Being the Easter Octave, we took a short break last week from our e-newsletter . . . but we're back, and it's Eastertide! Fifty days in which we get to bask in the glory of the Resurrection and renew the "yes" we made to Christ in baptism.
The ability to gather in large numbers for the Easter liturgy was a truly life-giving experience, priests report, with catechumens across Melbourne making their own definitive and resounding "yes" to the Lord.
One of the great aspects of the Church in Melbourne is that it provides a snapshot of the global Church, with a diverse range of truly vibrant ethnic communities. Last Sunday, the Vietnamese community celebrated the 2022 Divine Mercy Congress. Melbourne's Croatian community gathered in huge numbers as well for the consecration of a new altar by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli. The Croatian community has been a staple of Australian life since the years following the Second World War.
With ANZAC Day just passed, we thought we'd explore the special role military chaplaincy plays in the armed forces. Monsignor Stuart Hall shares with us his experiences of Navy Chaplaincy, having spent 22 serving the spiritual needs of Australian soldiers.
Last Sunday we celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast instituted by Pope St John Paul II. We take a look at the legacy left by that great man and explore his special relationship to the Divine Mercy devotion and St Faustina. And in the wake of St Louis de Montfort's memorial (28 April) we also delve into his classic in Mariology, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, to glean three major takeaways.
Finally, as you'll see in the upcoming events, this Sunday 1 May (the feast of St Joseph the Worker), a special Thanksgiving Mass will take place at St Patrick's Cathedral for all those working in the aged and healthcare sectors. This is one of two Masses that will take place in May – the other being a Mass to commemorate all those we've lost during this time of the pandemic. All are welcome to attend.