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

February 2015



Vigil for death row inmates

As Indonesian authorities approve the transfer of two convicted Australian drug smugglers from their Bali prison, in preparation for their execution, the Adelaide Catholic Archdiocese is holding a vigil in Mary MacKillop Plaza, Victoria Square, TONIGHT at 6pm.

The “Light for Life’ vigil is an opportunity for people to pray together as an expression of their solidarity with Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and for those who face the death penalty in countries around the world.

It will include reflections by Adelaide lawyers Stephen Kenny and Greg Mead, and will be led by the Vicar General Father Philip Marshall.

“We want the government and people of Indonesia to know that there are many Australians who seek mercy for these men and who, with every fibre of our being, respectfully oppose these executions and the executions of all people everywhere,” said Father  Marshall.

“We are in solidarity with Andrew and Myuran in their suffering and their plea for mercy. We don’t approve their crime or deny the need for punishment, but as they face execution they and their families matter to us and are in our hearts and prayers.”

“The vigil is a demonstration of our absolute belief in the value of life.”

Bushfire Appeal helping families

The St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia has thanked everyone who contributed to its Bushfire Appeal.

The Society’s State president Brian Spencer said the organisation had been able to support more than 70 households in their efforts to rebuild their lives after the devastating Sampson Flat fires.

“Vinnies is very thankful for the generous support the Society has received through donations made directly to them, via Best&Less, IGA and Foodland as well as a state-wide parish appeal which occurred on Sunday January 18,” he said.

“Donations have been used to provide immediate crisis assistance as well as ensuring long-term recovery efforts of the communities devastated by the bushfires can take place.”

Donations to the Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal can still be made online at  
or by calling Vinnies on 13 18 12.

Anyone seeking assistance from Vinnies should call their assistance line on 1300 729 202 (weekdays between 9am-1pm).

Catholic Mission targets the sick

Helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDs and serving the sick are the aims of Catholic Mission’s first campaign for 2015.

With the theme ‘The prayer of faith will save the sick’ (James 5:15), the campaign is raising funds for the training of seminarians like Napo, from Matatiele on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, who can educate about the danger of HIV/AIDS and minister to the sick.

Catholic Mission’s National Director Martin Teulan said the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic was especially distressing given the preventable nature of the disease.

“Due to poverty, illiteracy and the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, many in South Africa lack basic education about the deadliness of the disease, and how easy it is to prevent,” he said.

To learn more about the campaign or the work of Catholic Mission, or to donate, please visit 


Adelaide prepares for ACYF

Adelaide is gearing up for the next Australian Catholic Youth Festival which will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from December 3 to 5.

The Festival is a national gathering of Catholic young people aimed at providing opportunities to deepen participants’ relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. The first Festival was held in Melbourne, December 2013.

Young people from Year 9 to 25 years of age are invited to participate in the event.

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival has taken a scriptural verse as its theme - ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.’ Matthew 5:8. This theme is provided by Pope Francis as the theme for World Youth Day in 2015, in preparation for the pilgrimage to Krakow in 2016.

For more information click here


Foster positive change for vulnerable children

Centacare Catholic Family Services is running an information session for prospective foster carers on Wednesday February 25.

The specialist foster care service helps to develop positive relationships that also give vital support to the community.

If you qualify to become an approved short-term carer through Centacare, you will receive the highest levels of personal and financial support in South Australia.
Contact Centacare’s Foster Care Program on 8159 1400 or email here

Click here for more information.


Raising awareness of trafficking

UNESCO – Adelaide has arranged a film afternoon to raise funds for ACRATH, an organisation which supports trafficked people.
A preview release of ‘A Little Chaos’ – a drama about the building of the gardens of King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles staring Kate Winslet - will be held on Sunday March 29 at 2pm at The Regal Theatre in Kensington. 
A short film clip of trafficking in Australia will be shown before the main film.


Ridding the church of sex abuse

Pope Francis has written to Catholic leaders asking for their complete cooperation with the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, set up to protect children from sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, said the letter has called on all Church leaders to cooperate with the Commission and ensure all possible steps are taken to protect children and rid the Church of the scourge of sexual abuse of children.

“The Pope has set a course to rid the Church of child sexual abuse regardless of the cost and the impact on reputations. It is now time for all Church leaders to get on board,” Mr Sullivan said.

Part of the task of the Commission, which consists of 17 clerics and lay people from around the world, including Australia, is to help church leaders put in place “best practices” to prevent abuse and work with victims in a process of healing.

Read the Pope’s letter here:
Truth Justice & Healing Council click here
Royal Commission click here


Cathedral closure - reminder

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 information on the closure or if you wish to contribute towards the Cathedral’s restoration, please visit the Adelaide Archdiocese website 


Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day

The Adelaide Archdiocese observed the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on Wednesday February 11 with a Mass and Anointing of the Sick, celebrated by the Vicar General Philip Marshall in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

Afterwards, the congregation was presented with bottles of Holy Water from Lourdes by members of the Order of Malta. 

For more events click here.

Caring Corner - Otherway Centre

The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry provides a diverse range of services to engage Aboriginal people who are isolated, at the Otherway Centre at Stepney.

People who are disadvantaged by their inability to own and drive a car, together with being aged or suffering ill health,  are brought together through programs improving their well-being through exercise, a healthy diet and relationships.

Manager John Lochowiak said the Centre has a family-orientated ethos and provides a place of respite, care and safety to those who come to each program. Two part time workers, June and Julie, and “amazing volunteers” maintain a sense of unconditional acceptance and care for each individual, he said.

To contact The Otherway Centre phone 83623185 or pop in to 80 Payneham Road Stepney (behind the Church of the Holy Name) between the hours of 10am- 3pm, Monday – Thursday. Line Dancing is held every Wednesday at 1.30pm with Art and Craft on Thursdays at 11.30am.

Mass is celebrated in the St Martin De Porres Chapel every Sunday at 11am followed by a light morning tea and conversation.
Come and join us!

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Sunday, February 15, 1.30pm - Famiglia Istriana Mass

Tuesday, February 17 - 12.10pm, Project Compassion Launch - with fish burgers in Mary MacKillop Plaza

Sunday, February 22, 11.00am - Chinese New Year Mass, Celebrant: Archbishop Philip Wilson

Sunday, February 22 - 2.30pm, Rite of Election (SFX or St Patricks tba)

Sunday, March 15 - 11.00am, Catechist Commissioning Mass

Tuesday, March 17 - 12.10pm, St Patrick’s Day Mass

Friday 20 February to Friday 27 March
2015 Lenten Retreat in Daily Life
7 St Ann’s Place, Parkside from 6pm to 8 pm. 
The Retreat begins and closes on these two Fridays with worship and a meal at St Oswald’s Anglican Church. In between, Retreatants will meet weekly for 45-60 minutes with their individual Prayer Companion and attend a Quiet Day on Saturday 21March. For further information and registration: Dianne Bradley email or telephone 8276 2928

Saturday 21 February, 11am to 3pm
Community Day – Australian Christian Meditation Community SA
St Francis Xavier's Cathedral Hall, Wakefield Street
Guest speaker will be Fr Paul Mullins SJ, speaking on "Finding God Within.” Please bring lunch for sharing. Suggested donation $15. For further information contact: Bev 0407 392 809.

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

Friday April 24, 2015
Award-winning author to visit - Fr Timothy Radcliffe 
A public event at the Adelaide Oval (Ian McLachlan Room) on  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.

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