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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/New Year Masses Schedule now available

Nativity sceneThe schedule of dates and times for Masses during the Christmas/New Year period is downloadable from our Mass Times page.

Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and the coming new year.

 

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Sunday 03 June 2018: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

This is my body. This is my blood

I am the bread of lifeWe are in the afterglow of our Easter celebration. Last week we reflected upon the divine life of the Trinity, shared with us through the Saviour's Paschal Mystery. This year's Corpus Christi liturgy calls us to a deeper understanding of the Eucharist – the enduring presence in our midst of the Paschal Mystery in its entirety, the very ‘foundation and centre’ of the Church's life, as Vatican II reminds us. Today's readings take up the theme of Mark's gospel, ‘the blood of the covenant poured out’ for the whole human family.

To grasp what these readings have to say to us, we must take account of the profound symbolism blood had for old Israel – not a symbol of violence, but the sacred embodiment of life. As Moses ratified the old covenant with Yahweh, therefore, the blood – sprinkled on the altar (representing God) and on the people – expressed the life-giving union with God that was to become the very destiny of Israel. In his Eucharistic words, Jesus deliberately gives a new meaning to this old theme, repeating the words of Moses, ‘This is the blood of the covenant’, and adding a reference to the Servant Song of Is 53 – his blood will be a source of life for the whole world (‘for many’ is a Semitic expression used by the Isaian text, meaning ‘for all’).

For many people, the blood of Calvary has been associated almost exclusively with Christ's horrendous suffering. While not denying that awareness of the Saviour's passion is essential to Christian faith, the message of the Scriptures invites us to enlarge our perspective...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of Hermanoleon Clipart

 
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