The latest news from Living Catholic, Catholic Archdiocese Adelaide October 2015

October 2015

Top performers for national youth festival

A star-studded line-up of singers, speakers, politicians and sporting identities has been confirmed for the second Australian Catholic Youth Festival being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from December 3-5.
Music performers include Aria award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Gary Pinto, X Factor contestant Fr Rob Galea and Perth-born singer and songwriter, Natasha, who has toured with Boyz II Men and Pink. Together, they have written a beautiful sung version of The Divine Mercy Chaplet, which they will perform at the Festival.
The trio will be joined by Texan-born singer and guitarist Steve Angrisano, one of the highest-selling Catholic musicians globally, and Genevieve Bryant, a talented singer songwriter from Melbourne who won the official song contest for the festival.
Nearly 3000 young people have registered to attend the festival which will also be attended by 16 bishops from around Australia.
Among the impressive list of speakers and workshop presenters is headline act Jason Evert who has spoken to more than one million people on six continents about the virtues of chastity.
The program also includes a number of high profile religious men and women, such as Sr Hilda Scott from the Benedictine Abbey in Jamberoo, NSW, who rose to fame after appearing in the ABC reality television series The Abbey and author and film critic Fr Richard Leonard SJ.
Jesus and the X Factor, Love or Lust, Living Biblically and the Francis Effect II are some of the intriguing topics of workshops while political and sporting panels are being finalised. An expo call INcounter will provide interactive and engaging experiences which enable young people to connect with the Church in new and unexpected ways.
To register or find out more, visit


Nostra Aetate

“Humanity forms but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth and also because all share a common destiny, namely God.” NA 1

The 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, known by the title Nostra Aetate, occurs this year.

The Archdiocese will celebrate this landmark declaration by having an Inter-faith service in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Thursday  October 29 at 7pm.

Members of every faith group will attend and make their own contribution to the Inter-faith celebration, and afterwards there will be light refreshments in the Cathedral Hall.

This celebration will highlight the role of faith communities co-operating together to promote peace and positive relations in our community.

In the spirit of Nostra Aetate, the Vatican document that urged us to engage in positive dialogue with non-Christian religions, the Archdiocese together with the Jewish community will remember the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust at a special Kristallnacht Remembrance in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Tuesday November 10 at 7pm.

The service will be followed by light refreshments in the Cathedral Hall.

Me4u launch

The Me4u campaign is a new initiative of Catholic Charities aimed at engaging with families and young people to generate much-needed funds for front-line agencies supporting the most vulnerable groups in our local community. 

Building on the strong support from the Catholic community for the charity since it was established in 1941,  the initiative comprises a bright and colourful website through which schools can promote and celebrate their fundraising activities for Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities manager Annie O’Neill said the aim of the Me4u campaign was to assist schools in finding ways to bring students together for an event and/or fundraising activity with the main focus of reinforcing Catholic Charities message ‘Never see a need without doing something about it’.

“Catholic Charities wants to let children know that no one is left behind and Me4u – helping each other through - is how we express this,” she said.

The Me4u website will be launched on October 15 and can be viewed at

Please contact Annie O’Neill to share your fundraising stories. 


Anti-Poverty Week 

“Where poverty holds sway, people are held back. Lives disfigured by poverty are cruel, mean and, often, short.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

This week – October 11-18 – has been designated by the United Nations as Anti-Poverty Week to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries.

Here in Australia, Anti-Poverty Week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia and encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has marked Anti-Poverty Week 2015 with the launch of the ‘Sick with worry…’ report containing stories from the front-line of inequality and 14 recommendations for urgent action by the Federal Government to help enable people to achieve their dreams of a life without poverty.

The report comprises more than 20 stories from people located around Australia who are assisted by the St Vincent de Paul Society. The stigma faced by those living in poverty, the inherent insecurity that homelessness and housing stress entails and the disproportionate impact of poverty on women emerged as key themes.

Prison chaplains

The role of the prison chaplain goes far beyond just looking after the religious and spiritual needs of prisoners, Dr Ruth Webber told delegates at the inaugural Catholic Prison Chaplains National Gathering recently.

The theme of the gathering was ‘Prison Ministry – The Face of Mercy’, which continued the conversation following the publication in 2011 of the Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement, ‘Building Bridges Not Walls’.

