Late last month, Bishop Hilton Deakin died peacefully at the age 89. In anticipation of the Pontifical Requiem Mass to be celebrated for him next Thursday 13 October at St Patrick's Cathedral, we remember a man of God who shared his many gifts by serving the Church and broader community in a wide variety of roles, and by befriending and speaking boldly on behalf of those who struggle on the margins. He is particularly remembered for his work with Aboriginal communities, the people of East Timor and various migrant communities within the Church.

In response to recent events at the Essendon Football Club, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has released a statement sharing his thoughts, including his concerns about the implications of these developments for people of faith. He has also expanded on this in an opinion piece published earlier today in the Herald Sun, observing that ‘We cannot claim to be inclusive if we stir up polarisation between sectors of the community, because in our Nation and, I hope, our State, every person, and every community, matters.’

On Sunday 2 October, the Mandarin-speaking Chinese Catholic Community of Melbourne celebrated a historic milestone: the dedication of their first church, Our Lady of China Catholic Church. The fruit of many years' longing, collaboration and fundraising, their new church will provide a spiritual home for Chinese Catholics for many years to come. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli performed the dedication and offered the community words of encouragement, speaking of the great gift they are to the tapestry of Melbourne's faith community.

During October, we celebrate not only the gift of the Rosary but also the feast day of Pope John Paul II, a great advocate of the Rosary. This week we take a look at three important messages from his encyclical Rosarium Virginia Mariae, and how praying the Rosary can be beautiful and formative expression of discipleship.

October is also World Mission Month, and Catholic Mission have shared some of the life-changing work they're doing with and for the Church in Ethiopia, from skills-training to religious formation, creating a much brighter future for those in need.

Bishop Deakin, who as a boy sang in the cathedral choir, called St Patrick’s Cathedral ‘one of the glories of Melbourne’—a source of incredible beauty and a place of peaceful prayer in the centre of our city. On Thursday 27 October—in this year of anniversaries—we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the consecration of this sacred space.

In the lead-up to this momentous occasion, we take another look at some of the great works of art that adorn the cathedral and some of its most important architectural features. From the Ladye Chapel to the bells to the beautiful stained glass windows, we revisit some of our stories about this glorious architectural gift to the people of Melbourne.

A friend in the struggle: remembering Bishop Hilton Deakin
Bishop Hilton Forrest Deakin died peacefully on Wednesday 28 September 2022, aged 89 years. A man of great conviction, with a heart for those struggling at the margins, he generously shared his many gifts, enriching the Church and improving the lives of countless people over the course of a remarkable and faithful life.
A statement from the Archbishop of Melbourne
Written by: Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
A statement has been released by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli on recent events at the Essendon Football Club.
Pursuing the common good of all: a response from the Archbishop of Melbourne
Written by: Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
‘Helpful diversity draws people together. Harmful diversity pushes people apart,’ writes Archbishop Peter A Comensoli in response to recent events at the Essendon Football Club. 'We cannot claim to be inclusive if we stir up polarisation between sectors of the community, because in our Nation and, I hope, our State, every person, and every community, matters.’
Mandarin-speaking Chinese Catholics celebrate historic day
On Sunday 2 October, the Mandarin-speaking Chinese Catholic Community of Melbourne celebrated a historic day with the dedication of their first church, Our Lady of China Catholic Church. More than 300 people were present for the event, and Archbishop Peter A Comensoli performed the dedication, describing the day as ‘remarkable and historical’.
Rediscovering a great treasure: St Pope John Paul II’s plea for the Rosary
St Pope John Paul II was a persuasive advocate for the Rosary, publishing a whole encyclical on the subject. As we enter October, the month of the Rosary, we revisit this great text and listen to the plea of Pope John Paul II, who invited us to consider the prayer as an expression of discipleship and an important gift to families.
Help build brighter futures for communities in Ethiopia this World Mission Month
Written by: Catholic Mission
Each October, Catholic Mission celebrates World Mission Month, a month dedicated to the life-giving work of missionaries around the world. This year, Catholic Mission is walking hand-in-hand with the Church of Ethiopia and local communities as it works towards providing life-changing opportunities to those most in need.
‘What is this common good? It is the pursuit of the good of everyone, while also pursuing the good of each individually. It is where justice and mercy meet, so that all may live and flourish.’
Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Upcoming Events
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!
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.
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...
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’...
God and Beer: Renewing the Church
Monday 10 October 2022
6.30pm–7.30pm
Join God and Beer and Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation at Catholic Answers, in an evening to discuss the importance of our baptismal call. Tim was raised a Baptist and he fell away from his faith before coming back during his late teen years. After joining the Marine...
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...
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...
‘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...
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...

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