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February 2017

Sorrow for victims as abuse statistics revealed

As the 50th case study of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse unfolds, Adelaide’s Vicar General Father Philip Marshall has apologised to all those who suffered directly or indirectly as a result of abuse within the Church.
“There are no words sufficient to express our sorrow for the suffering those children experienced within our Church,” he said in a letter to parishioners.
“To the extent that I can, I offer my apology on behalf of the Catholic Church to all those who suffered directly or indirectly as a result of abuse within the Church. As Pope Francis said recently, ‘it is a sin that shames us’. 
“I promise we will leave no stone unturned in our effort to make our Church in Adelaide safe for children, and to ensure that they will never be at risk of abuse in the future.”
Fr Philip pledged the commitment of the Archdiocese to the Pope’s call for ‘Zero Tolerance on Child Sexual Abuse’. 
Described as “the Catholic wrap-up”, the latest case study of the Royal Commission is inquiring into factors within the Church which contributed to the abuse crisis, and the response to it.
At the start of the hearing Senior Counsel Assisting the Commission, Gail Furness, gave a summary of key results of the Royal Commission's data survey on abuse claims in Catholic Church institutions.
Of priests from 75 Catholic Church authorities surveyed, 7 per cent were alleged perpetrators.
Ms Furness said the Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Dominican Friars had the lowest overall proportion of priests who were alleged perpetrators between 1950 and 2010 (2.4 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively). For several male religious orders, the percentage was as high as 20 per cent and in one case 40.4 per cent.
In a statement to the Commission, Francis Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, which assisted the Royal Commission in obtaining the data, said the numbers were shocking.
"They are tragic and they are indefensible. Each entry in this data ... represents a child who suffered at the hands of someone who should have cared for and protected them. As Catholics, we hang our heads in shame,” he said.

Link to royal commission website, TJHC website and Vicar General Father Philip Marshall's letter
Fringe pipe organ concerts
For the first time, St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral is opening its doors for the Fringe and providing a venue for free lunchtime organ recitals.
Three concerts each with a different organist will be held on Wednesday Feb 22, March 8 and 15 from 1-1.30pm.
The Cathedral has recently undergone significant restoration work, including the installation of a Canadian-built 1927 Casavant Frères pipe organ.
The instrument is unique to Australia, being the only example of an inter-war built organ from the American continent and has a different sound to English-style organs of that era.
The lunchtime recitals are a unique opportunity to visit this beautiful place of worship and be inspired by some of the world’s best classical music being played on this magnificent pipe organ.
More information available here and on facebook

Starting school

As the new school year begins Catholic Education South Australia has released a video featuring interviews with children aged 5 to 9.
The students were asked to share their memories of starting school.  They also shared their advice for those about to embark on their first school year.
The Starting School video can be viewed online or on the CESA YouTube Channel or via the CESA facebook page.
The video is the first in a series that will be released in the lead up to Catholic Education Week – which will be held from May 12 to 19 across South Australian schools.

Golfers support Centacare

Annie O’Neill, Catholic Charities Manager, (pictured left) recently presented a cheque for $12,647, raised at the recent Catholic Charities Annual Golf Day, to Lauren Lo Basso, Assistant Executive Manager of Centacare’s Disability Services. 
The Catholic Charities Golf Day was held on November 7 at the Adelaide Shores Patawalonga Golf Course. Catholic Charities would like to thank the sponsors of the event, the Whelan family and Southern Cross Care, and the Catholic Charities Golf Day Committee, especially Peter McCarthy and Michael Griffin. 

Catholic Youth Festival

This year thousands of young people will gather for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Sydney from December 7 to 9.
The three-day festival is a youthful and energetic celebration hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney.  
The large national festival grew out of Australia’s involvement in the World Youth Days and a desire to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their 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 in 2013 and the second in Adelaide in 2015.
Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher OP, who is the Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Youth, said he was looking forward to welcoming young people from every Catholic diocese across the country. You can view the video here.

