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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.

Prayer for Social Justice PDF Print E-mail

28 September 2014: Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Social Justice Sunday

In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus

Lord Jesus, Carpenter and King,
supreme Sovereign of all men,
look with tender mercy upon the multitudes of our day
who bear the indignities of injustice everywhere.

Raise up leaders in every land
dedicated to Your standards
of order, equity, and justice.

Grant unto us, Lord Jesus,
the grace to be worthy members of Your Mystical Body,
laboring unceasingly to fulfill
our vocation in the social apostolate
of Your Church.

Sharpen our intellects to pierce the pettiness of prejudice;
to perceive the beauty
of true human brotherhood.

Guide our minds to a meaningful understanding
of the problems of the poor,
of the oppressed, of the unemployed,
of all in need of assistance anywhere.

Guide our hearts against the subtle lure of earthly things
and undue regard for those who possess them.

May we hunger and thirst after justice always.


Source: Catholic Online - Prayers | Image from pixabay.com

See Also:

  • Social Justice Week - Jesuit Social Services
  • Each year the Bishops issue a major statement for the coming year on Social Justice Sunday (the last Sunday in September).  You can download the 2014-15 Social Justice Statement below.
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The path to international peace PDF Print E-mail

21 September 2014: Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

For me to live is Christ

International Day of Peace 2014Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.  The following is a reflection by Fr Andrew Hamilton sj:

When we look around the world at what is happening in Syria, Iraq, The Ukraine, Gaza and so many other places, the International Day of Peace sounds too big to handle. International Peace sounds a large, wieldy and impossible hope.

But as we see it from Jesuit Social Services, if you want to think International you must begin Local. Many of the disadvantaged people we meet carry the shrapnel of international conflicts in their memories and sometimes in their bodies. Some have fled the violence in their own nations and have sought protection in Australia. We meet the more fortunate who came to Australia in a more generous time and help them to deal with their memories, to connect peacefully and happily with people from other nations, and to explore the customs and services that are foreign to them. We walk, too, with those who desperately seek protection but have little hope of finding it.

In their lives we can see the small steps that need to be walked on the path to International peace. The struggle between building peace and settling for war always begins in the human heart. The people who have suffered traumatic experiences whom we meet try to be freed from constant preoccupation with what has happened to them and their families. Unless they can find inner peace their turmoil will affect their family relationships, and condemn their children to conflict in their own lives. But to be free they need to find peacemakers who can help them to make and to find peace. In Australia, too, immigrants from nations torn by war meet people from nations and groups which were their enemies. They now meet one another as fellow citizens in a new land. To build accepting relationships and peace with their former enemies they must learn to let go of their fears, and have an opportunity to meet them as human beings, not as wearing the badge of their national origins.

If we are to work for international peace, too, we must insist that our own nation acts ethically as a decent international citizen. It must be exemplary in treating decently its own disadvantaged citizens, and then act decently to those from other nations. The root of division, prejudice and alienation are found in poverty and deprivation, particularly when these affect an underclass in a wealthy society. Poverty and deprivation are also the fuel of international conflict. So if we want peace abroad we must be the voice for justice at home.

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 19:09
The Cross compels people, including emperors, to act PDF Print E-mail

14 September 2014: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Son of Man must be lifted up

Holy Cross in fog

The Cross is one of the most central objects of the Christian faith. It is the symbol of God’s love for us expressed by the self-sacrificing death of Jesus, his Incarnate Son. The public veneration of the Cross originated in the fourth century. According to legend it began with the miraculous discovery of the True Cross by Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, on 14 September 326 while she was on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was then built at the site of the discovery, by order of Helena and Constantine.

In the year 627, during the reign of the Emperor Heraclius I of Constantinople, the Persians conquered the city of Jerusalem and removed a major part of the Cross from its sanctuary. The emperor determined to recover the relic which he regarded as the new Ark of the Covenant for the new People of God. Before leaving Constantinople with his army, Heraclius went to the church wearing black in a spirit of penance; prostrated himself before the altar and begged God to sustain his courage. In the ensuing war, the emperor was victorious. One of the conditions of a peace treaty was the return of the Cross, in the same condition as when it was removed. On his return to Constantinople, Heraclius was received by the acclamations of the people. They came out to meet him with olive branches and torches. The Cross was honoured with a grand triumph. The emperor then wished to give thanks to God by going in person to return the Cross to Jerusalem, after an absence of 14 years. In Jerusalem, he wished to carry the Cross on his shoulders but on reaching the gate leading to Calvary, he could not go forward. He was astonished and his retinue could not understand. “Take care, O Emperor!” the Patriarch Zachary then said to him. “In truth, the imperial clothing you are wearing does not sufficiently resemble the poor and humiliated condition of Jesus carrying His cross.” Heraclius then removed his shoes and bejewelled robes. Wearing a poor man’s tunic, he was able to proceed to Calvary and replace the Cross.

Source: Extract from a reflection on The Exaltation of the Holy Cross by the Irish Jesuits | Image from pixabay.com

Basket of breadRichmond Hill Churches Food Centre: Volunteers WANTED!!!

“For I was hungry, you gave me something to eat” Matthew 25:35

We would like to recruit volunteers to collect bread, pastries and cakes from some of our suppliers on either a regular or occasional basis.  Read more...

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 19:24
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