Ave Sacer Christi

Dominic 125“He who sings well, prays twice.”
-St. Augustine of Hippo 

Sandhurst seminarian, Dominic Manatad enjoys singing with Corpus Christi’s ‘Seminary Schola’ so much, that he hopes to share his joy via a YouTube recording.

Dementia - a little support makes a lot of difference.

by Mary Painta, Disability Contact Coordinator

Dementia 125Almost half a million Australians live with dementia and this number is set to double in the next twenty-five years. Many people living with the disease can live active and rich lives many years after diagnosis. How can our parish communities become more dementia-friendly? 


Free public lecture from ACU

Liturgy, Prayer and Pastoral Care in Time of Pandemic  - 12 October 2020.

SrProfJuliaUptonrsmSr Professor Julia Upton rsm, an expert in both liturgy and public health, explores the challenge of providing pastoral care in the time of COVID-19. What does ‘community’ and ‘worship’ mean when gatherings are restricted by social distancing? What options do we have for pastoral care for the sick and dying when families cannot visit? What have we learned so far amid the pandemic and what could pastoral care look like in the future?  


Fr Paul Purcell much to celebrate

FrPaulPurcell BlueBac125A living treasure of our diocese, Fr Paul Purcell celebrated his 40th year as a priest in July this year. Fr Paul is proud to have received all of his sacraments in his home parish of Yarraville, where he was born and raised, including his ordination to the priesthood in 1980.

Like many of our priests, Fr Paul has lived an enriched, adventurous and rewarding life.

Annual Pontifical Good Friday Collection

FransiscanHolyLand 125It’s never been easy to be a Christian in the Holy Land; challenges in the middle-east remain as complex as ever. As Catholics, we have an opportunity to express our solidarity with the descendants of those who first believed and lived the Christian faith, and offer hope by supporting the Pontifical Good Friday Collection.
This year, due to the closure of many Churches during Holy Week, Pope Francis has moved the date of the Good Friday Collection to Sunday 13 September to coincide with the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

Voluntary Assisted Dying

MailChimp Assisted Dying 125Statement on the VAD Review Board Report by the Catholic Bishops in Victoria
The Catholic Bishops in Victoria have released a statement following the release of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board Report of Operation January - June 2020. 

"The latest report from the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board is not a celebration of good healthcare, but a sad story of the loss of hope and care for vulnerable people."

Holy See offers observations on Royal Commission Recommendations

ACBC Logo 125The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has provided the Holy See's observations on twelve recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to the Australian Government.

The Holy See reiterated its commitment to child protection, and its desire to “spare no effort… in collaborating with civil authorities to pursue every avenue to end the scourge of sexual abuse”.

Putting Children First

Child Protection Sunday 13 September 2020

ChildProtectionSunday 2020 125The Theme of this year's Child Protection Sunday is "Putting Children First". This annual celebration of our children is a reminder to all of us to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children in every aspect of church and community life. This requires a diocesan-wide effort. Our efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults in our parishes and communities require constant commitment. Safeguarding is the responsibility of every adult. We can never say we have arrived. We can never say we have finally got this right, writes Fr Brian Boyle.

Priests Retirement Foundation

Annual Appeal for Retired Priests of Sandhurst 

PRF Appeal 2020 125Even in this COVID-19 world, September comes around quickly. We may not have the football finals, but it is still time to appeal to you, the faithful people of Sandhurst for some support for the Priests Retirement Foundation of the Diocese of Sandhurst.

Currently we have fourteen priests in the Diocese who are retired. Sadly Fr John Naughton, passed away last week. Fr Des Welladsen, who is to retire after Christmas, will add to the list.

