Homily: Blessing of Assisi Kindergarten Strathfieldsaye

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"The word kindergarten which I think we all know, literally means "garden for the children", is a preschool educational approach, traditionally based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school. At first such institutions were created in the late 18th century in Bavaria and Strasbourg.  To serve children whose parents both worked out of the home. The term was coined by the German Friedrich Fröbel, whose approach globally influenced early-years education." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Housekeepers and Secretaries Day 2017

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"Thank you all for coming together here in Mooroopna, to celebrate this Holy Mass and to renew your dedication to your work in the roles of housekeepers and secretaries. I thank you all for your generous work in these fields of service, which are an essential part of the mission of the Church, in every diocese." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: CWL - Annual Conference Mass

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"Contained in the Acts of the Apostles, is much for us to learn from the experience of the early Church. There is certainly a need for continuity, if the Church is to retain its identity and its links with its origins. That is why the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the foundation on which our faith is built and why we need to come back to them all the time." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Easter Vigil

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"... On this night we no longer hold up the figure of suffering and death, but we raise the enduring light of the Easter candle. It is the light of the risen Christ who, still bearing the wounds of his suffering, comes to us in glory. And this light, passed in faith from hand to hand, has the power to overcome all darkness, all sin." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"... Today we stand before our crucified Lord, contemplating his death on the cross for each one of us, for us all. His death is a fact of history. The Gospel gives a clear account of what actually happened. It is not a story told for our encouragement. Yet this single event is of huge, unique significance. It opens for us a horizon onto eternity. It transforms our entire understanding of ourselves and of our destiny." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Mass of the Lord's Supper

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"... Here, Jesus, in this simple gesture, spells that out. Sheer selfishness does not pay and does not satisfy. The pathway of fulfilment is the way of service. This evening we try to grasp that again, with this simple gesture of the washing of the feet." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Chrism Mass

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"... At this Mass of Chrism, we seek renewal and refreshment in our life of faith. In blessing these oils, we ask God to refresh the sacraments in which they are used: baptism, confirmation, the anointing of the sick and the ordination of priests and bishops. In the renewal of priestly promises, we priests dedicate ourselves anew to our ministry, and look confidently to all our faithful people, to support us with their love and prayers." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Palm Sunday

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"... It is a moving experience each year on Palm Sunday as we go to the mountain with Jesus, towards the temple, accompanying him on his ascent. On this day, throughout the world and across the centuries, people of every age acclaim him, crying out: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Blessing and Opening of the Community Centre at Marist College

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"... Some may take a while to see the value of learning and growing, but the Marist mantra explains ‘Learning can happen anywhere, anytime’. The Marists have contributed much to Bendigo, over a length of time so it is fitting that, the Community Centre will be a place where the Marist mission: ‘to make Christ Known and Loved’, will continue to be fulfilled." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson