Reflections

The Way, the Truth and the Life

Saturday 9th May 2020

The Way, the Truth and the Life

As Christians we view life as a pilgrimage to the house of the Father. Jesus describes himself as leading the way to God the Father. It’s a rough passageway through the turmoils of this world, with certain sacrifices, sufferings and grief. Jesus travelled it and to negotiate it properly we need His guidance. He is the way, the truth and the life.


Christ, The Good Shepherd

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Christ, The Good Shepherd

The most appealing image of all, and one that stands out is the figure of Christ as the good shepherd. In describing Himself as the Good Shepherd He is painting a beautiful picture of His loving care for the human family while emphasising how precious we are in the eyes of God. Each of us has a special place in His heart as He calls us by name and cares for us individually. He is our guardian and guide, constantly calling us home when we are inclined to stray.


Road to Emmaus

Saturday 25th April 2020

Road to Emmaus

The story of Jesus and the disciples on the road to Emmaus points at us and sheds light on our own situation in times of trial. With Jesus' death, the disciples' whole world had collapsed. Their distress is ours in many ways and their sadness sounds familiar to our ears. How many times have we walked the road to Emmaus?


Divine Mercy Sunday - Faith

Saturday 18th April 2020

Divine Mercy Sunday - Faith

My dear friends in Christ,
In this day and age, let's have a short and honest reflection on the depth of our own Easter faith and a time to ask the Lord to strengthen our conviction and trust in his word. How else as Christians are we linked across the centuries with the disciples of the early church if not by an unbreakable bond of faith? The bottom line of that faith is our belief in Christ.


Easter Sunday - Resurrection

Saturday 11th April 2020

Easter Sunday - Resurrection

My dear friends in Christ,
I cannot help but wonder in the midst of this crisis and difficult times, if God is actually setting things right. Is He allowing all these so the world can be shaken, and then things will well? I wonder if he is resetting some things. Is there a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens whether what we perceive as being good or being bad? It's quite the unexpected, isn't it?


Welcome Father Arsenio Tuazon!

Saturday 7th April 2020

Welcome Father Arsenio Tuazon!

My dear friends in Christ,

Moving in as your new Parish Priest felt strange. The whole situation deprives us from getting together as a family and community of God to celebrate the Eucharist due to the Covid-19 crisis. There's uncertainty and anxiety. But rest assured of my thoughts and prayers for you and the whole parish as I still celebrate Mass privately.


Australia Day Homily

Tuesday 17th December 2019

Australia Day Homily

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2020 - Homily by Fr. Paul Castley

During these devastating times of bushfire and drought I sometimes experience a strange and eerie feeling. All of these horrendous events and all of that loss, suffering and grief is not that very far away from me but it’s as if I am far away from it. Many, many years ago when I was a young boy in Townsville – and that is a long time ago – a flood did rip through our backyard. Fortunately our house was on the proverbial Queensland stilts and it passed underneath us.


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Tuesday 17th December 2019

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

"Homily: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph" from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli
Archbishop of Melbourne

Christmas Day evening for me was spent back in Wollongong with my extended family – brothers, partners, grandkids and great-grandkids. This has been our family tradition for several decades, so it works well for me, even though I now live in Melbourne.

Of course, I’m completely different from each of my brothers. I’m my own man, as the saying goes. At least, that’s what I think. My non-blood relatives, however, think otherwise. “You’re so like your brothers,” they say. According to them, we have similar mannerisms, similar physical gestures, similar ways of laughing and talking. It seems that our family resemblances go well beyond our shared DNA.


A time of Hope...

Tuesday 17th December 2019

A time of Hope...

A Christmas message from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli
Archbishop of Melbourne

Hello friends
I love Christmas. It is such a beautiful time of hope. Behind the tinsel, the advertising, the stress and frantic energy of the season, we encounter a profound simplicity in the story of God's arrival.

We just need to think about Mary and Joseph. They weren't welcomed into any warm hotel or inn, they weren't able to put themselves down by the fireplace in someone's home. They had come from far away and arrived in a place they did not know.


Easter: New Life, New Hope

Thursday 18 April 2019

Easter: New Life, New Hope

Dear Friends,

I wish you all a very happy Easter. May this Easter bring peace, happiness, and new life to each of your families. Pope Francis says "Christians must not give in to failure" while celebrating the Mass at the Casa Santa Marta Pope commented on the 'spirit of tiredness that takes away hope'.


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