The latest news from Living Catholic, Catholic Archdiocese Adelaide.
August   2014

August 2014

Focus on pastoral renewal


A US expert in pastoral renewal will visit Adelaide next month to discuss the challenges, changes and opportunities facing the Church. From September 1 to September 17, Fr David Couturier OFM will assist with an Archdiocesan Consultation on Pastoral Renewal.

Fr David has worked as an organisational consultant for congregations, religious communities and dioceses throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia and will bring with him planning possibilities that are based on real experience, particularly in the Archdiocese of Boston.
The Consultation on Pastoral Renewal will involve a number of different gatherings in the Archdiocese. Discussions will identify not only the challenges and changes we face as a Church, but also the opportunities we have for a more effective Gospel mission.

As part of the consultation, Fr David will meet for a day with all clergy, as well as facilitating meetings and gatherings with many other agencies, groups and committees.

These gatherings will provide opportunities for people to reflect together on the changes that are happening across the Diocese, with ageing parishioners, retirement of priests, finance and property questions, possibilities for formation, new ways of leadership and parish structures and boundaries. These are not new points for consideration, but together, in this consultation process, people can look for new ways to build faith and hope and energy and to reinvigorate our local Church.

Caritas Australia – 50th Anniversary

This year, Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s overseas international aid and development organisation is 50 years old.

To mark the occasion, there will be a celebration with a Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Wakefield Street, Adelaide on Sunday August 17, at 11.00 am. This will be followed by a light lunch of soup and bread rolls in the Cathedral Hall, where there will be an exhibition highlighting the work of Caritas over the past 50 years. Everyone is most welcome to attend this Mass and celebration afterwards.

The work of Caritas supported by Australians through Project Compassion and other fundraising and education initiatives, supports people to help themselves out of poverty, hunger and injustice, as well as bringing relief aid to the lives of people devastated by natural disaster or conflict. For more information:

St Francis Garden

Cabra Dominican College has established a produce garden to celebrate the UN International Year of Family Farming.

Term 1 was spent gathering donations of soil, compost, tools, seeds and seedlings from generous sponsors and volunteer students and staff came together to arrange and fill the raised beds with soil.

Lara Lang, science coordinator of the St Francis Garden project, explained that with plenty of natural sun and rain the garden was able to flourish over winter. “We experienced great success with the growth of the herbs and vegetables and bountiful harvests that were enjoyed by staff and students,” she said.

At the end of term 2, the garden was officially dedicated as the St Francis Garden with a naming ceremony led by Year 12 religion students. St Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and ecology. His compassionate attitudes towards all of God’s creation inspired the use of his name for the productive garden.

Successful Trek

Centacare’s 2014 Kokoda Challenge team have returned from Papua New Guinea after a highly successful trek.

The 10 trekkers completed the Kokoda trail between July 12 and 20, encountering extremely muddy conditions for much of the trek.

In spite of the conditions and successive days of walking for up to 12 hours, the group finished in excellent spirits and managed to visit many extra historically significant sites along the way.

The group raised over $42,000 for Centacare’s Disability Services and donations are still being received.

Bookings are now open for the 2015 Kokoda Challenge. Anyone from the community who wishes to combine fundraising for a good cause, a challenging but beautiful trek and an interest in Australia’s history, is most welcome.

Contact: Bernie Victory, Assistant Director, Centacare Catholic Family Services
on Tel: 0407093246.

Youth leaders gather

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Catholic Council is hosting its National Youth Leadership Gathering in Adelaide from October 2-6, 2014.
Workshops include:
  • Bringing young people back to the Church
  • Liturgy
  • Self Confidence
  • Healing and our young people
  • The importance of being a positive role model
  • Music and Faith
It is a great opportunity for young people who already assume leadership roles within their communities to form relationships and networks with other leaders and to build their own self-confidence and leadership skills.
The gathering will take place concurrently with the National Youth Ministry Convention organised by the Catholic Youth Office.
Go online to find out more here.

