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August 2016

Year of Mercy 'highlight'

Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Calcutta a saint at the Vatican on September 4, the date that also celebrates the Jubilee of Workers and Volunteer's of Mercy.  
The date of the canonisation was announced during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the Pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes.
Mother Teresa was widely known as a 'living saint' as she ministered to the sick and the dying in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the world. Born to an ethnic Albanian family in Skopje, in what is now part of Macedonia, she went to India in 1929 as a Sister of Loreto and became an Indian citizen in 1947. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.
Shortly after she died in 1997, St John Paul II waived the usual five-year waiting period and allowed the opening of the process to declare her sainthood. She was beatified in 2003.

For more information go Catholic Herald website

Centacare services on show 

Centacare Catholic Family Services held an Expo of their programs in July at the Derby Pavilion, Morphettville Racecourse.
The Expo showcased the range of services provided by Centacare including disability, family, youth and children, health and wellbeing, employment, education and training, homelessness and domestic violence.
Experts were on hand to provide information on referrals to each of the programs offered by Centacare, along with the opportunity to speak to practitioners and managers from each program on display.
The annual Expo helps to show the breadth of Centacare services and how they can refer people in need to the appropriate service. 
Photo: Archbishop Philip Wilson dot painting.

Archdiocese Walks for Hutt St 

Staff of the Archdiocese of Adelaide supported the Hutt St Centre as they joined with other walkers on a very cold August morning to raise funds for the 6000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia.
The Walk a Mile in My Boots event was on August 5 and 2016 marks the 8th year it has been held in Adelaide.  
Funds raised through the event help the Hutt St Centre to provide homeless people with a hearty meal, a hot shower, a secure locker and a welcoming and safe environment in which to seek help. 
For more information go to Hutt St website here  Photo: Adelaide Archdiocesan Staff.

Try-a-Skill Days

National Skills Week (August 29 – September 4) recognises, celebrates and informs students and the wider public of the diversity, benefits and career pathways associated with Vocational Education and Training.
VET has a key role to play in the economy and through National Skills Week Australians of all ages can explore the skills that Industry needs to advance Australia’s competitiveness.
Marcellin Technical College will host 'Try-a-Skill' Days for students in Year 9 -11 during National Skills Week. 'Try-a-Skill' is a free one-day introductory program to different skills in traditional trades. Young people will have an opportunity to engage with skills in automotive, construction, electrotechnology and engineering (including CNC machining). 
'Try-a-Skill' will include hands-on activities in each trade, demonstrations, Trade Olympics (fun physical activities with a trade focus), sausage sizzle and more.

Register online

Generous students   

The St Vincent de Paul Willunga Conference thanks Tatachilla Lutheran College for their Casual Day held in June which raised money for Vinnies Winter Appeal.
The students and staff also braved the winter cold to get a very small taste of what life is like for someone experiencing homelessness when they participated in the Sleepwalkin’ event held overnight at the college.
From 3.30pm to 7am, students and staff formed into small teams and met the challenge of walking laps around the oval in the cold, and sleeping on the floor of the gym. 
Each participant in Sleepwalkin’ gained sponsorship and the combined fundraising effort from both events raised a fantastic $1535.
Photo: Students from Tatachilla Lutheran College.

Awareness day

Australians are asked to unite in support of the five million adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse on Blue Knot Day. Organised by Adults Surviving Childhood trauma and Abuse (ASCA), this year's Blue Knot Day is on Monday October 24, with events held throughout the country during the week of October 24 to 30. 
The theme this year is, ‘Together we lead the way to survivor recovery’. You can get involved in many ways and to see what events have already been scheduled in your area go to the website


Easter and Pentecost 2017

In 2017 Christians from all traditions will celebrate Easter and Pentecost on the same dates –  April 16 and June 4. The two dates coincide when the full moon following the equinox comes so late that it counts as the first full moon after March 21 in the Julian calendar, as well as the Gregorian. 
This is not a regular occurrence, but it has happened more frequently in recent years - in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014. After 2017, it will not happen again until 2034 - unless some agreement can be reached before then. See The Southern Cross e-resource on how Easter dates are calculated, here.



