St Joseph's College Echuca Raises Funds for ShelterBox

ShelterBox1 125By Katie Eldridge

Despite several rounds of remote learning and lockdowns across the state, a spirit of kindness and social justice is still present within the St Joseph’s College, Echuca community.

During the month of September, students, families, and staff raised an outstanding $2,490 to support ShelterBox.

Latest "Youth Pathways 2022" released

Youth Pathways 2021 125pxThe latest edition of ‘Youth Pathways 2022’ has arrived for schools and parishes across the Sandhurst Diocese.

Plenary Members Present Final Reports of First Assembly

Plenary 10.09.2021 125An impassioned call for “a prayer for the future of our common home, a Gospel for the home of our future generations” was made during the final reporting back on small group discernment by Plenary Council members today.

The presenters’ comprehensive reports on the 16 agenda questions included proposals and requests for further investigation and research to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia.

Plenary Council's Task: "Reveal the Face of Christ"

Archbishop Comensoli 125Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli in today’s Mass for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia has said the Council’s task is to reveal the face of Christ – a face that blends cultures, languages, ethnicities and histories.

Plenary Members Focus on Mission in God's World

A ListenToTheSpirit 125The concept of “sniffing out” the presence of God in the world, articulated by theologian Fr Richard Lennan in an address to the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, struck a chord with many members as they continued their discernment.

Fr Lennan, a priest of the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese and an expert adviser to the Council speaking from Boston, said the Church had “no option but to exist in the present”.

Plenary Council Journey One for 'Dusty, Patient Pilgrims'. 

Archbishop Tarabay PortraitMaronite Archbishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay OLM spoke about the significance of the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Latin Rite Church coming together as “pilgrims” for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia in his Homily on Thursday 7 October. 

Plenary Council Contemplating Woundedness

ABuse LongDay four of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia takes on a different feel, as members spent extra time offline, praying with and reflecting on questions about seeing through the eyes of those who have been abused and reaching those on the peripheries.

The agenda for the Plenary Council poses 16 questions across six themes, with members called to “develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia at this time”.

Members Unpack Big Questions Facing the Church

6 October Morning Session 125The 278 members of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia have continued to break open the 16 questions related to how we can create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia at this time.

After the broad discussions of the first small group sessions on Monday, yesterday’s “spiritual conversations” moved to more specific questions, suggestions and even proposals.

Archbishop Fisher: 'Be Powerhouse of Prayer'

ArchbishopFisher PortraitAs the first general assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia nears the halfway point, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has preached on the power of prayer and trust in the Holy Spirit.Celebrating Mass for the third full day of the Council, Archbishop Fisher’s homily reflected on Luke’s Gospel of the day, when the disciples ask Jesus how to pray.

Council Members begin work of Communal Discernment

PlenaryCandle SHCThe first “spiritual conversations” of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia covered a broad range of thoughts and topics from Baptism being the place for fundamental conversion to the need for the Church to tend to its past and current failures.

St Francis a Model for Australia's Plenary Council

ShaneHomily 4Oct2021 125On the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, Bishop Shane Mackinlay has said the saint that so loved creation and those living in poverty can inspire the work of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.

Bishop Mackinlay, celebrated Mass for the first day of the Council’s program, a day after the historic event was opened by Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB on Sunday.

Catholics urged to "Become True Disciples"

Plenary Candle SHC 125As Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB opened the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, he said Catholics “must become, even more than we are already, a community of true disciples”.

The Plenary Council, the first such gathering in Australia since 1937, is being celebrated across nine months, bookended by assemblies from October 3-10 and in July 2022.

Chancery to be Hub for First Assembly of Plenary Council

SandhurstPlenary Hub 400Next week, the Chancery will become a Hub for the five Sandhurst Plenary Members (formerly known as delegates) and three locally based Assembly facilitators. This will provide the infrastructure and support for members to attend sessions securely online, as well as the opportunity to gather for prayer, fellowship, and discussion. 

