For over eight years I have been using this space in the parish bulletin to share with all of you some ideas about church teaching, liturgy, stories and adventures. At the time of writing this I am still in Rome, the beautiful city where I had the privilege to attend a conference on the new document of the Church regarding priestly formation: the gift of the Priestly vocation.
My coming to Rome has also been a good transition as I prepare myself to move to a new Parish, the chance to take a few steps back and think about my years at St Monica’s. As I wonder through the city of Rome, one has the chance to see the beautiful testimonies of faith and courage all around the city. Magnificent churches that inspire people to watch in awe and to raise our eyes to heaven.
Walking around I came to think of me and all of us, we are just passing by in this world, and we must make our mark in history to change the course of human life, although we come and go, we are still connected to the many generations of Christians who before us have tried their best to pass on the faith in Jesus, the Risen son of God, to the next generation. It is in the commitment of every generation to this faith in Jesus when we make our best to change our lives and the lives of others and in this way bring the kingdom of God closer.
My time at St Monica as your Parish Priest has come to an end, I am very happy and grateful for the time in this parish. Hopefully, I have left my mark in the history of the Parish and the lives of many of you. As the churches in Rome remind us, it is time to build on what we have to move on to the next stage in history. The Australian church will face many challenges ahead, but I pray to our merciful Lord, that your faith and commitment to the Church of Jesus remain strong. Hopefully the challenges will make us stronger and more faithful to the teachings and commands of Jesus, to discover in his Gospel the treasure and the pearl we are looking for to make us truly happy.
Thank you all who kept reading this little section every week. Those who with their comments and questions, gave me inspiration to keep finding things to share and write. As you keep reading this lines, I want to remind you that the bulletin is not meant to be read during the homily or communion.
May the Lord, fill your hearts with hope, as you prepare to enter in the new stage in this noble history of this great parish.
Peace in Jesus