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Catholic Newspaper of the Sandhurst Diocese FREE acpa newspaper of the year Issue 86 • December 2011

Sharing the joy

of Christmas

Tom, Olivia, Claudia and Annabel

Lee select a card from the

Christmas Tree in St Mary’s

Church, Echuca.

Parishioners in Echuca are

invited to select a card and buy a

gift for a recently arrived refugee

living in the community, or for an

asylum seeker in the Maribyrnong

Detention Centre.

Each card on the tree names

a recipient, such as ‘4-year-old

girl’, or ‘man in detention’.

Sr Brigid Arthur from the

Brigidine Asylum Seekers

Project will collect the gifts at a

Parish sausage sizzle on Sunday,

December 4, and deliver them to

the recipients at Christmas time.

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Page 2 – From the Administrator’s Desk December 2011

Vision of the Sandhurst Diocese:

That every person’s

heart be inflamed by

the love of God

Pastoral Principles that we share:

We, the people of Sandhurst, will bring to life our

vision through the application of the following

principles that we will observe when we gather:

Faith and tradition will be the bedrock for all

interactions and will be acknowledged when

we come together.

Love of God made present in Jesus Christ and

led by the power of the Holy Spirit will be

the motivating and guiding force in our work and


Aspiring to inflame with the love of God all those

with whom we come into contact.

Mutual respect for each other by listening,

sharing and supporting one another at

diocesan, parish and individual levels.

Exploring together ways to sustain and

invigorate our diocese at every level so that our

Church is vibrant and flourishing in every area.

FLAME will be the channel through which

our Diocesan Vision becomes evident to

those we meet.

Chancery CONTACTS:

Chancery and Diocesan Ministry: 174 McCrae

Street (PO Box 201) Bendigo Vic 3552. Ph: (03) 5441

2544, Fax: (03) 5441 8278,


Diocesan Administrator: Monsignor Frank


Diocesan Administrator’s Secretary: Carmel Fitt,

Director of Liturgy: Denise Braddon,

Adult Faith Education Co-ordinator: Lyn Breen,

Marriage Tribunal: Judy Browne,

Youth Ministry Worker: Tim Lougoon,,

website: phone: 0458 765 383

Business Manager: Cameron Fraser,

Personal Assistant to Business Manager:

Sally Holmes,


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Editor: Damian Griffin.

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Excitement as

Christmas nears

Monsignor Frank


Administrator of the

Sandhurst Diocese

Rome is now four weeks ago – and

Christmas will be but four weeks

away when this edition of SandPiper

greets you! An enormous privilege to represent

Sandhurst to Pope Benedict.

I recalled the previous Bishop, Joseph

Grech, and his influence with youth. The Pope

indicated his memory of Bishop Joe at WYD

2008 Sydney when our bishop had led part of

the youth gathering at Barangaroo.

I drew his attention to fire and flood and

connected upon the work of our agencies –

especially CentaCare, Catholic Education and

people involved in other organisations such as

the Knights of the Southern Cross and St Vincent

de Paul Society.

I further commented upon the marriage

apostolate in the Diocese – family groups and

TEAMS. I think he appreciated my attempt to

say “Equipes de Notre Dame” in French!

Finally in commenting upon the loss of

religious clergy in the diocese I reflected upon

the gap in “Spiritual Direction” and its availability

for priests and people. We know about

Fr Richard and his “Retreat on Wheels” –

that’s a new beginning, but more is necessary.

The bishops went on pilgrimage to the four

great Basilicas of Rome – St Peter’s, St Mary

Major, St John Lateran and St Paul’s outside

the walls.

We had 29 meetings with the various

congregations and two meetings with Pope

Benedict. His words to Australia were published

in the November SandPiper!

I have appointed Margaret Mary Flynn to

the position of Co-ordinator for the Year of

Grace. You will hear more from her as days

roll on. Archbishop Wilson sent out the call

on the Feast of Christ the King ... let’s hope

the Diocese hears and responds.

New Wine New Wineskins – a project commenced

and encouraged by Bishop Grech,

designed to “Reimage Pastoral Structures

and strategies in the Diocese of Sandhurst

and to be the source of energy and strength to

bring life to the Diocesan vision, is ready for


A great team of people has worked tirelessly

to give the Diocese this resource. 2012

will see the steady implementation of this


And so the waiting begins…


It is a great few weeks of the Church’s year,

communal realities notwithstanding.

Prepare your churches and homes. Dust

off the cribs, use the advent calendar game

with the children, try the Lectio Devina (even

a little at the dinner table).

Waiting! Waiting! To remember the Birth

of Jesus. Tell the story to the young – get them

to act out the scripture, encourage singing of

carols, put aside a gift for the poor.

As Mary and Elizabeth awaited, expectant,

aware, not quite sure what the morrow might

bring – so do we.

And may we, like the angels, bring “Joy to

the World”.

– Monsignor Frank Marriott,

Administrator of the Sandhurst Diocese

Prayer for a new bishop

Father, you have given us your Son, Jesus Christ, to

teach, sanctify and govern your people.

You also gave us the gift of your Holy Spirit so that

we may forever remain one in your name.

We thank you for our past bishops who have served

the Church in Sandhurst.

Father, we ask that you look with favour upon those in

our Church who will prayerfully select our new bishop.

Give them a Spirit of Wisdom and Counsel that they

may discern your will.

We ask in the name of your Son, the heart of the

Good Shepherd. Bestow upon him the zeal of St Paul

in preaching the Good News; the humility of St John

Vianney in ministering the sacraments; the compassion

of St Vincent de Paul in serving those most in need;

the wisdom of St Augustine in teaching the doctrine of

our Church and the courage of Australia’s first saint, St

Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary,

our Mother and Model, Our Lady of Good Counsel,

patroness of our diocese.

Diocese of Sandhurst

Invitation for

Expressions of Interest

for consideration for appointment as

Community Leader of a Parish

within the Diocese of Sandhurst.

Monsignor Marriott, the Diocesan Administrator, Diocese of Sandhurst invites

Expressions of Interest from appropriate people to participate in the

implementation of the pastoral initiative “New Wine, New Wineskins” involving

the appointment of lay Community Leaders of parishes. This initiative was

declared as Diocesan Policy by the late Bishop Joseph Grech in November 2010,

as one of the pastoral strategies designed to support small Catholic communities

in the Diocese without the benefit of having a resident Parish Priest.

The Application Information and Sandhurst Diocesan New Wine New Wineskins

Policy documents are available on application to Mrs Carmel Fitt at the

Diocesan Chancery: chancery@ or 03 - 54412544

Post to: The Diocesan Administrator, PO Box 201, Bendigo Vic 3550

Closing date for applications:

4:00 pm Monday February 20, 2012

December 2011 News – Page 3

By Denise Waterson

St Mary’s Parish, Cohuna

St Mary’s celebrates 75 years

cohuna – On Sunday, October 30,

past and present parishioners of St

Mary’s Cohuna gathered to celebrate

the Eucharist and give thanks for 75

years as a Parish.

Celebrant Fr Chris Reay was assisted by

altar server Keiran Shelley.

The entrance procession highlighted all

‘Population myths’

to be discussed


News................. 1, 3-19,12, 20

Around the Diocese.........13


From the Archives ...........15


Justice News....................18

Sand Pit.............................19

How to contribute..

The deadline for submissions for the

next issue of SandPiper is the 15th of

this month. Please email stories and

photos to

or call (03) 5442 8531.

Francis Maloney, a member of the Catholic Church since he was a child, cut the

anniversary cake (left). Part of the congregation at the 75th anniversary Mass (above).

Courtesy of Cohuna Farmers’ Weekly

the groups which contribute to the life of the

parish and the combined church and school

choir, led by Elaine Keely and accompanied

by John and Jack Doyle, was at its best.

Elaine had composed a hymn Immaculate

Mary especially for the occasion and

this was proudly sung by all in attendance.

Following Mass and much reminiscing,

a barbecue lunch was enjoyed by all,

thanks to the cooks, Bryan Power and Mick


Several internationally

renowned speakers will discuss

pro-life issues when the

Life and Family National

Conference, Defending the

Defenceless, is held at Lake

Hume near Albury/Wodonga

from January 26-29.

The conference, organised

by Family Life International,

Australia’s largest Catholic prolife

organisation, will feature

an impressive line-up of international

and Australian experts

who will educate on topics such

as Euthanasia, Marriage, Prenatal

Testing, Vocations, Gay

Marriage and De-Population.

Steve Mosher, the president of

the Population Research Institute

(PRI), will discuss issues relating

to the world’s population,

which recently reached 7 billion.

He is among a dozen speakers

who will address attendees

who include founder and spiritual

head of the movement

“The Helpers of God’s Precious

Infants”, Monsignor Philip

Reilly from New York.

