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

November  2015

Listening to young families

The joys and struggles of family life will be shared and discussed at a forum on young families at Croydon Park Catholic parish hall on Thursday November 26.

The forum is an opportunity to hear feedback from young families gathered as part of the Adelaide Archdiocese’s renewal process.

Participants will also be encouraged to share their ideas and recommendations about welcoming and supporting young families in our parishes.

Chancellor Heather Carey will report on her team’s work over the past 12 months which has included talking to young families, visiting parent/carer groups in schools and parishes, discussions with family support networks and researching innovative projects targeting young families.

Adelaide Vicar General Fr Philip Marshall, who has been visiting parish teams around the archdiocese, will provide an update on the parish renewal program.

A crèche will be provided and there will be a light meal served from 6.30pm.

To assist with crèche requirements and catering, please email by Friday November 20  or call Denise on Tel: 8210 8269.


Death penalty inquiry

The Catholic Church is offering to help the Australian Government in its international efforts to abolish the death penalty.

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) president, Archbishop Denis Hart, recently wrote to a Parliamentary inquiry, restating the Church’s opposition to the death penalty and suggesting it could assist the Government's work by making contact with appropriate Holy See diplomats.

“It would also be pleased to assist where possible with making representations to other national governments with the assistance of the respective National Catholic Bishops Conferences,” he wrote.

The Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, recently published the ACBC’s submission. The Joint Committee is holding an inquiry into Australia’s advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty.

"Human dignity is the dignity unique to human beings and the basis of all human rights,’ said Archbishop Hart in the submission. “The inherent dignity and right to life of every person must be respected from the moment of conception until natural death."

A copy of the submission is on the ACBC website

Celebrate, remember

Gleeson College hosted its fourth 'Junior Relay for Life' event for Year 8 and 9 students on Wednesday  October 28. This unique event was born from the desire of the middle school students to be involved in the Cancer Council’s 'Relay for Life', which they attend with the senior students in May each year.

The focus of the event was ‘SunSmart’, with students completing a session during their Personal Development Program on the dangers of sun exposure. The Years 8 and 9 students walked, ran and skipped around the oval as a way of recognising people who are affected by cancer. Students also enjoyed games of tug‘o’war, three-legged races and much more.

A board titled 'Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back' was displayed on the oval and students wrote the names of the special people in their lives who have passed away from cancer, who have fought back and won against cancer and those who are currently battling cancer. 

“Enthusiastic Cancer Council of SA staff members were again present in support of our Junior Relay for Life and it was wonderful as they acknowledged Gleeson as one of a few schools in Australia that hosts such an event,” said Mr Adam Cibich, Assistant Principal - Religious Identity & Mission (APRIM).

Mission in Action

Mission in Action Day, held on November 7, was a special opportunity for Ministry Formation Program (MFP) students to showcase the various works and ministries in which they have engaged throughout the year.

The presentations offered a window into practical pastoral action in parishes and communities across the Archdiocese.  The MFP is providing support for 26 adult students who are enabling and energising their parish communities.

One student noted: “I am learning about the sense of the Spirit ‘being alive’ in each person as they deepen their faith journey and their relationship with God.”  Another expressed the challenge and importance of “gathering and involving all parishioners in building up a parish where everyone is a participant”.

Fr Philip Marshall VG shared key insights into the special mission of priests as ‘ministers of memory’ and the vital importance of recognising that together we are ‘the Church’, both ordained clergy and lay people.  Through the program of formation, students discover new expressions of their gifts and abilities enabling us to work more effectively to nurture and build vibrant faith-filled communities.

For information about the Ministry Formation Program contact Sue Vieceli on Tel: 8152 7807, download an application form or apply online.

Toy run rides again

The Motorcycle Riders Association of SA has again invited the St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) to be involved in its annual Toy Run.

This year the event is being held on Sunday December 13 when participants will ride from Victoria Park, city, and finish at Callington Oval where there will be entertainment and food stalls.

The event collects thousands of generously donated toys and gifts which are then distributed to children and young adults in need at Christmas time. The gifts are a vital part of the Society’s efforts to brighten people’s Christmas in conjunction with its annual Christmas Appeal.

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SA) says it is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful event.

New vocation

Mr Tim Grauel will be ordained as a deacon for the Adelaide Archdiocese on Saturday December 12 in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.

