New Archbishop of Sydney

His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Anthony Fisher as the new Archbishop of Sydney.

His formal installation will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral on a date to be announced. We offer our prayers for him as he takes up this important position as shepherd of the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Sydney

 
From the Dean's desk

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

The scenario for this week’s Gospel [Matthew 21:28-32] sounds so familiar: a father asking a child to do a particular job, being met with a defiant no, only with the child rethinking his answer and then carrying out his father’s wishes, while the second child, who was initially eager and responsive to do his father’s bidding, fails to do so.

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

Last week’s liturgy gave us an insight into God’s great and eternal love for us in Jesus Christ as we celebrated the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Today we are encouraged to meditate on a God who is ‘rich in forgiving’ and whose ‘thoughts are not our thoughts, whose ways are not our ways’ [Isaiah 55 7]. Substantially we encounter God today whose mercy, forgiveness and manner of operating may be quite different to ours! We are called to an appreciation of this fact rather than of an understanding of it! In today’s Gospel we are presented with an aspect of God’s kingdom and the justice that is extended to us through it.

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The Exaltation of the Cross

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we take a divergence from the celebration of the Sundays in Ordinary Time as we commemorate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast commemorates the finding of the True Cross in 325 by St Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor, Constantine I during a pilgrimage she made to the Holy Lands. The result was the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which was then dedicated nine years later and a portion of the Cross was placed inside it. In 614 that portion of the Cross was carried away by the invading Persian army and remained missing until the Byzantine Emperor, Heraclius recaptured it in 628. It was returned to the Church the following year.

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

We are familiar with the advertisement that suggests “Friends do not let friends drink and drive”. Such an advertisement suggests that we have an amount of responsibility towards our friends and their behaviour. Today’s readings identify three basic responsibilities that we have towards our neighbour: the responsibility to speak, to respect and to heal.

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