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

January 2015

Have your say on family life


For the second time in just two years, the Vatican has asked Bishops Conferences worldwide to seek input from Catholics about how the Church should respond to the sometimes difficult and controversial situations faced by modern families.

The detailed questionnaire is part of a global consultation process by the Vatican prior to the 2015 Bishops Synod on Family Life to be held in Rome from October 4 to 25, 2015.

People from across the Archdiocese are asked to complete the questionnaire and give their own insights and input to this all-important survey. Clergy, Religious, parishioners, parents, teachers, catechists, members of lay associations and ecclesial movements are encouraged to respond.

Australia's bishops have consolidated the questions into a comprehensive set of 30 questions.
Respondents will need to refer to the document The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World when responding to the questions.

Those wishing to take part in the Vatican survey on marriage and family will need to complete the online questionnaire by February 6, 2015.   Click here for survey

National roles

An Order of Australia Medal recipient, a canon lawyer and a former professor of theology have been appointed executive secretaries for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Ms Susan Rivett (pictured) has been appointed executive secretary of the Bishops Commission for Canon Law. She will operate from the Secretariat for Canon Law based in the archdiocesan offices and continue her role as director of the Tribunal of the Province of Adelaide.
Mrs Patricia Mowbray OAM is now executive secretary of the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in addition to her current role as Disability Projects Officer in the Secretariat for Pastoral Life, a position she has held since 2006. She received an Order of Australia Medal in 2013 and was named 2014 Local Hero for the Australian Capital Territory.
Dr Raymond Canning is the new executive secretary of the Bishops Commission for Doctrine and Morals and the Bishops Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations. Dr Canning is based in the Secretariat for Church Life in Canberra.

Australia Day honours

A number of South Australians have been awarded Order of Australia medals for their contribution to the community through their association with the Catholic Church.

They include Bill Spurr, John McDonald, Pamela O’Connor, Dr Lawrence Smart, Rae Brewster, Mavis Fitzgerald, Damian Head, David Hilliard and Tony Versace.

The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) announced the 2015 Honours List on Australia Day.

“We are fortunate as a community to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation and it is only fitting that they have been recognised,” he said.

More details of the award recipients will be provided in the March edition of The Southern Cross.
If you know someone else who received an Australia Day honour, please Email us at Catholic Communications


Catholics unite on climate change

The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), an international coalition of Catholic organisations and leaders committed to a sustainable climate future, was launched this month.

For the first time, Catholic organisations from around the world have joined forces to work together on climate issues, united by their Catholic faith, commitment to climate change issues and a shared sense of responsibility to care for God’s life-giving creation.

Australia is represented by Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecological agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
Dr Pablo Canziani, a climate scientist from Argentina participating in the GCCM, said: “Conversations about the climate crisis have historically been more about intellectual arguments than about the profound spiritual and moral implications of our failure to care for God’s Creation.” 

For further information click here


High Tea for hidden homeless

A cup of tea has long been the solution to many a problem and now the Hutt St Centre is hoping it will help raise awareness and funds for Adelaide’s homeless community.

The centre is asking workplaces, schools and individuals to host a High Tea for Hi(dden) Society to support a group of people who are often invisible to the rest of society.

Every night 1 in 200 people in Australia are homeless and in South Australia 5,985 people find themselves without shelter, a warm place to rest their heads, and a place where they feel safe and secure.
By hosting a High Tea, you can help people come out of the shadows and break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, says the centre’s director Ian Cox.

All you need to do is register your interest and the proposed date you wish to hold your High Tea and access the link here for information and resources.


Award-winning author to visit

Renowned author, lecturer and teacher Fr Timothy Radcliffe has been invited to Adelaide by Archbishop Wilson to talk about his book on baptism, Take the Plunge.

His three-week schedule of presentations to various groups will include a public event at the Adelaide Oval (Ian McLachlan Room) on Friday April 24, 2015 7.30am-9am.

Cost $65 per head, Contact Mary Coombe on 8210 8117, or via Email to purchase a ticket or to book a table of 10.

Taizé prayer evening

Members of the Taizé Community, including the current Prior, Brother Alois, are visiting Australia as part of a pilgrimage to every continent. They will gather with local SA church communities for Evening Prayer at 7.30pm in the Brougham Place Uniting Church, North Adelaide.

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brother Alois made numerous journeys in central Europe to support Christians under communist regimes. He is known for his musical talent and has written many of the newer Taizé songs, which are sung throughout the world today.

All welcome. For more information
For further details contact Brother Matthew Email or Tel: 04 750 89719


Food for Life

Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church, will launch Project Compassion in South Australia on Shrove Tuesday (February 17).