He will explain his method

for reaching out personally with

love and prayer to women in crisis


On Saturday, January 28,

there will be a gala dinner at

Albury’s Commercial Club

featuring Monsignor Reilly as

keynote speaker – an evening

which will be open to non-conference

attendees as well.

Director of Family Life International,

Paul Hanrahan, said

Church of the Month

St Augustine’s, Wodonga. Reconciliation is

held here on Saturdays 9am - 9.30am.

FLI was busy preparing for the


He said average Catholics

needed a little help by way of

inspiration, prayer, connection

and education to become true

Apostles of Life.

“FLI is at the forefront of

defending life from conception

to natural death and upholding

the dignity of the human person

and his most necessary social

institution – the family,” he said.

“This conference aims to

share all that we have experienced

and learnt to a wider

audience – to help us all fulfil the

salvific role God has given us.”

Steve Mosher said the mission

of PRI was to expose the

myth of overpopulation and the

human rights abuses that occur

within these programs.

A special guest on the day was Sr Stella

Gleeson who recounted many events fondly

remembered by those present.

Francis Maloney had the honour of

cutting the anniversary cake which was

made and decorated by Betty and Brian


The Parish Story, which had been compiled

so professionally by Sr Helen, was

launched and generated much interest.

The day was enjoyed by all.

He said the world’s birthrate

was slowing, with 80 countries,

including Australia, unable to

maintain their populations.

He said that before the middle

of this century the world population

would be in decline, at first

slowly and then dramatically,

creating many serious associated


Mosher’s message is that

people are the world’s greatest

resource, one we cannot

do without, and that mankind

was falling prey to depopulation

programs using abusive,

discriminatory, invasive and

enforced compliance measures.

For further information contact

FLI on (02) 9519 9111 and

for bookings and more information

or visit

Faces of the Diocese

For this month,

we’ve used

an image of

Mary and the

Baby Jesus as

our Faces of

the Diocese.

This painting,


and Child, is

by Giovanni


Salvi, called


17th century.

$10k in youth


on offer

The Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life

(BCPL) in partnership with The Broken

Bay Institute (BBI) is offering a number

of scholarships to the value of $10,000 for

study in Catholic Youth and Campus Ministry

in 2012-2013.

Together, the BCPL and The BBI would like

to bring another “first” to the church community

of Australia; a scholarship program for youth

ministers to take their ministry and formation to

the next level.

Three Scholarships are being offered through

The Broken Bay Institute and they include the

following: One full scholarship (valued at $5140)

and two half scholarships ($2570 each), for study

of the Catholic Youth Ministry and Campus

Ministry Certificate. These scholarships are to

be used for study in 2012 and 2013.

Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer of the

BCPL Mr Malcolm Hart said the scholarships

are another exciting moment for Catholic youth

ministry in Australia.

“WYD 2008 and subsequent youth ministry

programs in Australia have captured the hearts

of young people and youth ministers, but retaining

them and inviting them into future ministry

roles has always been difficult. Having accredited

courses which provided acknowledgement

of learning through our ministry is extremely

important”, he said.

Details of the Scholarship and applications

can be obtained from www.youthministry. or from Malcolm Hart via

For media enquiries

or to arrange interviews with Dr Gerard Goldman

or Malcolm Hart please contact Beth

Doherty on 0407 081 256.


Permanent Part-time

The Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst is

seeking to recruit an Archivist to maintain

and provide information on its historical


The role is to collect, organise, catalogue

and conserve records relating to the Diocese.

In addition to diocesan registers,

archival material including photographic

and other media.

We are seeking a person with relevant

qualifications and a minimum 3 years’

experience in archival work.

It is envisaged that the role will be for 15

hours a week and flexible hours can be


Good communications skills are essential

as the role includes working with Clergy

and Parishioners across the diocese.

A salary package will be offered commensurate

with qualifications and experience.

Applications should be marked ‘confidential’

and addressed to:

The Business Manager

Diocese of Sandhurst

PO Box 201

Bendigo Central Vic 3552

Applications close Monday 12th December


For other enquiries please contact Sally

Holmes on 5441 2544 or sally.holmes@

Page 4 – News December 2011

Columban’s new

director named

Fr Gary Walker, has been elected as Regional

Director of St Columban’s Mission Society for

Australia and New Zealand.

He took up his appointment

on November 23, the Feast

of St Columban. The term of

appointment is for three years.

Fr Gary, pictured, comes

from Brisbane and was

ordained in 1972. He spent

many years in Fiji and Jamaica,

followed by a six-year appointment

to Ireland as a member of the Columban

General Council.

For the past nine years he has been Editor of

The Far East magazine and for part of the time he

was the House Superior at Essendon.

One of the biggest challenges ahead, he said,

“is to engage young people in the missionary arm

of the Church.” Fr Gary also said he was looking

forward to working in collaboration with other

Congregations and Lay People.

Fr Gary thanked the outgoing Director, Fr

Noel Connolly, for his leadership, management

skills, and his vision to see clearly that, with fewer

Columbans, we need to work hand in hand with

Lay People who understand and support Columban



• December 3

Advent Retreat Day, Golden Square.

• December 9-11

Stronger Retreat for Young People,


• December 22

School Term 4 ends.

• February 18-19, 2012

Christianity: The History of a Global Religion

/ Origins and Development of the Early

Church Rev Dr Larry Nemer BBI-UoN, St

Brendan’s Parish Centre, Shepparton.

• February 26, 2012

Rite of Election: 2 pm Sacred Heart


• April 27-29, 2012

20th Annual Harrietville Weekend, Fr David

Ranson & Br Michael Herry fms, Feathertop

Chalet Harrietville.

• May 24–25, 2012

Catholic Education Sandhurst Diocesan


• May 24 - June 1, 2012

Catholic Education Week, Sandhurst


• July 21–22, 2012

Liturgical Foundations / Advanced

Liturgy: Theory & Practice, Rev Dr John

Frauenfelder, BBI-UoN,

St Brendan’s Parish Centre, Shepparton.

• September 20 – October 4, 2012

Sandhurst Diocese Pilgrimage ‘Journey

of Christ – in the Year of Grace’ 15 day

pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

• October 11, 2012

National eConference The 50th Anniversary

of the Opening of Vatican II.

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Caring at a time of need

Camp a cool time for kids

Grade 3 children from Sacred Heart Primary, Yarrawonga, enjoy a school camp at Harrietville.

Yarrawonga – Grade 3 children at

Sacred Heart Primary recently travelled

to the Feathertop Chalet in Harrietville

to enjoy three days away from their

schoolbooks and participate in their first

Outdoor Education camp.

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission (DLC)

is a group formed by the Diocesan Liturgist

(the Bishop) to oversee liturgical formation

and the liturgical life of the Diocese of


The formation of Liturgical Commissions

was called for by the Second Vatican Council

“It is advisable that the competent, territorial

ecclesiastical authority (the Bishop) set up a

liturgical commission, to be assisted by experts

in liturgical science, music, art and pastoral

practice … consisting of persons eminent in

these matters and including laity. (Constitution

on the Sacred Liturgy #44)

The DLC produces documentation of Diocesan

Policy and answers requests and queries

from people of the Diocese.

It meets quarterly, presently in Shepparton,

and the current chairperson is Mr John Hogan.

The Director of Liturgy is the Executive Officer

and sees to the publishing of DLC documents

and works directly with parishes on behalf of

the DLC.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

comes under the auspice of the DLC, and the

DLC has concern for the Sacramental Program

in the Diocese.

Traditionally each deanery in the Diocese

has a representative from the priesthood and

several parishes represented by members of that


The DLC discussions cover a variety of

themes within the diocese, from the larger diocesan

liturgies such as Chrism Mass to questions

The 59 students were very excited when

they headed off, along with staff and some

brave parents!

Children enjoyed activities such as archery,

bush walking and cooking, a ropes course

and swimming in the indoor pool. Thunder

hockey, mini golf and water ecology were also

raised by an individual relating the liturgical

practice in their parish.

The DLC is an advisory board to the Bishop,

even though it puts out documentation itself, it is

always with approval from the Bishop.

The fundamental interest of the DLC is to

assist parishes that may want help with their

favourite activities on the busy three-day itinerary.

The children also had a movie night

and staged their own “X Factor” concert.

It was a very tired group that returned

home on Friday with many stories and adventures

to share about their first school camp.

Commission meets

Back: Denise Braddon, John Hogan, Dale Wright and Denice Bourke Front:

Michelle Hicks, Julie Price, Fr Peter Fewerda, Fr Andrew Fewings, Mgr Frank

Marriott, Fr Mick Morley, Barbara Carey and Dorothy Murdoch. Absent: Fr Tony

Hill, Fr Tony Shallue and Jan Davey.

Memorial masses for Bishop

Joseph Grech

liturgy, but ultimately to bring the people of the

Diocese of Sandhurst closer to God in the practice

of their worship.

