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Majellan 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.   
 
Callers can choose to speak with 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. Callers can remain anonymous when they leave details of who their prayer is for. However, if a name and address is provided they will receive a written reply from a Redemptorist priest. Full details will be in the Spring issue of The Majellan.

Created And Loved 125The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has released a guide on gender and identity to support Catholic schools in responding to the individual social and pastoral needs of students.
Created and Loved: A guide for Catholic schools on identity and gender outlines a pastoral approach shaped by the theological, medical and legislative context in which Catholic schools operate. Archbishop Comensoli said Created and Loved is grounded in Christian anthropology, which values the worth and dignity of every person, and also sees each person holistically, rather than defining that person by any single characteristic.

St PaulGrowing Faith Communities Today: Insights from the Genius of St Paul

The four Sandhurst Scripture Talks on St Paul and accompanying study guides are now available online. The talks cover our current socio-political context and compare it to that of St Paul, paint a picture of Paul as a Man and Preacher, giving an insight into the communities he fostered, and the letters he wrote to them.  Speakers include  Dr Chris Cotter, Rev. Dr Brian Boyle and Dr Rosemary Canavan.

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Pastoral Associates, Lay leaders and Clergy gathered at Kyabram for their annual diocesan group meeting on Wednesday 24 August. It was an opportunity to catch up with pastoral associates, lay leaders and clergy from parishes across the Diocese and hear updates directly from Bishop Shane, Fr Boyle and the Sandhurst Mission and Pastoral Life team, and discuss the sustainaibility of lay-leaders.  
Parish Administration Staff from across the Diocese gathered online for their annual conference. On the frontline of parish life, these very special people wear many different hats, in finance, governance, insurance, IT, communications, pastoral care and psychology!  
RAR REfugee 125Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) Bendigo is awaiting the arrival of two Hazara Afghani families and is hoping locals will be able to help with accommodation and household items. Both families consist of a couple with two school-aged children.  One family is now in Turkey, the other in Pakistan. 
 

CSSV 125Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), has backed the federal Green’s two-year rent freeze proposal saying it is an important initiative that should be given serious consideration. Francis Sullivan, CSSA Chair, said the rent freeze proposal is a serious idea that must be part of the national debate around the cost-of-living crisis.

“For too long, governments of all shades have taken their hands of the levers that control the economy, it is now time for a rethink, and for the Federal Government to accept that the free market does not have all the answers,” Mr. Sullivan said.

CSSV 125The announcement last week by Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth, that the Federal Government will trial longer-term funding contracts and deliver proper indexation to community services funding grants, is welcome news for Australia’s community services sector.

StJosephs 125Year 10 Youth Ministry students from St Joseph’s College Echuca have developed a CD of prayers, readings and religious music for residents of aged-care facilities to tune into, when unable to access their regular religious services. 
Ministerial 125The Association of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons (AMPJP) has produced two short animations which explain Ministerial Public Juridic Persons (PJPs) and the AMPJP to the wider Church. For many Catholics, the first time that they heard about the AMPJP and Ministerial PJPs was during the Plenary Council and in its Decrees. The first Australian Ministerial PJP was established in 1994 and the AMPJP was formed in 2016. 
Caritas Sothy 125After a remarkable career of 30 years, Caritas Australia is saying farewell to Sothy Lay, Caritas Australia’s Country Representative in Cambodia.
 
Beginning his career as a driver, Sothy worked his way through the organisation to become the Country Representative. According to Sothy, although Caritas Australia comes second to his beloved family, his tenure at Caritas Australia is the longest commitment he’s made in his life.  
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President and Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has today emphasised the importance of the Word of God as central to the life of the Church. Speaking at the Catholic Health Australia National Conference, Tuesday 23 August, in Brisbane, Archbishop Costelloe spoke on his hopes for the future of the Church in Australia following the Fifth Plenary Council, looking at three key areas. Speaking about and re-emphasising the experience of synodality to which Pope Francis is calling us, Archbishop Costelloe expressed that one of the most deeply held hopes he has for the Church moving forward, is that we can continue along the journey of discovery.

Bethanga Final Mass 125Bishop Shane celebrated the Farewell Mass at St Francis Church, Bethanga on Saturday 20 August. Wodonga priests, Fr Junjun Amaya PP, Fr Uday Marneni AP and Fr Adi Indra AP concelebrated at this final Mass in Bethanga, which Fr Junjun described as bittersweet. The timber church, which was built in 1876 is now up for sale.


In his Homily, Bishop Shane said the Mass was a day to celebrate and acknowledge the faith and tradition of those who had worshipped in St Francis over the last 140 years.

Dr Donna Bailey, Sandhurst archivist, shares a history of the Church.