Ain Karim vacancies

Mary MacKillop Care SA – Ain Karim has two rooms available at their Supported Accommodation facility at Enfield.
Applicants must be registered with Disability SA to receive services.

Ain Karim is committed to supporting adult men and women with an intellectual disability to live happy and fulfilled lives. Ain Karim strives to provide a safe and supportive environment where residents are encouraged and supported to join in many community social and sporting activities. Residents either work in various supported employment or day options, which have recreation and social activities.

Please contact Lorene Thiel, Manager, Tel: 8262 9218 or, or via the website click here.

Host a High Tea for Hamlin this September

Raise money through a high tea event to help restore a woman’s dignity.

This September, host a 'High Tea for Hamlin' event, that will help raise vital funds to restore the health and dignity of Ethiopian women suffering from severe birthing injuries known as obstetric fistula.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is asking Australians to host a high tea with friends, family, or colleagues anytime in September to support the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team in Ethiopia.

With several hundred events around Australia, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia aims to raise more than half a million dollars for the life-changing work of treating obstetric fistula and training local midwives.

Five per cent of women around the world will experience an obstructed birth. Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is working to give women in Ethiopia access to a clean, safe birth as well as medical treatment to repair fistula injuries.

To organise a High Tea for Hamlin event today, simply register your event at

Request for ESL teachers

The Mercy House of Welcome was established by the Sisters of Mercy in Kilburn, in October 2013.
It provides a range of support services to asylum seekers. This includes English classes four days a week in the morning and afternoons.

These classes are taught by volunteers most of whom have a teaching background or are trained ESL teachers.
They offer classes at pre-beginner, beginner and post-beginner levels. They are always looking for volunteers for English classes and to support other activities.

If you are interested please contact either Meredyth Taylor or Susan Harman on
Tel: 0434 450 666 or 0423 093 032.

Guide Dog puppy raisers needed

Guide Dog puppies from the moment they are born are destined to change lives.

From tiny puppies unsure of the world, they become confident Guide Dogs or Autism Assistance Dogs providing safety, independence and inclusion to people living with disability.

To help start them on their training journey, Guide Dogs SA urgently needs 30 more Puppy Raisers to welcome these cute puppies into their hearts and homes for about a year.

Puppy Raisers care for the puppies from the age of about 8-10 weeks to socialise them and introduce them to all the sights and sounds of the big wide world, including trips to the shops, cafes and on public transport.
All food and veterinary expenses are met by Guide Dogs SA, thanks to the generous support of the SA community.
Guide Dogs SA is looking for people who work part time or less, live in the Adelaide metropolitan area (or near vicinity from Gawler to Victor Harbour). Any children in the family need to be at least school age.

More information vist the website 
or Tel:  8203 8372.
Photo: Guide Dog puppy Yarra on her first trip to the shops.

Help change a life

You can help change a woman’s life by holding a fundraising event in your home or workplace during the month of October and asking for a donation from your guests.

Just gather a fun group of friends and family or assemble your work colleagues and celebrate life and the power of giving with either a breakfast, morning tea, brunch, lunch, BBQ, or dinner.

Funds raised will go towards supporting the education and employment program at
Catherine House which provides accommodation and services for women affected by homelessness.

Simply register online at, pay the $50 registration fee and you will receive an “In House” pack which will contain invitations, donation box/table centrepieces and especially designed recipes by Maggie Beer and Stephanie Alexander, and other items to help you organise the event.

For more information Tel:  8232 2282.

Board position

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne, has announced the appointments of six new ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment, and Reporting Authority) members, including the director of Catholic Education South Australia.

The National Catholic Education Commission Executive Director, Ross Fox, said the appointment recognised the outstanding work performed by Dr Paul Sharkey as the Director of Catholic Education South Australia, as well as his ongoing contribution to South Australian education through his work on the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board and the Advisory Committee for non-Government Schools.

