COVID-19 and Disability

Covid Disability 2The COVID-19 pandemic, and the governments’ response to it, have had a disproportionate negative impact on people living with a disability. Nevertheless, it hasn’t all been bad news, writes Diocesan Disability Coordinator, Mary Pianta.

Stand Up! Pope Francis’ Message for the 36th World Youth Day

Stand Up WYD 125This Sunday 21 November is the 36th World Youth Day. Ruth Lawlor from Sandhurst Youth Ministry reflects on Pope Francis’ message to all young people as we look towards the Sandhurst World Youth Day celebration this Saturday.

Sandhurst World Youth Day 2021

WYDS 20NOV 2021Saturday 20 November
St Kilian's Parish, Bendigo

This Saturday, young people from across the Diocese are invited to attend the Sandhurst World Youth Day celebrations in Bendigo. Guests include Gen Bryant, Josh Angrisano and Romina Martiniello, as well as Sandhurst’s Bishop Shane Mackinlay and Fr Rob Galea.

'Wominjeka' Welcome to Doxa

Doxa Wominjenka 125Doxa School Bendigo prides itself on being a welcoming place, so it comes as no surprise that they have chosen to feature an artwork in their foyer which provides a cultural welcome to all who enter the space. The original design by indigenous artist Troy Firebrace features an Acknowledgement of Country with the heading Wominjeka, meaning welcome; writes Jenni Kennedy. 

End-of-Year Prayer and Reflection

christ the kingBy Lyn Breen 

The Feast of Christ the King marks the end of the liturgical year. It’s a time for us to reflect and pray about the values that shape our lives and the ways we have travelled over the last year.

Reverend Dr Joseph Parkinson Recognised with Highest Honour

Fr Joe Parkinson 125Catholic Health Australia has awarded leading Catholic bioethicist Reverend Dr Joseph Parkinson its highest honour for his contribution to health and education. Dr Parkinson was awarded the CHA 2021 Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award at the organisation’s national awards ceremony on 11 November 2021.

Victorian Faith Community Leaders write Open Letter to the Attorney-General regarding Equal Opportunity Amendment Bill

EqualOpportunityBill Letter 125Leaders of faith communities in Victoria have written an open letter to the Attorney-General regarding the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021. The letter, printed in The Age on 16 November, expresses their grave concerns about the proposed amendments which it calls a ‘gross overreach’ by a Government ‘seeking to dictate how faith communities should run their organisations.’

Pope Francis appoints new Auxiliary Bishop for Brisbane

AuxBishopBrisbane Fr Tim Norton SVDPope Francis has appointed Fr Tim Norton, a priest of the Society of the Divine Word, as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Fr Norton, born and raised in Australia, has spent much of his priestly ministry overseas, including the past several years in Italy. He has served as head of the Australian Province of his order and spent time as vice-president of Catholic Religious Australia.

New book from Australian Catholic Bishops Expresses Light and Hope Amidst Lockdown

Streams of Light 125A collection of sermons and pastoral messages from Australian Catholic Bishops during Easter 2020 has been published by St Pauls Publications.  These messages have an enduring value as they capture a time of strangeness, deprivation and isolation, pierced by the joyful good news of Christ’s resurrection.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Conservation continuing

SHC PaulMonroe 125A complete restoration of the roof above the aisles of Sacred Heart Cathedral was completed last week.  The Diocese is committed to the continual conservation of its most iconic and spiritually significant building. 


Latest "Pathways for Seniors 2022" released

Pathways for Seniors 2021 125pxWe hope you enjoy exploring Pathways for Seniors 2022 online via computer, smart ‘phone or tablet!

Pathways for Families 2022

Pathways for families 2021 125pxThe Sandhurst Diocese ‘Pathways for Families 2022’ online resource contains a wide variety of live links to information, networks and resources to enrich, interest and support families in their continuing journeys in Faith, Prayer, Spirituality, Connections to the wider community, and much more.

