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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.

We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.

May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

Coming up in December / January

Nativity sceneDates and times for upcoming events and Christmas Masses are available on our current parish bulletin and Calendar.

Our 2014 Christmas Schedule can also be downloaded from our Mass Times page.*

Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and the coming new year.

* Note: Our Mass schedule for Christmas/New Year has changed - a revised 2014 Christmas Schedule will be available from the Mass Times page early next week.

It is our choice whether we are in or out of the Kingdom PDF Print E-mail

23 November 2014: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

He will take his seat on his throne of glory, and he will separate men one from another

Christ the King

[Jesus’] criteria for separating people are based on what they did during the course of their lives. Those who quietly got on with Kingdom living - feeding those who were hungry, clothing those who were naked - visiting those who were sick or in prison - these people were taken to one side and told that, in fact, they had been doing those things to Jesus Himself. This came as news to them!

Equally, those who had not done those things were told that when they had refused to do those things, they had been neglecting to do it to Him. This came as a surprise to them too!

The fact Jesus was pointing out to them was a fundamental rule of Kingdom living. We are the Body of Christ - and so, deeply united in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. What we do - one for another - heals and builds up the Body of Christ. What we do not do - one for another - weakens and diminishes it.

Jesus is a king who does not lord it over His people but invites them into the fullness of life that is His Life. Those who already live with that sense of mutual dependence will find this natural and delightful. Others, who see themselves as entirely laws unto themselves, would find this intolerable. The choice is ours - Christ accepts it - to be Kingdom people - or to prefer to live outside it.

Source: Extract of a reflection on the Gospel by Catherine McElhinney and Kathryn Turner, Weekly Wellsprings

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 November 2014 17:44
 
Living our faith in Jesus PDF Print E-mail

16 November 2014: Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Because you have been faithful over a few things, enter into the joy of the Lord

What matters most of all is living as God invites us in following Jesus

Matthew places Jesus’ story about the king and the gold he gives to his officials towards the end of this Gospel. As Jesus’ death draws near, Matthew comes to the end of his description of how we should live our faith in Jesus, and stresses how urgent it is. This story is one of three which suggests that we have only a short time to make decisions about how to live, and we need to be attentive, be courageous and get our priorities straight because God will soon call us on what we decide.

The parable of the talents

The story is very modern. In Jesus’ story the king is going away for a relatively short time, and he leaves his officials huge amounts of money to trade with. He expects them to make a profit by the time he returns. He had clearly picked his men well; the first two doubled their investment. The third, about whom he obviously had his doubts and so gave him the smallest amount of money, was afraid of the king’s response if he traded with the money and lost in the trade. So he put the money in the safe.

When the king returned, he was delighted with the first two officials who had doubled their stake, and gave them more money to manage. He sacked the third because he should have known that the King expected him to make a profit. He should at least have put it in a high interest account in the bank. That was why he employed him.

The message Jesus’ hearers too from the story was that we should live as if we only have a short time before God calls on us. So we should not be timid or fearful in our living. We should be bold and not worry too much about security. Money and property do not matter that much. They will pass and they are God’s gift while we have them, anyway. What matters most of all is living as God invites us in following Jesus, and using all our personal gifts and resources in doing that. It is about being generous and not simply about avoiding sin. It is about living life in such a way that we make a difference, the kind of difference we make through our integrity, our generosity with our gifts and our openness to God and others.

For Jesuit Social Services this story is central. Our business is risk: looking for opportunities to serve people who are disadvantaged whether we have resources or not, and seeing our resources as the humanity of the people we serve and our own vulnerability. People are our treasure.

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | Image from Wikigallery.org

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Fundraising BBQ for Mission in Vietnam

Daughters of Divine Zeal BBQ for VietnamSunday 23 November 2014, 12:00noon – 4:00pm

Proceeds to Daughters of Divine Zeal Mission in Vietnam

* Raffle prizes to be won! *

More details on the Daughters of Divine Zeal Facebook page and website.

Venue:

Madre Nazarena Student’s House
311 Church Street (entrance via Brougham Street)
Richmond VIC 3121

Cost: Entry by donation

RSVP: (03) 9429 5979 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Morning tea - bring a plate to shareParish Morning Tea

Sunday 14 December 2014, 10:30am

Venue:

St Ignatius’ Church Hall
326 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121

Come and share the laughter!

~ PLEASE BRING A PLATE ~


Last Updated on Sunday, 16 November 2014 19:55
 
The temple of stones is a symbol of the living church PDF Print E-mail

09 November 2014: The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

You are the temple of God

Basilica of St John Lateran, cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, Italy

Today the liturgy celebrates the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, called “mother and head of all the churches of the city and the world.” In fact, this basilica was the first to be built after Emperor Constantine’s edict, in 313, granted Christians freedom to practice their religion.

The emperor himself gave Pope Miltiades the ancient palace of the Laterani family, and the basilica, the baptistery, and the patriarchate, that is, the Bishop of Rome’s residence — where the Popes lived until the Avignon period — were all built there. The basilica’s dedication was celebrated by Pope Sylvester around 324 and was named Most Holy Saviour; only after the 6th century were the names of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist added, and now is typically denominated by these latter.

Initially the observance of this feast was confined to the city of Rome; then, beginning in 1565, it was extended to all the Churches of the Roman rite. The honoring of this sacred edifice was a way of expressing love and veneration for the Roman Church, which, as St Ignatius of Antioch says, “presides in charity” over the whole Catholic communion (Letter to the Romans, 1:1).

Source: catholicculture.org | Image by pedro reis , http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 22:12
 
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