During the fourth annual Patrick Oration—delivered last Friday, on the feast day of our patron St Patrick—Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflected on a question on the hearts of so many people in the Church: ‘Where have all the young people gone?’

He suggested that perhaps we have been asking the wrong question. Instead of asking, ‘When did the young lose Christ?’ (he doesn’t think they truly have), maybe we should be asking, ‘When did we lose being young in Christ?’ Pointing to Christ’s eternal youthfulness, and to just some of the ways young people in our Archdiocese are embracing Christ’s mission with boldness and joy, he encouraged us to ‘rediscover the young Church’ and reclaim a faith that will ‘lead us out into the world’.

You can read or watch the whole Oration here.

The Cathedral was brimming with youthful energy last Friday morning when some 2,000 students, teachers and dignitaries from across the Archdiocese gathered for the annual Mass of St Patrick for Schools. In his homily, Archbishop Comensoli reflected on the life of St Patrick and how, no matter how young or old we are, we are all invited to be part of God’s amazing mission. We just need to trust him and say ‘yes’ .

Speaking of which, this weekend we are all invited to participate in Fiat—A Weekend of Prayer, when parishes and communities around Melbourne and beyond will be joining together in prayer and reflecting on Mary’s total ‘yes’ to God. In the lead-up to what promises to be a moment of grace for the local Church, we look at a few parishes’ and communities’ hopes and plans for the weekend, from the suburbs to the prisons. As the days count down, don’t forget to keep an eye on our regularly updated schedule of events for a prayer opportunity near you. (Some useful prayer resources have also been included for communal and individual use during the Fiat weekend.)

As we seek to rediscover together a Church energised by Christ’s own eternal youth and vitality, may we be encouraged by the words of the Prophet Isaiah, quoted by the Archbishop last Friday: ‘those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will grow wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, walk but never tire’ (40:30–31).

Rediscovering ‘the young Church’: Archbishop Comensoli delivers the 2023 Patrick Oration
In the fourth annual Patrick Oration—delivered on Friday 17 March—Archbishop Peter A Comensoli asked how we might become a Church that reflects the very youthfulness of Christ himself, a Church that can speak to the yearning of our young people for vitality and meaning, and that leads us ‘out into the world’.
Patrick Oration 2023
Written by: Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
On Friday 17 March, Archbishop Comensoli delivered the fourth annual Patrick Oration at the Catholic Leadership Centre, where he drew our attention to the vital role and central place of young people in our Church. Pointing to ‘the eternal youthfulness’ of Christ, he reminded us that each one of us is the ‘now of God’ and invited us to ‘rediscover’ the young Church we are all called to be.
Continue reading: Patrick Oration 2023
Parishes and movements prepare for ‘Fiat—A Weekend of Prayer’
Local communities of grace across the Archdiocese of Melbourne are busy preparing to unite for a weekend of prayer from Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March 2023. In the lead-up, we take a look at the plans and hopes of a few parishes and movements for what promises to be a moment of grace for the local Church.
Thousands gather for annual Schools Mass at St Patrick’s
One of the highlights of Catholic Education Week, the annual Mass of St Patrick for Schools drew more than 2,000 students, staff and dignitaries to St Patrick’s Cathedral last Friday 17 March. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflected on the life of St Patrick, observing that everyone, no matter how young, is invited to trust God and to take up the mission God has for them.
Fiat—A Weekend of Prayer
Written by: Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal
Parishes, communities and individuals across the Archdiocese of Melbourne will unite for a weekend of prayer from Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March 2023. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has said that this weekend, which coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, ‘promises to be a moment of grace for the local Church, as together we meditate on Mary’s fiat, her total “yes”.’
Continue reading: Fiat—A Weekend of Prayer
‘If Jesus Christ is gloriously young, then his Body, the Church, is meant to be young. This is the Church our young people want to discover, one that is vital and alive in Christ ... Our common task is to rediscover the young Church.’
Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
in the fourth annual Patrick Oration
Upcoming events
Nightfever
Friday 24 March 2023
6.00pm–11.59pm
Join youth and young adults of the Archdiocese of Melbourne as they gather at Sacred Heart Church, Carlton, for the first event of the FIAT weekend of prayer. Adoration | Song | Evangelisation | Confession For all enquiries, email proclaim@cam.org.au or call (03) 9926 5713).
Fiat—A Weekend of Prayer
Friday 24 March 2023
– Sunday 26 March 2023
Our local communities of grace across the Archdiocese of Melbourne will unite for a weekend of prayer from Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March 2023. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has said that this weekend, which coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord on Saturday 25 March...
Walk with Mary 2023
Sunday 26 March 2023
2.00pm–3.30pm
Join the Combined Societies of Mary and Bishop Columba for a special Mass, street procession and entrustment to Our Lady. Come and honour Our Lady on this special Sunday held in memory of her Annunciation. All welcome! For all enquiries, email csmary.org@tpg.com.au or call (03) 9509 2207.
Chrism Mass, St Patrick’s Cathedral
Saturday 1 April 2023
10.00am–12.00pm
You are warmly invited to join us for the annual Chrism Mass, which will be celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 1 April at 10am. In this ancient and beautiful liturgy, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, together with all of Melbourne’s priests, will bless the oils being used in the...
Jesuit Social Services Annual Dinner
Saturday 25 March 2023
7.00pm–11.00pm
Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential. They accompany people and communities to foster and regenerate the web of relationships that sustain us all, and work to change policies, practices, ideas and values that...
Walk for Justice for Refugees
Sunday 2 April 2023
1.00pm–4.00pm
In advocating for the just and humane treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia, the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA) would like to invite you to walk alongside teachers, students, principals, parents, parishioners, priests and individuals from Catholic schools, churches, and communities across Victoria this Palm Sunday at...
The Melbourne Passion Play
Sunday 2 April 2023
1.30pm–2.30pm
Each year, for the past 23 years, the passion of Jesus Christ has been enacted in Melbourne by a group of volunteers. This is a scene-by-scene representation of the ministry of Jesus by people in real, open-air surroundings. Come and relive the passion of Our Lord, and meditate on the...
Combined Societies of Mary: Divine Mercy Novena
Friday 7 April 2023, 7.00pm
– Saturday 8 April 2023, 8.00pm
Join the Combined Societies of Mary in the 9-nights Divine Mercy novena, which will commence on Good Friday and end on the first Sunday after Easter—the Feast of Mercy. In the diary of St Faustina, it is recalled that Jesus told the Polish nun that, ‘on that day, the floodgates...

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