The mystery of the cross

Holy Week is an invitation to walk the way of the cross with Jesus.

It is also an invitation to walk alongside others as together we look to the mystery of the cross, which unveils the true face of God—the God who loves us to the end.

Recognising that many in ‘Generation Alpha’ may go through Holy Week and Easter without grasping the true significance of the season, Fr Rob Galea speaks with us about ICON Ministry’s ground-breaking new Roblox video game, MetaSaint, which invites this generation to discover—perhaps for the first time—the beauty and wonder of Jesus Christ this Easter.

We also step into T Cavallaro & Sons Pasticceria, the beloved Footscray institution specialising in Sicilian cannoli, biscotti and celebration cakes. Tony Cavallaro shares his passion for carrying on his family’s legacy, and how, especially at Easter, they seek to offer their customers not just sweets but a sense of community and tradition, as well as the ‘peace and serenity’ of the Lamb of God.

Also this Holy Week, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli invites us to walk with Jesus and his companions in the way of the cross, and we explore the ways that ecumenical walks such the Way of the Cross in Melbourne’s CBD on Good Friday offer powerful opportunities for witness and encounter as we ‘carry the cross’ together. We look at some of the ways chaplains and pastoral care teams in hospitals, hospices and aged care homes are caring for patients and residents this Easter. We reflect on how God’s power is revealed not in saving himself from the cross, but by remaining in solidarity with us, his broken creation. And as we journey into Holy Week, we explore five films that can draw us deeper into the mysteries of sin, suffering, death and redemption.

Finally, on Monday we marked the anniversary of Caroline Chisholm’s death. We revisit a moment in 1846 when she found herself caught in the crossfire of a sectarian war of words. How she responded tells us a lot about how we too might resist the temptations of polarisation and distrust in our own age.

