Social Justice Statement Released


SocialJusticeStatement 1To Live Life to the Full: Mental health In Australia Today 

In a decades-long tradition, the Catholic Bishops of Australia speak out together on a major social issue to mark Social Justice Sunday. Their statement is aimed at inspiring reflection and action for the following twelve months. This year’s statement, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, aims to encourage faith communities, governments and each one of us, to make mental health a priority. It is a timely message in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social Justice Sunday will be celebrated on 30 August.

Social Justice Sunday will be celebrated on 30 August.

Knights Still Fundraising for Sandhurst Seminarians

archbishopsDinnerSquareCarmine Miranda, State Chairman of the Knights of the Southern Cross is disappointed the Annual Archbishop’s Dinner scheduled for 21 August 2020 did not proceed due to coronavirus. Nevertheless, fundraising for the training of seminarians and priests continues.


Catholic Earthcare invites you to Convocation

ConvocationLogo 125The Catholic Earthcare community invites you to join them to welcome the Season of Creation at Convocation. Online throughout September, Convocation is a significant event with an amazing range of themes and speakers. It’s a unique source of information and inspiration about ‘Care for Creation’ from a Catholic perspective. All sessions are online and all are free.

Vinnies Launches Strategic Plan

SVDP LOGO 125The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society has launched a strategic plan which lays out a blueprint for the next three years and sets the foundations for the next decade. "It will bring about a stronger, more intergrated Society that, as we enter what might well be the most difficult period in Australia's redent history, positions us to mee the new and unceratin challenges that lie ahead," said National Preseident, Ms Claire Victory. "

Fr Andrew Fewings' 40th Jubilee

FrFewings FirstCOmmunion 125This Saturday, Fr Andrew Fewings celebrates forty years of priesthood.  Ordained on 15 August in 1980 at Sacred Heart Cathedral,  Fr Andrew is one of the few priests to have received all of his sacraments in the Diocese of Sandhurst and most of them in the one Parish.  Born and raised in Bendigo, he studied at Corpus Christi College and later at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He was Director of Religious Education at the Sandhurst Catholic Education Office for ten years and served as parish priest in various parishes across the Diocese.  Now Parish Priest of Kennington Parish, where he was baptised, Fr Andrew writes about his forty years as a diocesan priest and how staying in place has taken him far.


Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

 MaryMacKillopStatue 1258 August was the Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross. Well-planned festivities to celebrate her Feast Day in the tenth year since her canonisation on 17 October 2010, have been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, there were Masses across the country to celebrate her legacy, many of which can be viewed online. Sr Geraldine Larkins RSJ was the Lector at the St Kilians 10:00am Mass on Sunday 9 August, representing the Sisters of St Joseph in the Diocese of Sandhurst.   

COVID-19 It's not over until it's over for everyone

Covid-19 Not over until its over of all As COVID-19 continues to impact parts of Australia, millions of people around the world are also dealing with the impacts of the virus. Many of these communities were already facing poor sanitation, overcrowding and limited access to healthcare. How can you combat COVID-19 without access to adequate sanitation and healthcare?

Caritas Australia has joined churches and aid agencies for #EndCOVIDForAll, a pledge of support that will be taken to government to show our support for vulnerable communities, because it’s not over until it’s over for everyone.

Lebanon Disaster Response

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Beirut and the Lebanese community here in Australia at this time of enormous heartbreak and loss. Caritas Australia has committed to provide immediate response in the form of crucial financial support as part of its already established Middle East Regional Appeal and deliver essential services through its in-country staff and partners.

"The Journey is My Destination"

Adonis Lector 125Adonis Peña reflects on two years as a Sandhurst seminarian.

The end of July marked significant milestones for third-year Sandhurst seminarian Adonis Peña. He celebrated another birthday and two years since his arrival in Australia.  Affectionately known as ‘Don’, and recognisable to many as altar server and lector at the livestreamed St Kilian’s Sunday Mass,  Adonis reflects on his first two years at Corpus Christi College and reveals why he’s now an Essendon supporter and parmigiana connoisseur.

Mary MacKillop an Icon

MaryMacKillop 125Diane Corro discusses the icon and the woman

"There is so much about Mary MacKillop that inspired me to want to make an icon of her"  says Josephite Associate Diane Corro.  Covid-19 restrictions have given the Josephite a little more time for iconography, which she has discovered is a deeply meditative and prayerful process.  To celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross, Diane shares her icon and thoughts about Mary MacKillop.

COVID-19 Prayer for Victoria

CovidPrayer 125We trust Victorians will remain resilient, as we struggle through a second-wave of hte COVID-19 pandemic. We offer a prayer written by Daniel Giles, 'COVID-19 Prayer for Victoria', which can be downlaoded from the Diocese of Sandhurst website. 

Sandhurst Welcomes seminarian Ezekiel Hangan

Ezekiel Hangan 125pxHaving considered the advice of the Consultors, Bishop Shane has accepted an application from Ezekiel Hangan to become a seminarian for the Diocese of Sandhurst. Ezekiel is currently a third-year student at Corpus Christi College, Carlton.  While he grew up in Melbourne, Ezekiel has had a long association with Bright, where he spent childhood holidays visiting his grandparents.  Ezekiel looks forward to participating in Sandhurst life one Covid-19 restrictions ease. 

Please pray for Sr Catherine Anne Dean RSJ

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Much loved Josephite, Sr Catherine Anne Dean passed away on Thursday 23 July, at St Vincent’s Hospital ICU after several months of ill health. Sr Cathy was loved for her vitality, generosity and caring nature. Her Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on Tuesday 28 July, at 12:00 noon. 

