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Lent Resources for 2020

Lent 2020 cover 125pxLENT 2020 Leaflets for prayer and reflection for individuals and groups.

Free to download from Adult Faith Education Sandhurst.

Two vibrant youth workers needed to join the Diocesan team

sandhursr diocese coat of arms 125pxSandhurst Youth Ministry is seeking two vibrant youth workers to join the Diocesan team.

The two position are:
1) Youth Ministry Worker- Event Management and Communications
2) Youth Ministry Worker- Music Ministry and School Outreach

Future of the Poor Clares, Bendigo

Poor Clare Sisters SquareThe Poor Clare Colettines are a religious order of women in the tradition of St Clare and St Francis of Assisi, who live in enclosed communities of prayer, silence, and peaceful work to pursue perfect Christian love in lives given entirely to Jesus Christ.

The community of Poor Clare Sisters at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Kennington, have served the Church through prayer for over 50 years, as a blessing to the entire Diocese of Sandhurst, the people of Bendigo, and Kennington Parish.

The number of sisters has declined over the years and there are currently three Poor Clare Sisters in Kennington, who are advancing in years.

Prayer: In the Face of the Terror of Bushfires

bushfire 125pxHere is a Prayer In the Face of the Terror of Bushfires adapted for us by Fr Tony Hill, parish priest of Euroa.

Bishop Shane Mackinlay urges generous response to devastating bushfires

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3 January 2020

With acrid smoke hanging in the air across the region these last few days, we have all had a strong reminder of the bushfires that have affected so many areas of South-East Australia this last week, including a number of communities in our own diocese. There is a deep concern for those who have died, and those who have lost loved ones or property.

We can be very grateful for the heroic efforts by fire fighters and other emergency personnel, and the impressive coordination of evacuations and warning messages.  While the cooler weather has provided some respite in the last couple of days, the fires are continuing to burn, and it is anticipated that there will be significant threats again in the coming days.

Bishop Shane Mackinlay's Christmas Message 2019

bishopshane 150Christmas is our celebration of the God who is with us.

It’s 10 weeks since I was ordained bishop. In that time, I have visited parishes, schools, healthcare providers, and welfare agencies in various parts of the diocese, and met with groups and committees that are involved with different dimensions of the life of the church, both in the diocese and more broadly. I am on a steep learning curve about the extraordinary richness and diversity of people and activities that are taking place in our region.

Pathways for Families

Pathways families 2020 cover 125pxThe Sandhurst Diocese ‘Pathways for Families’ 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 families and wider community, and much more.

Advent Leaflets 2019

Advent 2019 125pxLyn Breen, the Adult Faith Education officer of the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst has produced a new series of Advent resources to use within Parishes during the Advent season.  Click the link below to view the resources.

Episcopal Ordination - Most Rev Shane Mackinlay

bishopshane 150The Episcopal Ordination of Most Rev Shane Mackinlay, Eighth Bishop of Sandhurst, took place at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo, on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 12:00 noon.

Shane Mackinlay ordained eighth Bishop of Sandhurst

sandhursr diocese coat of arms 125pxBishop Shane Mackinlay, the eighth Bishop of Sandhurst, was ordained to the episcopacy in Bendigo’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday 16 October.

Statement from the ACBC on Cardinal Pell's appeal judgment

Today the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released a statement on the outcome of Cardinal Pell's appeal in the Victorian Court of Appeal.

Please read the ACBC's statement here.

Letter from the Most Rev Leslie Tomlinson, Bishop of Sandhurst

Tomlinson-Sandhurst-125px Dear Friends,

With joy and thanksgiving, I write to inform you that His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed Very Reverend Associate Professor Shane Mackinlay as the eighth Bishop of Sandhurst. This appointment follows Pope Francis’ acceptance of my resignation as Bishop of Sandhurst, having attained the retirement age. This appointment was announced at 12:00 noon, Roman time (8:00pm this evening local time), 23rd July, 2019.

WHEEL OF PRAYER’ DAY PROGRAM

wheel of prayer 125pxTHE SANDHURST ‘WHEEL OF PRAYER’ DAY PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE!
August 3, 2019, 10.00 am – 3.30 pm Mons Peter Jeffery Parish Centre (behind St Brendan’s Church) Shepparton (No Cost. Lunch provided)

Pathways for Seniors 2019

pathways seniors 2019 cover 125pxWe hope you enjoy exploring Pathways for Seniors 2019-2020 online via computer, smart ‘phone or tablet!