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Into the metaverse: ICON Ministry to launch new game
ICON Ministry, founded and directed by Fr Rob Galea, is breaking new ground with their Roblox video game MetaSaint. Roblox is one of the world’s largest gaming platforms, predominantly used by Generation Alpha. Fr Rob tells us how he partnered with the world’s best game developers to create an experience that will help this new generation discover, perhaps for the first time, the truth of Jesus, inviting them to follow him and become saints—both in and out of the metaverse.
Stepping into the heart of the Cavallaro family
T Cavallaro & Sons Pasticceria has been creating and selling Sicilian cannoli, biscotti and cakes for the past 68 years. To step inside the small, bustling shop in Footscray is to step into the heart and soul of a family legacy that dates back to the late 19th century. It is a shop steeped in generations of Sicilian heritage. Tony Cavallaro shares what it means to be the ‘custodian’ of the special Sicilian recipes that have been passed down from his own grandfather to his parents, and which he is now passing onto his own children.
An invitation to walk with Jesus this Holy Week
As we journey through Holy Week and towards the Easter Triduum, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli invites us to walk alongside Jesus by praying the Way of the Cross, a timeless devotion that we can pray on our own or with our family or fellow parishioners.
A powerful witness: walking together in the way of the cross
For the past 24 years, Christians of all ages, backgrounds and traditions have been gathering on Good Friday morning to walk together through Melbourne’s CBD, following the cross, praying, singing and joining with their brothers and sisters in Christ in a remarkable act of Christian witness and encounter. We look at some of the ways that the annual Way of the Cross—and the smaller ecumenical walks that take place throughout Melbourne's suburbs—can strengthen bonds of Christian unity as we ‘keep carrying the cross’ together.
An invitation to prayer: caring for the hospital-bound this Easter
Holy Week and Easter are the busiest time of the year for parish priests and liturgy teams preparing to welcome people to their Easter Triduum services. Not everyone can make it to their local parish, though, with many in hospitals, hospices or aged care homes unable to attend the liturgies in person. Providing spiritual care and support for patients, residents and their families is something that chaplains and pastoral care teams are particularly mindful of during the Holy Week and Easter period, as they share with us here.
The true reward for holiness
This Holy Week, Fr Jerome Santamaria reflects on the true reward for holiness—something that the reality of evil can never understand—namely, the reconciliation of sinners with God.
5 films for Holy Week (other than The Passion)
Jeremy Ambrose, Campus Pastoral Associate for Staff at ACU Melbourne and organiser of the Melbourne Catholic Cinephiles, talks about five films to deepen and enrich our Holy Week experience, films that take us on a journey of struggle, brokenness and, ultimately, redemption.
Caught in the crossfire: the example of Caroline Chisholm in a polarised age
In 1846, as she was preparing to sail back to England to promote her scheme for assisting immigrants to the Australian colonies, Caroline Chisholm found herself caught in the crossfire of a sectarian war of words between a fiery Protestant clergyman and a pugnacious Catholic newspaper editor. How she responded tells us a lot, not just about her own history and character, but about how we too might respond to the temptations of polarisation and distrust in our own age.
‘Easter is the time to talk to them about Jesus. We have the luxury of being in our churches and hearing about Jesus, but these kids will go through all of Easter not even knowing it is Easter.’
Fr Rob Galea
on Gen Alpha, and why ICON Ministry is launching its new game MetaSaint on Holy Thursday
Upcoming events
Holy Week and Easter at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Sunday 24 March 2024, 11.00am
– Sunday 31 March 2024, 8.00pm
All are welcome to St Patrick’s Cathedral for this year’s Holy Week and Easter liturgies, some of which will be broadcast to TV and livestreamed for those unable to attend: Palm Sunday (24 March): 11am*Holy Thursday (28 March): 7.30pm* (please note: ‘The Watch’ will continue via our Archdiocesan YouTube channel)Good...
Melbourne City Churches in Action present: Way of the Cross
Friday 29 March 2024
10.00am–12.00pm
Good Friday brings with it MCCIA’s major annual public witness, the ecumenical ‘Way of the Cross’ walk. This live public event will be held through the streets of the CBD again this year. The Walk will be conducted in the same way as previous years. An electronic version of the...
The Melbourne Passion Play
Friday 29 March 2024
10.00am–12.00pm
Performed at the Holy Cross Centre, Templestowe, ‘The Melbourne Passion Play’ is a great opportunity to experience the passion and death of Christ enacted in Melbourne by a group of volunteers. This is a scene-by-scene representation of the ministry of Jesus by people in real, open-air surroundings. All welcome! Free...
Pealing of Cathedral bells for 150th anniversary of Melbourne's designation as Archdiocese
Sunday 31 March 2024
2.00pm–5.30pm
Sunday 31 March (Easter Sunday!) marks 150 years since Melbourne's designation as an Archdiocese. To mark the occasion, and Archbishop Goold's enthronement as Melbourne's first Archbishop, the bells at St Patrick's Cathedral will be rung for more than three and half hours! Bellringers from Catholic cathedrals around the country, including...
Divine Mercy Sunday at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Sunday 7 April 2024
2.00pm–4.30pm
St Patrick’s Cathedral will hold a special celebration this year for Divine Mercy Sunday. All welcome! Schedule Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, devotional prayer and Rosary: 2pmConfessions: 2–3.15pm Divine Mercy Chaplet: 3pmHoly Mass: 3.15pm (celebrant: Fr Brendan Lane) For more information, contact Roselyn Coquet on 0422 134 523. Our Lord...
‘Poets and the Faith: Denise Levertov’, presented by Carol O’Connor
Tuesday 9 April 2024
6.00pm–7.30pm
St Peter's Eastern Hill is hosting a series of talks about significant poets who have inhabited—or skirted the fringes—of the Anglican and Catholic traditions of Christianity. From Gerard Manley Hopkins to RS Thomas, from Emily Brontë to WH Auden, how did their poetry enrich and challenge their understanding of the...
‘Made for Mission: Raising Leaders’
Thursday 11 April 2024
4.00pm–9.00pm
Experience the transformative journey at ‘Made for Mission: Raising Leaders’, where parish leaders come together to unleash change and ignite parish renewal. Join in cultivating a committed army of leaders for a brighter and revitalised community. Engage in a transformative experience led by experts in Catholic parish leadership and renewal...
Marriage Encounter Weekend: Live Your Best Married Life in Love
Friday 12 April 2024, 10.00am
– Sunday 14 April 2024, 5.00pm
Every relationship is a journey, and the grind of everyday life can easily cause you to lose touch with your spouse. Presented by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), this live-in weekend gives married couples time to nurture their relationship and some tools to keep passion alive in a gentle, supportive environment...
Making time for God: Back to basics (women’s retreat)
Saturday 20 April 2024
10.00am–3.15pm
The Catholic Women’s League of Victoria and Wagga Wagga is offering a free, one-day retreat for women at St Mary’s Church in Castlemaine. The day includes Mass, adoration, confession, two spiritual reflections by Fr Dean Mathieson and a Q&A session, and concludes with the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm. Lunch...
Mothers Who Pray for Their Children Australian conference
Saturday 27 April 2024
8.30am–5.30pm
Mothers Who Pray for Their Children will hold their first Australian conference, in Melbourne, at the Catholic Leadership Centre. Immerse yourself in a day-long program, beginning with adoration and Holy Mass. Gather for enlightening talks from local, interstate and international speakers. Listen to the uplifting melodies of acclaimed Catholic musicians...

To learn more about upcoming events and opportunities, visit the Melbourne Catholic events page.

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