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The Feast of the Ephiphany - 6th January 2019

The feast of the Epiphany brings the Christmas celebrations to an end. The gospel reading today (Mt 2:1-12) tells of the “magi” coming from the East to visit the baby Jesus. So these mysterious figures with their gifts are added to the crib scene. Scripture scholars remind us that this story is a Jewish literary form called “midrash.”

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Feast of the Holy Family Year C (Dec 30, 2018)

The feast of the Holy Family naturally focusses on the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, but we can also use it to reflect on the beauty and grace that can be present, and often is, in any family. The joy of children as they enjoy summer holidays with their parents is part of the story.

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4th Sunday of Advent Year C (Dec 23, 2018)

Christmas can be a sad time for many. Peter Hoey, husband of Ursula, one of our parish receptionists, suffered a massive stroke earlier this week and is not expected to survive. Please keep him and Ursula and their family in your prayers at this time. An Advent highlight this week was the Advent Communal Reconciliation Service on Wednesday night.

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3rd Sunday of Advent Year C (December 16, 2018)

Today’s gospel speaks of a feeling of expectation that had grown among the people. Was John the Baptist the expected messiah? Or was someone else to come? The feelings of expectation experienced by the Year 12 students waiting for their exam results have been intense this week, but now hopefully they can sit back relaxed and smiling, knowing that a new horizon has opened up for them.

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2nd Sunday of Advent Year C (December 9, 2018)

Today’s gospel introduces the preaching of John the Baptist announcing the nearness of the salvation of God. His words are spoken in the wilderness to the east of Jerusalem, where the sun would rise over the wilderness. Luke’s insertion of the John the Baptist tradition in his gospel is coloured by his “Christology,” his understanding of the mission and role of Jesus.

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1st Sunday of Advent Year C (December 2, 2018)

The political spotlight has quickly switched from Victoria to Canberra this past week and now seems to follow the Prime Minister to Argentina and the G20 Summit. Jerusalem is also never far from the political spotlight of the world. But it was over the little town of Bethlehem a few kilometres south of Jerusalem that was in the spotlight of angels and shepherds years ago when the Christ child was born.

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Feast of Christ the King , November 25, 2018

I write these words from Queenscliff while on retreat with a group of some fifteen Melbourne diocesan priests aware that by the time you read them the fete will be over. With rain pelting down here on different days this week I have had an anxious eye on the weather forecast and pray that Saturday is not too wet or wild.

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33rd Sunday Ordinary Time, November 18, 2018

The parish fete is on next Saturday. On your behalf I thank all the hard working people on committees and stalls who have been working for months to organise this special day with plenty of interest for old and young alike.

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32nd Sunday Ordinary Time, November 11, 2018

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.” This November 11, the commemoration of Armistice Day, is a special one. In the railway carriage at Compiegne in France at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the Great War came to an end. It was 100 years ago this weekend.

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31st Sunday Ordinary Time, November 4, 2018

Another long weekend is being celebrated by many. Many might be off enjoying the Spring Racing Carnival while many others will be just having a good time with families and friends.

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