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

August 2015


Stepping up!

The first day of Homelessness Prevention Week held in Adelaide earlier this month was marked by the release of dozens of white balloons over Victoria Square for those who have died while living homeless.

The annual memorial involved non-government organisations, including the St Vincent de Paul Society Inc (SA), the Hutt St Centre and Centacare Catholic Family Services. 

Homelessness Prevention Week (August 3-9) runs annually in August to coincide with the coldest time of the year and winter appeals run by charities.  The theme for Homelessness Prevention Week 2015 is "Step Up to End Homelessness!"   

According to Centacare Catholic Family Services more than 254,000 people across Australia were assisted by homelessness services last year - almost half were young people aged under 18 and 41,000 of them were children under 10. 

Homelessness Prevention Week aims to show that people who are homeless are ordinary people, who have experienced extraordinary circumstances, and need support while they rebuild their lives.

Click here for Homeless Crisis contacts in SA.


Dropping off the edge

Just eight areas in South Australia account for more than half of the most disadvantaged rankings in a landmark national report released last month.

The Dropping Off the Edge 2015 report, jointly commissioned by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia, maps disadvantage across the country based on 22 social indicators including long-term unemployment, criminal convictions and housing stress.

A briefing on the report’s South Australian findings was held at Centacare Catholic Family Service’s Fennescey House on August 6. Those attending included Centacare staff, Adelaide diocesan Aboriginal Catholic Advisory Council chairman John Lochowiak, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council national administrator Craig Arthur, and representatives from the cities of Marion, Tea Tree Gully and Onkaparinga, Services Disabilities SA, and staff of Federal and State MPs.

Catholic Social Services chief executive officer Marcelle Mogg told the briefing: “We should not and cannot turn away from the challenge of persistent and entrenched disadvantage; it’s not going away.”

The Adelaide briefing was the first held in a national series continuing this month across all States and Territories.

The Southern Cross September edition (in parishes on August 30) will publish a story analysing the report’s South Australian findings.

To read the report online go to


From little things

Cultural differences can unite when we try to understand and celebrate, says Centacare Aboriginal Services Adelaide manager John Lochowiak (pictured above).

John was in Darwin last month for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) National Assembly. He told delegates the ‘hunger’ to understand cultural differences was helping give Aboriginal people a louder voice.

"There will always be differences but let us learn more about them and build on our similarities,'' he said.

John said attitudinal change towards Indigenous Australians needed to come from all quarters of society and government. “Policies don't necessarily change people's attitudes,” he said. “The way you change attitudes is by all of us doing our bit, like the Paul Kelly song – ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’,” he said.

The NATSICC assembly was held from July 2-6 at Darwin’s Kormilda College. More than 300 people from across the nation attended the event titled “The heart of Jesus beats within us all” to talk, share, and listen about faith and culture. 

A youth assembly, which ran separately to the main assembly, attracted 50 young Indigenous Catholics from every State and Territory for a specific program focussing on faith formation, contemporary issues affecting young Indigenous people and music.


Early birds

The Hutt St Centre's annual fundraiser ‘Walk a mile in my boots’, held in Adelaide and across the State, was a resounding success.

The one-hour walk in Adelaide on August 7 started with assembly at 7.30am from Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi, Wakefield Road, moving off at 8am and finished at Hutt Road/South Terrace with a ‘traditional Hutt St Centre BBQ breakfast in the South Parklands. 

The aim of the 'Walk a mile in my boots' event is to give insight into the experience of homelessness faced by many each cold winter morning – walking the streets to get breakfast, a cup of tea and a hot shower.
Pictured above is Hutt St Centre's CEO Ian Cox.

To find out more visit.


Nostra Aetate 

Towards the very end of the final session of the Second Vatican Council, the document Nostra Aetate, the “Declaration on the Church’s Relation to Non-Christian Religions,” received definitive approval from the Council Fathers meeting in Rome.

On the 50th anniversary of that landmark document the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) have held its 2015 Conference in Rome from June 28 to July 1.

