For the Members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and Saint...

For the Members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and Saint...

Today I am delighted to welcome members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem for the installation of new members and for the celebration of your annual Mass. As a recently appointed Grand Prior for Victoria, I recognise the deep faith and philanthropic service of the Order and the challenge, which is given to us to link contemplation of Christ with prayer and service in our living of the Catholic faith, as we come into God's presence on a day when the Gospel challenges us to respond to Jesus' invitation to Peter, "but you ….. who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16)

Mass to Celebrate the Sesquicentenary of Saint Bernard's Parish, Bacchus Marsh

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.

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Blessing of the New Chapel at Aquinas College, Ringwood, Assumption of the Virgin Mary

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.