Holy Week is the culmination of Lent; the dramatic conclusion to a penitential season that, hopefully, has been a fruitful one for all of us. As we approach Palm Sunday and Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, it's worth stopping for a moment to consider how we ourselves might prepare to enter into this most sacred of times.

One idea might be to spend some time listening to either of Bach’s Passion pieces: both St Matthew’s Passion and St John’s Passion have been deeply influential in the history of the Church and wider culture. They might prove helpful for setting the mood! And, if you’re looking to simplify your life, we take a look at one of the great thinkers in the Catholic tradition, Dietrich von Hildebrand, and the vision he sets out to find true, spiritual simplicity.

This week we share the story of Sr Patricia Fox NDS, a religious sister and human rights activist who was controversially deported from the Philippines in 2018 and now continues her important work from Melbourne.

Catholic Theological College is once again offering a series of online faith formation sessions, Engaging your Faith, from 3 to 28 May. There are up to 16 different sessions for you to choose from on topics of contemporary concern. Learn about prayer in the Gospel of Luke with Dr Rosemary Canavan; revisit Vatican II with Rev. Dr Max Vodola; explore Pope St John Paul II’s theology of the body with Professor Adam Cooper and delve into the question of whether a scientist can believe in God with Rev. Dr Christopher Mulherin.

The next stage of the Synod process is underway, with dioceses around Australia preparing their local reports which will shape the development of a national synthesis sent to the Holy See.

Finally, the Holy Week and Easter liturgies at St Patrick's Cathedral will once again be televised this year, for those who will not be able to attend in person. Feel free to spread the word!

