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SandPiper – March 2009 NewsPage 3Festival a Mediterranean feast Diocesan financecommittee namedTHE Rotary Club of BendigoSouth presents the secondBendigo Olive fiesta to beheld at 10am on SundayMarch, 1 at the Bendigo Pottery.Sample olives and olive products,Mediterranean food, winetasting, great entertainmentincluding Italian, Greek andTurkish music, belly dancing andchildren’s entertainment.Attend a workshop on picklingolives, pruning olive trees andinformation on selecting an olivetree.A gala dinner was also held onSaturday evening February 28, atthe Bendigo Pottery.Joanna Savill, co-creator andpresenter of the SBS TV series TheFood Lovers’ Guide to Australia,provided the entertainment.The major recipient of fundsraised from both the dinner andthe Sunday fiesta is the MaureenConsidine Funds' Project of buildinga facility for intellectually disabledadults.Given the recent fires inBendigo, the Rotary Club ofBendigo South will also be makinga donation to benefit the firevictims.Visit www.bendigoolivefi esta.com.au or phone 0419 546 739 for moreinformation.A DIOCESAN financecommittee has been appointedBy Bishop JoeGrech to assist in theoverall management ofDiocesan finances.Bishop Joe is the committeePresident, and hasappointed Mgr Frank Marriottas Administrator.Other members includeTom Chick, Shepparton; PeterBugden, Bendigo; JosephineYork, Bendigo; Tony Beuthune,Wodonga; and BarbarahPilkington-Evans, Shepparton.The committee's guidelinesare yet be set; however, its aimswill include assisting parishesin arranging budgets and preparingaccounts that are commonacross the diocese.Pastoralletter fromBishop JoeTogether: The ecumenical service at the Sacred Heart Cathedral brought together more than 900 community members, andincluded prayers offered by non-Catholic faiths including CFA Chaplain Tracey Wolsley (top right).Heartbreak atbushfire tollPARISHIONERS acrossthe Sandhurst Diocese havebeen affected by the horrendousBlack Saturday fires ofFebruary 7.The parishes of Cathedral,Eaglehawk, Heathcote-Redesdale,Myrtleford, Beechworth, parts ofTallangatta and Wodonga, all suffereddamage from the fires.The death toll of at least 209from across Victoria shocked thecommunity, and prompted theDiocese to host an EcumenicalPrayer Service in the Sacred HeartCathedral, on Monday, Feburary16.More than 900 attendedthe service, which includedprayers offered by the Bishop ofSandhurst, Bishop Joseph Grech,the Anglican Bishop of Bendigo,Bishop Andrew Curnow, theReverend Kevin Dobson of theUniting Church, and ministersfrom other Bendigo Churches.The service was an opportunityfor the community to gather toexpress their grief at the tragedythat has gripped our state and topray for God’s ongoing love andprotection.Bishop Andrew gave the openingaddress:"We the fractured people ofGod gather here tonight, in thepresence of our God and our community,to pray for those whohave lost their lives, those whohave lost their homes, those whohave lost their dreams, and thosewho do not feel safe."As believers in Christ, we arepeople of hope and resurrection,we believe that all things that happenin our lives matters to our God.Together we can achieve muchmore than alone. Together weacknowledge the heartbreak andfear which has come to our doors,and together we gain strength tocreep forward."Bishop Joe followed in presentingthe opening prayer:"God our creator,"You have given us this landand gifted us with our lives."Throughout history you havebeen present to the joys and sufferingsof our lives."We ask you to help us to bearthe sorrow of the loss of life anddreams during the tragedy ofthese bushfires."Be our strength as we seekunderstanding, weep with us aswe mourn, and celebrate with usthe small victories of success andlife."We ask all this through Christour Lord, who walked this fragileearth with us and dwells with usstill in the Holy Spirit."Members of the communityalso participated in the liturgy,with Tracey Wolsley from theCountry Fire Authority reading,St Paul’s Letter to the Romans8:28-35; 37-39.During the service members ofthe community offered a tributeby placing a petals in a bowl at thefront of the cathedral.Everyone was invited to comeforward during a period of reflectivemusic and place a few petalsin the water in remembrance ofthose who have lost their lives andthose who have been left withouthomes or shelter.Dear Brothers and Sisters inChrist,Grace to you and peace fromGod our Father and the Lord JesusChrist.I write to you out of deeppastoral concern, both for thepeople of our fire ravaged parishesof Cathedral, Eaglehawk,Heathcote-Redesdale, Myrtleford,Beechworth, parts of Tallangattaand Wodonga, but also for youwho desperately want to help witha need that binds us to those in thefire zones.Amid the devastation and loss,your overwhelming generosity andpreparedness to help has been asource of inspiration and hope tome and to others.I have been in close conferencewith my fellow bishops and we areexploring options as to how, as aChurch, we can best assist in theimmediate and longer termAt the moment by far the mosthelpful thing we can do is sendmoney to help with the emergencyrelief efforts.These donations can be directedto the major Bushfire Appeals.Our key relief organisations ofSt Vincent de Paul and Centacarehave pledged all their resources forthe support of those impacted uponby these dreadful catastrophes.They are working in closeco-operation with local and stateauthorities who are co-ordinatingrelief measures.Besides these practicalresponses, we are also called topray and remember all those whohave been affected by these terribletragedies.We are people of hope and fortitude,and our local and Diocesanhistory shows that together we canattain much.Please be generous when calledupon as we continue to exploreways to provide whatever is necessaryto all those affected by thefires.Yours in Christ,MOST REVEREND JOSEPHGRECH, DDBishop of Sandhurst


SandPiper – March 2009 NewsPage 5Vinnies overwhelmedBy Damian GriffinPRESIDENT of the St Vincent de PaulSociety Jim Grealish has warned thatthe bushfire recovery will take yearsand said the best thing people can givetowards bushfire relief is money.He made the comments on February19 when meeting in Bendigo with SocietyConference Leaders from around the dioceseto discuss their experiences, responses andneeds in relation to the Black Saturday bushfires.Mr Grealish said that while welcomingdonated items, the society was encouragingpeople to consider making a cash donation tothe Victorian Disaster Appeal.“Money is actually the best thing you cangive,” he said, adding cash would help easethe cost of the storage and transport of items,and would also help fund the Society’s longtermsupport measures.He said the Society would assist inthe long-term recovery of the communitiesaffected by the tragedy, helping themto rebuild their homes and their lives withfinancial and material aid, and ongoingassistance that would also include emotionalsupport, counselling and friendship.“A lot of people are still in temporaryaccommodation and still don’t know whatthey want, or where they’re going to live,”he said.He said the bushfire recovery wasn’t athree- or four-week task, but for some peoplemay take many years as they have lost bothhomes and jobs.Mr Grealish said the community had ralliedto help those affected in a manner thatJoan McCormickEuroaIT was a sad day for parishioners of StJohn’s Church, Euroa, when Sr WinMcManus, a Mercy nun who has beenin the parish for eight years, was farewelledon Sunday, January 4.Sr Win endeared herself to not only parishioners,but to the wider community. Her compassion,wisdom, tolerance and warmth drewpeople to her, and she became part of the storyof many people’s lives as she walked withthem in their times of sadness or joy.As well, she had a great depth of knowledgeand understanding of Scripture, and thegift of being able to pass that on to lay peoplein everyday language.She generously shared that knowledge withmany individuals and parish groups.Sadly, Sr Win’s health had begun to fail, sothe Mercy Order to which she belongs felt itwould be wise for her to move to Rice Villagenear Geelong where she will live with otherMercy sisters and be cared for in every way.Sr Win’s departure is mourned for anotherreason: it marks the end of an era beginningwhen the first Mercy nuns arrived in Euroa in1920 to open a Catholic school, and the linehas been unbroken until now.The Sisters retired from the school someyears ago, but the ones who remained in Euroaacted as pastoral workers for the parish.However, Sr Win was delighted that eventhough the school is now run by lay teachersunder the leadership of Duncan Arendse,great efforts have been made to ensure that theMercy heritage has been maintained, and thattheir ethos, values and traditions will not beforgotten.There was not a great deal of warningabout Sr Win’s departure, but everyone roseHelping: Victorian President of the St Vincent de Paul Society Jim Grealish visitsthe society's store in Bendigo during a fact-fi nding tour of bushfi re-affected areas.was “overwhelming, both at the state andlocal level”.