A word from Bishop Tomlinson

Take time to learn from our mother

a word from bishop les 2 125px"Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship. The Church rightly honors the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times Mary has been honored with the title of 'Mother of God,' to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

Bishop calls young to answer God's call

a word from bishop les 2 125px"Prayer for Vocations
God of life, In the name of Jesus,
we ask you to send your Spirit
so that men and women among us will respond to your call
to service and leadership in our Church as priests, deacons, sisters and brothers." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

Farewell Holy Father, we're praying for you

a word from bishop les 2 125px"With great surprise tinged with sadness, the Church learned recently of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. During his reign, he has been a faithful witness to Christ, and in this decision, he teaches us with his integrity and humility, putting the needs of the Church first. Such a message is most appropriate as we embark once again on the pilgrimage of Lent." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

Call for focus on Year of Faith, sacraments

a word from bishop les 2 125px"In this Year of Faith, I would like to emphasise to parents how important it is that they reflect seriously about the celebration of the sacraments with their child, and to ensure that they understand the significance of the sacrament. It can often be difficult to keep a focus on the sacramental journey on which your child has embarked and not to get carried away with the trappings of the celebration itself. It can also be a challenge to respond to the call to be vibrant and full members of the Church after the reception of the sacraments, and not just in the period of preparation. Your school, our priests and parish community are here to help you in this task." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

A chance to celebrate the core of our belief

a word from bishop les 2 125px"Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year.  It is the time of waiting and preparation for the coming of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.  Advent also is that season in which we are mindful not only of Christ’s coming at Bethlehem, but also that He will come again to judge us in the future and He continues to come to us in so many ways in the present, but especially in the Eucharist." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

November brings a feast for our souls

a word from bishop les 2 125px"It is natural for all of us that at times our thoughts turn to those whom we have loved who are no longer with us.
How appropriate, then, that the Catholic Church offers us November, which begins with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, as the Month of the Holy Souls."
- Bishop Les Tomlinson

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

Springtime: a time to make a fresh start

a word from bishop les 2 125px"In this year of Grace we are especially conscious of God's presence in our lives and in the moments of challenge and joy, His grace lifts us to meet these challenges and heighten our joy" - Bishop Les Tomlinson

Jubilee Year

a word from bishop les 2 125px"The achievements of these Jubilians is not derived solely from the goodness and attributes of the individual's, but more importantly the source of their achievements flows from their openness to God, which has resulted in them accepting God's love in their life, responding to that love in saying yes to His call in the manner in which they have lived out their lives." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

Caring for Priests

a word from bishop les 2 125px"Although it is just three months since my arrival in the Diocese of Sandhurst, I would like to take this opportunity of congratulating you, the people of the Diocese on your support and esteem for and appreciation of your priests.  In visiting a number of the parishes, I have been heartened to see this regard for your pastors demonstrated in practical ways by the manner in which you care for and support your priest with your assistance, encouragement and friendship." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

Bishop calls men to consider priesthood

a word from bishop les 2 125px"As a Diocese, Sandhurst is in need of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life to build further on the foundations laid by those who have gone before us.  We can be confident that God’s continues to call young people to this service in the Church, as members of the Church, it is our part to support this calling through our prayer for vocations, our prayer that those called will recognise the community’s support for them in their “yes” to God, in demonstrating our own esteem for and valuing of these vocations.  For those of our Church who may be the subject of God’s call to these vocations, I ask that you listen with an attentive ear and a generous and eager heart, to the call." - Bishop Les Tomlinson

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