Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Many people are asking is there light in the world after September 11th or after Bali? Why such hatred, such bloodshed, such tears? These have been part of the human story. And yet Nicodemus comes by night to Jesus and finds light and he has to live this light by putting the truth into action.

We see the Cross of Christ as the great instrument of light and life and as we call to mind our sins we remember there is room for growth and being made new. If we believe, we can have eternal life.

Mass for the 120th Anniversary of Star of The Sea College, Gardenvale

In the strong commitment to education of the Presentation Sisters and mindful of the deeds of the Sisters for over one hundred years, we are united with Mrs. Rosalie Jones and the present generation of pupils, parents and former scholars of Star of the Sea to offer this Mass of Thanksgiving.

I am indeed honoured to be with you to bring your gifts and prayers of thanksgiving to God, to recognise how important Star of the Sea always has been for the education of young women in our great Archdiocese since its first foundation in 1883.

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.