This coming Sunday is the Commissioning Mass for Melbourne’s World Youth Day pilgrims at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Gathering in full force, our young people will be blessed and sent forth by Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, ready to begin their pilgrimage to Portugal. As the days count down, we hear about how some of our local parish and school communities have also been blessing their pilgrims and preparing to send them on their way, and about their hopes for World Youth Day 2023.
Also this week, we take a journey through the Holy Land to see what some of our pilgrims will see; the Australian Catholic Students Association gather for their annual conference; Catholic Social Services host another webinar exploring the Voice to Parliament, this time with input from Fr Frank Brennan SJ; and we hear about the cross-section of people who will be representing Oceania’s diverse Church at the upcoming Synod of Bishops.
Finally, as the cold weather closes in, we reflect on how the Rule of St Benedict might inspire us to establish habits that can sustain us not only through the depths of winter but in every time and season of our lives.
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