The latest news from Living Catholic, Catholic Archdiocese Adelaide.
April  2014

April 2014

Easter message of hope

As we approach Easter, Archbishop Philip Wilson reminds us that Our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection gives hope to the world.

Sometimes the message of hope that Easter brings can be difficult to comprehend, particularly when we are confronted with tragedies such as the disappearance of Flight MH370. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost their loved ones and are searching for answers.

In many countries, violence and natural disasters are wreaking havoc on vulnerable communities and here in our own backyard there are families and individuals facing poverty and despair on a daily basis. We can be tempted to think that in the midst of all this there is no way for us to make a difference.

But there is another message that is exemplified in the lives of so many people who in the ordinary circumstances of their daily lives are making a difference: caring for the sick and frail, resolving conflict, advocating for social justice and peace, undertaking humanitarian and charitable works.

Such actions make the world a better place and are what the Lord requires from those who honour him in his death and resurrection. These actions are true to the power of his love which was revealed so clearly at his death and so resplendently at the moment of his resurrection.

So this Easter I would like to thank all of you who are working and volunteering in different areas of the Catholic Church in South Australia. Your contribution and commitment to Living Catholic is greatly appreciated. I wish you a very happy Easter and pray that it will be an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to Christ and work towards a more caring and loving society.

NOTE: There will be a special Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Wednesday April 23 at 12.10pm to pray for the 239 passengers and crew on Flight MH370, and their families. Archbishop Wilson will celebrate Mass and there will be a place near Our Lady’s altar for people to light candles.

Pope Francis eConference

Broken Bay Institute and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have announced their tenth eConference entitled, ‘Pope Francis: Modelling the Ministry of St Peter’. It will be streamed live over the internet on Wednesday 11 June 2014, from 10am-3pm (AEST).

Anyone with a computer or a laptop can watch it live without charge.

Presenters will be the Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, Sr Monica Cavanagh RSJ, Rev Associate Professor Gerard Kelly, Ms Selina Hasham and Fr Noel Connolly SSC.

The eConference will cover a range of topics including leadership, women, ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, ecclesiology, mission, media, and communications. Each presenter will have one session of twenty minutes focusing on particular aspects of Pope Francis and his ministry.
The last session of the day is a Q&A Panel, answering questions from participants who have been watching around the world.

Visit or or click here

A blessing for ACU in Adelaide

Archbishop Wilson blessed the new Australian Catholic University offices at Thebarton last month. 

Over 100 hundred teachers and leaders have enrolled or are currently enrolled in doing a Master’s Degree at the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

These students are undertaking one of three degrees: Master of Educational Leadership, Master of Theological Studies, or Master of Religious Education, all of which contain a significant number of units in the area of Theology and Scripture.

Students participate in their course either face-to-face or online. To assist students undertake their studies a new funding program has been developed 'CESA ACU Theology and Leadership Education Program’ (CATLEP). 

This program aims to provide students with funding to complete units in a timely fashion. It also allows CESA to promote the study of Theology as a fundamental requirement for new leaders as a response to the changing nature of the Church and the need for educational leaders to have a solid grasp of theology and scripture.


Expo Invitation

Centacare Catholic Family Services invites you to attend an expo of their services and programs on Wednesday 28th May 2014 at  Westpac Centre (Crows Shed) at AAMI stadium, 105 West Lakes Boulevard
Time: 1pm-3pm

At this expo you will have the opportunity to:
• See the range of services provided by Centacare
• Find out about referral to each of the programs offered by Centacare, and
• Speak to practitioners from each program on display.

For community and pastoral workers the expo will provide information about how Centacare might provide extra services to their clients and parishioners. For students, this will also be an opportunity for them to investigate career options in a range of human services areas.

For more information ring Bernie Victory or Denise McGinn on 08 8210 8200.

Focus on food

Ain Karim is a community helping people with an intellectual disability to lead full and rewarding lives, supported with funding from Catholic Charities.

Members recently engaged the services of a dietician to review their menus and assess the nutritional value of their meals and their residents’ dietary needs.

Some of the residents are quite active, many play sports and some enjoy a quieter lifestyle so the menu guidelines are tailored to reflect these differences.

The dietician also provided a nutrition education session for all Ain Karim staff.

Lorene Thiel, Manager, Ain Karim Community, Mary MacKillop Care SA, said that without the support of the wider community and funding from Catholic Charities, they would not have been able to engage the “wonderful” dietician.
“The whole experience was very worthwhile and very beneficial for all. A sincere thank you to everyone for this opportunity.”


