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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.

Celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life & Feast of St Ignatius

Year of Consecrated Life logoSunday 02 August 2015, 10:00am* at St Ignatius’ Church

On this occasion, we shall give thanks to God for Consecrated Life in its many forms, and acknowledge with joyful appreciation the rich contribution of the religious congregations who have lived and ministered in Richmond throughout its long history.  All welcome.

*The special Mass time of 10:00am will replace the usual 9:30am Mass at St Ignatius' and the 10:30am Mass at St James'.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 05 July 2015: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A prophet is despised only in his own country

'We all stand on sacred ground: Learn, respect and celebrate.'

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SundayThis could have been a quote from the recent encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si, but is in fact the Australian Catholic Church's theme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday, which will take place this Sunday 5 July.

In preparation for Sunday's liturgy, and in response to the gospel of the day, Mark 6:1–6, some briefing words were offered:

'Our land, known as Australia, is sacred. It is sacred in our beliefs, culture and spirituality. It is also sacred to our faith. We too find ourselves in Jesus' shoes — not accepted in our own land.'

These words present a link between land and faith, belonging and alienation.

Many Indigenous people come to Christian faith through their deep connections to the land. Many, also, have suffered the cost of being dislocated from their land. They identify with Jesus who found himself rejected by those he lived amongst.

One of the ways we can enter into the mystery of our relationship with the land is to acknowledge those whose land it is that we stand upon.

Many Indigenous peoples, here and overseas, have been dislocated and have lost connection to their ancestral lands; others have not. Some have been able to return and reconnect; many cannot.

However, all Australians can recognise that we share a long, unbroken history in this land, and honour those whose ancestors were the original inhabitants.

The theme for this year's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday reminds us that we stand on sacred ground. But we lose something of its sacred mystery if we lose touch with the land, its First Peoples and our past.

On Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday we will be invited to learn the ways in which we can live on this land in an enduring and life-giving way.

We need to respect and care for what we have been given and what we wish to share for future generations. We need to take time to celebrate the beauty of sea, forest and mountains, and all that is around us.

Fr Brian McCoy SJ, Provincial | Originally published in Province Express

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 00:40
 
Healing of woman, girl is prompted by faith PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 28 June 2015: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Young girl, I say to you, arise.

Mark concludes his account of the ministry of Jesus in Galilee with descriptions of some remarkable miracles worked by Jesus during this ministry. In today’s reading Jesus shows himself the Lord of life and death – healing the woman ‘who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years’, and bringing back to life the young daughter of one of the elders of the local synagogue.

Jesus heals the girl

Again, the words of Jesus and Mark’s telling of the story emphasise the importance of ‘faith’ in what is to unfold – a trusting openness to the fact that, in the ministry of Jesus, God’s great promises to Israel were being fulfilled. This faith, however, finds very different expression in the two cases. The synagogue official, well versed in the traditions of Israel, and with an openness that expresses the true spirit of Israel’s faith, makes his request: ‘Make my little daughter better and save her life’. His trust in what Jesus can do for him is in stark contrast with the attitude of those who report that the girl is already dead and urge him not to trouble Jesus further, and with the mourners already gathering in his home. The woman’s faith is less informed; naïve perhaps, very like the faith of so many simple believers. But what she knows of Jesus inspires her to seek a healing by ‘touching his clothes’. The reaction of Jesus is to lead her to the personal meeting with him that should take place in an authentic faith.

Excerpt from John Thornhill sm - The Emmaus Series

Year of Consecrated Life logoHelp needed for upcoming Feast of St Ignatius and Consecrated Life celebration

As part of the Year of Consecrated Life and the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, the Parish Community is invited to come together for a Eucharistic Celebration at St Ignatius’ Church on

Sunday 02 August 2015 at 10:00am*

On this occasion, we shall give thanks to God for Consecrated Life in its many forms, and acknowledge with joyful appreciation the rich contribution of the religious congregations who have lived and ministered in Richmond throughout its long history.

St Ignatius of LoyolaAt the conclusion of Mass, morning tea will be served in the hall, where there will be a display capturing aspects of the different religious congregations’ involvement in Richmond.

In keeping with our parish tradition of inclusion and hospitality, we need a lot of help to make the day happy and memorable. Here are some ways you might contribute:

  • Photos, memories and memorabilia - of the parish, eg church or school
  • Hospitality - bring a couple of plates to share
  • Setting up - chairs, tables, displays in the Parish Hall
  • Photography - 2 to 3 people to take photos on the day

Please download our invitation below for full details and contact the Parish Office if you can help.  With thanks!

*The special Mass time of 10:00am will replace the usual 9:30am Mass at St Ignatius' and the 10:30am Mass at St James'. This will allow invited guests from religious congregations travel time to get to Richmond for the ceremony.
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Wake up the Christ in you PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 21 June 2015: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.

Life is like a boat, exposed to a myriad of dangers; temptations, occasions to sin, bad counsels of men, passions of corrupt nature, etc.

Jesus calms the stormy seas

Never lose confidence – when temptations arise, keep your eyes on God, who alone can deliver us. When you have to listen to abuse, that means you are being buffeted by the wind. When your anger is roused, you are being tossed by the waves. So when the winds blow and the waves mount high, the boat is in danger, your heart is imperilled, your heart is taking a battering. On hearing yourself insulted, you long to retaliate; but the joy of revenge brings with it another kind of misfortune – shipwreck. Why this? Because Christ is asleep in you. What do I mean? I mean you have forgotten His presence. Rouse Him, then; remember Him, let Him keep watch within you, pay heed to Him. A temptation arises: it is the wind. It disturbs you: it is the surging of the sea. This is the moment to awaken Christ and let Him remind you of those words: 'Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?'

Excerpt from a Bible Study prepared and distributed by the St Charles’ Borromeo parish community.

Lenten candleTaizé Prayer Meetings

The FCJ Sisters invite you to a Taizé Prayer for the Celebration of the Feast of Sacred Heart. Please come and experience.

Thursday 25 June (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

FCJ Community House
1 Moonbria Avenue, Kew
(Corner Mont Victor Road)

 
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