Once again we find ourselves in a state of lockdown. While this is not a new experience for us, may we take courage from the words of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, whose feast we celebrate this Sunday: 'God will carry you safely through every struggle.' Let us continue to hold in our prayers all those who are suffering from the effects of this virus.
This week's collection of stories (perfect additions to your lockdown reading list!) includes a wrap up of the recent launch of the 2021-22 Social Justice Statement, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor. Bishop Vincent Long OFMConv, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, said he hopes the Statement encourages a paradigm shift from "dominion" to "communion", something that our Indigenous brothers and sisters can teach us about. Also below is a link to the photo gallery from last weekend's episcopal ordinations of Bishop Martin Ashe and Bishop Anthony (Tony) Ireland. It was a truly wonderful event in the life of our local church of Melbourne, and we wish the two bishops well as they begin their new ministry.
A reminder too that this weekend is the annual CatholicCare Sunday Appeal. Funds from the appeal go towards services that will help Victoria's most vulnerable including counselling, affordable housing and refugee and asylum seeker assistance.
And finally, if your parish is unable to stream Mass online during this lockdown period, please join the daily Masses streamed live from St Patrick's Cathedral, including this Sunday's 11am Mass which will also be broadcast on community channel C31 (channel 44 on digital TV).