Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU FEBRUARY 2019 14 NEWS “I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, walk!’” Acts 3:6 Groups are subject to maximum and minimum numbers determined seven working days prior to the commencement date. Early registration is encouraged. Life Partnership Workshop for Couples For bookings and enquiries phone Shepparton 5820 0444 Life Partnership Workshop For Couples is for all couples in relationships. Whether couples are preparing to marry or commit to a long term relationship, this workshop gives couples education and skills to support healthy and successful relationships. The workshop runs for four hours and is hosted by friendly and experienced CCS facilitators. Fees The workshop costs $200 per couple A concession rate is available upon request Shepparton 5.00pm - 7.00pm Term 1 Tuesday 5th and 12th February 2019 Term 2 Tuesday 14th and 21st May 2019 Term 3 13th and 20th August 2019 Term 4 Tuesday 8th and 15th October 2019 Workshops are held in: The workshop aims: • To build knowledge about happy and healthy relationships • To build strong and loving relationships • To build deeper understanding and acceptance of each other The workshop includes: • Activities to discover more about each other • Skills to build positive habits and acceptance of differences • Activities to explore personality, habits, roles and backgrounds • Communication and listening skills Group activities in Shepparton—Term 1, 2019 Seasons for Growth is an eight week group program that aims to support children aged 6-8 who are experiencing grief and loss. Seasons for Growth explores the impact of change and loss by working with children to learn about effective ways to respond and adapt to change. Tuning in to Kids is a six week group program that aims to give parents and caregivers helpful ways of teaching their child the skills of emotional intelligence, which is the ability to understand and manage your emotions, as well as being able to communicate to others about feelings. DRUMBEAT (Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, & Thoughts) is a nine week group program for children aged 10-12, that uses hand drumming to explore topics such as peer pressure, bullying, dealing with emotions, identity, social responsibility and teamwork. Starts: Wednesday the 6th of February Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm Starts: Monday the 11th of February Time: 9.30am-11.00am Starts: Thursday the 7th of February Time: 4.00pm-5.00pm Above program times are held at CatholicCare Sandhurst (68 Wyndham Street, Shepparton). FMHSS can tailor all groups according to needs, and can deliver all groups in schools and during school hours. For more information or to register your interest for a group, please call the Family Mental Health Support Services (FMHSS) team at CCS on 5820 0444, or email Goulburn Valley Grandparents’ Support Group Are you raising your grandchildren, or do you not have access to your grandchildren? Our support group helps grandparents to share the load through friendship, caring and understanding. When: Thursday the 7th of February Thursday the 7th of March Thursday the 4th of April Time: 10.00am-12.00pm Jackson Saunders, on holidays from the seminary, visiting Myrtleford As I reflect back on my summer break from the seminary, I am grateful for the many opportunities I have been given to connect with you across the Sandhurst Diocese. The break from the seminary has been almost three months. However, I can assure you that I have not sat idle during this time. Nor have the other seminarians, for that matter. The summer is an opportunity for us to work, to connect with people pastorally, to travel and to evangelise. Personally, I have been blessed to be able to do this across the Diocese in Wodonga, Wangaratta, Wangaratta South, Myrtleford, Benalla, Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kerang, Cohuna, White Hills, St Kilian’s, the Cathedral Bendigo and my home parish of St Monica’s, Kangaroo Flat. It is the people in each of these parishes, who make these experiences so special. Your faith, your love for each other and for God never ceases to amaze me. You are the people who, in many instances, keep our parishes going; the ones who mow the church lawns, count the money, set up for Mass, volunteer with St Vinnie’s and visit the sick. The list of tasks you undertake is endless. As a seminarian and future priest, it is inspiring to reflect upon your endeavours and the ways in which you support our priests in sharing the joy and love of the Gospel message with others in our parishes and beyond. I am filled with hope for the future when I see your efforts at a local parish level. It is these thoughts which make my reflections on the past few months in the Sandhurst Diocese so meaningful. I concluded the academic year at the seminary at Corpus Christi College in Carlton on November 18, 2018. Schools Ministry My break began with a visit to our schools in the Diocese with fellow Sandhurst seminarian, DJ Suguitan. This was a week of witness and evangelisation where we shared our vocation stories and answered questions from students. While some described it as a ‘fishing expedition’ to recruit new candidates for the priesthood, our main focus was to encourage students to think about how best they can use their gifts and talents in the future to help others. Our visits took us to Catholic College Wodonga, FCJ College Benalla, Catherine McAuley College Bendigo and Marian College Myrtleford. We entitled our presentation ‘Wonder’ and asked the students to consider two questions. The first question was: Who am I? The second question was: Whose am I? By asking these questions we were able to begin to show how we have all been given gifts and talents, and that because we are made in the image and likeness of God, these gifts and talents ultimately come from God. This then provided the setting for us to be able to connect with students at a more personal level by sharing our own vocation journey and why we wanted to study for the priesthood. We were also able to open the floor for questions. The questions DJ and I received kept us on our toes, but the most popular question we were asked as we went from classroom to classroom was: Do priests get paid? While priests are well provided for with their everyday needs, we explained that priests are not paid in the ‘normal’ sense, given that what we are undertaking is a vocation and we are on call. As such, it is not like a normal 9 am - 5 pm job. During this week, we also spoke at the Bendigo Knights of the Southern Cross annual dinner at the Fr Ted Harte Parish Centre at Holy Rosary Parish in White Hills. It was a great joy to be able to share our experiences of the week in schools with members of the Knights, to talk in detail about life at the seminary and to answer their questions. Fr Nathan Verallo’s Priestly Ordination and First Mass Our sense of vocation to the priesthood was enriched at the end of our week of undertaking school’s ministry. DJ and I had grown in our sense of calling for the priesthood as we shared our vocation testimony with students and that was about to be enriched with the Ordination of our classmate, Father Nathan Verallo. Fr Nathan was ordained at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo, on Saturday, November 24. It was a joy-filled celebration with parishioners and priests from across the Sandhurst Diocese and beyond. A wonderful reception was held afterwards in St Kilian’s Hall. On the Sunday of that same weekend, hundreds gathered at St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Shepparton where Fr Nathan Verallo celebrated his first Mass. This was a cheerful celebration again with his uncle, Bishop Dennis C. Villarojo, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cebu, in attendance, along with priests from across the Sandhurst Diocese and beyond. Since Fr Nathan has been ordained, I have had the privilege of seeing him in action in my home parish of St Monica’s, Kangaroo Flat, and at Bethlehem Aged Care in Golden Square where Mass is celebrated for residents each Wednesday at 11 am. It has been an inspiration to see him connect with and inspire so many parishioners in his early days as a priest. Jackson’s Journeys are continued on the back page... Jackson’s Journeys Jackson and Clare McHugh at St Monica’s Church Kangaroo Flat