At the heart of Nostra Aetate is the relationship of the Church to the Jewish people, “the descendants of Abraham”. The declaration aimed to put an end to every form of anti-Semitism within Christianity and to express the Church’s acknowledgment of its own Jewish roots.

Key moments of the recent Conference of 245 delegates included a visit to the Rome Synagogue and a meeting with Rome’s Chief Rabbi Riccardo Shemuel De Segni, along with an audience with Pope Francis in the Sala Clementina at the Vatican.

For more information click here


Dedicated service

The Archdiocesan Communications Team bade a reluctant farewell to Peter Ferrier after nearly 10 years of service, both as a volunteer ‘Tuesday Gentleman’ and fundraising assistant for Catholic Charities.

Peter was the last of a group of men who have been involved with the work of the Catholic Charities office for over 60 years.  

“Peter’s dedication to Catholic Charities fundraising will be missed but he is looking forward to relaxing and spending more time with his family, so we would like to thank him for everything he has done over the years,” said Catholic Charities manager Annie O’Neill.

Mary Coombe will be taking over Peter’s responsibilities for Catholic Charities. 

Photo: Fr Philip Marshall, (right of picture), Vicar General of the Archdiocese, presents Peter with a token of thanks.

New name and focus

The Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities (SA) recently announced the 2015 Tom Ffrench Awards for Family Engagement in Catholic Education SA.  

Schools receiving the Award this year were: St Joseph’s School Hindmarsh, Nazareth Catholic College and St Therese Catholic School. Each school was awarded a scholarship to support future initiatives building parental engagement in their school communities. 

Named in honour of Tom Ffrench, one of the founding members of the Federation, the awards were previously called the Family School Partnership Awards and this year were re-launched as Awards for Family Engagement in Catholic Education.

The new focus reflects a more contemporary understanding of family engagement in learning and schooling as outlined in the Family, School and Community Partnership Bureau’s definition.

There are four award categories that recognise leading practice across four levels of influence and impact – sector or school wide, teacher driven or parent led.

Please click here for  further information.

Catholic Charities Appeal    

The Catholic Charities Appeal for 2015 runs throughout September.

Catholic Charities supports agencies that bring hope and dignity to those in need 'in our own backyard’ and has been making a difference to the lives of South Australians since 1941 by:

  • empowering men and women dealing with complex issues such as homelessness, domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse;
  • reaching out to members of our community who may be lonely or isolated and welcoming them;
  • providing accommodation and respite care for adults and young people with intellectual disabilities.

Please support Catholic Charities by picking up a brochure from parishes in September or make a donation today to: Catholic Charities Appeal, Reply Paid 912, Adelaide SA 5001.

For more information please visit the website or call Catholic Charities manager Annie O’Neill on 8210 8157.

Response to Laudato Si’ 

The first comprehensive response of its kind to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment was released on August 4 by three Australian Catholic agencies.

The Francis Effect II: Praised Be You – On Care for our Common Home has been developed by Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Earthcare Australia and Catholic Mission in response to Pope Francis’ ground-breaking document Laudato Si’, released in June.

The co-authored response aims to inform Catholic leaders on the latest teachings of the Church. Catholic Mission deputy national director and co-editor Peter Gates says the diversity of perspectives is what makes The Francis Effect II so compelling. 

“All of the chapters in The Francis Effect II are contributed by authors who understand the relationship between nature, people and God, and the interconnectedness of creation,” says Mr Gates. 

Among the 14 individual contributors are renowned Catholic leaders, including Adelaide eco-theologian Professor Denis Edwards and Catholic Earthcare Director Jacqui Rémond.

Fr Edwards will explore the key ideas behind Laudato Si’ at the Mary MacKillop Centre in Kensington on August 22 from 10am to 3pm. Registrations must be made by August 14 by email or calling 8130 5900.
The Francis Effect II can be purchased and read online here.

For more information on The Francis Effect II or planned colloquiums visit


eConference catalyst

The 11th National eConference, Religion: Catalyst for Violence or Peace? Probing the Abrahamic Traditions for Answers, attracted participants including Muslims, Jews, and Christians from the Anglican, Catholic, Maronite Catholic, Uniting, and Presbyterian communities.

