ACBC Logo 125From  Bishop Shane Mackinlay

"In early February, I was one of seven bishops ordained in the past couple of years who gathered in Canberra for a four-day seminar to assist us as we settle into this new ministry." 

Lent2022 125px‘Going Forward Together ... ’ is the theme of the Sandhurst Diocese Lent leaflets for 2022.

“Synodality starts with coffee.”
Sr Nathalie, Becquart, Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops.

CoffeeConversations HeroAll of us now have an opportunity to make a submission to the Bishops Synod on Synodality and have our voice heard by those right at the top of the Global Church. All you need to do is download the Coffee Conversations guide, gather with a few friends, family members or colleagues and chat about some of the questions. Work together to summarise your answers to the questions and make an online submission. As long as your conversation is open, honest, respectful, prayerful (and even brave) you can’t go wrong.

So why not take up Pope Francis’ invitation and participate in this global conversation?

By Mary Pianta

Aust YearEach year, our nation celebrates the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements, and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia.
Tennis star and Paralympian, Dylan Alcott was named Australian of the Year for 2022. He is a champion who has risen to the top of the world rankings through sheer grit and determination.

CatholicMission HeroIn 2022, Catholic Mission will celebrate key anniversaries as a global mission agency. These celebrations include 200 years of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, and the beatification of its founder, Pauline Jaricot. With great anticipation, Catholic Mission is looking forward to celebrating these momentous occasions with donors and supporters throughout Australia.

WorldDayOfTheSick Pat Garcia As the pandemic enters its third year, the World Day of the Sick this Friday (11 February) will pay tribute to the valuable work that Catholic health institutions undertake, not just in Australia, but around the world.

In his message to mark the 30th World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis spoke directly to healthcare workers, recognising the importance of their work as infection rates and deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise.

Fr Joseph Edward Harte OAM (13 March 1933 – 2 January 2022)

FrTed HarteSandhurst has said its last farewell to one of its longest serving and beloved priests, Fr Ted Harte. Born in Warrnambool Fr Harte was ordained a priest in Shepparton in 1966 at the age of 33. He served as Assistant Priest in Wangaratta, then Shepparton, and was Parish Priest at White Hills for 37 years, until his retirement in 2017. He also served as Chaplain at the Anne Caudle Centre and Bendigo Hospice.

Earthcare Families ENewsPope Francis is calling us to commit to living out Laudato Si’ in our own lives and to work towards the 7 goals of the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform. Catholic Earthcare Families provides a structure to help families understand integral ecology* and live life more simply, responding to the cry of the earth and cry of the poor. Why not join a committed community of Catholics around the world who are endeavouring to live out Laudato Si’ in their own lives and create a significant legacy for your children in doing so?

Ambassador Australia FromVatican ArchbishopCHarlesDanielBalvoPope Francis has announced that American Archbishop Charles Balvo, a veteran of the Vatican’s diplomatic service for more than 30 years, will serve as the next Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.
Archbishop Balvo, currently the Vatican’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, was born in New York City and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York in 1976.

AspergysDayBy Mary Pianta
Disability Contact Coordinator

February 18 – International Asperger’s Day – marks the anniversary of Hans Asperger’s birth, (a Viennese paediatrician) and reflects on the contribution he made to the understanding of autism. This event aims to highlight the significance of Asperger’s Syndrome for both society and individuals. Feel free to wear blue next week to raise awareness for this developmental disorder.

Safeguarding AnnualProgressReport2021The fourth Annual Progress Report report from the Catholic Church to the National Office for Child Safety was published in December 2021. The report outlines initiatives across over 50 Catholic entities as they continue to strengthen their efforts to keep all people safe in Church settings.

“The Church values each child in our midst. Yet our shameful past reveals that we let down too many children and many thousands were abused in our settings. We are resolved to strengthen our commitment to children by placing their safety front and centre in our mission,” wrote Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Bishops Conference and Br Peter Caroll FMS, President, Catholic Religious Australia.

Lyn Breen 125On 27 January a virtual Farewell was held online for Adult Faith Education Co-ordinator, Lyn Breen, who has retired after 16 years of commitment to mission in the Diocese of Sandhurst as Adult Faith Education Coordinator.

