‘I am the bread of life’

In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us, ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood dwells in me and I dwell in that person’ (John 6:56). To be a disciple is to abide within God’s own life, and in the gift of the Eucharist, we have been given the best way to do this.

On Sunday, for the feast of Corpus Christi, a beautiful procession wound through the streets of Carlton, bearing witness to this mystery of the faith, and Abbot Paul Gunter OSB of Douai Abbey gave a rousing homily at Sacred Heart Church, reminding us that ‘without the Eucharist, there is no Church.’

Abbot Paul—in Melbourne for the Archdiocese’s annual Clergy Conference—also joined us for an enlightening conversation about how we might recover a sense of astonishment at the beauty of the liturgy, and what this has to do with the Church’s mission; we hear the moving story of how Ukrainian refugee Nataliia Babii and her family have been sustained by their faith; and we explore the Sacred Heart Chapel at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

In the lead-up to World Youth Day, we also continue our exploration of what pilgrimage means by offering a brief history of this ancient Christian practice.

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Bringing Christ to the streets
Last weekend, Corpus Christi College hosted a string of events to mark the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, including an outreach to the homeless, an open lunch for the neighbourhood, visits by seminarians to retired priests, and a Solemn Mass and Eucharistic procession that was attended by more than 700 people.
Astonished by the liturgy: a conversation with Abbot Paul Gunter
Elected last year as the 11th Abbot of Douai Abbey in England, Abbot Paul Gunter OSB is in Melbourne to speak at the Archdiocese’s annual Clergy Conference. He spoke to us about the surprising and sustaining beauty of the liturgy and its integral role in the mission of the Church.
Fleeing from Ukraine, not from hope: the Babii family story
Nataliia Babii and her family arrived in Melbourne on 4 June 2022 as refugees from Ukraine. The story of how they got here is a harrowing one, but in Australia they have been met by overwhelming generosity. Nataliia says that their faith has sustained them through everything they’ve experienced, giving them hope that the war will end.
Drawing us to the heart of Christ: the Sacred Heart Chapel at St Patrick’s Cathedral
As we approach the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we explore the secrets of one of St Patrick’s seven chapels, and how it tells the story of Jesus’ burning love for his people.
Pilgrimage: a very brief history
Pilgrimages have been a staple of Christian life since the earliest centuries of the Church. But what are they? How did they come about? And what is their spiritual meaning for us today? We take a brief look at how the Church has practised and understood pilgrimage through the ages.
Listening top of agenda for new Syro-Malabar bishop
Written by: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC)
Bishop John Panamthottathil CMI, the recently ordained chief shepherd of the Syro-Malabar Eparchy in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, says his first priority is to meet with and listen to the faithful, before working together to formulate a pastoral plan for the region.
‘From Sunday to Sunday, the bread broken is energy; it’s food; ... it’s a person, Jesus Christ, sustaining us to announce the Gospel, from which the missionary impulse of parishes—the authenticity of a rejuvenated life—will make the Church ever-young.’
Abbot Paul Gunter OSB
on the astonishing role of the Eucharist in sustaining our mission and renewing the Church
Upcoming events
Leading Missionary Renewal: Vital and Vibrant Parishes
Saturday 15 July 2023
10.00am–3.00pm
An enriching day of prayer, music, inspiring talks and team workshop activities for clergy and lay leaders. An opportunity to:explore parish renewal in light of Take the Way of the Gospel, covering key topics to envision, enthuse and equipidentify the needs and next steps for your local circumstances hear...
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: workshop day
Saturday 22 July 2023
10.00am–3.30pm
An in-person seminar to explore reasons and ways to place the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at the heart of parish renewal. Clergy, RCIA teams and interested parishioners are warmly invited to attend. Rev. Dr Elio Capra is a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is...
Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon
Thursday 17 August 2023
12.00pm–2.00pm
Join us for the second Melbourne Catholic Professionals (MCP) event of the year! MCP creates opportunities for Catholic professional men and women to network and support the life and mission of the Church in Melbourne. Through its program of luncheon events—hosted by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli—MCP draws people together from...
‘Find Your Path’ at Catholic Theological College
Monday 19 June 2023
7.30pm–8.30pm
The ‘Find Your Path at Catholic Theological College’ online information session provides a helpful first step on your path to religious education. You are invited to attend the information session to discover the face-to-face and online offerings. Of particular interest might be the units: Life in Christ: Foundations for Theological...
God and Beer: Jesus and Jazz
Monday 11 September 2023
6.30pm–7.30pm
An initiative of the Knights of the Southern Cross, God and Beer brings together people of all ages from across the south-east suburbs several times a year. By drawing on the truth, beauty and goodness of the Catholic tradition, God and Beer aims to inspire and strengthen Christians through ideas...
World Refugee Day 2023 Prayer Service
Tuesday 20 June 2023
7.00pm–8.00pm
You are warmly invited to attend the World Refugee Day 2023 Prayer Service hosted by the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, with dioceses and migrant refugee offices from around Australia. Every year, at World Refugee Day, we set a special time aside to pray for and focus on the...
‘John the Beloved—Formation of Disciples’ with the Catholic School of Evangelisation
Saturday 24 June 2023, 8.45am
– Monday 26 June 2023, 5.30pm
This course is an opportunity to come into a deep, personal relationship with Jesus, to experience his love and healing and to make a deeper commitment to follow him. The course will also give you a greater enthusiasm to share the Good News with others in your family and community...
CSS webinar: ‘The Church, Catholic Social Teaching and Engagement with First Nations Peoples’
Thursday 29 June 2023
4.00pm–5.00pm
Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV), in conjunction with Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), is pleased to invite you to join for a series of webinars to learn more about the upcoming referendum on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the Voice to Parliament. The webinars will...

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