No matter where we come from, and how many hardships we endure, we are all journeying together towards our true, heavenly homeland.

Last Sunday, St Patrick’s Cathedral was filled with life, colour and the joy of faith as more than 500 people gathered to celebrate the 108th Migrant and Refugee Sunday. This was the first time since 2019 the event has been celebrated, and it was an amazing opportunity to bask in the cultural richness of the Catholic Church in Melbourne.

This week we also share the story of one migrant who hopes to use her creative gifts to make a real difference here in Melbourne. Coming to us via New Zealand, and originally from Japan, Hana Osawa works for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. She shares some of her story with us and how she came to the Catholic faith.

This month also marks the 100-year anniversary of the Carmelite Community arriving in the Archdiocese of Melbourne from Sydney. Carmelite spirituality is rich and beautiful, so we reflect on the origins of Melbourne’s Carmelite monastery and how their beautiful spiritual legacy can be experienced in person by Melbourne Catholics.

St Thérèse of Lisieux was a young Carmelite the world would come to fall in love with, and this Saturday 1 October we celebrate her feast day. Reflecting on some of her writings, we ask whether our ‘bigger-is-better’ approach to life is exhausting us, and how this young saint might invite us to see holiness as a journey of ‘growing small’ instead of growing bigger and better.

And finally, on Friday 16 September, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli blessed and dedicated the newly established Iona College in Geelong. There he reflected upon St Columba of Iona, the college’s patron saint, and the calling of Catholic education to form young people as ‘forces for good in the world.’

