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Fr Owen Doyle − A Century of Service

OwenDoyleFuneralMass1Almost one hundred years of life in the service of God and others was eulogised at Fr Owen Doyle’s Funeral Mass last week. Eulogies were delivered by Fr Owen’s son Jack (John), his “old typist” Glen Avard, and fellow priest and friend, Fr Mick Morley.

In his Homily Fr Rom Hayes described Fr Doyle as “a wonderful man, husband, father, who became an amazing priest in our Diocese; a man who accepted the call to a new way of life and approached it in his own unique way.”

Low income and disadvantaged families being left behind as cost of living surges

CSSV LowIncomeDisadvantaged 125Low income and disadvantaged families are being left behind as cost of living surges

Despite Australia’s jobless rate falling to a new 13-year low last month, cost-of-living increases
continue to place enormous pressure on low-income and disadvantaged families.

The Story of the Axedale Catholic Cemetery


Axedale Cemetry Mausoleum1Local historian, Mal Nolan, has written a detailed article on the history of the Axedale Catholic Cemetery, one of only a few Catholic cemeteries in Victoria. In booklet form, the article includes a list of approximately 800 names of people thought to be buried in the cemetery, which was prepared by Ian and Pat Belmont.

Farmer and Teachers Sought to Live and Work in Tanzania

Palms Aust HeroA farmer, a pre-school teacher and a secondary school teacher are sought to live and work for a year or two in the Meru District, Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania in East Africa. Tanzanian priest, Father Andrew Mutubusi, has been visiting Griffith to learn about local irrigation methods with a plan to return to his home community and better support peasant farmers. Fr Mutubusi also hopes to attract a farmer or agricultural engineer to work in Tanzania exchanging knowledge with Tanzanian farmers. He also is hoping to attract school teachers to mentor teachers in his community, as there are no formally trained teachers in the schools he is responsible for. 

Make time to unite with Pope Francis in Prayer

Prayer for Ukraine 125Catholics around the world are being encouraged to join their prayers with those of Pope Francis on March 25 when he consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

The act of consecration places the warring countries under the protection of Mary, the Mother of Christ, trusting in the power of her intercession. Such an act looks towards God, the source of all peace, and seeks God’s peace through Mary.

Sandhurst Year In Review 2021

YIR 2021 cover

The Year in Review is a snapshot of our journey as a diocesan community over the course of 2021. You'll read about the challenges we faced, policies implemented, our triumphs, and our celebrations throughout the Diocese in the words of Bishop Shane Mackinlay, Dr Chris Cotter, clergy, Chancery staff and parishioners. 

The review  features annual reports from the Diocesan Business Manager, the Executive Director of Catholic Education Sandhurst, and the CEO of CatholicCare Victoria. It also includes financial reports for the Diocese and Diocesan Development Fund.

Top Award for Arti – International Women’s Day 2022

Arti Shah 125By Jenni Kennedy

Catholic Education Sandhurst Speech Pathologist, Arti Shah is the recipient of the City of Greater Shepparton 2022 Women's Award, announced on International Women's Day, 8 March.

Fr Owen Doyle RIP (30 May 1924 - 7 March 2022)

FrOwenDoyle Hero 125After a period of illness, retired Sandhurst priest, Fr Owen Doyle, died peacefully at Justin Villa in Balwyn. He was 97 years old and in his 34th year of priesthood. Fr Owen entered the priesthood with a wealth of life experience behind him. Raised on a farm in the Mallee, he was a Wireless Maintenance Mechanic with the RAAF in Papua New Guinea during World War II, a teacher for 34 years, a husband to his late wife, Margaret; and father to nine children. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on 16 March at St Mary’s Church, Greensborough, where he was ordained a priest in 1988.

Aged Care Labour Shortage

AgedCare 125Government must fire both barrels: back Pay Rise and Remove Barriers to Immigration

Catholic Health Australia, the peak advisory body for Catholic aged-care homes, is urgently calling on the Australian Government to address the aged-care labour shortage by supporting a wage rise and making it easier for employers to source workers from overseas.

World Down Syndrome Day. March 21, 2022.

DownSyndromeBy Mary Pianta

The global awareness day is observed annually on the 21st day of the 3rd month to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down Syndrome, which was named after Dr John Langdon Down after he discovered common traits of people with Trisomy 21.

