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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.

Upcoming Services

Lenten CrossDates and times for services during Holy Week and Easter can be found in our Holy Week / Easter Services Schedule downloadable at the end of our Mass Times page.

Please join us as we commemorate Christ's Paschal mystery.

When despair and isolation gave way to hope and love PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 21 April 2019: Easter Sunday

The teaching of scripture is that he must rise from the dead

The Richmond Catholic Parish wish you and your family
a blessed, healthy and happy Easter!
May God bless you all!

Love springs eternal.  Image courtesy of pixabay.comMany paintings of Easter depict springtime: green grass, flowering shrubs, colourful birds and lush growth. That is understandable, because most painters were European and Easter is celebrated in the European spring. But it is not just a matter of timing. The stories of Jesus’ Resurrection in the Gospels also have the feeling of spring. On the sea the winds are still; the fire on the beach is kindled, not to warm frozen fishermen but to cook their breakfast; the tender meeting of Jesus with Mary Magdalene by the tomb is set in a garden; even the funereal upper room where the disciples are gathered springs to exuberant life when Jesus appears. The stories echo simplicity, play, community, joy, hope and affection – all the qualities that characterize life in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. The joy and companionship that Easter brings echoes the vitality and friendliness that on sunny spring days bring people out together.

Of course, we live through each of the seasons of the year and all the seasons of our lives, each with their own challenges. The point of Easter is to assure us that our hopes lie beyond all those seasons and beyond the youth and ageing of the world we live in. The discordance between the images of Easter and the experience of autumn in Australia actually sharpens the meaning of Easter for us. Easter represents our hope that even after the winter to which the year is heading greenness will return. The memory of Easter is food for a testing journey. It is about both memory and hope.

When engaged in accompanying vulnerable young people whose experience of life has sometimes been loveless and violent, as we are at Jesuit Social Services, we often need to renew our hope and to remember springtime. Their life can seem so hopeless that we can become locked into grief rather than filled with hope. But it is precisely the hints of Easter which we see in their lives that sustain us – their resilience, their refusal to surrender to despair, the memory of unexpected good time and the moments of connection that break through isolation and suspicion, the sudden hope that can be stirred by a friendship or by faithfulness.

The first Easter was about relationships and the change that comes when something new comes in as spring interrupts winter. It is like the first experience of being deeply loved for one’s own sake that a young person has. It is founded in the experience of the disciples at Easter when despair and isolation gave way to hope and love as they met the risen Jesus. It gives us the assurance that God loves us deeply and that nothing will be lost in our hopes and our lives in God’s future.

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

New Young Adult Parishioner's Group - Reminder

Connecting handsInterested in joining a weekly group where young adults can get together to share their faith, have a meal, biblical reflection, an excursion or all of these?  Other ideas also welcome.

As mentioned in this and last week's parish bulletin, the first group get-together will be a midday lunch on Sunday 28 April 2019.

For more details, contact one of our parishioners, Denis, after a Sunday 9:30am Mass or on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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