37 Sandhurst Priests, last week, gathered at Cadell on the Murray in Moama for the annual Sandhurst Priests Inservice. The theme this year was integral ecology and Laudato Si’ Action.  The program was organised by Fr Brian Boyle, who amongst other things, is the Director of Clergy Life and Ministry in Sandhurst. 

SYnod Bishops 125The Australian National Synthesis for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, colloquially known as the Synod on Synodality, was published last week. The Australian synthesis draws from the local diocesan consultations that took place between October 2021 and March 2022, after which diocesan reports were prepared. Countries around the world are producing national syntheses that will assist the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in its ongoing work to prepare the international gathering in Rome in October 2023.

Mark Needham 125Congratulations to Br Mark Needham who recently celebrated 60 years as a professed Marist Brother, 15 of those years serving in the Diocese of Sandhurst as a teacher, football coach, representative tennis player, Religious Education Coordinator, Youth Group Leader, Sports master, Retreat Centre Director and, more recently, as one of the founding staff at Marist College, Maiden Gully. Would he do it all again? Absolutely!

FightFamine 125Caritas Australia has joined the Help Fight Famine alliance calling for Australia to:
Save lives now through an urgent Famine Prevention Package of $150 million avert catastrophe in the worst-affected hunger hotspots;
tackle the root causes of the global hunger crisis through investing long-term in a targeted Global Food Security Strategy; and, 
Strengthen resilience of the Asia Pacific region to climate change, disasters, and economic shocks by increasing Australia’s development assistance.

 

MakeHungerHistory 125Right now, 49 million people are on the brink of famine. Conflict, COVID, climate shocks and now the war in Ukraine, have created the perfect storm for an unprecedented global hunger crisis. In the horn of Africa the worst drought in decades has devastaed crops and livestock across  Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. You can help fight famine with Caritas by writing to your member of parliament , calling for action and creating awareness in your parishes and schools -- all through Caritas' Make Hunger History campaign. 
Ablaze RobGalea 125For the first time in three years well-known Sandhurst priest, Fr Rob Galea and his band performed live for more than 1200 students over two days at the Ablaze Youth Festival at Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo last week, writes Jenni Kennedy.  
Marist 350The Marist Brothers are marking their Australian Sesquicentenary with a new history "Sub Tuum Praesidium: Marist Brothers in Australia 1872-2022’’.  Provincial Peter Carroll sees this new history as significant for the Marist sesquicentenary in Australia – an opportunity ‘to celebrate achievements, apologise for our failures and give thanks to God and all those who have supported us in our life and mission’.
The book reflects on 150-years of Marist Brother communities in Australia and their impact on Australians through education. The authors, Brothers Julian Casey, John Luttrell, Neville Solomon and Peter Rodney, share a broad experience of the Marist story. 
 
 
RESPECT SOcialJusticeStatement 125The Catholic Church in Australia will mark Social Justice Sunday on August 28 this year. The title of the 2022-2023 Social Justice Statement is Respect: Confronting Violence and Abuse; it addresses the issue of domestic and family violence. 
 
In this statement the Australian Bishops add their voice to global campaigns to confront and call out destructive attitudes and behaviours that lead to life-limiting and long-lasting impacts on many vulnerable members of our families, churches, and society.
Caritas Porro 125To commence its annual Women for the World campaign, Caritas Australia last week held an event to celebrate and honour women as leaders across the world.  Addressing the event as special guest was Her Excellency Chiara Porro, the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, who spoke on women’s leadership, the Church and the role of women in development. 
 
"Women's empowerment and gender equality make countries more stable, less vulnerable to conflict and, in general, better governed. If our aim is to contribute to global stability and prosperity, it therefore makes sense that gender equality and the removal of barriers to women's economic and social inclusion should be central pillars of our foreign policy in Australia," said Ambassador Porro at the event. 

CommonHomeTV PLenaryCommon Home TV presents a series of in-depth interviews with experts both national and international, on the process and results of the Plenary Council. Plenary Council Members voted on 30 motions which had emerged over the four-year listening and discerning phase of the Plenary Council.  At the conclusion of the Second Assembly, many of us  have been left with questions. To make sense of the proceedings, Common Home TV is making exclusive interviews with experts available on YouTube. 

Catholic Health Australia has welcomed the introduction of aged care reform legislation today (Wednesday) and praised the Albanese Government for its commitment to improving quality and standards for the elderly and vulnerable. 
 
Catholic not-for-profit aged care providers are urging the Parliament to pass the Bills quickly so that they can implement reforms and lift standards. 
Catholic Health Australia welcomes the passage of crucial legislation – the first from the Albanese Government ─ that paves the way for a new and more transparent funding regime for aged-care providers. 
 
The passage of the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal Commission Response) Bill 2022 through the Parliament today signals a positive start for the Albanese Government in its pledge to reform the aged-care sector. 
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