Thank you Sandhurst: Project Compassion 2020

Fr Rom at Launch of PC20 in the Diocese of SandhurstIn 2020 Project Compassion morphed into the COVID-19 APPEAL.  As could be expected, overall donations were down compared to the year before. Nevertheless, the people of Sandhurst can be extremely proud of their generous contirbution in 2020.  "It is evident that we, the people of Sandhurst, take seriously our Lenten Project Compassion and see it as our faith put into action for the poorest of the poor" says Father Rom Hayes

In a Good Place Program: Grants of up to $20,000 available

In A Good Place ProgramGrants of up to $20,000 are now available to not-for-profit organisations throughout rural, regional and remote Australia to support projects that improve and strengthen the mental health of their communities through the In a Good Place (IAGP) Program.

Sponsored by CCI Giving, a perpetual foundation established with a $10 million contribution from Catholic Church Insurance Limited, the program provides support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues to seek help.

Disability and Theology

Daniel Giles highly recommends reading “‘Us’ Not ‘Them’: Disability and Catholic Theology and Social Teaching” by Fr Justin Glyn.Why are people with disability, illness or injury considered a special group of people, when we all experience human limitations? Daniel Giles reflects on this and other refreshing theological ideas around disability discussed in a book by Fr Justin Glyn, a Jesuit with a lived experience of disability. If you’d like a greater theological understanding of disability, Daniel Giles highly recommends reading “‘Us’ Not ‘Them’: Disability and Catholic Theology and Social Teaching” by Fr Justin Glyn.

Meet Mary, Our new Disability Contact Coordinator

Mary - Disability contact, Catholic Diocese of SandhurstMrs Mary Pianta has been appointed to the role of Disability Contact Coordinator, on a voluntary basis. Mary will liaise with parishes to identify the services, guidelines and specific pastoral care available for people with a disability and their families, and participate in a national network of disability contact coordinators to pool resources and information to support the participation of people with a disability and their families in the faith life of the Church.

Year in Review 2019

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We are pleased to share with you the Year in Review 2019 from the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst. The Year in Review shares highlights, reports and financial information regarding our activity in this diocese of the Catholic Church, a region covering North East Victoria, including such cities as Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton and Bendigo. This activity includes our parishes, healthcare facilities, schools, social works and specialised ministries. During the disruption of coronavirus in 2020, the Year in Review 2019 is a welcome reminder of more normal times and the vitality, growth and strength of our cherished local communities.

Bishop Mackinlay commissions Review of the Diocese

Catholic Diocese Of Sandhurst - Diocesan OfficeAfter seven very busy months meeting clergy, parishioners and board members in parishes and schools across the Diocese, Bishop Shane has commissioned a formal review of current and potential structures of the Diocese. The results of the review will assist and support Bishop Shane in planning for the future of the Diocese by identifying effective structures for the strategic, consultative and administrative needs of the diocese. The review aims to find ways to best embed contemporary standards of good governance, while respecting the authority and responsibilities of the Bishop, and observing the requirements of the Code of Canon Law.

Online Courses for Faith Education and Ministry Formation

Sacred Heart Cathedral, BendigoLife has changed. The challenges and opportunities of living during a pandemic have drawn upon our capacities to adjust and adapt, be hopeful, creative and learn new ways to stay connected with others. There are many online resources to enrich your journey in faith, and we have some options for you to explore. Lyn Breen, Adult Faith Education Sandhurst, suggests quality online courses to develop faith understanding and skills for a parish ministry.

When in Rome… news from Deacon Adi Indra

Seminarian Adi Indra in RomeRev. Deacon Adi Indra has had an unusual time in Rome as he continues his studies in Canon Law and prepares for his Ordination to the Priesthood in in September. When Italy went into lockdown Adi’s college community shrunk from 180 people to only 24. For the first time, Australians became the majority at North American College. We can only imagine how this experience has galvanised their friendships as they walked empty corridors…

Genazzano a Bishop’s ‘Country Residence’

Genazzano - Sandhurst DioceseHigh on a hill as if reaching for the heavens, the stately Victorian residence Genazzano was bought by Bishop Crane and Bishop Reville in 1888 and has been home to several Sandhurst Bishops since.

Today, surrounded by new houses in the Sandhurst Crest subdivision it is the home of Bishop Shane Mackinlay.

To read more from Sandhurst Archivist, Dr Donna Bailey about the construction and residential history of Genazzano

A New Era for School Governance

Bishop Mackinlay Schools GovernanceHaving carefully considered the report of the Working Party, I have accepted its recommendation of ‘incorporating all parish schools into one integrated diocesan system under the auspices of the Diocese of Sandhurst.’ I have now commissioned the Working Party to commence phase two of its task: Mapping a clear Incorporation and School Governance Implementation Plan.

Caritas Australia and our Catholic Schools

St Joseph's School Cobram Caritas K's eventCatholic schools are called to live the gospel (love our neighbour) and, in doing this, be guided by Catholic Social Teaching. In summary, a call to uphold dignity, end poverty and promote justice which is how Caritas Australia expresses its aims. Through engagement with both students and teachers, Caritas brings Catholic Social Teaching to life and encourages the concept of ‘think globally, act locally’!

2020 Wheel of Prayer Day

Wheel of PrayerSeeking inspiration to cultivate a flourishing prayer life?
Then join us for our ‘Wheel of Prayer Day’ and explore different forms of prayer to help you sustain a powerful and effective private prayer practice.

This year, the ‘Wheel of Prayer Day’ will be offered live online via ‘Zoom’ on Saturday 8 August 2020. The day will begin with an introductory reflection and the Prayer of the Church (or ‘Liturgy of the Hours’) led by Bishop Shane Mackinlay. Four 45-minute workshops, each offering a brief introduction and experience of prayer will follow.