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Saints and angels gathered ‘round

CathyJenkinsCathy Jenkins reflects on the month of November,  “the grace-filled month of remembrance that commences with the feasts of All Saints and All Souls.” She is thankful for the privilege of  being able to gather for Sunday Mass, as faith communities to be reminded of the goodness of people, to be drawn in to the mystery of the Eucharistic celebration and to remember with each other. 

International Day of Persons with Disability

InvisibleDisability 125By Mary Pianta

In Australia, there is a higher prevalence of non-visible disabilities than visible disabilities. Invisible or ‘hidden’ disabilities are defined as disabilities that are not immediately apparent. Generally, seeing a person in a wheelchair, wearing a hearing aid, or carrying a white cane tells us that that person may be disabled. But, what about tinvisible disabilities that make daily living a bit more difficult for many people worldwide? 

Caritas Global Gift, Send JOY across the globe

CaritasGlobalGiftsHangingBy Kerry Stone

It has been a tough year for all of us. But, bringing hope to others can also make us feel more hopeful. What better time to spread hope than in the season of giving?
By giving a Global Gift, you’ll bring hope and joy to some of the most vulnerable families in our world. You’ll also bring a smile to your loved ones when they find out you’ve given hope and joy on their behalf.

Super Typhoon Goni strikes Philippines days after Typhoon Quinta

Typhoon Philippines 125Caritas Australia’s partners are on the ground monitoring the impact of Super Typhoon Goni, the world’s most powerful storm this year, which has struck the Philippines and will soon hit Vietnam, only a week after Typhoon Quinta.

CTC Knox Public Lecture

ShereeLimbrick 125Safe Church: Commitment, awareness and action for cultural change

Online via Zoom Thursday 5 November 7-8:30 p.m.

Sheree Limbrick, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL), explores some of the trends and findings emerging from CPSL's audit work, as well as the directions of the groundbreaking framework for the safeguarding of adults.

'Towards New Horizons' Caritas State of the Environment Report

TowardsNew HorizonsCover 125By Kerry Stone 

Caritas Australia has released its latest State of the Environment Report on environmental changes in Oceania - Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. This year’s report titled “Towards New Horizons” includes findings that local indigenous communities are experiencing severe impacts as a result of a changing climate. The Report’s contents provide further impetus for action on this issue. Should you feel motivated to do so, you are invited to join our Sandhurst Care for Creation network.

Fr Novelito Lim marks Five Years as a Priest

FrNOvieVegieGardenBy Christine O'Donaghue

Friday 23 October 2020 marked the fifth anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Father Novelito Lim, affectionally known as Fr Novie. Father Novie is Parish Priest of St Patrick’s Kerang, St Mary’s Cohuna and St Patrick’s Pyramid Hill. Father celebrated his day with Mass and a morning tea with ten Kerang parishioners, followed by a luncheon at the Kerang Presbytery with another ten parishioners, then a dinner in Pyramid Hill.

Fr Patrick Kearns, a legacy in building community

kearns pat 125The proposed re-naming of the former St Malachy’s presbytery to the Kearns Centre after Fr Patrick Kearns, the first parish priest at Nagambie, prompted diocesan archivist Dr Donna Bailey to find out more about this extravagant, idiosyncratic and much-loved pioneering priest.

Resources for Parish Renewal

OpenParishDoorThe titles ‘Divine Renovation’ and ‘Rebuilt Parish’ processes and resources for parish renewal are becoming more widely known in Australia. Each movement has developed a substantial international presence, with books, resources and practical ideas offered on comprehensive websites, social media, podcasts, webinars, direct coaching and more. The Divine Renovation network has now established an Australasian base.

St Malachy's Presbytery finds new life as The Kearns Centre 

KearnsCentre 125After 16 years of vacancy, the former St Malachy’s Presbytery will soon be buzzing with life and laughter as it re-emerges as the Kearns Centre, home to Nagambie Lakes Community House. The restoration of this elegant heritage building is a testament to the vision and hard work of the Nagambie Parish Council.

Victorian dioceses unite to enhance Catholic social services to those in need

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On 1 January 2021, CatholicCare Sandhurst will merge with Centacare Ballarat and CatholicCare Melbourne/Gippsland to form a new entity CatholicCare Victoria.

“It’s a really exciting prospect, which will allow us to build on the mission we share, to build on the strengths of each organisation and make those strengths and expertise more available across the whole state” said Bishop Shane Mackinlay.

