Bishop Vincent’s Address to the 2023 Diocesan celebration of World Day for Migrants and Refugees at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Seven Hills. 16 September 2023 Dear friends, I would like to pay my respect and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which this meeting takes place, and also pay respect to Elders both past and present. We thank them for their stewardship of the land. Thank you for joining us on this Diocesan celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Special thanks to Mr Tony Bleasdale OAM, Mayor of Blacktown, which is one of the most migrant and refugee friendly cities in Australia, with 188 nationalities represented. Of course, Blacktown also has a […] [...]
Jesus’ story has always slightly jarred with me. It was one thing for the landowner to be generous, giving everyone a denarius no matter how long they had worked. But why rub salt in the wound of those who had worked all day and pay the latecomers first so that those who worked all day would realise that though they had been paid the agreed wage, others had received far more favourable treatment? [...]
God’s Word today provides a radical alternative system that defies the trickle-down and merit-based economy. It is one that is based on equity, inclusion, solidarity and preferential option for the poor. It was this system that the pioneering sisters and brothers endeavoured to emulate when they set up Catholic schools, orphanages, clinics, hospitals and other places of care for others. [...]
Theses images are from the Philippines Medical/Surgeon Mission I attended in March 2019. I would like to thank the Parishioners for their kind donations and a special Thank you to the Circle of Friends for their donation.