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Sunday 12 July Reflection from Monsignor Tony Doherty

11 July 2020
Image: Phil Hearing/Unsplash.


A retired priest from the Archdiocese of Sydney has chosen to start recording weekly reflections on the Gospel.

Monsignor Tony Doherty has started a series of reflections called “Breaking Bread Together” on a personal YouTube channel.

The reflections were designed for parishioners of St Joseph’s Neutral Bay, part of the Parishes of Sydney Harbour North, but he warmly welcomes those outside of the parish to the video.


“You want to know about the kingdom of night?

There is no way to describe the kingdom of night.

But let me tell you a story…

You want to know about the condition of the human heart?

There is no way to describe the condition of the human heart.

But let me tell you a story…

You want a description of the indescribable?

There is no way to describe the indescribable.

But let me tell you a story.”

These are the words of one of the great Jewish storytellers Elie Weisel, holocaust survivor of both Auschwitz and Buchenwald.

The video reflection attached to this blog describes the power of the story.

For the last 15 weeks, I have been recording these Gospel reflections from the Sunday readings in order that the community of St Joseph’s Church, Neutral Bay might find some connection with the community of friends during this time when worshippers were unable to gather in church.

As the normal parish gatherings for the Eucharist will resume on July 19th this will be the last of these video reflections.

Thank you for your many appreciative comments about these gospel readings and meditations.

Every blessing,






To follow Msgr Doherty’s reflections, visit his YouTube channel –


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