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

May 2015

Caritas Australia delivers aid to Nepal


As the death toll from the devastating earthquake in Nepal rises to more than 4,000, the Caritas network, one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, is working around the clock to deliver aid.

Caritas Nepal, with the assistance of Caritas Australia staff members and the Caritas international network, has been distributing food and tarpaulins to offer temporary shelter and protection from the rain and cold temperatures. Many are sleeping on the street or in open spaces in the rain and cold, following the worst earthquake in 80 years.

“I have seen a lot of destruction. So many buildings collapsed and cracked. I saw a number of bodies on the street. People are still trapped in buildings and we don’t know whether they are dead or alive,” said Caritas Nepal Director, Father Pius Perumana SJ.

Caritas Australia’s online editor, Lilian Chan says: “At the moment, our Caritas network is supporting the Caritas Nepal team as they prioritise emergency shelter, trauma counselling, food, clean water and the hygiene materials they desperately need. We will work through the Church network and Caritas Nepal’s strong local connections to reach some of the most marginalised communities in the country.

“We have been touched, and we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Australian and international community. These acts of solidarity – prayers, assistance, and donations – will bolster the communities I have met, as they face the task of building back their lives.” 

Donate to Caritas Australia’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal here  or phone 1800 024 413.

Step up for homeless

Nurses, doctors and staff from Calvary Wakefield Hospital have put their money where their feet are for a great cause. Between them, staff members have walked a total of 14,030 kilometres - the equivalent of walking from Adelaide to Sydney and back five times - to raise nearly $9000 for the Hutt St Centre.

Earlier this year, about 450 staff members embraced the hospital’s inaugural “New Year, New You” challenge. Staff from associated businesses including Wakefield Sports Clinic and Wakefield Orthopaedic Clinic also took part.
The objective of the four-week challenge was for participants to set themselves a “healthy living” goal of their own choosing.

As part of the $10 joining fee/donation – matched dollar for dollar by hospital management – each participant received a pedometer to measure the distance they covered.

Calvary Wakefield Hospital CEO Mr Rob Wise last month presented a cheque for $8620 to Hutt St Centre CEO Mr Ian Cox. Presentations were also made to those who had walked the longest distances over the challenge.

Discovering a remarkable life

Master of ceremonies Peter Goers from ABC Evenings, the Lord Mayor Stephen Haese, Father Philip Marshall Vicar General and Sr Sheila McCreanor joined a large crowd in Mary MacKillop Plaza recently to launch a walking trail through the city that follows the footsteps of St Mary MacKillop.
“Mary MacKillop’s Adelaide” is a new self-guided trail in the Adelaide City Explorer mobile app.
The trail, put together by Sr Patricia Keane, is now part of the National Trust’s Adelaide City Explorer smart phone app and website. The launch was an official event for Australian Heritage Week.
Download it to discover some of the significant places and events in Mary’s remarkable life. 

To access the app click here


Mercedes fights cancer

Year 12 Mercedes College students Grace Berwald and Victoria Lindholm (pictured)  have joined Cancer Council SA as 2015 Youth Ambassadors.

The Youth Ambassador program is a leadership development program designed to challenge and grow students as leaders now and into the future. It provides students with some of the most innovative leadership training and an opportunity to put these skills to the test through a number of ‘challenges’ that will empower and equip Grace and Victoria to make a real difference in the fight to beat cancer.

The program has been designed to enable schools to incorporate the challenges into the school curriculum through their SACE Research Project, community service programs, PE or Media and Design.

Principal Mr Peter Daw said: “This is a great opportunity for Grace and Victoria to extend their leadership learning in a program that can make a significant personal difference in the fight to beat cancer.”

Living fully and abundantly

World famous author, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, delighted an audience of nearly 200 at a special breakfast at Adelaide Oval organised to celebrate his recent visit to South Australia.

The author of What is the point of being a Christian?, Why go to church?  and Take the Plunge: living baptism and confirmation, spoke of his own experiences travelling in the Middle East as well as expressing the issues he believes Christians are now facing in this part of the world. 

Arriving in Adelaide on April 10 and departing on May 5, he spent three days in the Port Pirie Diocese and the rest of the time speaking to groups including clergy, Religious, principals, religious education teachers, Diocesan personnel and to the National Pastoral Planners Conference in Adelaide.

Fr Radcliffe told The Southern Cross his main message was that our faith was a call to “live fully and abundantly.”

Threat of euthanasia

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has recently released a pamphlet, called Real care, love, and compassion – the alternative to euthanasia.

The Bishops are responding to a fact sheet released by the National Church Life Survey late last year, which found 22 per cent of church-going Catholics are neutral or unsure of what they think about euthanasia.

“The pamphlet will help inform people about the dangers of legalised euthanasia,” said Bishop Peter Comensoli, the Bishops’ delegate for addressing euthanasia. “This will help people to appreciate why practices of respect and care are always a better option for the dying.” The brochure can be downloaded free from here

Indigenous forum

A public forum on the pressing issues facing Aboriginal people today will be held on May 7 in the Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West Campus, Hawke Building.

