All that we do and believe in the Church revolves around the person of Jesus—the one who both sends us out and graciously and mercifully brings us home.
Tonight, the Proclaim Gathering kicks off at the Catholic Leadership Centre and promises to be a time of deep encounter with Jesus and the mission he calls us to. Last Thursday, the Archdiocese welcomed Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States. Speaking at lunch to Catholic representatives and leaders about the Church's mission and identity, he called us to follow the example of Christ by honouring the dignity of every person in all we do.
We share an inspiring story from St Mary of the Assumption Parish in Keilor Downs, where about 70 people have recently been gathering every Thursday evening to deepen their understanding of the faith—and build community—by considering ‘the case for Jesus’.
Also this week, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli calls on people of goodwill to reject antisemitism. We learn a little about the 12 modern Christian martyrs who will be remembered next week at the Night of the Witnesses at St Patrick’s Cathedral for their courageous commitment to Christ. Fr Francis Denton reflects at the latest God and Beer event on art and beauty as a way to witness to Jesus, ‘he who is beauty himself’. And two Catholic organisations that witness to Christ every day in our city by serving the sick and marginalised gathered for special Masses: the St Vincent de Paul Society for their annual Thanksgiving Mass at St Francis’ Church in Melbourne, and Cabrini Health, to celebrate the feast day of the ‘formidable’ St Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Finally, don’t forget to keep our seminarians in your prayers as they prepare for their ordination on Saturday 25 November at 10am—three to the priesthood and one to the transitional diaconate. The Mass is open to all and will be livestreamed on our Archdiocesan YouTube Channel.