The annual appeal, which has the theme ‘Food for Life’, explores how Caritas Australia is helping the world’s poorest people establish sustainable food, walking with them as they free themselves from the burden of food insecurity and develop new, improved income streams for a better future.

Caritas Australia CEO, Paul O’Callaghan, said Project Compassion was an extraordinary, ongoing demonstration of the faith, love and generosity of caring supporters, all in the name of justice and peace.

Last year, supporters, schools and parishes across Australia raised nearly $11 million to help the world’s poorest communities.
“Project Compassion has transformed the lives of many of the most marginalised people around the world,” Mr O’Callaghan said.
The launch will begin with Mass at 12.10pm in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral followed by fish burgers in Mary Mackillop Plaza.

To find out more about this year’s Project Compassion, click here


Cathedral closure

St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral will be closed from May 4 2015 until the end of September due to restoration work, including the installation of a magnificent Casavant Frères pipe organ.

During the closure of the Cathedral, St Patrick’s Church on Grote Street will be the main place of worship for the Adelaide Cathedral parish.

For Mass times and information on the closure or if you wish to contribute towards the Cathedral’s restoration, please visit the website 


God is in the detail

The inaugural symposium on architecture and art for Catholic worship is being held in Melbourne from February 11–13.

Hosted by the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board (NLAAB) and Australian Catholic University (ACU),  the symposium is for architects, artists, liturgists, clergy, teachers, church design consultants, theologians, academics, researchers, and members of all Catholic communities interested in church design today.

Vice President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and a member of the NLAAB, Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson said: ‘I believe this is a very important moment for the whole Church in Australia to increase its understanding and competency in liturgical architecture and art.’

The event will include the launch of the church design document, ‘And When Churches are to be built: Preparation, Planning and Construction of Places of Worship’, recently approved by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and currently being prepared for publication by Liturgy Brisbane.

information about registration for the symposium is available on the ACU website.

Nazareth reaches out

Nazareth Catholic Community’s outreach work has continued to develop with several projects bringing benefit for the people of Timore-Leste.

In November the community sent its third shipping container to Triloka Village. It was filled with education equipment and resources, including a complete computing system. This follows the provision of a four wheel drive for health workers in Triloka, improving their capacity to provide much-needed health services.

Inge and Constantino, who run the Good Crocodile Foundation and have been the facilitators of Nazareth’s previous work in Timor-Leste, travelled to Adelaide last year with Dirse and Brigida, two young women from the village of Triloka.

The six-week visit enabled them to learn and build skills, and connect with a western community. In addition, a young Nazareth family, the Perrottas, embarked on their own Timor-Leste experience, travelling to Triloka to assist with English, agriculture and health education.

Action against human trafficking

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) support Pope Francis in declaring Sunday February 8, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as world day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking.
Despite many efforts to end human trafficking internationally, an estimated 27 million women, men and children today suffer exploitation and slavery.

Sr Anne Tormey rsm, President of ACRATH, said the life of St Josephine Bakhita reminds us of the assault to the dignity, and of the suffering endured by every trafficked person.

St Josephine Bakhita, who died on 8 February 1947, was born in Southern Sudan in 1869, and during her life experienced kidnapping and slavery. Following her delivery to freedom Josephine dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering.

She eventually became a Canossian Sister, living a life of prayer and service for 50 years. She was canonised in 2000.
Further information:
Link to Pope’s Message
Life of St Josephine Bakhita
Resources from ACRATH

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Monday, February 2, 12.10pm - Mass to open the Year of Consecrated Life

Sunday, February 8, 10.00am for 10.30am - Carnevale Mass at Wayville Showgrounds

Wednesday, February 11, 10am - Our Lady of Lourdes Mass and Sacrament of the Sick

Sunday, February 15, (time tbc) Famiglia Istriana Mass

Tuesday, February 17 – Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday, February 18 – Ash Wednesday

Thursday, February 19, 5.45pm – Chinese New Year Mass

12 February 2015 at 8am
Service for the Opening of the Parliamentary Year – All Welcome
Parliamentary Christian Fellowship and Leaders of Christian Churches SA invite you and your communities to this ecumenical prayer service. St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide
More information, Geraldine Hawkes

Thursday, 26 February 2015
The Catherine House Trust invites you to a CHARITY FILM NIGHT
VENUE: Capri Cinema, 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood. TIME: 5.45pm for 6.30pm start.
COST: $25 per person (includes welcome drink and nibbles)
All proceeds will help to ‘educate women out of homelessness’, supported by the Catherine House Trust.
For more details, please contact Lainie Anderson at
To book, please go to

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