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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.


Commemorative book for the sesquicentenary of St Ignatius' Church PDF Print E-mail

Commemorative book for the sesquicentenary of St Ignatius' ChurchA PEOPLE’S FAITH ENSHRINED IN STONE, St Ignatius’ Church Richmond, 210 x 280 mm 102 pp pb full colour photos, rrp $35.00

  • Edited: Patricia O’Halloran
  • Commemorative essay: Michael McGirr
  • Original photographs: Andrew Esposito, Shayarana Gooneratne and Fr Nguyen Viet Huy SJ

For one hundred and fifty years since its beginning with the laying of the foundation stone, the church of St Ignatius on Richmond Hill, Melbourne, has been the focal point for the expression of the faith life of the Richmond Catholic community, as well as an iconic landmark for the wider community.

The 150th anniversary has been celebrated with a Mass and the launch of a commemorative book on Sunday 30 July 2017.  The book presents the Church on the Hill in all its glory. Beautiful photographs show the fabric and shape of the building, as well as the glorious decorative features, both inside and out. The photographs are enhanced by selected quotations from scripture and from other writers, together with reflective comments from the parishioners themselves. A commemorative essay by popular writer Michael McGirr, himself once a Jesuit, reveals many unknown insights into the history of the church.

“It is a wonderful building that can make the great seem small and the small seem great.” Michael McGirr

St Ignatius’ stands tall on Richmond Hill, a symbol of a community’s faith and involvement in the neighbourhood. Its beautiful fabric and breathtaking interior offer a wonderful display of architecture and art. It is a welcoming place – a place of prayer, celebration, remembrance, solace, care, comfort, belonging and community. It is fitting to pay tribute to it on this anniversary, and, in doing so, we also pay tribute to its people.

A word of appreciation to St Kevin's College

“On behalf of the Richmond Catholic Parish, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Mr Stephen Russell, the Principal of St Kevin's College, Toorak and the College Community for their kindness towards our parish. They have generously agreed to sponsor the publication of the commemorative book published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of St Ignatius’ Church. Their wonderful support of the parish is very much appreciated.” -- Fr Nguyễn Viết Huy SJ, Parish Priest

For a limited time only, the book is being sold at a special launch price of $30.00, including p & p. Please download our Order Form below.

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The harvest matters most PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 23 July 2017: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Let them grow together until the harvest

Wheat strangled by weeds.  Image courtesy of pixabay.comThe Gospels are full of stories from ordinary life, some told about Jesus and some by him. The beauty of all stories is that they don’t explain themselves: we as readers have to buy into them and find their meaning for our own lives. We always have the unnoticed chair at the table.

The plot of today’s story is very straightforward. It is about a farmer, his enemy and his field. The farmer has sown the field with grain. His enemy has secretly oversown it with weeds. We are invited into the story at the point when some of the farm workers have noticed the weeds and asks the farmer about them. The farmer is very definite in his answers. He did sow wheat; the weeds must be work of an enemy.

The farm workers then ask the central question that Jesus always wants his hearers to ask: what should we do? As usual in the Gospel stories the first answer they come up with is the wrong one. They suggest pulling up the weeds. The farmer, who wants a bumper harvest as possible, disagrees. The weeds are a nuisance, but to eradicate them early will inevitably destroy much of the wheat crop. So best to let weeds and wheat to grow together to harvest time. Then the weeds can be removed and the crop harvested.

Jesus then leaves it to his disciples and to us to work out what the story means in their own situation. The disciples were meeting resistance and division as they were spreading the Good News. They wondered what to do about it. Jesus story asks them what mattered most: to respond to the harm their enemies were causing or to keep preaching the Gospel. Jesus suggests that the harvest matters most. Sorting out divisions, working out who’s to blame and whose heart is in the right place, judging who’s in and who’s out, can wait till later.

Jesus’ story speaks to our own day as sharply as it did to his. In society and in churches there are always personal conflicts and differences about policies and governance. There are also people opposed to what we are doing. They would like to take over.

In such circumstances we can easily focus our attention on the politics of the situation, thinking about how to change personnel and ideas, and how to make people see things in the way in which we do. We gather supporters, find a cause, give ourselves fully to it and turn into a disciplined movement.

That is reasonable, of course, but for Jesus, people matter most. It is better not to judge, not to do politics, but to set out to win people who are our harvest. All the paradoxes of the Gospel – loving the person who hates you, walking the extra mile, returning good for evil come out of that simple focus on what matters.

That is something we always need to keep in mind at Jesuit Social Services. When you are working with people who are constantly badly treated is easy to be caught up in politics and to rage at your enemies. But our job is to focus on vulnerable people and to accompany them on their path into society.

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

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