Brave student shaves

Juliette Vella, a Year 12 Mercedes College student, showed her bravery during the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ on Sunday 16 March when her aunt, a hairdresser, shaved Juliette’s head to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

As an advocate for the Foundation, Juliette wanted to participate in the ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ to help support friends around her who were experiencing Leukaemia in their family.

“When friends go through these experiences I feel inclined to help them in some way and this was one way in which I could show my support,” she said.

Although nervous leading up to the event she accepted her decision to go ahead with the shave with support from family and friends who were with her on the day.

Juliette’s aim was to raise $250 then increased the amount to $500 when she started to receive growing support. At last count, Juliette raised over $1,000 to go to the Foundation.

Bequest aids Catholic deaf

The Norman Percy Cole Foundation, administered by the Public Trustee, has awarded the SA Catholic Deaf Association $4000. The will of the late Percy Cole provides for a trust to support Christian work activity, projects, or other recognised welfare programs.

The ministry within the Catholic Deaf Community in the Adelaide Archdiocese and beyond is vital to the life of the Church and is only possible by the presence of a Pastoral Associate, Sr Majella O’Sullivan.

Sr Majella has been the pastoral Associate since 1985 and is most often found signing alongside the hearing impaired at Masses, baptisms, weddings, funerals, doctor and hospital appointments and at schools.

Annual Easter egg drive

This year St Aloysius College and Sacred Heart College Middle School will continue the tradition of collecting and distributing Easter Eggs to Hutt Street Centre and Catherine House.
The Sacred Heart boys are joining with Marist schools all over Australia to follow the scripture passage from Matthew’s Gospel, “you shall love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind…You shall love your neighbour as you love yourself” (cf Mt 22:37-40) and taking as their theme ‘Serve one Another.’

Jennifer Callanan, Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission, said of her students: “They are recognising that love comes in many forms and giving an Easter egg to Hutt Street Centre makes a difference….all the eggs combined have created a huge gift of love.”

Catholic teaching on
asylum seekers

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has launched a pamphlet on Catholic Church teaching about the pastoral care and rights of asylum seekers and migrants.

It is titled 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me' (Matthew 25:35) and represents a summary of 100 years of Catholic social teaching on the issue of migration.

Fr Maurizio Pettenà, National Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO), said the Catholic Church has a well-defined teaching on asylum and migration, which the pamphlet summarises.

"We want to make the Catholic Church teaching on the issue widely accessible, through the pamphlet, to Australian Catholics and those interested in what the Church is saying on this particularly controversial issue," he said.

"Sadly the treatment of people arriving on our shores seeking protection and safety has drifted far from the ideals proclaimed by the Church in its teaching and based on the dignity and rights of the human being.

“For too long in Australia, the debate around asylum seekers has focused narrowly on policy and political concern. For the Catholic Church, this is a human issue. The focus should be on the respect deserved by every human being.”

Over the coming weeks the pamphlet will be distributed to Catholic parishes and agencies, educational institutions and politicians across Australia.

For more information:

To download pamphlet click here

A day of harmony

Harmony Day, an annual event where people of many different cultures come to celebrate as one, took place on Thursday March 20 with a morning tea in the boardroom of the Adelaide Catholic Diocesan Centre.

Sister Nien Tran, who came to Australia as a migrant from Vietnam by boat in 1975, said that celebrating Harmony Day was a part of Catholic teaching as it gave people an example of Jesus’s teaching on how to ‘love thy neighbour’ by treating others the way you would like to be treated and accepting people for who they are.

“I think for us the Catholic Church here, the celebration of Harmony Day is very much the values of our Catholic teaching. You love your neighbour no matter what, no distinctions of race, language, or religions,” she said.

“The celebrations of unity and solidarity in support of each other and also the support of refugees are very much at the heart of the teachings of the gospel values.” 
The two main groups that were present included the Vietnamese and Sri Lankan communities.

Meaningful ‘schoolies’

An alternative to ‘schoolies’ that makes a difference is being offered to students. Harvest Inroads is offering trips to Fiji where students can unwind and enjoy the attractions of the island as well as having a chance to immerse themselves in the local culture where they will work alongside community partners on established service projects.

Based on the highly successful model of the 2013 Rio World Youth Day mission projects, Inroads Schoolies is strictly alcohol, drugs and tobacco free.

