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  • Change to 5:30pm Sunday Mass

    16 February 2014: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeMy brothers and sisters in Christ,As you are aware, from the first Sunday in March, a group of Catholics of Vietnamese origin will come to worship in our parish. They will join us at our 5:30pm Sunday Mass at...
  • The love of God and Valentine’s Day

    09 February 2014: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time You are the light of the world Valentine’s Day is marked each year as a celebration of human friendship and romantic love. In some people’s minds, romantic love is quite different from love of God or G...
  • Greetings from our new Parish Priest

    02 February 2014: The Presentation of the LordDear Brothers and Sisters in ChristSt James’ Parish and St Ignatius’ Parish were formed in the early years of the Melbourne Archdiocese and each Parish has its own history. Nowadays, together they form the...
  • Diverse in culture, nation, race

    26 January 2014: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year AI appeal to you, my brothers and sisters, make up the differences between you We are supposed to change the world but we can't do it alone. That is why we are a Church. We know that we have been chos...
  • I am the witness that he is the Chosen One of God

    19 January 2014: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. John the Baptist was a man whose life sent a powerful, unambiguous message to those who came across him. If one of us were to stand in...
  • This is my beloved

    12 January 2014: The Baptism of the LordWhen Jesus was baptised, the heavens were opened and the Spirit of God came upon him.Today’s feast, the baptism of Jesus, is one of those strange liminal times in the Church calendar year because it is two things ...
  • The star filled them with delight

    05 January 2014: The Epiphany of the LordWe have come from the East to worship the king. LORD God of the nations, we have seen the star of your glory rising in splendour. The radiance of your incarnate Word pierces the darkness that covers the earth a...
  • The Holy Family

    29 December 2013: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and JosephThe shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manger.LOVING God, guardian of our homes, when you entrusted your Son to the care of Mary and Joseph, you did not s...
  • Merry Christmas

    2013 has been a very demanding and testing one for the Church in Australia. But we as a Catholic community in Richmond have emerged from it heartened by the Year of Faith and by the leadership of Pope Francis.Christmas is the feast of hope. As we draw clo...
  • A baby crawls through the stable door

    22 December 2013: Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A A virgin will give birth to a son; his name will be Emmanuel: God is with us. “Christmas is coming; the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old man’s hat.” This carol introduces the t...
  • Rejoicing Sunday

    15 December 2013: Third Sunday of Advent, Year A Gaudete Sunday - a day for rejoicing! Over the first millennium of Christianity, Advent was like a late Lent. Both were five weeks long, marked by fasting and penance, and both gave the faithful a day o...
  • Let us wait for him

    08 December 2013: Second Sunday of Advent, Year AChrist, the hope of all people John the Baptist emerges as a fierce character opting out of towns and villages and heading to the desert to preach a harsh repentance, fasting and penance. It was an auste...
  • Maranatha!

    01 December 2013: First Sunday of Advent, Year A Stay awake, you must be ready Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Saviour of the world.  We ask you to bless the Advent wreath which we honour as remembrance of your first coming in glory.  Strengthen our ...
  • Behold I stand at the door and knock

    24 November 2013: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the UniverseLord remember me when you come into your kingdomJesus’ majestic response to the dying man changes the whole scene, not in the distant future, not even tomorrow or the day after, but “Today y...
  • Hang in there

    17 November 2013: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary TimeYour endurance will win you your lifeRose Kennedy, a political matriarch, raised her family, of nine children in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA, where John F Kennedy the 35th President was born in 1917....
  • An act of charity

    10 November 2013: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary TimeHe is not a God of the dead but of the livingThe Catholic Church is beginning a process to find out what Catholics think about matters surrounding family issues like divorce, cohabitation and same sex...
  • On the way to salvation

    03 November 2013: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe Son of Man came to seek and to find that which was lostThe wealthy Zacchaeus scurries up the sycamore tree because he is ‘short in stature’ and he can’t see over the heads of those in the cro...
  • The prayer of the humble

    27 October 2013: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe publican returned to his home justified; the pharisee did notThe Pharisee’s pompous self promotion creates a comical portrait of religious leaders. He is offering God a litany of all his virtues of s...
  • A precious gift

    20 October 2013: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary TimeGod will see those who cry to him vindicatedMission is encoded in the DNA of Christians. When Jesus commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, it was a call for everyone to share t...
  • The power of gratitude

    13 October 2013: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time It seems that no one has returned to give thanks to God except this foreigner. Jesus cures ten persons afflicted with a skin complaint. All ten are made clean when they follow Jesus’ instructions ...