Synod on Synodality

"For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission"
Sixteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Synod On Synodality 125On the same day that Archbishop Coleridge celebrated the closing Mass in Brisbane for the First Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, Pope Francis launched the first phase of the Sixteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops during Mass in Rome.

Marian Festival a Timely Reminder to Pray to Mary for Peace

MarianFestival 1A COVID-19 safe group of twenty gathered to celebrate the 45th Sandhurst Marian Festival at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday 10 October. Bishop Shane Mackinlay and Father Stephen Bolling led the devotions and Bishop Shane celebrated the Mass of the day.  The festival was live-streamed to hundreds of virtual attendees.

Sandhurst Wheel of Prayer Day 2021

Faith Circle 125Saturday 30 October 10:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Online live via Zoom

The 2021 Sandhurst ‘Wheel of Prayer’ Day will focus on new and old ways to ‘stay connected’. After an introduction by Dr Chris Cotter, Director of Mission and Pastoral Life, there will be four workshops led by experienced local presenters. The workshop topics are “Men’s Groups”, “Finding God in the Bits and Pieces”, “Catholic Charismatic Prayer” and "Faith Circles".

Music Ministry Workshop for 15 to 30 year olds

YouthMinistryWorkshopSandhurst Youth Ministry has invited Gen Bryant, a Catholic musician from Melbourne, to help facilitate a Music Ministry Workshop for the young people in our Diocese. The workshop is open to anyone in the Diocese aged 15-30 who wishes to gain some new skills and insight into what Music Ministry is in different settings.

Sandhurst to Celebrate World Youth Day

SYM WYD 2021Saturday 20 November 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
St Kilian's, Bendigo  for 15 -30 year olds 

The Theme for Sandhurst's WYD Celebration is  Stand up! (Acts 16:16). As numbers will be capped, SYM is encouraging Hubs across the Diocese so that as many people can participate in this live-streamed event, while benefitting from the company of fellow Hubbers in person.  

L'Arche Christmas Market

LArche 12510:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday 28 November
The Good Loaf, 404 Hargreaves Street Bendigo


The festive annual L’Arche Bendigo Christmas Market is a great way to catch up with L’Arche Friends and enjoy a variety of Christmas Fare including, L’Arche Artwork, Craft, Christmas Cakes and Puddings, Vintage Kitchenalia and more … This is a fundraiser to support L’Arche communities and networks in Bendigo.

Bishop Shane's Message to Year 12 Students of 2021

Bishop Shane Year2 Message 2021Year 12 has always been a challenging time, but for the Class of 2021, who have been studying for exams and preparing for life beyond school, the past two years of COVID-19 have been particularly stressful and full of uncertainty. Bishop Shane provides words of encouragement and some gentle useful advice.

Time Between Assemblies a Chance for Prayer, Maturation

PlenaryCouncil Logo Square 125The months between the first and second general assemblies of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia are a time for “prayer, reflection, maturation and development”, according to a concluding statement from the first assembly.

The statement, approved by the Council’s members during Saturday’s final plenary session, speaks of a week in which regular prayer and spiritual conversations, encouraging deep listening, “allowed space for still nascent dreams and visions to come to greater maturity”.

First Assembly of Plenary Council "has been a monument to grace and faith" says Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Archbishop Coleridge 125The First Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council closed on Sunday 10 October with Mass celebrated by Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

In his Homily, Archbishop Coleridge reflected on his week as one of 278 members, seeking to capture how they felt at the end of the assembly.

“Weary and a bit ragged, because it was very hard work; relieved, even slightly surprised, because so much could have gone wrong; satisfied, because it has produced real fruit; grateful to God and to each other, because it has all been more gift than hard work; intrigued to see what happens between now and the second assembly in the middle of next year,” he explained.

Plenary Council First Assembly 'Inspiring, Challenging'

Archbishop Costelloe 125As he closed the formal proceedings of the first general assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia on Saturday evening, Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, the Council's President, reflected on a week that had been “inspiring, challenging and sometimes unsettling”.

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.

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