The eConference held in July is a joint initiative of the Broken Bay Institute (BBI) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and included participants from every State and Territory and internationally from Albania, the Netherlands, and South Korea. 

BBI chief executive officer Dr Gerard Goldman said a post-conference survey had shown the eConference had been a catalyst for bringing people together.

“Many comments and questions were received on the factors that may have led to an atmosphere of intellectual cooperation between scholars of the Abrahamic traditions centuries ago, why these failed in time, and what effect this failure has had on the challenging global issues facing our world today,” he said.

Audio captioning has made speaker transcripts of the day available via the BBI website.

(pictured: L to R - Imam Mohamad Abdalla, Jeremy Jones AM, Bishop Peter Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay, NSW)


Cindee Richardson (pictured above) has been appointed as the next Chief Executive Officer of Catherine House.  

Cindee has more than 20 years’ experience in the health, social services, and community sectors and is relocating from Ontario, Canada - where she has worked as a consultant for Elder Abuse Ontario and Healthy Communities Coalition and as executive director of Alpha Court Non Profit Housing – Community Mental Health and Addiction Services. 

Cindee is an Australian citizen and has previously worked in Australia as a researcher, project manager, and business development manager.  Throughout her career, Cindee has gained experience dealing with initiatives in housing, homelessness, poverty, mental health, and addiction. 

She took up her appointment this month, replacing Madge McGuire who has headed the agency for the past 14 years.

Meanwhile Catherine House is holding a High Tea on August 16 from 2.30pm to 5pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre to raise funds for the education program. Tickets are $55.

Book online here  or contact Lainie by email


Student Prizes 2014

The Australian Government has awarded Australian Vocational Student Prizes to St Patrick’s Technical College 2014 graduates Samantha Dougherty (Hair & Beauty), Mason Browning (Electrotechnology), Jarrod Morton (Applied Engineering & Skills Excellence in School, Electro-Comms Industry ), and Reid McEntee (Automotive), (pictured above).

The Student Prize recognises the achievements of students who completed their senior secondary studies while undertaking vocational education and training while at school or in a school-based apprenticeship.  Winners received a certificate and $1000.

Formerly known as the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence, this an extremely sought after prize with only one award conferred nationally in each industry category.  This is the second time St Patrick’s students have received the award with Jesse Passon (’08 Electrotechnology) receiving the prize in the same industry category in 2009. 
For more information click here 

United in song

This year's Catholic Schools Music Festival will run from September 21 to 24 and is themed by music from the 1910s to the 40s. 

The 27th Festival theme marks the centenary anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and 70 years since WWII ended. 
More than 2000 students from 68 Catholic schools across the State will perform over the four evenings of the Festival at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.

Each evening, the Festival Choir is a different combination of these schools, consisting of over 370 students from Years 5 to 7. 

Their performances are interspersed with recitals by support acts, soloists and small or large ensembles selected by audition.

For more information visit

Services guide

A new Catholic services directory has been distributed to parishes, schools and agencies by the Catholic Communications team. An online version, with additional contact details, will be uploaded to the Diocesan website in the near future.

Diary Dates

St Patrick's Church, Grote Street, Adelaide.

Saturday August 15, 11.30am – Feast of the Assumption Mass
Tuesday, August 18, 10.30am – Anniversary of St John Bosco 200 years
Sunday, August 30, 2.30pm – ‘101st World Day of Migrants & Refugees’; Multicultural Mass
Adelaide Archdiocesan website:

 20 to 26 September 2015
World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel 2015:  advance notice
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites all to join in a week of advocacy and action in support of a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. The hashtag for our campaigns during the week is #WallWillFall
On Sunday 20th September, the opening day of the event, churches around the world are invited to worship and pray using a special liturgy developed by Palestinian Christians. An e-resource prepared by EAPPI-UK is now available on the WWPPI website along with the liturgy and the Jerusalem Prayer. 
Please see

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