Myanmar Appeal  

Having grown up in Myanmar, 26-year-old seminarian Nicholas Nerius knows all too well the violence and unrest resulting from his country being in the grips of one of the longest-running civil wars the world has seen. Although much of the fighting has stopped, there is another urgent crisis facing the people that of drug addiction, a crisis that is reaching “epidemic” levels according to some community leaders.
In 2017, Catholic Mission’s Seminarian Appeal focuses on the issues of drugs and conflict in Myanmar and the work of young Church leaders like Nicholas to educate children in a bid to create a brighter future.  
‘The Seminarian Appeal is a very important part of the work of Catholic Mission as the Australian arm of the Pontifical Mission Societies,’ said Catholic Mission national director Father Brian Lucas. 
To find out more about what Nicholas and young church leaders around the world are doing to help pave the way for a brighter future, or to support this work, please visit the website.
New Mass app
A new app has been created to provide information on Mass times along with events and other news from the Archdiocese. 
Adelaide Archdiocese communications director Jenny Brinkworth said while the app was limited to South Australian churches, there was strong support at a national level to provide nearest Mass centres and times anywhere in Australia.  She also said there was scope for parishes to use the app to notify parishioners of local news and events. 
The app can be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play stores for free. (Search the stores for Adelaide Mass app or via the internet here)
See video for tips on how to navigate through the special features included in this app.
Anniversary of the Apology  
February 13 marks the ninth anniversary of the Apology to Australia’s indigenous peoples
in the Parliament by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The apology for the past laws, policies and practices that, to this day, continue to impact Australia’s First Peoples remains an important step on the path to reconciliation. 
For more information see resources here.
as well as links to the speech.  
Parish Appeals Calendar 2017
The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide’s 2017 Parish Appeals Calendar has been posted to all parishes and is also available to download via the website. Please click here to view online.

Students bloom 

The film crew from the locally produced show 'In The Garden' went along to St Francis of Assisi School at Newton late last year to film a segment on building a freestanding garden bed.
All goods and materials were donated and the school appeared on the Channel 9 show in the school holidays on January 6.
The children planted a variety of produce and had loads of fun.
See link to video below - St Francis of Assisi segment commences at 8 minutes and 20 seconds of the video.
Parish generosity
At the end of 2016, members of the St Vincent de Paul Stirling Conference called on the local Hills schools for their annual collection of donated goods for their Christmas food hampers. 
A total of 54 food hampers were packed, along with presents for children under 16 years. St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Stirling, donated a large amount of tinned and non-perishable food to the society.
Wayne Broadbridge, secretary of the Stirling Conference, said there was a wonderful response from the parish and school for gifts as well as a great supply from the St Vincent de Paul Motor Cycle Toy Run and food from shoppers at Woolworths and Foodland in Stirling.
 St Vincent de Paul’s Fred Frazer and Heathfield Primary School principal Travis Barlett are pictured with Heathfield Students donating the funds raised from the school’s Enterprise Day and disco.

Catherine House video

A new video about Catherine House has been made possible through the Community Voices Program, an initiative of the Office for Volunteers.
Dr Tom Young, producer with Flinders Creations at Flinders University worked with his screen and media students. In the video a Catherine House client tells her story while talking about how important the volunteers are at Catherine House. 
Catherine House provides supported accommodation services in Adelaide to women experiencing homelessness, who are18 years and older, and unaccompanied by children. Operating since 1988, they now have a team of 50 full, part-time and casual workers and more than 50 volunteers. Across the organisation, 48 women are accommodated on a nightly basis. They also provide a range of support services to help them meet the needs of their clients. Link to Video here.

Cultural Exchange

A group of 14 students from Rostrevor College immersed themselves in the culture and social justice activities during a pilgrimage to some of the poorest communities in India late last year.
During the three-week program they visited an orphanage in the slums of Goa, helped with the construction of school buildings and saw the provision of physiotherapy equipment and educational materials.
Rostrevor started the biennial pilgrimage in 1989 and since then more than 300 students have participated. According to coordinator Helena Sweeney, it has been instrumental in “breaking down barriers”.
“Students learn the importance of listening and appreciating one another, regardless of their background, through being exposed to a completely different way of living.
“The students leave behind many first world comforts and expectations. They are travelling simply in an attempt to open their hearts, putting their efforts towards helping others,” she said.
Will Sullivan is pictured in a classroom at Mandal.

