Dementia Awareness Month – September 2022

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.

Help build brighter futures for communities in Ethiopia this World Mission Month.

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. 

Majellan Media offers new telephone prayer service

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. 

Sister Marie Céline Nolan fcJ RIP

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. 

MICAH Women Leaders urge Australian Government to "Help Fight Famine"

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.  

Knights Commemorate 100 Years of Local Service

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.

St Mary's Echuca Parish Festival A Great Success

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.

Yarrawonga welcomes Fr Onyirioha

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.  

Monsignor Frank Marriott truly invested

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.        

Rome: Bishop Shane attends Formation Course for New Bishops

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 Elizabeth II: 1926- 2022



"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."

Majellan Media offers new Telephone Prayer Service

PRAYER 125Dial 03 9592 2777
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.

Bishops support Catholic schools with guide on identity and gender

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.

Scripture Talks on St Paul now available online

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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Sandhurst Lay Leaders Look to the Future

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 gather online

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!  

Rural Australians for Refugees seeking help for Refugee Arrivals.

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. 

Rent freeze must be part of the national cost-of-living debate

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.

Long-term funding contracts for community services organisations a step closer

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.

St Joseph’s College Students Keep the Faith Alive in Local Aged-Care Facilities

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. 

Animations introduce new Church Authorities

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 Australia’s Cambodian Country Representative retires after an extraordinary 30 years

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.  

Bishops' President Hopes Church Will Continue Along Journey Of Discovery

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.

140 Years of Faith and Worship in Bethanga Celebrated at Farewell Mass

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.

Sandhurst Clergy focus on Integral Ecology at Annual Inservice

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. 
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