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  • International Children's Week

    11 September 2011: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary TimeOne of the key findings of the FBI concerning the abuse of children and adolescents in families and beyond is about the personality make-up of the child.Abusers of young persons avoid the kind of chi...
  • Remembering our fathers

    04 September 2011: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus taught us to call God our Father, because it is the best relationship-based image that he could use to convey to us his own experience of the love between him and his Father (God).  And when ...
  • Emergency appeal for the victims of the famine in the Horn of Africa

    28 August 2011: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary TimeOur hearts go out to the families that are suffering from the famine in the Horn of Africa.  We see their pictures on TV and in our newspapers.  The Jesuit provincial of East Africa and the director o...
  • Not to be served, but to serve

    21 August 2011: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Those older among us might remember that in the days before TV, we could listen on the radio to ‘The Catholic Hour’.  It would be introduced with the words "You are Peter, the rock, and on this ro...
  • The Assumption of Our Lady

    14 August 2011: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Perhaps there is nothing so distinctively Catholic as our devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus.  For hundreds of years Christians observed the feat of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - celebra...
  • Changes in the Order of Mass

    07 August 2011: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Most of us have heard about the new responses of the Mass.  Many churches in Melbourne have already introduced the new responses and congregations are beginning to get used to them.  From the beginning...
  • Nourishing our deepest desires

    31 July 2011: Feast of St Ignatius The Australian Jesuit Province had a gathering two weeks ago in Sydney to nourish us for the work we do together as companions of Christ on mission.  Thanks once again to all those who helped to make those days truly n...
  • Being crucified with Christ

    17 April 2011: Passion (Palm) Sunday With the celebration of Passion Sunday this weekend we enter into the most solemn week of the church's year, Holy Week. It has already been a most extraordinary year for all of us.  In our country, Cyclone Yasi rage...
  • Some reflections on the Mass

    10 April 2011: Fifth Sunday of Lent As we move towards Easter (see Easter Services under the Mass Times link to your left), we take some time to reflect on what the Mass means to others. The traditional name for the Eucharist is the Mass, which is der...
  • From Ashes to Easter

    03 April 2011: Fourth Sunday of Lent From Ashes to Easter is the title of a concert to be held at St Ignatius' Church next Thursday evening, 07 April 2011  at 7:30pm. Peter Kearney is a well-known singer/songwriter.  In the 1960s, with the encourageme...
  • An Easter Prayer

    27 March 2011: Third Sunday of Lent In early February I spent some time teaching refugees - the 'Karen' people - on the Thai/Burma border, associated with a Melbourne-based group who have been involved in providing tertiary education for refugees over a ...
  • Lenten Practices

    20 March 2011: Second Sunday of Lent Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence from meat. On all other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following: P...
  • Silent Witness

    More than 50 years ago, Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe was a witness to mass devastation in Japan following the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He described his reaction on seeing the destruction wrought by the bomb: 'We continued looking for so...
  • Lent is a time of joy

    13 March 2011: First Sunday of Lent Last Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of another season of Lent. Those older among us might remember this season as one which we used to dread. It was a time for ‘giving up’ something enjoyable. Chi...
  • Among the fallen

    06 March 2011: Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time During the last week we have all been shocked and moved by the earthquake in Christchurch. Many of us have friends and connections with the city. Some Jesuits of our Province have come to us from New Zealand...
  • I will never forget you

    27 February 2011: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time "That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it" (Matthew 6:24)Another week and another natural disaster, this time acr...