When we mark and celebrate significant anniversaries, we have an opportunity to take a longer view, to pause and pay attention to the ways our faithful God has been active in our lives and our world, often in surprising ways, and sometimes in ways that we only recognise or appreciate after the event. It’s a chance to trace God’s gracious, loving plan for us through our whole history to the present moment, and to look with hopeful anticipation to the future.

In the coming weeks, we will be celebrating a significant milestone in the life of the Church in Melbourne: the 125th anniversary of the consecration of St Patrick’s Cathedral—a building of remarkable beauty and a place of spiritual nourishment and inspiration for many generations of Melburnians. This week we hear about the extravagant three-day celebration that took place 125 years ago on the occasion of the cathedral’s consecration, and about the many thousands of people, from all walks of life, who flocked to the new cathedral to marvel at its beauty and grandeur.

The people of St Peter Apostle Mission Parish in Hoppers Crossing also recently celebrated their own significant milestone as they gathered for a golden jubilee Mass, marking 50 years since the dedication and blessing of their church. We hear the story of how, from humble beginnings in a windswept paddock in our city’s south-west, a vibrant and fruitful community of grace has grown and flourished through the years.

A new initiative that also seeks to trace and document our past so that it might inform and enrich our future is the Australian Religious Archive. Recently established in Box Hill in cooperation wth the University of Divinity, the Archive will initially house and preserve valuable materials from five Australian congregations so that future generations can continue to honour their story, vision and history.

With Catholic Theological College’s regular Engaging Your Faith series of online lectures returning this month, we enjoyed a fascinating conversation with Rev Dr Chris Mulherin, who coordinates the series and will be presenting lectures on the topics ‘Can a scientist believe in God?’ and ‘An Introduction to AI and transhumanism for Christians’. Among other things, the conversation explored how the relationship between faith and science raises some profound questions about what it means to be human.

Finally, speaking of looking to the future with hopeful anticipation, we are aiming to send 500 young people from our Archdiocese to Lisbon next year for World Youth Day 2023. So to start inspiring you, we take a look at Pope Francis’ World Youth Day message—and for those who are interested in going on this truly life-changing pilgrimage (or know someone who might be), we provide the details of some upcoming information sessions.

The significance of St Patrick’s Cathedral—then and now
When St Patrick’s Cathedral first opened its doors to the public on Sunday 31 October 1897, an estimated 10,000 people flooded through to see the beauty of it. Its opening and consecration were celebrated with a liturgical celebration spanning three days, from 31 October to 2 November. We take a peek back in time to see what happened and why this occasion was so significant to the people of Melbourne.
Science, faith and what it means to be human
Written by: Christian Bergmann
What are some of the tricky ethical questions surrounding artificial intelligence and transhumanism? How do we understand what it means to be human? These are just some of the questions Dr Chris Mulherin raises in his lectures for the upcoming Engaging Your Faith series. He shares with us some of his thoughts on what is truly at stake in many of these debates.
From windswept paddock to vibrant parish: St Peter Apostle Hoppers Crossing celebrates Golden Jubilee
On Sunday 9 October, the people of St Peter Apostle Mission Parish in Hoppers Crossing celebrated their golden jubilee, the 50th anniversary of the dedication and blessing of their church in 1972. It was an opportunity to give thanks for God's faithful and gracious presence among them through the years, and for the rich and vibrant community that has grown from humble beginnings in this rapidly developing part in Melbourne's south-west.
Australian Religious Archive: celebrating story and history
Written by: Fiona Basile
The religious archives of five Australian congregations have found a new permanent home in Melbourne as part of an initiative to collect and store valuable materials for future generations. Four congregations to date, together with the University of Divinity, will be part of the new initiative to create an archive centre in Box Hill, in Melbourne’s east.
‘The greatest spiritual joy’: Pope Francis’ message for World Youth Day 2023
Preparations are underway for World Youth Day 2023. This time, the destination for the massive global event is Lisbon, Portugal. In his message for World Youth Day 2023, Pope Francis encourages young people to look to Mary as a model of confidence in God’s loving guidance, and to actively seek ways to be of service to God and others.
‘Some say that science needed a Christian cradle, because it was a Christian worldview that said the world is ordered but it is contingent. So you can’t work out what that order is from your armchair. You have to get out there and investigate.’
Rev Dr Christopher Mulherin
on the Christian underpinnings of the scientific method
Upcoming Events
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...
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...
St Patrick's Cathedral concert: Thomas Heywood
Friday 28 October 2022
6.00pm–7.30pm
St Patrick's Cathedral presents internationally renowned Australian organ virtuoso Thomas Heywood in a grand organ recital to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Diocese and the 125th anniversary of the Consecration of St Patrick's Cathedral. The program is a homage to music from an earlier point in Melbourne's history, with...
2022 National Online Conference for Evangelisation
Thursday 20 October 2022
– Saturday 22 October 2022
Catholics around Australia are invited to a unique, national event, that will inspire, transform and revitalise faith communities. With presentations and workshops hosted by some of Australia’s most renowned Catholic speakers, ‘Evangelise’ will cover a range of mission and ministry topics, from cultural engagement to liturgy and Sacraments. Plenary sessions...
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. ...
Engaging Your Faith: ‘Towards a Spirituality of Pleasure’ online lecture
Thursday 13 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...
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...
Engaging Your Faith: ‘Luke’s Gospel of Prayer’ online lecture
Monday 17 October 2022
7.00pm–8.30pm
‘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...
Engaging Your Faith: ‘Two Views on the Moral Status of the Embryo’ online lecture
Tuesday 18 October 2022
10.00am–11.30am
‘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...
Sea2Sea Marian pilgrimage
Saturday 22 October 2022
11.00am–4.00pm
Join the Dominican Sisters on the feast of Pope Saint John Paul II for their annual Catholic historic Melbourne Marian pilgrimage! Meet for 11am Mass at St Mary Star of the Sea, West Melbourne, then follow a 5k pilgrimage route through the CBD and stop to pray at some of...
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...

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