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  • Feb 2016 '16

    Homily for Launch of Project Compassion 2016

    Just last week I was in the Philippines for the first time, down in Cebu in the middle of the country. In some ways it is another planet compared to anything we know here in Brisbane. One of the things that was seriously confronting was the kind of poverty I saw there on the streets…

  • Dec 2015 '15

    Christmas Homily 2015

    Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Midnight Mass, Cathedral of St Stephen, Christmas 2015 Each of us has made a journey of some kind to be here tonight – some from near, some from far. But it’s not just us, because the Christmas story is filled with journeys. We have the journey of Joseph and…

  • Dec 2015 '15

    Homily for December 13, 2015 (Gaudete Sunday)

    As we approach the celebration of Christmas the world looks more than usually a mess. We have the spectre of terrorism, the refugee crisis, climate change and all the challenges it presents, economic woes, political turmoil here, there and just about everywhere. The woes could go on. The world at this point looks quite a…

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  • Nov 2015 '15

    Homily for All Saints 2015

    Here in my hand is a very fat book and on the spine of it is written its official title. It is in Latin – and it says Martyrologium Romanum – translated – the Roman Martyrology. What is it? A list of all the saints for every day of the year. When I open it…

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  • Sep 2015 '15

    Homily for the Annual Catholic Campaign 2015

    Families come in all shapes and sizes. There’s the nuclear family, but also the extended family. There’s the family of the Church and there’s even the human family. Every family has its problems; every family has its challenges. Certainly the human family has its share of both. Close to home and far away, there are…

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  • Aug 2015 '15

    Homily for the Multicultural Mass 2015

    Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the 2015 Multicultural Mass. We hear this afternoon of the letter from St James; now St James was the leader of the Church in Jerusalem, which was at the time the mother church. He says to us that we have been made the children of God by the message of…

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  • Aug 2015 '15

    Homily for the Youth and Vocations Expo Mass 2015

    Once they set forth from the land of Egypt, the house of their slavery, the chosen people show themselves to be a resounding bunch of whingers. They leave Egypt and they head for the Red Sea. Then they hear the thundering of Pharaoh’s Army coming to get them. Every empire needs a slave class to…

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  • Jun 2015 '15

    Homily for the Ordination of Deacons Paul Eloagu and Odinaka Nwadike

    Early in life they would have seemed two ordinary enough young Jewish men – one a budding business man, the other a promising rabbinic scholar. One had been born in far-flung Galilee and settled on the shore of the Lake; the other had been born in the diaspora, in even further-flung Tarsus, but had moved…

  • May 2015 '15

    Homily for Trinity Sunday

    Truth is often stranger than fiction and that is certainly true when it comes to God. When the sense of the divine first glimmered in the human heart long ago we concocted for ourselves a god, more or less, in our own image and likeness. This was a God who was all powerful, and therefore…

  • May 2015 '15

    Homily at Mass of Feast of St Philip Neri

    Like all the saints, Filippo di Neri – or Philip Neri as we known him – doesn’t quite add up. There’s a strangeness about him, a touch of paradox. He didn’t and he doesn’t fit the conventional categories. Nor does God. Philip’s origins were conventional enough for the time. He was born in Florence in…

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