“We expected a good response, but this isbeyond that,” he said.A large warehouse with floor-space a similarsize to the playing surface of the MCGwas provided to the Society in Rowville,East Melbourne, on the Monday after thefires.He said more than 1500 volunteers wereat the warehouse, receiving large amountsof donations from businesses and individualswanting to help, and pallet loads of food,Euroa farewells Sr Win McManusFond farewell: Sr Wyn McManus isfarewelled from Euroa, ending an unbrokenpresence of Mercy nuns in the parish since1920.to the occasion and she was farewelled afterthe Saturday evening Mass and again afterSunday morning Mass by Parish Priest, FrTony Hill, and Carmel Maguire from theParish Pastoral Council.She was presented with a wool underlayfor her new bed at Rice Village and a lovelyframed black and white photograph of SevenCreeks Park (courtesy of John Sullivan andCarmel Walker) to remind her of the areawhere she so enjoyed her morning walk.It was pleasing to see people from otherChurches within the parish from Violetclothing, furniture and other items werearriving daily.He said donations were pouring in fromall states and even from overseas, withone ex-pat community, a rugby club inJacksonville, Florida, planning to send ashipping container of goods.St Vincent de Paul Society is offering freeassistance to bushfire victims in its 99 centresacross the state.To make a cash donation to the VictorianDisaster Appeal, visit www.vinnies.org.au/vic orphone the Donation Hotline on 13 18 12.Town and Longwood, and from the parish ofNagambie and Avenel present.Mention must be made of the men andwomen who, again at short notice, did anamazing job of helping pack, sort and do allthat is involved in closing a house, the one inBinney Street which was known as “MercyHouse” and which Sr Win made a real houseof welcome.So, dear Sr Win, you go with our love andblessings; you touched so many lives whileyou were in Euroa and you will never be forgotten.CentaCare atforefront ofbushfirecounsellingCENTACARE offices acrossthe diocese have had an increaseddemand on their counsellingservices in the wake ofthe Black Saturday bushfires.Bendigo CentaCare ManagerDenis Byrne said demand fromboth new and existing clients hadincreased, and not just for those havingsuffered direct losses from thefires."Across the whole state this hastriggered a lot of stress and anxiety,"he said."The impact is wide-spread, it's inthe media and parents are asking howto respond to their children's responseto this."[The fires] have triggered a lot ofthings for a lot of people with mentalhealth issues – it's heightened theirlevel of anxiety."He said some clients had lost property,and that staff were conductingwork in grief and loss counselling."The demand is starting to hit nowfor our services, for the first week theywere just trying to get a roof over theirheads."In joining a co-ordinated responseto counselling, CentaCare has contactedthe Department of Human Servicesin planning to provide counselling inco-operation with other organisationssuch as St Vincent de Paul Societyand St Luke's Anglicare.Mr Byrne said the ongoing demandfor services will challenge the mainlypart-time employed staff, and thatoffers of assistance had come fromother CentaCare offices not in bushfire-affectedareas."Staff have volunteered their time,their weekends and travelled into thenorth-east [fire areas]," he said."It's not just going to be for a weekor two, it's going to be for months andmonths."He said CentaCare had receivedsome financial donations from parishesand organisations, and that theorganisation was seeking furtheropportunities for funding.Mr Byrne said anyone affected bythe fi res should contact their counciland register for assistance, includinggrants and support services.Media congressregistrationsREGISTRATIONS have openedfor the National Catholic MediaCongress – the first gatheringof its type in 25 years – whichaims to celebrate, challenge andnourish those people workingin all areas of the Church whoare charged with spreading theGood News of the Gospel.The congress will recognisethe mission focus of media andcommunications work, and theopportunities and challenges of thedigital age.For more information and to register,go to www.cievents.com.au/events/acbcmediacongress or contact DebraVermeer at the ACBC on 02 62019859 or media@catholic.org.


SandPiper – March 2009 NewsPage 7Justice network growsMEMBERS of the DiocesanSocial Justice Committeewere delighted with theresponse to the Justice Repsgatherings held in eachDeanery mid-February.In Bendigo, Wangaratta andShepparton, many enthusiasticnew Parish Justice Reps mingledwith others who’d been workingwith great commitment in thisrole for the past 10 years.Those present were given anoverview of our official Churchjustice agencies and the materialsthey provide at various timeson our annual calendar beforelooking in detail at the theme,stories and activities for ProjectCompassion this year.Conversation around globalfacts underlined the urgencyof this campaign. Discussionthen moved to Social Justice ingeneral with all present completinga survey about what parishaction or advocacy was alreadytaking place, what issues – local,GOORNONG Primary School isa small rural school with only 53students.Every Thursday at 2.45pm, more thanhalf of these students engage in CatholicReligious Instruction for half-an-hour.Mrs Christine Carty teaches the Prep,Grade 1 and Grade 2 and Mrs JudithMann teaches the remaining Grades withthe assistance of Mrs Lisa Bickley.In 2007 they decided to seek permissionfrom Principal Lex Johnstoneto conduct an end of year Mass at theschool.Mr Johnstone was very accommodatingof the idea, and so began theschool's annual end of year Mass.Sister Paschal from Elmore has alsosupported them, by assisting to preparethe various aspects of the Mass and givingadvice when needed.In both 2007 and 2008, Fr PeterAustin from Rochester has been thecelebrant. He is very patient with thechildren and explains each part of theTeam colours: Goulburn Valley Justice Reps ‘get into gear’ for Project Compassion.national, global – were seento be important, and how theysaw the role of the DiocesanSocial Justice Committee.Goornong kids enjoysome special effortSpecial: Liam English, Sarah McKlusky, Sam English, Darcy Tuohey, TylerMcNamara and Fr Peter Austin.The number attending eachmeeting, along with the conversationand enthusiasm displayed,was very encouragingMass to them, including the reasons andnames behind each of the vestments thathe wears.The children are always fascinated towatch Father putting on the Vestmentsfor Mass and preparing the altar.Children from all grades participatein different parts of the Mass and spendquite a deal of time learning their partsso that they can participate fully.Mrs Carty said students practise thehymns during the last term in preparation."We are most fortunate that we areable to hold such a lovely event at ourschool and the children are most gratefulto everyone who gives up their time tomake it all happen," she said."This year, at Muskerry, we have fivechildren who have recently made theirReconciliation. Sister Paschal preparedthe children after school once a week,and, as usual, did a great job."The children received the sacramentof reconciliation on Sunday, December21 at St Martin of Tours at Muskerry.for the new Diocesan SocialJustice Committee and augerswell for raising the profile ofSocial Justice in our Diocese.Social justicewebsite onlineTEACHERS and social justicegroups from Australia and Asia-Pacificwill no longer have to rely on resourcesfrom the United States whenformulating lectures and policy, followingthe relaunch of the Faith DoingJustice website.A project of the Australian Jesuits, thesite aims to provide easy access to a growingnumber of social justice resources, andto provide users with plain English explanationsof Catholic social teaching.The website also clarifies its partnershipwith the Jesuits more clearly: originallyinitiated by the Jesuit-funded LoyolaInstitute and Church Resources, it is nowbeing sponsored entirely by the Jesuits.Visit the website and subscribe to the e-newsletterat www.faithdoingjustice.com.au. For moreinformation contact Sandie Cornish on0408 443 000>> JUST NEWSWorld foodshortageFrom the Diocesan Social Justice CommitteeFOOD is the most basic of humanneeds. After all the extras are cut out,and then the necessities - clothes, shelter,education - only food is left. Article25 of the Universal Declaration ofHuman Rights enshrines the right ofevery person to have adequate food.Article 3 enshrines the right to life.But in 2008, more than 9.1 million peoplehave died from hunger and poverty. TheFood & Agriculture Organisation estimatesthat last year, the number of undernourishedpeople increased by 75 million.Australian families have already noticedthat eating is an expensive necessity. Inthe past three years, the price of bread inAustralia has climbed 31 per cent to an averagecost of $3.36. Similarly the price of akilogram of potatoes has increased 41 percent to an average cost of $2.44 since 2005.Globally the situation is far more urgent,with food prices rising 83 per cent since2005.Prices fluctuate dramatically from day-today,and the world's poorest people are strugglingto cope.In Bangladesh a 2kg bag of rice now costshalf the daily income of a poor family. InEast Africa, millions are in urgent need ofemergency food supplies.Some households are beginning to sellproductive assets such as tools, livestock andland to buy food, further undermining theirability to generate income and to producefood.In his papal message for Lent this year,released on February 3, Pope Benedict XVIsaid, “Fasting from food and detaching oneselffrom material goods during Lent helpbelievers open their hearts to God and opentheir hands to the poor”.Interestingly, the Vatican invited JosetteSheeran, executive director of the UN'sWorld Food Program, to help present thepapal message."Serving the hungry is a moral call thatunites people of all faiths," said Sheeran,whose organisation relies heavily on Catholiccharities and other faith-based organisationsto distribute food aid."At this time of worldwide economicchallenges, let us not forget that the food andfinancial crises hit the world's most vulnerablethe hardest," she said.


