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

February 2016

Support grows for asylum seeker children


The Catholic Church has thrown its support behind Premier Jay Weatherill’s call for the Federal Government to allow asylum seeker children and their families to be settled in South Australia.

This follows the High Court’s recent decision to reject a legal challenge to the Federal Government's offshore immigration detention regime, resulting in an uncertain future for 91 children of asylum seekers.

At a national level, the Church said it was prepared to collaborate with other community organisations to provide support to asylum seekers and locally, Adelaide Vicar General, Fr Philip Marshall, issued a statement offering to provide any assistance it could to resettle asylum seeker families in SA. 

“Through our schools, parishes, health and welfare agencies, we are well-placed to support these people in many different ways,” he said.

Mr Weatherill is one of five State premiers believed to have asked the Prime Minister to allow the asylum seeker children to remain in Australia.

Bishop Vincent Long, the Australian Catholic Bishops spokesman on refugees and a former refugee, urged the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton to “show compassion and mercy towards these families and not act in a way that will cause even more harm than has been done already”.
Australian international aid and community sector agencies also have united behind Churches across the country who have offered to open their doors to asylum seekers facing removal back to offshore detention centres.

Photo: Baby Samuel, The Age


50 years of Compassion

Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

Now celebrating 50 years, the theme for this year’s appeal is ‘Learning more, creating change’, by showing how education, training and sharing knowledge is helping individuals and communities in six countries around the world to transform their futures and create lasting change.

The 2016 Project Compassion was launched in Adelaide at Ash Wednesday Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on February 10 at 12.10pm.

It was followed by a fish burger lunch in Mary MacKillop Plaza. 

Click here for Caritas Australia's website.

Renewal forum

A forum on youth and young adults will be held next month as part of the ongoing process of renewal taking place in the Adelaide Archdiocese.

The Learning and Dialogue Forum: Report from Youth and Young Adults Reference Group will be held on Thursday March 3 2016 at 6.30pm, commencing with soup and rolls, followed by the forum from 7pm to 9pm.

It will be held in the Croydon Park Catholic Parish Hall, 286 Torrens Road, Croydon Park (just 15 minutes from the CBD). Parking is available behind the church.

An important aspect of the diocesan renewal was the establishment of key reference groups in 2015.  The final forum in the series will receive a report from the Youth and Young Adults Reference Group. Come along, bring a friend or young person, to listen and discuss what has been learned.  

Please RSVP to Denise or call 8210 8269. For more information go to the website

21st Century life skills

Christian Brothers College students will be able to use two newly constructed STEM laboratories in 2016. 

College Principal Mr Noel Mifsud said the facility would provide the College’s 1300 students with contemporary education, knowledge, innovation and influence to acquire skills and experience critical to life and work in the 21st Century.  

The construction of the CBC science, technology, engineering and mathematics facility coincides with the January 2016 release of the national paper ‘Transforming STEM teaching in Australian primary schools: everybody’s business’ by the Office of Australia’s Chief Scientist.

“Australia invests in education and research for many reasons. But top of the list is the critical role they have in ensuring the continued prosperity of Australia on all fronts – socially, culturally and economically – for all our citizens and for our place in the world,” the paper states.

WYD Krakow 2016

The Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Diocese of Port Pirie are organising a pilgrimage group of young adults to attend World Youth Day Krakow. The pilgrimage will include pre-touring, Days in the Diocese in Sosnowiec, the WYD event and a post-WYD retreat in Prague.

If you are interested in joining this group, now is the time to register!   Also please note that the Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults are offering five $1000 scholarships.

If you would like to apply for one of these scholarships, please complete the following details and return to Sarah Moffatt before February 12 2016 with:
  • Your Name:
  • Your Parish:
  • Details of Parish Involvement:
  • Why you are interest in attending WYD?
To register for World Youth Day, visit

Cathedral events postponed

Further to the announcement in the December e-newsletter, please note that the free Fringe recitals have been cancelled.

The commissioning Mass and opening recital for the new St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral pipe organ has been postponed due to the organ builder, Mr Ian Wakeley, injuring himself over the Christmas period. This meant he was unable to complete the toning work in the scheduled timeframe.

New dates for the commissioning and recital will be advertised as soon as possible.

In the meantime please click here to see a timelapse video of the organ being installed, along with information about donating a pipe as part of the Pipes are Calling appeal.

Dulcie rides again

Dulcie’s Shop of Real Opportunity, the brainchild of Hutt St Centre patron Amanda Blair, is a mobile op shop located within a redecorated old bus.

Named after Hutt St Centre’s volunteer op-shop coordinator of 30+ years Dulcie Boag, Dulcie’s Shop of Real Opportunities made its first appearance in the Garden of Unearthly Delights at the Fringe in 2013.

The travelling vintage clothes shop  raises money for the Hutt St Centre and Centacare and is always a popular venue at the Garden. 

Dulcie’s Shop of Real Opportunity will again be in the Garden of Unearthly Delights over this year's Fringe.

“It gives me such a thrill to combine my two great passions — vintage clothing and the Fringe. It’s also a tremendous opportunity to bring the work of the two supporting charities to The Garden of Unearthly Delights raising not only valuable funds but awareness around the issue of homelessness” says Amanda. Come visit Amanda and Dulcie this Fringe and walk down memory lane. "It's not shopping" says Amanda "It's raising money for charity."   

