This is a day of anniversaries. One hundred and fifty years since the arrival of Father Daniel Holohan, one hundred and fifty-two years since the first Mass, one hundred and thirty years since the foundation of the church and one hundred and twenty-eight since its dedication, twenty years of your present parish priest. Father Brian Glasheen, and a refurbishment completed in this year.
The Lord invites us today to come on a journey, to live not merely for ourselves, but to reach out into what we can do for others. When Saint Paul says, "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel", he reminds us that God's gift of faith is given us to be used always to draw people humbly to him. We are invited to live following the highest standards of Jesus and Mary, so that in the most unusual ways the Lord will shine through our words and deeds.
With great esteem I recognise the presence of Governor John Landy of Victoria, Sister Annette Cunliffe, the Provincial of the Sisters of Charity, members of that Order, Ms Nicole Feely, the Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent's Health, doctors and nurses, administrators and health workers and friends of St Vincent's.
I am delighted to pay my first visit to Aquinas College and to officiate at the blessing of your new Chapel on this day when we commemorate that Mary, the Mother of God, was taken body and soul into heaven. It was Mary who brought us the Saviour and by her life she demonstrated a total giving to Jesus.
Here in the Chapel we have the living Presence of Jesus and his action among God's people. To lead us to him, to save us and to challenge us on our earthly journey, let us ask the help of Mary, who was so successful in doing what we are seeking to do.