Page 8 SchoolsSandPiper – March 2009New year beginsWelcome: Lisa Smith, Rachael Illingworth and Ryan Forsyth.Trio joins dioceseSACRED Heart Primary Schoolin Yarrawonga welcomed threenew staff to their school communityand to the Sandhurst Diocesethis year.Rachael Illingworth has taught in theShepparton area before travelling andworking overseas.Rachael is teaching a Grade 2 atSacred Heart.Lisa Smith was teaching last year inChildren in Grade 3 at SacredHeart Primary recently enjoyedthree days at Mt Feathertop Chaletin Harrietville.For many it was the first time awaywithout their family and so it was somevery excited and nervous childrenwaiting for the bus on the Wednesdaymorning.After arriving at Harrietville thechildren had time to settle into theirchalet and unpack before exploring thesurrounds of the resort style accommodation.Over the next two dayschildren enjoyed activities includingarchery, the challenges of the ropescourse, mini golf, tennis, bush walkingand swimming at the indoor pool.A big screen movie and concert areamong the much anticipated activitiesof the camp.After two nights, of limited sleepand three days packed with physicalST Joseph’s Primary Benallawas among many Victorianschools to take part in a recentfree dress day to raise moneyfor the victims of the devastatingbushfires.Staff and students rallied togetherin support and raised over $900for the St Vincent de Paul SocietyVictorian Disaster Appeal.Narrandera, NSW before moving “justsouth of the border” to take up a teachingposition in Prep.Ryan Forsyth has also joined thestaff of Sacred Heart and taught lastyear in Wagga.Ryan has taken up a position inGrade 4.A big welcome to these new teachersand we hope they enjoy their timeat Sacred Heart and trust their time inSandhurst will be very rewarding.Feathertop camphits just the spotHitting the spot: Sacred Hearth Primarystudents enjoy archery duringtheir camp at Feathertop.activities and plenty of fun, the campersarrived home with lots of stories andlooking forward to their next opportunityto be a part of the outdoor education programat Sacred Heart.St Joseph's fire fundraiserThe appeal will provide assistanceto many families to help rebuild theirlives and communities, which havebeen destroyed in this tragedy.St Joseph’s students thought it wasa great way to show our support andraise money for those affected by thefires.“It was awesome because it was fora good cause. It was bringing out theAustralian in everybody,” said Grade5 student, Austin.Leaders: Fr Steve Bohan, Vice captain Tassika Elliott, Captains Elli Warren and ReidClarke, and Vice Captain Cade Moore with Sacred Heart Principal Mr Tony Hunter.By Margaret LeeTHE Opening School Mass to commencethe new school year at SacredHeart Primary School in Yarrawongawas held on Thursday, February 12 inthe school’s multi-purpose room.Parish Priest Fr Steve Bohan said Mass forthe 380 students, staff and many parents, familymembers and friends who packed the hall.The large crowd was there to see the newGrade Preps walk into the assembly hall withtheir Grade 6 buddies and also witness theannouncement of the school leaders for thefirst semester of 2009 and see them presentedwith their badges.Each Prep was assigned a Grade 5 studentas their buddy during the transition program atthe end of the 2008 school year.When the new Prep student starts school,their buddy, who is now in Grade 6 watchesout for them during recess and lunch and alsointroduces them to the school community at aspecial school assembly.MARIAN College welcomedfour new staffmembers to their schoolcommunity for 2009.Geraldine Greenland(Deputy Principal Teachingand Learning, Year 7Information Technology, Year11 English, Middle schoolReligion), Peter Humphreys(REC & FD Coordinator),Cate Sutterby (Middle SchoolCoordinator, Art, Religion,English) and Sue Solari (PE,H & HD, Junior Maths andScience).Geraldine, Peter, Cate andSue have settled in well and allat Marian are looking forwardto a great 2009 school year.New chaplainMrs Deb de Vries hasbeen appointed as the newChaplain for Marian CollegeMyrtleford.Sr Elisabeth Lamprellstepped out of the position atthe end of 2008.We wish to thank Sr Lizfor her ongoing presence atMarian College and the supportthat she still gives tostudents, their families and the“The Buddy program is a wonderful wayof helping new students settle into school,especially children who do not have siblings atschool”, said Prep teacher Miss Erica Quinn.A representative from each class was alsopresented with a school candle for their classroom.Principal Mr Tony Hunter welcomedeveryone to the Opening School Mass andannounced that the school captains for thefirst part of the year are Reid Clarke and ElliWarren.The vice captains who will assist themin their leadership role are Cade Moore andTassika Elliott.The SRC representatives for 2009 are TomConnell, Brittany Taylor- Irvin, Rylie Hughesand Mitchell Clements.The captains of Red House are Jess Hayesand Doug Arnold. Blue House will be ledby Tahli Runnalls and Tom Welsh. Greencaptains are Abbey Lawless and MarcusHargreaves, and leading the Gold team areStephanie Elliott and Zac Connell.Myrtleford's new facesSettling in: Ms Geraldine Greenland, Ms CateSutterby, Ms Leonie Irwin (Principal), Mrs Sue Solariand Mr Peter Humphreys.staff of the College.Deb de Vries will be invitingYear 7 students to a special‘Stay Late for Science’experience from 4pm to 6 pmon a nominated afternoon.This is a fantastic opportunityfor students.The Marian College communitywelcomes Deb to therole of school Chaplain andlook forward to the gifts thatshe will bring to this role.Mrs Deb de Vries


SandPiper – March 2009 Around the DiocesePage 9Celebration: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Elmore, back row: Liz Trewick, FrJim Nihill, Fr Peter Austin, Bishop Joe Grech. Middle row: Sr Paschal, CaitlinGrogan, Joe McCormick, Jesse Tuohey, Nathan Carty, RIley Rosselli. Frontrow: Tom Bickley, Gina Spizzica, Gabby Rosaia, Tom Trewick, Finlay MacLean,Michael Carmody.Symbolic: Twenty-fi ve children of St Joseph's Parish Benalla recently celebrated theirFirst Reconciliation. During their preparation period they were encouraged to wear a purplerobe each time they attended church. Parishioners also received cards to encourage themto pray for these young people as they continued on their faith journey. At the conclusionof the Rite, the children delighted in discarding their robes and throwing them in the air – itwas a very powerful visual symbol of conversion and the forgiveness of sins.New experience: Settling in at St Joseph’s School Cobramare new Preps: Tessa Gardner, Harry Sefton, Will Macheda,Kirbey Rudd and Victoria Artavilla-Bennett.Making a splash:Gade 5 and 6students at StJoseph’s Benallaparticipate inan Open WaterAwareness Programrun by Life SavingVictoria.Long serving: Hazel Forgeduring Mass at the Cathedral.Hazel has been the housekeeperof the Sacred Heart Cathedralsince 1985, and arrived fromWangaratta on request from thelate Mgr John Duffus.Special day: Rhonda Tallnash with Fr Tony Hill and Sr WinMcManus after her confirmation at St Attracta's Church, VioletTown.Community spirit: Volunteers provide the annual St Brendan'sseniors' lunch in Shepparton in December.Together: St Brendan's Faith and Light Group celebrateworld day of people with a disability in November, joiningin to sing during the Mass.Popular: The Christmas OvalMass in Shepparton attractedthousands in December.


