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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.

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Sunday 11 June 2017: The Most Holy Trinity

God sent his Son to save the world through him

The Holy TrinityToday’s Gospel is from the beginning of John’s Gospel. The passage we read follows Jesus’ conversation with a Pharisee, Nicodemus, about what it means to be born of both water and the spirit. Nicodemus approaches Jesus at night and acknowledges Jesus as a teacher from God. Jesus tells him that only those who are born from above will see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus misunderstands and questions how a person can be born more than once. Jesus tells Nicodemus that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. Jesus is essentially explaining Baptism, which we celebrate as a sacrament today. Yet Nicodemus, we are told, still does not understand what Jesus is saying. Jesus continues by testifying to the need to be born from above so that one might have eternal life.

After the dialogue with Nicodemus, the author of the Gospel offers his own explanation of Jesus’ words. This is what we read in today’s Gospel, John 3:16-18...

Read more at Sunday Connection, Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry |  Image of The Holy Trinity by Antonio de Pereda [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The EucharistHelp distribute Holy Communion to patients

We are looking for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion to minister to the Epworth Hospital on Sunday mornings. The role involves visiting patients for 2 to 3 hours on Sunday’s every 3 to 4 weeks.

It is required that volunteers have a current Working With Children Check. New applications will be provided by the parish.

If you feel called to this special ministry, please speak with Fr Huy or contact the office. Your help would be greatly appreciated.


FoodNew website for Richmond Churches Food Centre

The food centre, jointly operated by the churches in the 3121 postcode area and supported by many local communities, provides food parcels to those in need.

Check out their new website for further information and how you can donate food and/or volunteer:

richmondchurches.weebly.com