Thursday, 07 April 2022 16:23

A Centenary of Love and Devotion: Homily

joecaddy ss22 03 250Do you ever look at a situation and think that you would like to do something about it but it is just too big? Climate change, world peace, the plight of refugees, world poverty – these are enormous and real issues that our world is struggling with. We would love to act but when we get down to details the problem is beyond us.

This might leave us disappointed. This is part of being human- we are limited and the details and realities of life mean that we cannot do everything that we want to do and so many things are impossible.

However, it is not so with God - for God all things are possible and God answers our stories of limitedness with his own story of plenty and abundance. Furthermore, our God genuinely cares about the things that trouble us.

joecaddy ss22 04 250Keynote Speaker: 
Very Rev Joe Caddy, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne

When I was a prison chaplain, I recall a conversation I had with the mother of one of the inmates. The young man was from a good family but his life had gone off the tracks. The mother was deeply concerned about him and I made some sort of comment acknowledging her love for him and added that I guess for a mother it is difficult, as they have to love all their children the same. She said no I have to love him even more: he needs it.

It was a lovely expression and it got me thinking - does God have favourites? I think yes when we most need it. I think that the love of the mother I met is like God’s love.

The Gospels are full of stories that show God’s special concern for the lost and the lonely, the poor and the vulnerable. The ninety-nine sheep are left while the Good Shepherd goes in search of the lost one and when he finds it, he gathers it up in his arms and brings it tenderly home.

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 17:01

Acies Address 2022

acies22 frjustinmass 250It’s providential that we have our Acies, our annual reaffirmation of our Legionary Consecration to our Blessed Mother, at this very time when Pope Francis and the Bishops of the world are making this great Consecration of the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Providential, though not entirely coincidental, because both these events are timed for the Solemnity of the Annunciation: the celebration of Mary’s supreme ‘Yes’ to God and (at that very moment, as we understand) the Incarnation taking place – God coming into our world as man. The Legion Handbook tells us that our individual and collective Acies Consecration should take place as close to 25th March as possible. And although the various papal consecrations of the world and of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary have taken place on different dates over the decades, both St John Paul II’s 1984 Consecration and Pope Francis’ present Consecration – the two consecrations that truly fulfil the requests of Our Lady of Fatima – were both placed specifically on this Feast.

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 22:42

Acies 2022

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"The Acies is the great central annual function of the Legion, so that it is necessary to stress the importance of attendance on the part of every member. The essential idea of the Legion, upon which all else is built, is that of working in union with and in dependence on Mary, its Queen. The Acies is the solemn expression of that union and dependence, the renewal - individual and collective - of the legionary declaration of fealty. Hence it is manifest that any legionaries who can attend, and yet fail to do so, have little or none of the spirit of the Legion in them."  Legion Handbook

ourladyoffatima02 150This Friday 25 March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (5:00 pm Rome time). This follows several similar papal consecrations made in response to the requests of Our Lady of Fatima.

The Pope has invited all the bishops of the world, with their priests, to unite with him in this act. Cardinal Krajewski, as envoy of the Pope, will bring the consecration to Fatima itself; and at Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis also invited ‘every community and all the faithful to unite with me…for the Solemn Act of Consecration of humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that she, the Queen of Peace, may help us obtain peace.’

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said, ‘Acting as the Universal Pastor of the Church, Pope Francis will renew the consecration urged at Fatima more than 100 years ago. The bishops of Australia are united with the Holy Father as he leads the faithful around the world in this act of consecration and we invite all people to join us in praying for peace in Ukraine. We urge people to spend part of their day on March 25 in prayer – attending Mass, praying with family or friends, in silent prayer at a local parish or chapel or in whatever way you can.’ (Media Release, 18/03/22)

Legionaries will especially wish to respond to this call of the Pope and the bishops, and also to be praying special prayers even in these days leading up – for peace, and for the maximum fruitfulness of the Consecration.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 20:58

Legion of Mary Annual Mass 2021

annualmass02 2021 150"Friends, this year marks 100 years of the Legion of Mary, and today I had the privilege of celebrating Mass with Fr Justin Ford and other members of the Legion at St Mary's Church in Ascot Vale. The Legion of Mary is an international Catholic lay-run organisation of men and women who, by virtue of their baptism and under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, work together to bring the Good News of of our Lord Jesus to the peripheries. Inspired by the witness of the Legion's founder Frank Duff (now a Servant of God), may we too place ourselves under the patronage of our heavenly Mother, as we seek to live out our baptismal call in this time and place." - Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

100lm logo 150The Legion of Mary celebrated 100 years on 7 September 2021. It was a time of joy, of celebration and of thanksgiving.

Fr Justin Ford will celebrated Mass from St Mary's Church, Ascot Vale on Tuesday 7 September at 10am (AEST). Click here to view on YouTube.

Archbishop Dermot Farrell celebrated Mass on Saturday 4th September at 4.30am (AEST) in St. Nicholas of Myra Church, Dublin, Ireland. Click here to view.

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Heavenly Father, we praise and bless you as we celebrate the joyful centenary of Mary’s Legion. Under the loving rule and guidance of their Mother and Queen, and in the grace of the Holy Spirit, legionaries have come to Jesus through Mary and have led countless souls on that same shining way. Grant that in our own time, we her Legion may be renewed on this path of holiness and evangelisation, for the salvation of the world, to the praise of your glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mary Immaculate, our Queen, our Mother, intercede with your divine Son for your Legion, that it may be strong in faithfulness and abundant in fruitfulness, as we move forward in trustful hope.

rosary01 150The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked for a worldwide relay of Rosaries everyday during the month of May for an end to the pandemic. Drawing on Acts 12:5, “Prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God” (this verse refers to the unceasing prayer the whole Church made for the release of Peter from prison), the Holy Father is asking everyone around the world to pray unceasingly during the month of Mary for an end to COVID.

pdf Rosary Marathon for End of COVID-19 Liturgical Guide (256 KB)

archbishopcomensoli01 150Last weekend I wrote to the clergy of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne expressing concerns regarding a new government bill, tabled in Parliament:

Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020: Table of Provisions
Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020: Explanatory Memorandum

The bill purports to protect vulnerable people from harm through what has been called ‘conversion therapies’. In faith communities, ‘conversion’ has a meaning of positive change, upholding human freedom and dignity.

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