Getting Bach on track: How music can save your Holy Week
What has music to do with Holy Week? What has beauty to do with crucifixion? Bach is, rightfully, one of the most respected composers in the tradition, and his 'St Matthew's Passion' and 'St John's Passion' stand out as spiritual masterpieces. Maybe this Holy Week, let's get acquainted with them.
2022 Holy Week liturgies at Cathedral to be televised
It is with great joy that we are able to participate once again in the Holy Week and Easter liturgies at our local parishes. There remains, however, those in our community who are unable to attend in person. As such, the Holy Week liturgies at St Patrick's Cathedral will be televised on Community Channel C31 (channel 44 on TV) and streamed live on the Archdiocesan YouTube channel.
Minimalism, simplicity, and the 'one thing necessary'
What is the heart of true simplicity? Is it found in 'decluttering' our lives, or is there something deeper at play? For Dietrich von Hildebrand, simplicity consists in devoting our lives to Christ, the 'one thing necessary'.
Sr Patricia Fox NDS celebrates golden jubilee with beloved Filipino community
Our Lady of Sion Sister Patricia Fox recently commemorated her golden jubilee and 75th birthday. Originally from Melbourne, Sr Pat lived in the Philippines for 28 years where she advocated for the rights of the most vulnerable. She was controversially deported from the Philippines in 2018 and these days continues her human rights work from her home in Melbourne.
'We are in love with the spirit of Cain,' Pope Francis says
On his flight back from Malta, Pope Francis answered questions from journalists about the refugee crisis and the war in Ukraine. Here are some key takeaways.
Dioceses preparing reports for Synod of Bishops process
Dioceses across Australia are currently preparing reports on the local consultation phase of the global Synod on Synodality, which will shape the development of a national synthesis to be sent to the Holy See. When the online portal for submissions closed in March, more than 1100 responses had been received through that platform on behalf of thousands of people.
CTC to offer online faith formation series in May
Catholic Theological College (CTC) is once again offering a series of online faith formation sessions for those looking to deepen their faith understanding and spirituality. There are up to 16 different sessions on offer, each providing a 'taster' for those interested in a variety of topics from biblical studies to Vatican II, pastoral studies, Laudato Si', Christian meditation, interfaith relations, and the relationship between science and religion.
ACU Poetry Prize looks to spark hope among Australian poets
The 2022 ACU Prize for Poetry is now open for all Australian residents to submit their finest works on the theme of ‘Hope’, inspired by a line from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s famous play about Robin Hood: “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” Entries for the $20,000 prize close on 4 July 2022.
‘We are not used to thinking of the pattern of peace anymore’
Pope Francis
Pope Francis, on his flight home from Malta, reflecting on the war in Ukraine
Upcoming Events
Why We Need a Classical Renewal: Online Conference
Friday 8 April 2022, 9.00am
– Saturday 9 April 2022, 3.00pm
Nations and peoples throughout the world are increasingly anxious about their children’s education. They fear they will be left out of the job market, technology will outpace them, and they won’t get into the colleges and universities that provide a secure future. The more people embrace the latest theories, the...
Messiah in the Passover: A Presentation
Saturday 9 April 2022
11.00am–1.00pm
As we prepare for Holy Week, the St Mary’s Greensborough Scripture Study group invites you to a presentation that explores how “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14) at Passover, and deepens our understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry. It will help us gain a deeper appreciation for the intimate connection...
2022 Walk for Justice and Freedom for Refugees
Sunday 10 April 2022
2.00pm–4.00pm
On Palm Sunday people from cities and towns around Australia will be holding rallies and vigils to call for justice for refugees, seeking the release of all refugees, an end to mandatory detention, the provision of permanent protection, family reunions, a safety net support in the community (i.e. access to...
God and Beer: Shakespeare and Catholicism
Monday 11 April 2022
6.30pm–8.00pm
The Knights of the Southern Cross (Dandenong North) invite you to 'the Nott' for a dose of inspiration, ideas and a hot meal. "God and Beer" draws on the truth, beauty and goodness of the Christian faith in the Catholic tradition. Presented by academic Angela Schumann, this talk will focus...
Chrism Mass 2022
Tuesday 12 April 2022
7.30pm–8.30pm
The Chrism Mass is traditionally held during Holy Week and is a significant moment in the life of the local church. At the Mass, the people of God come together as priests renew their priestly promises and the local bishop blesses and consecrates the sacred oils used in the sacraments...
International Ignatian Ecospiritual Online Conference
Monday 25 April 2022, 5.30pm
– Saturday 30 April 2022, 5.30pm
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Conversion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the International Ignatian Ecospiritual Conference in 2022 will seek to encourage a deeper “ecological conversion” through a contemplative immersion experience in Nature in different parts of the world that will lead to reconciliation with Creation. Central...
Engaging Your Faith: "Jesus Christ for Me Today"
Tuesday 3 May 2022
7.00pm–8.30pm
Rev. Dr Phillip Gleeson SDB will present this session as part of the Engaging Your Faith series from Catholic Theological College. These online short sessions offer an opportunity to explore your faith through a variety of topics including Theology, Spirituality, Biblical Studies, Vatican II, Pastoral Studies, Laudato Si, Christian Meditation...
Engaging Your Faith: "The Lord is for the Body: The Theology of the Body Catecheses of John Paul II"
Thursday 5 May 2022
7.00pm–8.00pm
Associate Professor Adam Cooper will present this session as part of the Engaging Your Faith series from Catholic Theological College. These online short sessions offer an opportunity to explore your faith through a variety of topics including Theology, Spirituality, Biblical Studies, Vatican II, Pastoral Studies, Laudato Si, Christian Meditation, Lectio...
Engaging Your Faith: "Prayer in the Gospel of Luke"
Monday 9 May 2022
7.00pm–8.30pm
Dr Rosemary Canavan will present this session as part of the Engaging Your Faith series from Catholic Theological College. These online short sessions offer an opportunity to explore your faith through a variety of topics including Theology, Spirituality, Biblical Studies, Vatican II, Pastoral Studies, Laudato Si, Christian Meditation, Lectio Divina...
Engaging Your Faith: "Vatican II: Distant Memory or Unfolding Reality?"
Tuesday 10 May 2022
7.30pm–8.30pm
Rev. Dr Max Vodola will present this session as part of the Engaging Your Faith series from Catholic Theological College. These online short sessions offer an opportunity to explore your faith through a variety of topics including Theology, Spirituality, Biblical Studies, Vatican II, Pastoral Studies, Laudato Si, Christian Meditation, Lectio...
Engaging Your Faith: "Why are Creation Stories in Genesis as Relevant as Ever?"
Wednesday 11 May 2022
7.00pm–8.30pm
Rev. Dr Kris Sonek OP will present this session as part of the Engaging Your Faith series from Catholic Theological College. These online short sessions offer an opportunity to explore your faith through a variety of topics including Theology, Spirituality, Biblical Studies, Vatican II, Pastoral Studies, Laudato Si, Christian Meditation...
P.S. Before you go . . . (one from our archives)
Stations of the Cross: A Timeless Devotion (Part II)
As Good Friday draws near, we revisit the time-honoured Stations of the Cross prayer and explore some of the beautiful stations that have been specially created for churches across the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

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