Page 10 SandPiper – March 2009>> THE YEAR OF ST PAULPaul's communities growThis month, we look at Paul'sjourney to take the Gospels to thecommunities of the Philippians andGalatians.The GalatiansThe Galatians in Northcentral Turkey wereCelts, whose ancestors,from the Pyrenees,settled near Ancyra (presentday Ankara).Celtic people were tall, fairand intelligent, although sometravelers reported that they wereeasily tricked! They delighted inriddles and poetry, who valuedtheir own language. They worestriped woven coats fastened withshoulder buckles and colourfullyembroidered skirts (equivalent tokilts today). Celts were hospitable,enjoyed feasting and were fearsomein battle. They were gentiles(non Jews), many of whomworshipped a goddess Agistus orCybele, considered to be Motherof all gods.When Paul, Silas and Timothyvisited Phrygia and Galatia in 46or 49 AD (Acts 16:6, 18:23 andGal 4:13), they found no Jewishpeople in Northern Galatian. Thegentiles were very receptive to theGospel. Small, strong, communitieswere founded. Paul and hisfriends stayed to help until theywere well established. He revisitedthe region around 52 AD.After Paul’s departure, a groupof Jewish Christians tried to convincethe Galatians they shouldadopt the Jewish Law, includingcircumcision and dietary laws,in order to become Christians.‘Become a Jew if you want tobe a Christian’ they said. Paulhad never asked for this. TheGalatians became worried, unsettledand afraid of making mistakes.The issue of whether theGospel was sufficient for gentileChristians, without the wholeJewish Law, led to the Councilof Jerusalem (Acts 14 & 15). TheCouncil agreed with Paul: Faithin Jesus Christ, and life accordingto the Gospel, is the foundationof Christian life and the way tosalvation.Paul wrote to them; TheGospel is enough! Your relationshipwith Jesus Christ is the mostimportant thing! Your whole lifeis to be built on your friendshipwith Jesus Christ and the Spiritalive in you! He drew upon hisown encounter with the RisenJesus Christ, which filled his life.Historical: Ruins of ancient Philippi“I have been crucified withChrist, and it is no longer I wholive,but it is Christ who lives inme” (Galatians 2:30).The PhilippiansOf all the communitiesfounded andvisited by Paul, thePhilippians seem, withoutdoubt, to have been hisfavourite. So much affectionis expressed in his writing.Paul was close enough to thiscommunity to accept financialhelp from ministry elsewhere,which he would not accept fromothers. This was the first Europeancommunity founded by Paul andhis confreres (Acts 16:11-40;20:6).Philippi was near a mountainpass on crossroads connectingEurope and Asia Minor (presentday Turkey). It was named afterPhilip II of Macedon, father orAlexander the Great. Originallya Greek city, it became an importantRoman colony after a battleinvolving Brutus and Cassius in42. In Philippi, as with Tarsus andThessalonica, townspeople weredeclared free Roman citizens,with no taxes, self rule and pridein their elite status.Most Philippians followedreligious cults linked to a varietyof Greek and Roman gods. TheJewish community there was toosmall for a synagogue. They metfor prayer by the River outside thecity. They were joined by interestedgentiles.Around 49 AD, Paul, Timothyand Silvanus climbed the Roman‘Via Egnatia’, from the portof Neapolis (today’s Kavala)to Philippi. They met Lydia, atrader in purple dye and a gentile‘worshipper of God’, with otherwomen gathered at the river forprayer (Acts 16:3 & 14). Lydiaand her entire household werebaptized. They welcomed Paul andhis companions to stay with them.A strong, mainly gentile,Christian community developed inPhilippi. They met in the homes ofwealthier members. Two women,Euodia and Syntache, appear tohave been leaders of householdbased communities.Paul and his companions followedthe Jewish synagogue systemof appointing local elders tolead Christian communities afterthey had gone. These elders werecalled presbyters.Paul wanted community membersand leaders to know the fullnessof life in Christ as he himselfexperienced it;“For me, living is Christ…”Phil 1:21Paul calls for the unity thatcomes about when all have withinthem the mind and heart of ChristJesus;“who, though he was in theform of God, did not regard equalitywith God as something to beexploited, but emptied himself…being born in human likeness. Andbeing found in human form, hehumbled himself and became obedientto the point of death – evendeath on a cross.” (Phil 2:6-8)Prepared by: Adult Faith EducationSandhurst, PO Box 201, Bendigo,3552. Email: adultfaith@sand.catholic.org.au. Imprimatur: MostRev Joseph A Grech Bishop of theDiocese of SandhurstWould you like to study Theologyin the Catholic Tradition?Enrolment applications are closing soon for 2009 – 2010programs with the Sandhurst Diocese Adult Faith EducationMinistry:FOUNDATIONS - CERTIFICATE IV IN THEOLOGYIn partnership with the Institute of Faith Education, Archdiocese ofBrisbane. Study at home, supported by occasional workshops andmonthly cluster group meetings.DIPLOMA OR BACHELOR IN THEOLOGY GRADUATE CERTIFICATE,GRADUATE DIPLOMA OR MASTERS IN THEOLOGYIn partnership with the Broken Bay Institute, Broken Bay DioceseNSW / Sydney College of Divinity. Study the following units athome, supported by a two-day ‘Intensive’ with course lecturersfor each unit and monthly cluster group meetings.2009 Introduction to Biblical Studies ( Br Luke Saker fms)Introduction to Theology (Dr. Matthew Del Nevo)2010 Catholic Liturgical Foundations (Rev John Dr Frauenfelder)The Church (tba)Obtain a brochure from your local parish or contact: Adult FaithEducation Sandhurst, ‘Faith Education & Pastoral MinistriesPrograms’, PO Box 201, Bendigo 3552; Email adultfaith@sand.catholic.org.au; Ph (03) 5441 2544.A SPECIAL PILGRIMAGE FOR THE SANDHURST DIOCESEDestination9PV22T H E H O L Y L A N DWalk in the footsteps of Jesus and experience the very land where Jesuswalked and ministered. Let the Gospels come alive as you explore Galileeand Jerusalem. Stay by the Sea of Galilee at Tiberius (6 nights) and lookover the walls into the city of old Jerusalem from Notre Dame (6 nights).A 14 day Pilgrimage departing 17th Sep 2009Fr Steve BohanParish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish,YarrawongaSANDHURST DIOCESE CONTACTMarina Scott * * Price does not include taxes and visa fees.Optional 3 Day Rome Extension HARVEST VIC FREE CALL 1300 552 955 • Ph: (03) 9495 6488 • email: jeff@harvestpilgrimages.comwww.harvestpilgrims.com All prices listed do not include airline / airport & security taxes.SP_Feb09.indd 123/1/09 11:05:21 AM


SandPiper – March 2009 Page 11An adult'sjourney tobecomeCatholicAshley Ruffell, a young Bendigowoman, talks with DiocesanYouth Ministry Co-ordinatorKaren Lunney, about her recentdecision to become a CatholicK: You mentioned that you wereoriginally doing the RCIAequivalent with the AnglicanChurch. What started you on yourfaith journey to begin that course?A: I have always been quite aspiritual person, but I neverunderstood it. I was bullied prettybadly when I started high school,and I ended up moving to CatholicCollege in year 9.I found a really unnerving sense ofpeace when I arrived at CCB. I’ve alwaysfound it a bit hard to connect with people.One morning in the bulletin was aboutthis youth group REMAR. (REMAR is aCatholic Marist youth Movement that wasstarted in Columbia in 1976)Most teenagers would groan at this, butfor some odd reason as soon as I heard thename ‘REMAR’ I felt the little voice in myhead shout “YOU HAVE TO DO IT!”By Year 11 I wanted to commit towanting to know more about God.My family are Anglican, (non-practising),and there was a ‘crash course’ on thecore beliefs at St Paul’s in Bendigo, it wasa good course and helped me figure a lotout.I was also studying Religion andSociety 3/4 at Catholic College, that plusREMAR, I had a firm base in the Catholicway.K: Why did you choose to go toWYD?A: The first time I heard aboutWYD was from a REMARcamp, and I was just astonished andfelt I had to go.As the final year of REMAR we wouldalso go to the Marist International Festival.So it was a BIG must for me.The time grew closer, and a lot hadchanged in a year. I had a serious boyfriend,and among that I became quite sick.I was also trying to attempt Year12,which was more difficult than usual as Imissed the last term of year 11.My illness also made attending theAnglican Church a lot harder.Finally I won the battle, and I wouldgo for the MIF with my group, then dadwould meet me for WYD and take me in awheelchair.K: Was there a particular moment,or a particular sense atWYD that helped you to decide thatyou wanted to be Catholic?A: For me WYD was two weeks(MIF being the week before).So I had a week to prepare forWYD.On day one of MIF, I was all alone, andI was taking a tour of the school we werestaying at.I walked into this beautiful chapel, Istood there in awe of this place, and it wasmind blowing.I went nuts taking photos! The light inthe chapel reminded me of one thing ... theBendigo Cathedral; home. So I think thatplanted the Catholic thought in my mind.During MIF I went to confession, I satdown and burst into tears. I spoke for thefirst time to a priest.After that I felt so free and able to prayand listen to God. I was able to sit downfor hours and pray and nut out all thethings God and I needed to discuss.MIF freed me from