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The Apostles' Creed

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“I don’t know about you; however, I must admit that there have been times where I have gone through the motions reciting the Apostles Creed. We often rattle through the words without contemplating their beauty and meaning in our Catholic faith.”

Seminarian, Jackson Saunders, reflects on the Creed. 

Pope sends blessing to MOHMV conference participants

Heart shadow2His Holiness, Pope Francis has invited participants in the fifth Mission: One Heart Many Voices conference, to a “renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, the bond of unity and love.” In a message forwarded by the Apostolic Nunciature to Fr Brian Lucas, National Director of Catholic Mission, Pope Francis sent cordial greetings and good wishes to all those taking part in the three-day conference

The Life and Work of St Mary of the Cross: A View from Sandhurst.

MaryMacKillop BrunswickPart One of a Three part series. 

Mary MacKillop was canonised as St Mary of the Cross and became Australia’s first Saint in 2010 became Australia's first Saint.  In the first of a three-part series, Sandhurst seminarian, Jackson Saunders, looks back at her life, the establishment of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, which she co-founded, and their work in the Sandhurst Diocese.

Applications invited for Study and Mentoring (SAM) Program

SAM Program 2021 125The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Study and Mentoring (SAM) Program offers financial assistance for women undertaking tertiary studies at a recognised theological institution. Core components of the program include opportunities for spiritual direction, mentoring and dialogue with like-minded women.

Humanitarian Emergency in Lebanon Reaches Crisis Point

Lebanon 1By Kerry Stone

With all the crises currently being reported including COVID, climate events and Afghanistan, little is being heard of the disaster unfolding in Lebanon.

Lebanon has reached boiling point from enduring a series of crises that have been escalating over the past 18 months. Today, the population faces a dire humanitarian crisis with the country rapidly running out of power, water, fuel, medicine and food.

Catholic agencies provide relief in Haiti after earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace

Haiti Earthquake destroyed house 1By Kerry Stone

After the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the south of Haiti on Saturday August 14, Catholic agencies, Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) and Caritas Haiti have been working to provide relief to over 75,000 affected families.

Catholics Respond to Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

Afghanistan BorderCrossing 125It is clear many Afghan people, particularly ethnic minorities, women and children, are in great danger in their own country. In addition, more than 5,100 Afghans living in Australia, many with families in Afghanistan, have no certainty about their future in Australia. Kerry Stone shares responses from Caritas Australia, Archbishop Coleridge and Bishop Vincent Long and provides the opportunity to advocate through CAPSA (Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum).

Bendigo Catholics Stand in Solidarity with local Afghan Community

r0 376 4032 2643 w1200 h678 fmax 1Upon hearing and seeing the distressing news coming out of Afghanistan last week, members of the local Afghan community gathered at a Bendigo Catholic Church for a time of prayer and solidarity—just before another lockdown was imposed on regional Victoria.

Paralympians An Inspiration for All

ParalympicGames2020 Tokyo 125By Mary Pianta 

We are only halfway through the Tokyo Paralympic Games and I have watched some of the most talented athletes and heard the most incredible stories. These dedicated athletes refuse to be defined by anything other than talent and will. They are inspiring examples of athletes showing, resilience, courage and skill.

Celebrate God's Creation

GodsCreation 125By Lyn Breen

Today, 1 September, is the first day of Spring and the first day of the Season of Creation. Today, of all days, let's go out and look at the world around us. Let's take in the beauty of God's creation and be reminded of the sacred trust we have, as human beings created in God's image, to care for the earth and care for the poor.

A Disciple of Christ in the World Today

Jackson 125What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ in the world today?

Sandhurst seminarian, Jackson Saunders, reflects on his studies at Catholic Theological College in East Melbourne. One of his favourite subjects has been Moral Theology. Jackson considers how this subject is much more life-giving and exciting than it sounds, as it all about exploring what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in the world today.

Victorian Bishops Call for Justice and Compassion Towards Afghan Community

VictorianBishops SqThe Victorian Bishops have released a pastoral statement expressing their concern for the Afghan community overseas and in Victoria. The Bishops call for justice and compassion to guide the Australian Government's decision making and commit to pray for and welcome all new arrivals from Afghanistan.  

Technology in place for First Plenary Council Assembly

Plenary2020 PortraitSandhurst Plenary Council Members (delegates) Bishop Shane Mackinlay, Fr Joe Taylor VG, Fr Brian Boyle EV, Ms Ruth Lawlor and Ms Cathy Jenkins will use the Chancery as a base to participate in the First Plenary Council Assembly, which will now be held completely online. Bishop Shane said although this is not what was hoped for "... the Holy Spirit can and will work through this assembly, just as the Spirit has led us over the past three and a half years."