More than 40 participants gathered at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney from September 24-26 to hear Dr Webber speak about her recent visits to prisons in Wisconsin, United States and her research paper published in October 2014 by Catholic Social Services Victoria, ‘I was in Prison, A Window into Prison Ministry’.
The Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council (ACPPCC) supported the gathering, which is a council of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life (BCPL) and chaired by Bishop Terry Brady.
Highlighting the role of the prison chaplain, Bishop Brady said they provided an amazing ministry. 

“Chaplains provide prisoners with the opportunity to reflect on the reasons for their offence and to re-establish connections to their faith,” he said.

DeFunti Mass 

Emmaus Parish will hold its annual Candlelight/DeFunti Mass on Saturday October 31 at 6pm at St Therese’s Church, Colonel light Gardens.

The Mass for the dead is to mark All Soul’s Day which falls on Monday November 2.

Parish families will celebrate the life of loved ones who have passed away by bringing a photo to display near the front of the church and during the Mass to come forward and light a candle in memory of their loved one. 

A sprig of rosemary will be gifted to Mass-goers in remembrance and the church will be lit by candles.  
The bi-lingual Mass will be celebrated by Father Patrick Colbourne, from the Newton parish. The Monteverdi Choir will lead the singing in Italian and a shared supper will be held after Mass in the Dominican building at St Therese School. All welcome.

Historical talk

Members of the Bishop Murphy Society recently enjoyed an historical tour of St Patrick’s, led by Professor David Hilliard OAM, and followed by afternoon tea at the Archbishop’s House. 

About 25 people took the tour of the Grote Street church, which was built in 1914 on the site of the first Catholic Church building in the colony of South Australia. 

Walter Bagot, a young Adelaide architect who had studied in London, was inspired by the great Renaissance and classical basilicas of Florence, and designed the existing church.

The Bishop Murphy Society has been established to honour the generosity of individuals who have pledged a bequest for any of the good works of the Adelaide Archdiocese.  Members of the Bishop Murphy Society receive a unique pin, a certificate and invitations to special events.  

If you would like further information, please call Jane Juniper on 8210 8223 or email 

Simbang Gabi

The Filipino community will begin its pre-Christmas Novena on Tuesday December 15 in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral at an 8.00  Mass followed by supper in the Cathedral Hall.

The Masses celebrated every evening until Christmas Eve (in different churches) are a time of spiritual preparation for Christmas and the birth of Jesus.

Blogging from the synod

Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Bishop Eugene Hurley are currently attending the historic synod on the family in Rome.

A special synod blog ‘On the Road Together’ is being updated daily with posts and photos from Archbishop Coleridge and Bishop Hurley.
Regular updates for Catholics back home via the following social media sites can also be accessed here.
This material provides one small window into the synod for Australian Catholics, through the eyes of our ACBC Bishop Delegates.

Top apprentice

Year 12 Marcellin Technical College student Reece Jongenelis has been announced as a winner of the School-based Apprentice of the Year Award at the recent 2015 SA Training Awards Gala Dinner.

In addition to this prestigious award, Reece was also the recipient of the People's Choice Award.

Reece is a Year 12 student undertaking a School-based Apprenticeship in Electrotechnology. His Trade-Trainer and Teacher-Mentor are David Hill and Todd Micke respectively and his employer is P-One Electrical.

Reece will attend the Australian Training Awards in Hobart in November.


Government quizzed on redress scheme

The Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, has welcomed reports a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse will be on the agenda for November’s Council of Australian Governments meeting.

The reports follow state and territory attorneys-general sending a joint letter last Friday to Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, seeking clarification of the Commonwealth's position on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse proposed redress scheme.

The letter calls for ‘earliest possible indication from the Commonwealth as to whether it intends to establish and fund a national redress scheme’ for abuse victims.

AAP and other media outlets are reporting ‘attorneys-general from the states and territories will meet with George Brandis the day before the full council meeting to work out an approach to providing justice for abuse survivors’.

Francis Sullivan said the pressure on the federal government to play a role in establishing and operating a national redress scheme is mounting.

“The time has come for government action,” Mr Sullivan said.

Sculpture blessing

Fr Philip Marshall and friends of the late Nora Arnfield and members from the Calvary Hospital and Hospice Auxiliary joined for the blessing of a sculpture donated by the Auxiliary for the new garden at Mary Potter Hospice.

Nora Arnfield was president of the Calvary Hospital and Hospice Auxiliary from 1997 to 2011 and was a much loved leader and friend, who worked tirelessly on behalf of others. The sculpture is to celebrate her love of life, sense of humour and her care for others.

Hectorville parishioner, Mrs. Jill Hunt, now chairs the Auxiliary and runs six major fundraisers a year for the hospital and hospice, strongly supported by the local Adelaide community.

