Solemnity of Corpus Christi, 29 May 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

Today’s celebration centres on the Solemnity of – the Body and Blood of Jesus. This solemnity calls to mind the great gift that Jesus has left us – His Body and Blood. Today’s second reading [1Corinthians 11:23-26] is the first recorded account of the significance of the Eucharist for the early Church.  In these short verses Paul tells us that ‘every time we eat this bread and drink this cup we proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.’  This brings us to the core meaning of the Eucharist.  Every time we partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus during the Eucharist we are expressing our willingness to follow in his example of giving his life for others – we offer to give ourselves for the sake of others.

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The Most Holy Trinity, 22 May 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

Over these two Sundays we will celebrate two major Solemnities: the Trinity and the Body and Blood of Christ. They are two fundamental and important mysteries that make up our Catholic tradition.  Even though the Trinity is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of our faith to understand, it would be true to say that it was the first truth about the faith that was given to us when our parents and teachers taught us to sign ourselves in the name of the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!  It is in the name of the Trinity that we receive our Baptism.

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Pentecost Sunday, 15 May 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

With today’s celebration of Pentecost, we come to the close of the Easter season. It is not only a time for us to remember and recall the beginnings of the Church on that first Pentecost day, but also to engage our minds to appreciate the Holy Spirit and His proper place within the story of our Salvation. We refer to the Spirit each Sunday as we recite the Apostles’ Creed.  

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We have a new Bishop!

His Holiness Pope Francis has  appointed the Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv DD, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta. He has been Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne since 2011.

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The Ascension of the Lord, 8 May 2016

From the Dean’s desk

Dear Friends,

In what way would you like your friends to remember you in the event of you having to leave them for a considerable amount of time?  Would you give them photographs of yourself so that they can  continue to recognise you in your absence? Would you promise to keep in touch with them continually by mail or the internet?  Would you leave them a present or  memento or some reminder of the time you spent together?   If our friendship has been close and intimate, then it would seem natural for us to want to continue it in some form or other in the event of a separation.

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