Contact with the DLC can be made through

the Chancery Office to its Chairperson or the

Director of Liturgy.

On December 28, 2011, on the anniversary of

our late Bishop, Joseph Grech, we take time to

remember and celebrate his life.

151 McCrae Street Bendigo

12 Victoria Street Eaglehawk

P. 5441 5577

A tradition that continues...

At 8am there will be a Memorial Mass at Sacred

Heart Cathedral. at 11am the Sandhurst Clergy

will gather at St John’s Church, Numurkah, and

in the evening at 7.30pm there will be a Memorial

Service at Sacred Heart Cathedral. All welcome.

December 2011 News – Page 5

The importance of mission

New missal

now official

Adrian Gallagher talks of the importance of Catholic Mission at St Luke’s, Shepparton.

Michelle Hicks

St Luke’s Catholic Primary School


Catholic Primary School in

Shepparton was fortunate

enough to have Mr Adrian Gallagher,

from Catholic Mission,

visit the Middle and Senior

Learning Community students

recently to discuss the Catholic

Mission organisation, its work

in other countries and the assistance

we can offer here in our

own communities.

Adrian spoke at St Luke’s to tie

in with the senior students’ current

Religious Education unit, “Reaching

Out,” as well as the whole school

focus on missions throughout the

month of October.

Adrian engaged the students

throughout his talk and offered a

wonderful array of activities to

heighten their awareness of Catholic

Mission and its services overseas.

The children were introduced to

the “Something Beautiful for God”

Hospice in Peru which is supported

by donations. They also discovered

the “Comedor Santa Rita’ – a

kitchen established by a missionary

from Poland for children in Peru, to

provide them with at least one

decent meal a day.

The new English translation of

the Roman Missal was officially

launched last month by the President

of the Australian Catholic

Bishops Conference Archbishop

Philip Wilson during the Bishops

Plenary meeting in Sydney.

Chairman of the Bishops’ Commission

for Liturgy, Archbishop

Mark Coleridge, spoke of the project

of re-translation that has spanned

more than 10 years and affirmed that

the new Roman Missal, while not

perfect, is a significant improvement

on the texts that have been used

since 1973.

“We have a richer and stronger

text for use in the liturgy and a solid

base for developments that lie in the

future,” he said.

Executive Officer of the Liturgy

Commission, Fr Peter Williams, was

pleased with the product and the

process of working together with

secretaries from other Bishops

Conferences together with the Catholic

Truth Society who published the


“It has been a happy experience

working with the secretaries from

England and Wales and Scotland,”

he said.

Archbishop Wilson and

Archbishop Hart with a special

copy of the New Roman Missal

Special presentation copies were

presented to Archbishop Philip Wilson

as President of Conference and

Archbishop Denis Hart who was the

episcopal editor for the British English


These special presentation editions

were printed in Italy along with

the missals now being distributed in

Australia by St Paul’s Publications.

The Roman Missal came into full

use in parishes across Australia on

November 27, the First Sunday

in Advent.

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Page 6 – News December 2011

2012 to bring Year of Grace

Archbishop Philip E Wilson,

has written a pastoral letter to

introduce the Year of Grace

Dear Sisters and

Brothers in Christ,

Grace and peace

to you from God our Father

and from the Lord Jesus


I am writing to you on

behalf of all the Bishops of

Australia, giving thanks to

God for your faith and witness.

We now share with you

a message of hope.

We call the Catholic people

in Australia to a Year of

Grace, to span the time from

Pentecost 2012 to Pentecost

2013. Like the disciples at the

first Pentecost, we commit

ourselves to start afresh from


By Fr Peter Brock

The Bishops have chosen, as a sort

of sub-heading, a phrase from Pope

John Paul II’s Novo Millennio Ineunte:

“starting afresh from Christ”.

So that might be the four-word

answer to the question.

At the meeting of our National

Planning Team, we brainstormed a

slightly longer version: “Listening to

the wisdom of God, the Year of Grace

calls us to: encounter Jesus Christ

in prayer; seek healing and renewal

through repentance; and grow as disciples

by cultivating the gifts of the Holy

Spirit so that the Church in Australia

will continue to be transformed by the

power of Christ’s resurrection”.

The Bishops have emphasised the

importance of prayer – praying with

more focus, perhaps; praying with

more stillness; spending a little more

time in prayer, or praying a little more

frequently; perhaps praying in a style

that may be new to us.

They invite us to think about

these questions in many contexts

– in the public celebration of our liturgies,

especially of the Eucharist; in

prayer forms such as Holy Hours and

Eucharistic Adoration; in times of

recollection, meditation or retreat –

in the classroom, the staff-room, the

Archbishop Philip E Wilson

For several years the

Bishops have been reflecting

deeply on the life of the

Church in Australia. We have

asked how we can better serve

What’s this all about?

parish office, or for the whole parish


And, perhaps especially, in the

home. Do we say “Grace Before

Meals” at home? If not, this might

be the time to start. Or perhaps some

moments of prayer together at the end

of the meal. And if we already recite a

standard prayer, perhaps we might take

a few seconds more, with some new

additional words, or rituals. One of the

bishops talked of “tabletop liturgies”.

The Bishops encourage us to turn

again to the Word of God in the Scriptures.

Is it time to find out what that

term “lectio divina” means, and to

have a go at it? Can we incorporate

some words of Scripture in all our parish

meetings? And not only the words,

but some moments to “break them

open” together – what are they saying

to us now, in this room, as we hear

them today or tonight?

While the Year of Grace is not

“event driven”, there will be some liturgies

and celebrations planned to take

place during the twelve-month period.

In these we will be encouraged, among

other things, to reflect on our failures

and sins as a community of believers,

but also on the gifts and blessings (the

“Grace”) that God has given to us.

You’ll hear more about it in the

coming months. Stay tuned!

the needs of you, God’s faithful

people, in bringing the

peace and good news of Jesus

Christ to our nation.

Pope Benedict XVI has

also proclaimed a Year of

Faith for the whole Church,

to begin on 11 October 2012,

the fiftieth anniversary of the

beginning of the Second Vatican


We are confident that, with

grace leading to faith, and

faith responding to grace, the

Year of Faith and our Year of

Grace will complement each


We recognise, firstly, God’s

abundant blessings to us. You

will know many of these in

your own lives. We have seen

them, too, in large public celebrations

such as World Youth

Day in Sydney and the Canonisation

of St Mary of the Cross


Margaret Mary Flynn

is co-ordinating a

Year of Grace in the

Sandhurst Diocese

from Pentecost 2012

until Pentecost 2013.

Margaret Mary will be

distributing resources

throughout parishes to

assist parishioners to

join with the Australian

Catholic Bishops

Conference in ‘Starting

afresh from Christ’.

She said she is hoping

for a contact person or

group from every parish,

school and church

organisation. If you

can help, please contact

Margaret Mary at

the Chancery,

(03) 5441 2544.

We also acknowledge with

sadness that we are a Church

in need of healing. There are

many wounds – most especially

the wounds of abuse

which have left not only those

abused but the whole Church

in need of healing. There is

also the struggle to defend the

dignity of the first Australians

and those who come as

migrants and refugees to our


We need to extend the hand

of friendship to those of other

nations and faiths and to be

good stewards of the created

world. Most deeply, we desire

for the light of Christ to burn

more brightly in the heart of

each Australian.

As Bishops, we asked ourselves

where we can turn with

so many issues confronting us.

Our response in faith is to

start afresh from Christ. We

make this call, firstly and most

urgently, to ourselves as Bishops.

We are resolved, in the

words of Pope John Paul II, to

contemplate the face of Christ.

Both these phrases come from

his Apostolic Letter, Novo

Millennio Ineunte (At the

Beginning of the New Millennium),

and we use this Letter

as our guide and inspiration.

As we address this challenge

to ourselves, we invite

you to walk this journey with

us in hope.

We commit ourselves to

pray daily, seeking the mind

and heart of Jesus Christ.

We commit ourselves to

repent for the areas in which

we have failed, individually

and together, seeking healing

and renewal through the grace

of Christ’s forgiveness.

We commit ourselves to

the path of holiness, cultivating

the many gifts of the

Spirit and seeking to grow as

disciples of Jesus.

We entrust this year to the

guidance of the Holy Spirit,

and through this renewed

commitment, we are confident

that the Church in Australia

will be transformed by the

power of Christ’s resurrection

in our lives.

Planning has already

begun in every diocese in the

country, so that the Catholics

of this nation may respond to

this fresh invitation to “contemplate

the face of Christ”.

We invite you to join us in

this journey of prayer so that

this “Pentecost” year will be

for our nation and all Australians

truly a “year of grace”.