Arch D Radio – Podcast

The Catholic youth “Arch D Radio” show, produced by COYYA and aired on 107.9 Life FM every Saturday and Wednesday night, is now available as an on-demand podcast.
“This is very exciting and the response has been fantastic, said James Meston, the show’s producer. “People can now hear the show whenever it’s most convenient, not just the nights it’s on the radio”.
Current podcasts include episodes recorded at Cardijn College, Cabra Dominican College and Sacred Heart College, as well as specials featuring US performer Steve Angrisano and ACRATH’s Umes & Sr Meredith.
Each show is made available after it airs on Life FM and can be accessed here through podcast and streaming applications iTunes or Soundcloud.  
Photo: The 2016 Cardijn College Arch D Radio team.

Mercy House Appeal

“When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.”

In 2012, Mercy Works was approached by the Sisters of Mercy to provide support for the 3000 asylum seekers living in South Australia. Without any legal rights, welfare support or the right to work while they await the outcome of their application, their situation is very grim, often with a devastating impact on their mental and physical health.
In October 2013 the Mercy House of Welcome officially opened in Kilburn,  providing English lessons, assistance with accommodation, bills, food, legal support and companionship. It currently has  more than 400 clients, with legal assistance being a major need for most. 
A Winter Appeal in aid of the Mercy House of Welcome is now underway raising money for clients who struggle to keep their families fed and warm.
To donate or obtain further information on this appeal please contact Elizabeth Grady via email or visit the website

Social Justice Sunday

Social Justice Sunday is celebrated on September 25 and this year the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society.
The statement celebrates the value and dignity of older people in Australian life. It challenges us to recognise their significant contribution to society and emphasises that this contribution should not be valued in only economic terms. The statement calls for justice for those who are most vulnerable and warns about a view of older people as burdensome or dispensable. 
For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website or call (02) 8306 3499.
The ACSJC website will have resources available for download free of charge before Social Justice Sunday. They will include liturgy notes, a powerpoint presentation and resources for schools and social justice groups. Prayer cards and ‘Ten Steps’ leaflets can be ordered from the ACSJC on (02) 8306 3499 or by email.

20th anniversary celebrations

Staff and friends of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide came together with Archbishop Philip Wilson to celebrate his 20th episcopal anniversary last month. 
The Archbishop received messages of congratulations from around Australia, including the Wollongong Diocese, where he was bishop for five years, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and friends and family throughout New South Wales.
Archbishop Wilson said he never expected his life to turn out this way. “When I was a boy I knew I wanted to serve the Church but I never imagined it would lead to Wollongong and then Adelaide,” he said.
Chancellor Heather Carey congratulated Archbishop Wilson and thanked him for his “compassion, kindness and understanding” as well as his deep concern for families in the diocese during his 16 years in Adelaide. 

Photo: Sr Pat Phillips rsm, Sr Marie Ralph rsm and Archbishop Philip Wilson.

Year of Youth

During World Youth Day in Krakow in July  the Catholic Bishops of Australia joined 3000 Australian pilgrims for a national gathering to launch a ‘Year of Youth’. Building on the legacy of World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008, the Year of Youth will highlight the challenge for host cities to make World Youth Day fruitful for the local Church 10 years on.
In the changing landscape of youth ministry in Australia, the Australian Bishops described the three-year cycle of resources and events for young people; support and participation at World Youth Day; the engagement of a new generation of young Catholics through the Australian Catholic Youth Festival; and increased training and formation of those working with young people through the Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention. 
World Youth Day Krakow  

As young South Australian Catholics travelled from Adelaide to Krakow in Poland for World Youth Day 2016, The Southern Cross newspaper editor Jenny Brinkworth provided a daily update on the pilgrimage journey. If you missed any of her blogs, you can access them here.

Diary Dates

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:

Friday August 12 Vocations Prayer Vigil, starting with Mass at 5.45pm to 7.30pm in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral followed by supper in the Cathedral Hall

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

Sunday August 28, 2.30pm – Migrant and Refugee Sunday, St Patrick’s Church, Grote Street

Thursday 18 August at 7.30pm – Australian Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue 
The Australian Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue has prepared a joint statement on the Petrine Ministry. This will be launched by Archbishop Philip Wilson and Bishop John Henderson.
St Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 152 Wakefield Street.
For catering purposes, please contact Jo Laffin, Secretary of the Dialogue, if you are able to attend: or Ph. (03) 9953 3884.

Wednesday 24 August, 2016 Property… the Individual …and Climate Change 
5 – 6.30pm (come when you can – doors are open)
Adelaide College of Divinity (Room S1) 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park
We provide: refreshments – including wine, cheese, light snacks
Cost: a GOLD COIN donation to help cover refreshments
RSVP or phone 8416 8400 (See attached PDF)
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