The ocean of God’s mercy

In 1931, a Polish nun by the name of Faustina Kowalska began experiencing the presence of Jesus in an extraordinary way. Through a series of private revelations, St Faustina became the ‘secretary of God’s mercy’, listening to the Lord’s request that she make known to the world the infinite depths of his mercy. ‘I am Love and Mercy itself,’ Jesus told her.

One of the people transformed by this message of the Divine Mercy was Fr Chris Alar MIC, an American priest and Marian Father who recently toured Australia and New Zealand sharing his conversion story. He made some time to speak with us, sharing some of his experiences and describing how the Divine Mercy changed his life.

Also this week, we hear about how a number of parishes in Melbourne's east recently came together to make the feast of Pentecost a memorable one, how ACU’s Read to Learn program is helping disadvantaged school students, and what the feast of Corpus Christi means to some past and present seminarians.

As World Youth Day grows ever closer, we also explore what it means to be a pilgrim, and how the elements of a good story might help us to understand the nature of pilgrimage.

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Fr Chris Alar MIC: how the Divine Mercy changed his life
Popular United States priest, writer and speaker Fr Chris Alar MIC has recently been touring Australia and New Zealand. He tells us about his life’s journey and call to the priesthood, and about the hope to be found in the message of the Divine Mercy.
Communities come together to awaken a desire for the Holy Spirit
Recently a number of parishes and communities in Melbourne’s east worked together to host ‘Awaken’, where more than 350 people, of all ages, gathered to celebrate Pentecost by drawing closer to the transforming presence and power of God.
We must become bread broken for others
To celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, current and former students of Corpus Christi College Regional Seminary have begun reflecting on the meaning of the Eucharist in their lives. One priest shared how the words of a Polish monk helped inspire his understanding of the Eucharist: 'It is the most poetic description of the Eucharist that I have come across.’ The reflections form part of a seven-part series.
Read to Learn: making a difference in the lives of students
Sacred Heart—a vibrant and culturally diverse primary school in Fitzroy—has teamed up with nearby Australian Catholic University to implement Read to Learn, a program that provides a safe and fun learning environment where the children are supported by tutors each week to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.
The story of our lives: what it means to be a pilgrim
One of the things a good story does, other than entertain, is to take us on a journey of transformation, distilling the essential elements of life into a more structured experience. A pilgrimage does something similar in the life of a Christian.
Build a Shed, build a future
Written by: VMCH
The Cre8 shed in Wangaratta—an initiative of VMCH—gives people with disabilities the opportunity to build on their carpentry skills, become more independent and confident, and connect with peers. This month VMCH is launching its Build a Shed appeal, aimed at raising $80,000 to open two more Cre8 sheds in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
‘Whatever your parish is, find ways to get involved, because there’s always a need and we’ve all got different gifts; there’s always something that we can do and contribute … The amazing thing with the Holy Spirit is that it’s God working through us.’
Kelly Hurtz, a participant at Awaken: Pentecost 2023
on being called to deeper involvement in the Church’s mission
Upcoming events
Feast of Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart Church
Sunday 11 June 2023
3.00pm–5.00pm
This Sunday, June 11, is the feast of Corpus Christi. Join the seminarians at Corpus Christi College for a 3pm solemn Mass and Eucharistic procession. All welcome! For more information, call Corpus Christi College on 9657 0222.
Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon
Thursday 17 August 2023
12.00pm–2.00pm
Join us for the second Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) event of the year! MCP creates opportunities for Catholic professional men and women to network and support the life and mission of the Church in Melbourne. Through its program of luncheon events—hosted by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli—MCP draws people together from...
Leading Missionary Renewal: Vital and Vibrant Parishes
Saturday 15 July 2023
10.00am–3.00pm
An enriching day of prayer, music, inspiring talks and team workshop activities for clergy and lay leaders. An opportunity to:explore parish renewal in light of Take the Way of the Gospel, covering key topics to envision, enthuse and equipidentify the needs and next steps for your local circumstances hear...
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: workshop day
Saturday 22 July 2023
10.00am–3.30pm
An in-person seminar to explore reasons and ways to place the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at the heart of parish renewal. Clergy, RCIA teams and interested parishioners are warmly invited to attend. Rev. Dr Elio Capra is a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is...
Xavier Social Justice Network Dinner to support Jesuit Refugee Service
Thursday 9 June 2022
6.30pm–10.30pm
The Xavier Social Justice Network invites the community to the 2023 Xavier Social Justice Network Dinner in support of Jesuit Refugee Service. Speakers for the evening include Director of JRS, Tamara Domicelj, and JRS’ Policy, Advocacy and Communication Head, Shuja Jamal, with the evening moderated by Chris Runciman (Old Xaverian)...
St Martin of Tours Church: 50th anniversary
Sunday 18 June 2023
10.00am–12.00pm
This year marks the 50th anniversary of St Martin of Tours Church in Macleod/Rosanna. To commemorate this occasion, the community will gather for a solemn Mass at 10am on Sunday 18 June. Refreshments will be provided after Mass and a historical walk and displays will be on view in the...
God and Beer: Jesus and Jazz
Monday 11 September 2023
6.30pm–7.30pm
An initiative of the Knights of the Southern Cross, God and Beer brings together people of all ages from across the south-east suburbs several times a year. By drawing on the truth, beauty and goodness of the Catholic tradition, God and Beer aims to inspire and strengthen Christians through ideas...
‘Find Your Path’ at Catholic Theological College
Monday 19 June 2023
7.30pm–8.30pm
The ‘Find Your Path at Catholic Theological College’ online information session provides a helpful first step on your path to religious education. You are invited to attend the information session to discover the face-to-face and online offerings. Of particular interest might be the units: Life in Christ: Foundations for Theological...
CSS webinar: ‘The Church, Catholic Social Teaching and Engagement with First Nations Peoples’
Thursday 29 June 2023
4.00pm–5.00pm
Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV), in conjunction with Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), is pleased to invite you to join for a series of webinars to learn more about the upcoming referendum on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the Voice to Parliament. The webinars will...

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