A Church ‘on the move’

In 2016, Pope Francis called pilgrimage ‘a symbol of life’, pointing to movement, both physical and spiritual, as the source of our vitality. ‘Think of water: when water is not in the river, it does not course, but instead it remains still and stagnates … Please: do not stand still in life!’

Our Melbourne pilgrims have been on the move through Europe and the Holy Land on their way to World Youth Day in Lisbon, and yesterday joined nearly 400,000 others from around the world for the Opening Mass.

In recent days, the Emerging Leaders pilgrims heard from prominent Church figures in Rome, including Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, Undersecretary to the Synod of Bishops, and Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery of Evangelisation. They also met up with the Italian Way pilgrims for Mass at St Peter’s Basilica and an exploration of the catacombs; the Holy Land and Italian Way pilgrims converged on Fatima for a glorious night captured in our photo gallery; and the full group of nearly 600 pilgrims came together in Lisbon on Monday for Mass with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli.

Finally, this week we also say thanks to our tireless aged care heroes, and as CatholicCare launch their annual Sunday Appeal, we hear from Cassie, who shares how a little generosity can help struggling families.

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‘Learn from Mary’: Cardinal-Patriarch of Lisbon at WYD Opening Mass
On Tuesday, the 16th international World Youth Day officially began in Lisbon, Portugal, with nearly 400,000 young Catholics from around the world gathering to celebrate their faith. In his homily for the Opening Mass, Cardinal Manuel Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon, encouraged those gathered to learn from Mary and treat life as a journey, carrying Jesus within them and bringing him to others.
‘Called to be true’: Emerging Leaders hear from Sr Nathalie Becquart and Archbishop Rino Fisichella
As part of their program of formation, participants on the Emerging Leaders pilgrimage sat down with prominent figures in the Church to hear their experiences in ministry and evangelisation. These included Archbishop Rino Fisichella (Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery of Evangelisation) and Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ (Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops), who encouraged the pilgrims to witness to the faith and take the risk of listening to others.
Melbourne pilgrims arrive in Lisbon for Mass with Archbishop Comensoli
On Monday, Melbourne pilgrims travelling to the 16th international World Youth Day converged on Lisbon, Portugal, and celebrated Mass together with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, the first time the nearly 600 pilgrims had been together since their commissioning Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. In his homily, Archbishop Comensoli reminded the gathered pilgrims that ‘Grace is life; grace is our life. Grace—charis—is all we need to live.’
‘A beautiful experience’: Pilgrims celebrate Mass at St Peter’s Basilica and visit the catacombs
On the morning of Thursday 27 July, pilgrims from the Emerging Leaders program and The Italian Way gathered at St Peter’s Basilica, where Archbishop Peter A Comensoli celebrated Mass in one of the chapels, before the pilgrims visited the Roman catacombs. Archbishop Comensoli and a teacher from the School of the Good Shepherd shared their thoughts about these moving experiences.
Our pilgrims in Fatima: photo gallery
Over the weekend, pilgrims on the Italian Way and Holy Land pre–World Youth Day pilgrimages arrived in Fatima, visiting the shrine commemorating Our Lady’s apparition to three young Portuguese children in the early 20th century. They also joined an evening candlelit procession through the main square, where some Melbourne pilgrims helped to carry the statue of Our Lady.
Urgent and compassionate support for struggling families
Written by: CatholicCare Victoria
CatholicCare Victoria’s 2023 Sunday Appeal will be running throughout August—an important opportunity to support vulnerable Victorian families in need. We hear the moving story of just one of the many struggling families CatholicCare has been able to help, thanks to the generosity of donors like you and me.
To our aged care heroes: thanks for caring!
Written by: VMCH
Monday 7 August is Aged Care Employee Day (ACED)—a chance to celebrate the 370,000 workers and volunteers who devote their time across residential, home and community aged care. VMCH introduces us to just a few of the people for whom this important work is much more than just a job.
‘Let us learn from Mary to greet each and every person ... The new world begins in the newness of every encounter and in the sincerity of the greeting we exchange, so that we may be people among people, in a mutual and constant visitation!’
Cardinal Manuel Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon
at the Opening Mass for World Youth Day 2023
Upcoming events
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...
Benedict Conference: Truth, goodness and beauty
Saturday 28 October 2023
(All day event)
This inaugural event will bring together local and international speakers to reflect on the life and legacy of Pope Benedict XVI. The conference will build its conversations around the themes of truth, goodness and beauty. Gathering the people of God from all over Melbourne and beyond, it seeks to engage...
‘Holiness and Humanity—the life of St John Henry Newman’ with Fr Roderick Strange
Thursday 24 August 2023
5.00pm–7.00pm
Newman College is pleased to host a public lecture by Fr Roderick Strange: ‘Holiness and Humanity—the life of St John Henry Newman.’ Fr Roderick Strange is an international expert on the life and works of Cardinal John Henry Newman. He has been Catholic Chaplain at the University of Oxford and...
Grand organ recital featuring Thomas Trotter, St Patrick’s Cathedral
Friday 25 August 2023
6.00pm–7.00pm
One of Britain’s most widely admired musicians and concert organists, Thomas Trotter, will visit our beautiful and inspiring St Patrick’s Cathedral in August with a recital program sure to please. Trotter has performed at more than 800 concerts in his international career, with recent tours to Europe, China and Australia...
MGL Sisters Discernment Weekend
Saturday 26 August 2023, 7.00am
– Sunday 27 August 2023, 5.00pm
The Missionaries of God’s Love sisters are hosting a ‘Consecrated Life Weekend’. This is an opportunity for young single women aged 18–30 to spend some quality time with Jesus and discover their calling in life. There will be times of prayer, talks, sharing, sisterhood and more. For more information, email...
The Archbishop’s Dinner: an initiative of the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria
Friday 1 September 2023
7.00pm–9.00pm
Join the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria to celebrate the 23rd 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...
Catholic Women’s League Retreat: Finding happiness through the Beatitudes
Saturday 9 September 2023
9.00am–12.15pm
Discover the beauty of authentic friendship rooted in faith as you join our Catholic retreat, where you’ll find a safe space to share, grow and deepen your relationship with God, together with a supportive community of women. Come join us. This retreat offers Holy Mass, inspiring talks, time for personal...
Eucharist and visit of relic statue of St John Bosco, St Margaret Mary’s Church
Saturday 30 September 2023
11.00am–12.00pm
As part of the centenary celebrations of the arrival of the Salesians on Australian soil, a relic statue of St John Bosco is touring Salesian communities and works in Australia. The relic casket arrived in Melbourne in late June and the schedule for the tour can be found here. The...

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