Br Mark Needham 60 Years a Marist

Mark Needham 125Congratulations to Br Mark Needham who recently celebrated 60 years as a professed Marist Brother, 15 of those years serving in the Diocese of Sandhurst as a teacher, football coach, representative tennis player, Religious Education Coordinator, Youth Group Leader, Sports master, Retreat Centre Director and, more recently, as one of the founding staff at Marist College, Maiden Gully. Would he do it all again? Absolutely!

Caritas Australia Push for Australian Government to Help Fight Famine

FightFamine 125Caritas Australia has joined the Help Fight Famine alliance calling for Australia to:
Save lives now through an urgent Famine Prevention Package of $150 million avert catastrophe in the worst-affected hunger hotspots;
tackle the root causes of the global hunger crisis through investing long-term in a targeted Global Food Security Strategy; and, 
Strengthen resilience of the Asia Pacific region to climate change, disasters, and economic shocks by increasing Australia’s development assistance.


Make Hunger History Campaign

MakeHungerHistory 125Right now, 49 million people are on the brink of famine. Conflict, COVID, climate shocks and now the war in Ukraine, have created the perfect storm for an unprecedented global hunger crisis. In the horn of Africa the worst drought in decades has devastaed crops and livestock across  Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. You can help fight famine with Caritas by writing to your member of parliament , calling for action and creating awareness in your parishes and schools -- all through Caritas' Make Hunger History campaign. 

Bendigo is Ablaze!

Ablaze RobGalea 125For the first time in three years well-known Sandhurst priest, Fr Rob Galea and his band performed live for more than 1200 students over two days at the Ablaze Youth Festival at Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo last week, writes Jenni Kennedy.  

Marist Brothers launch book for Australian Sesquicentenary

Marist 350The Marist Brothers are marking their Australian Sesquicentenary with a new history "Sub Tuum Praesidium: Marist Brothers in Australia 1872-2022’’.  Provincial Peter Carroll sees this new history as significant for the Marist sesquicentenary in Australia – an opportunity ‘to celebrate achievements, apologise for our failures and give thanks to God and all those who have supported us in our life and mission’.
The book reflects on 150-years of Marist Brother communities in Australia and their impact on Australians through education. The authors, Brothers Julian Casey, John Luttrell, Neville Solomon and Peter Rodney, share a broad experience of the Marist story. 

Bishops' Social Justice Statement focuses on domestic and family violence

RESPECT SOcialJusticeStatement 125The Catholic Church in Australia will mark Social Justice Sunday on August 28 this year. The title of the 2022-2023 Social Justice Statement is Respect: Confronting Violence and Abuse; it addresses the issue of domestic and family violence. 
In this statement the Australian Bishops add their voice to global campaigns to confront and call out destructive attitudes and behaviours that lead to life-limiting and long-lasting impacts on many vulnerable members of our families, churches, and society.

Australian Ambassador to the Holy See backs support of women living in poverty 

Caritas Porro 125To commence its annual Women for the World campaign, Caritas Australia last week held an event to celebrate and honour women as leaders across the world.  Addressing the event as special guest was Her Excellency Chiara Porro, the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, who spoke on women’s leadership, the Church and the role of women in development. 
"Women's empowerment and gender equality make countries more stable, less vulnerable to conflict and, in general, better governed. If our aim is to contribute to global stability and prosperity, it therefore makes sense that gender equality and the removal of barriers to women's economic and social inclusion should be central pillars of our foreign policy in Australia," said Ambassador Porro at the event. 

Common Home TV Presents: Reflections on the Plenary Council

CommonHomeTV PLenaryCommon Home TV presents a series of in-depth interviews with experts both national and international, on the process and results of the Plenary Council. Plenary Council Members voted on 30 motions which had emerged over the four-year listening and discerning phase of the Plenary Council.  At the conclusion of the Second Assembly, many of us  have been left with questions. To make sense of the proceedings, Common Home TV is making exclusive interviews with experts available on YouTube. 

Catholic Sector Urges Parliament to Pass Aged Care Reform Bills Quickly

Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the introduction of aged care reform legislation today (Wednesday) and praised the Albanese Government for its commitment to improving quality and standards for the elderly and vulnerable. 
Catholic not-for-profit aged care providers are urging the Parliament to pass the Bills quickly so that they can implement reforms and lift standards. 

CHA Welcomes Royal Commission Aged Care legislation and is ready to get down to work!

Catholic Health Australia welcomes the passage of crucial legislation – the first from the Albanese Government ─ that paves the way for a new and more transparent funding regime for aged-care providers. 
The passage of the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response) Bill 2022 through the Parliament today signals a positive start for the Albanese Government in its pledge to reform the aged-care sector. 

Jubilarian Mass celebrates 200 years of Priestly Service

A1There was much joy at St Kilian’s on 20 July as clergy and parishioners gathered to celebrate and give thanks to four Sandhurst priests for their many years of service in ordained ministry. Bishop Les Tomlinson (50 years), Monsignor Frank Marriott (60 years), Fr Des Welladsen (50 years) and Fr Vin Walsh (50 years).

 World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly Sunday 25 July 

Grandparents2 2022Pope Francis has proclaimed the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July each year, near the feast of Sts Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.  In his message, Pope Francis has encourages the elderly to live this stage of life, "which seems to take us by suprise", to the full, and to make a contribution to what he calls, the revolution of tenderness.