Your brother in Christ,

Archbishop Philip E


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Catholic Education Office, Bendigo

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Grade 3 student at St

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Denton, and was able to

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St Joseph’s, Kerang

KERANG – Bonds of supportive

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primary schools – dubbed the City 5 –

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and spiritual support to the Catholic

schools at Kerang, Cohuna and Pyramid


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this week with eight Year 5 students

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three country centres.

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and principal of St Dominic’s Primary

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involved provision of equipment, food

hampers and professional support.

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Kerang, while interacting with local

children and visiting the ibis rookery,

a red gum forest and a dairy.

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from the three local schools.

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Pages 10-11 –


Veni, Veni E


The end is nigh! At the year’s end God comes.

Christ is coming. As a baby at Christmas and at

the end of time. We don’t often look forward to

the second coming. We do in Advent. ‘Be on your

guard, stay awake.’


‘I’m terrible at waiting, but one day as I stood in

line at the supermarket I realised I was waiting.

Waiting! I was doing what Advent is all about.’

Could waiting in line be a blessing? Try it.

‘Nowhere in Israel have I found faith like this.’


What do we long for? What are we waiting

for? Advent’s about this. ‘Your deepest, most

heartfelt desires are God’s desires for you. And

vice versa. Listen. And follow them.’ Listen to the

deep desire of Israel in Advent. ‘See the Lord is


WED 30 NOV • St Andrew, Apostle

Andrew, the ‘first called,’ is said to have died on

a X shaped cross. The cross is a crossroad. We

have a choice to make. What would it be like if

Jesus came into our lives? ‘They left their nets at

once and followed him.’


God is acting and John the Baptist alerts us

to this. ‘Something is about to happen and

we have no idea what it is, or how radical and

complete a change it will involve.’ Change

one thing in your life this Advent. Be changed.

‘Prepare a way for the Lord.’


Waiting, longing and repentance too is part

of Advent. ‘Repentance is the doorway to the

spiritual life, the only way to begin. It is also

the path itself, the only way to continue.’ Every

other way is a dead end. ‘My friend, your sins

are forgiven you.’

TUE 6 DEC • St Nicholas

Nicholas did what the church does; he fed and

clothed the poor. St Nicholas’ eve is for gift

giving. Give to those who are struggling. Give

yourself away. Let others be at the centre of

your life. ‘The kingdom of God is very near

to you.’

WED 7 DEC • St Ambrose

Ambrose was a strong leader in troubled times.

But his becoming a bishop took him by surprise.

The people declared him bishop when he was a

local political figure! Be prepared then. ‘Here is

our God coming in power.’


Waiting in queues, in traffic, on stations, in

hospitals, at airports, for children. Waiting with

those dying and giving birth, with refugees

and prisoners, those out of work and homeless.

Waiting on God. ‘Blessed in the name of the

Lord, is he who comes.’

FRI 2 DEC • Day of Penance

Do it differently this ‘festive season’. Each Friday

in Advent fast and pray. Give up one meal, or

eating meat. Pray as you can. Link your fasting

and prayer to the suffering of others. To those

who wait in camps, or prisons, or palliative care.

‘Hope in him, hold firm and take heart.’

SAT 3 DEC • St Francis Xavier

Francis Xavier was moved by a desire to give

to distant peoples the gift he had received. He

established churches in India, Indonesia and

Japan and died while waiting to enter China.

What do you desire in Advent? ‘Go and proclaim

the good news.’

THU 8 DEC • The Immaculate Conception

In 1858 a lady appeared to a young peasant

woman in the wilderness of southern France.

‘I am the Immaculate Conception’ she said.

Mary is the great exception. It all began with a

girl who was loved by God. ‘The Holy Spirit will

come upon you.’

FRI 9 DEC • Day of Penance • St Juan Diego

40 years after the destruction of the Aztec

world a native man heard his name spoken

in his own tongue. He saw a young mestiza

woman. Our Lady of Guadalupe spoke to him.

Listen to the abandoned ones. Fast with them.

‘He has exalted the lowly.’


Which figure are you in the crib? Who is in the

crib? Remember them. The forgotten ones,

the animals, the strangers, the homeless ones,

the children. Hold a candlelight vigil in your

neighbourhood to honour them. ‘May we be the

children of light.’

Take a moment Discover Advent

mmanuel! December 2011


‘Rejoice’ Sunday

John is a great witness to the light. He points

us towards the Christ, the one who is to come.

That’s the whole point of his life. The point of

our lives is to become like Jesus Christ. Rejoice in

this. ‘God has called you and he will not fail you.’

MON 12 DEC • Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image can be found

everywhere in the Americas. She lifts up the

lowly in every generation. This is what happens

in the new creation initiated by her son. ‘Hail

Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.’

TUE 13 DEC • St Lucy

Lucy means light and on this day, in many

countries, there are processions of light

honouring her life and death. Light a candle

today. At home, or organise a candlelight vigil

remembering the forgotten. ‘Into your hands I

commend my spirit.’

WED 14 DEC • St John of the Cross

As John of the Cross knew ‘God owes us nothing

and gives us everything. The giving of God is

the life of myself.’ Receive this gift. Then give it

away. Give up trying to be someone else and

just be your best self. ‘Commit your life to the

Lord, trust in him.’


Shopping done? Cards sent? The Christmas

tree in place? No matter. Let what you do be a

blessing. Remember these words of blessing: ‘I

love you. Thank you. Thank you, God. Forgive me.

I’m so happy for you!’ ‘My love for you will never

leave you.’

FRI 16 DEC • Day of Penance

Pray and fast again today. Give up one meal,

or eating meat. Link your prayer and fasting to

the suffering of others: to those in the crib. Let

it deepen and add value to what you’re doing.

‘These works of mine testify that the father has

sent me.’


Experience the joy of reconciliation in

December. It’s at the heart of Advent. Find out

when and where you can do this. In your parish,

or wherever. The Christmas novena begins

today. ‘Our Lord is coming, he will take pity on

those in distress.’


When the angel Gabriel came to Mary she was

deeply disturbed, then puzzled and amazed,

and still she said, yes. Wait with Mary as she

receives the promise so deeply that it actually

becomes the child who is going to be Jesus. ‘You

have won God’s favour. Listen.’


An angel appeared to Zechariah and told him

he and his wife would have a child. And his first

response was to say, ‘I really don’t think that’s

possible.’ And the angel said, ‘I didn’t introduce

it as a possibility.’ That’s what we’re afraid of.

Listen. ‘My lips are filled with your praise.’


Grace is always amazing. If you can earn it,

or program it, it’s probably something else.

Grace is entirely gratuitous. A gift. You have

only to receive it. As Mary did. ‘Rejoice so highly

favoured! The Lord is with you.’

WED 21 DEC • St Peter Canisius

Peter Canisius wrote an influential catechism

in the 16th C. It was a time to shine a clear light

on what we believe. Advent too is such a time:

when we seek to light a candle and get a little

more used to the truth. ‘Your light must shine in

the sight of men.’


The tradition of Christmas lunch began in Santa

Maria church, in Rome, when 20 people were

‘welcomed to the banquet table.’ Now there are

many more. It’s an image of heaven. Find a way

to welcome someone to your table. ‘The hungry

he has filled with good things.’

FRI 23 DEC • Day of Penance • St John of Kanty

John of Kanty was a physicist and scripture

scholar. He gave away his teaching salary to the

poor and lived on very little. Once again pray

and fast today, knowing no one has quite found

a way to commercialise these Advent practices.

‘Lord make me know your ways.’

SAT 24 DEC • Christmas Eve

In the Orthodox churches this is a day of fasting

in preparation for the feast. They refrain from

food until the first star is seen in the evening.

Amidst your last minute preparations be

counter cultural. Be ready. ‘I will sing forever of

your love, O Lord.’

SUN 25 DEC • Christmas Day

‘The world changed on 25/12.’ God is with us.

What we’ve longed for, and waited for, our

heart’s desire, is born. Invite someone to eat

with you who lives alone. Make welcome those

who come to your church. ‘The Word was made

flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory’.

Page 12 – News December 2011

The ‘Joy’ of


By Mary Pianta

Sacred Heart Cathedral parish

It was a full house at Harrietville

on the weekend of

November 19-20 when primary

school families who have

a child with a disability came

together at Feathertop Chalet

for a weekend of fun.

Several new families

attended this year who, while a

little nervous at the beginning

of the weekend, were all asking,

“How can we ensure that

we will be invited back next


Raelene Peel who, with her

family from Mystic Park, had

been a regular camper over the

years, wrote a poem that sums

up the weekend and the many

options available to families

during their stay.

A big thank you to the CEO

Sandhurst staff, the managers

of Feathertop Chalet and the

wonderful volunteers.

The Joy of Harrietville Family Weekends

By Raelene Peel

Excitement is running high,

For the Harrietville Family Weekend is nigh.

Board the bus, pack the car,

Travelling from near and far.

Lots of fun and activities galore,

Cannot wait to get out the door,

No goodbye Mum, goodbye Dad,

The kids are gone, don’t be sad.