a lot of hate and literallyprepared me for WYD.Day one at WYD, my boyfrienddumped me. I felt lost, I actually did getphysically lost as well, it was awful.Day two, anger, sadness and despairtook over.Day three was the best day! God helpedme back up and that night after going toconfession and adoration, I felt this senseof peace.I realised after what it was; Mary. I felther so close to me.As an Anglican I never understood thething about Mary ... by an odd twist ofevents I ended up in a talk (at MIF) thatwas a talk about Mary, and at that momentit was like a blindfold was taken off myeyes, and I understood her.That night I was so full of faith, I foundmyself saying to dad I think I want to beCatholic. I never thought Mary would careenough about me to want to help me connectwith Jesus again.But I know if she didn’t I would still bemocking that part of the Catholic Church.Joining the faith: Fr Ted Harte joins Ashely Ruffell and her dad Martin on her confi rmation day.K: What is it about being Catholicthat you saw as special or ful.youth group, a friend, whoever it is so help-different?A: I began to realise how uniquethe Catholic faith was, one veryimportant thought dawned on me:The Catholic Church is the churchJesus started.He wanted St Peter to build His churchfor me.Gee. That thought was so powerful tome. It meant that this catholic thing wasmore than a tradition, more than rules,more than popes, more than a massiveorganisation that reaches to the ends of theearth, more than the foundation that oursociety is built upon.The Catholic Church is the one link forus to Jesus. It is the church Jesus askedPeter to create.Also at WYD I was able to seefirsthand, the other side of Catholics, theyoung, vibrant, joyful, proud, loud spiritthat drives the faith.K: What kind of support or mentoringhave you had in yourjourney to Catholicism? How doyou see that as important for otheryoung people who are discoveringtheir relationship with God?A: I have been very blessed tohave so many links with theCatholic Church, mainly familylinks. REMAR, at school was themost vital support I had on my faithJourney.My family, a dear friend in Canada, theXT3 network, and since WYD the HolyRosary Parish.These life lines keep me going. It isso important to have mentors in your life.They help you figure out life, and how touse your faith in everyday living.It is so hard to figure out God and Hiswill for us. It is also very difficult talkingto mates who aren’t God-minded aboutfaith issues or problems.So having someone available who ison the same page as you is the best thingyou can do. Whether it is a priest, someoneat your parish, a family member, XT3, aK: How do you hope to nurtureyour Catholic faith now that youare part of the family?A: Firstly prayer, daily prayer andconnecting with God one on oneis the best way to keep the faith.Attending mass as often as I possibly can,I’m aiming for one a week. I’m also hopingto be more involved in parish life, Sandhurst/Bendigo youth ministry and doing volunteerwork. I like reading and using XT3 to heardifferent perspectives on the Catholic faith.www.xt3.com is the WYD/Catholic networkingsite, it’s unreal. There are so manydiscussions with pilgrims, priests, youngand old. It’s a great way to meet new people,and keep up to date with the current catholicnews. They also have an amazing library ofarticles, audio and videos so that keeps thespirit alive for me.


SandPiper – March 2009 Page 13>> SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLSFirst star for sustainabilityST Augustine’s College Kyabramhas been awarded its first star in itsjourney to becoming a five-star ratingSustainable School.Principal Mr Oronzo Farina waspresented with a certificate on Monday,February 2 to acknowledge the workbeing carried out by the school in the areaof sustainability.The modules to be achieved for“Becoming a Sustainable School” aredesigned by Resource Smart Schools,which is a State Government initiativefacilitated through the Sandhurst Diocese.Sandhurst Diocese is on track for all54 schools in the cluster to be workingtowards becoming Sustainable Schools by2010.The recognition marks the beginningof an important journey for StAugustine’s College.It is important for the school to developa strategic plan in order to progress inareas of energy management and reduction,water conservation and awareness,waste reduction, and establishment of bettersystems for recycling and reusing, andfor recognition of the importance of plantsand animals in the school grounds.The connection between resource managementand the school’s practising beliefthat we are all given these gifts of natureand that we have an obligation to care forour precious earth is a strong one in theculture of the teaching and curriculum atSt Augustine’s College.PARISHES around Australiawill have the opportunityto reflect on theinspirational role of thewomen in their midst andto pray for women bothhere and overseas with thehelp of a parish kit preparedfor the celebrationof International Women’sDay on Sunday, March 8.The kit is a project of theBishops Commission forChurch Ministry, through theFirst step: Mr Oronzo Farina, Sustainable Schools Project offi cer Mr Paul Dullard,and Sharon Darling display St Augustine’s College's certifi cate.Some of the school achievementsinclude establishing an EnvironmentalCentre housing chickens, vegetable gardens,indigenous plants and a hothouse;installing water tanks for use on the prep toGrade 2 shared area and toilets; a three-binwaste system in all classrooms; and regularenergy audits.Sharon Darling, Sustainable SchoolsCoordinator for St Augustine’s College,said many more initiatives were being carriedout throughout classrooms and the goalWomen's Day celebrationsOffice for the Participation ofWomen.It features a welcome messagefrom the chair of theCouncil for Australian CatholicWomen, Patricia Banister, aswell as prayers of the faithfuland suggested homily notesfrom Bishop Michael Malone,the Chair of the BishopsCommission for ChurchMinistry.The kit also notes that 2009marks the 10th anniversary ofthe report on the participation ofwomen in the Catholic Churchin Australia, Woman and Man:One in Christ Jesus.In her welcome, PatriciaBanister spoke of the many“beautiful women” in her life.“These women go about theirwork in all walks of life with areal sense of the feminine,” shesaid.Mrs Banister said that onInternational Women’s Day,the Church’s prayers would befor all women of the world.“We remember also thosewomen who have struggledfor a place in our Church andwas to have all classes involved in an environmentallysustainable project.“This year the focus will be on the wasteand energy modules, and, with the aid ofGovernment grants, we will be able to placesolar panels within our schools grounds,"she said."This is very exciting for our schoolcommunity to know that we are workingtowards an environmentally neutral impactposition and ensures great benefits for ourschool and for the town of Kyabram.”we recognise the significantrole of women in our Church,especially those who work in avoluntary capacity and withoutwhose generosity our Churchwould be the poorer."In his homily notes, BishopMalone noted that women havesuffered and do suffer in theChurch.For more information contactKimberly Davis by emailingdirector.opw@catholic.org.au orby phoning 02 6247 6083.SeminarydaysSeminarianRob Galeakeeps usup to datewith what'shappening atCorpus ChristiCollege.A few weeks have passed sincere-entering the seminary to begin anothergreat year of formation.It is not easy to settle down to a life ofstrict routine after spending some monthsmoving at our own pace, although onedoes get used to it after a short while.The community here has almostreached the 50 mark – 49 generous soulsat Corpus Christi College, all seeking anddiscerning if priesthood is the vocationthey are called to.Among the 49 there are seven ofus studying on behalf of the Diocese ofSandhurst.This is the second largestrepresentation in Corpus Christi Seminary(after the Melbourne diocese).Part of the excitement of returning tothe seminary is discovering which roomeach seminarian has been given for theyear – will it be a room with a courtyardview or a street view? A big room or asmall room? A quiet area of the seminaryor next to one of the laundries? A newpart of the building? (I happen to be verypleased with where I have been placedthis year).We were handed our room key andhad a couple of ‘quiet days’ to unpack,settle down and get to know the 10 newmembers of our community, includingthe three new Sandhurst boys: JohnMcLaurin and Stephen Bolling (first year)and Kester Rebbechi (second year).After orienting ourselves for a fewdays we were all sent on retreat: fivedays to gather our thoughts and reflect onthe upcoming year. The junior years hadtheir retreat ‘in house’ (at the seminary),while the senior years took a five-day tripto Glen Waverly.We all seemed to have benefited fromthe retreat, and feel better prepared toface this upcoming year.Please keep us in your prayers!Providingcounsellingand familysupportservices forcouples,families andindividualsthroughout thediocese.including mini-golf.Appointments/Enquiries pleasephone:Bendigo 03 5443 9577Echuca 03 5443 9577Shepparton 03 5831 4699Wangaratta 03 5721 2341Wodonga 02 6056 1861


