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A reflection on the Plenary Council

PlenaryReflection RuthLawlor 125Sandhurst Plenary Council Member, Ruth Lawlor reflects on the upcoming Fifth Plenary Council.

"What has stood out from the beginning of my involvement with the Plenary Council process is the great love people have for our Church; and moreover, the desire for it to ‘be more’ and ‘be better’ is present across the board."

Ethical Issues and Human Ageing

HumanAgeing 313Online course over six Saturdays
Starting 31 July

Australians are now living longer as individuals and as a society. A wide range of ethical issues and challenges confront us on the journey into old age. For Christians attentive to the Gospel imperative to work towards a just and compassionate society, a high priority must be given to the spiritual and community dimensions of care for our seniors.

‘One Heart Many Voices’ Conference

CatholicMission Heart1 - 3 September 2021

Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM, former Socceroo Craig Foster, prominent Australian author, Hugh Mackay Ambassador of Australia to the Holy See, Chiara Porro, and Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle will speak at this virtual conference.

‘Alive in the Spirit' Virtual Pastoral Ministry Conference

Alive Square8-10 JULY 2021  

This  conference offers over thirty workshops exploring areas such as best practice for RCIA; how we engage beyond the margins of our faith communities; planning for mission and renewal; supporting pastoral care; social justice initiatives and much more. Presenters are drawn from experienced pastoral ministers in Australia and New Zealand who offer practical, down-to-earth wisdom, resources and avenues of new life.  

Memoirs of the Poor Clare Colettines

PoorClares 125Prior to their departure from the Dioceses in March 2021, the Poor Clare Colettines gifted the diocesan archives with a wealth of material. Diocesan archivist, Dr Donna Bailey used this material to create a book of their memoirs of the sisters'  time at the Monastery of the Holy Ghost in Bendigo.  This book was created to commemorate the Poor Clares' departure and to share their legacy. 

Socktober launch kicking goals for kids in need

Socktober 125A nationwide schools engagement program is again shooting for success, using the game of soccer to educate and encourage support for mission projects around the world. Socktober aims to engage Catholic school students’ heads, hearts, and hands in key issues of mission and social justice through powerful metaphors found in sport, especially the world game of soccer. The program, run by Catholic Mission, will kick off nationally this week.

Plenary council Agenda Calls for Missionary Christ-centred Church

PlenaryCouncil Agenda 125The agenda of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia calls those attending the Council assemblies to “develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia”.

The Council agenda, which has emerged from three years and several layers of prayer, listening, dialogue and discernment, will shape the program of the Council’s assemblies – the first of which opens on October 3 this year.

Year In Review 2020

YIR2020 Cover image 125The Diocese of Sandhurst is pleased to present our annual Year In Review publication which includes reports, financials, and reflections on the past year.  2020 was a year of challenge and change, in which we prepared to 'Go Forth' with our Catholic mission; ever thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit amongst us. We hope you enjoy reading the 'Year in Review 2020'.

Bishops Plenary Meeting Digest May 2021

ACBC Logo WhiteThe Catholic bishops of Australia met for their week-long biannual plenary meeting in early May. Bishops in some provinces gathered in hubs to participate in the video-conferencing sessions, while others participated from their home diocese. Bishop Shane Mackinlay was elected vice-president of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.

Bishops name three priorities for work of Bishops Conference

ACBC Logo 125At the May 2021 Bishops Plenary, Australian Catholic bishops approved three priorities specifically to help the work they undertake as a college of bishops. These priorities are:- formation, collegiality and a missionary disposition.

Caritas Australia welcomes latest commitment to close global vaccine gap 

Caritas WashHands PNG 125Caritas Australia welcomes the commitment made Wednesday night by the Australian Government to pledge an additional $50 million to the international vaccine effort, COVAX, which aims to provide much needed vaccine doses to lower-income countries to combat global vaccine inequity. 

Learning Disability Week  2021

LearningDifficulties 125By Mary Pianta

We know that people with a learning disability are up to twice as likely to experience mental health problems, due to many factors like discrimination and social isolation. Learning Difficulty Week 2021 will take place online from 14 to 20 June. This year’s theme is Art and Creativity. 

