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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.

Christmas Masses Schedule now available

Nativity sceneThe schedule of dates and times for Masses during the Christmas period is downloadable from our Mass Times page. (Please note that this was updated on 06 December 2019.)

You are warmly invited to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and the coming new year.

 

A message of hope PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 08 December 2019: Second Sunday of Advent

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand

Second Sunday of AdventToday’s liturgy brings together readings from very different backgrounds, as it gives expression to the Advent message of hope.

The prophetic vision of Isaiah reflects his familiarity with the king’s court in a period of dramatic international developments in the region. He links the fulfillment of God’s designs for the nation with the rule of a new David (Jesse is the father of David) whose rule will contrast with that of many of David’s unworthy successors. He will be filled with the gifts of the ‘spirit of the Lord’, ruling with wisdom and integrity, and showing himself a forthright champion of the oppressed and the poor of the land. The peace established by his rule is graphically portrayed as like a new paradise - as the whole country is ‘filled with the knowledge of the Lord’ and lives according to God’s ways. For those who know the blessings brought by the true ‘Son of David’, the themes of the Christmas celebration that awaits us at the end of our Advent preparation are not difficult to recognise...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

 
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