SandPiper – March 2009 LiturgyPage 15>> LEARNING ABOUT LITURGYChrism Mass a time to getthe good oil for your parishBy Denise BraddonDirector of Liturgy,Sandhurst DioceseIn our diocese we celebratethe Mass of the Oils on theMonday before Easter. Thiscelebration brings the priestsfrom each parish together tocelebrate Mass with BishopJoe.This Mass is a very importantpart of the journey to Easter.At this Mass all the oils that willbe used in the local parishes forbaptism, confi rmation and anointingof the sick for the next year will beblessed and consecrated.The journey of the oilThis year the oil we use will allcome from an olive grove here inthe Diocese and will be bought tothe Sacred Heart Cathedral andgiven out at the Mass.Here the Bishop will blessthe Oil of Catechumens, used inbaptism, and the Oil of the Sick,used at healing Masses and for thefi nal anointing of someone whenthey are very sick.The Bishop will also consecratethe Oil of Chrism, used at Baptismand Confi rmation.The consecrated Oil is veryspecial and there is always aperfume mixed with it so we do notget the blessed oils mixed up withthe consecrated oil.These Oils are taken back tothe parish by the priests or a parishrepresentative, and then presentedto the community of the parishduring the Holy Thursday nightMass.Sometimes priests bury what isleft of last year's oils in the ground,to show they are holy and shouldnot be mixed up with other oils.And since the oils are madefrom olives, burying them in theground returns it to the soils fromwhere it came.Oils ain’t oilsOil is very important in ourceremonies, as its shows that theperson who has oil placed on themis important.Kings and Queens are anointedwith oil, and so are priests andprophets. We are anointed atour baptism and again at ourconfi rmation and when we reachthe end of our journey on earthVessels: The Mass of the Oils on the Monday before Easter willbe where each parish receives its ritual oils for the year.by the oils that are blessed at thisMass.Oil is used for healing, forexample when we strain a musclewe might have oil rubbed into it.Oil is also used for preserving,when we make home made saucesa layer of oil is placed on top of it toseal in the goodness.We also use oil in engines tohelp things run more smoothly andfor cooking to make sure thingscook evenly.Oil is placed in burners andlamps to give off perfume and givelight.Oil is used in our daily lives,but also in the ceremonies of oursacraments that mark the specialtimes in our Christian life.Read Psalm 23 and see whereit says “You anoint my head withoil" Ps 23:5. Also Psalm 45:8speaks about the oil of gladness. InLuke’s Gospel, Jesus says that hehas been anointed (Lk 4:18). Paulconfi rms we have been anointedand sealed in 2 Corinthians 1:21Our history with oilGiven this heritage, the earlyChurch adopted the use of olive oilfor its sacramental rituals.The Oil of Catechumens is usedin connection with the Sacramentof Baptism. St Hippolytus in hisApostolic Tradition (AD 215) wroteof an "oil of exorcism" used toanoint the candidates immediatelybefore baptism.This practice still continues: Inthe current baptismal liturgy, thepriest offers the prayer of exorcismand then with the oil of catechumensanoints the person to be baptisedon the chest, saying, "We anointyou with the oil of salvation in thename of Christ our Saviour; mayHe strengthen you with His power,who lives and reigns forever andever."The Oil of the Sick is used inthe sacrament of the anointing ofthe sick.Saint James wrote: "Is thereanyone sick among you? Theyshould ask for the priests of theChurch.They in turn are to pray overthem, anointing them with oil in theName of the Lord.This prayer uttered in faith willreclaim the one who is ill, and theLord will restore them to health."(Jas 5:14-15).Mass of the Oils preparationEach year at the Holy Week Mass of the Oils, each parish receivestheir supply0 of the Oil of the Sick, the Oil of Catechumensand the Oil of Chrism for the year ahead.This year the Diocese is providing oil donated by Rich Glen ofYarrawonga – a local olive grower, so that the fruit of the landcan be the local produce. Therefore, you will need to bring yourown parish’s oil vessels to be filled before the Chrism Mass begins,so they can be presented during the liturgy.Please arrive earlier for the Chrism Mass with your cleaned vesselsso they may be filled on the day.There will be more details closer to the date of the Chrism Mass,but this is advance notice so if your parish does not already havevessels for the oils, you might have time to fi nd some attractivevessels. They do not have to be matching, but they should be aglass vessel that displays the oil as an important symbol for ourparishes to have.The Apostolic Tradition of StHippolytus recorded one of theearliest formulas for blessing theoil of the sick.Also, in the early Church, apriest (or several priests) wouldbless this oil at the time it was tobe used, a tradition that has beenretained in the Eastern Churches.However, in the Latin Rite, atleast since the time of the MiddleAges, priests have used oil blessedby the bishop.Presently, the priest, anointingthe forehead of the person, says:"Through this holy anointing, maythe Lord in His love and mercyhelp you with the grace of the HolySpirit," and then anointing theirhands, says: "May the Lord whofrees you from sin, save you andraise you up."The Oil of ChrismFinally, Chrism is a mixture ofolive oil and balsam, or anotherperfume.This oil is linked with thesanctifi cation of individuals.The blessing of the Chrism isdifferent from that of the other oils:here the bishop breathes over thevessel of chrism, a gesture whichsymbolises both the Holy Spiritcoming down to consecrate thisoil, and the life-giving, sanctifyingnature of the sacraments for whichit is used.Regarding baptism, theApostolic Tradition spoke of ananointing after the actual baptismwith the "oil of thanksgiving."Similarly, right after the actualbaptism in the present rite, thepriest anoints the person on thecrown of the head with Chrism,saying, "God the Father of our LordJesus Christ has freed you from sinand given you a new birth by waterand the Holy Spirit."He now anoints with the chrismof salvation."As Christ was anointed Priest,Prophet and King, so may you livealways as a member of His body,sharing everlasting life. Amen."In the sacrament ofconfi rmation, the bishop anointsthe forehead of the candidate withChrism saying, "Be sealed with thegift of the Holy Spirit."Sacred Chrism is also usedin the Sacrament of Holy Orders.The ordination rite of a priest, thebishop anoints with Chrism thepalms of each new priest.In the ordination rite of a bishop,the consecrating bishop anoints thehead of the new bishop.If you get a chance to be part ofthe Mass of the Oils, it is always alovely ceremony, and a great wayto begin Holy Week.And keep an eye out in yourchurch space for the oils, whichshould be on display somewherein your worship space, hopefully inlovely vessels – as they deserve.Is your school or parish news not making it into SandPiper?Why not become a contributor? Contact the editor for further information at sandpiper@chancery.org.au


Page 16 RelaxSandPiper – March 2009>> AT THE FLICKSNo doubt it's controversialDoubtStarring Meryl Streep, PhilipSeymour and Amy Adams.Written and directed by JohnPatrick Shanley104 minsRated MIN 2005 John Patrick Shanleywon a Pulitzer Prize, the DramaDesk Award and a TonyAward for his Broadway play,Doubt. It has been staged inmost Australian capital citiessince then.Set as the Second VaticanCouncil is well underway in 1964,the reforming and charismaticpriest, Father Brendan Flynn(Seymour Hoffman), arrives at StNicholas' Parish in the Bronx. Thewinds of change are blowing.The local Catholic school isadministered by the Daughters ofCharity of St Joseph, who werefounded by Elizabeth Ann Setonin 1809.This was the USA’s firstindigenous religious congregationfor women.Like the French “aeroplaneQuestions: Philip seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in Doubt.nuns” upon which St Elizabethmodelled her congregation, theDCs, as they are affectionatelyknown, had distinctive headgear –a tight fitting white bonnet with alarge black bonnet over it.Sister Aloysius Beauvier(Streep) runs the school and theconvent with an iron-glove. Thepupils are terrified of her. So arethe nuns. The priests probablyare too. But Sr Aloysius is at firstcautious and then anxious aboutthe new go-ahead curate.The principal wants theChurch, her school and the worldto stay the way it is.She keeps a careful eye on thereforming Fr Flynn.When the school accepts itsfirst black student, Donald Miller(Joseph Foster), he is given intoSister James’ class (Adams).Sr James is a junior professedsister, anxious to impress SrAloysius.She is as kindly and good asher superior is severe. When sheshares with Sister Aloysius thatshe is worried that Father Flynnis paying too much personalattention to Donald, SisterAloysius is galvanised to begina crusade to both unearth thetruth and expunge Flynn from theschool and the parish.Without a shred of proofexcept her moral certainty, SisterAloysius locks into a battle ofwills with Father Flynn, a battlethat threatens to tear apart thelocal Catholic community withdevastating consequences.Of all the television dramas andfilms made about the sexual abuseof children by Catholic clergy, thisis the best one yet.Even though the direction is alittle