Mr John Hogan's Legacy Celebrated

JohnHogan At SHCOrgan Square 125On Sunday 2 May a luncheon was held to congratulate Mr John Hogan on his retirement, to celebrate his legacy and thank him for 40 years of service to the Diocese. Mr Hogan was the seventh Cathedral organist, ninth Director of the Choir, the Diocese’s first Organist and Director of Music and our first lay Diocesan Director of Sacred Music at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Mason Crosier joins Guild of St Stephen

Mason Crosier Family Square 125On Sunday 6 June, the Feast of Corpus Christie, Altar Server Mason Crosier was inducted into the Guild of St Stephen by Bishop Shane before delighted parishioners at Mary’s Church in Mooroopna. Mason has shown great devotion to the ministry of serving at the Altar of the church.

Baptisms at St Patrick’s Primary School, Wangaratta

Wangaratta Baptisms 125PixelsOn 26 of May something very special happened at St Patrick’s Primary School. Six of our students were baptised before a congregation of over 300 students, teachers and parents.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Max Davis

Bishop Max Davis ACBCPope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Max Davis, the Military Ordinary for Australia.

A life given in love: Aboriginal Catholic Ministry empowers student leaders to be a voice for Mission

Message20stickTo commemorate the 30th anniversary of Sr Irene McCormack’s death, Catholic Mission Perth Office invited student leaders from various Catholic schools and colleges to share their reflections on her incredible story and legacy, at St Joseph’s Convent Chapel in South Perth, WA.

Fr Rom celebrates 50 years of Priesthood

Fr Rom 40Jubilee Celebration StKilians 24May2021 125Fr Rom Hayes celebrated 50 years of priesthood on Pentecost Sunday. On the invitation of Fr Junray Rayna, he returned to his former parish of St Kilian’s to celebrate Mass and enjoy a barbeque with people from all over the diocese who had joined the celebrations.

Wangaratta Parish Pastoral Team Installation Mass

Wagnaratta NathanShibu AsenscionSunday2021 125The Installation Mass of the Wangaratta Parish cluster’s new Pastoral Ministry Team was live-streamed from St Patrick’s Church, Wangaratta on Sunday 16 May on the Feast of the Ascension. The Pastoral Ministry Team includes Fr Des Welladsen, Fr Nathan Verallo, Fr Shibu Pezhumthottathil and Mr Dan Murphy. The Mass was celebrated by Most Rev. Shane Mackinlay, Bishop of Sandhurst.

Bishops Formally Convoke Fifth Plenary Council

PlenaryCouncil Logo Square 125The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has formally convoked the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, with its president, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, signing the required decree on Pentecost Sunday.

200 Years of Catholic Education In Australia

CathEd 200YearsMass RobGalea 23May2021 125By Jenni Kennedy

There were 200 reasons to celebrate on Monday, May 24 as every diocese in the country held a Mass to mark the bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia. The Sandhurst Diocese gathered at St Kilian’s Catholic Church, the site of the first Catholic school in our diocese, established in 1853. The event was live-streamed so that all Sandhurst communities were able to join in the celebrations.

‘We Can Be More’ Sandhurst Youth for ecological justice.

Sacred Space 125By Kerry Stone 

Sandhurst Youth Ministry team joined over sixty teachers and students from eight Sandhurst secondary colleges at the annual Justice Matters Camp at Beechworth over 3-days in May. The theme this year was ‘We Can Be More’ and focused on global justice concerns, such as our environment, sustainable eating, human trafficking, fair trade, refugees, and racism through a Catholic Social teaching lens. Justice Matters is a joint initiative of Catholic Education Sandhurst and Caritas Australia – partners in Justice Education. This year our theme was ‘We Can Be More’.

Mural Unveiled at Holy Rosary Primary School

HOlyRosaryMural TroyFirebrace 125By Jenni Kennedy

On Thursday April 29 a much anticipated spectacular new mural by Indigenous Australian artist Troy Firebrace, and co-designed by school students, was unveiled at Holy Rosary Primary School in White Hills.

25 Years of Service in Catholic Education

CEO NoelDaly 125On Friday May 7, the Catholic Education Sandhurst community celebrated the outstanding contribution of ten committed staff who have given 25 years plus service to Catholic Education.

Secondary Schools Ethical Leaders Forum

Ethical Leaders 125By Jenni Kennedy

More than 70 senior secondary students from 11 secondary schools in the Sandhurst Diocese came together on Tuesday May 18 for a forum on ethical leadership. The senior students travelled to Shepparton to participate in