The latest news from Living Catholic, Catholic Archdiocese Adelaide April 2016

April 2016

Between the ideal and the real



Church leaders in Australia have warmly welcomed the Pope's apostolic exhortation on the family with one bishop describing it as moving between "the ideal and the real", offering the Church's vision of marriage and the family but also dealing with "the facts on the ground that can be messy".

"Pope Francis has spoken as a true pastor who really knows the human heart and is well aware of the pressures now facing marriage and the family," said Archbishop Mark Coleridge on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson said he welcomed the document wholeheartedly and looked forward to reading and re-reading it carefully and prayerfully.

"In the Archdiocese of Adelaide we will have the chance to read The Joy of Love, absorb its message and then work together to put it into practice here,” he said.

"Written during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis explains his purpose is to invite Christian families ‘to value the gifts of marriage and family’ and ‘to encourage everyone to be a sign of mercy and closeness wherever family life remains imperfect or lacks peace and joy’." 

Amoris Laetitia is available to download from the ACBC website.

Generosity continues

St Aloysius College pupils collected several hundred Easter eggs for Catherine House and Centacare and delivered them to the agencies on Holy Thursday.
Gina Reppucci from Catherine House thanked the students for their generosity: “Thank you again for organising Easter eggs…the women are so grateful.”
Sacred Heart Middle School students Jack Ramage, Noah Pearce and Charlie Graves, sacristans from Year 8, presented John Lochowiak from the Otherway Centre, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and Ian Cox and Sr Gwen Tamlyn from the Hutt St Centre with a large collection of Eggs at their assembly.   
“SHCMS community is conscious of our wider community. We are conscious of our shared responsibility for all of humanity – yes our Christian responsibility to reach out, not only with words but action,” said Jen Callaghan, APRIM, Sacred Heart College.

Sainthood for Teresa

Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Calcutta a saint at the Vatican on September 4, the conclusion of the Year of Mercy jubilee for those engaged in works of mercy.
The date was announced during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the Pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.
Mother Teresa was widely known as a living saint as she ministered to the sick and the dying in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the world. 
Born to an ethnic Albanian family in Skopje, in what is now part of Macedonia, she went to India in 1929 as a Sister of Loreto and became an Indian citizen in 1947. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.
Shortly after she died in 1997, St John Paul II waived the usual five-year waiting period and allowed the opening of the process to declare her sainthood. She was beatified in 2003.
Further information here


Pope Francis has signed up for Instagram with his profile bearing the name "Franciscus” which means Francis in Latin. 
The Pope gained one million followers in just 12 hours, reported AFP on the ABC.   Instagram has more than 400 million users and shares photos and videos with a community of followers.  
It will not be the first time that the Vatican is using Instagram. The news portal has had an account for three years and has followed Francis' entire pontificate sharing his photos and messages.
Vatican communications chief Dario Vigano said Instagram would "help tell the story of a papacy, letting everyone who wants to come along and get to know the papacy of Pope Francis".
The Pope will source his Instagram photos from Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano and will also post brief videos, "to try to show details which demonstrate  ... aspects of intimacy and inclusion which Pope Francis lives every day," Mr Vigano said.
For more information click here.

Giving thanks for 50 years

The Kildare College community gathered at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in the city on March 16 to give thanks for the past 50 years. The celebration included all current students and staff as well as invited guests, past staff, old scholars and many others who have had a connection to the college over the past 50 years.
Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Philip Wilson and con-celebrated by Vicar General Philip Marshall.
A highlight of the day was the presence of the Brigidine Sisters who travelled from Melbourne for the event. The Brigidine Sisters established Kildare College in 1966 and lived at the college convent until 1990. 
The celebrations included Kildare’s last religious principal, Sr Canisia Larkin, who recently celebrated her 95th Birthday. The celebrations continued after mass with morning tea and a whole school photo in the Mary McKillop Plaza.

Voice national finalist

Year 10 Mercedes College student, Claire Noack, will compete in the United Nations Youth Australia Voice National Finals from 18-22 April, 2016 at the University of Canberra against 60 other students from around the country after finishing top in the Senior Division State Final.
Claire was selected to attend the Senior Division UN Youth Australia Voice National Final following her presentation on the topic of 'How can we encourage the international community to come together to fight climate change?' 
“UN Voice has given me the opportunity to express my ideas about global issues that are important to me, and meet some amazing people. It has given me the ability to feel a part of real change," said Claire.
Principal Mr Peter Daw said, “We are very proud of Claire’s achievements; UN Youth Voice Australia is a fantastic opportunity for Claire to enhance her education on global issues and strengthen her public speaking skills, we will support Claire in her endeavour and will be supporting her all the way.” 

