In the life of faith, we are constantly called to practise hospitality—opening our doors, reaching out with warmth and joy, valuing and welcoming those whose life experiences and outlooks might differ significantly from our own but whose inherent human dignity demands our respect and care.

This week we share a few stories that challenge and inspire us to adopt just such a spirit of Christ-like hospitality, and to reflect on how we might truly welcome and bless our neighbours, even when they don't always understand or appreciate the gifts we offer.

In a Vespers homily on his recent trip to Canada, Pope Francis called the Church to respond with joy and discernment to the challenges posed by secularism, rather than with fear or defensiveness. An authentic, joyful life of faith, he said, 'discerns what is good and persistently seeks it,' demonstrating 'the freedom that sets others free, the compassion that asks for nothing in return, the mercy that silently speaks of Christ.'

We also take a look at the classic '90s film Big Night, and at what it might say to us about hospitality, vocation and the Church's mission in a culture that often values celebrity and influence over meaning and relationship.

And as we mark Homelessness Week, we hear the story of Helen, who found herself unexpectedly without a home, and who is now one of 436 older people living in VMCH’s 21 affordable homes communities. ‘To know this place was mine was amazing,’ she says. Helen is representative of the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness: women aged over 55. By providing older women with affordable housing, VMCH’s is welcoming and helping to support some the most vulnerable people in the community.

Seek and nurture what is good, Pope tells the Church
During his trip to Canada, at a Vespers homily on 28 July, Pope Francis spoke about how Christians might best respond to secularism by being discerning rather than defensive, and by joyfully and fraternally witnessing to Christ.
Providing affordable homes to support older women in need
Written by: VMCH
This week (1–7 August) is Homelessness Week. Helen is just one of the many women who suddenly find themselves homeless. VMCH has been providing older women like Helen with affordable homes as part of their mission to support the most vulnerable people in the community.
Big Night: glimpsing the heavenly banquet
Written by: Lucy Davison
Big Night is more than just a ‘foodie’ film. It has much to say about true hospitality and even—if you look for it—the Church’s mission in a culture that does not always value the richness of the gifts it offers.
‘How are we doing when it comes to joy? Does our Church express the joy of the Gospel? Is there a faith in our communities that can attract by the joy it communicates?’
Pope Francis
reflecting on how the Church might best respond to the challenges of secularism
Upcoming Events
Winter Fiesta and launch of World Youth Day 2023
Thursday 4 August 2022
6.30pm–8.30pm
Join Archbishop Peter A Comensoli for SIX30 Holy Hour followed by a Winter Fiesta on the grounds of the Cathedral. This will be a great opportunity to shake off the winter chills with some live music, delicious Portuguese food and great company. Archbishop Comensoli will also launch World Youth Day...
Divine Mercy Spirituality with Fr Kevin Toomey
Friday 5 August 2022
10.45am–12.45pm
St Dominic's Church is hosting Fr Kevin Toomey OP, who will deliver a talk on Divine Mercy Spirituality. The event will commence with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and it will be followed by Divine Mercy prayers, consecration prayers, prayers for healing and the Litany of the Sacred Heart...
St Patrick's Cathedral Concert Featuring Thomas Grubb
Friday 5 August 2022
6.00pm–7.00pm
Having worked as a producer for many of Australia’s major orchestras and musicians, Thomas Grubb presents an exciting Grand Organ Recital at St Patrick’s Cathedral. The program will include selected works by Buxtehude, Froberger, Bach, Greenbaum, Mendelssohn and Newcombe. Cost: $25 tickets online, or at the door. Children under 1...
2022 COR Retreat
Friday 5 August 2022, 6.00pm
– Monday 8 August 2022, 2.00pm
The question of vocation goes to the very heart of what it means to be a man. Who am I? What was I created for? What will bring me happiness? Where is my heart drawn? Hearing God’s call and responding courageously is the call of every young Catholic man. The...
The Role of Religion in Diplomacy
Monday 8 August 2022
5.00pm–6.15pm
The Role of Religion in Diplomacy: An informed view from Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Ms Chiara Porro, Head of Mission, Australian Embassy to the Holy See. For any queries, email Newman College at office@newman.unimelb.edu.au or call (9347 5577).
Jesus in the Eucharist
Sunday 14 August 2022
1.45pm–5.00pm
Explore the centrality of the Eucharist at this afternoon event organised by Holy Eucharist & St Mary's Parish in Malvern East. Be inspired and guided in prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Timetable 1:45 pm - Arrive, 2:00 pm - The Eucharist in the Context of the Mass with...
The Archbishop's Dinner: An Initiative of the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria
Friday 19 August 2022
7.00pm–9.00pm
Join the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria to celebrate the 22nd annual Archbishop’s Dinner. The Dinner is held each year to raise funds for the Priests Support and Education Fund. This fund was established by the Knights of the Southern Cross to assist in the funding and education of...
2022 Yarck to Yea Ride-Walk-Run
Saturday 27 August 2022
9.00am–5.00pm
Join the Missionary Sisters of Service on the 2022 Yarck to Yea Ride-Walk-Run, and contribute to those experiencing disadvantage and exclusion in rural Australia. Registration at Yarck (for those participating in the 27km Yarck to Yea or 17km Molesworth to Yea) Registration open time: 7:15am Location: Giddy Goat Cafe, 660...
'The History of Christianity as a Theological Secular Discipline: General Introduction'
Monday 22 August 2022
6.00pm–7.00pm
The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU is hosting Professor Christoph Markschies, who will deliver the English version of a lecture series originally given for the Joseph Ratzinger Papst Benedikt XVI–Stiftung, at the University of Regensburg in 2017, on the topic 'How Theological is Church History? Excursions into...
‘The History of Christianity as a Theological Discipline in Antiquity’
Tuesday 23 August 2022
11.00am–12.30pm
The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU is hosting Professor Christoph Markschies, who will deliver the English version of a lecture series originally given for the Joseph Ratzinger Papst Benedikt XVI–Stiftung, at the University of Regensburg in 2017, on the topic 'How Theological is Church History? Excursions into...
'The History of Christianity as a Theological Discipline in 19th and 20th Centuries'
Thursday 25 August 2022
11.00am–12.30pm
The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU is hosting Professor Christoph Markschies, who will deliver the English version of a lecture series originally given for the Joseph Ratzinger Papst Benedikt XVI–Stiftung, at the University of Regensburg in 2017, on the topic 'How Theological is Church History? Excursions into...
'The History of Christianity as a Theological or Secular Discipline in the 21st Century: Some Conclusions'
Friday 26 August 2022
11.00am–12.30pm
The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU is hosting Professor Christoph Markschies, who will deliver the English version of a lecture series originally given for the Joseph Ratzinger Papst Benedikt XVI–Stiftung, at the University of Regensburg in 2017, on the topic 'How Theological is Church History? Excursions into...
‘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...
‘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...

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