18 Nov 2020

INTRODUCTION TO MASS OF CONFIRMATION

What a time to be Confirmed! Tonight, our young people complete their initiation into the Christian life, membership of the Church, and the communion of saints. But we gather in the face of a word that’s been on almost everyone’s lips for months now, a word most of us never used and many not even have known until the beginning of this year: pandemic.

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15 Nov 2020

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HOMILY FOR THE MASS FOR 33RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A

One of my Dominican brothers, long since gone to God, wasn’t great at picking his audience or occasion. He was legendary for preaching on contraception in nursing homes. He used also to promise to “give ‘em hell” at Christmas, as he thought (rather uncharitably), that it was the likely destination for those who attended only annually!

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08 Nov 2020

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HOMILY FOR THE MASS FOR 32ND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

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02 Nov 2020

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HOMILY FOR THE MASS OF THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS

All Saints is not really the feast of all saints. It is not a celebration of those ‘living saints’ who are among us, transparent with God’s grace, demonstrating remarkable virtue. Nor is it a celebration of those becoming saints, whom St Paul dared call ‘saints’ already. No, All Saints is not about living saints.

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28 Oct 2020

HOMILY FOR THE CHRISM MASS

It arrived in Australia in the dying days of the First World War. Ultimately the Spanish Flu would infect a third of the world’s population and kill at least 50 million people. All those docking in Sydney were isolated at North Head, next door to St Patrick’s Seminary.

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25 Oct 2020

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HOMILY FOR THE MASS FOR 30TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A

The first live TV show broadcast globally by satellite was “Our World” in 1967. Artists such as Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso performed for an estimated 400 million people.

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