Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

News Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. – MaƩhew 2:1-2 Escorted by Fr Novelito Lim Parish Priest , Kerang Pilgrimage Chaplain Ms Kerrie Hill Religious Education Leader & ClassroomTeacher St Joseph’s School Chiltern Sandhurst Diocese: ‘Journey of Christ’ to the Holy Land with optional extension to Petra, Jordan TOTAL ESTIMATED PACKAGE PRICE TO ISRAEL: AUD$6,790* per person (twin share) * Price isbasedonminimumof25payingparticipants.Subject tochange.Conditionsapply **Price isbasedonminimumof15payingparticipants.Subject tochange.Conditionsapply 18th SEPTEMBER – 2nd / 4th OCTOBER 2019 Walk inthefootstepsofJesus,hisancestors,hisfamilyandfirstdisciples. Listen to the Gospel stories in the ancient landscape where they first took shape. Set sail as Jesus did on the waters of Galilee under the warmth of a Mediterranean sun. Follow Jesus’last journey to Jerusalem, to Gethsemane and the place of death and Resurrection. Experience timetopray,toreflectandgainnew insightsforyourown journeyof life and faith. Here is the journey of a lifetime! OPTIONAL PETRA EXTENSION: AUD$990** per person (twin share) AUD$1,775 OPTIONAL SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT FOR PETRA: AUD$375 OPTIONAL SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT FOR ISRAEL: Olive Tree Travel Suite 1, Level 1 230 Balaclava Road, North Caulfield VIC 3161 T: +61 3 8488 9696 or 1300 55 08 30 info@olivetreetravel.com.au www.olivetreetravel.com.au Sandhurst Diocese Pilgrimage T: +61 3 5441 2544 (Request ‘Sandhurst Pilgrimage’) pilgrimage@ceosand.catholic.edu.au T H I S P I L G R I M A G E I S P R E S E N T E D B Y : THE SANDHURST DIOCESE OLIVE TREE TRAVEL t Adult Faith Education Sandhurst t The Sandhurst Diocese Catholic Education Office WHO TO CONTACT: An evening of Taize prayer was held at St Kilian’s in Bendigo. Catholic Mission speaker Irene Ho, Mr Kevin Hogarth and Fr Michael Morley at Tatura. By Kevin Meese Diocesan Director (Victoria and Tasmania) FR Michael Morley and his par- ish of Sacred Heart in Tatura warmly welcomed Irene Ho to speak at both Saturday Vigil and Sunday morning Masses for Catholic Mission’s appeal in Myanmar. Dressed in the traditional longyi, she spoke about the need of teachers in Myanmar to be trained, and for children to be educated. Irene was warmly hosted by the FCJ’s sisters in Shepparton and her guide, Kevin Hogarth helped by acting as chauffeur to take her to Tatura. She was very interested in our Australian wildlife and was particularly hoping to see kanga- roos. So, it was fortunate when driving to Tatura to speak for the Saturday vigil, that it was dusk. She got her wish! Norah McCluskey from Catholic Mission brought Irene up country. Whilst Irena spoke at Tatura, Norah was welcomed by Father Joe Taylor to speak at St Brendan’s and St Mel’s, Shepparton. Norah was pleased to meet parishioners and being born and raised in Cobram, had a chance meeting with cousins, a former classmate from school days as well from her Benalla days, Tony McDonald who teaches at St Mel’s Primary School. Catholic Mission’s partnership with the Church of Myanmar con- tinues to be strengthened by the support of parishioners and schools in the Sandhurst Diocese. This not only ensures sustainability of the project but also creates a bet- ter understanding of our respective cultures. Tatura welcomes Myanmar speaker BR Matthew from the Taizé Community in France recently visited Sandhurst Youth Ministry in Bendigo to share an experience of Taizé prayer with the wider community. St Kilian’s Church offered a relaxed space for those gathered, both Catholic and Anglican, to share in the prayerful evening. Taizé prayer consists of songs, scripture and silence and is, for many, a welcome chance to stop and reflect on the Gospel reading, or what- ever else may be on their mind. Brother Matthew offered a reflection on the story of Zacchaeus, asking what is our tree? What would we be will- ing to climb to be closer to Jesus? He also reminded us that Jesus actively sought out Zacchaeus, not waiting for him to approach, but calling out to him. Sometimes people need to be directly invited to realise that they are welcome and do belong. Well known songs from the Taizé Community, such as Jesus Remember Me and Bless the Lord, were part of the evening prayer, plus many more unfamiliar songs. The repetitive song style offers eve- ryone a chance to join in, even if they have not previously heard the music. The Taizé Community was founded by Br Roger in the 1940s. Located next to the town of Taizé in Central France, the commu- nity is made up of around 100 Brothers from approxi- mately 25 different countries, Catholic and Protestant alike. The Community aims to be a symbol of Christian Unity, and unity of the wider human family. Every year the Community welcomes young people, aged 15 to 30, to share in their way of life. Br Matthew aims to return to Australia within the next three years. He is hoping to visit other parts of the Diocese. Taize comes to Bendigo

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