Stronger Retreat, 2016

stronger retreat 1 2015 125pxStronger Retreat

The 2016 Stronger Retreat’s theme will be ‘This is Mercy’ and will be held in Harrietville on September 16-18.



Statement from Bishop Les Tomlinson on the Papal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia

It is with great joy that we receive Pope Francis’ exhortation, Amoris Laetitia “The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family”, the Exhortation written by Pope Francis after the two Synods of Bishops on that topic in October 2014 and October 2015.

Mooroopna Parish responds to urgent Social Issue.

A community forum to tackle issues associated with ICE in our community

Tues April 19th
7.30pm - 9.30pm
Sir Ian McLenna Centre, Mooroopna

Project Compassion Launch, 2016

caritaslaunch2016 125pxFree pancakes and entertainment marked the launch of Project Compassion in the Sandhurst Diocese on Shrove Tuesday, February 9.

Introducing the Prayer of the Church or LITURGY OF THE HOURS

Liturgy-of-the-Hours-125px“The “Liturgy of the Hours”, also referred to as the “Canonical Hours”, “Breviary”, “Divine Office”, “Morning and Evening Prayer”, are a fabulous form of prayer, belonging to the praying people of God from the time we organised prayer together.  It is the “prayer of the people” and an ancient and deep form of communion with God and each other.

Statement by Bishop Les Tomlinson on the film Spotlight

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px"The Australian release of the movie Spotlight, which details the uncovering of the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and in the United States of America more generally, tragically has many parallels for the Catholic Church in Australia. The film is riveting and challenging and makes for uncomfortable viewing, especially in its portrayal of the betrayal of trust and the loss of faith in the Church of ordinary, good people." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

Vale: Father Leo Lane

Fr-Leo-Lane-125pxFATHER Leo Lane passed away on January 27 at Warrnambool, age 93. Fr Lane was ordained a priest at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat, on the July 27, 1948 by Archbishop Justin Simonds, for the Diocese of Sandhurst.

Mercy Door Opens

Mercy door opens 125pxThe Holy Door of Mercy has opened for the Sandhurst Diocese.

Bishop of Sandhurst Les Tomlinson opened the door at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo, on Sunday, December 13, before the 11am Mass.

Advent in the Year of Mercy Resources


• The Face of Mercy – Daily Advent Reflections (Canberra – Goulburn Archdiocese)

Vale: Fr Don O'Neill

Fr-Don-ONeil 125pxFather Don O’Neill passed away at Bethlehem, Golden Square, on December 11. The Pontifical Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo at 1pm on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

Holy Door of Mercy opens in Sandhurst Diocese

LOGO125At 11am on December 13, Bishop of Sandhurst Leslie Tomlinson opened the Holy Door for the Sandhurst Diocese at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo, as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Cathedral Administrator Fr Tony Shallue explains the importance and meaning of this symbolic event.

Peace of Christ is With us in our hurting world

a word from bishop les 2 125px"This Christmas let us pray earnestly that all human hearts will be liberated from false images of God. The message of Christmas is that it is only in God’s gift of his Son that we can see the truth of God." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

Year of Mercy Advent Resources released

sandhursr diocese coat of arms 125pxThe Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst has produced a new Advent Series for use in Parishes.  The resource was developed by Lyn Breen, Adult Faith Co-ordinator.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir Scholarships 2016

bendigo sacred heart cathedral 125pxThere are 5 more scholarships available for 2016. Each scholarship is worth $1,200.00. They are open to Catholic students in Catholic Secondary & Primary schools in the region.

Sandhurst Diocese wins Community Heritage Grant

sandhursr diocese coat of arms 125pxThe Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst has been awarded a $1,400 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund collection rehousing and storage.

The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 27 October, 2015.

Concert on High: Featuring Fr Rob Galea and his Band

aspire cover brochure 125pxSt Kilian’s priest Rob Galea will perform in Bendigo for the first time.

The “Concert on High” was performed in the public space at the foot of the Sacred Heart Cathedral. It supported and raised funds for the Aspire Precinct.

Stronger L!VE @ Shepparton

stronger live 1 2015 125pxStronger L!VE was hosted for the first time in Shepparton on October 15th at Noble Monks.

World Youth Day Registrations

WYD Krakow poster 125pxRegistrations for World Youth Day are now open. The Diocese of Sandhurst as part of the Victorian Project is offering four pilgrimage options to Krakow.

Faith alive at Stronger Live

stronger live bendigo-2015 2 125pxBENDIGO – Young Adults in Bendigo have enjoyed their second Stronger L!VE event.

Chancery Office closed 23rd October and 28th October

pdf The Chancery Office will be closed on Friday 28th of October as staff are participating in a whole day formation program.  Similarly, the Office will be closed on Wednesday 28th of October due to the Bendigo Cup Public Holiday.

Responding to the refugee crisis

catholic-social-services-logo-125pxChief Executive Officer of Catholic Social Services Australia, Marcelle Mogg, has written to the Australian Catholic Bishops on the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees – The response by Catholic Social Services.

A reflection on the spiritual journey

Mons-Peter-Jeffrey-Celebration-Dinner-Address-August-7-2015-125pxMons Peter Jeffrey recently presented an address entitled Your Journey In and With the Church to those who completed Faith Education and Pastoral Ministry Formation programs.

Vale: Monsignor Bryan Maurice Long

MonsLong 125px24/11/1928 – 12/10/2015
Mons Bryan Long died very early yesterday morning at Bentley Aged Care, Bendigo.

The Rosary: A meditative prayer to bring you to Jesus

a word from bishop les 2 125px"By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. The month of October is dedicated to the holy Rosary, one of the best known of all our Catholic devotions. October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7)." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

Reflection evening with Margaret Silf

Margaret Silf, is a highly regarded retreat facilitator and author of; “Inner Compass”, “Sacred Spaces: Stations on a Celtic Way”, “Companions of Christ: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality.”
Tuesday 20th October 2015 De Campo Hall, CEO buildings,
120 Hargreaves St BENDIGO.

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