15 Aug 2022

Homily for Mass of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time C + Dempsey Medal

Earlier this morning tens of thousands of participants in the annual City2Surf race set off from just outside our cathedral. Now in its 51st year, the race has become something of an institution, drawing considerable media attention. Alongside world-class runners and wheelchair athletes are mum and dad hobbyists, work colleagues dressed as Smurfs …

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24 Jul 2022

Homily for Mass for the Feast of St Christopher + 70th Anniversary of the Parish

“Lord, teach us to pray,” the disciples ask Jesus. But what does it mean to ‘pray’? Put simply, prayer is raising our heart and mind to God, mostly with a view to encounter and conversation. So Jesus begins His short course on prayer with saying: “Speak to God as Father, our heavenly holy Father.” Begin with your relationship with God …

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22 Jul 2022

World Youth Day 2008 Plaque Unveiling

Papal arrivals are big occasions. We’ve had four in Australian history, but by far the most dramatic was the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on the Sydney 2000, rebadged Das Papstesboot, on 17 July 2008. Accompanied by Cardinals Bertone, Rylko and Pell, and the bishops of Australia, as well as excited young people from every continent and nation, the Holy Father was escorted by thousands …

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17 Jul 2022

Homily for Mass of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C + Dempsey Medal

It’s a quintessential rags-to-riches tale. Having failed to land a teaching job and needing to support herself and her husband who was still studying, Betsy Sanders took a sales apprentice position in a department store for less than $2.50 an hour. Her ‘temporary’ employment with Nordstrom ended up lasting two decades, by the end of which she …

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10 Jul 2022

Homily for the Mass for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

The Aussie writer-director Baz Luhrmann is an undeniable titan of his craft. Four of the top ten grossing Australian films of all time are by him,[i] and his latest biopic, Elvis, is well on the way to being another smash hit. His style is utterly distinct: vivid eye-catching costumes, dizzyingly fast-paced action, operatic scores, …

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01 Jul 2022

EXODUS90!

Exodus 90 is a ninety-day, Catholic program for men. It is ‘app based’ taking you through each step day by day but you can’t do it alone, fraternity is key. The main reason men make an Exodus is this: they want to grow closer to God, their spouse, children, and friends. Closer to that man […]

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