Parishes, schools, aged-care facilities and other ministries are encouraged to find creative ways to celebrate the contribution of older people to their families and communities.

New disability workforce register designed to fill winter support worker shortages

CSSV 125As winter starts to bite, qualified disability support workers are being asked to join a national ‘Winter Relief Workforce’ register designed to cover potential workforce shortages, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan said today.
“The sector faces major workforce challenges as it is but, with winter illnesses and support workers leaving the sector, the pressure is really on,” Mr Sullivan said.

Conference president reflects on his new role, responsibility

Archbishop Costelloe 125As he commences his tenure as president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB sees one of his key tasks as ensuring the bishops “remain united in our service of God’s people”.

Catholic Education Sandhurst Staff gather in Moama 

Cath Ed 125By Jenni Kennedy

On Wednesday 6 July, staff from the Catholic Education Office gathered for a mid-year planning day at the Dungala Event Centre in Moama. The day began with a Welcome to Country by Troy Firebrace and a prayer for inclusion and healing, featuring the magnificent singing voice of Maria Ford.

Be Bold, Brave and Brilliant in Birmingham!

Commonwealth Games 2022By Mary Pianta

With 286 sessions in 20 sports, and 283 gold medals to be won, the athletes from Australia carry the hope of the nation in 2022. The inspirational message they will send every day through their incredible sporting achievements can help bring about social change. Be ready for twelve days of an exciting display of courage and resilience as all athletes make history in Birmingham, from July 28 to August 8.

Preparation and Consultation Meetings begin for the Sandhurst Mission and Pastoral Council 

SMPC 125Dr Chris Cotter and Ruth Lawlor are about to hit the road.  Starting in Wodonga on 27 July, they aim to visit every parish in Sandhurst to facilitate preparation and consultation meetings for the Sandhurst Mission and Pastoral Council.  The meetings are an integral part of a ‘Listening and Dialogue’ process and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions about the SMPC and to have your say.  When established, the Council will support synodal governance in the Diocese through a structure that builds co-responsibility and discernment in leadership and decision making, writes Dr Chris Cotter. 

Sister Mary Anthony celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Mother Anthony Nehra 125The Roswell Poor Clare community has joyfully given thanks for Sr Mary Anthony's 60 years of profession as a Poor Clare Colettine. It has been over a year since Sr Mary Anthony, (known to many in Sandhurst as Mother Anthony) and Sr Clare, left Australia to join the Poor Clares at the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell New Mexico. 

New disability workforce register designed to fill winter support worker shortages

As winter starts to bite, qualified disability support workers are being asked to join a national ‘Winter Relief Workforce’ register designed to cover potential workforce shortages, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan said today.
“The sector faces major workforce challenges as it is but, with winter illnesses and support workers leaving the sector, the pressure is really on,” Mr Sullivan said. 

Caritas: Over 1000 lives lost in Afghanistan to earthquake

Caritas Afghanistan 125The magnitude 6.1 earthquake which hit Afghanistan and Pakistan, in June has caused over 1,000 deaths and a further 1,600 injuries.  The earthquake has proved to be the deadliest in two decades, further devastating a population already struggling with a devastating food crisis from the combined impacts of long-term drought and hunger, COVID-19 and decades of political instability.  
“This latest tragedy is truly heartbreaking for a populace that has already gone through so much,” says Aloysius Canete, Caritas Australia’s Humanitarian Emergencies Lead.  

Bishop celebrates Mass at the parish of his Baptism

StVincentDePaul ShaneVIsit 125By Fr Tony Doran
On Saturday 25 June, Bishop Shane Mackinlay, celebrated the Vigil Mass at St Vincent de Paul, Strathmore, in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, where he was baptised. 

Archbishop Costelloe commences term as Conference president

Archbishop Costelloe 125Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has officially taken over the presidency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, two months after being elected to the post.  The bishops agreed to delay the handover of the role until after the second assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, for which Archbishop Costelloe served as President for more than four years.


Knights of the southern Cross Logo 125px19 August 2022, 7.00 p.m. Moonee Valley Racecourse  

After missing the last two annual dinners due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Knights are looking forward to the 22nd annual Knights of the Southern Cross Archbishop’s Dinner. The Guest Speaker is Emeritus Professor Greg Craven AO, most recently of Australian Catholic University; the compere will be recently retired race caller Bryan Martin; and the Auctioneer will be real estate agent, Bryan Cain.

Catholic Mission’s Workplace Giving campaign: “Together, we can reach out and give life”

CatholicMIssion 125Catholic Mission is launching its Workplace Giving campaign, “Together, we can reach out and give life”, to promote supporting mission programs through payroll deductions. Workplace giving is simple and effective and allows individuals to fund critical mission programs and engage with Catholic Mission through their workplaces.

Caritas Australia receives the Royal Order of Sahametrei from the Cambodian Government

Caritas Cambodia 125Caritas Australia has been awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrei from the Cambodian Government, presented by their partner organisation Caritas Cambodia.The Royal Order of Sahametrei recognises foreign parties who have done a great service to the people and Kingdom of Cambodia. The Royal Order of Sahametrei is conferred primarily on foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia, particularly in the field of external relations and diplomatic services or, as a token of friendship.”

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