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November  2014

November  2014

Caritas responding to Ebola outbreak


Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international agency for aid and development, has received $2.5 million from the Australian Government to help fight the Ebola outbreak across West Africa.
Monsignor Robert Vitillo, who has been visiting West Africa in his role as Caritas Internationalis’ UN delegation head and special advisor on health, says the money is helping to provide medical supplies, essential public health support and the training of health workers in Sierra Leone.
But he says more international funding is desperately needed. During his two-month stay in Sierra Leone nearly every day a staff member at the Catholic college where he was residing would come and tell him that one of their family members had died.
In Liberia, the crisis has brought the health care infrastructure to breaking point. The Catholic Hospital of St Joseph, in Monrovia, has been closed after the director and eight other staff members died of Ebola. The Brothers of St John of God are in the process of re-opening the hospital but they need financial help to do so.
Monsignor Vitillo speaks about Ebola and its impact on communities in this video from Rome Reports.  
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Advent calendar

As Christmas approaches you can learn, pray and act each day during Advent, which starts on Sunday November 30, with Caritas Australia’s interactive multimedia Advent Calendar.  

Caritas Australia’s Global Education Coordinator for Resources and Partnerships, Kate Andréo, said the stories, videos and reflections featured in the 2014 Advent calendar highlight the journey of standing in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable communities.

“The calendar gives a glimpse of the life-changing work we have supported over the past 50 years of love and compassion,” Ms Andréo said.

There are various versions of the calendar to choose, from an online web calendar, Android
and iPhone/ iPad applications, and an interactive PowerPoint written specifically for primary school children. You can download all versions of the Advent calendar from mid-November from the Cartias website.

Tea and talk on East Timor

St Ann's Parish ran their annual morning tea to support Catholic Charities last Thursday.
This year’s guest speaker was Sr Catherine Mead rsj, accompanied by Sr Geraldine Stringer rsj, who shared their experiences in East Timor.

Sr Catherine has worked in many and varied ministries including education in city and country communities, chaplaincy, refugee and aboriginal ministries and prison visitation.  Sr Catherine is currently involved in Catholic education at Mount Carmel and Caritas colleges while continuing her studies.
Ann Murray from St Ann’s Parish commented that it was an interesting and entertaining talk, with many insights into how the people in East Timor, with very little material wealth, make the most of the resources they do have.

Almost 60 parishioners and friends enjoyed the morning tea and raffles, which raised $716.00 for Catholic Charities.  Catholic Charities thanks the parish for its generosity.

Ping Pong fundraiser

The humble game of table tennis has become the feature of a national fundraiser aimed at freeing some of the world’s most vulnerable from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Twenty-five locations across Australia hosted events in October-November 2014, including the first Tasmanian event (Devonport), first regional SA event (Victor Harbor), and an event in the northern suburbs of Adelaide (Craigmore).

Venues ranged from churches, schools, sporting clubs, public spaces, and even a pub, engaging 1,000 Aussie men as advocates/fundraisers on behalf of trafficked or exploited young people through a 24-hour table tennis event that aimed to raise more than $100,000.

Planning is also underway for the first international Ping Pong events in 2015 and further expansion of venues throughout Australia. For more information visit their website.

Child Protection curriculum revised

A new 4-minute video  called Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum has been developed by the Department of Education and Child Development to engage children and young people in learning about safety, respectful relationships and developing a personal network of trusted adults.

Catholic Education SA has been working with the Department on the new curriculum from its early stages in 2008 until its fully revised stage this year. It has been developed for children from three years old to the senior secondary years and is implemented in all Catholic schools in South Australia.

Catholic Education has trained teachers in every school to use the program, which equates to nearly 5,000.
The contemporary and fully revised and completed curriculum is now online.

New websites

The CEO Website has been  updated and redesigned as 'responsive website' to make it more accessible to all social media devices such as iphone and ipads - see the website here.
A sister website of CathNews, Catholic Australia has also been redesigned as a port of call for all things Catholic you can visit the website here.


Storytelling with art on show

At the Family Relationship Services Conference held in Adelaide in November, Centacare Catholic Family Services highlighted Aboriginal art as a source of teaching and storytelling.

During the week conference participants including the Federal Minister of Social Services, Kevin Andrews, the National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia Marcelle Mogg added their contributions to the works.The conference was attended by 600 people from around Australia. Pictured are Ros Richards, Natasha Sumner and Lyn Niemz.

Music brings joy

The purchase of new outdoor musical equipment especially designed for children with disabilities will bring joy to Kolbe Cottage this Christmas.

Kolbe Cottage, part of Centacare Catholic Family Services, provides respite care for children and adolescents between the ages of five to eighteen who have an intellectual disability. Thirty-five families currently use Kolbe Cottage with a waiting list of around two years.

