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November 2016


The Silent Book a voice for the deaf
 

Bernadette T Wallis, a Missionary Sister of Service, knows what it is like to be a hearing child of two deaf parents. In The Silent Book she explores the disappearing Australian-Irish sign language told through her own experience within her own deaf family.
The book is not just a personal history of the language and cultural community of which little has been written in Australia but a rallying call to acknowledge the importance of recording the history of the Australian-Irish Signing Deaf Community, their sign language being Bernadette's first language. “I hope this book is a valuable source of education for the deaf community as well as the general community,” said Bernadette at the Adelaide launch by Father Michael Trainor and Annette Phillips at St John’s Church Plympton on November 6.
After starting to write a book about her own family, she realised there was a much bigger story that needed to be told: “It became a passion when I realised the importance of recording the history of their language, Australian-Irish sign language, and how and why it came into Australia - and why it ceased being taught in the Catholic system by 1953.” 
Australian-Irish Sign Language was introduced to Australia in the 19th century through Sister Gabriel Hogan who was a Dominican sister who was deaf herself. She was missioned from Cabra in Ireland to teach deaf children and to establish a school in Waratah, NSW. As Australia grew in population, there was also an increase in the number of deaf children.
The book tells the story of Bernadette’s parents, Don and Kathleen, in the context of their lives as deaf people in Victoria, their schooling in New South Wales in the 1920s and their adult lives working and bringing up a hearing family.
It includes Bernadette’s discovery of her deaf heritage and guides the reader through the story of the language through the Catholic education system in Australia. 
Packed full of photographs and historical information the book also includes some of Bernadette’s poetry which beautifully recreates the lives of the deaf and the hearing communities.
The Silent Book, A Deaf  Family and the Disappearing Australian-Irish Sign Language - has been launched in conjunction with the John Wallis Foundation in Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Budderim Yea, Horsham and Berrigan.  
Proceeds of the book, which will be available as an e-book by Christmas, will go to the John Wallis Foundation. More information is available at the Missionary Sisters Website  and the book can be ordered via Amazon and the Foundation, or in South Australia through Sr Majella O'Sullivan sosj, who works with the Deaf Community. Cost $30.00.
Message for prisoners
Prison chaplains across Australia have delivered a special message for prisoners from the Catholic Church about love and hope.
Issued by the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council, the message marked the Jubilee for Prisoners chosen by Pope Francis to be celebrated during the Year of Mercy on 6 November 2016.
In his message written for prisoners, Bishop Delegate for the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council, the Most Reverend Terry Brady said: “Pope Francis shows us the importance of accompanying one another in the ups and downs of life. We all stumble; make mistakes; fail others and ourselves. But we are all capable of loving and of experiencing hope.”
Speaking about ‘Reaching Out, A Message for Prisoners’, Fr Peter Carroll MSC, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council said the council would like every prison chaplain across Australia to know that their vital ministry was acknowledged and appreciated by the Church in Australia during this Jubilee for Prisoners in the Year of Mercy.
For more information go to the website.

Redress scheme welcomed

The Truth Justice and Healing Council has welcomed the Commonwealth Government's announcement that it will establish and run a national redress scheme for the survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the TJH Council, said the recent announcement marked a great day for the survivors of child sexual abuse in the Church, as well as state and federal government and other private institutions.
“The Commonwealth and Prime Minister Turnbull should be applauded for taking a principled decision on this very important and difficult issue,” Mr Sullivan said.
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, echoed Mr Sullivan's comments. “I very much welcome this development as a major step forward in the recognition and compensation of victims of child sexual abuse,” he said.
The Commonwealth will lead the scheme while states, territories and institutions, including churches, will be able to opt in.
Compensation will be capped at $150,000 per victim and the Commonwealth will foot the bill as a last resort for institutions such as charities and churches which no longer exist or have no capacity to pay.
For further information see the Commonwealth Government redress scheme media release
and visit the Royal Commission website.

Mercy at Star of the Sea 

Star of the Sea school in Henley Beach organised an outdoor liturgy on Monday October 27 to celebrate Mission Week, focusing on Catholic Charities and its me4u campaign for schools.
Annie O’Neill from Catholic Charities explained me4u and thanked students for all the hard work they had put into their liturgy. 
The event launched a week of events around the theme of mercy with each day of the week covering each letter of mercy. 
Monday focused on M using Catholic Charities campaign me4u as a way for students to show mercy. Students wore a me4u badge and devised creative ways to raise a gold coin donation for a Catholic charity of their choice. 
The rest of the week focused on E for Empathy for the Environment, R for Refugees, C for connecting to our community, and Y for Youth Walk for Water. 

Understanding slavery

The forms that slavery and related crimes take in the modern world are outlined in a new paper published as part of the Catholic Social Justice Series. The series offers theological and social thought on various topics. 
Written by Christine Carolan, Executive Officer of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) and Sr Noelene Simmons SM, NSW Regional Co-ordinator for ACRATH, Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics describes the Church’s teaching on and response to slavery and other forms of exploitation, and the international and Australian laws that deal with slavery. 
It also describes the work of organisations committed to combating slavery and helping its victims – in particular, ACRATH’s efforts to educate Australians, to advocate on behalf of victims, and to work with similar organisations here and overseas to shut down human trafficking and help its victims. 
For more information go to the website.