too static, Doubt is a studyin how a play can be successfullyadapted to the screen (it does notalways work).It is also a masterclass inacting. Seymour Hoffman, Streep,Adams and Viola Davis, whoplays Donald’s mother, havealready picked up nominationsfor the major acting awards in theUSA.This is an edited version of thereview available at www.catholic.org.au/fi lmreviews/>> A LITTLE TRIVIA1. Which Australian has become only the secondperson to win a posthumous Oscar?2. Who who was the fi rst?3. The stiff, square piece of cloth used tocover the Chalice to prevent things from fallinginto it is called what?4. In Latin cultures, what is the day precedingLent is known as?5. In what year did Captain Cook land in Australia?Answers page 18>> SANDPIPER CROSSWORDCAPTION COMPETITIONFEBRUARY'S WINNER OF THEMYER $20 GIFT VOUCHER IS:Write caption here:______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Name: ........................................................................Address ...................................................................Post Code: ............. Parish: .....................................BOY - “DEAR GOD, I WANT TO OWNA LOLLY SHOP.”DOG - “I WANT WHAT HE WANTS.”Annette Beitzel, WangarattaWe also liked:"Lord I pray my soul to keep ... withmany a yummy doggy treat"– Joanne Baer, YarrawongaEntries can be posted, or emailed to sandpiper@chancery.org.au. Keep entries under 25 words.Do you have funny photos you'd like to send in? Submissions welcome.ACROSS1 The fi rst plague: river turned to ...(Exod 7) (5)4 The tenth plague: the deaths of the... (5-4)9 Dreams or false hopes (9)10 Morse code element (3)11 Tavern (3)12 Tubs (5)13 An Archaeological scene (3)14 First woman (3)15 Resident in the land of the Pharaohs(8)17 Indian coin (5)19 Appropriate (3)20 Keepsake, coin of good fortune(5,5)22 Small leg bone (7)23 Apt (3)25 Comforts (5)26 Old poetic name of England (9)27 Singers (9)28 Enclosed outside areas (5)Crossword Solution Page 18DOWN1 The sixth plague (5)2 Title of Christ in the Creed (4,8,3)3 Windows opening screen (computers)(7)4 The second plague (5)5 The period of occupancy (9)6 With hail, the seventh plague (7)7 Elderly person who receives agovernment allowance (3,3,9)8 Court officials who sign documents(8)16 Not able (9)18 The ninth plague (8)20 The eighth plague (7)21 Tidal river (7)23 The fourth plague (5)24 The third plague (5)


SandPiper – March 2009 RelaxPage 17>> AT THE RESOURCE CENTRENew titles for the kidsReviews by Angela AllenThat Rabbit Belongs to EmilyBrownBy Cressida CowellTHIS is a lovely book tellsthe story of Emily Brownwhose rabbit is calledStanley.Emily and Stanley enjoy many,many adventures – as children andrabbits often do.They climb trees in theAmazon rain forests, they swimin the Great Barrier Reef and theydelight in the wonders of thesolar system.When Her Most RoyalHighness tries to ‘buy’ Stanley,Emily makes it very clear that heis not for sale.This is a wonderful tale ofdetermination, love, forgivenessand solutions.>> IN THE GARDENPurslane for a healthy heartJohn Holder says a recent study reveals agarden ‘weed’ that holds health benefits.Several years ago I cameacross a story aboutanother garden ‘weed’ wecall purslane, which hadintrigued a French professorat the National Institutefor Health and MedicalResearch at Lyon.He found that althoughthe people of Crete andSouthern Italy both ate atypically Mediterranean diet,acknowledged as good forthe heart, the Cretans had90 per cent fewer deathsfrom heart attack than theItalians.The Cretans, who ateas much fat as the Finns,with the highest rate ofheart attack in Europe, hadthemselves the lowest ratesof heart attack in the world,an honour they shared withthe inhabitants of the distantJapanese island of Kohama.The professor decided tofi nd out why and enrolled 605volunteers, all of whom hadsuffered one heart attack.Half followed a medicallyrecommended diet, lowin saturated fat, high inMang the wild orangutanBy Joan Van LoonTHIS is a surprising storyand it takes the reader to anunexpected place.At first this seems to be thestory of Mang and his relationshipto his mother and family.It is also about his relationshipwith the wild.Mang tells the reader about hissense of mastery over the trees andwe learn about the lessons that hereceived from his mother on howto find fruit in the forest.He plays with his cousins; he ischased by bees and all in all seemsto enjoy life.Then one day he is capturedand his taken to the zoo and welearn of how living and being aliveis changed for Mang.Things to do now Check your pond. Fishand plants can suffer if itis neglected. Add someBio-Super Concentrate toclear the water and addsome water plants such asApricot coloured Waterlilyand native Nardoo. Plant a fast-growingMandevilla, a summerflowering climber in brightcolours of red, orange,pink and white.polyunsaturated fats such assunfl ower oil and margarineand with no alcohol.The others ate the Cretanway with lots of bread, moreroot and green vegetables,walnuts, more fi sh, red meatreplaced with poultry, fruitevery day and wine withmeals. Butter and margarinewere banned in favour of oliveoil.The study was to last fi veyears, but by the end of fouryears, the death by heartattack of those following themedically approved diet wasThe IslandBy Armin GrederI THINK that I have saidin the past that picturestory books are not necessarilywritten for children.(It was in fact explained tome at a library conferencelast year, that often booksare only written as picturestory books becausethe artwork assists in thereading of the story).The Island is a very brutalbook. It does not have a happyending. It shows the bleakestside of humanity. It speaks offear – in particular the fear ofdifference.A lonely man turns upunannounced at an island.HEART: Purslane is being recognised for its health benefi ts.already six times higher.Analysis showed that theCretan diet was 68 per centhigher in alpha-linolenic acid,one of several fatty acidswhich our bodies need toremain healthy.It is not found in olive oil.It is found in walnuts andpurslane.What then is purslane andhow easy is it to grow?Purslane is described asa salad herb. Sow the seedswhen frosts have fi nished.It grows easily in gardensoil in full sun with shootsNo one knows from wherehe has come or why he is there.The people of the islanddecide to lock the man in agoat pen.As the man becomes moredesperate to have his needfor food met, the communitybecomes more determined tofind excuses not to reach out tothis strange man.The art work – which is inmuted tones is also quite confronting.The people’s faces areugly. Their bodies are large andpowerful.The almost faceless strangerlooks so insignificant in comparison.Indeed the pictures tell thestory with a depth that the textitself cannot quite reach.The Island would not besuitable for a small child, butwould be a wonderful tool fortalking to older children aboutmany issues.These titles and others are availablefor free loan at the ResourceCentre, located at 118 HargreavesStreet, Bendigo. Open Mon-Fri8.30am to 5pm. Phone (03) 54426108 or Fax: (03) 5442 9463.Email: library@ceo.sand.catholic.edu.aufl at to the ground and can bepicked from about the sixthweek.It occurs everywhere asa volunteer. It has a sharpclean taste and can be mixedwith a green salad, usedin a sandwich or just eatena few leaves at a time afterwashing.Encourage it to growtogether with rows of onions,carrots, lettuce or tomato.For more information, visit JohnHolder at the Shepparton GardenCentre, 535 Archer Road,Kialla. Phone 03 5823 5677>> ONLY JOKINGPADDY was a youthful andhard working Irishman at acoastal village in Ireland.Daily, he would pole a heavyold punt out to sea then work aheavy iron grapple to bring up thesand oysters which he sold to thelocal ice works.He was a man of regular habitshe always arrived home each dayat a certain time.Sadly, Paddy did not realise theheavy grappling was taking a tollon a faulty heart.One day he failed to come homeso his wife contacted the police toinvestigate him being missing.They rowed out and foundPaddy dead in the punt, beside hima huge grapple full of oysters he’dtried to hoist aboard.Headlines next day in the IrishTimes newspaper’ said ...Oysters Kilpatrick!>> SIMPLY COOKINGA mint jellyto melt forBy Glen AvardMY youngest daughter said,“Seeing as you’ve used twoof my recipes in SandPiper, Imay as well write the column.”“Hah”, says I, “there’s a goodidea, if ever I heard one.”So, expect some interestingrecipes this year (unless she renegson the ‘offer’).She and her husband, Darren,own Bendigo Wholefoods (inLyttleton Terrace) and they bothlove cooking and eating food –interesting food ... and (here’s thecommercial) they sell some greatingredients at their store!In the meantime, I’ll share withyou my friend Marge’s recipe fora delicious mint jelly – keeps verywell in the fridge. It makes a nicegift and does great things for roastlamb or a chop on the barbecue.MINT JELLY5 tablespoons sugar, 1½ cupswhite vinegar, ½ cup water, 2 pktslime jely crystals,1 good big cup finely choppedmint, 1 cup sherry.Dissolve sugar, vinegar andwater in a saucepan, bring to boil,add jelly crystals and stir until dissolved.Remove from heat. Add mint,sherry and stir again. Pour into jarsand screw lid on tight.Shake jars to distribute mint asit cools. Store in the refrigerator.Happy cooking!