The cottage receives some government funding but not enough to cover all operating expenses. Catholic Charities provides support for Kolbe Cottage and this year funding will directly support the purchase of equipment from Kim Bowman Music which makes various instruments designed around accessibility, ease of use and durability. The Sonic Bench has internal springs, which allow movement in the seat which causes bells to ring inside it, and the Thong Drum is made of tubes that generate sounds when struck.

Catholic Mission Appeal helps Peru

The Catholic Mission Christmas Appeal highlights the work of dedicated Catholic missionaries in Peru who are trying to overcome the growing problem of malnutrition in children.

It will profile the work of Brother Mauricio Careaga, who runs a food program for young and vulnerable children in Yurimaguas. With the program now at capacity, he urgently needs funds to expand it and continue saving precious lives.

The campaign’s theme, ‘I was hungry, and you gave me food’, is from Matthew 25:35 and represents a story of desperation, but also of hope.

For more information, or to donate, please visit Catholic Mission.

Toy run for Vinnies

For the 20th year the Motorcycle Riders’ Association (MRA) has invited Vinnies to be a part of their annual Toy Run.

The event collects approximately $250,000 worth of toys and gifts for children and young adults who experience disadvantage from across the State. These generously donated gifts are then distributed by Vinnies volunteers to ensure every child in need will experience the joy of having a gift under their Christmas tree this year.

This year’s Toy Run will again see Santa lead a convoy of motorcycling enthusiasts from the Clipsal Track in Victoria Park on Sunday December 14. Followed by a cavalcade of several thousand strong motorcycling friends, Santa will proceed up the South Eastern Freeway to Callington Oval arriving at 11.45am.

Riders and onlookers are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys and gifts (no soft toys please) to donate. Vinnies volunteers will be happy to collect donations at both the start and end of the MRA Toy Run.

Inspired by St Francis

Students from St Francis School at Lockleys spent week ten of term celebrating the feast of St Francis with a whole-of-school Mass, social justice initiatives and fundraising for Catholic Charities.

Activities ranged from lucky dips run by the Reception class to magnets designed by Year 4 students and a disco with a photo booth organised by the Year 7s.

After raising the fantastic amount of $2,762, Year 7 student Emmanuel presented Annie O’Neill from Catholic Charities with the cheque.

Catholic youth celebrate their faith

More than 400 youth ministers, chaplains, volunteers, teachers, priests and religious working in youth ministry attended the third ever Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention in October, the first time that the national youth ministry community was hosted by the Adelaide Archdiocese.

Held over three days at Saint Aloysius College, St Francis Xavier Cathedral, and the Adelaide Convention Centre, the convention began with the Opening Mass in the Cathedral celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. It was followed by the first keynote speech from Sr Elizabeth Young rsm, coordinator of youth and young adult ministry in the Dioceses of Port Pirie.

At the Friday night dinner, a networking event to promote the next World Youth Day in Krakow saw everyone gather in the courtyard of Saint Aloysius College to enjoy the performances of the Tatry Polish Dancing group and Fr Rob Galea.

On Saturday, the convention briefly moved to the Convention Centre, where it was announced that the 2015 Australian Catholic Youth Festival will be held in the same venue next December.

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Tuesday November 11, 12.10pm – Remembrance Day Mass in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral
Wednesday November 12, 5.45pm – Mass for Deceased bishops, priests and religious, in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral
Sunday November 30, 11am – Blessing of the Cribs and Launch of Art Exhibition, in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral
Wednesday December 3, 5.45pm – Feast Day of St Francis Xavier's and 13th anniversary of installation of Archbishop Philip Wilson. Mass in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral
Tuesday December 9, 12.10pm – Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Mass in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral

Saturday, 15 November 10.00am - 3.00pm
Surviving Anxiety and Fear

Facilitator: Susan Pollard rsj - Jungian Analyst
Betany Centre Tel: 08 8130 5900

Saturday 15 November 2014, 9am - 1pm
SA Council of Churches General Meeting - all welcome

St Mary & Anba Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church, 18-20 Goldfinch Ave, Cowandilla.
Taizé – A Pilgrimage of Trust – a Holy Hour: some young people will share their stories, past and future; we will ponder on the spirit of Taizé as a community “that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples”
See for agenda.  RSVPs to Helen

Taizé: Volunteering during 2015 [18-28 year olds]
SA Council of Churches invites you to nominate young/aspiring leader(s) who would have an interest in volunteering at Taizé during 2015 and who may benefit from receiving assistance with funding.  See .  Extended closing date Friday 21 November 2014.

Friday, 28 November & December 5,12 & 19 5.30pm -6.30pm
Advent Stillness
Take an hour out of your day to be still and reflect
St Joseph's Chapel, 4 High Street, Kensington

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