For more information go to the Hutt St Centre website. and facebook page.

Appeals Calendar 2016

The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide’s 2016 Parish Appeals Calendar has been posted to all parishes and is also available to download via the website.  Please click here to view online.

The Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) has welcomed the announcement from the Commonwealth Government that it will negotiate with State and Territory governments for the introduction of a nationally consistent redress framework for the survivors of child sexual abuse.

“What is disappointing, however, is that the Commonwealth isn’t further down the track,” said Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s TJHC.

The Commonwealth Government stated it will lead the development of a national approach to redress for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. The announcement follows careful consideration of the Redress and Civil Litigation report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The report makes it clear that redress should be about providing recognition for the survivor, not about protecting the institution's interests. The Government has stated it recognises the importance of developing a national approach to redress as quickly as possible.  

Adults Surviving Child Abuse president, Dr Cathy Kezelman, urged all governments not to let redress "become a political football".

Read the Government’s joint media release here

me4u grows

The me4u campaign, launched by Catholic Charities in November 2015, continues to engage with families and young people working to raise funds for front-line agencies supporting the most vulnerable in our local community. 

Catholic Charities would like to thank all the schools who have been fundraising on their behalf for their generosity. Many of them have already arranged to put their fundraising pictures up on their own pages such as  St Teresa’s School in Brighton and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Enfield and St Francis School at Lockleys.

Catholic Charities wants to assist schools in finding ways to bring students together for an event and/or fundraising activity. “In 2016 we will be building the campaign with fundraising kits for schools with stickers and badges as well as tee-shirts for pupils to wear when they are having their fundraising activities,” said Catholic Charities manager Annie O'Neill.

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

Pilgrim website

The Vatican has launched a new website especially designed for pilgrims to Rome during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Called Vatimecum, the site is translated into seven languages and provides information on events taking place in Rome, affordable places to stay and meal tickets for selected restaurants.

The website is coordinated by the Welcome Centre for Pilgrims which is open daily from 7:30am to 6:30pm, local Rome time, including Saturdays and Sundays.

More information here

World Day of Prayer

On March 4, Christians in around 140 services in South Australia will join with 170 countries around the world to celebrate World Day of Prayer using a program of worship offered this year by women in Cuba.

The theme of the service is 'Receive children.  Receive me', from St Mark’s Gospel 10: 13-16. We are asked to reflect on our Christian role of service and offering care and kindness to everyone, especially as role models for small children.
The Cuban Constitution now guarantees religious freedom and many people have returned to public practice of their faith, with the most deeply rooted religion being Christianity – Catholic, then other denominations.
Venue: St Luke’s Anglican Church, 35 Whitmore Square, Adelaide 1.30pm followed by afternoon tea. Invited speaker: Rev Dr Lynn Arnold AO.

Social services conference

The ‘Review, Reimagine, Renew: Mission making a difference in a changing world’ conference to be held in Melbourne from February 24-26 aims to provide valuable opportunities for reflection and spiritual development both within the Catholic community and beyond.

It will offer opportunities for all to interact, listen and reimagine. The conference will equip attendees to approach renewal in social services in the broader Church with innovation in a changing environment.

“This is a great opportunity for the grassroots of the Church to gather with Catholic Social Service leaders, and practitioners at the coalface, to discuss the challenges we all face in our communities that are impacting so heavily on the most vulnerable in our society,” said Denis Fitzgerald, Director of Catholic Social Services.

 A wide range of keynotes, panel discussions and stimulating workshops for mission-impact will include renowned US-based journalist and author John L Allen, Julie Edwards from Jesuit Social Services and Tony Nicholson, Brotherhood of St Laurence. 

For further details via website 

Rising to the challenge

Australians must rise to the challenge to stop the global issue of human trafficking, the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life (BCPL) and Australian Catholic Religious against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) said on the feast of St Josephine Bakhita on February 8 2016.

St Josephine Bakhita, who died on February 8 1947, was born in Southern Sudan in 1869, and during her life experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. Once free, Josephine dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and eventually became a Canossian Sister, living a life of service for 50 years. She was canonised in 2000.

Referring to Laudato Si', the recent encyclical by Pope Francis, the BCPL and ACRATH highlighted the Holy Father’s words that, ‘it is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted’.

Staff at the Adelaide Diocesan Centre attended a prayer and information session to mark the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita (pictured above) and demonstrated their commitment to raise awareness of human trafficking. More details in the next issue of The Southern Cross.

Diary Dates


Upcoming events St Francis Xavier's Cathedral:

Thursday February 11, 10am – Lourdes Day Mass and World Day of the Sick

Sunday February 14, 2.30pm – African Mass to celebrate Feast of St Bakhita (8/02/2016)

Lenten Stational Masses

Thursday 11 February at 7pm – St Rose of Lima Church, Kapunda
Tuesday 16 February at 7.30pm – Holy Trinity Church, Para Hills
Thursday 18 February at 7pm – St Thomas Aquinas Church, Naracoorte
Wednesday 24 February at 7.30pm – Our Lady of Mercy Church, Mount Barker
Friday 26 February at 7pm – St Joan of Arc Church, Victor Harbor
Tuesday 1 March at 7.30pm – St Joseph’s Church, Kensington Gardens
Friday 4 March at 7.30pm – Our Lady of the Manger Church, Findon

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