In the Eucharist, the hand of the Lord feeds us. He answers all our needs. Today as we come to celebrate the Mass we thank God for the food for our mind given in his word and for the food for our heart given in the Eucharist which we will offer and receive.
I am delighted to be present with your parish priest, Father Kevin Nicholson and all who have worked so hard for such a long time to provide this beautiful new church at Ocean Grove.
It is fitting that it is dedicated to Our Lady, Star of the Sea, because each of us is on the journey of life, which leads to salvation, and Mary, as our Mother, is our patroness and guide on this journey.
With a vision renewed by prayer, Jesus discloses the paradox of salvation hidden from the wise and the learned and made known to the humblest. Once more the happiness of the poor is achieved.
Today we remember with esteem the Aboriginal peoples who are the first inhabitants of Australia. We are truly people who have arrived lately and as we worship the God both ancient and new, we respect the ancient culture and ownership of our land by the Aboriginal people.
It is with deep joy that I gather with the Slovenian community to celebrate the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, doctors of the Church and apostles of the Slavic people.
The courageous witness of Cyril and Methodius. Cyril died at Rome on 14th February, 869, and Methodius, sixteen years later. The mission that they undertook to the Slavs is indicative of the faith so firmly planted in your people, which has now been brought to the new country of Australia.