Mass media

When someone is ill, frail, elderly or isolated by circumstance or distance, or based in a remote parish where the priest can only visit once every couple of months, there are some alternative ways to listen to and watch daily Mass. 
'Mass for You at Home', supported by the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Church Resources through Cath News, has been broadcasting for more than 44 years and is available to anyone with a computer or a television screen.   
It is viewed by thousands of people across Australia every Sunday and this Mass is repeated on the Aurora Channel on Foxtel during the week.
Further information about 'Mass for You at Home' can be viewed on the official website.
Mass is also streamed live from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara, at 9.30am each day with Adoration and Benediction on Saturdays following 9.30am Mass. Viewers can access this service here:


Now Breakfast

Nazareth Catholic Community’s ‘Hear their stories fundraising breakfast’ was held on April 8 at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant.
Two young adults Sara Ucci and Maddi Papantoniou shared their Timor-Leste stories with an audience of 70 supporters. They spoke about Nazareth Catholic Community’s outreach work with several projects bringing benefit for the people of Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste is 55 minutes by air from Darwin and its 1.2 million people are still amongst the poorest in Asia with the majority less than 17 years old.  Since 2012 and in partnership with the West Torrens Rotary Club, Nazareth has shipped four containers of school furniture and resources, clothing, medical equipment, sporting goods, computers and IT equipment to the community. 
This July a fifth group of Nazareth Community members will travel to Triloka to continue training and education programs with the people of Timor-Leste.
To support their work go to website
Pictured: Maddi Papantoniou, David Scarcella, David Ledger, Barry Misiurak, and Sara Ucci.


Celebrating Harmony Day

The Adelaide Archdiocese celebrated Australia’s diversity with a Harmony Day morning tea in the Cathedral Hall on March 31.
More than 100 people attended the event hosted by the Multicultural Office and a special welcome was given to international priests and nuns as well as about 30 refugees and asylum seekers and their families.
Sr Nien Tran, manager of the Multicultural Office, said the celebration – which had the theme this year of “Everyone Belongs” - offered an opportunity to meet and offer moral support to refugees struggling to find a safe place for themselves and their families in Australia. 
Archbishop Philip Wilson gave the event his blessing and cut the cake before a smorgasbord of international cuisine was enjoyed by all.  

Putting people first  

Human trafficking and slavery is a terrible consequence of economic and social exclusion, according to a submission from Australia’s Catholic bishops to a Senate inquiry.
“Exclusion is the result of a number of factors,” said Bishop Terry Brady, Chair of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life. “It is the result of not recognising the human dignity of each person, so people are treated as an object or a means to an end…it is caused by putting money and not people at the centre of the economy.”
The Commission made the submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement last month.
“Australia also has an important role to play internationally as an affluent nation. Overseas aid is an important way in which Australia can contribute to reducing economic and social exclusion and, therefore, some of the factors that put people at risk of being trafficked,” Bishop Brady said.
“The Coalition Government has cut Australia’s overseas aid by more than $11 billion since it was elected in 2013. These funds would have been a significant boost to aid and humanitarian programs.”
A copy of the submission can be found here.

Angel for a Day launch

The evening of March 22 saw the launch of Hutt St Centre’s annual campaign ‘Angel for a day’.
At Hutt St Centre a chorus of ‘angels’ help provide daily breakfasts and lunches to 200 people experiencing homelessness in Adelaide. Their support gives dignity, respect and companionship to people who are struggling and can be the first step to rebuilding a better life.
As part of the Chorus of Angels, donors are invited into the kitchen at Hutt St Centre to help prepare and serve the meals they have provided and to understand the significance of a hot meal and a friendly face for people who are facing homelessness.
With over 50,000 meals served each year, people facing homelessness need and value your support. Hutt St asks that you pick a day - a birthday, an anniversary or perhaps a random date which will become significant as you remember people less fortunate - and become an Angel for a Day.
For more information, click here.
Pictured at the launch are Ian Cox and Jane Juniper. 

