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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

CatholicEducationSandhurst LogoBy Jenni Kennedy

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

FrRomeHayes 125By Kerry Stone

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.

An update from the Priests Retirement Foundation

FrOwenDoyle 125Chair of the Priests Retirement Foundation Diocese of Sandhurst, Monsignor Frank Marriott, and Secretary, Fr Andrew Fewings, are pleased to provide an up-date on the Foundation and retired Sandhurst Clergy and asks us to keep retired Sandhurst priests in our thoughts and prayers.

Catholic Church and Network Ten mark 50-year milestone

MassForYouAtHome 125The longest running program on Australian commercial television, Mass for You at Home, celebrated 50 years on our screens when Mass was broadcast into people’s living rooms on August 1.

Short film celebrates 20 years of Opening The Doors Foundation

OpeningTheDoors 125On 4 August, Opening The Doors Foundation will celebrate 20 years of supporting Aboriginal education.  After supporting over 3000 Aboriginal students in their educational journeys, the Foundation wants to share some of their stories of empowerment and success and will launch a short film online film featuring past and present students.

Lockdown -- again!

LockdownAgain 125As the 5-day 'circuit breaker lockdown' announced on 15 July extends to 27 July, Victorian Catholics will again miss opportunities to celebrate the Holy Eucharist.  Fortunately, our Sandhurst clergy are now old hands at zooming and live-streaming Masses and there are many virtual options available to you.

World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly

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Catholic ministries are being encouraged to find creative ways to celebrate the inaugural World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The theme this year is  "I am with you always" (Mt 28: 30). 

Vale Fr John Ware

FrJohnWare 125Rev. Fr John Harold Ware PE passed away at Mercy Health Albury on 9 July 2021. He was 90 years old and in his 67th year of priesthood. The Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Fr John was held on 14 July 2021 at St Mary’s Church, Rutherglen. A heartfelt rendition from the voices of the clergy rang out to the tune of Salve Regina, taking their brother John home.
May he rest in peace.

Thank God Ahead of Time

Adi ORdination BishopLaysHandsRev. Fr Adi Indra reflects on his recent Ordination.  

On Saturday 10 July 2021, I was ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ in our Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Bendigo.After several postponements due to COVID-19 restrictions it finally happened.   Despite public health restrictions, the Ordination Mass was beautifully and prayerfully celebrated.

Baptisms a cause for celebration

StPetersBaptism 125By Jenni Kennedy

It is a joyous occasion to witness the baptism of one child, but on the final day of Term 2, the St Peter’s School community welcomed eight children into the Church family.

The entire school community gathered at St Kilian’s along with the families and Godparents of the children who were to be baptised. Fr Junray presided at the Mass which also celebrated the feast day of St Peter, the patron saint of the school.

Latest Bangladesh lockdown puts refugees at risk

CARITAS Jamila 125As Bangladesh goes into its most severe lockdown yet, Caritas Australia’s partner, Caritas Bangladesh, warns that the lockdown restrictions will have severe consequences on the Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar.

The country of 163 million has seen a deadly resurgence of COVID-19 prompted by the Delta variant, as their national COVID-19 testing rate shows a staggering 20 per cent of people testing positive and alarming spikes in the daily death tolls.

Catholic Sector warns of Covid Blindspot if Community Aged-Care Workers Left out of Vaccine Mandate

CHA 125The largest grouping of non-government aged-care providers urges National Cabinet to extend the mandatory vaccination of the aged-care workforce to include workers providing home-based aged care and support services, or risk leaving a COVID-19 blind spot open.

Prestigious Pro-life Medical Research Grant

Screen Shot 2021 07 07 at 1.10.50 pmAustralian-based medical researchers are invited to apply for a grant of $100,000 to support a diverse range of research all focused on supporting vulnerable human life. This is the 10th pro-life medical research grant offered by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney since 2003.

Hey, Hey It's Awesome!

 

CEO Production5 125By Jenni Kennedy

If all that is old is new again, then one of Australia’s most iconic programs found a new generation to delight this year, when St Augustine’s Primary School Wodonga discovered why 'Hey, Hey it’s Saturday' was one of the nation’s most popular programs for almost three decades.

The long running Australian variety program inspired the schools 2021 musical production which was aptly named, ‘Hey, Hey it’s St A’s!’