Just ten weeks ago Pope John Paul said to the young people in Toronto, “Listen to the voice of Jesus in the depths of your hearts! His words tell you who you are as Christians. They tell you what you must do to remain in his love.” Jesus offers one thing and the spirit of the world offers another. We have been called from darkness into light and Jesus gives us a great invitation every time we offer the Mass to be one with him and spread his light to the world.
It is my privilege and my very great pleasure to welcome you all to our beautiful cathedral tonight for this great occasion. In our contemporary world, where beauty and ceremony are so rarely evident, it is a joy indeed to host a ‘carnival of Christ’, a festival devoted to all that is most exalted and uplifting in Catholic tradition. Surrounded by the wonderful architecture of St Patrick’s and by the music of Palestrina, we recall that everything around us speaks of the glory of God. The organisers of Carnivale Christi have worked hard and are to be congratulated, but I am sure their wish is that we focus tonight not on them, but on Jesus Christ, whom we have come here to proclaim and to celebrate.
On 16th October the Pope began the twenty-fifth year of his service as Successor of Peter. He chose to celebrate his anniversary — the fifth longest Pontificate in history — by writing an Apostolic Letter: Rosarium Virginis Mariae, The Rosary of the Virgin Mary.
A very warm welcome to Moonee Valley as we seek to honour Monsignor Tom Doyle and to recognise all that he has done for the Church in education. I am delighted that this function has been organised by the priests of the Archdiocese as an indication of the great esteem in which Monsignor Tom is held. Together with my brother archbishops and bishops and in a particular way, Bishop David Konstant of Leeds, a long-standing friend, I wish to add my own thanks and that of the Diocese to Monsignor Tom for all that he continues to be to us and for the remarkable and precise care with which he has co-ordinated the work of education for the past twenty-two years.