Students get involved

Nine Year 11 Mercedes College Student Representative Council (SRC) members volunteered at the International Women’s Day Luncheon at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday March 8.  
Guest speaker Professor Tania Monroe presented an inspirational speech about the power of young people and the fact that females can achieve just as much as males.  
“It truly was an honour for us to represent Mercedes College as part of the Year 11 leadership team,” said student Liam Swift. 
The Student Representative Council also volunteered for the annual Ladies of Variety Easter Picnic at the Adelaide Zoo on March 22, where 1600 children and their carers from special schools all over South Australia gathered to celebrate Easter. 
“We helped the children to enjoy the day, including greeting them with bunny ears and interacting with them throughout the day. Seeing the way they expressed their happiness and gratitude towards our work was touching and made the day better,” said Elsa Conlon.

Having fun for a cause

Stella Maris Catholic Primary School raised money for Project Compassion with a special day of community prayer, food stalls, games and a disco in the hall.
The Reception to Year 5 School in the South West Region has 230 students. During Lent they watched video stories on the Caritas Australia website to gain an understanding of who they would be helping by fundraising for Project Compassion.
On Friday March 18 the students held a Project Compassion Day. They began the day with their weekly community prayer attended by the whole school and parents and led by Year 5 students. 
Afterwards children and parents helped set up the stalls. “Lots of fun was had by all and we raised the fantastic amount of $1186,” said Mrs Cathy Tilley - Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission (APRIM).


Voices for Justice  

This year Micah Australia will be coordinating a ‘Voices for Justice’ advocacy and worship event in Adelaide from 23-25 July, 2016. 
For 10 years 'Voices for Justice' has gathered Christians from across Australia to influence our nation’s political response to issues of global poverty and equip Christians to speak out on issues of injustice. 
In addition to their annual 'Voices for Justice' National Gathering in Canberra, the group is hosting events in Queensland and South Australia to equip more Christians across the country for advocacy and strengthen engagement with more Federal MPs in the lead up to the 2016 election, especially in marginal seats.
Join together with other South Australian Christians to pray and worship, be equipped and trained for advocacy, and speak out for a world of justice and compassion as you meet with federal politicians in their local offices. Registrations close July 3.
For more details, visit the Micah website.

Calling pilgrims to Poland

If you would like to be part of the Adelaide pilgrimage to World Youth Day Krakow 2016, be sure to register before the end of April, with final payment due May 20 2016.  The Archdiocesan pilgrimage is gathering momentum with more than 30 participants, including Archbishop Philip Wilson, preparing for the journey to Poland in July. Further information about the Archdiocese of Adelaide pilgrimage can be found here.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call Sarah Moffatt on Tel: 8301 6866 or contact via email.

Diary Dates

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:
Sunday April 17, 6:00pm – Mass for New Catholics
Sunday April 24 6.00pm - ANZAC Eve Mass - then process to the War Memorial on North Terrace
Sunday May 1 11:00am – A special Mass of remembrance on the Centenary of the Easter Rising
Sunday May 15, Marian Procession, 1.30pm for 2pm, Pilgrim Peace Park, South Terrace, Adelaide

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

Wednesday 27 April - Where is God as the Waters rise? Climate change and Pacific Islands
Join special guest speakers for insights and conversation at the Centre for Theology, Science and Culture on the topic

  • When: Wednesday 27 April, 2016 Time: 5 – 6.30pm (come when you can – doors are open)
  • Where: Adelaide College of Divinity (Room S1) 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park
  • We provide: refreshments – including wine, cheese, light snacks
  • Cost: a GOLD COIN donation to help cover refreshments
  • RSVP  or phone 8416 8400

Steve Angrisano Visit to Australia
Steve Angrisano, who was a headline act from the US for the 2015 Australian Catholic Youth Festival will be visiting Australia in May 2016. Steve is regarded as one of the leading music ministers in the world and his ability to engage young people from across the wide spectrum of faith experiences is exceptional.

Diocesan Youth Concert (All Welcome)
Saturday 7th May, 7:30pm-9:30pm, St Martin’s Catholic Primary School Hall, 66-80 Princes Road, GREENACRES.
For tickets, please book online
Parish Musicians Workshop (All Welcome)
Sunday 8th May, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, 420 Seaview Road, HENLEY BEACH.
For tickets, please book online

Schools Event (High School Students Only)
Monday 9th May, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Christian Brothers College, Wakefield St, Adelaide
For tickets, please book online 

SACC General Meeting
Saturday 14 May 2016, 8.45am-1pm
Adelaide Congress Ministry, 17 Bedwin Street, Salisbury North
A gathering of the Member Churches – all welcome - for prayer, conversation & learning together, plus a little bit of business/decision-making. We are especially delighted to be hosted by our Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress SA sisters and brothers in Christ. 
RSVPs essential to Melanie Macrow or Geraldine Hawkes or
ph 8215 0300

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