration where the reality of Jesus, who is Lord of all, is shown by the Father’s voice, “This is my beloved Son. Hear him.” (Matthew 17:15) “Enlightened by the Lord we will walk in his presence in the land of the living.” (Psalm 114, verse 9)