Tokyo Paralympics - The Games the World Needs

ParalympicTorchRelay SqMary Pianta, Sandhurst's Disability Contact Coordinator, is looking forward to the Paralympic Games which will start on 24 August. Despite civil resistance in Japan, which is grappling with COVID-19 and is still in a state of emergency, Mary reflects how the Paralympic Games showcase real stories of resilience can fill us with a sense of hope.  The Paralympics are "the Games the world need" writes Mary. 

Sandhurst Plenary Council Members coming to listen

SpiritualityInThePub 125Goulburn Valley Spirituality In the Pub

Monday 30 August 2021 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Terminus Hotel, Shepparton 

As they prepare for the first Assembly of the Plenary Council, Sandhurst members (delegates) Ruth Lawlor and Cathy Jenkins are keen to hear what you think the priorities for the Plenary should be. So come along to share ideas over a counter-meal. 

National Day of Prayer for the Pandemic

AustraliaPrays 12522 August 2021

The National Council of Churches Australia calls us to unite in prayer for a world distressed by the global pandemic. The theme “Lord have mercy” invites us to be especially united in prayer, both individually and, where possible, in our liturgies. To facilitate a national prayer focus, the team at the National Day of Prayer & Fasting is providing a suite of prayer resources and opportunities starting from Monday 16 August.

A Centenary of Love and Devotion

Legion Of Mary 100The Legion of Mary Sandhurst Curia will celebrate 100 years since the Legion of Mary was established. All are invited to join the festivities starting with Mass, followed by Holy Hour and Benediction. Guest speakers will follow before and after lunch.

Top Students Recognised

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Catholic Education Sandhurst students Joshua McInness (Sacred Heart College Yarrawonga) and Abby Smyth (Notre Dame College Shepparton) have both been recognised for their outstanding 2020 VCE study scores by receiving Premier’s Awards.

Bishops Urge Action to Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor

SJS2021 SocialJusticeStatement2021By Kerry Stone
Sandhurst Coordinator Caritas/Justice

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has made an historic commitment to work towards a more sustainable Church in its annual statement promoting social justice.

In the just released Social Justice Statement 2021-22 Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, the bishops commit to a seven-year journey towards ecological sustainability via the seven Laudato Si’ Goals.

Paralympic Games 2020

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The Paralympic Games will open on 24 August. Despite no fans or officials from Australia to support them, the athletes are still excited about being in Tokyo.  All athletes have overcome a severely disrupted lead in to the Games, the year of the pandemic has presented many special challenges.  Mary Pianta shares some of the great stories of sacrifice and dedication of our para-athletes as they trained remotely.

Mons Frank Hickey Celebrates 70 Years of Priesthood

MonsFrankHickey 70thJubilee 125On 22 July 2021, Monsignor Frank Hickey celebrated 70 years as a Catholic Priest. The Parish of Nagambie held celebrations on Sunday 1 August to thank Monsignor Frank for his presence among them and his devoted service to their parish during his retirement years, writes Anne Close. 

Sandhurst responds generously to Project Compassion

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Project Compassion 2021 concluded at the end of the financial year. Last year, Project Compassion 2020 was cut short and, as expected, donations were well down. This year has seen the campaign almost restored to 2019 (pre-COVID) levels and more so in Sandhurst.

Thank you Sandhurst

FrRomeHayes 125Fr Rom Hayes, Sandhurst Diocesan Director for Caritas Australia, writes a letter of thanks to the People of the Sandhurst Diocese for their generosity towards Project Compassion. “God's grace at large in the hearts of you all.”

Bishop Joseph Grech Youth Scholarship 2021

BishopJoeGrech StepsInFaith 125Congratulations are extended to ten worthy scholarship recipients, who attended a virtual awards ceremony on 21 July. 

The scholarship recognises exceptional young people in Sandhurst Secondary Schools who contribute to the life of their Colleges through their commitment to their faith and to social justice; writes Jenni Kennedy

Heart of Life Centre launches 44th Siloam Program

HeartOfLife 125Applications are now open for the 44th Siloam Program which will commence in 2022. The program is Australia's longest running Spiritual Direction Formation Program and is now delivered in-person and online. Potential candidates are encouraged to join the Centre for a taster session on 14 August.

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