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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.

World Youth Day 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 24 July 2016 - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ask, and it will be given to you

World Youth Day 2016 logoSometimes the church and the wider world collide. This week they are aligned in their concern for young people. World Youth Day is on July 25. The International Day of Friendship is celebrated on July 30. Both days look beyond young people to the needs of the world. The Day of Friendship links people of different nations, cultures and religious in a common concern for peace and harmony. It focuses on young people because they are our planet’s future and their prejudices are not as rusted in as are those of many older people. They can embody in their own relationships the hope we hold for society as a whole.

World Youth Day gathers young Catholics, not to mention a host of bishops and priests, from all around the world. It enables young people who are often isolated in their faith to build friendships with their contemporaries of a like mind. They draw energy from one another and have a rich experience of a global faith. World Youth Day expresses in a lively way the reconciliation of the world that lies at the heart of Christian faith.

In his ministry Pope Francis has emphasised that the unity between human beings in all their differences is stronger than what divides them. He has urged Catholics to leave their comfortable world and to go out to people who are different, and especially to people who are excluded from our society, such as asylum seekers, Muslims and prisoners. The gathering together of young Catholics at World Youth Day will give them a taste for going out beyond the boundaries of church to spread the joy of the Gospel.

World Youth Day and World Friendship Day remind us that the stronger our connections within our groups and cultures are, the more confident we shall be to go out to others. So the focus of World Youth Day on strengthening young Catholics’ understanding of their faith and celebrating it as a common commitment is also important. We should welcome these gatherings of young people.

The test of a good society is the extent to which it cares for the fragile and vulnerable people in society. World Youth Day and World Friendship Day, too, will be most effective when they encourage and welcome vulnerable young people.

Young people are the seedbed in which our hopes for future generations are planted. At Jesuit Social Services we rely on volunteers who have learned to see vulnerable young people, not as a burden, but as persons whom we can accompany and help connect with society through education and work. They in turn will provide the future leaders and keepers of the flame in our own and other community organisations.

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

 

St JamesJust a reminder...

As mentioned in our post last week:

Sunday 24 July 2015, 10:30am: Feast of St James

St James' Church
162 Kent Street
North Richmond VIC 3121

This year, the feast day of St James takes place on Monday 25 July. The parish community will observe this feast during the 10:30am Mass TODAY. Let us pray for one another, especially our parishioners who choose to worship at St James’ Church.

Mass followed by morning tea.

Please make a note of other upcoming morning tea times at St James' in our Calendar.


St Ignatius of LoyolaSunday 31 July 2015, 9:30am: Feast of St Ignatius

St Ignatius' Church
326 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121

The feast day of St Ignatius falls on Sunday 31 July, the last Sunday of the month. The parish community will celebrate this feast at the 9:30am Sunday Mass at St Ignatius' Church.

After the Mass we will gather in the hall behind the church for morning tea to commemorate the occasion. So, when you come to church please bring a small plate to share with one another.


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Sunday 25 September 2015, 9:30am: Sesquicentenary of the arrival in Richmond of the first Jesuits

St Ignatius' Church
326 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121

Towards the end of September this year, the parish community will celebrate the sesquicentenary of the arrival in Richmond of the first Jesuits. The presence of the first Jesuit priests and brothers enabled the establishment of St Ignatius' parish. In 2005, the St Ignatius parish amalgamated with the St James' parish to become the Richmond Catholic Parish.

This significant occasion will be honoured at a concelebrated Mass on Sunday 25th September with a guest preacher. After the Mass we will gather in the hall behind the church for morning tea to celebrate the occasion.

Prior to this Mass, there will be a public lecture in the church on the history of the Richmond Catholic Parish at 7:30pm on Thursday 22nd September.

Please mark the dates in your diary.

 
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