Three Parishes Praying as One

KerangZoomMass Novvelito 125Kerang parishioner, Christine O’Donoghue shares how the parishes of Kerang, Cohuna and Pyramid Hill are celebrating Mass and keeping connected, thanks to the help of their tech-savvy parish priest, Fr Novelito Lim.  

She writes “From our parishes to yours, may we all keep safe, prayerful and enjoy what we can from these times.”

Late Bishop Daly Still Making A Difference

BishopNoelDaly 125Sixteen years after his death and forty-one years after he was ordained as Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Noel Daly’s legacy continues to provide relief to people experiencing hardship in the Diocese of Sandhurst through the Noel Daly Foundation.

“With this fund, the Diocese has a means to reach out and bless a person, a family, a group, a school, a Church or charitable organisation or a Parish in its midst.

Fr Leo Wearden MSC celebrates 40 Years as a Priest

Leo Weardon Communion 125Sandhurst born and raised Fr Leo Wearden MSC, recently celebrated forty years of priesthood. Now parish priest of a remote community in the Northern Territory, he has served in the Tiwi Islands, Papua New Guinea and East Timor; a long way from Tongala where he attended primary school at St Patrick's and was ordained by the late Bishop Noel Daly in front of a packed crowd in the Shire Hall back in 1980.

Light From the Southern Cross - Report on Church Governance

BishopShaneOutside 350I am very pleased to advise you that Light from the Southern Cross was published last week by the Australian Bishops and Catholic Religious Australia. This is a comprehensive study of the current practices and possibilities for governance and management in Australian dioceses and parishes, which has been undertaken over the last 18 months by a group drawing on local and international experts.

Sandhurst 'Care for Creation' Statement

IMG 4455 (1)Pope Francis invites Catholic people everywhere to join the Season of Creation 2020, a year that marks the fifth anniversary of the encyclical ˜On Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si. 
Bishop Shane Mackinlay will launch the first Sandhurst 'Care for Creation' Statement prepared with the aim of encouraging a greater appreciation of Creation and a deeper understanding of our responsibility for its care.

Age No Barrier for Eaglehawk Octogenarian

MaryHarrison 12583-year old Eaglehawk parishioner, Mary Harrison, is now one of five billion people connected to the internet.  Last Sunday Mary watched a live-streamed Mass for the first time. In her 83 years Mary has never known a time when there were no public Masses, and to attend Mass was a great impetus to go online. 

Low Tech Prayer Community


GalahLetter 125Virtual connection doesn't need to be high-tech

Daniel Giles writes about using the humble telephone to pray with a prayer partner and explores ways to foster supportive intergenerational relationships in our church.


Camino de Santiago

LeoCamino 125A pilgrimage from Seville to Santiago 

Leave the confines of COVID-19 restrictions behind and travel vicariously with Eaglehawk Parishioner, Leo Overberg, as he shares his experience cycling the ‘Via de Plata’ one of the ‘Camino de Santiago’ pilgrimages to the Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St James the Apostle are said to lie in rest. A sacred site, second only to Rome for Christian pilgrims.

Social Justice Statement Released


SocialJusticeStatement 1To Live Life to the Full: Mental health In Australia Today 

In a decades-long tradition, the Catholic Bishops of Australia speak out together on a major social issue to mark Social Justice Sunday. Their statement is aimed at inspiring reflection and action for the following twelve months. This year’s statement, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, aims to encourage faith communities, governments and each one of us, to make mental health a priority. It is a timely message in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social Justice Sunday will be celebrated on 30 August.

Social Justice Sunday will be celebrated on 30 August.

Knights Still Fundraising for Sandhurst Seminarians

archbishopsDinnerSquareCarmine Miranda, State Chairman of the Knights of the Southern Cross is disappointed the Annual Archbishop’s Dinner scheduled for 21 August 2020 did not proceed due to coronavirus. Nevertheless, fundraising for the training of seminarians and priests continues.


Catholic Earthcare invites you to Convocation

ConvocationLogo 125The Catholic Earthcare community invites you to join them to welcome the Season of Creation at Convocation. Online throughout September, Convocation is a significant event with an amazing range of themes and speakers. It’s a unique source of information and inspiration about ‘Care for Creation’ from a Catholic perspective. All sessions are online and all are free.

Vinnies Launches Strategic Plan

SVDP LOGO 125The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society has launched a strategic plan which lays out a blueprint for the next three years and sets the foundations for the next decade. "It will bring about a stronger, more intergrated Society that, as we enter what might well be the most difficult period in Australia's redent history, positions us to mee the new and unceratin challenges that lie ahead," said National Preseident, Ms Claire Victory. "

Fr Andrew Fewings' 40th Jubilee

FrFewings FirstCOmmunion 125This Saturday, Fr Andrew Fewings celebrates forty years of priesthood.  Ordained on 15 August in 1980 at Sacred Heart Cathedral,  Fr Andrew is one of the few priests to have received all of his sacraments in the Diocese of Sandhurst and most of them in the one Parish.  Born and raised in Bendigo, he studied at Corpus Christi College and later at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He was Director of Religious Education at the Sandhurst Catholic Education Office for ten years and served as parish priest in various parishes across the Diocese.  Now Parish Priest of Kennington Parish, where he was baptised, Fr Andrew writes about his forty years as a diocesan priest and how staying in place has taken him far.


Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

 MaryMacKillopStatue 1258 August was the Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross. Well-planned festivities to celebrate her Feast Day in the tenth year since her canonisation on 17 October 2010, have been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, there were Masses across the country to celebrate her legacy, many of which can be viewed online. Sr Geraldine Larkins RSJ was the Lector at the St Kilians 10:00am Mass on Sunday 9 August, representing the Sisters of St Joseph in the Diocese of Sandhurst.   

COVID-19 It's not over until it's over for everyone

Covid-19 Not over until its over of all As COVID-19 continues to impact parts of Australia, millions of people around the world are also dealing with the impacts of the virus. Many of these communities were already facing poor sanitation, overcrowding and limited access to healthcare. How can you combat COVID-19 without access to adequate sanitation and healthcare?

Caritas Australia has joined churches and aid agencies for #EndCOVIDForAll, a pledge of support that will be taken to government to show our support for vulnerable communities, because it’s not over until it’s over for everyone.

Lebanon Disaster Response

Caritas Australia stands in solidarity with the people of Beirut and the Lebanese community here in Australia at this time of enormous heartbreak and loss. Caritas Australia has committed to provide immediate response in the form of crucial financial support as part of its already established Middle East Regional Appeal and deliver essential services through its in-country staff and partners.

"The Journey is My Destination"

Adonis Lector 125Adonis Peña reflects on two years as a Sandhurst seminarian.

The end of July marked significant milestones for third-year Sandhurst seminarian Adonis Peña. He celebrated another birthday and two years since his arrival in Australia.  Affectionately known as ‘Don’, and recognisable to many as altar server and lector at the livestreamed St Kilian’s Sunday Mass,  Adonis reflects on his first two years at Corpus Christi College and reveals why he’s now an Essendon supporter and parmigiana connoisseur.

Mary MacKillop an Icon

MaryMacKillop 125Diane Corro discusses the icon and the woman

"There is so much about Mary MacKillop that inspired me to want to make an icon of her"  says Josephite Associate Diane Corro.  Covid-19 restrictions have given the Josephite a little more time for iconography, which she has discovered is a deeply meditative and prayerful process.  To celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross, Diane shares her icon and thoughts about Mary MacKillop.

COVID-19 Prayer for Victoria

CovidPrayer 125We trust Victorians will remain resilient, as we struggle through a second-wave of hte COVID-19 pandemic. We offer a prayer written by Daniel Giles, 'COVID-19 Prayer for Victoria', which can be downlaoded from the Diocese of Sandhurst website. 

Sandhurst Welcomes seminarian Ezekiel Hangan

Ezekiel Hangan 125pxHaving considered the advice of the Consultors, Bishop Shane has accepted an application from Ezekiel Hangan to become a seminarian for the Diocese of Sandhurst. Ezekiel is currently a third-year student at Corpus Christi College, Carlton.  While he grew up in Melbourne, Ezekiel has had a long association with Bright, where he spent childhood holidays visiting his grandparents.  Ezekiel looks forward to participating in Sandhurst life one Covid-19 restrictions ease. 

Please pray for Sr Catherine Anne Dean RSJ

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Much loved Josephite, Sr Catherine Anne Dean passed away on Thursday 23 July, at St Vincent’s Hospital ICU after several months of ill health. Sr Cathy was loved for her vitality, generosity and caring nature. Her Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on Tuesday 28 July, at 12:00 noon. 

Thank you Sandhurst: Project Compassion 2020

Fr Rom at Launch of PC20 in the Diocese of SandhurstIn 2020 Project Compassion morphed into the COVID-19 APPEAL.  As could be expected, overall donations were down compared to the year before. Nevertheless, the people of Sandhurst can be extremely proud of their generous contirbution in 2020.  "It is evident that we, the people of Sandhurst, take seriously our Lenten Project Compassion and see it as our faith put into action for the poorest of the poor" says Father Rom Hayes

In a Good Place Program: Grants of up to $20,000 available

In A Good Place ProgramGrants of up to $20,000 are now available to not-for-profit organisations throughout rural, regional and remote Australia to support projects that improve and strengthen the mental health of their communities through the In a Good Place (IAGP) Program.

Sponsored by CCI Giving, a perpetual foundation established with a $10 million contribution from Catholic Church Insurance Limited, the program provides support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people who are at risk of, or are experiencing, mental health issues to seek help.

Disability and Theology

Daniel Giles highly recommends reading “‘Us’ Not ‘Them’: Disability and Catholic Theology and Social Teaching” by Fr Justin Glyn.Why are people with disability, illness or injury considered a special group of people, when we all experience human limitations? Daniel Giles reflects on this and other refreshing theological ideas around disability discussed in a book by Fr Justin Glyn, a Jesuit with a lived experience of disability. If you’d like a greater theological understanding of disability, Daniel Giles highly recommends reading “‘Us’ Not ‘Them’: Disability and Catholic Theology and Social Teaching” by Fr Justin Glyn.

Meet Mary, Our new Disability Contact Coordinator

Mary - Disability contact, Catholic Diocese of SandhurstMrs Mary Pianta has been appointed to the role of Disability Contact Coordinator, on a voluntary basis. Mary will liaise with parishes to identify the services, guidelines and specific pastoral care available for people with a disability and their families, and participate in a national network of disability contact coordinators to pool resources and information to support the participation of people with a disability and their families in the faith life of the Church.

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