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April 2017
Sharing the Easter message: Archbishop Wilson

It is hard to believe but we are approaching our fifth year of producing the Living Catholic e-newsletter – our first edition came out in April 2013.
The newsletter was started as an initiative of Catholic Communications aimed at sharing information among Archdiocesan agencies and Catholic-inspired organisations. We hope that these past 46 editions have been keeping you up-to-date with important developments within our Catholic community, as well as giving a greater understanding of the work of the Church and its agencies.
The Living Catholic e-newsletter continues to recognise the important, yet often unheralded, work of individuals and agencies in our Catholic community as well as the fantastic support of our schools and their students. 
I would like to make special mention of our students who demonstrate that they are living the Gospel through their commitment to social justice and caring for others. It is a reminder to us of the real power of our faith and the great opportunities there are for all of us to step up and do what we can in the name of the Lord. This is what gives meaning to our lives and is the essence of the Easter message.
These students have taken up the responsibility as workers of Jesus making a difference in the world today through their support for our agencies such as Caritas and Catholic Charities and everyone who is in need today.
Their actions are something that should make all of us proud especially at difficult times like these when it seems there are people in the world who want to turn us against each other. By celebrating events such as Harmony Day we can stand together and be reminded of the really great things that we do to care for and help people in our ordinary lives. 
This Easter let us continue to celebrate these things and remember that as a community we are here and present, acting in the name of Christ.

- Archbishop Philip Wilson
Caritas says 'thanks'
Caritas Director Angela Hart has thanked all those who came together this Lent to raise money for the humanitarian and development organisation’s annual Project Compassion appeal.
She made special mention of those who took part in the recent Sunday Mail Bay to City Fun Run, running and walking alongside Kenyan priest Fr Charles Lukati who is currently parish priest of Aberfoyle Park.
Angela said it was a great way to raise much needed funds for people living in poverty around the world. More than $7,800 was raised through the generosity of Caritas supporters.

You can find more on Caritas here.

2017 Arch D Radio Awards

Catholic youth radio recently celebrated it’s ‘night of nights’ with the third annual Arch D Radio Awards, held at Sacred Heart College.
Featuring nominated students and old scholars from six colleges, the awards were presented in 11 categories to announcers, interviewers and audio producers who have excelled during 2016.
Celebrity guest presenters Brenton Ragless (Channel 9 News), Heather Day (Masterchef finalist) and Tess Reynolds (international ice hockey gold medallist), added even more excitement to the red carpet event.
MC James Meston, who is also Arch D Radio’s producer and co-founder, spoke about how much the audience for the show and 1079 Life in general has grown, saying the station now has just under 300,000 listeners per month, which exceeds Triple J, 5AA, Cruise 1323 and ABC 891 within the Adelaide market. The podcast versions of the show have now been heard in 48 different countries, including the US, UK, the Netherlands, France, Brazil, Hong Kong, South Korea, Hungary & Pakistan.
See attached list of winners (PDF)

Strong call for peace

In the 50th Message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis has issued an uncompromising call for nonviolence as a means to secure justice and peace in the world.
He reminds us of the clear words and courageous actions of his predecessors and of many individuals, Christian and non-Christian, who have striven for justice through ‘the sense and love of peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love’ (St John XXIII).
The Pope draws a grim picture of our present situation. Today, he says, “we find ourselves engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal”.  
Violence, the Pope insists, “is not the cure for our broken world”.
See more information here  and via the Vatican website.

More recitals planned  

The last of the Archdiocese’s free Fringe lunchtime pipe organ recitals was held on Wednesday March 15. 
David Heah was the final performer. His long association with Church music, starting piano studies at age five, singing with the St Peter's Cathedral Choir as a treble chorister from 2000-2004, led to his strong passion and interest in both sacred choral repertoire and organ music. 
All three recitals were very well received and attended by both pipe organ fans and supporters of the Cathedral. The Cathedral itself held nearly 400 music fans at each recital. 
Because of their success, this initiative will be rolled out again next year for the 2018 Fringe. 
Information will be posted on the Archdiocesan website so look out for updates.You can listen to the performances via our Facebook page.

