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Launch of Commitment to Sandhurst Laudato Si' Action and National 20th Anniversary Celebrations of Catholic Earthcare

Laudato Si Week Launch 2022You are invited to the official Launch of Laudato Si' Action in Sandhurst at Nathalia on Monday 23 May. Bishop Shane will commission Sandhurst parishes and schools which have signed up to the Catholic Earthcare programme.  The day will start with lunch at St Mary of the Angel's College at 12:30 p.m.  Followed by he launch at Broken Creek, Uncle Bob's Park, at 1:45 p.m. 

This event is also the National Catholic Earthcare 20th Anniversary Celelbrations. Prior registration of attendance is essential

Caritas Oceania Laudato Si' Youth Summit

Laudato Si Youth Forum 125'Heart, Head, Hands'

Online 24-26 May 2022 (11.00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Bookings must be made by 17 May 2022. 

Join young people from across Oceania to discuss concerns and ideas to care for our common home. Feel inspired to connect our faith and diverse cultures to better understand our call to ecological justice for all future generations. 

Screening of 'Regenerating Australia'

regeneratingAustralia HeroWhat would Australia look like in 2030 if we simply listened to the needs of its people?

This free online event will begin with prayer at 6.00 p.m. followed by the screening of the documentary film ‘Regenerating Australia’.  At the end of the screening there will be an opportunity for discussion about how to get involved.

Tuesday 17 May 2022 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Via Zoom – Booking is essential: https://www.trybooking.com/BZADT

Archbishop Costelloe elected president of Bishops Conference

Archbishop Costelloe 125The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has elected Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB president of the Conference, and re-elected Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP vice-president, on the opening day of its plenary meeting.
The Conference agreed that the president and vice-president’s two-year terms will commence on 13 July 2022, after the Second General Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.Archbishop Costelloe was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in 2007 and Archbishop of Perth in 2012.

With Joy Comes the Dawn

A Reflection on John 21: 1-9  
Scripture Scholar, Very Rev. Dr Brian Boyle EV reflects on the readings of the Third Sunday of Easter.  

CSSA on Labor's Pre-election Stance

CSSV 125Catholic Social Services Victoria supports Labor’s commitment to review the National Disabiltiy Insurance Scheme, but says its decision not to review the JobSeeker payment ahead of its first budget if it wins the May federal election is disappointing.

Caritas Australia Welcomes Labor's Pledge to Increase Foreign Aid Budget

Caritas Labor Promise 125Caritas Australia has welcomed Labor’s pledge to boost Australian Official Development Assistance for Pacific countries and Timor-Leste by $525 million over the next four years and urges the Coalition to increase its own funding commitments.  

Strive to offer elderly that special form of love

Elderly 125How are we preserving the dignity of not just our own parents, but contributing to the wellbeing of all those ageing? How are we building a society that supports humans through the spiritual and physical battles that can manifest during these times? 
 
Catholic Health Australia’s Director of Mission and Strategy, Brigid Meney, asks these questions in response to Pope Francis’ recent Catechesis on Old Age

Archbishop Balvo Takes up Appointment as Nuncio to Australia

Archbishop Charles BavoThe new Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Charles Balvo, has arrived as Pope Francis’ ambassador to Australia in what the 70-year-old believes will be his final assignment, after having already served 35 years in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps.
Archbishop Balvo sat down with the Bishops Conference for an introductory interview, which covered the roles of a Nuncio, his previous connection with Australia, what he was expecting to find here and how he plans to come to know the People of God.

Caritas Executives on a Mission: Riding 900 kms in 9 days

Kirsty GoulburnSunday, April 23, Kirsty Robertson, Caritas Australia’s CEO, and Richard Landels, Caritas Australia’s Advancement Director, took off on an epic 900km bicycle ride from Sydney to Melbourne in a quest to help break the cycle of poverty.  
They started the journey from Mary Immaculate Church in Quakers Hill, Sydney, with a blessing from Bishop Vincent Long and will finish in at St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne where they will be greeted by Archbishop Peter Comensoli.  The cyclists will soon be stopping in Wangaratta and Euroa in the Diocese of Sandhurst, where they will meet with students at local schools and parishioners.

Knights Gather for Annual Barney's Picnic

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For about 60 years on the first Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday since 2000), the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria have held their annual regional gathering on the banks of the Murray River at Gehrig Wine Estate in Barnawatha North, writes Andrew Vaccaro

Preparation and Consultation for Sandhurst Mission and Pastoral Council

PayerFront Image27 April 2022 – 27 April 2023
Starting and finishing with the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Patroness of the Diocese of Sandhurst 

A key recommendation in the 2020 Go Forth Review of the Diocese was that the Bishop Shane establish a Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Council (DMPC) to support him to “operate in a strategic and collaborative way, drawing on the best possible advice of lay people and clergy for delivery of the Church’s mission.” (Go Forth Report)

Sandhurst Scripture Talks 2022

Growing faith communities for our mission today: Insights from the genius of St Paul

In June 2022, the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst will host a series of Zoom talks on Sacred Scripture which aim to inform and support the faith-life of the people of God in the Diocese of Sandhurst, particularly in the light of our present context: the diocesan Go Forth review, the Plenary Council of the Australian Church, the Synod on Synodality and our socio-cultural reality.