Lots of things all craft and arty,

Biscuits decorated for a tea party.

Fun with Lego, building high,

Up, up, up, reaching for the sky.

Gliding through the air,

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Saturday night a yummy roast,

Morning tea, scones, jam and cream,

Thanks Kevin, Trish and the team.

Harrietville Idol Saturday night,

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Sunday Mass, time to rejoice,

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Over the years we watch them grow,

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Without the staff from the CEO,

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Wishes for safe travelling we send,

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December 2011 Around the Diocese – Page 13

Nine children and two adults celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation

and First Holy Communion at Saint Mary's Parish, Heathcote, on

Sunday, October 16. Pictured are Charmaine Byrne, Father Joe Taylor,

Samantha Stevens, Lexy Motton, Max Motton, Chloe Byrne, Kate

Bottom, Tiffany Huston, Zachary Harris, Leah Dughetti, and Isabella

Jovanov. Timothy Mc Nutt celebrated his sacraments at Knowsley.

Colbinabbin (part of St Mary's Parish, Rushworth) continues with

its regular 5th Sunday of the month ecumenical service. Rev David

Willsher (Anglican), Rev Charity Majiza (Uniting Church), Pam

Hassell (Anglican parishioner) and Fr Owen Doyle (PP St Mary's

Parish, Rushworth). The congregation was sad to hear that Rev David

will be moving to Kyabram parish after Christmas. His homilies

always demand a response - no chance of dozing off!

On Sunday, November

6, the parish of St Joseph's

Beechworth held its annual

Celtic Mass. Children from

the Parish carried up flags to

represent Scotland, Ireland

and Wales. A Scottish Piper

played for us and Irish

Dancers from the Geraldine

Ryan School of Dance

danced for us. It was great to

celebrate our Celtic heritage!

Siobhan McMahon and

Lilly Gracie with flags, and

Sean McMahon, Isabella

Humphreys, Teresa Gracie,

Chloey Shallue seated.

St Mary’s Parish, Myrtleford, held an outdoor Mass at the Myrtleford

Lawn Cemetery in November to pray for the dead. It’s the fourth year the

community has held the outdoor Mass. Fr Peter Taylor celebrated the Mass,

with many parishioners and choir.


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Page 14 – Liturgy December 2011

The Advent-ure of Advent

By Denise Braddon

Diocesan Liturgist

Advent has a twofold character:

as a season to

prepare for Christmas

when Christ’s first coming to us

is remembered; as a season when

that remembrance directs the

mind and heart to await Christ’s

Second Coming at the end of time.

Advent is thus a period for devout

and joyful expectation.” (General

Norms for the Liturgical Year and

the Calendar #39)

The sense of joyful expectation

is what Advent is so much about.

But we have to be careful not to go

too far during Advent, leaving ourselves

no heights to reach during


But Advent does provide a great

adventure to the Season of Christmas,

we hear from the prophets and

John the Baptist, proclaiming the

arrival of someone so special we can

only partially imagine his wonder.

We are privy to the wonderings

of a young girl, Mary, when visited

by the angel.

But more than anything, the call

of Advent, is to prepare the way.

For any adventure we take we

always check maps, and work out

possible complications, we talk to

people who have been there, and

work out either the most efficient, or

the most entertaining way there.

We choose well our travelling

companions, and our means of


Moving on an adventure

St Benedict is quoted as saying

“The greatest adventures are

within”, so Advent does not necessarily

mean we leave the place we


The maps we need are the maps

we have made so far in our lives.

The travelling companions are the

people we see every day.

Sometimes our adventure

through to Christmas, uses the

most efficient way and sometimes

our journeys meandering through

beautiful places graced with life

and wonder, and we suddenly arrive

at the eve of Christmas wondering

how we got there!


ount Alvernia Hospital

Bendigo, now St John of

God Hospital, celebrated

its 50th anniversary in June and has

commemorative plates, quality 2012

mission and values calendars, and

engraved glasses for sale to acknowledge

the hospital’s history and place in the


Hospital CEO Michael Hogan said the

items were carefully selected to reflect

the hospital’s values of compassion and

hospitality, which have not changed over

the years.

“Many patients, clients and visitors

tell us they love the ambience of the

hospital and feel welcome when they

walk through the doors.”

The items range from $5 pens to

$25 for the Bendigo Pottery plates, and

glossy large calendars $15 and engraved

glasses $10 each and

The hospital in Lily Street Bendigo

was opened in 1961 by the Franciscan

Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood

(FMDM) Sisters, and was owned for

several years by Mercy Health before

The preparatory season gives us

a great opportunity to spend time

with our own advent story.

We consider who the prophets

have been for us this year, who has

pointed us to Jesus with most clarity?

Who have been the wisdom

figures for us? Who saw us more

clearly than we did ourselves?

What were the events of the year

that still cause us to wonder at the

significance? Not just personally but

on a world-wide scale?

Advent prepares us for one of

the two significant events of our

Christian faith, one of the two lamp

stands by which we view the whole

Christian Story – the birth of Jesus.

Lent will prepare us for the Resurrection,

our other lamp stand.

The nature of the Advent Season

The Season of Advent appears

first in Church Father writings from

around the 4th century, though not

called Advent, a period of time

was set aside in preparation for

the remembrance of Christ’s birth

(December 25, though in some

places January 6 as the birth of

Christ was not celebrated until the

arrival of the men from the east as

valid witnesses was remembered

with the Feast of the Epiphany).

As the period was set aside as a

time for preparation and penance it

took the purple colour of penance,

the same colour we will use during

Lent, though their essences are

quite different.

Memories of Mount Alvernia

coming into the St John of God health

care stable.

An archives committee has begun

the lengthy process of electronically

cataloguing all the historical documents,

photos and other items from the past 50


Much of this eventually will be

available for the public to see, via the

hospital’s website or in display cabinets

in the hospital.

Advent has more of an anticipatory

sense, while Lent remains as a

time for penance.

In both seasons the purple gives

way to the softer rose colour when

the half way mark has been passed.

Advent sees us dust off and

bring out the familiar dressings, our

wreath, Nativity Scene (sans infant

Jesus and wise men!) a Jesse tree

and Advent calendars with small

windows which open in the countdown

the Christmas.

We begin the round of Christmas

functions and send out the greetings

we do each year in the hope

of receiving happy greetings back

from those we know with affection.

In Australia, we experience our

season of most light, while many of

the prayers of the Church talk about

St John of

God Hospital

volunteers Lynne

Boyd (left) and

Faye Donovan

with some of the

50th anniversary


items for sale.

“We are keen to hear from anyone

with any old photos, menus, uniforms

or other memorabilia, who can lend or

donate them to our collection,” Michael

Hogan said.

The anniversary celebrations included

a gala fundraising ball, a special Mass, a

historical display and an open day.

Proceeds from merchandise sales

also goes towards the next phase of

the hospital’s redevelopment, which

includes up to 30 extra beds.

the imminent arrival of the light.

As opposed to snow covered evergreens,

we have dust covered bushes

struggling for moisture.

We stand in our hot churches

singing about cold clear nights. Yet

this is where we are and this is how

we celebrate, because we are part of

a universal Church, of adventurers.

Advent symbols

The Advent wreath is a universal

and valid symbol for us here is Australia,

with its evergreen branches

(preferably fresh) speaking of

God’s evergreen love for us and the

building of the light moving us to


Advent is our time to expect the

anniversary of the physical birth

of Jesus, but it is also the time of

anticipation of the Second coming

of Jesus.

The Second coming is what we

call for when we sing O Come, O

Come, Emmanuel.

All our history has been waiting

for the fulfilment of Jesus coming in

glory again. It is what we rejoice for

and it is what we as Christians are

restless for.

It is most appropriate, therefore,

that we begin our new Church year

with Advent.

The sense of anticipation of the

Second coming and the expectation

of the presence of Jesus is something

which holds us throughout the year.

This coming liturgical year we

will hear from the Gospel of Mark,

our first and shortest gospel.

Goodbye to 2011

As this is my last missive for this

year, may I take a little time to thank

everyone who has been such a support

to me this year.

Whatever your adventure is for

this season, may it be full of grace,

peace, companionship and joy.

May it bring you safely through

the Christmas season, so the year

of Our Lord 2012, finds you a little

wiser, kinder and gifted.

May God bless every one of us.


50th anniversary

commemorative items

St John of God Hospital Bendigo

(formerly Mt Alvernia) celebrated its

50th anniversary this year.

We have for sale:

• Engraved glasses $10 each

• Commemorative plates $25

• 2012 quality calendars $15

(postage extra)


To order please email

or phone 5434-3255






December 2011 Relax – Page 15

>> from the archives

A critic visits St Kilian’s Church - Part 2

By Mal Nolan

Sandhurst Diocesan Historical Commission

This article, and the previous one, are based

on reports in the Bendigo Advertiser of 3 & 17


An un-named critic visited St Kilian’s

church and reported on the

church, priest, people, ceremonies

and music that he encountered.

