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  • Pondering the Holy Trinity

    26 May 2013: Trinity SundayThe feast of the Holy Trinity offers us much to celebrate and much to ponder. It's an invitation to discover a variety of ways of relating to God. 'I found delight in the human race' Proverbs 8:31. God delights at the heart of h...
  • The spirit of Pentecost

    19 May 2013: Pentecost Sunday“Look up at the stars, not down at your feet and wonder about what makes the universe exists. Be curious”, there was a hidden hint of theology and cosmology in a mother’s remark. We sense a cosmic connection through our ...
  • Why do you stand looking up towards heaven?

    12 May 2013: Ascension Sunday Ascension can feel like a lonely feast. Just as the disciples were still rejoicing in the presence of having Jesus with them, he leaves them a second time. We can only reflect on the question: Why do you stand looking up tow...
  • Being at home with God

    05 May 2013: Sixth Sunday of EasterWhere is home? Home is where your heart is. Home is where we relax because we are ourselves, we are known and we know the others with whom we live. As believers, who truly love Jesus, we have his word that he and the Fat...
  • As I have loved you

    28 April 2013: Fifth Sunday of EasterThe love Jesus encourages us to have in today’s Gospel is a very particular love, He tells us not just to love one another, but “to love as I have loved you”, this is sacrificial love, where he laid down his life...
  • The Good Shepherd loves unselfishly

    21 April 2013: Fourth Sunday of EasterGood Shepherd Sunday Jesus unpacks his role as the Good Shepherd who is that leader who not only cares deeply for those in his charge but is willing to die for them. In the past centuries before ours, childbirth was ...
  • Feed my lambs and sheep

    14 April 2013: Third Sunday of EasterIf you ever have gone fishing for an entire evening without any luck, the last thing you want to hear is some non- fisherman telling you what you should have done. The fruitless fishing all night and the appearance of ...
  • Reaching out in a real and peace-filled way

    07 April 2013: Second Sunday of Easter When there is a crisis or a tragedy, we eagerly await the first words of those who’ve come through the trauma. Knowing their survival is exceptional, we hang on their every word. They are charged with so much mean...
  • Let us rejoice and be glad!

    31 March 2013: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Easter is like standing on the beach and looking to the east at sunrise. “Sunrise is an event that calls forth solemn music in the very depth of human nature, as if one’s whole being had t...
  • In the silence of God

    24 March 2013: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Seventy six year old Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope in history and the first Latin American, addressed ten thousand faithful with a demeanour that was humble. “You know the task of the conclave...
  • “Neither do I condemn you” – John 8

    17 March 2013: Fifth Sunday of LentSt Patrick's Day Those who live in glass houses cannot afford to throw stones! Today’s Gospel confronts our willingness to judge others by our own standards and to condemn them as inferior. Those who truly know themse...
  • The joy of a loving God

    10 March 2013: Fourth Sunday of Lent Today’s gospel is perhaps the most famous of the parables that are unique to the Gospel of Luke. Sadly, what is often overlooked is the accusation aimed at Jesus that leads into the telling of this and two other sho...
  • Living the Gospel – Bad things/Good People

    03 March 2013: Third Sunday of Lent Today’s gospel taps into the vexing question: ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ The question implies that God is punishing good people. Surprisingly, this attitude continues and one only has to watc...
  • Persevering on the journey

    24 February 2013: Second Sunday of Lent There are times when things are going just right. We are on cloud nine, on a high. We wish these times would never end. But all too soon these times do end and we come down from the mountain, or the mountain comes ...
  • Welcome to Fr Tro

    17 February 2013: First Sunday of Lent We at the Richmond Catholic Parish would like to warmly welcome another new member to the parish team: I am Fr Tran Van Tro SJ and I was born in Vietnam in 1956, the second child of my parents’ ten children. I j...
  • As I prepare to leave - Fr Stan reflects

    10 February 2013: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time At the beginning of 2008 I was assigned to the Richmond Parish. It was to be for 6 months only. After that I was to go to Mt Druitt in Western Sydney.Now, five years later, I am to leave Richmond and go t...
  • Prophets of our time

    03 February 2013: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time A prophet has been described as one who speaks the truth as that person sees it, as one who dares to question the unwritten assumptions out of which a group operates, as the voice in the crowd that says ...
  • Welcome to Fr Gaetan Pereira

    27 January 2013: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Hello, I am Gaetan Pereira who joined the Madurai Jesuit Province in South India in 1969.I was ordained a priest at Loyola College, Madras, South India in 1982. With the late General Father Pedro Arrupe SJ...
  • A new era has begun

    20 January 2013: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time For some reason, the semi-continuous reading of Luke’s Gospel begins not today but next Sunday (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time). There is a similar arrangement for Years A and B. Perhaps John’s account o...
  • Prayer and mission

    13 January 2013: Baptism of the Lord John the Baptist's message is stark - a demand for repentance in view of the coming judgement: 'You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?' (Lk 3:7).  When the crowds speculate as to whether ...