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FrHenry AfricanSalad"This traditional delicacy of the ''Igbo'' people in southeast Nigeria is aromatic and nutritious. Known as African Salad, “Abacha” is made from shredded dried cassava. It's usually eaten for lunch but can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Normally, it goes down well with the local palm-wine but, because the local palm wine is far-fetched here in Australia, we make use of red wine as an alternative."
Season of Creation 420x600The 2022 Season of Creation concluded on 4 October with the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology.  This global ecumenical celebration encourages over 2.4 billion Christians to pray and take action for our common home. Across our Diocese there were many special Liturgies, and activities to enhance our awe for creation and thus motivate us to take action.
 
We need to think of the Season of Creation as an injection of motivation propelling us – 12 months of the year − towards achieving the 7 Laudato Si’ Goals.  In doing so, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, St Francis of Assisi, and Pope Francis, responding to the Cry of Earth, and the Cry of the Poor.
MERCIC 1Wearing his hat as Catholic Co-Chair of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission (MERCIC), Bishop Shane and fellow MERCIC members met in Rome for a week of dialogue. At the end of the week, they met with Pope Francis to present the quinquennial report for the 11th round of 5-year dialogue: “God Reconciling in Christ: On the Way to Full Communion in Faith, Sacraments and Mission.” 
Interim ReportAs the Interim Report on the consultation Phase of the Sandhurst Mission and Pastoral Council (SMPC) is released this week, Ruth Lawlor reflects on her encounters with parishioners from across Sandhurst. Ruth writes, “The data is interesting, insightful and worth looking at. The final report, when it is finished, will prove invaluable for the creation of the new Mission and Pastoral Council ... But for me, the data and the report is only one small part of what we have gained through our travels.” 
Mental Health 125By Mary Pianta 
 
October is National Mental Health Awareness Month when we endeavour to boost mental health awareness, break down stigmas and offer help to those who might be struggling mentally.The statistic that 1 in 5 Australians will experience some form of mental illness means that most people in Australia will know or care for someone with mental illness at some time during their life.
StKilians Hero 125St Kilian’s Parish, Bendigo celebrated Migrant and Refugee Sunday with Mass followed by a spectacular Filipino Streetfood Fiesta.  In his Homily, Parish Administrator, Fr Junray Rayna, humorously shared a story of his first arrival in Australia and then reminded parishioners that every one of us is a traveller and that all of us bring gifts to enrich the tapestry of our communities.  
Nurmurkah 1Parishioners at St John’s in Numurkah had a wonderful time celebrating the gifts migrants have brought to parish life.  First with prayer at Mass, then sharing food, song and good company outdoors in the beautiful sunshine, writes Kerry Stone
CFD Community San Sergio 600The Community of the Sons and Daughters of God in Florence has recently enjoyed the company of Sandhurst visitors. In early September, the Sons and Daughters of God welcomed Bishop Shane to their community, where he immersed himself in community life. Then at the end of the month, they welcomed Fr Jackson Saunders. Br Massimo, who usually lives in community in Dookie, shares their news ... 
Paderborn Cathedral 125In mid-September, Bishop Shane spent several days visiting the Archdiocese of Paderborn in Germany, which has a long connection with the Diocese of Sandhurst, as it was the home of the first priest on the Bendigo goldfields, Dr Henry Backhaus. Bishop Shane shares some of his experience. 
Bam-i (Pancit Bisaya) 
 
FrJunjun Recipe 1"This dish is popular in my home province of Cebu, the Philippines, where it is a favourite dish at parties and gatherings. Unlike other noodle dishes, Bam-i is a combination of two kinds of noodles, Pancit Canton (Chinese Style) or Flour Stick noodles and Sotanghon or Golden Bihon Noodles."
I like this dish because it is easy to make, its ingredients are readily available and, though the quantity of each ingredient is not that great, when cooked, this dish can easily feed a party of 8-10 people with a side of steamed rice.  
WYD 125Our Lady, Mother of God Church, Wangaratta South
1.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Saturday 19 November
 
“Mary arose and went with haste”    [Luke 1:39]
 

Caritas Storm 125Australian Bishops Conference President, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, has been in Rome to assist with the ongoing work of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality. While there, he met with Pope Francis and discussed the Church’s embrace of synodality, which he said was lived out through the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia – of which he was also President.