Launch of new resource    

Catholic education leaders recently gathered to celebrate the launch of a new National Catholic Education Commission resource to support more than 90,000 staff working in the Catholic school system.
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, Archbishop of Perth and chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, launched A Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education at Mary MacKillop Place.
Archbishop Costelloe spoke of the central importance of God in people’s lives and especially in the lives of those who work in Catholic education.
“Because it is our firm intention to educate the whole person, and because we believe that education is for life and not just for a job, we also acknowledge and insist that an education which sidelines or excludes the mystery of God from consideration is an education which can only ever be less than complete,” he wrote.
NCEC acting executive director Danielle Cronin said the framework is designed to complement the efforts of schools and school systems in continuing the 200-year history of Catholic education in Australia. 
The resource can be downloaded from the new Formation for Mission website
Youth showcase their talents  
Young people across Australia are invited to showcase their musical, artistic and film making talents ahead of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) later this year.
The Festival is seeking entries for the official theme song of ACYF. Do you have what it takes or do you know someone who could compose the lyrics for the official song to be professionally recorded and sung by more than 15,000 young people this December? 
This exciting opportunity is open to all ages, however the song must appeal to young people by engaging them in a way that touches their hearts and minds. Entries close on 26 May 2017.
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is also seeking entries to a short film competition and an art competition that will be curated into an exhibition at the Festival to be held at Sydney Olympic Park from December 7-9 2017. Both Competitions are open to upcoming filmmakers and artists from Year 9 to 30 years of age. The closing date for entries is October 16 2017.
Further information about each competition is available on the ACYF website
Angel for a Day
A chorus of angels helps provide daily breakfasts and lunches to 200 people experiencing homelessness in Adelaide.
As people drift in from the streets, carrying few possessions but many stories, Hutt St Centre’s ‘angels’ make sure they receive a meal with care, warmth and a smile.
With over 50,000 meals served each year, Hutt St Centre is looking for more angels. Those wanting to join the ‘chorus’ will be invited into the kitchen at Hutt St Centre to help prepare and serve the meals they have provided, enabling them to feel the impact of their donation and to understand the significance of a hot meal and a friendly face for people who are facing homelessness.
So pick a day - a birthday, an anniversary or a random date to remember people less fortunate - and become an Angel for a Day. More information here.
Vinnies president elected
The election for the new State president of the St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) Inc. was held on April 5, 2017 with Cathy Beaton being appointed president elect. 
Cathy Beaton’s work with the St Vincent de Paul Society has been focused mainly in the Riverland area and in 2016 she was elected as regional president for the Riverland/Yorke region.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to improve our business practices and sound governance for the St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia and importantly to provide ongoing love, support, companionship and practical assistance to the companions we serve in our work," said Ms Beaton.

Student generosity at Easter
St Aloysius College pupils have again collected several hundred Easter eggs for Catherine House and Centacare for delivery on Holy Thursday. Bernie Victory from Centacare appreciated how everyone is thinking of Centacare's clients with the Easter Egg Collection and Gina Reppucci from Catherine House thanked the students for their generosity: “The women are so grateful,” she said. 

