The St Vincent de Paul Society SA (Vinnies) is urging South Australians to rethink their perceptions of homelessness this winter, with statistics showing women in Australia are experiencing homelessness at a significantly higher rate than the United Kingdom’s 26 per cent and the United States’ 38 per cent.
As the temperature drops, St Vincent de Paul Society SA CEO David Wark is keen to remind people that homelessness does not discriminate. People of all ages, genders and backgrounds can become homeless.
“Some families are being forced to make incredibly difficult decisions on a daily basis as they can’t afford to heat their home and buy food for their family. Deciding between keeping your children warm or sending them to school without lunch are decisions that no-one should have to make,” he said.
Vinnies is seeking support from the community for its annual Winter Appeal which raises funds to support marginalised and vulnerable members of the community.
To donate to the 2016 Vinnies Winter Appeal and help Vinnies continue to rebuild lives visit the website or call 13 18 12 today.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday, the first Sunday in July, is a day when the Catholic Church comes together to acknowledge and celebrate the gifts that Australia's first people bring to the Church.
NATSICC produces a resource kit every year to assist parishes, schools and other organisations to celebrate the day.
The 2016 kit includes liturgy notes, a faith story, suggested hymns, homily, reflection by Bishop Oudemann and children and youth activities.
The Catholic community in Adelaide will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday at the 11am Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Sunday, July 3.
Pope Francis to assist others
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has called on Christians to "open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognise that we are compelled to heed their cry for help" (Misericordiae Vultus [MV], no. 15).
The annual Holy Father’s Collection, also known as Peter’s Pence, unites Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Holy See and its works of charity for those in need.
The money collected provides the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.
This Appeal will be run through Catholic parishes on the weekend of June 25/26.
The Eastern rite
How do the Eastern Catholic Churches in Australia differ from the Latin Catholic Church and where do they exist? These are just some of the questions addressed in a new publication about the Eastern Catholic Churches in Australia.
A simple 15-page booklet has been produced to assist priests and deacons of the Latin Catholic Church in their parish pastoral ministry. As a result of religious persecution, war and political unrest, there has been an unprecedented emigration of Eastern Catholics from their countries of origin. This has created a situation globally where Eastern Churches have become a minority group struggling to maintain their faith and traditions.
The 23 Eastern Catholic autonomous Churches are bound by The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches
The document was prepared by Bishop Robert McGuckin, Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Canon Law and Professor Ian Waters, Senior Lecturer in Moral Theology and Canon Law at the Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, in Melbourne.
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The booklet can be downloaded from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference website
or purchased from the online shop.
Walk a mile in my boots
The Hutt St Centre’s annual Walk a mile in my boots event will be held on August 5 at 7.30am in Adelaide.
The Centre is aiming for 6000 walkers to help raise funds for the 6000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia every year.
Funds raised through the event will help the Centre to provide homeless people with a hearty meal, a hot shower, a secure locker and a safe place to seek help in a welcoming environment.
The walk will also be held in McLaren Vale at 7.30am on July 29.
Sign up and fundraise here
Facilitated by the Tea Tree Gully Council, a group of Gleeson students have had the opportunity to work with elders from the Gully Winds Group as part of a collaborative reconciliation project.
Students and elders unite
Both groups worked together to create a range of products that were on sale to the public at the Tea Tree Gully Council on June 1. All proceeds were donated to 'Recognise Australia' to support projects and initiatives for young Aboriginal people in communities across Australia.
After learning dot painting techniques from Gully Wind elder Greg Sinclair, the students and elders painted small canvases and hemmed fabric for bandanas.
“It was a terrific experience for all involved and we would like to extend a big thank you to all those who attended and made this such a rich experience for our students,” said Mrs Kate Pill, Gleeson College Stage 2 Society and Culture teacher.
Vote for the voiceless
As we approach the Federal Election, an important statement has been released by the Catholic Bishops of Australia to assist Catholics in casting their vote at the polls on July 2.
The ACBC statement A Vote for the Voiceless
acknowledges that sound economic management is important but warns that the economy can become a kind of “false god” to which even human beings have to be sacrificed.
The bishops also encourage Christians to make their voices heard but only after listening first – “not only to the voice of the voiceless, but even to the voice of God”.
Hunger in Australia
Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organisation, has released its annual Foodbank Hunger Report which reveals that in South Australia alone more than 84,000 people are assisted each month, with more than 26,000 being children. Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden, South Australian MP Zoe Bettison and Foodbank South Australia CEO Greg Pattinson helped launch the Hunger Report last month and called on the public to help stop hunger in Australia.
“Too often South Australian families are tipping into food insecurity – an unexpected bill, rent or mortgage payments, or not even having enough money in the first place renders them unable to buy food. They will go to bed not knowing where their next meal will come from,” Mr Pattinson said.
Click here for the Foodbank report and key findings.
In her own words
A collection of previously unreleased writings by Mother Teresa will be published in August, weeks before the late Nobel Peace Prize winner is to be canonised.
The writings, A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve,
will be published by Image, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group.
The material in the book focuses on mercy and compassion and was compiled by Fr Brian Kolodiejchuk, who has led the cause for Mother Teresa’s sainthood.
On September 4, Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Calcutta a saint. She died in 1997, at age 87.
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"Someone who lets people drown in the Mediterranean also drowns God — every day, thousands of times."