Caritas Storm 125The Pacific region is facing a perfect storm of climate change induced disasters and skyrocketing debt burdens, according to a new report.  The report calls for international governments, including the Australian Government, to take the lead on climate debt in the Pacific and ensure that money gets into the hands of those who need it most, through restructuring debt, improving climate finance and funding the Pacific Resilience Facility. 
Evangelise 125A major new report by progressive think tank, Per Capita, has found that homeless women over 55 are expected to double in less than a decade.  The report, using data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, forecasts that without significant new policies, more than 15,000 older women will become homeless by 2031.  It also found the most recent census data might not truly reflect the extent of homelessness among older women given they are more likely to be in emergency shelter, couch surfing or sleeping in cars.
Dimentia 350By Mary Pianta
 
Almost half a million Australians live with dementia – 250 people diagnosed each day.
 
During Dementia Month, all Australians are challenged to think differently about dementia. Dementia is complex and poses different challenges for every individual and their families as it progresses.
CatholicMission 125This October, Catholic Mission is celebrating World Mission Month, a month dedicated to the life-giving work of missionaries around the world.  
 
Through the Pontifical Mission Societies’ international network, Catholic Mission, with our supporters, are answering the call of Christ to be missionaries and together build brighter futures. Working at a grassroots level and closely collaborating with the local communities, we aim to find sustainable solutions which will bring hope to those in most need. 
DialAPrayer 350Majellan Media has launched a new Dial a Prayer service to assist people with their spiritual needs. Anyone can now request a prayer for a special intention without leaving their home.   
 
When you call Majellan Media’s general number 03 9592 2777 you will be greeted with two messages; you can either talk to a team member or record their prayer intention. Prayers will be sent directly to the Redemptorist communities in Australia where the caller’s intention will be included in their Masses and morning and evening prayers. and evening prayers. 
Ssr Celine 125Marie CÉLINE fcJ, a dearly loved member of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, died peacefully on 26 August 2022 at St Catherine’s Aged Care Balwyn. Sr Céline was in the 84th year of her life and in the 64th year of her religious profession. Born in Wangaratta, Sr Céline was a dedicated teacher, nurse, and pastoral carer. She worked in Benalla as a Pastoral Minister from 2007 until August 2021. 
Caritas HERO 125Last week Sandhurst Caritas/Justice Coordinator, Kerry Stone joined Caritas Australia CEO, Kirsty Robertson, and 40 Christian women leaders as part of the Micah Women Leaders Delegation, to urge Australia's political leaders to prevent impending humanitarian crises.  
KSC Procession 125Saturday 10 September:  Members and friends gathered to commemorate the centenary of the Bendigo Branch of the Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross .  Mass celebrated at St Kilian’s Church was followed by lunch where members who have served with the Knights for fifty and even sixty years were formally acknowledged.   State Council Members, and members from Kerang, Wangaratta and Yarrawonga joined the celebrations and members were especially pleased that many of the wives of deceased members also attended.
Echuca playgroup 125By Christine Sebire 
 
On Friday evening, 26 August St Mary’s Echuca celebrated the many gifts and talents of their parishioners at their recent Parish Festival.
 
The Festival was the culmination of the Parish Stewardship Promotion and was aimed at bringing community together and exploring new possibilities, especially as we rebuild after recent year.
Fr Henry 125Fr Henry Onyirioha, who is visiting from the Diocese of Enugu in Nigeria, says he already feels at home in Yarrawonga. “The people here have been very warm and welcoming,” he said.  He commenced his 10-week appointment at Yarrawonga on 3 September, celebrating the vigil Mass within hours of arrival.  His first introduction to the Parish was a week earlier on a day visit when he concelebrated Mass with Fr Mike Morley, before he had met anyone in the parish.  

Mons Hero2 125On 7 September, Monsignor Frank Marriott attended an investiture ceremony for the Queen’s Birthday Honours, where he received a Medal for the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the Catholic Church.  For Monsignor Marriott, the significance of the award is that the Catholic Church and priests in particular, can be recognised outside of the Church, for their contribution, not only to their own parishes, but also as a positive influence in broader Australian society.        

Prior to Beatification of Pope John Paul I 125At the start of September, Bishop Shane spent a week in Rome for a special formation course for recently ordained bishops.  Usually, this course is conducted each year but, due to COVID-19, had not been held for three years.   Bishop Shane joined a large group of 180 Bishops who were ordained in 2019 and 2020.  A second group of 180 Bishops, who were ordained more recently, will attend the same course later in the month. 

Queen ACBCA STATEMENT FROM ARCHBISHOP TIMOTHY COSTELLOE SDB, PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE

 

"Queen Elizabeth was never reticent about acknowledging her Christian faith. Her annual Christmas message invariably focused on Jesus Christ as a model of humble and generous service. It was a model she strived to emulate throughout her long life. May she rest in peace."

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