SandPiper – March 2009 Page 18NOTICEBOARDClergy development• March 10. Parish Centre, St.Brendan’s Shepparton, 10:30am – 3pm (Morning Tea andLunch provided). Clergy areinvited to participate in a dayfor personal developmentand insight – taking stock ofwhere you are at and whereyou are headed.Catholic Women's Retreat• April 20 to April 22. Catholicwomen are reminded thatthe popular Annual Retreatat Feathertop Chalet is onin April. A time for peacefulreflection, prayer, andserenity, sharing interestsand experience with others. Abus will run from Sheppartonand Kerang. For bookingsand additional informationplease contact Mrs AnitaToner, 877 Yack-MyrtlefordRoad Barwidgee, 3737. (03)5752 1736. Bookings byApril 6. Cost $130.Hospital seeks information• St John of God HospitalBendigo is seeking oldphotos, annual reports,newspaper clippings andother memorabilia. For moreinformation or to donate orloan photos and other items,please phone BronwynWheatley (03) 5434 3255 oremail Bronwyn.wheatley@sjog.org.auTrivia answers1. Heath Ledger 2. Peter Finch3. Pall 4. Carnivale (literally‘goodbye to meat’) 5. 1770CrosswordsolutionFunding your VisionParish Planned Giving to lift weeklyincome and inspire generosity.Capital appeals to raise $500,000 to$5,000,000 or more to build or fundopportunities. Visit www.kma.net.auCall me: 0418 691 600 / 02 6024 1728Email keith@kma.net.auKeith Martin PO Box 1126 Wodonga 3689TUTORINGBRIAN BOURKEDip Ed Admin E D Hons TPTC SART MATA• Personal tutoring programs• Reading, Spelling, Maths and English• Other subjects by requestFULLY TRAINED TEACHERSAll ages, All basic subjects, Write your life story program.5446 3555 (BH)24 Panton Street, Eaglehawk 3556FITZPATRICK’STIMBER & HARDWARE6 Peg Leg RoadEaglehawk 3556Phone 03 5446 8144Fax 03 5446 7029Business Directory B.A.C Services(Building and Carpentry)• New Homes / Renovations• Makeovers to Kitchen & Bathrooms• Pergolas / Carports / Decks• All House & Garden• Maintenance & Repairs• Plastering / Tiling / Painting / Floor SandingFor an obligation free quotePh: Wayne 0429 445 587 Custom Built CabinetsFree measure and quote in the Bendigo area176 Murphy StreetBENDIGO 3550 Ph 5441 7786www.bourkeskitchens.com.auFUNERAL DIRECTORSKENNEDY and TODDDan KennedyServing Nagambie, Seymour andDistrictPrepaid funerals available24 hour service - 7 days a weekNagambie 5794 2759 Golden Square Motor Inn371 High St, Golden Square (Bendigo)(03) 5441 3788 or toll free 1800 033 129Across the road from St Mary's Church*• 4 star luxury with 1st class hospitality• Quiet, central location, spas, kitchenettes• Mention this ad for a 10% discount• Best home-cooked breakfast in Bendigo*Mass at 6pm Saturday, K.Flat 9am Sun.Make friends with a bookReviews by Beverley CruddenRuby Makes a FriendBy Tina BurkePenguin Viking hardback$19.95 Ages prep - Grade 3THIS imaginative creationis a wonderful exampleof what it meansto be best friends.When two lonely childrentogether with their makebelievefriends start schoolthey become best friends.Subtle illustrations andeasily understood text makethis suitable for young readers.Tina Burke excels in storiesfor this group.Look for Fly, Little Bird,Are You Hungry? or Sophie'sBig Beg.Boo to a GooseBy Mem FoxIllustrationsDavid MillerPenguin Viking$19.95 Ages 2-3REPRINTED about 17times since 1996, thispaperback is good value– sturdy and with stylishillustrations.A text made for sing songfun learning. A treasure topass on to the family.Her Mother's FaceBy Roddy DoyleScholastic Hardback$24.99 Ages 12+FAMILIES are oftenbroken by circumstancesthat cause sorrow andmisunderstanding forchildren.The loss of a parent isvery traumatic.Moving house, losingfriends or grandparents canall cause behavioural problemsand distress.Siobhan's mother diedwhen she was three. Herfather was a sad, but lovingman.Good, too, for he broughther a new book every Friday.When Siobhan was ten shesearched fruitlessly for aphoto, worried because shecan no longer remember hermother's face.Her mother's hands pullingup socks, peeling fruit.Her voice – funny sayingsand singing, Did you shoveyour granny off the bus?All remembered, excepther face.One day in the parka beautiful woman gaveSiobhan some advice whentold why she was so sad."Look in the mirror".Good for family reading.


sa nd pitPage 19This monthThis month we celebrate the beginning of Lent.This is a time to prepare our hearts for the newlife which Jesus brings at Easter.Lent lasts for forty days, just as Jesus spentforty days in the desert before going out to sharethe Good News.Reading:Genesis 6:5-9:17God looked down on the world and was fi lledwith sadness when he saw the wickedness of thepeople.God decided to destroy all the wicked people,except Noah, who was a good and just man.God told Noah, "Build an ark and fi ll it with pairsof every sort of animal so that they will multiplyagain. Take plenty of food for them and yourfamily, because I will send enough rain to fl oodthe world."Noah did as God commanded.The rain began and continued for many nightsand days, until all the land had disappeared underthe might waters of the fl ood. Everything wasdestroyed, except for Noah and the animals whowere safe in the ark.After many days, Noah sent out a dove, and itreturned to the ark carrying a shoot from a youngolive tree in its beak.Noah gave thanks and praise to God as thefl ood waters began to disappear. Then God said,"I will make a promise never again to send sucha fl ood to destroy the world, and as a sign of thispromise, I will put a rainbow in the sky."Name Age SchoolUsed by permission of www.KidExplorers.com - Copyright, Eden Communications - All rights reserved.Address Town P/CSend your colouring-in competition entries, photos, poems and jokes to SandPiper C/O Chancery, POBox 201, Bendigo 3552.DiscussionGod destroyed the world because of the wickednessof humankind, who had chosen to turn away fromGod. God is fair and just, and as they had donenothing wrong, God chose to rescue Noah and theother creatures. Noah was ready to listen to Godand to do whatever was asked of him, because hehad faith and trust in God's love and goodness.Noah sent out a dove, which came back with anolive branch in its beak. Even today, the dove andolive branch are used as symbols of peace andhope. What promise did God make to Noah and allliving creatures? God made an everlasting promiseto the human race that he would never fl ood theworld again.What sign did God set in the sky to remind us ofthis promise? A rainbow appears when sunlightshines through raindrops and splits the light into allits colours. It appears as the rain stops and the sunbegins to shine, and is a symbol of joy and hope.PrayerLord, when we look upon a rainbow,we are reminded of your promise to the world.Help us to keep any promises we have madebecause of our love for you.Wordfind:HORNAMDWODCWDEOGODAVNOAHOAORYDABOEARFDVARNVOVOOELEB I I WOOODAYEANMLPD I LCVR I FAM I LYBI K A I G L A N P FLPROMI SEDAORORR I SA I KanimalsarkdovefamilyfloodfoodGodNoaholivebranchpairpromiserainrainbowFebruary's winner:CONGRATULATIONSMathew Keating fromSt Brendan's, Shepparton,you've won theFebruary colouring-incompetition!Keep an eye out in themail to receive this really coolprize courtesy of St Luke'sInnovative Resources, MatesTraits Colouring Book.Mates TraitsPublished by St Luke'sInnovative Resources,$8.95


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