Interested in the community sector?

Centacare has a Consumer, Carer and Community Advisory Group (C3AG) with a focus on children, parenting and families. The group canvases new ideas for the future and provides valuable input into Centacare’s programs and policies.
This has included Centacare’s Submission to the Royal Commission; guidance with client policies and procedures; feedback on program promotional resources and more recently a Cultural Inclusion Project. 
C3AG members use their professional and life experience to identify issues, topics and challenges relevant to their work with families, and partner with them to make meaningful change.
Centacare delivers 80 community services across 35 sites in the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, and responds to the needs of about 30,000 people each year.
If this sounds like a group for you, please call Lisa Osborne on 8215 6700 or email.

Museum website revamp  

The Vatican Museum has established a YouTube channel and revamped its website to offer high-resolution images and mobile-friendly information. 
The Musei Vaticani YouTube channel lists short visual "tours" of some of its collections along with a handful of promotional videos highlighting specially tailored tours and services offered on-site, including signing guides for the deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Its website,, has been completely revamped to be compatible with all platforms and devices in order to extend its reach to even "remote corners of the earth", said Barbara Jatta, the museums' new director.
More information here.
New appointment
The St Vincent de Paul Society has a long history collaborating with schools across South Australia and working to encourage students to better understand and support those in their community who are facing poverty and disadvantage.  Student groups across all levels have worked alongside Vinnies to raise and donate much needed funds through events such as school sleep-outs and bake sales, conducted food and clothing drives, participated in Mini Vinnies groups or have volunteered their time to support Vinnies shops and services.
The Society has recently committed to further developing relationships with schools by appointing Jayne Shortt as Schools and Community Engagement Officer, to  explore new ways that Vinnies can partner with schools and engage students as part of their social justice program.
If your school would like to get involved, Jayne can be contacted on 08 8112 8719 or via email.

Diary Dates

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:

Wednesday February 22, March 8 and 151pm to 1.30pm – Fringe free lunchtime pipe organ concerts, St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral - Three concerts each with a different organist .

Wednesday March 1 - Project Compassion Launch - followed by fish burgers in Mary MacKillop Plaza.

Please note: There is no onsite car parking available for Cathedral events before 5pm weekdays.
Adelaide Archdiocesan website:


Monday 13 February 2017
Reconciliation SA - 2017 Apology Breakfast 
Honouring the Survivors of the Stolen Generations and to inform the non-Aboriginal community about their ongoing needs. Seated by 6:45am
Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide 
Tickets and more details here or contact Stephen Holt Email:  or Ph: 8124 4196.

Monday 13 February 2017 - Pub Theology
The Wakefield Hotel, 6.30 pm dinner, 7.30 pm talk followed by Q&A. 
Speaker: Peter Brierer, new Diocesan Youth Coordinator
Topic: Deep Gladness: Discerning Gifts and Vocation 

Saturday February 18 & 25 & March 11 & Sunday March 19
Concert performance from Mariella Masi at St John's Anglican Church (379 Halifax Street)
More information and booking details here.

Friday 3 March 2017 - World Day of Prayer
City Service invitation – Scots Church Adelaide – 1.30pm

Saturday 29 April 2017, 10am-3.30pm
SACC 70th Birthday: An Exchange of Gifts on the Journey towards Unity
SA Council of Churches reaches 70 years of being in 2017. In addition to encouraging various local events, SACC has invited four city churches to host a ‘progressive’ gathering, which will include times of prayer, story-telling, hospitality, walking together and a little business, in four different churches/halls:
•    Pilgrim [Uniting] 
•    St Francis Xavier Cathedral [Catholic]   
•    St Mary Magdalene’s [Anglican] 
•    St Stephen’s [Lutheran] 
The entire day is open to all across the Member Churches.  More information soon.
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