Homilies 2018

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

Homily: Marist College Commencement Mass, 2018

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Marist College Commencement Mass

8th February, 2018

"Today we ask God’s blessing on the beginning of the school year and this is always a time when there is some excitement about new teachers, new students, discussion of holidays and generally looking forward to new experiences through listening and learning, and being immersed in an exciting curriculum." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: Divine Will Conference Mass - Australia Day, 2018

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 DIVINE WILL CONFERENCE MASS - Australia Day, 2018
Holy Rosary Church, White Hills

"The Beatitudes present a model of happiness contrary to what is usually communicated by the media and by the secular wisdom. They show us what is in the heart of Jesus, what he considered to be signs of God's kingdom. Remembering Luisa Piccarreta, we pray today that our eyes may be blessed to recognise how the Divine Will may be honoured, and the kingdom of God recognized around and about us." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Homily: CEO Commissioning Mass 23rd January, 2018

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 CEO Commissioning Mass
23rd January, 2018

"By accepting a job in Catholic Education, recently or some time ago, you are inserting yourselves into the life and mission of the Church, and you have taken on an awesome responsibility." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

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