The priest was Dr Backhaus and the

mass featured a choir, with music provided

by the pipe organ which had been

installed in the church a few years previous.

The critic described the priest as “a

man of remarkable appearance – very

large and muscular – erect in his bearing

– firm and decisive in every action

– stentorian of voice, and distinguished

alike by vigor of intellect as of body.

His hair, which is long and comes

down to his shoulders, is perfectly grey.

His facial expression may be summed

up in one word – commanding.

His forehead is broad and massive,

always knitted as if preoccupied with

thought; and his eyes, which are deepset

are of a penetrating nature.

His speech is strongly tinctured with

the German accent and many of his

gestures are decidedly foreign, as for

instance, tapping his forehead, with a

shrug of his shoulders, when he tries to

recall a word, and raising a finger to his

chin, and bowing squarely when he is


There is indeed, a vast deal of mannerism

with him and it would seem

that he could not do the commonest

action without making it look peculiarly

continental, and stamping it with his


In regard to the preaching, the critic

said, “it would be impossible to comment,

for I only heard a word here and


He attributed this to the fact that the

preacher allowed his voice to sink to a

whisper after hurling out in a stentorian

voice one or two words at the beginning

of each sentence.

He then gave a long selection of sentences,

or parts of them, to illustrate.

The sermon had dealt with the Gospel

of St John: 15 v 26 – 16 v 4 and the

critic offered some excuse, suggesting

that since the Dean had been fasting

for some hours, “it is little to be wondered

at that he felt, and made me feel,


The Mass performed was one of

Mercandante’s, with an operatic style,

and “from first to last, was magnificently

rendered. Every voice seemed to be

trained and cultivated – pure, flexible

and sympathetic – and the choruses and

concerted pieces were admirably timed

and balanced. But, excellent though the

vocalization was, I question if it would

have been half so effective had there

not been such a skilled organist as Miss


He then went on to say how remarkable

the choir was in that there were

only nine voices, and added that many

of them were not Catholics!

It would seem that Miss Howarth

had only been organist for less than 12

months. In the St Kilian’s death register

on October 25, 1875, there is a note in

Backhaus’ handwriting that “our organist,

John Benedict”, had died.

The organ (see picture) that is mentioned

here was moved into the existing

wooden St Kilian’s church when it

opened in 1888 to replace the stone

church which had to be demolished.

Update on a previous article about

a book published in 1677 that is in

the diocesan archives.

Father Ivan Page, M.Afr. adds this

note about the oldest book so far found

in the Sandhurst Diocesan Archives, one

volume of a set of the works of Paolo


The author was a Servite priest, a

considerable scholar, and a loyal servant

of the Republic of Venice. He resisted

and criticized papal claims to jurisdiction

over Venice.

When his best-known book, A History

of the Council of Trent was first

published (in Italian, in London, in 1619)

it was promptly put on the Index. It went

through several editions in Latin, French,

German and English as well as Italian in

the course of the 17th century, and is still

in print today.

Our book is the first of five volumes

of the 1677 Venetian edition of his works

in the small duodecimo format which in

past centuries served for cheap reprints,

just as paperback books do today.

An earlier owner of our copy had written

his/her name on the title page. The

signature was cropped at some time

during the 19th century when the book

was bound as we see it now. This volume

was separated from its companions

– we know not when – and may well have

been bought as a curiosity from a dealer

in second-hand books. Many copies of

different editions of this celebrated work

have survived – which is to say that it is

not a rare text. To which I must add that

our single volume is not a particularly

valuable property.

CentaCare in perspective


n February 24 this year,

CentaCare celebrated 25

years in the provision of

family and community services in the

Diocese of Sandhurst.

Over those 25 years it has provided

in the name of the Church, Family

Counselling, Family Education, Family

Support and Family Mediation to tens of

thousands of people in north, central and

north-east Victoria.

In the past year CentaCare has

continued those services from seven

centres and provided them to about 5420

individuals, couples and families.

CentaCare has become a place of great

life-giving stories. Among those stories of

this year are wonderful initiatives where a

need was identified and a service provided.

One of these was the development of

separate support groups for Indigenous

men and women in Shepparton where a

Men’s business Centre and a Women’s

Centre are also being developed.

Another initiative has been the

facilitation of a playgroup for mothers and

their children at a women’s prison. A third



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When the drought was broken in

2010 with destructive flooding in many

western and northern parts of the Diocese,

CentaCare again responded to the

vulnerable and disadvantaged families

whose living situations had become much


In the past 12 months, CentaCare has

taken some significant steps in its own

development and with new projects.

Technologically, all service centres

have been linked directly through phone

and computer.

A full-time Quality Improvement

Officer has been employed and plans for

across programs Accreditation are being


In the past 18 months, CentaCare

Sandhurst has worked with the Centacares/

CatholicCares of Melbourne, Ballarat, Sale

and Tasmania to assist the respective

Bishops to establish CatholicCare Victoria/


This body has now been incorporated,

and on July 1 took responsibility for a

single Federal Government contract that

will provide Family Support Services

throughout Victoria and Tasmania.

Being family today was a theme of the

CentaCare 25th Anniversary Conference

in February and it also highlighted the

modern issues that are affecting family life

especially in regional areas of Victoria.

During the coming year, CentaCare is

going to be challenged more and more

to find the financial and professional

resources it needs to support these


Many good stories can be told about

the works of CentaCare in the past twelve

months. There is a central theme to those

stories: “At CentaCare, people in need

find new hope. Couples, families and

individuals get opportunities to start again

in their relationships with their family and

their community”

CentaCare would like to share the good

stories about its work within the Church.

In each edition of the SandPiper during

2012, CentaCare will provide articles which

will describe stories of hope, growth and

wellbeing in the lives of those who use its


Paul Fogarty

Director of CentaCare

Page 16 – Relax December 2011

Featured reader

Meet this month’s

featured reader,

Greta’s Allison Taylor

you can dream it, you can make it

so.” Belva Davis

‘There’s no tragedy in life like the

death of a child. Things never get back

to the way they were.” - President


Qualities I admire most in people


Honesty, Ability to forgive, Caring,

Fun, Accepting of who they


Marital/family status?

One of six children to Anne and

Jeff Taylor, of Greta – (in order)

Sarah, Allison (me), Aaron, Josh,

Jennifer, Lucas

Three words that best describe

me are:

Outgoing, Determined, Helpful

My job is as a:

Bakery assistant... Selling bread

and cakes at Shelleys Bakery in

Wangaratta :)

The most famous person I’ve ever

met was:

Rob Galea! His music is incredible

– a real inspiration to young Christians

The nicest thing a perfect

stranger ever did for me was:

I don’t meet that many new people,

but I appreciate the little thingsjust

a new person saying hi and giving

a smile

I’m reading

Kite Runner, Khaled Hossieni...

We studied it at school this year, rereading

it before exams

The most fascinating place I’ve

ever been is:

Coffs Harbour – seen the big


The place I’ve always wanted to

travel to is:

Washington, D.C.

Favourite quote:

“Don’t be afraid of the space

between your dreams and reality. If

The funniest joke I know:

Horse walks into a bar - barman says

‘why the long face?’

-- There’s a story behind this one:

my old netball coach would say it just

before we went on each game

Lame but great haha!

My proudest achievement:

Making a difference at YCS National

Conference 2010... Travelling to

Brisbane on a plane so I could go!

The person I really admire most is:

My cousin, Belinda. She is everything

i want to be when I grow upsuccessful,

married and loving life!

My favourite movie is:

Titanic. It is incredible, it gives

me goosebumps! I could watch it 1000

times and not get sick of it!

I think it’s just the idealistic nature

of it, living life right to the end and

never giving up hope...

If I could invite any three guests to

dinner they’d be:

Susan Crennan – justice of the

High Court

Julia Gillard – with no media following

though so she can actually

share her honest opinions

Warren Stern – lecturer of law at

Harvard Law School

My most memorable memory is:

My Grandparents’ 50th Wedding

Anniversary, it was amazing! The

whole family gathered at Dederang

hall and we gave Grandma a scrapbook

made by my sister and that

was literally three inches thick! I

love my grandparents and hope they

make another 50!

People would be surprised to know

about me:

- I don’t like animals, even

though I live on a farm

- My best friend is a guy

- I love Church songs, really oldfashioned

ones like they used to sing

at my Grandma’s church in Dederang

Famous last words:

Make it count. Every laugh,

every smile. Every kiss, every

hug. Every hello, every goodbye.

Every journey, every experience.

Every ‘i love you’, every ‘i miss

you’... life is a gift so appreciate it,

enjoy it, and LIVE IT!

