Reflections

Monsignor Greg Bennet appointed tenth Bishop of Sale Monsignor Greg Bennet appointed tenth Bishop of Sale

Monsignor Greg Bennet appointed tenth Bishop of Sale

Saturday 27 June 2020

Communications Office

On the Feast Day of St Cyril of Alexandria, The Holy Father has announced Monsignor Gregory Charles Bennet, former Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, as the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Sale in eastern Victoria. In accepting this appointment, Bishop-Elect Bennet said, “I am humbled by Pope Francis’ nomination of me to be the next Bishop of Sale. It is an enormous responsibility and privilege to be asked to undertake this appointment.”

ICYMI: Chapel of the Sacred Heart

Thursday 18 June 2020

Communications Office
 
During this time of the pandemic, many of us have undoubtedly been reminded of how easily we can take for granted the people and places we hold dear. From the daily interactions with friends, family and colleagues, or the regular trips to our local park, shop or gym; none of us really imagined we'd be living in isolation for so long. Perhaps unexpectedly, none of us realised just how much we'd miss the ability to visit our local parish and participate in the Eucharist in the company of our fellow parishioners. This Friday (19 June) we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. One of the many beautiful features of St Patrick's Cathedral is the Chapel of the Sacred Heart. (You might have missed it on your last visit so it's worth a visit next time you're able!)

I was a stranger and you made me welcome: Refugee Week 2020

Monday 15 June 2020

Andrew Hamilton SJ and Communications Office

The theme of Refugee Week in 2020 is the Year of Welcome. Welcome is about generosity, opening our arms and our houses to friends and strangers, feeding the hungry and avoiding the temptation to shut the door. This year we have celebrated the generosity of people who have kept welcoming strangers – opening their hearts, homes, cattle feed and purses to families made homeless by the Bushfires. And more recently, the generosity of health workers in Australia and elsewhere who have risked their own health to help strangers. We have seen, too, the goodness of people who from very few bricks have built laughter and friendship in local communities, and particularly befriended elderly people in nursing homes. They have opened doors in a world that has closed so many doors.

Rerum Novarum Awards re-launched

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Catholic Education Melbourne

The Rerum Novarum Awards for 2020 have been re-launched as a result of the disruption to the school year caused by the COVID-19 virus. The competition is open to groups of Years 10-12 students in Catholic schools in Victoria for projects on a social justice issue, using the See, Judge, Act method to apply the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The Gold award in the competition is $10,000, which will be paid to the school to fund a social justice project undertaken by the school. There will also be a Silver award ($5,000) and a Bronze award ($2,500).

 

Locals recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Communications Office and Villa Maria Catholic Homes
 
A number of local Catholics who have dedicated their lives to the enrichment of the community were included in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list. 

“In this list we see all the positives that are in our community – we see the great ideas, we see the hard-work, we see the love and compassion for fellow human beings – it’s a microcosm of Australia,” the Governor-General said. “This list recognises a group of outstanding Australians who have made a contribution to their community, to Australia globally or domestically. Their efforts have been noted by their peers, they’ve been nominated and assessed independently as worthy of recognition." 
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