The forum will be held from  6.30pm – 9.30pm. Seats are limited for this event so register your attendance via email or call Tanto Sansbury Tel: 0403 165 193.


New Directions forum 

The first Forum for Learning and Dialogue: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age, held last month at Croydon Park Catholic Parish attracted about 115 people.  

The presentations by Fr James McEvoy and Dr Sue Holoubek can be downloaded from the New Directions website here

Comments from those who attended indicated that the speakers were excellent, complemented by the robust table conversation and openness to hearing others.  
The next forum entitled Pope Francis on Transforming Parishes and the Church of the Poor is scheduled for Wednesday June 3.  

Visit the New Directions website (above) for more details.

On the move to St Patrick's

St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral will be closed for restoration work including the installation of a 1927 Casavant Freres pipe organ from May 4, 2015 until the end of September.

Services will be held in St Patrick’s Church on Grote Street at the following times.

Sunday Masses:
Vigil 6pm, 7am, 9am (Croatian),
11am, 3.30pm (African) and 6pm
Contact:   Adelaide Cathedral Parish Office, 39 Wakefield St, Adelaide. Tel: 8232 8688

Weekday Mass times
Monday-Friday  7am; 12.10pm; 5.45pm.
Saturday  8am; 11.30am.
Tuesday Holy Hour 6.30pm.
Thursday Mass, Benediction and Adoration 7.30pm.

If you wish to contribute towards the Cathedral’s restoration, please contact Jane Juniper on 8210 8223 or Email here 

Urgent need for dentists 

The Mercy House of Welcome, a centre for asylum seekers established at Kilburn by the MercyWorks (the Sisters of Mercy), is seeking help from dentists who can provide a pro bono service or assist their clients for a much-reduced payment.

A spokesperson for the centre said all of the clients were asylum seekers who could not afford to pay for dental treatment. They were not eligible for Government concession cards and could not access dental treatment from the Dental Hospital or the Community Outreach Dental program. Their only option is to have teeth removed.

If you can assist or would like to discuss the situation, please call either Meredyth Taylor or Emma Yengi, Co-ordinators, at the Mercy House of Welcome on 0434 450 66 or email here

Interfaith eConference

The 2015 eConference Religion: Catalyst for Violence or Peace? Probing the Abrahamic traditions for answers will be held on Tuesday June 23.

It is a joint initiative between the Broken Bay Institute and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and is free to watch but registration is mandatory.

The event will tap into interfaith issues surrounding the three Abrahamic traditions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The aim of the eConference is to explore the potential for these traditions to cultivate peace in a world that associates religion with violence.

To register for the eConference, please click here.

Who was Jesus?

The Australian Catholic University is presenting a short course on Exploring the Life and Ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

Topics covered include; What can we know about Jesus?  What did he stand for? What really are his healings? What is his essential teaching? What was his own spirituality?

The course is being presented by Fr Michael Trainor, Fr James McEvoy, Dr Jo Laffin and Fr Denis Edwards. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued for Catholic teacher accreditation purposes.

To register or for more information visit: 

Our shared histories

National Reconciliation Week, which runs from May 27 to June 3, will commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

For more information and to share your own reconciliation events click here.

Dignity in work 

Society fails its citizens where the economy does not generate sufficient employment and when government does not adequately intervene to promote job creation and maintain basic wages and income support, says the chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop Christopher Saunders.

Releasing the annual pastoral letter for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, Bishop Saunders said work has a dignity that comes from its threefold capacity: for individual and family fulfilment; for building up the community and for securing the wellbeing of future generations. 

The letter issued on May 1 can be read here

Diary Dates

Events in St Patrick's Church

Sunday, May 24  - 11.00am    Mass to celebrate the Beatification of Oscar Romero 
Celebrant: Fr Philip Marshall VG

Saturday 9 May 2015, 11.30am – 3pm                                 
South Australian Council of Churches General Meeting – All Welcome
Sts Peter & Paul Anglican Cathedral Church Hall, David St, Port Pirie.
RSVPs essential to Geraldine Hawkes
Tuesday, 12 May 2015, 7pm (dinner), 8pm (talk)
Rob Roy Hotel, 106 Halifax St, Adelaide
Speaker: Steve Angrisano
This event is for ages 18-35 (any age for priests and religious!) 
Marian Procession
Sunday May 17, 2015
1.30pm for 2.00pm start
Assemble 1.30pm Pilgrim Peace Park, Park 21, South Parklands between Peacock Road and Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue (South of Veale Gardens).  
Tuesday 19 May 2015, 5pm-7pm
Introduction to Orthodox Iconography
St Mary and Anba Bishoy  Coptic Orthodox Church, 18-20 Goldfinch Ave, Cowandilla
Cost: A contribution of $20/$15 concession per person is payable at the door and includes light refreshments. Registration essential to Geraldine Hawkes E: or phone 8215 0300

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 more information here

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