Harmony Day a multicultural affair   

The Adelaide Archdiocese celebrated Australia’s diversity with a Harmony Day morning tea in the Cathedral Hall on March 23.
More than 100 people attended the event hosted by the Multicultural Office and a special welcome was given to international priests and nuns as well as about 30 refugees and asylum seekers and their families.
Sr Nien Tran, manager of the Multicultural Office, said the celebration – which had the theme this year of ‘Everyone Belongs’ – offered an opportunity to meet and offer moral support to refugees struggling to find a safe place for themselves and their families in Australia. 
Archbishop Philip Wilson gave the event his blessing before a wonderful array of international cuisine was enjoyed by all. 
New face at Hutt St Centre
Coming from a business background, Michael Francis decided it was time to give something back and has joined the Hutt St Centre as development and partnerships manager.  
Michael says he was drawn to the Hutt St Centre because he lives locally and has a very high regard for the cause and the way in which the organisation is run. He says it has a great brand presence in the local community and is very outcomes focussed. 
“My main goal is to help eradicate homelessness in Adelaide and to positively transform lives,” he said.
“As development and partnerships manager my role is to efficiently raise revenue to enable Hutt St Centre to provide a high level of support and services to the homeless in Adelaide. 
“Not for profit organisations will need to become less reliant on Government grants in the future. Therefore, my role requires finding new, long term and steady streams of income through donations and corporate sponsorships so that we can continue to maintain a high level of service to our clients.”
Michael replaces Danielle Bayard who was farewelled by the agency last month after 12 years of “incredible service”.  
For more information go to the website

Centacare achievement 

Centacare Catholic Family Service’s culture, client-focussed approach, values and community influence have been independently recognised as exceeding expectations for quality improvement.
The organisation was recently awarded Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) accreditation against the Quality Innovation Council (QIC) Standards.
Accreditation against these standards recognises Centacare’s commitment to continually review, evaluate and improve services, and provide quality support and outcomes for their clients.
The process follows a rigorous, independent, whole-of-organisation review by a Quality Innovation Performance assessment team in September last year.
"This is a huge achievement for Centacare,’’ said Director Dale West. "It is an acknowledgment of the commitment and dedication of staff who strive, every day, to provide the best possible support to clients who are always at the centre of everything we do.’’
For the past 74 years, Centacare has worked to support people in reaching their full potential so they can participate in the community, regardless of their circumstances. 
They deliver more than 80 services - underpinned by the values and principles of Catholic Social Teaching - in 35 sites across metropolitan and regional South Australia.
More information here.

An oasis in the city

Staff from the Adelaide Diocesan Office recently visited the Joinery, a community environment space in the heart of Adelaide which is now home to a mix of environment, sustainability and community groups.
Established by Conservation SA, the Joinery used to be a run-down bus station at 111 Franklin Street, covered with graffiti and surrounded by temporary fencing and weeds. 
Now the space is somewhere for South Australians to connect and create a better future together. 
The visit provided staff with an opportunity to experience first-hand some practical tools in developing more sustainable practices, both at work and home.  A tour of the community garden was followed by lunch in the Depot Café.
Diane Salvi, coordinator of the Adelaide Sustainability Centre, described the Joinery as a
community environment centre with a focus on meaningful connection with nature and sustainable urban living. "We are committed to finding practical ways to inspire change and build capacity in our community to live sustainably," she said.
Since November 2015 the centre has run public talks, films, workshops and children's activities for more than 1600 people.
Further information, including upcoming workshops and events, can be found here.

Age no barrier to Fringe

Age is no barrier to enjoying the Adelaide Fringe, as Southern Cross Care residents discovered this year.
The entire Southern Cross Care community was involved in this year’s Adelaide Fringe thanks to three Artspace events held at the organisation’s aged care facilities.
David Minear, chair of the Adelaide Fringe, said residents appreciated being able to enjoy the Fringe in their own homes.
“It’s the people’s festival,” he said, at the Southern Cross Care Fringe program launch.
“No matter where you are, how old you are, or what you are doing, the Adelaide Fringe is yours.” 
Julianne Pierce from Art Engineers was engaged as the SCC Fringe producer and it was an ‘all hands on deck’ philosophy from their key sites to help draw in local artists and craftsmen to participate in the ArtSpace community events.
Retired art teachers, artists and painters, nature lovers, flower arrangers, photographers and poets all lined up to share their skills and passion with Artspace attendees.
The Artspace events were held at Lourdes, the Pines and the Philip Kennedy Centre.
As resident Margaret Baker said: "A perfect South Australian day with clear blue skies and a light breeze, a fabulous day to be outside in the fresh air."

