Towards the end of last year, Pope Francis received a group of French pilgrims who were dedicating themselves to the devotion of Divine Mercy. To them, he said: ‘Mercy is, in fact, the ultimate and supreme act with which God comes to meet us and which opens our hearts to the hope of being loved forever, whatever our poverty, whatever our sin.’ Let us approach God this Divine Mercy Sunday with our open hearts as He comes to meet us during the celebration of Mass.

It is Sunday in the Octave of Easter, it is Divine Mercy Sunday. Let us treat each other to some tender mercies during this time of social distancing and isolation. As well as staying in touch with family, friends and colleagues – perhaps, we can also reconnect with those whom we have not spoken to for a while.

'The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness’. (St Faustina's diary 699)

God Bless.
Fr Barry Tobin PE

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Pastoral Corner


John Masefield (1878-1967), was a celebrated English poet, novelist and playwright. In 1925, he wrote a beautiful play entitled "The Trial of Jesus."

In the play, after the crucifixion of Jesus, the Roman Centurion, Longinus, reports to Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator. Longinus was the officer in charge of Calvary.

And in Masefield's play, after Longinus gives his report to Pilate, the wife of the procurator, Claudia Procula, calls him aside. In Matthew's Gospel 27:19, she pleaded with her husband not to condemn Jesus. "Have nothing to do with that man; I have been upset all day by a dream I had about him."

So, in the play, Masefield has her asking about Our Lord's last moments and how he died. And she says to Longinus, "Do you think he is really dead?" Longinus answers her: "No Lady, I don't." Then where is he", she says. Longinus replies again: "He's let loose in the world, Lady, where neither Roman nor Jew can stop His truth."

When Longinus spoke those words to Claudia Procula in Masefield's play, he sensed that the teachings of Jesus would spark a revolution in the way people would think and behave towards one another. The truth of Our Lord's message would inflict grievous wounds on the cruel, barbaric values of the proud Roman Empire. The Empire that crucified Jesus was doomed and the kingdom of God reigning in the hearts of men would ultimately triumph. For Calvary was not the end of the story of Jesus Christ, but only the beginning.

"Christ is risen. He is risen indeed."

Fr Barry Tobin PE

Marian Antiphon for Easter Season

Regina Coeli

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray.

O God, who through the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ gave rejoicing to the world
grant, we pray, that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Divine Mercy Sunday

In a series of revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s, our Lord called for a special feast day to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. Today, we know that feast as Divine Mercy Sunday, named by St John Paul II at the canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000.

The Lord expressed His will with regard to this feast in His very first revelation to St. Faustina. The most comprehensive revelation can be found in her Diary entry 699:

My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My mercy.

In all, St. Faustina recorded 14 revelations from Jesus concerning His desire for this feast.

Nevertheless, Divine Mercy Sunday is NOT a feast based solely on St. Faustina's revelations. Indeed, it is not primarily about St. Faustina — nor is it altogether a new feast. The Second Sunday of Easter was already a solemnity as the Octave Day of Easter. The title "Divine Mercy Sunday" does, however, highlight the meaning of the day.

Project Compassion

The theme taken for Project Compassion 2020 is “Go Further Together”.

As members of the one human family we are called to think beyond our inner circle and extend our prayers, thoughts and goodwill to those in our global family who struggle daily in areas of conflict & war, those living in extreme poverty and those impacted by the effects of a changing climate.

We know that many of you may not be able to hand in your Project Compassion boxes, envelopes or cash to the parish at this time. Therefore, donations can be made on line at https://lent.caritas.org.au/#b...
or direct deposit:
BSB No: 062 207 Account No: 10072446
Account Name: Caritas Australia
Ref: DonorIDPC

Please include your Donor ID with "PC" in the reference. If you don't know your Donor ID, please use your last name.

For more information, please contact Peter Boyle on 9589 6878

Online Resources

  • Prayers during Coronavirus
    Spiritual Communion Prayer, Prayer cards and Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Universalis
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  • Vatican News
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