The Hallett Cove parishioner is a senior manager with the ACH Group and is chair of the parish pastoral council as well as a member of the Archdiocesan renewal task force. Adelaide’s Vicar General Fr Philip Marshall invited the Catholic community to mark the occasion as a day for diocesan prayer and celebration.

The ordination Mass will be held at 10am. All welcome.

RCIA State conference

The Right of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA, State Conference entitled Conversion to Christ, in Port Pirie last month, included delegates from NT, NSW, and Victoria as well as from both SA Dioceses. It also took on an international flavour when delegates from Singapore and the United States joined the conference.

The three keynote speakers – Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Bishop of Ballarat; Sharon Brewer, Parish Pastoral Support, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn; and Lorraine McCarthy, ALPHA in a Catholic Context - were all well received and made the conference a learning and challenging experience.

Mass was concelebrated at St Mark’s Cathedral by Bishop Greg O’Kelly, Bishop Paul Bird, Frs Anthony Kain, Francis Montero, John Fowles and Laurie Quinn and Deacons Gary Stokes and Michael Moore.

Teeing off for Auricht House

Catholic Charities thanks everyone who participated in this year’s annual golf day on Monday October 19.

Players enjoyed the early morning BBQ prepared by Bob McGowan before the shotgun start at 8am. They also enjoyed the services of the Physio Clinic staff who made sure everyone was ready for their morning’s golfing. After an energetic morning played in a hot 34 degrees, 76 golfers sat down to lunch in the beautiful West Lakes Golf Course dining room.  

A special mention to the following: Bob McGowan, for the BBQ, the Catholic Charities Golf Committee (Annie O’Neill, Joan Glastonbury, Jane Juniper, Fiona Crosbie, Michael McInerney and Michael Griffin) and the West Lakes Golf Course.

Gary Collins was the winner of the Tom Fogarty Memorial Trophy (overall male winner) with Julie Jordan winning the Helen Kain Trophy (overall female winner).

The money raised from the day will go to Auricht House, part of the Centacare Catholic Family Services respite care program.

Jobs for asylum seekers 

Refugee support group Circle of Friends is looking for businesses which may be able to employ asylum seekers on bridging visas.

A spokesperson for the group, Kate Pittolo, said the bridging visas gave asylum seekers work rights while their applications for a temporary protection visa or safe haven enterprise visa was being processed.
However the challenging employment market meant many were finding it difficult to get work or were travelling to as far away as Naracoorte for employment.
“The Circle of Friends believes that the benefits of paid employment are not only financial but are also very important to help people regain some normality in their lives as well as sense of self-worth and to settle into their new life in Adelaide,” said Kate.

“Our hope is that readers of the Living Catholic e-newsletter may be looking for employees in jobs that would be suitable for some of the asylum seekers.”
She said some of the asylum seekers had completed barista training at Hope Café, Norwood, and they had police checks.

For further information, contact the Circle of Friends via Kate Pittolo (0433 928923 or 82941972), Meredith Evans (0413 208691) or Anne Haran (0402 521312).

#Kidsout campaign

A new online resource kit aimed at highlighting the cruelty of child detention has been created by the Redemptorist order.

Recent data reveals there are 197 children in detention due to Australia’s current immigration policy - 104 in Australia and 93 on Nauru, in addition to the 405 children who are in community detention in Australia.

The Catholic Church in Australia has been a vocal critic of mandatory detention centres with the Catholic Bishops highlighting their dangers in the 2015-2016 Social Justice Statement For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas; Justice for refugees and asylum seekers. 

To further help the Church’s efforts to end child detention, the Redemptorists have created a children in detention digital resource kit. It includes websites, articles, images and prayers that can be shared with the hashtag #KidsOut to bring attention to these innocent children held in detention.

me4u launched

St Teresa’s Catholic School Brighton was the venue for the launch of the me4u campaign, a new initiative of Catholic Charities that aims to engage with families and young people to raise funds for front-line agencies supporting the most vulnerable in our local community. 

Building on the strong support from the Catholic community for the Charity since 1941, the initiative comprises a bright and colourful website through which schools can promote and celebrate their fundraising activities for Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities manager Annie O’Neill says the aim of the me4u campaign is to assist schools in finding ways to bring students together for an event and/or fundraising activity with the main focus of reinforcing Saint Mary MacKillop's message, ‘Never see a need without doing something about it’.

View the Me4u website here.  Please contact Annie O’Neill to share your fundraising stories.