St Patrick’s Cathedral full of life and colour for World Day of Migrants and Refugees
On Sunday 25 September, St Patrick’s Cathedral was alive with music, colour and joy as more than 500 people, representing 13 migrant communities, celebrated the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
Finding passion and purpose in a new home: Hana’s migration story
On Sunday 25 September, we celebrated the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. One such migrant is Hana Osawa. Though she describes her own migration story to Australia as ‘nothing special’, it’s clear that Hana is passionate about making a difference in her new home, and in deepening her connection with God while here.
Carmelite Monastery of Melbourne celebrates 100 years
This month we mark the 100-year anniversary of the Carmelite Community arriving in the Archdiocese of Melbourne from Sydney. To celebrate the centenary, a thanksgiving Mass was held in the Monastery chapel in Kew on Thursday 22 September. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli led the Mass, with a number of priests from across Victoria concelebrating.
Growing small: How St Thérèse of Lisieux reminds us of something we keep forgetting
The ‘bigger-is-better’ approach to life is exhausting us. St Thérèse of Lisieux reminds us that holiness is not about getting bigger or better, but about growing small enough to learn what God wants of us. This is humility, and perhaps we forget about it too easily.
Archbishop blesses and dedicates Iona College Geelong
Following delays due to COVID-19, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli officially blessed and dedicated the newly established Iona College Geelong, Charlemont, with a celebratory Mass on Friday 16 September.
‘We are citizens of God’s kingdom, called to bring this kingdom into the circumstances of our locations, our neighbourhoods, our places and our lives.’
Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Upcoming Events
Doxa's 50th Jubilee Celebration
Sunday 2 October 2022
(All day event)
Join Doxa in its 50th Jubilee celebration! Activities include a giant swing, a climbing wall, pony rides and a roving magician. The Melbourne Cup will also be on display at the event, and sporting personalities will attend the celebration. Buses to the event will depart from Southern Cross Station—bus terminal—...
Music concert: a tribute to Richard Connolly
Sunday 9 October 2022
4.00pm–5.00pm
Join the Bayside community in a tribute to Richard Connolly (1927–2022). The event will be an opportunity to celebrate Catholic hymnody, along with musicians from the Bayside Mission and broader Melbourne area. For any queries, email baysideoffice@cam.org.au or call (03 9593 1703). Photo kindly provided by the Archdiocese of Sydney.
ACU lecture: does the Catholic sacrament of marriage have a future?
Monday 10 October 2022
10.00am–11.30am
A Catholic understanding of marriage is distinct. It asks couples for depth of intimacy, fruitfulness and contribution to the common good, and insists on the presence of grace in this most ordinary of human relationships. It pushes against a private view of marriage, calling family a ‘school of deeper humanity’...
Knox lecture: 50 years of theological education
Wednesday 12 October 2022
7.30pm–9.30pm
The annual Knox Public Lecture is an important date in the calendar of Catholic Theological College. It commemorates the life and ministry of the founder of the College, the late James Robert Cardinal Knox, fifth Archbishop of Melbourne. As CTC marks its 50th anniversary as a College and a member...
‘Following the Way of St Mary MacKillop’ pilgrimage
Monday 17 October 2022, 9.00am
– Wednesday 26 October 2022, 5.00pm
In collaboration with Harvest Journeys, Fr Jacob Raju and the parish team at Holy Trinity Parish Bentleigh are coordinating a parish pilgrimage, Following the Way of St Mary MacKillop, our first Australian saint. You are invited to join Fr Jacob and others as they travel from Melbourne to Adelaide on...
‘In the Footsteps of St Mary MacKillop’ pilgrimage
Tuesday 17 October 2023
– Saturday 28 October 2023
Led by the Sisters of St Joseph, this pilgrimage is an invitation for prayer and reflection. Today, the Sisters of St Joseph recognise that each of us is on a daily journey of faith but there is a time in life when we feel called to join with others; seeking...
CTC: ‘Living Laudato Si’ Seven Years on’ session
Monday 10 October 2022
7.30pm–9.00pm
‘Engaging Your Faith’ is a series of short online presentations that invites participants to reflect on what it means to be people of faith in the contemporary world. Experienced lecturers from Catholic Theological College present on a variety of topics including: theology, spirituality, biblical studies, pastoral studies, Laudato Si’, Christian...
Sacred Heart Parish Mercy night
Thursday 6 October 2022
7.00pm–8.30pm
Join John Canavan, professional comedian, masterful raconteur and Divine Mercy promoter in a night of Adoration, prayer and reconciliation. Previously a somewhat ‘R-rated’, John turned his R into an R for religious when he discovered God's grace through a devotion to the Divine Mercy. For all queries, email baysideoffice@cam.org.au. ...
Mill Park Parish St Francis of Assisi's feast
Sunday 9 October 2022
10.30am–2.30pm
Join the St Francis of Assisi Parish, Mill Park, to celebrate the feast of St Francis of Assisi. Program 10:30am: Solemn Mass of St Francis of Assisi, 12.00pm: Family lunch in the school courtyard with musical entertainment, 2.00pm: Blessing of the animals. All welcome!
RCIA online series: ‘follow me’
Tuesday 11 October 2022
7.30pm–9.15pm
Session 2: ‘Follow Me’ Principles and Practicalities for the Rite of Acceptance and the RCIA Catechumenate Period. The RCIA online seminar series is aimed at equipping parish clergy, staff and RCIA teams. The second session in these series includes: • An overview of the Rite of Acceptance into the Order...
Australia Needs Fatima Rosary
Saturday 15 October 2022
10.30am–11.30am
Join Australia Needs Fatima in a Rosary to honour Our Lady of the Rosary and pray for special intentions. Please, bring some flowers to help decorate Our Lady's statue carrier. Bring a plate to share. Coffee and tea will be provided. All welcome! For all queries, call Don on (9756 6946).
Bendigo Marian festival Mass
Sunday 16 October 2022
11.00am–3.40pm
Join the Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima of the Diocese of Sandhurst to celebrate the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 and, as she requested, pray for world peace. The festival has the blessing of the Most Rev Bishop Shane Mackinlay. It will begin at 11am, with...
A discussion on Vatican II and the Church today
Sunday 16 October 2022
2.30pm–4.00pm
The Second Vatican Council commenced 60 years ago, in October 1962. The influence of the Council on the life of the Church—and of Catholics—has reached into all aspects of their life and mission. St Dominic’s Parish, East Camberwell, is hosting a discussion on Vatican II and its implications for...
World Youth Day 2023: information sessions
Tuesday 18 October 2022
7.00pm–9.00pm
Join us this October at our regional youth gatherings to hear more about the four exciting pilgrimage options on offer for World Youth Day 2023! Perfect for parish leaders, priests, parents and, of course, young people. The evenings will cover: What to expect at World Youth DayTavel itineraries with indicative...
2022 Walter Silvester Memorial Lecture
Tuesday 25 October 2022
6.30pm–8.30pm
Join Bishop Vincent, Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta and chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, to discuss the outcome of the Australian Plenary Council in a public lecture. The lecture is titled ‘Inverting the Ecclesial Pyramid. 60 Years after Vatican II: Evolution of a...
St Patrick’s Cathedral 125th anniversary of consecration
Thursday 27 October 2022
1.00pm–2.00pm
As we celebrate our 175th anniversary year as a Diocese, we also mark a significant milestone for our Cathedral. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli warmly invites you to join him for Mass to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the consecration of St Patrick’s Cathedral. This is a beautiful opportunity to come...
Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon
Tuesday 22 November 2022
12.00pm–2.00pm
Since their establishment in Australia over a decade ago, the Catholic Professionals events have quickly become premier networking opportunities. These events engage a broad range of industry leaders, while providing a place to meet people, listen to exceptional speakers and address issues and trends in the life of the Church...

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