Caritas working tirelessly in Ukraine

Distribution of emergency goods to displaced families in Odessa. Photo Caritas Spes Ukraine 002Project Compassion began this week with so many wonderful Pancake Launches happening in parishes and schools across the diocese. At the same time, it is important for us to acknowledge the shocking crisis unfolding in Ukraine. Many of us have seen images and accounts coming from the conflict that are overwhelming and devastating, writes Kerry Stone

Caritas Australia calls for urgent humanitarian corridor in Ukraine

Ukrainian Refugees Flee PolandCaritas Australia joins the international Caritas network and World Health Organisation in calling for an urgent humanitarian corridor in Ukraine to prevent further loss and suffering. Increasing numbers of people are trapped in cities under constant attack, unable to leave as wide-scale evacuations have not been possible.

Project Compassion flips into Sandhurst

ProjectCompassion 2022 125Pancakes were flipped with great enthusiasm in parishes and schools across the Diocese last week to mark the start of Project Compassion. Even Bishop Shane got in on the act serving up pancakes to Chancery staff. 

Plenary Council Takes Next Step in Discernment Journey

Plenary MailchimpPlenary Council Members will spend the month of March praying and reflecting on proposals emerging from the Council's first assembly in a newly released  document "Towards the Second Assembly: A Working Document for Members".  The document offers a focus for Plenary members and is based on the  “fruits” of the first assembly’s discernment, discussion and contributions, published in December 2021.

“It is the next step in the process we are undertaking together of preparing resolutions for the second assembly of the Plenary Council.
“The contribution of Members over the coming month is critical to this,” said Bishop Shane Mackinlay, who is Plenary Council vice-president. 

Stella Maris Melbourne helps vaccinate Seafarers

StellaMaris Lee anne vaccinating Seafarer with Seamus witnessing 125Stella Maris Melbourne has stepped in to vaccinate seafarers docking at Melbourne Port. Many seafarers who have worked tirelessly in difficult conditions to deliver supplies throughout the pandemic have remained unvaccinated, while over 94% of Australians over 16 are fully vaccinated. Stella Maris considers seafarers to be key workers and overcame many logistical barriers to ease the worries of some seafarers.

Leslie Francis Gray (1922-2022) A Life Well Lived

lesGray1bLes Gray, a longtime parishioner of St Kilian's, Bendigo and member of the Cathedral choir, teacher and World War II veteran died on 17 January 2022 in his one hundredth year.

Grand Organ Master Series

Grand Organ Master SeriesThe Grand Organ Master Series is a series of concerts for each month from April to December. The recitals feature internationally acclaimed musicians, Thomas Heywood, Christopher Cook and Paul Taylor, Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Organist & Director of Music.

Bishops call for peace in Ukraine and Generous Australian Response

ACBC Logo 125The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has prepared a statement on the unfolding violence in Ukraine, quoting Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Bishop Mykola Bychok, the leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia.

Nauru Offshore Detention Company Making Huge Profits

CatholicSocialServices 125The company behind Australia’s offshore processing regime on Nauru made a staggering $101 million profit last financial year – more than $500,000 for each of the fewer than 200 people held on the island at the time, according to its most recent accounts filed with the corporate regulator.

XIII Paralympic Winter Games

Winter Paralympics 125By Mary Pianta 

Pope Francis has sent warm greetings and good wishes to all participants and organisers at the Paralympic Winter Games. “Sport, with its universal language, can build bridges of friendship and solidarity between individuals and peoples of all cultures and religions,” he said.

Deadline extended for local Synod of Bishops submissions

Synod OnSnodality 125At the request of dioceses, the period for local submissions for the global Synod of Bishops process has been extended by two weeks, with responses now being received until March 13.

Hundreds of submissions from across the country have been made through the online Synod of Bishops portal, along with responses that have also been sent directly to dioceses.

New Majellan online service for Families

MajellanMediaApp 350Majellan Media is bringing back a service first introduced by Redemptorist priests in the early 1990s to help families manage the many stresses of modern family life. The new service Faith onLine will commence again in March, after a 20-year hiatus. Instead of phoning, people are invited to visit the Majellan website and listen to a three-minute recorded message of their choice.

Catholic Not-For-Profit Hospital Sector joins COVID Booster Shot Chorus

Booster CampaignCatholic not-for-profit hospitals have stepped up their push to encourage all Australians to get their third vaccine shot with a campaign that poses the question: Do I Really Need a COVID Booster?

State Governments Must Move Swiftly to Implement Aged Care Visitor Change

CHA AGedCareVisitors 125Australia's largest non-government grouping of aged-care services, Catholic Health Australia, has welcomed the federal government's plan to allow greater access to visitors, and is urging the states to act urgently on implementation.

CHA calls on the Government to Stop Incentivising Wasteful 'Junk' Health Insurance Policies

CHA HealthInsuranceThe peak body for Catholic not-for-profit hospitals is calling on the government to stamp out the rise of inefficient ‘junk’ health insurance policies by making ‘bronze level’ insurance the new minimum requirement for Australians seeking to avoid the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS).

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