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  • God living in our lives

    06 January 2013: The Epiphany of the Lord We have seen his star in the East and have come to adore the Lord. We are celebrating! For many of us the 'reason for the Season' is very clear: the birth of Jesus.  For some it may simply be celebrations of fr...
  • United in respect and love

    30 December 2012: Feast of the Holy FamilyThe shepherds hastened to Bethlehem, where they found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.Today's Gospel Acclamation says: "Open our heart, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son." Help us spread...
  • A happy and holy Christmas

    The Richmond Jesuit Community, Parish Leadership Team and Parish Staff thank all parishioners of St Ignatius and St James for their generous and wonderful support during the year. We wish you and your families a peaceful and happy Christmas. We pray tha...
  • We wait for God

    23 December 2012: Fourth Sunday of AdventChristmas anticipation is in the air. Family reunions and Christmas gatherings are in full swing. There is the possibility of change as the world glimpses peace. The innate goodness of human life is celebrated as G...
  • Signs of hope

    16 December 2012: Third Sunday of Advent Today is the midpoint of Advent, once called Gaudete (joy) Sunday. Hope and joy permeate today’s readings and indeed we cannot help noticing the hope that permeates all the Advent readings. We rejoice at what Go...
  • The Lord has done great things for us

    09 December 2012: Second Sunday of Advent A Rabbi once asked a group of learned men, "Where is the dwelling place of God?" They simply laughed at him. "What a thing to ask", they said, "is not the whole world full of God‟s glory?" Then the Rabbi answer...
  • Watching for Christ

    02 December 2012: First Sunday of Advent For many people in this part of the world, Advent heralds the start of the annual school holidays and the frenzied activities leading up to Christmas. The weather is hot as summer starts to bite. Those who seek re...
  • God's royal family

    25 November 2012: Our Lord Jesus Christ Universal King Hopefully this feast will not be seen to have anything to do with any republican debate. It is not concerned with constitutional issues or any earthly loyalty. As he tells Pilate, Christ's kingship i...
  • Facing the end of things

    18 November 2012: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time As the end of the liturgical year approaches, the Church considers what the scriptures mean by the 'end of the present age'. All of us face the end of things, whether phases in our lives, the end of ...
  • What the kingdom entails

    21 October 2012: Twenty-ninth Sunday of  Ordinary Time It is not easy to understand what accepting the kingdom entails. One of the serious perversions of discipleship consists in believing that our condition as Christians or our responsibilities in the ...
  • Grandparents

    Today (26 July) is the feast of St Anne and St Joachim, the parents of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Hence, Anne and Joachim are Jesus' grandparents. Today we honour and pray for all grandparents....
  • A faith confirmed

    13 November 2011: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe Richmond Catholic Parish welcomes Bishop Les Tomlinson to the parish this weekend. He comes on pastoral visitation of our parish. During this visitation the Bishop will confer the Sacrament of Conf...
  • Remembering those we love

    Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary TimeIn his first encyclical, God is Love, Pope Benedict wrote "being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decis...
  • To serve and not to be served

    30 October 2011: Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time"They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders..."The temptation to tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people's shoulders and not to lift a finger to help them is not restricted to the Scr...
  • The love of God

    23 October 2011: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind ..."You might have heard the story about the pig and the chicken who were walking along the road together. A...
  • Love and Poverty

    16 October 2011: Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe Archdiocese of Melbourne celebrates Respect Life Sunday today.  The theme for this year is: To love to the End: Planning a Good Death.We reflect on common confusion that surrounds end of life care....
  • Are we a middle class Church?

    09 October 2011: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Church in Australia began as a poor Church, a Church of convicts and immigrants.  The 19th century Church was in many ways aligned with the poor of this country.  Fr John Therry, Bishop Polding...
  • Jesus at the football match

    02 October 2011: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus Christ said he had never been to a football match. So we took him to one, my friends and I. It was a ferocious battle between the Protestant Punchers and the Catholic Crusaders. The C...
  • Social Justice Sunday: building bridges, not walls

    25 September 2011: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time In the Social Justice Statement for 2011–2012, the Catholic Bishops of Australia urge all Australians to think about the conditions in our prisons, and to ask who are most likely to find themselve...
  • Not fair!

    18 September 2011: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe football, especially at this time of the year, is all about winners and losers.  This is the time of the year when all the skill and hard work pays off.  But, a team also needs that bit of good ...