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).

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

SMPC 125Dr Chris Cotter and Ruth Lawlor aim to visit every Parish in the Diocese of 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. 

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. 
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 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.  
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 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.

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 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.”

Caritas Ethiopia 125Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: After three years of poor rainfall, some of the worst locust plagues in decades, ongoing conflict and now the impacts of the war in Ukraine, the Horn of Africa is currently facing what is potentially the worst food crisis we have seen in our lifetime. 
Over 14 million people across Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are on the verge of starvation and this number is rising rapidly. In Ethiopia, where the situation is dire with millions starving, Caritas Australia CEO Kirsty Robertson is meeting this week with Caritas Ethiopia and other in-country partners to assess the response needed to this crisis.
CSSV 125Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV)  has welcomed the decision by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to restore the $750 pandemic isolation payment, acknowledging the urgent need to address Australia’s ballooning number of COVID cases and hospitalisations.
CSSV 125One of Australia’s leading social services groups has urged the federal government to continue providing free rapid antigen tests to vulnerable groups as Australians face increased COVID numbers and hospitalisations.
The scheme, introduced in January this year, provides Pensioner Concession Card, Low Income Health Care Card, and Seniors Card holders, with up to 10 free rapid tests over three months.

StPeters Hero 125As the St Peter’s school community prepares to celebrate 50 years this weekend, Co-Principals Jenny Roberts and Michael Chalkley visited Foundation Principal, Sr Kathleen Slattery to present her with the first copy of the St Peter's 50th anniversary commemorative book which was hot off the press!

Sr Kathleen was appointed to St Peter’s in 1971 prior to the opening of the school the following year. There were 72 students at the first roll call, and she was the only teacher with support from a young girl called Christine Gardiner.

CSSV 125Plenary Blog by Francis Sullivan, Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia 

I am just in from the official celebratory dinner. It was held in the Cathedral College Hall the very same room where the Assembly conducted it daytime sessions. It was a fun night. Council members, Plenary staff and support crews mixed freely after what has been an exacting week.

ClosingMass Costelloe 350Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has encouraged Council Members to continue relying upon the Holy Spirit as they move into the future.

Archbishop Costelloe was the principal celebrant and homilist at the closing Mass of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday morning.

20220709 ClosingSession Costelloe Mackinlay 350The nine-month celebration phase of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia ended on Saturday, with Council Members standing and applauding as president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB formally declared the Council closed.

In addition to celebrating the final Mass on Saturday morning, Members also approved a concluding statement signed by all Members of the assembly, reflecting on the discernment that took place over those days. The statement said the Council had been an “expression of the synodality that Pope Francis has identified as a key dimension of the Church’s life in the third millennium”.

AB COstelloe 125At the Council’s opening session on Monday 4 July, the Members of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia were invited to carry “a deep consciousness of who we are” as the People of God, called to discipleship in the Australian context.
As president of the Plenary Council, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB opened the first day of deliberations with an address to its Members, acknowledging the failure of the Church to live up to this calling.

MacBethGreen 125The Members of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia were urged to “cling to the cross” and “ask the Holy Spirit to help us” as they commenced the Council’s second assembly on Sunday evening.

The opening Mass of the second assembly began with a heartfelt Welcome to Country ceremony that included an apology to First Nations peoples on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday.

CSSV 125As the Government begins drafting terms of reference for a Robodebt Royal Commission, a key outcome must be that the poor and vulnerable are never left at the mercy of such massive government maladministration and heartless automation ever again.
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