Homilies 2018

Homily: St Mary of The Angels College, Nathalia - End of School Year Mass

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St Mary of The Angels College, Nathalia
End of School Year Mass
23rd October, 2018

"Congratulations on all your achievements in 2018 and particularly to the Year 12 who are leaving us. We all join in praying for the success of your VCE and the life you will build upon this foundation at St Mary of the Angels. We thank you for what you have contributed to the College in your time here, and particularly the leadership you have given in your Year 12." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Blessing of the Year 7 Building, Nathalia, 12th October, 2018

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Blessing of the Year 7 Building - St Mary of the Angels College, Nathalia
12th October, 2018

"When we talk about new buildings, we think of plans, of foundations and all the materials that go into making a building. Jesus is the true foundation of everything that we build in our lives. Without Him, our plans come to nothing. This is why we are here today – to ask in Jesus’ name for God the Father’s blessing on this building – a new part of our school. We ask God to send His Spirit to bring light to the minds of those who have worked with our new school’s plans. May that same Holy Spirit give strength and wisdom to the hands and hearts of all who have taken part in its construction." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Serra Club Bi-Annual Conference Mass

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Serra Club Bi-Annual Conference Mass - St John’s Church, East Melbourne
20th October, 2018

"Serra International president Biscardi has called for a focus on membership for 2018/19. He affirms: ‘membership is everybody’s business.’ This fits in so well with what Jesus was trying to teach us all: Membership of the Church IS everybody’s business and we must persevere and pray for more labourers into the harvest as we move forward to build the kingdom of God here and now." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Marian Festival - 2018

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Marian Festival - Feast of the Holy Rosary
Sacred Heart Cathedral
7th October, 2018

"The rosary appeals to many. It is simple. The constant repetition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: 27th Sunday Ordinary Time, October, 2018

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27th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year B
7th October, 2018

"As always, the Scriptures give enlightenment on all challenges facing us in our lives. The readings today seek out the ideal of good human living. It becomes the truth of what it means to be a human person. In regard to marriage, the expression in the first reading and the Gospel are keys to understanding this." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Ordination to the Priesthood - Reverend Dean Bognat

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Ordination to the Priesthood
Reverend Dean Bognat

"It is my great pleasure to welcome you all as we come to celebrate this special day in the life of Dean Bognat as he is soon to be ordained to the Priesthood. Dean has chosen our readings for Mass today, as these words from the Scriptures have special significance for him, as he accepts his calling from God to the Priesthood." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Parish Secretaries Conference, August, 2018

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Parish Secretaries Mass
28th August, 2018

"May I take this opportunity to express my thanks and the gratitude of all those whom you serve in the Diocese of Sandhurst as Parish Secretaries. Your work is much appreciated and we value you greatly. May God bless you, as you continue in his service with compassion and love?" - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Queenship of Mary, August, 2018

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Queenship of Mary
Catholic Women League
22nd August, 2018

"Today’s celebration occurs on the octave day of the Assumption of Our Lady. In that feast we celebrate the reunion of Mary with her Son on the day of her death. She is the first to join Jesus in eternal glory on the basis that she is the only person, apart from her Son, who was totally free from sin all her life. As the first of the human race in rank before God’s presence and as the Mother of Christ our King, she is given the title of Queen." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: SERRA - Changeover of Officer Bearers

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SERRA - Changeover of Officer Bearers
St John of God Hospital
Feast of the Assumption

"Mary was taken up body and soul into Heaven: Heaven is no longer a very remote sphere unknown to us. We have a mother in Heaven. And the Mother of God, the Mother of the Son of God, is our Mother. He himself has said so. He made her our Mother when he said to the disciple and to all of us: "Behold, your Mother!“ We have a Mother in Heaven." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Housekeepers and Secretaries Mass, 2018

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Mass for Housekeepers and Secretaries
22nd May, 2018

"To serve is not to be submissive or weak; it is not putting oneself on a lower level than those being served. It is simply to be totally committed to the good of others and to find one’s own well-being in being so committed. Moreover, I am fairly certain that you know all that, so this is just a reminder!" - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Catholic Women's League Conference, 2018

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Catholic Women’s League Conference
Heathcote
16th May, 2018

"Jesus tells us that we too are ‘sent’ to continue his mission. Friendship with Jesus is being with him, and being sent in his name. Our mission as his followers is in the midst of and in the depths of the world. He wants his love and message inserted in the centre of the world, the city, the neighbourhood. In following him in mission and love, we are ourselves sanctified." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: St Augustine’s Parish, Kyabram 140th Anniversary, 2018

