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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.

A Celebration of Australia Day PDF Print E-mail

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Sunday 25 January 2015 – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Repent, and believe the Good News

Prayer for Our Country

Almighty God, bless our nation
and make it true to the ideas of freedom and justice.

Guard us from war, from fire and wind,
from compromise, fear and confusion.

Be close to our leaders;
give them vision and courage,
as they ponder decisions affecting peace
and the future of our world.

Make me more deeply aware of my heritage;
realizing not only my rights but also my duties
and responsibilities as a citizen.

Make this great land and all its people
know clearly Your will, that they may fulfill
the destiny ordained for us
in the salvation of the nations,
and the restoring of all things in Christ.


Source: Catholic Online

As disciples, we are encouraged to ‘come and see’ PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 18 January 2015 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

They saw where Jesus lived and they stayed with him

Come and see - Jesus

“...the Saviour has a personal call for each one of us to become his ‘disciple’... It is important that we seek that incomparable intimacy with the Saviour that is our birthright through baptism – not relating to him as a remote figure, but confidently sharing our lives, in all their complex tangles, with him.

Today’s story of the two disciples encourages this trust and confidence. Encouraged by the Baptist, they approached Jesus; he gave them a warm welcome – ‘Come and see;’ and they spent the rest of the day with him.”

Excerpt from Fr John Thornhill | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 January 2015 22:22
My beloved Son PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 11 January 2015 – The Baptism of the Lord

You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased

Baptism of the Lord

Baptism marks the beginning of mission.  The baptism by John in the river Jordan would not have been easy for the first Christians to understand. On the face of it, this undergoing of a ritual of repentance did not seem to make sense. It can only have been included in the Gospel tradition because it really happened. However, the account we have in Mark’s Gospel shows us that reflection upon this event led to an understanding of its great significance - as the defining inauguration of the mission of Jesus. It was the Father’s authorisation of the public role he was about to assume, and a prefiguring of the climax to which his career would lead – the Paschal Mystery – which he was later to look forward to as ‘a baptism’ (Lk 12:50).

The destiny of each of us has its origin in the Father’s decision, before time began, to create us and to call us to a unique place in the divine plan of creation. Our response to God’s call is made as we take up the issues of our lives. Because he ‘has been put to the test in exactly the same way as we ourselves are, apart from sin’ (Heb 4:15), the Eternal Son’s life among us followed the same pattern as ours. His baptism by John was a decisive moment in his human life. Come to carry forward the designs of God among the chosen people, Jesus came and mingled with the enthusiastic crowd listening to John’s preaching. Submitting to John’s baptism was a moment of compassionate solidarity that he would have prayerfully shared with the Father. Suddenly, Mark’s account takes an unexpected turn - ‘the heavens are torn open’ and a Trinitarian drama unfolds as the presence of God’s Spirit is made manifest, and the incarnate Son receives a commission from the Eternal Father, indicating what is in store for him in the public mission he will undertake: ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’.

Excerpt from homily by Fr John Thornhill

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 January 2015 22:21
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