Fr John Naughton RIP

FrNaughton 125Fr John Naughton passed away peacefully at Ave Maria Shepparton on Wednesday 2 September, 2020 with loving family by his side. Born to Catherine and Hugh in 1934, Fr John was the eldest of three sons. He was ordained in 1965 and served as a Priest for over fifty-six years in the Sandhurst parishes of St Kilian's, Yarrawonga, Wangaratta, Tatura, Cathedral, Golden Square and as the Chaplain at Mount Alvernia Hospital. 

Fr John's Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Shepparton by Bishop Shane Mackinlay on Wednesday 9 September at 1:00 p.m.

The View From Home

Jackson SKPrebytery 125by Jackson Saunders 

 No doubt many of us would love to travel to other places right now, but after eight wonderful months in Rome, Sandhurst seminarian Jackson Saunders is glad to be back  in Bendigo.  

From the grounds of St Kilian's Presbytery, Jackson writes about his observations of our times, signs of a general rekindling in faith amongst Australians, and all the things we have to be grateful for.  

Three Parishes Praying as One

KerangZoomMass Novvelito 125Kerang parishioner, Christine O’Donoghue shares how the parishes of Kerang, Cohuna and Pyramid Hill are celebrating Mass and keeping connected, thanks to the help of their tech-savvy parish priest, Fr Novelito Lim.  

She writes “From our parishes to yours, may we all keep safe, prayerful and enjoy what we can from these times.”

Late Bishop Daly Still Making A Difference

BishopNoelDaly 125Sixteen years after his death and forty-one years after he was ordained as Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Noel Daly’s legacy continues to provide relief to people experiencing hardship in the Diocese of Sandhurst through the Noel Daly Foundation.

“With this fund, the Diocese has a means to reach out and bless a person, a family, a group, a school, a Church or charitable organisation or a Parish in its midst.

Fr Leo Wearden MSC celebrates 40 Years as a Priest

Leo Weardon Communion 125Sandhurst born and raised Fr Leo Wearden MSC, recently celebrated forty years of priesthood. Now parish priest of a remote community in the Northern Territory, he has served in the Tiwi Islands, Papua New Guinea and East Timor; a long way from Tongala where he attended primary school at St Patrick's and was ordained by the late Bishop Noel Daly in front of a packed crowd in the Shire Hall back in 1980.

Light From the Southern Cross - Report on Church Governance

BishopShaneOutside 350I am very pleased to advise you that Light from the Southern Cross was published last week by the Australian Bishops and Catholic Religious Australia. This is a comprehensive study of the current practices and possibilities for governance and management in Australian dioceses and parishes, which has been undertaken over the last 18 months by a group drawing on local and international experts.

Sandhurst 'Care for Creation' Statement

IMG 4455 (1)Pope Francis invites Catholic people everywhere to join the Season of Creation 2020, a year that marks the fifth anniversary of the encyclical ˜On Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si. 
Bishop Shane Mackinlay will launch the first Sandhurst 'Care for Creation' Statement prepared with the aim of encouraging a greater appreciation of Creation and a deeper understanding of our responsibility for its care.

Age No Barrier for Eaglehawk Octogenarian

MaryHarrison 12583-year old Eaglehawk parishioner, Mary Harrison, is now one of five billion people connected to the internet.  Last Sunday Mary watched a live-streamed Mass for the first time. In her 83 years Mary has never known a time when there were no public Masses, and to attend Mass was a great impetus to go online. 

Low Tech Prayer Community


GalahLetter 125Virtual connection doesn't need to be high-tech

Daniel Giles writes about using the humble telephone to pray with a prayer partner and explores ways to foster supportive intergenerational relationships in our church.


Camino de Santiago

LeoCamino 125A pilgrimage from Seville to Santiago 

Leave the confines of COVID-19 restrictions behind and travel vicariously with Eaglehawk Parishioner, Leo Overberg, as he shares his experience cycling the ‘Via de Plata’ one of the ‘Camino de Santiago’ pilgrimages to the Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St James the Apostle are said to lie in rest. A sacred site, second only to Rome for Christian pilgrims.

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.   

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