Activities during the Inroads Schoolies Experience from November 29 to December 6 will include:
• Helping with various building and infrastructure projects within the nearby villages
• Teaching English to primary school students alongside their teachers
• Preparing traditional meals with the villagers and delivering them to families in need

For more details visit

60 years in South Australia

This year sees the 60th anniversary of the work of the Daughters of Charity in South Australia, which began at Hutt St Centre in 1954. 

The Daughters were invited to Adelaide by the Archbishop Dr Beovich to provide care to the men living in the south parklands at the time. Since then the Daughters also established Louise Place supporting young single mums and the Philipino Women’s Ministry.

The 60th Anniversary will be celebrated by Archbishop Philip Wilson with Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Sunday July 20 at 2.00pm followed by afternoon tea. All welcome. 

Hutt St Centre has also struck the beautiful Louise Rose to mark the occasion, which is available for $30 each. To order please call Carmel at Hutt St Centre on 08 8418 2509.


Certified Easter egg and Easter bilby

Australian Catholic Religious against trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) report that Haigh’s Chocolate are the first Australian-owned bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer to achieve international UTZ certification for ethically and sustainably farmed cocoa beans, which includes a zero-tolerance policy towards trafficked child labour.

UTZ certification puts Haigh’s at the forefront of a sustainable production program that spans cocoa-growing countries from Ghana in West Africa to Peru in South America.

UTZ certified cocoa is used in all of the 2014 Easter range, including every Easter Egg and Easter Bilby.

Congratulations and thank you to Haigh’s for achieving UTZ certification and for making their Easter Eggs slavery-free.

For more information

Vinnies lottery

Last year thanks to your support Vinnies raised almost $13,000 from ticket sales in the People’s Choice Community Lottery.

Vinnies again needs your help either by purchasing or selling tickets for this year’s Lottery. Running from 1 March to July 31 2014, the lottery has total prizes valued at over $300,000.

All proceeds go directly to Vinnies (SA) to assist them in continuing to provide much needed food, shelter, comfort and hope via programs which help people doing it tough in our community.

To purchase tickets or books, or if you would like to sell tickets contact Kristi Hermsen at Vinnies.

Ph: (08) 8112 8714

Vibrant Festival

Mount Carmel College joined with six Catholic Parish Primary Schools in the western Adelaide region in a day of celebration last month at their Family Cultural Festival (March 16).
More than 500 people attended the vibrant festival to delight in a cultural feast for the senses in a great celebration of diversity.

Pictured students dressed in traditional costume from St Margaret Mary's School, Croydon Park who performed at the Festival.

Caritas Project Compassion

Staff from Adelaide Archdiocese learned more about Project Compassion in a morning tea that celebrated all things purple.  They were able to enjoy fish burgers made by Caritas staff and hear Diocesan Drector Angela Hart explain about the work Caritas does in remote areas with their purple houses that provide much needed support for dialysis patients.
For more information please go to

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral
Monday April 14 – Chrism Mass 6pm.
Thursday, April 17 – Washing of the Feet, 8pm.
Friday April 18 – Good Friday - Stations of the Cross 10am; Passion of Christ 3pm.
Saturday April 19 – Easter Vigil Mass 7.30pm.
Sunday April 20 – 7, 9, 11am (Main Mass), 6pm.
Monday April 21 – Easter Monday Mass, 8am.
Thursday April 24 – Anzac Day Eve Mass, 5.45pm.
Sunday April 27 – Divine Mercy, 2pm to 5pm with Mass at 3pm.
Sunday April 27 – Canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John II in Rome
Friday July 11 – Anniversary of Dedication of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral
Friday August 8 – St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day Mass
Tuesday November 11 – Remembrance Day Mass
Sunday November 30 – Blessing of the Cribs
Tuesday December 9 – Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Mass

April 2014
Prayer Circle: – Churches of Christ in South Australia/Northern Territory
You are invited to pray each month for a particular SACC Member Church. For a full list of churches in the Prayer Circle and for a copy of the Prayer Circle Poster go to
Tuesday 29 April 2014
Befriending Asylum Seekers
7.30pm at the Effective Living Centre, 26 King William Rd, Wayville
Mary meets Mohammad will be shown. See a clip on
Following the film and supper, two refugees now living in the Adelaide community will speak about their experiences.
Tickets are $15.00 and $10.00 conc. and Friends of ELC  
Bookings online:  or Ph: 82710329 (Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00am - 3.00pm)
Monday September 15
Catholic Charities Annual Golf Day

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