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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.

Commemorating the 150th year of St Ignatius' Church

St Ignatius' Church 150th Anniversary Commemorative book2017 marks 150 years since the building of St Ignatius' Church.  Our parish celebrated this occasion with a specially arranged Mass at 9:30am on Sunday 30 July 2017 with Fr Brian F McCoy SJ, Provincial, as main celebrant. Concelebrants included the priests of our parish - Fr Nguyễn Viết Huy SJ, Parish Priest, Fr Tro Tran Van SJ, and Fr Ferruccio Romanin SJ - and many other Jesuit priests.

At the Mass, one of our parishioners, Dr Therese Keogh shared a Reflection: 150th Anniversary of St Ignatius' Church.

It was wonderful to see many parishioners, especially past parishioners, at the Eucharistic Celebration and in the parish hall for morning tea afterwards. Thank you to all who joined us in making it a memorable day.

A photographic book to commemorate this historic church (cover seen at right), launched at the Sesquicentenary Mass, is now available to purchase at a special price for a limited time.


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Sunday 18 June 2017: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink

Body and blood of Christ...Many of the great things of life are kept alive through the ‘remembering’ of cherished traditions. Moses says to the people, ‘Remember … do not forget, the Lord fed you with manna’. In the words of John’s gospel before the passage we read today, Jesus has recalled this story of the Exodus, and likened himself to the manna given to the people in the midst of their complaining. Now he announces the inauguration of a new tradition - and, as John tells us, it too will be met with complaining. To this point, Jesus has been telling the people that he was foreshadowed in the manna. He came to nourish their old faith. Now, however, he makes a dramatic announcement. In all that he does, he is giving expression to the ways of his Father - taking up the initiative himself. He will become the nourishment of God’s people in a way that could never have been anticipated: ‘The bread that I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world’.

John uses the word ‘flesh (sarx)’ in this reference to the Eucharist. We are accustomed to using another term, speaking of the ‘body (soma)’ of Christ. In the early Church, both terms were in use. When we recall the Prologue of John’s gospel - ‘The Word became flesh’ - we can recognise the implications of this term. ‘All flesh is grass’, Isaiah declares, ‘The grass withers; but the word of God remains forever’ (Is 40:6-8). When the Prologue of John’s gospel echoes these words - ‘The Word was made flesh’ - it is underlining the full implications of the Incarnation: the Son of God ‘emptied himself’, as Paul says, coming to share our humanity in all its frailty. John is presenting the Eucharist as the sacrament of this Incarnation and all that it was to give to the world. He is also affirming the ‘healthy materialism’ of the biblical tradition. For all its frailty, the human body is God’s creation; and in the Incarnate Christ it has become our salvation and the source of eternal life for us...

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

St Ignatius' ChurchCelebrate the 150th year of St Ignatius' Church

This year marks 150 years of the building of St Ignatius' Church. Our parish will celebrate this occasion with a specially arranged Mass at 9:30am on Sunday 30 July followed by morning tea in the parish hall. Please bring a plate to share.

A photographic book to commemorate this historic church will also be launched.

All parishioners, especially past parishioners, are warmly invited.
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Sunday 11 June 2017: The Most Holy Trinity

God sent his Son to save the world through him

The Holy TrinityToday’s Gospel is from the beginning of John’s Gospel. The passage we read follows Jesus’ conversation with a Pharisee, Nicodemus, about what it means to be born of both water and the spirit. Nicodemus approaches Jesus at night and acknowledges Jesus as a teacher from God. Jesus tells him that only those who are born from above will see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus misunderstands and questions how a person can be born more than once. Jesus tells Nicodemus that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. Jesus is essentially explaining Baptism, which we celebrate as a sacrament today. Yet Nicodemus, we are told, still does not understand what Jesus is saying. Jesus continues by testifying to the need to be born from above so that one might have eternal life.

After the dialogue with Nicodemus, the author of the Gospel offers his own explanation of Jesus’ words. This is what we read in today’s Gospel, John 3:16-18...

Read more at Sunday Connection, Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry |  Image of The Holy Trinity by Antonio de Pereda [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The EucharistHelp distribute Holy Communion to patients

We are looking for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to minister to the Epworth Hospital on Sunday mornings. The role involves visiting patients for 2 to 3 hours on Sunday’s every 3 to 4 weeks.

It is required that volunteers have a current Working With Children Check. New applications will be provided by the parish.

If you feel called to this special ministry, please speak with Fr Huy or contact the office. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

FoodNew website for Richmond Churches Food Centre

The food centre, jointly operated by the churches in the 3121 postcode area and supported by many local communities, provides food parcels to those in need.

Check out their new website for further information and how you can donate food and/or volunteer:


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