The Archbishop of the city of Cologne, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, used these striking words to condemn Europe's increasingly tough attitude toward refugees.
Woelki also used a seven-metre-long former refugee boat as his altar for the service to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. The boat had previously been recovered by the Maltese military during a search-and-rescue operation.
The symbolic gesture by one of Germany's most influential cardinals came the same day dozens of refugees were feared to have drowned while trying to reach European soil. It was at least the second boat to capsize within only two days.
Last year, Woelki raised attention when churches rang their bells 23,000 times to commemorate the thousands believed to have died in the Mediterranean sea since 2000.
Since the beginning of 2014 alone, about 8000 refugees are believed to have died after their boats sank or capsized, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Full story here.
High Tea celebration
Past students and staff joined the current Kildare College community to celebrate 50 years of learning on Sunday May 29.
Since the establishment of the college in February 1966, a single class of 32 students has grown to a student community of almost 500. A single building has developed into a range of state-of-the-art facilities including performing arts, hospitality and innovative science and maths learning spaces.
Past Principal and Trustee of Kildare Ministries, Kathy McEvoy, spoke fondly about Kildare’s past and enthusiastically about the future. She included a reflection on the college’s opening from Kildare’s foundation teacher, Sr Moira Broderick csb.
The college archives were opened for the day allowing guests to see Kildare’s journey first hand. Tours of the current College facilities were also offered to rekindle school memories and showcase the opportunities provided to Kildare students in 2016.
Mercedes College students raised more than $13,000 for Caritas in their annual Project Compassion campaign 'Brimming with compassion'. The campaign brought students from Reception to Year 12 together to support projects targeting poverty, promoting justice and upholding dignity.
Full of compassion
“The fundraising is gradual during the term with events such as the Year 8 Walkathon, MacKillop’s Got Talent and Project Compassion fundraising boxes located in all the classrooms,” said Pat Terminello, Director of Mission.
“The great excitement for the students happens after they have put their heads together to come up with various fundraising activities including food stalls, Haunted House, Target Practice and Shooting Basketball Hoops.”
Caritas Australia is celebrating 50 years of Project Compassion with the theme “Learning more, creating change”. The theme demonstrates how education, training and sharing knowledge is empowering individuals and communities in six countries around the world to transform their futures and create lasting change.
(Pictured above Year 9 students - Gracie Cooper and Ashley Thornton).
Rostrevor College hosted 'Battle of the Bands' to launch Catholic Education Week on the evening of May 13 2016.
Together for charity
The event was open to all Catholic schools in South Australia, with Rostrevor inviting schools to perform via their rock/stage bands and choirs. More than 300 performers and an audience of 1000 helped make the night a huge success.
Entry to Battle of the Bands was a gold coin donation, raising $1000 for Catholic Charities.
Cabra Dominican College has welcomed a group of Indonesian students into the College community over the past month.
Cabra welcomes students
Arriving on May 7, 20 students ranging in ages from 13-17 from four different Dominican schools across Indonesia, their teachers and two Dominican sisters made the trip to Adelaide. The first group of Cabra students will travel to Indonesia in 2018 following a preparatory trip by key staff in 2017.
On their first trip abroad the visitors were cared for by Cabra families and included in classes at the college. They visited St Dominic’s Priory College and Emmaus Catholic School, as well as Flinders University where they joined Indonesian language students for the day. Taking in the sights of Adelaide the young travellers enjoyed visiting the city centre, the Australian Wildlife and Koala Hospital, Cleland Wildlife Park with their host families.
Cabra principal Brian Schumacher said: “At a time when we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Friars, this cultural exchange has been a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to look beyond their daily lives and see that the Dominican family transcends the boundaries of nationality, culture and language.”
During Catholic Education Week (May 13-20), 19 school sites across western Adelaide participated in a blanket and non-perishable food drive to support St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal.
“Doing the Vinnies drive taught us how lucky we are compared to some other people and how kind and generous our community is,” said Year 7 Nazareth student Kosta Andresakis.
Nazareth College principals Mr Phil Lewis and Mr Michael Honey thanked Nazareth families for their generosity in donating blankets and cans of food. “The support of the drive for St Vinnies was outstanding and we thank all students and families for engaging wholeheartedly in our social justice initiatives,” they said.
The following school sites which participated were: Nazareth Catholic Community (primary and secondary), Immaculate Heart of Mary School, St Michael's College (primary and secondary), St John Bosco School, St Joseph’s School Hindmarsh, Tenison Woods Catholic Primary School, St Francis School, Star of the Sea School, Whitefriars School, Our Lady of the Visitation School, Dominican School, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Parish School, Mount Carmel College, St Margaret Mary’s School, St Patrick’s School, St Joseph’s School Ottoway and Our Lady Queen of Peace School.
Celebrating Laudato Si’
Catholic Earthcare Australia’s 2016 resource has been launched on World Environment Day to encourage the community to celebrate the first anniversary of the papal encyclical Laudato Si’
by coming together to experience dialogue and stimulate action on caring for our common home.
Catholics are being invited to write down their actions about caring for creation and bring them together in the form of a new ‘Tree of Life’ resource. “The ‘Tree of Life’ is a wonderful opportunity to share the message of the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’
and to enable dialogue and action within local Catholic communities,” says Jacqui Remond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecological agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.
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