Federal Funding for Domestic Violence Needs to Flow

CSS DomesticViolenceA Federal Government commitment made to boost funding for domestic violence more than four months ago is still yet to make its way to service providers.  Organisations focused on providing domestic and family violence services are coming under increased pressure as a result. 

First Assembly of Fifth Plenary Council of Australia to commence this Sunday

PlenaryCouncil Agenda 125The time has come!  Momentum is gathering as preparations are well underway for the First General Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, which will take place in hubs and homes across the country from 3-10 October. 279 Members will tackle 16 questions in an endeavour to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia.

Pray with us at Daily Mass streamed from the Plenary website

PlenaryMassStKilians 125On Monday 4 October at 9:30 a.m, the Feast of Francis of Assissi, Mass celebrated by  Bishop Shane Mackinlay at St Kilian's will be streamed across the country as part of the National Plenary Council programme.  Please join Bishop Shane and our Plenary Members online.  

Meet Dr Chris Cotter our new Director of Mission and Pastoral Life

ChrisCotter 125The Diocese of Sandhurst welcomes Dr Chris Cotter, a Wodonga parishioner for twenty years, back to Central Victoria and our diocese. After working in Perth as Director of Religious Education at Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA); Chris returns to Victoria to be part of the senior leadership of our diocese in the newly created role of Director of Mission and Pastoral Life.

REX, a Poetry Reading by Fr Michael Grace

Rex FrMichaelGrace 125"There is a reason why I wrote a book of poems entitled Rex. Many years ago, as a young priest, I was given a drawing.  This drawing was signed by Rex, I never met him, but I knew that life had been difficult for him.  Rex happened to be a Latin word meaning 'King'. This drawing reminded me of Christ the King lying on the Cross ..." 

Ancient insights to inform modern concepts of ‘human flourishing’

HumanFlourishing 125How have Christians in antiquity understood flourishing, and what can these ancient accounts offer to modern understandings of creating a good life for individuals and societies?  Australian Catholic University is partnering with Harvard University for this exciting new research project. 

We are Still Here Campaign Shares Experiences Missionaries Long to Share

WeAreHere 125Catholic Mission has launched an Australian-led global awareness campaign to mark the beginning of World Mission Month. The #WeAreStillHere campaign features the faces and voices of missionaries from over 50 countries.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Migrant Refugees WorldDay 1Last Sunday, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees was celebrated across Sandhurst and across the world. For 107 years, this has been a day, designated by the Pope, to focus on the issues of migration and seeking refuge. Pope Francis’ specially chosen theme this year is Towards an Ever-Wider 'We'.

The Life and Work of St Mary of the Cross: A View from Sandhurst (Part 3)

Jackson SrHelenSmith MaryMacKillopCentre 125Sandhurst seminarian, Jackson Saunders, offers this final article in his three-part series on the life of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. We reflect on Mary’s travels in the Sandhurst Diocese and the work of the Sisters in Numurkah, Eaglehawk, Nagambie, Rushworth, Pyramid Hill, Tallangatta and Corryong.

CAPSA National Week of Prayer and Action 2021

Afghanistan Action 125Each year, Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum holds a National Week of Prayer and Action (NWPA) to engage with the Australian Catholic to take action and stand in solidarity with people seeking asylum. This year the NWPA will begin on 26 September 2021 the day of World Migrant and Refugee Sunday and run through to 1 October 2021.

A Blessed Sixty Years

McCormack Wedding Photo 125Just over sixty years ago, stalwart Cathedral parishioners Wilma and John McCormack, were married at Wilma’s home parish of St Joseph’s in Ouyen. Their diamond anniversary was acknowledge  Sunday Mass on Sunday 12 September after Mass at St Joseph’s Quarry Hill, with a Blessing from Bishop Shane and presentation of a Papal Blessing parchment.

Sandhurst Priests learn more about Aboriginal Spirituality and Culture

Troy Firebrace Smoking Priests 125By Michael Chisholm

In August 2021, members of the Aboriginal Education Team from  Catholic Education Sandhurst Pty Ltd were invited to speak and present at the 2021 Sandhurst Priests’ Inservice.

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