Major church providers open letter to all federal candidates

ElectionCandidates OpenLetter 125Australia’s major Church providers* have come together ahead of the upcoming election to call on all parties and candidates to commit to policies that will make a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. Our hope is that voters, candidates and parties will transform this vision into a better Australia.

People of God Invited to Surround Council in Prayer

Plenary PrayerCatholics across the country are being invited to participate in a new prayer pilgrimage as the Church journeys towards the second assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.


The “Walking in the Spirit” pilgrimage has been prepared to encourage individuals, families, parishes, schools and other ministries to keep the Plenary Council in their prayers.

Knights of the Southern Cross gather for the annual ‘Barney’s Picnic’

For about 60 years on the first Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday since 2000), the Knights of the Southern Cross Victoria have held their annual regional gathering on the banks of the Murray River at Gehrig Wine Estate in Barnawatha North.

Originally hosted by KSCV Wodonga Branch Member, Barney Gehrig (now hosted by his son Bernie), it became known as ‘Barney’s Picnic’, and the name has stuck ever since. Being hosted in the same location for over 50 years by Rutherglen, Wodonga, Myrtleford and Wangaratta Branches, ‘Barney’s’ has become a KSCV institution, one of those events that makes being a Knight a joyous experience. 2020 was the only year we missed ‘Barney’s’, for obvious reasons.

Bishops call for ‘a better kind of politics’

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Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for a shake-up that focuses the country’s politics on the common good of all, including – and especially – those who struggle to participate in the community.


Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said no one political party fully embodies Catholic social teaching. The bishops are, however, offering an election statement to encourage Catholics and people of good will to reflect on the good they can do for their community by using their vote for the good of all.

Palm Sunday Gathering A Show of Support for Refugees

RAR PalmSunday2022 125By John Murphy
 “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” Micah 6:8. 
 
Palm Sunday 2022 marked a return to people of faith and good-will, gathering to promote Bendigo and Australia as a welcoming and just community; calling on our parliament to replace cruel practices of exclusion and detention with a compassionate and supportive welcome to those who flee to us for sanctuary.  

Scripture Reflection on the Readings of Easter Sunday


FrBrian Boyle feb 2017Scripture Scholar, Very Rev. Dr Brian Boyle EV, shares a reflection on the Readings of Easter Sunday.

"The readings for Easter Sunday invite us to reflect particularly on the theme of participation. We listen to one another and in doing so open ourselves to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. All of us by virtue of our Baptism are qualified to contribute to this process of listening."

Know a Good Egg?

Egg 125It’s a modern-world irony that the custom of giving eggs, symbols of the Risen Christ, at Easter has become a commercialised practice that can bring short-term joy to some, while possibly seriously harming others, and causing long-term harm to our environment.

As Catholics, we know that purchasing is always a moral act, and want to make ethical purchases, but how can we know a good egg when we see one?

Catholic Social Services weighs in on Budget

cssv logo 125The Chair of Catholic Social Services Australia, Francis Sullivan,  has weighed in on the Federal Budget, staying that the budget does not address long-term systemic problems.   “The  ‘us and them’ divide has never been more obvious and the lack of leadership never more glaring,”  he writes.  

Fr Jackson filled with awe and wonder at Thanksgiving Mass

Jackson ThanksgivingMass 350Fr Jackson Saunders celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for his priestly ordination on 27 March at St Kilian's Church in Bendigo on the evening after his ordination to the priesthood.
 "I am most grateful for the support of all across the weekend and for people's prayers ... My Thanksgiving Mass was a special moment and it was humbling to lead people in the celebration of the Eucharist. I was filled with a sense of awe and wonder." 
Rev. Fr Jackson Saunders

Catholic Healthcare on the Federal Budget

CHA FederalBUdgetAustralia’s not-for-profit Catholic health and aged care providers are disappointed by the lack of ongoing assistance and structural reform that is needed to support Australia’s most vulnerable in palliative care, mental health and social services.
While the measures announced in last week’s Budget will provide some temporary relief to some in the community labouring under the cost of living, it missed the opportunity to deliver lasting change. 

Part-time Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Bendigo 2022

CPE BendigoCourseThe Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria will conduct a part-time unit in the second semester of 2022.

CPE is one of the most highly recognised programs of supervised education for provision of spiritual and pastoral care and is rarely available outside the metropolitan area. It carries extensive credit in tertiary religious and theological study programs. It is highly recommended for anyone contemplating working in pastoral or spiritual care especially in a professional role, or in a volunteer capacity, and for those working in other helping professions.

Fr Jophin Joy aims to bring joy

Fr Jophin Joy 125New to our Diocese, Fr Jophin Joy is a Holy Spirit Father originally from Kerala, India.  He joins priests from his community, Fr Vijay Bandanadam, Fr Shibu Pezhumthottathil and Fr Uday Marenini to serve in Sandhurst where he is Assistant Priest at St Brendan's Shepparton.  

Fr Jophin introduces himself and shares some thoughts about his mission in Sandhurst. 

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