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1 OT Prophet heard on 13 December (9)

6 OT Prophet who wrote “To Love

Tenderly” (5)

9 Mythical beasts (7)

10 Temple coins (7)

11 Maintain (4)

12 Mother of Isaac (5)

13 Church recess (4)

16 Articles of luggage (5)

17 Order of monks (9)

19 A convert (9)

21 Disciple of Paul and recipient of one

of his letters (5)

23 To harvest (4)

24 Reluctant Prophet swallowed by a

fish (5)

26 Among (4)

30 King David’s second wife [1 Sam

25:43] (7)

31 Deprive by cheating [slang] (2,3,2)

32 Exclamation of surprise or disbelief


33 A herb (7)


1 Ancestor of St Joseph [Matt 1:14] (5)

2 Heavenly bodies around the sun (7)

3 OT Prophet of “The Lord’s Justice” (4)

4 Without a moment’s delay (9)

5 OT Prophet who wrote “Come Back

to Me” (5)

6 Mild and gentle (4)

7 Companion on the road to Emmaus (7)

8 Stewardesses (9)

14 Son of Jacob and Leah [Gen 35:23] (5)

15 Grudge or ill will (5)

16 Galilean fishing town (9)

18 Son of Simon of Cyrene [Mark 15:21] (9)

20 OT Prophet & shortest book in the

OT (7)

22 Disciple of St Paul and recipient of

two letters (7)

25 A flower (5)

27 Postpone (5)

28 Compass point (4)

29 OT Prophet heard on Ash Wednesday


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December 2011 Relax – Page 17




Notes on living life fully

Reviews by Jenni Greblo

Life Without Limits: How To

Live A Ridiculously Good Life

By Nick Vujicic.

Nick was born without any

limbs and has had many battles

and obstacles to overcome.

He is an international speaker,

travelling the word to inspire others

to “overcome adversity with

faith, hope, love and courage so

they can pursue their dreams”.

His basic premise is that if he

can do it – you can too. Yet he is,

in turn, inspired by those in circumstances

of extreme suffering or those

overcoming trauma. One such person

is Bethany Hamilton, a world class

surfer who lost her arm in a shark

attack in 2003 at the age of 13. She

taught Nick how to surf.

Nick decided that reaching out

and serving others helped him create

meaning in his life. He has helped

young teens all over the world, He

has helped the poor, orphans, AIDS

sufferers, the disabled and victims

of war in many countries including

India, Africa, China, Serbia and


Sharing the story of his birth and

some of the more bleak moments in


Growing vegetables for Christmas

Shepparton garden

expert John Holder

gives some tips for

your garden


was involved with a talk-back

radio a couple of weeks ago

and a lady was asking about

growing her own potatoes. She

had been recommended to use

a fertiliser called 5.1.1. This

made no sense to her and she

was asking for information.

Now I have no use for a

fertiliser such as this but I could

explain the general position.

Fertilisers are often known to

their users by their contents.

The three main ingredients

can be read on the back of

any fertiliser as Nitrogen,

Phosphorus and Potash. The

fertilizer in question either

contains 5 parts of Nitrogen,

and one part each of the others

or contains them in that ratio.

I also happened to say that I

couldn’t think of a less suitable

fertiliser for growing potatoes!

And thereby hangs a tale!

In my experience most

home gardeners who set out

to grow their own vegetables

these days, whether expressed

in this way or not, attempt

to follow rules that apply to

certified organic vegetables

they might buy and this will

start with soil preparation and


I have to say, from my

experience with vegetable

gardeners, that these principles

are not always well understood,

but once explained and

his life give us an appreciation of the

challenges he has faced and the life

journey he has made. One minute in

tears and then the next smiling at his

courage, laconic antics and sense of

humour. Nick was 28 when this book

was published so the future holds so

much promise.

Faith in God and an ability to

find the blessings in his life provide

inspiration to us all, challenging each

one of us to reach out and live life to

the full. This book is not a literary

work of art but it is thought-provoking

and a catalyst for change.

Nick says, “Live to glorify God,

and don’t leave an ounce of energy,

a trace of your uniqueness, behind.

Dare to be ridiculous, and you will

be ridiculously happy.”

followed, the results start to

speak for themselves.

In many cases it will be

appropriate to work in a

contained area. This could be an

old fruit box or a box made from

red gum boards, probably two

boards high.

Under no circumstances use

treated timbers. Avoid carpet

and underfelt and, by the way,

car tyres are never to be used

because they can leach cadmium

and heavy metals which are very

harmful to human health.

For a larger area I use a

reasonably flat area of the garden

contained by single red gum

sleepers. With mulching, compost

and fairly regular digging, the soil

level tends to rise a bit.

There are good books on the

topic of organic gardening if you

The Candle In The Window

By Grace Johnson and

illustrated by Mark Elliott

(Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy)

This beautiful tale is set in a

little German village where

the cobbler, Gunther prepares to

spend another cheerless Christmas

after his wife and child

have died. Gunther’s deep grief

stops him from seeing that he is

surrounded by caring friends;

his housekeeper and his cousin,


His lack of Christmas spirit is

further compounded when Lord

Von Schlimmel brings him shoes to

repair on Christmas Eve; shoes Von

Schlimmel wishes to dance in that

evening. No consideration is given

to the life of the cobbler and Gunther

expects little. The shoes of course

require more labour than the time

given and Gunther begins the task.

He then has a visit from three

strangers, Greta, Franz and Carrie

who visit in a whirlwind of activity

that puzzles Gunther.

They leave a candle in the window

of his shop and deliver a message.

want to take an academic interest


If your boxes or containers are

fairly small you will want to grow

a range of vegetables, in smaller

quantities together. To achieve

this I have had people start by

filling the box with rice straw (or

any other suitable and available

straw) with a shallow compost or

soil layer on the surface.

If this is fertilised in the way

we will suggest this will grow

excellent plants in it’s first year

while you start a compost heap

using mowings and household

scraps to mix in as an area is


Bear in mind I have seen

tomatoes grown in straw bales

that have been well soaked and

fertilised with a liquid fertiliser.

In the process the straw breaks

The message changes Gunther’s

Christmas forever.

As the story unfolds, Gunther

brings sincere Christmas cheer to

many and the events help him in some

way to be able to celebrate Christmas

and unlock his grief stricken heart.

This is a long story and many

pick it up, look at the print and then

put it down as they wanted an easier,

simple text – their sad loss. This is a

story for adults and families, a story

worth reading and re-reading, a worthy

story for your Christmas library

and a paradigm of service for others

to lift our own spirit. It celebrates the

true meaning of Christmas.

This story brings to light the message

of Luke’s Gospel which is one

of hospitality and Matthew’s gospel

seeing Jesus in the stranger. (Matthew


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down and your compost starts

to provide more.

By the way I can recommend

what is widely sold today by

Councils as ‘mulch’ which I

believe derives from the green

bins. There will be extraneous

objects and some large lumps

of wood but the overall bulk

makes excellent thick mulch

and is usually fairly fertile and

well drained and supports good

growth of plants and trees.

I realise I am passing over all

sorts of details here but this will

get things started. The fertiliser

you will need will be labelled

a Complete Organic Fertiliser

and it will contain rock minerals

ideally contained and mixed

with coal dust and will have at

least four trace elements and

known to be suitable for the


This can be mixed into

the top 10cm as you prepare

to plant or sow seed. You will

also do well to use a liquid or

dry Seaweed bearing in mind

that research has shown this

assists seed germination and

establishment of seedlings and

if watered on monthly will assist

in cropping and root growth,

increase your yield, assist

in frost protection and other

stresses of the plant.

The choice of vegetables to

grow is almost as complex as

discovering the most healthy

way of growing them!

For more information, visit John

Holder at the Shepparton Garden

Centre, 535 Archer Road, Kialla.

Phone (03) 5823 5677

True Love Lemon

Foodie Nicole Murphy

brings us another delight

from her kitchen.


The white bit

• 150g cream cheese room


• 250ml double cream

• 200g condensed milk

• 1 lemon and 1 lime, finely

grated zest and juice


Whisk the cream cheese until

soft and smooth. Add cream

and condensed milk and whisk

till thick and creamy – longer

the better. Add zest and juice

and mix.


The yellow bit

• 180ml lemon juice

• 1 lemon grated zest

• 5 free range eggs

• 165 caster sugar

• 125 unsalted butter



Put all ingredients in microwave

on medium for 6-8 mins

stopping to stir regularly until



The crumble bit

• 80g unsalted butter,

chopped and softened

• 50g brown sugar

• 1 tbs treacle

• 1 free range egg yolk

• 185 g self raising flour

• ½ tsp bicarb soda

• 1 tbs ground ginger

• 1 tsp ground star anise

• 1 tsp ground cinnamon

• Pistachios to garnish


Preheat oven to 180C. Beat

butter, sugar, treacle and egg

yolk in bowl. Add flour, bicarb

and spices and sing hands

combine to firm dough. Turn

onto lightly floured surface and

rub through with fingertips to

make large crumbs and spread

onto a baking tray lined with

baking paper. Bake for 8 mins

or until golden. Remove and set

aside to cool. If it’s easier, just

make them into biscuit size and

crumble them up later.

