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Diocesan Priesthood Sandhurst Diocesan Vocations Ministry “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5 Contact Father Steve Bohan for information PO Box 36, Yarrawonga Vic 3730 Phone: 03 5744 3030 Fax: 03 5744 3434 DISTRIBUTION The SandPiper is published and distributed for the first Sunday of each month to schools and parishes across the diocese. Schools and Parishes in close proximity to each other have been combined to one delivery point where possible. If you experience delays or have any issues regarding your SandPiper delivery, please notify the editor. 03 5445 3610 Bishop Les Tomlinson Do good for God not admiration T he season of Lent is almost upon us, with Ash Wednesday this year falling on March 6. Most of us, I suspect, love an audience, especially when we think we are doing “good deeds”. After all, we might persuade ourselves, what is the point of doing good, if nobody else is aware of it? Yet in the Gospels, we hear clear warnings given by Jesus, to pray in secret, to fast in secret and to donate of our worldly goods in secret. Perhaps Jesus was issuing a warning to all the hypocrites of his day, as well as ours, that when we give alms, pray or fast, we must be extremely cautious about doing it in public; in other words no play-acting to our audience, or as Jesus puts it in St Matthew’s gospel, we are “not to parade good deeds before men to attract their notice.” Pope Francis, in a recent Lenten message to the world, reminded us that Lent is “a fitting time for self-denial” and asks us to “bear wit- ness to all those who live in material, moral and spiritual destitution… by imitating Christ who became poor and enriched us by his poverty.” The concept of true poverty as exer- cised by Christ, is one that we can all imitate in our lives, even in the privacy of our homes. During Lent, our penitential exercises and transformative good acts have a deadly seriousness. If we are to take Lent seriously, the routine of just giving up chocolate or the odd drink is not for us! Rather, our pen- ances should train us to increase in virtue; they should deal a mortal blow to any sinful habits and enable us to die to ourselves and our self-centred desires. Hence, the ashes traced in the form of a cross for Lent, remind us that it is the time of dying with Christ. Human beings as a rule do not like fail- ing: we do not like our pride being wounded, as we are reminded of our imperfections. Not for nothing, then, is humility – the opposite of Lent is a season of the heart. It is a favourable time, when the roots of our faith in Christ can grow deeper in each of us. Our discipline is about rediscovering the depth and the height of his love and his mercy, the width and the breadth. – Bishop Les Tomlinson “ pride – associated with the practice of penance. In fact, it can form the key to understanding the purpose of penance. Humility involves rec- ognising the truth about ourselves, as opposed to the false image pride can create, and so establishing those right priorities for God, neighbour, and self, which Lenten penances point us towards. In addition, of course, that striking ritual of the imposition of ashes with which we mark the beginning of this season is a sign of that spirit of humility, which we are to try and discover in the course of Lent. So whether we fail in our Lenten penance by not even trying, by trying and not suc- ceeding, or by succeeding in a superficial and self-satisfied way, the practice reminds us of our weakness, of our need for God’s mercy – and that, of course, is exactly what Lent is all about. It is a time to recall why, and how much, we need those great saving events, which we prepare to commemorate at Easter. In the readings for Mass on AshWednesday, we hear St Paul tell the Corinthians, ‘this is the favourable time; this is the day of salva- tion.’ This message the Church puts before us on Ash Wednesday, because it is now that we are to be drawn more deeply into that joy- ful realisation that in Christ, we have indeed been saved, by recognising the truth of our utter dependence on God and his mercy. Perhaps this Lent when I pray, could it be more about someone else’s needs than mine. If I give help to another, could it be more about him or her, than me. And if I fast let it be not for me, but for the one who died for me on the cross, for he is the one who will truly feed me in this holy season of Lent. Lent is a season of the heart. It is a favourable time, when the roots of our faith in Christ can grow deeper in each of us. Our discipline is about rediscovering the depth and the height of his love and his mercy, the width and the breadth. During Lent all our fasts and acts of sacrificial giving and our prayers should be offered just between God and me – not discussed publicly, but undergone hidden and unseen, without inconveniencing others or keeping us from our duties. However, Lent is indeed a time for seek- ing an audience – but it is an audience with God - rather than with other people! It is a time for self-examination, when we should take the opportunity to assess our lives in the light of Jesus’ teaching. Moreover, it is a time for recognising the need we all have for repentance and reconciliation. Living in a world where expressions like ‘self-denial and self-sacrifice’ have given way to a more familiar hedonistic terminology, like self-gratification, self-satisfaction and self-indulgence, it is so easy to fall into the trap of putting self at the centre of our lives when we should be striving to put Christ at the centre. The old Ash Wednesday liturgy always included the reminder that one day we shall all return to the dust from which we came. Was there ever a more sobering thought than this? For in this way we die with Christ who was tempted alone in the desert; who offered his will freely to the Father at Gethsemane; and who died bereft of friends outside the city walls on Calvary. Therefore, too, our Lenten dying through acts of sacrificial penance is largely hidden and unseen; just between God and us, but they serve to unite us in love to our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. By Kerry Stone Caritas Coordinator Sandhurst LAST year, Project Compassion raised $11 million dollars nation- ally, including nearly half a million from our Sandhurst Diocese. Through your support, thousands of people in over 30 countries have found hope and new opportunity. The Sandhurst Public Launch of Project Compassion is on SHROVE TUESDAY 5th MARCH in Hargreaves Mall Bendigo. All are welcome to share a pancake and to enjoy the enter- tainment by local schools, as we made known to Bendigo the great work of Caritas Australia. This year our Caritas Lenten Visitor will be Super Dube, Diocesan Coordinator for Caritas Hwange in Zimbabwe. Super manages Caritas Hwange’s Integrated Community Development Program, supported by Caritas Australia which is the feature story for this year’s Project Compassion. Over 360,000 people live in the diocese. Poor rainfall, higher than average temperatures and a lack of fertile soil, result in food shortages across the district. One of the biggest challenges con- fronting the community is lack of clean water and access to sanita- tion. Residents including children often walk long distances each day, occasionally threatened by wild animals such as crocodiles, to collect contaminated water for domestic use. You are all invited to come and share a simple meal with Super at • Our Lady’s Parish Centre Wangaratta on Tuesday 12th March - please RSVP by Thursday 7th March • St Kilian’s Parish Hall Bendigo on Thursday 14th March - please RSVP by Monday 11th March It’s a 7 pm start and entry is by donation. RSVP is essential by text/phone to Kerry Stone 0408 579904 For those in the Goulburn Valley, Super will be the guest speaker at Spirituality in the Pub at the Terminus Hotel Shepparton on Wednesday 13th March from 7.30 – 9.00. Counter meals are available from 6.30pm. Project Compassion launches on Shrove Tuesday Seminarians of the Diocese of Sandhurst FREE PANCAKES & ENTERTAINMENT Loyal son of St Patrick AS NORTHERN Victoria pre- pares to the feast of St Patrick with Irish dancing, music, rev- elry, green clothing and prayer, Fr Novelito Lim is one of the organisers of the celebrations, though he never expected that the life and legacy of St Patrick would assume an important place in his ministry. Today he is par- ish priest of St Patrick’s Kerang, St Patrick’s Pyramid Hill and St Mary’s Church Cohuna. “St Patrick is not a famous saint in the Philippines!” Fr Novelito explained. Despite being home to over 70 million Catholics, the Philippines has only a handful of churches dedicated to St Patrick. “But when I arrived in Melbourne, at Corpus Christi College, it was celebrated by the seminarians,” Fr Novelito said. This experience of the joy and festivity of a Catholic cultural celebration deeply resonated with Fr Novelito, whose own Filipino culture is deeply ingrained with the beauty and joy of Christ. “So when I was in St Patrick’s Wangaratta, I helped to bring the celebration back,” he said. “It was good to get to know who St Patrick was, so I was able to celebrate it well in Wangaratta. “One of the things I liked about St Patrick is that he was a slave in Ireland, then he was freed and returned to Great Britain to convert them. “Even though he was a slave in Ireland he did not hold it as an insult but made it a strength to return and evangelise.” Fr Novelito has had a unique exposure to St Patrick’s charism after transferring from being assistant at the church of St Patrick, in Wangaratta, to being parish priest of two parishes dedi- cated to St Patrick. The experience has reinforced his appreciation of the Irish Catholic history of the Diocese of Sandhurst and desire to keep the traditions alive. “We will try to continue the tra- dition of celebration of St Patrick for both parishes,” he said. J OIN St Patrick’s Church, Pyramid Hill for Mass followed by dinner at the back of the Church on Saturday 16 March at 6.30pm. JOIN St Patrick’s Church, Kerang for Mass and a BBQ on Sunday 24 March at 10.30am. Parish supplied BBQ food, parishioners to bring salad/ dessert. JOIN St Patrick’s Church, Wangaratta for Mass and a morning tea after 10.30am Mass on Sunday 17 March.