Assist A Student Program

Assist A Student 125The St Vincent de Paul’s Society's  ‘Assist a Student Program’ gives you the opportunity to provide funding to support the education of a student in one of their partner countries for one year.  In 2020, the program is supporting 2,400 students in Cambodia, Indonesia, Kiribati, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

World Polio Day, 24 October

PolioDayPicBy Mary Pianta 

World Polio Day is observed on October 24 every year, to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, the researcher who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. He developed the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (1955), after which Albert Sabin developed the oral vaccine which came into use in 1961.

Leadership Program for Young Women

YoungWomenLeadership 125Applications are now open for an Australian Women’s Leadership Program. The Leadership for Mission program, a joint initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Catholic University, is designed by and for women who are inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person.

CRA supports the spirit and direction of the Light from the Southern Cross Report

CRACatholic Religious Australia (CRA) supports the spirit and direction of The Light from the Southern Cross Report (the Report) and its vision for the Church. The ecclesiology, scriptural and theological basis for the Report is strong and relevant for a healthy Church in the third millennium.

Parishes Stepping Up to Care for Creation

CareForCommonHomeTree 125Lyn Breen reports on a lively sharing of ideas and initaives at the 'Care for Our Common Home'  Zoom gathering of 9 October.  Parishioners  from parishes across the diocese shared ideas about ways to 'care for our common home',  and reported on projects and initiatives their parishes are undertaking to be more sustainable.

New resources from Catholic Earthcare

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By Kerry Stone

We have just emerged from the Season of Creation but we are in the midst of the Anniversary Year of Laudato Si' declared by Pope Francis in May to celebrate five years since the publication of his encyclical.

Catholic Earthcare, a program of Caritas Australia, has produced a wonderful new resource for parishes to guide reflection and action, based on the multi-year roll-out plan for action outlined by Pope Francis when he declared the Anniversary Year.

Pathways for Families 2021

Pathways for families 2021 125pxThe Sandhurst Diocese ‘Pathways for Families 2021’ online resource contains a wide variety of live links to information, networks and resources to enrich, interest and support families in their continuing journeys in Faith, Prayer, Spirituality, Connections to the wider community, and much more.

The View From Home (October 2020)

Jackson October 125By Jackson Saunders

As the finish line for the 2020 academic year approaches, Jackson Saunders, reflects upon finishing studies for the year within the parish in his monthly column, The View from Home.

St Peter's Preps celebrate 
100 days of learning 

100DaysPrepphoto 125By Olivia Keating 

After a start-stop start-stop start to the year, Foundation students at St Peter’s Primary School in North Bendigo have just celebrated 100 days of learning in an ingenious and fun-filled way.  No doubt these students are thrilled to back in a school environment and with such amazing teachers: what student wouldn't be?

A special Vinnies Commissioning captured on Camera

StVincnetDePaul2 125By Jackson Saunders

St Therese’s Kennington parishioner, Barb Anglin, has been officially commissioned as the North East Central Council President of St Vincent de Paul Society. Her role encompasses an area including the Sandhurst Diocese and beyond.

Looking back on my first year as Bishop

Shane Ordination 125By Bishop Shane Mackinlay

October 2020
The first anniversary of a new home, a wedding, a new job or a new school often prompts two contrasting responses: ‘Where did the year go?’ and ‘Before this, feels like another world away!’  

Care for Creation - What Can We Do?

IMG 4455 (1)YOU ARE INVITED to a ‘Zoom’ gathering THIS FRIDAY 9th October 2.00-3.00 pm to discuss suggestions for action to ‘Care for Our Common Home’, including a Parish Environmental Audit tool to adapt for local situations, and further resources.

This invitation is for parish leaders, parishioners, community groups & networks, families and individuals. *An evening ‘Zoom’ gathering will be offered later in October. To receive zoom link for Friday 9th October zoom gathering email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Click Read More for additional Resources

Our journey to the Plenary Council continues.

Plenary2020 PortraitThe Covid pandemic has graced us with an opportunity to continue the process of prayerful discernment as we prepare for the Plenary. Sandhurst Diocese responded enthusiastically to the first phases of consultation and discussion. The responses of all the Australian dioceses have now been gathered into six thematic papers which now guide this stage of further prayerful discernment. A suggested program for our Diocese on how we can prayerfully reflect with these papers has been formulated.

Friendship and solidarity key themes in Pope Francis’ letter

Pope SignA world that looks beyond a global pandemic with no roadmap can find one in Pope Francis’ new encyclical, which Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “is not just for believers but for the entire human family”.

Published on 4 October, the Pope’s third encyclical is entitled Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sisters All) – words taken from St Francis of Assisi, who the Pope says has inspired what he writes.