Today, for me, is very much a celebration of all the people who have been part of Adult Faith Education Sandhurst through the years. There are so very many groups, communities, and individuals, who deserve my heartfelt thanks, and too many to name them all,” said Lyn.

Afghan HeroBishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Social Justice, Mission and Service, says at least 20,000 more humanitarian places are needed for people fleeing Afghanistan.

Catholic bishops were among those to advocate for a generous response from the Australian Government, supported by faith-based and community groups, to welcome Afghans looking to escape after the Taliban seized power last year.

PrayerCards ForCHristmasAdult Faith Education Officer, Lyn Breen has selected two prayers. 

"Keeping Christmas," by Henry Van Dyke
"I am There," by Karl Rahner S.J.

BishopShane Portrait Colour 125"May this Christmas be a time of joy, healing and hope for each of you, and for your families and loved ones. May our celebration of Jesus' birth remind us that we can trust always in the God who dwells in our midst and leads us to himself."

GooseGame 125The Diocese of Palencia (Spain) has developed a board game which simplifies the questions and encourages participation from young people in a fun way.  Responses to the ‘Goose Game’ can be uploaded as a Group Submission; all just in time for the Summer holidays.

Principal Michael Delaney 125With gratitude, faith and compassion.

Principal of St Joseph’s College, Echuca, Michael Delaney, has retired after 43 years of dedication to Catholic Education including 23 years as a school principal. He reflects on the ways the philosophy of St John Bosco, and the charisms of the three schools he has worked in, have influenced his way of teaching, and his way of being.

FrRomHayes JubilarianMass 1A Mass for jubilarians Monsignor Frank Hickey and Fr Romuald Hayes, who have served as priests for over 70 years and 50 years respectively, was celebrated by Bishop Shane Mackinlay at St Kilian’s Church, Bendigo on Tuesday 14 December. Bishop emeritus, Leslie Tomlinson and many priests of the Diocese joined the celebrations. The Mass was originally planned for June and had been postponed twice.

Lyn Breen 125After 16 years of dedicated service as Adult Faith Education Coordinator in the Diocese of Sandhurst, Lyn Breen has announced that she will be retiring early in the new year.


Lyn Christmas 125Online Resources compiled by Lyn Breen 

Adult Faith Education Coordinator, Lyn Breen, has compiled a list of resources to assist with prayer and reflection during the final days of Advent and at Christmas. The resources include, meditations and messages from Pope Francis, prayers, 'The Chosen' TV series, the 'Jesus of Nazareth Film', prayer tools, and online Masses, including Mass celebrated by Fr Rob Galea. 

Sheila headshot 125The end of the 2021 school year marks the end of an era at Mooroopna. Teacher, Sheila Griffin, has retired after 50 years of service at St Mary's Primary School.

Sheila’s love of children and her passion to teach has inspired the minds of countless young people, and her legacy as a contemporary leading teacher who was always looking for new methods to assist children with learning, will live on for many years.

Housing PRicesRenters in regional Australia are facing forced evictions as inflation pressures push up the cost of housing and COVID 19 forces mass exodus from bigger cities. Booming rental prices in regional areas have led to an increase in tenants being evicted without cause according to the Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan.

Synod 2Across the world, the consultation phase of  Synod 2021-2023: For a Synodal Church is well underway.  In Australia, the National Centre for Pastoral Research (NCPR) has been charged with collating responses to the Synod questions and reports that there have already been over 83 completed responses through their online submission portal and a further 89 submissions have commenced.

Plenary FirstAssembly ProposalsReports and proposals of small groups at the First Assembly of the Plenary Council have been documented and collated into one document. The report published on 9 December, includes reports and proposals for consideration relating to the 16 questions put to members at the First Assembly.

Theology ScholarshipSemester II 

The Diocese is again offering scholarships for Sandhurst parishioners to study theology at a post-graduate level in 2022.  The initiative aims to support the mission formation of parishioners who, are already in or are seeking pastoral leadership roles in the Diocese.  The courses will be delivered online by Catholic Theological College Melbourne.

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