Initiation into the Catholic Church

Now you can learn everything you wanted to know about the RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – where it came from and why the Second Vatican Council brought it back to the Church after centuries of absence.  
The series will be presented by Jenny O’Brien from the Office for Worship on five Tuesdays, May 2 – June 6, 7.00-9.00pm, Ministry and Liturgy Centre, 127 South Road, Thebarton.  
Everyone is welcome to come along and get a new understanding of their own baptism and faith. To enroll, phone Lyn on 8152 7806 or email. The $50 cost includes a book of readings.
The series counts as a unit towards the Certificate of Pastoral Liturgy or for teachers in Catholic Schools (Systems Accredited Module).
New Cathedral choir
The St Francis Xavier's Cathedral Schola are a mixed-voice choir of parishioners who volunteer to sing at the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday nights. 
They are a cheerful and committed collection of enthusiastic and motivated singers who support each other and are cherished by the congregation for their prayerful and disciplined approach to liturgical music. 
The group is one of the two new choirs singing at the Cathedral under the tutelage of Timothy Davey, music and events manager.
New members are always welcome – please contact Astrid Sengkey on 8210 8185 at the parish office for more information.
Cyclone Appeals
The St Vincent de Paul Society is raising money to assist those who have been impacted by Cyclone Debbie along the coasts of Queensland and New South Wales.
Archbishop Philip Wilson would like to encourage any willing parishioners and communities within South Australia to visit the St Vincent de Paul Society website to donate.  

Bishop of Lismore Gregory Homeming has also launched an appeal to help those who have suffered in the recent floods on the North Coast of NSW. Launching the Appeal, Bishop Homeming said: “We are very conscious that many people have lost their homes and their livelihoods and are now in the greatest need of assistance. It is our duty to do whatever we can to help."   To donate, go to the Diocese of Lismore Flood Appeal website


Diary Dates

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:

Monday, April 24, 6pm – Anzac Eve Vigil Mass & Procession
After Mass there will be a procession to the War Memorial on North Terrace

Sunday May 7, 6pm – New Catholics Mass, St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

Please note: There is no onsite car parking available for Cathedral events before 5pm weekdays.
Adelaide Archdiocesan website:


April 26, 27, 28 & May 20 – Caritas Immersion Course. Adelaide
Guest speakers, workshops, group discussions and multi-media. Modules on the work of Caritas Australia; scriptural connection to their justice tradition and Catholic social teaching; aid and development; deepening their response to others (From Charity to Justice); advocacy – changing attitudes in Australia. Completion of the course provides participants with the opportunity (subject to a further selection process) to visit Caritas programs overseas. Cost $400.00. Contact Suzy Penberthy, Justice Educator via Email here Mobile: 0407 957 778.

Saturday 29 April 2017 - 10am-3.30pm
SACC 70th Birthday: An Exchange of Gifts on the Journey Towards Unity
SA Council of Churches reaches 70 years of being in 2017. In addition to encouraging various local events, SACC has invited four city churches to host a ‘pilgrimage-gathering’, which will include times of prayer, story-telling, hospitality, walking together and a little business, in four different churches/halls:
•          Pilgrim [Uniting] 
•          St Francis Xavier's Cathedral [Catholic]   
•          St Mary Magdalene’s [Anglican] 
•          St Stephen’s [Lutheran] 
The entire day is open to all across the Member Churches.  More information here 
RSVPs essential by Thursday 13 April [before Easter] to this email  

28 May - 4 June 2017
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017

“Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20)
In 2017, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Australia will be observed from 28 May - 4 June 2017, in the week between Ascension and Pentecost. Resources have been developed through the National Council of Churches in Australia and are available here
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