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The National Catholic Education Commission looks forward to progress on religious protections that enable Catholic schools to continue to operate according to their values and beliefs. 

WeddingRing 125Dale Wright, long-standing parishioner at St Brendan’s Shepparton, recounts a story about the loss of his wedding ring.  He shared this heartfelt reflection at the Married Couples Weekend Masses at St Brendan’s in early October.

Nine in ten Australians believe the biggest polluters should pay for the impacts of climate change. Polling, commissioned by Caritas Australia to coincide with COP27, finds climate change is the biggest global concern for two thirds of Australians, easily outranking armed conflict, even as war rages in Ukraine. 

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Mr Paul Desmond, Chief Executive Officer of Sandhurst Catholic Early Childhood Education and Care Limited (SCECE&C Ltd), welcomes the announcement of a $1.8 million grant from the Victorian Government to establish a new Early Learning Centre at St Joseph’s School in Nagambie.

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BishopLes 125Bishop Leslie Tomlinson, Bishop Emeritus of Sandhurst, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving on 21 August 2022 at St Gregory the Great Church in Doncaster.  Surrounded by family and friends, he said he was humbled to think of all of the love and support which had been a constant over his fifty years of priesthood.  
 
“To love God and to love God’s people is at the very centre of a priest’s existence. To live that out in prayer and service, is the way that priests make sense of their life and find meaning.”
NCPR 125The National Centre for Pastoral Research is inviting groups of seven to 10 people to express their interest in participating in the next round of consultation for the global Synod of Bishops on Synodality.
 
The Document for the Continental Stage, which is drawing content provided in national syntheses from around the world, as well as contributions from Eastern Churches, religious institutes, lay movements and other groups, has recently been published.

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Father Vin Walsh celebrated his 50th Jubilee on 20 May this year.  Greg Walsh shares a reflection which Fr Vin wrote for the Easter 2020 edition of Parish Talk, the Wodonga Parish newsletter.  As you will read, Fr Vin suggests he is a vessel for God’s work, a local working in the vineyard of our Lord.

FrDesWelladsen 125Fr Des Welladsen says he can take you back to the seat where he was sitting at Mass one day when he felt an overwhelming feeling that he needed to give priesthood a serious go.  “I had this very strong feeling that I just had to have a go,” he said.  
 
On his calling to the priesthood Fr Des said, “I guess there was always something rumbling in there; I had an uncle who was a Redemptorist priest, but initially confidence was an issue I think.”
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Students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat were proud to show their families the fruits of their hard work over the course of their integrated inquiry lessons at a “Celebration of the Arts” gala event to launch the students’ art exhibition, complete with the fanfare of a recital from the school’s instrumental students. 
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The official Opening and Blessing of the new Learning Centre at Borinya Wangaratta Community Partnership took place in Wangaratta on Thursday 27 October.
 
Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Dozer performed the Welcome to Country and Bishop Shane Mackinlay blessed and opened the new facilities. The Chair of the Advisory Council, Danny O'Donoghue spoke about the rich history of Borinya school which commenced in 2009.
 
MarianFestival A168603 125The Sacred Heart Cathedral bells heralded the return of hundreds of pilgrims to the Marian Festival after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. The large group of pilgrims included members of the Indian, Burmese, Filipino, Italian, Maltese and Croatian communities from Melbourne and across Victoria, as well as local supporters.

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Catholic education has welcomed the Albanese Government’s first budget and commitments to additional university teaching places, early childhood education and student wellbeing. National Catholic education acting executive director. Sally Egan said the government’s first budget has focused on a number of critical areas for education.

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The Federal Budget highlighted the Government’s values by making it clear that low-income and disadvantaged people will not be left behind as the community faces enormous economic and structural budget challenges. 
 
Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan, said today that the Budget was more of a scene setter than a road map.
 
“The additional $560 million in funding for housing, domestic violence and Indigenous services is an indicator of the Government’s commitment to the sector.
Private health insurance firms have dramatically increased their spending on management expenses while pulling the handbrake on paying benefits to their members over the past four years, sparking calls from Catholic Health Australia for greater oversight of the industry.
 
In the 2022 financial year, the funds collectively poured an extra $389 million into management expenses compared with 2019 ─ an increase of 17.43 per cent, according to an analysis of APRA data. 
CHA 125Australia’s not-for-profit Catholic aged-care providers saw many positives in a Budget that outlined the funding and priorities of the Albanese Government.
 
Peak advisory body Catholic Health Australia says the Budget’s $3.9bn in additional aged-care investment was a down payment on future aged-care reforms and the election commitments of the Albanese government.
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Caritas Australia welcomes the Australian Government’s commitment of $1.4 billion towards aid and development over the next four years.  The Labor Government has focused on supporting Australia’s region, with an increase of $900 million to the Pacific and Timor-Leste and $470 million to Southeast Asia.   
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As part of their visit to Australia to compete in the 2022 UCI Road World Championships, the first-ever Vatican World Cycling Team joined Caritas Australia to learn about truth-telling and reconciliation. 
 
The Vatican team, along with Archbishop Charles Balvo, the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, visited Caritas Australia’s office in Sydney to spend a morning with Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation, to learn about Australia’s history of kidnapping Aboriginal children from their families and communities.  
CSSA LogoThe Albanese Government has today released a new, 10-year national strategy, designed to end family, domestic, and sexual violence against women and children within one generation.
 
The National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022–2032, which has been agreed to by all states and territories, aims to guarantee all levels of government work towards the same goal − ensuring that women and children are safe in all our communities.
CSSA LogoNearly 200,000 Australians will have their robodebt reviews wiped as the Federal Government scraps investigations into the controversial Coalition scheme introduced in 2015.
 
The Social Services Minister, Amanda Rishworth, has confirmed her department wouldn’t continue investigations.  “The robodebt fiasco is something that should be of deep concern to all Australians,” she said. “It was meant to save money; however, we know it had a significant human cost.”
CSSA LogoThe proposal by the Federal Government to establish a new alternative dispute resolution process for people caught up in NDIS disputes would make the process of appealing a decision faster and easier.
 
Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Australia, Ms Monique Earsman, said any genuine attempt to assist those struggling with the NDIA bureaucracy is welcome.
Catholic Health Australia logoCatholic Health Australia says Peter Shergold’s findings into the way Australia handled the COVID pandemic reminds us of our duty to look after the most vulnerable in society. 
 
The independent review by a panel chaired by Mr Shergold concluded that policies were “designed and implemented without proper regard for the inequalities that already existed in our society and the vulnerabilities of particular communities”. 

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Sunday 6 November at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo 

 

3.00 - 4.00 p.m. Thomas Heywood Recital 

4.30 p.m.  Sung Evening Prayer 

Fiesta 2108th Migrant and Refguee Sunday, 25 September 2022 

 

Across the Diocese on Migrant and Refugee Sunday, we remembered the difficult journeys which migrants and refugees have made to start a new life in Australia. We acknowledged the heartbreak in leaving home and the challenges of being new in a land with a different culture and even language. We also celebrated the gifts migrants and refugees bring to Australia, enriching our life with “beautiful diversity”, as Pope Francis has called it in his recent message for this day.
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