Implementing the Bishop's Social Justice Statement

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Implementing the Bishops' Social Justice Statement

Venue: St Brendan's Parish Centre
Knight Street Shepparton
Date: Saturday 6 July 10.30am - 2.30pm

Saints and sinners in Tudors to Windsors

S&S 3 125pxSimon’s ancestor, Margaret Pole, was killed for her fidelity to the Catholic faith, after serving as Catherine of Aragon’s Lady-in-Waiting and tutor to the young Princess and future Queen, Mary Tudor.

Lent 2019

Lent cover 1 125pxLENT 2019 Leaflets for prayer and reflection for individuals and groups.

Free to download from Adult Faith Education Sandhurst.

Statement from Bishop Leslie Tomlinson - Response to the conviction of Cardinal Pell - Media Release 25th February, 2019

sandhursr diocese coat of arms 125pxBishop Les Tomlinson's Media Release statement re Response to the conviction of Cardinal Pell

Sandhurst Diocese Pilgrimage 2019 to the Holy Land

pilgramage 2019 125px‘Journey of Christ’ Sandhurst Diocese Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, optional Petra, Jordan extension.

18th September – 2nd / 4th October 2019 with Fr Novelito Lim (Parish Priest Kerang) & Ms Kerrie Hill (RE Leader, St Joseph’s PS Chiltern).

‘Love in Marriage' prayerbook launched

love in marriage cover 125pxThe Sandhurst Diocese has produced a booklet is a book of prayers based on paragraphs in Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of Love’ (or Amoris Laetitia, 2016), in which he offers wisdom and guidance for families, engaged and married couples, and the communities and individuals who may walk beside them. In this little book, the Pope’s words are arranged as prayers, for couples, families and communities, to pray for themselves and others..

‘Love in the Family' prayerbook launched

love in the family cover 125pxThe Sandhurst Diocese has produced a prayerbook based on paragraphs of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, 'The Joy of Love' Amoris Laetita, 2016.

The booklet is a book of prayers based on paragraphs in Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of Love’ (or Amoris Laetitia, 2016), in which he offers wisdom and guidance for families, engaged and married couples, and the communities and individuals who may walk beside them. In this little book, the Pope’s words are arranged as prayers, for couples, families and communities, to pray for themselves and others..

‘Youth Pathways 2019’ has arrived

youth pathways cover 125pxThe latest edition of ‘Youth Pathways 2019’ has arrived in schools and parishes across the Sandhurst Diocese.

The booklet produced in partnership by Sandhurst Youth Ministry and Adult Faith Education Sandhurst outlines opportunities to assist young people on their faith journey.

Teachers from St Liborius Primary School take RCIA journey

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Earlier in the year, the St Liborius’ RCIA Team was approached by one of the staff at the parish school, asking: “There are six of us who want to become Catholics. What do we do?” . 

Ordination to the Priesthood - Reverend Dean Bongat

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Ordination to the Priesthood
Reverend Dean Bongat

"It is my great pleasure to welcome you all as we come to celebrate this special day in the life of Dean Bongat to be ordained to the Priesthood. Dean has chosen our readings for Mass today, as these words from the Scriptures have special significance for him, as he accepts his calling from God to the Priesthood." - Bishop Leslie Tomlinson

St Joseph's Church Undera closes after 139 years

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More than 200 people joined for the final Mass at St Joseph's Undera, as it closed after 139 years.

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Upcoming Events

28 Apr
The Gospel of John with Fr Brian Boyle
Date 28.04.2020 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Gospel of John has been famously described as A magic pool in which an infant can paddle and an elephant can swim.” (Prof Frank Moloney SDB).

During Holy Week, on Easter Sunday and during the Easter Season that lead towards Pentecost, we will be listening to the Gospel of John. Composed in stages, decades after the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, for communities living far from the land where Jesus was born, the Gospel of John was written for people whose faith in Jesus was fragile but growing and others of no faith at all. Although they hadn’t seen or heard Jesus for themselves, they too were on the journey towards being his disciples.

 

Fr Brian Boyle is a priest of the Sandhurst Diocese. He has been trained in the interpretation of scripture and has an ongoing interest in Adult Faith Education and Faith Development. Fr Brian is author of the popular ‘A Friendly guide to the Prophets’.

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