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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.

Lost sheep are being carried on the Shepherd’s shoulders PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 26 April 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep

The gospel reading of today's liturgy, ‘I AM the good shepherd’, heard against this background, takes us deep into the mystery of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ – and, as we shall see, it tells us of how God's initiative in the Paschal Mystery was conceived in the depths of the Trinitarian Life itself.

The Good Shepherd theme has had a great impact on Christian consciousness. One of the earliest and most repeated motifs of Christian art is the youthful shepherd carrying the lost sheep home on his shoulders.  The image it suggests is so telling that it has featured prominently in the Church's preaching in every age.  As so often happens with the best things in life, we tend to take this theme for granted. Today's text helps us to find a fresh appreciation of its implications.  In it Jesus explains these implications by reference to the Paschal Mystery.

He says that he is the ‘good’ shepherd – in contrast to the unfaithful shepherds who have failed God's people, thinking only of their own interests - because, as he three times repeats, he ‘lays down his life’ for them. He lays it down, he explains, ‘in order to take it up again’.  In his Resurrection, he will be a source of life for them.  And in this drama of his death and resurrection, he is carrying out and making clear to the human family what his Father wills for them – an enterprise so dear to the Father that he looks upon the Son's obedience with a renewed love.

John Thornhill sm - The Emmaus Series

Change in Mass Time

The midday Anointing Mass at St James’ Church on 12 May has been rescheduled to 26 May 2015.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 18:31
Recollections offer a new perspective PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 19 April 2015 – Third Sunday of Easter

It is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead

Breaking of breadAs our Easter liturgies recall these stories we are like a family group listening to one another sharing personal recollections of a past even that meant a great deal to the whole family.  Given from different points of view, these recollections bring a far fully appreciation of what took place. Last Sunday we heard the story as it was recalled in the community of John's gospel. 

Today, we hear Luke's account of the disciples' meeting with the Risen Saviour. From all these accounts a coherent story emerges that invites the Church of every age to share in the original moment of Resurrection faith: the disciples are confused and frightened; when Jesus comes into their midst, finding faith in him is not easy and immediate; his greeting, however, and his loving acceptance of them into his abiding friendship brings them a great joy, and they find full faith in him; he instructs them – all that has taken place is according to the designs of God set forth in the Scriptures; he charges them with the mission of bringing to the whole world the good news of their Resurrection faith and the ‘forgiveness of sins’ it brings; he promises the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John Thornhill sm - The Emmaus Series

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:55
Find forgiveness, finding friendship PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 12 April 2015 – Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy)

After eight days, Jesus came in and stood among them

Touching Jesus' woundsSt John's gospel, written long after the other three gospels, is a meditation upon the events of the Saviour's life filled with Resurrection light. It is not surprising, therefore, that the gospel readings for the Sundays of the Easter season are from the fourth gospel. Today's readings are a celebration of the Resurrection faith that makes it possible to know and enter into the Paschal Mystery. They come to a climax with the story of how the original ‘doubting Thomas’ found faith.

This gospel invites us to share the experience of the disciples, finding faith through the coming of the Lord into their midst on the evening of his Resurrection Day. What a dramatic situation – they are to meet the one whom they have deserted and abandoned to his fate. There is no word of reproach, no reference to what has taken place, only ‘Peace be with you’ and again ‘Peace be with you’ – you are forgiven, come once more into my friendship. Their finding faith is a meeting with God's generous and reconciling love. And he sends them forth with the good news of the forgiveness of sins.

For many faith does not come easy and they are helped by the testimony that echoes down through the centuries of hard headed Thomas - as he owns that it is indeed the crucified one - the one who shared the deepest darkness of the world we have made – to whom we can entrust ourselves, as our ‘Lord’ and our ‘God’.

Authentic Resurrection faith awakens a sense of responsibility and brings a call to mission: ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you’.

John Thornhill sm - The Emmaus Series

Jesus, I trust in YouAnointing Mass

Tuesday 26 May 2015, 12:00noon – 1:00pm

Multipurpose Room
St James' Church
162 Kent Street
North Richmond Vic 3121

Please come and join us to receive the special grace from the Anointing Mass.

Followed by Luncheon.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 16:27
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