Website for deaf ministry

A new website for those ministering to the deaf and hard of hearing was launched last month via video conferencing.

Developed by the Australian Catholic Disability Council with the support of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, the new website contains a series of liturgical resources with Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and live captioning.

Bishop Terence Brady, Bishops Delegate to the Australian Catholic Disability Council, said the website encouraged Church agencies and faith communities to promote participation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, including their families and friends, in the life of the Church.

“It is a call to create opportunities for participation, where everyone is valued, gifted and acknowledged,” he said. 
“Let us confidently strive to become inclusive communities that warmly welcome all people and their families; communities where the presence of Jesus Christ is recognised in everyone and where we can all fully celebrate in the life of our Church. More information can be found here

Childcare at Rostrevor

Rostrevor College will expand its Reception to Year 12 offering in 2016 with the opening of the college’s Stepping Stone Early Learning Centre.

Through a collaborative partnership with Stepping Stone (SA) Childcare & Early Development Centres Pty Ltd, parents will have access to a one-stop drop-off for their children from birth to Year 12. 

As the first partnership of its kind, Stepping Stone (SA) director George Skrembos said he was excited about the future of the new centre and the opportunities it created for families and the community to benefit through creating collaborative partnerships. 

Situated on Kintyre Avenue, Woodforde, the new facility would be a great addition to the local area, with the capacity for 120 boys and girls, he said. 

"Through this partnership we are looking forward to being able to assist with offering quality child care to meet the high demand in the area,” said Rostrevor College principal Simon Dash.

For more information or to register your interest visit Stepping Stone's website here or contact Danielle on Tel: 8211 0200.

Sinner2saint app

There are apps for just about everything and anything. Now there is an app to help people reach sainthood. 

It is called Sinner2Saint and it is described as a 'personal trainer app for your soul.'  Depending on one's weaknesses, it gives guidance for one's faith and inner strength. 

It also offers tips to carry out an examination of conscience, or the so-called, 21 Day Soul Exercise. It is composed of prayers, penances, scripture excerpts and a 'to do list' that can help users improve their spiritual discipline. 

In addition to the 'Soul Exercises', users receive daily readings, reflections and even a virtual halo. It is available on the Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Amazon apps.

The spirit of giving

If you are stuck for ideas for Christmas gifts, Caritas Australia has the answer. By giving a 'Global Gift', you can transform lives, particularly when passed on in the spirit of kindness, compassion and solidarity.

This year there are seven Caritas Australia Global Gifts, which encompass the range of Caritas Australia’s community development programs including; water, food, agriculture, healthcare, education and emergency assistance.
Global Gifts range from $10 for a gift of water to $1,500 for a gift for a community.

“Your generosity in buying a Global Gift will help bring lasting change for some of the poorest people in the world,” said Caritas Australia Senior Direct Marketing Coordinator, Eamon Sharkey.

You can purchase a Global Gift here or by calling 1800 024 413.

Diary Dates

Upcoming events:
Wednesday November 18, 12.10pm – Mass for Deceased Bishops, Priests and Religious
Each year we remember those who have made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of the archdiocese at this special Mass. Members of religious congregations and parishioners from across the diocese come together to commemorate those who have gone before us.
The Mass will be followed by a luncheon in the Cathedral Hall.

Sunday November 29, 6.00pm Blessing of the Cribs
Family Mass in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral.
This year families from all over the diocese who have had a child baptised in 2015 are invited to come to the Annual Blessing of the Cribs Mass to present their family nativity scene for a special blessing.  

Traditionally many of these cribs have been hand-made by the children.

The Advent season is also a time when we place ornaments on the Jesse Tree to represent the readings of the Old Testament. The tree symbolises Jesus' link to Jesse the father of King David.

This Year a Reception class from St Michael’s College will make the Jesse Tree ornaments and be part of the Entrance Procession. 

At this Mass, families who are beginning the new sacramental program in the Cathedral Parish will also receive a special blessing. 

Tuesday December 8, 12.10pm - Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Mass to acknowledge donors and sponsors followed by a Charity Expo in Mary MacKillop Plaza - all welcome.


Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide
Events for November/December 
See attached information 
December 3-5
Australian Catholic Youth Festival: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’.
The Festival is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian
Catholic Bishops Conference. It exists 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. Cost: $145-220.
Adelaide Convention Centre. Contact: email or  Web.

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