Serve in glass with alternating

layers of white, yellow and



Swap the white bit for cream

and the crumble for a packet of

gingernut snaps.

Another great Christmas

dessert I saw that looked

very Christmassy and wasn’t

actually a recipe as such, also

served in a glass – vanilla

icecream with chopped Turkish

delight and pistachio nuts.

Seriously easy. Have a great

and relaxed Christmas!

For more information, visit Bendigo

Wholefoods, 314 Lyttleton Terrace,

Bendigo. Phone (03) 5443 9492

Page 18 – News December 2011

A history of justice

Aboriginal and Torres

Strait Islander

Social Justice Commissioner

Mick Gooda

addressed the Australian

Catholic Bishops’ Conference

(ACBC) yesterday at

their Plenary meeting.

Chair of the Bishops’ Commission

for Relations with

Aboriginal and Torres Strait

Islanders, Bishop Christopher

Prowse welcomed the Commissioner

and affirmed that

Commissioner Gooda presented

an “agenda of hope.”

In his 30 minute presentation,

Commissioner Gooda

acknowledged that although

there have been some mistakes

by churches over the past 200

years, the Church has had a

rich tradition of standing up

for the rights of Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander peoples

and tackling the root causes of

their disadvantage.

“I look to the Catholic bishops

who said in 1972: it is as

obvious as a tree on the Nullabor

that Aborigines have land

rights... ownership, employment,

housing, education and

bargaining power are also paramount

rights.” (ACBC, 1972).

Commissioner Gooda

spoke about the hope given

by the national apology by the

Parliament which acknowledged

the past and committed

to make steps toward a reconciled

Australian future.

“It’s a journey that, to steal

the words of the Australian

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Commissioner Mick Gooda with representatives of

the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Catholic Bishops from 1972,

moves us along the road ‘to

the human liberty and dignity

which Australia owes her people’;

It’s a journey that is not

about looking back. It’s about

looking forward and moving

forward as a nation; It’s a

journey that can help build the

healthy relationships necessary

for an agenda of hope.”

Commissioner Gooda

advised the bishops that the

most important thing that people

can do for Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander people

is to go into the communities

and listen to them, rather than

impose structures.

“Relationships are built on

understanding, dialogue, tolerance,

acceptance, respect,

trust and reciprocated affection.

Not intolerance, a lack of

acceptance, a lack of dialogue,

mistrust and a lack of respect

and understanding”, he said.

This presentation was

warmly received by the Australian

bishops who followed

with questions and comments

on the situation of Aboriginal

and Torres Strait Islander people

in their dioceses.





the nature of

the national

Kerry Stone

Diocesan Coordinator

Caritas/Justice Office

In the past few months, Australia has

been torn by an extraordinary level of

controversy over the issue of asylum

seekers. There have been constant calls by

the Catholic Church – and others – for Australia

to take a different approach towards

asylum seekers who come to Australia by


Despite evidence that the majority of Australians

want asylum seekers processed in Australia,

and despite the government’s own commitment

in 2008 to use detention only as a last resort

and for the shortest practical time, both sides of

politics are committed to ever harsher measures

against boat arrivals. In particular, they both

propose to deport asylum seekers to another


For the moment, however, by a strange irony,

the government is doing what churches, refugee

advocates, lawyers, doctors and many others

have been imploring it to do for years: processing

these boat arrivals in Australia - due to the High

Court ruling against ‘the Malaysia solution’.

Bishop Christopher Saunders, ACSJC Chairman,

referred to attempts to change legislation to

enable this as ‘a national disgrace’ and said the

government was fighting ‘an unjust war’ against

‘innocent people who are completely defenceless

and desperate’.

For the moment at least, asylum seekers are

staying in Australia. They are, however, being

detained in conditions that are causing them terrible

damage. On 24 October the ABC’s Four

Corners showed how conditions of detention are

leading to mental illness, self-harm and suicide

for asylum seekers. The program brought Australians

something they are rarely allowed to see

or hear: the suffering faces of refugees themselves,

and their testimony in their own words.

Detainees told of months/years of isolation,

frustration and increasing despair behind

the razor wire. They told of their experience of

mental illness as the months dragged on, and

of seeing their friends mutilating themselves or

even taking their own lives. Doctors recounted


their frustration at not being able to help these

people, and of their concern at seeing detainees

given medication that was inappropriate

for the conditions from which they were suffering.

Refugee advocates told of an assessment

process that makes too many mistakes, obliging

applicants to go through long-drawn-out

appeal processes that can add many months to

their time in detention. (To see the Four Corners

report, go to


Bishop Saunders has called the detention

centre at Curtin, WA, ‘a chamber of horrors’.

Professor McGorry, Australian of the Year

2010, referred to detention centres as factories

for producing mental illness. Dr Morris of the

Australian Medical Association NT branch, has

said, ‘We believe that the policy of mandatory

detention is medically harmful, violates basic

human rights… detention of asylum seeker children

is a form of child abuse.’

Recently the ACSJC has signed a number

of documents calling for change in the divisive

nature of the national debate. One was an ‘Open

Statement on Asylum Seekers’, which can be

found at .

And the ACSJC and Caritas Australia

were two of 260 organisations and community

groups that signed an open letter to Members of


‘The groups urge all political parties and

Members of Parliament to stop using policies

regarding asylum seekers to foster misunderstanding,

social division and distrust, and instead,

to use it as an opportunity to get on with the job

of fulfilling Australia’s commitment under the

Refugee Convention to treat people humanely,

process applications for asylum onshore, and

promote the better treatment of asylum seekers

and refugees in our region.’

In an extended interview, available on the

ABC Four Corners website, Bishop Saunders

expressed the belief that Australians will tire

of the idea of locking people away from the

freedoms they are entitled to, and will show the

leadership their politicians are not prepared to

show. Let us pray that that will happen soon.

(Adapted from ACSJC Nov Briefing at www. )

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Page 19

Christ is


The Roman Emperor Augustus

ordered a census to be made of all

the people in the land. This meant

that Joseph and Mary had to travel from

Nazareth to Bethlehem, because Joseph

had been born there. The journey was

long and difficult, and the time was

coming for Mary to have her baby.


Joseph and Mary arrived in

Bethlehem to register for the census

ordered by Augustus. The time

came for Mary to have her baby, and He

was born in a stable because there was

no room at the inn. She wrapped Him in

strips of cloth and laid Him in a manger.

On a hillside near the town, some

shepherds were watching over their

sheep. Suddenly, an angel appeared and

the sky was filled with God’s glory. The

shepherds were terrified, but the angel

said, “Do not be afraid, for I have great

news for you. Today a baby has been

born in Bethlehem, He is Christ the Lord.

You will find Him lying in a manger.”

The sky was filled with the sound

of angels singing, “Glory to God in the

highest, and peace to all people on


The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem

and soon found the stable. There in the

manger lay a tiny baby. They told Mary

and Joseph what they had seen and

heard that night, and they shared their


Mary listened carefully and cherished

all these things in her heart. The

shepherds went back to their sheep on

the hillside, singing God’s praises for

everything had been as the angel had



Dear Lord Jesus, on this Christmas

morning, may our hearts and our

homes be filled with the peace

and love you shared with the world.















































Jesus Bethlehem










Baby Shepherds

Stable Nazareth

Born Baby

Glory Stable



Catholic Newspaper of the Sandhurst Diocese December 2011

Rob and Teresa Allen and Tarnia and Darren Hayes.

Rhonda Doyle and Marie Doyle, back row, with Lisa Doyle, Janine Doyle and

Penny Snow.

Cobram’s cup fun

A large crowd enjoyed St Joseph’s School Cobram’s annual

Cup Eve Ball in the Cobram Civic Centre. A feature of the

night was a Melbourne Cup Calcutta. The best-dressed

lady was Kate Shelley, and Aleisha and Paul Bovalina were

named the best-dressed couple.

Enjoy a cruise on the “PRIDE OF THE MURRAY”

and view the Christmas story through the lens

of Joseph and Mary’s photo album.

A unique presentation on the banks

of the Murray River depicting the

Christmas story in our Australian


Kellie Byford, Sharon Postlethwaite, Julie and Geoff Cameron.

Cruises leave from Berth 1, Riverboat

dock - Port of Echuca, at the following







7:00pm & 9:00pm


CHILDREN $9 (4-16 years)


All profits will be donated to the Christmas

Bowl Appeal.

Bookings essential (03) 5482 5244 • or

to Murray River Paddlesteamers - 57 Murray Esplanade Echuca.

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