“ACARA is responsible for the national curriculum, assessment program and data collection. It will be invaluable for the organisation to have someone of Paul’s experience to help guide the direction of this essential work,” said Mr Fox.

New Vinnies stores

Parkside is the home of Vinnies newest store (98 Glen Osmond Road), packed full of designer, vintage, and retro women's and men's clothing, shoes and accessories, children's wear and toys, light furniture, books and home wares.

Vinnies has also recently opened their first store in Campbelltown (Shop C, 544 Lower North East Rd), due to their Felixstow store being relocated to larger premises.

The opening of these new stores comes at an ideal time for Vinnies, as typically winter is when more people turn to them for assistance. Keeping in line with trends over the past few years, Vinnies expects to see an increase in demand for assistance during the winter months with more Australian families struggling to make ends meet.

Everything that is either bought or donated at a Vinnies store goes to helping people in need, either through the funds raised from their sale or given freely to men, women and children who are struggling in our community.

There is a need for more volunteers to help at both stores - enquiries are welcome by calling Tel: 8112 8700 or by visiting in store.
Click here for opening times or to find a store near you.

Pope App 2.0 launched

With the Vatican bringing out an updated version of the Pope App, we have the chance to get even closer to the Pope.

The Pope App 2.0 is free to download on Apple and Android devices. Powered by, it features the latest papal news and information as produced by the Vatican's own media services – including Vatican Radio.

Everything from the Pope's tweets to his homilies are available. It is also connected to six Vatican webcams that include the tomb of St John Paul II and other sites around St Peter's Square.

The application is available in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
For further information visit

Prayers for Peace in the Middle East

The Australian Catholic Bishops call on parishoners across the country to pray for peace and an end to the ongoing conflict and tragedy in the Middle East and Iraq.

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Denis Hart said recently:   "We offer our constant prayers for the innocent victims of the current conflicts and for an end to the continuing loss of life."

"Our Holy Father Pope Francis has appealed for an end to violence in the Middle East, the Australian Catholic Bishops support the Pope's call for peace between Israel and Palestine," Archbishop Hart said.

The Australian Catholic Bishops support our fellow bishops in New Zealand in drawing Pope Francis' attention to the request of Father Raed, the parish priest of Holy Family Parish in Gaza who said: "I launch a humble appeal to Pope Francis: may you convene a vigil of prayer and fasting for peace in the Holy Land as you did for Syria. All the people who inhabit this land, the land of Jesus, are tired of living in fear and pain".

"We support the New Zealand Catholic Bishops in their request to the Holy See for a global prayer vigil at this time," Archbishop Hart said.

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Friday August 15 – Feast of the Assumption Mass, 12.10pm
Sunday August 17 – Caritas 50th anniversary – Mass 11am
Sunday August 31 – 100th anniversary – Migrant & Refugee Sunday, 2pm
Sunday September 7 – Annual Mass for anniversaries, 2.30pm

13-Week Youth Ministry Training in Adelaide
Begins in August. Two Locations: Aberfoyle Park & Hope Valley.
Cost $40 (saving $260 thanks to RH White scholarship).
More information at:

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 12.15pm - 2pm
SACC Office, 65 Flinders St, Adelaide BYO Lunch. Tea/coffee available. Gold coin donation invited.
RSVPs to SACC office Ph: 8215 0300 or
Pilgrims of Hope is an account of the ecumenical work of the churches in Australia over three decades. It tells of the development of ecumenism in Australia through the various national and state councils of churches during that period, 1980-2010.  Hosted by South Australian Council of Churches.

Monday September 15 – Catholic Charities Annual Golf Day Email:

Thursday 2 October, 1.30pm – Sunday 5 October 2014, 12.30pm
Australian Association for Mission Studies Triennial Conference
Early bird rates up to 1 August 2014. More information at

17 October 2014, 7.30pm - 18 October, 1pm
Receptive Ecumenism Annual Lecture/Mini Conference
Adelaide College of Divinity, 34 Lipsett Tce, Brooklyn Park

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