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St Augustine’s Parish, Kyabram
One Hundred & Fortieth Anniversary
13th May, 2018

"Indeed, it gives me great pleasure to join with you today to offer my congratulations and to mark the celebration of one hundred and forty years of the Parish of St Augustine’s Kyabram. Today, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, May 13th,is also the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, and so we ask the blessing of Our Lady on these celebrations." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Blessing of the statue of St Francis at the Great Stupa, 2018

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Blessing of the statue of St Francis at the Great Stupa
11 May, 2018

"I am very grateful for your kind invitation to provide the blessing of the statue of St Francis of Assisi, at this great Stupa of Universal Compassion." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Palm Sunday, 2018

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Palm Sunday
25th March, 2018

"We enter into the Holy week with the celebration of Palm Sunday. Holy Week is the most important week of the entire liturgical year. This week we remember and relive the events which brought about our redemption and salvation. So this week presents us with the actual events of the dying and rising of Jesus." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Talk to the Seminarians, 2018

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Talk to the Seminarians
26th March, 2018

"Every old bishop, like myself, in speaking with young seminarians, like you, remembers his own good times in the seminary. Good memories spontaneously come back. And the more one thinks about his formation years, the more one realizes how decisive those years were for his priestly ministry." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Mass of the Lord's Supper, 2018

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Mass of the Lord’s Supper
29th March, 2018

"Today begins the Sacred Triduum, the three holiest days of the year, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Easter Vigil, 2018

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Easter Vigil
31st March, 2018

"Today we have the first of four songs of the servant of God from Isaiah. It is a beautiful description of a mysterious servant of God which the Church has long realised applies so aptly to Jesus." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Mass: Monday of Holy Week, 2018

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Mass: Monday of Holy Week
26th March, 2018

"Today we have the first of four songs of the servant of God from Isaiah. It is a beautiful description of a mysterious servant of God which the Church has long realised applies so aptly to Jesus." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Mass of Chrism, 2018

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MASS OF CHRISM
27th March, 2018

"With this ceremony of this Mass of the Oils, we are entering the holiest days of the Church's year. In these next few days, we shall journey with Jesus, through the crowded streets of Jerusalem, to his last supper, his arrest and trials, his suffering and death, coming finally to that glorious moment of his resurrection!" - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Good Friday, 2018

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Good Friday
30th March, 2018

"Today we celebrate the Good Friday of our Lord’s Passion, the moment when Jesus our Lord was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate at the instigation of His opponents, and put to suffer and was tortured, made to bear the heavy wooden cross, and eventually was crucified on the cross, and died. This is what we commemorate today, the day when our Lord Himself died for our sake." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Easter Sunday, 2018

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 Easter Sunday Mass
1st April, 2018

"Happy Easter! Let us rejoice and be glad today! And not just today. But every day for the rest of our lives. Because Jesus Christ died, and today he is alive forever!" - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Galen College Wangaratta Commencement of the Year Mass, 15th March, 2018

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125pxToday I am pleased to be with you all, to ask for God’s blessing that we might be successful in doing great things this year, both individually and communally.  It is timely to remind ourselves in this first term of 2018, that whatever good we achieve in the coming year we achieve through God’s help and guidance. 

Homily: Trustees’ Mass Corpus Christi College 9th March, 2018

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125pxLook at what affection and regard Jesus answered this scribe. Unlike others, this scribe was seeking wisdom, not an argument. He relished Jesus' answer, and placed it in the context of the Scriptures. Jesus rewarded him with that grave compliment: ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God’. And here is a good question for ourselves:  Could you say that to me, Lord? Is my search as serious as that scribe's?. - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: St Michael’s Church Sandy Creek Centenary Mass 3rd March, 2018

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125pxGathered together in this beautiful old Church, it gives me great pleasure to join with you today to offer my congratulations and to mark the commencement of the celebrations by offering the Sandy Creek centenary Mass.

Homily: St Mary of the Angels’ College Nathalia opening Mass, 2018

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St Mary of the Angels’ College
Nathalia
9th February, 2018

"The beginning of a school year is always a busy and exciting time for students, parents and teachers alike. 2018 is no different and we welcome all to this Mass today. In particular, we wish all students, parents and teachers a wonderful year, full of learning and opportunities." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

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