Upcoming events include a choral presentation by Adelaide Youth Voices on Sunday October 18 at 2pm in the Calvary North Adelaide Hospital Chapel (tickets $30, including afternoon tea) and
brunch at the Stamford Grand Hotel Glenelg on Sunday November 22 at 10am (tickets $60 each).

Please contact Ruth Edwards, CHCA volunteer manager, on 8239 9528 if you would like to support either of these events.

(Photo Sr Mary Glowrie LCM, Mrs Joan O’Grady, (Nora’s twin sister) and Sr Melissa Owens, LCM at the event.).

Indigenous scholarship 

Indigenous tertiary students are being encouraged to apply for a unique scholarship aimed at continuing St Mary MacKillop’s 150-year-old education legacy of opening doors for Australia’s first people.

The Mary MacKillop Foundation’s 2016 Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship program is open to Indigenous students of all ages studying their first tertiary qualification who are in need of financial assistance and are involved in their community.

“Our Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship Program, established in 1998, has seen 75 scholars graduate with a tertiary degree, and many of whom are the first in their family to do so,” said Maree Whybourne, Mary MacKillop Foundation CEO.

Last year the Foundation gave scholarships to 66 students. 

The Foundation will award three types of scholarships in 2016: Tertiary course fees plus $3000 per year towards living expenses; a living expenses scholarship of $3000 per year; and the Good Shepherd Reconciliation Scholarship for living expenses of $3000 per year (for female applicants only).

Applications close on October 30 and are available for download here

Annual memorial service

Calvary Central Districts held their annual memorial service on the September 18 with around 50 family members attending.

The liturgy was prepared by pastoral care staff and led by clinical and patient services staff. 

The children of St Augustine’s Primary School (pictured) provided beautiful singing to enhance the occasion with the release of butterflies as a symbol of hope, transformation and enduring life.
Calvary Health Care Adelaide holds regular memorial services for patients they have cared for. These services are held on all four of their hospital sites, Calvary North Adelaide, Calvary Wakefield, Calvary Rehabilitation and Calvary Central Districts.

These events are special moments for families and staff to gather and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away, share memories and support each other through the experience of loss.

Design a Christmas card

The Southern Cross  is calling for students in the Adelaide Archdiocese to use their artistic skills to design Archbishop Wilson’s 2015 Christmas card.

The winning design will be used on the Archbishop’s electronic Christmas message and on printed cards.
Entries are open in the following categories: Reception to Year 2, Years 3-5, Years 6-9 and Years 10-12. The images should be no larger than A4 size and can be created by hand or computer-generated.

The winning entry for each category will be published in the December issue of The Southern Cross and winners will also receive a Wallis Cinemas pass to the movies.

Entries must be submitted by close of business Friday November 6 to The Southern Cross, 39 Wakefield St, Adelaide 5000, with name, address, school and age included. 

Teachers or students requiring more information should contact Mary Coombe on 8210 8117.

Diary Dates

Upcoming events:
Sunday October 18 – World Mission Sunday.
Thursday October 29, 7pm – A celebration of Inter-faith Dialogue on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.
Adelaide Archdiocesan website:
Friday October 9 – Sunday October 18
2015 Adelaide Cathedral Art Prize (St Peter's Cathedral)
Tickets are $30 and are available from the Cathedral Office. More information please email , go to the Cathedral website  or find us on Facebook
Tuesday October 20
The Multifaith Association of South Australia warmly invites you to:
Humanity at the Crossroads: How Spiritual Leadership can Affect Climate Change
 6.30 - 8.30pm (finger food from 6pm, 6.20pm Welcome to Country)
Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, 
UniSA City West, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide
Register online here

Saturday October 24
Galilee Catholic School, Corner Quinliven and How Roads, Aldinga
Family Fun Fair and Art Show from 10am – 2pm. This is open to everyone, so spread the word to family and friends. PDF 

October 31 – November 1
Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide Weekend workshop: ‘Exploring Ecological Consciousness’.
This weekend will explore the call to greater ecological consciousness and other questions in
creative and reflective ways. Speaker: Mary-Ann Casanova rsj, Director, Rahamim Ecological Learning Community. Bathurst. Cost: $80, concession $60. Bethany @ Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide, 4 High St, Kensington.
Further details Tel: 08 8130 5900. Web.
December 3-5
Australian Catholic Youth Festival: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’.
The Festival is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian
Catholic Bishops Conference. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. Cost: $145-220.
Adelaide Convention Centre. Contact: email or 07 3211 9922. Web.

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