Generations come together 

The year-long 50th anniversary celebrations at Kildare College culminated at the end of last term with a dinner at Sfera’s Convention Centre that brought together the college community from the past 50 years.
Members of Kildare’s original first year class were joined by many old scholars, past and present staff and current and past families to celebrate what has been a wonderful 50 years of educating women.
Kildare College Old Scholar and Channel 7 news reader and presenter Andrea Nicolas spoke fondly of her time at Kildare and how it helped to shape her personally and professionally, while the senior performing arts students entertained guests with beautiful music and spectacular dance.
The special event was a perfect reflection of the importance of community at Kildare as it looks forward to the next 50 years.
Walking for Water  
St Teresa’s Catholic School at Brighton celebrated Mercy Day with a host of stalls and activities, including their annual fundraising event 'Walk for Water'.
Students walked non-stop around the perimeter of the school for 45-60 minutes holding a bucket or container of water while trying not to spill a drop. This gave them a small taste of what it must be like for children around the world who are not as fortunate as many are in Australia.
Their headmaster Mr Peter Mercer (pictured) was on hand throughout the day to cheer the students on.
The money raised from Mercy Day/Walk for Water sponsorship and stalls and activities goes to Catholic Charities and Mercy Works.
Ingenuity of students
The students of St Francis School at Lockleys came up with some inventive ideas to showcase their social justice week and raise money for Catholic Charities. 
The reception class organised a cupcake stall, Year 1 - a white elephant stall, Year 2 - lucky dips and Year 3 - a book and biscuit stall, Year 4 - grew, harvested and sold organic carrots and radishes, Year 5 – water balloon target toss and other games, Year 6 – guess the jelly bean jar, photo booth, disco, obstacle course, modern pentathlon, slide show alley, Pokehunt, Pokestop and roaming stalls. The Year 7 students organised a disco, sold recycled materials products via a stall and organised a recycled mini golf game.
The students raised a total of $2397 for Catholic Charities, and a cheque was presented to Annie O’Neill by Year 7 student Lily Batty at their recent gathering. (see photo above).
“We raised a lot of money through some very inventive ideas. To me that is the best thing that came out of the week focussing on social justice when the students gave of themselves in the service of others,” said Helen Wilsdon-Smith, assistant principal identity and mission/school chaplain. 

 

Preparing for Christmas
Caritas Australia has developed resources for individuals, schools and parishes aimed at encouraging them to act and pray for a more just and fair world.  The resources are based around Advent, in particular the Advent wreath, a traditional centrepiece of the Christmas season.
The word ‘advent’ means ‘coming’. Lighting the candles on the wreath symbolises the coming of light (Jesus) into the world. Advent wreaths can be used in church, at school or at home.
The first candle (violet) represents hope, the second (violet) represents peace, the third (rose) represents joy, and the fourth (violet) represents love. The central white candle is lit on Christmas Day and represents Christ. 
Instructions on how to make an advent wreath, can be downloaded from the Caritas website
Also this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the gift of love we receive, it is important that we consider our own opportunity to give in return.  A Caritas Australia Global Gift helps make lasting change to some of the world’s poorest communities. 
Global Gifts can be purchased from November 1 by visiting the website or by calling 1800 024 413. For more information see the video.
The heroes behind Vinnies
There are thousands of Australians who personify heroism. They’re strong, they’re brave and they’re tough. But we’re not talking about athletes or celebrities. We’re talking about women who find the courage to flee from abusive households, men who find the strength to overcome disadvantaged upbringings and parents who make incredible sacrifices to keep their children safe. 
These are the stories of the people who the St Vincent de Paul Society assists every day.
“Last year more than 107,000 South Australians were brave enough to reach out and seek our help. But we couldn’t do it without you,” said David Wark, the Society’s chief executive officer.
“It’s your ongoing generosity that lets us make such a remarkable difference to the lives of the people we assist. And it’s your compassionate support that will let us continue to rebuild their strength this Christmas.” 
To support these heroes donate online here or call 13 18 12.

Spring gathering

More than 350 representatives of parishes and communities gathered on Saturday October 29 to celebrate and commit to renewal of Church and parish life at the Diocesan Spring Gathering.
The need for renewal to come from within parishes, rather than from a centralised process, was one of the key messages at the gathering - the first such event held in more than 30 years.  The eight characteristics of a healthy, vibrant, renewed parish were discussed and posters were distributed to parishes, many of which are planning local gatherings over coming months.
Chair of the Renewing Parishes Task Force, Greg Crafter, echoed the call of Pope Francis to ‘re-imagine’ the role of the parish in today’s world: “The parish is not an outdated institution,” says Pope Francis, but only if the parish remains capable of self-renewal and constant “adaptivity”, so that it continues to be the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters (Evangelii Gaudium).
Vicar General Father Philip Marshall stressed that parish renewal was about giving an authentic, lively and welcoming expression of the faith. For more information visit the website.

Attitude of gratitude

A moving story of courage by a young man living with Huntington’s disease was the highlight of a Nazareth Catholic Community staff day at Sunset Rock in Stirling.
The day began with a ‘welcome to country’ by Uncle Ivan and followed with some thought-provoking but gentle insights about the goodness in all of us by Fr Tom Gleeson. Mr Ben Wilson shared his story about his personal battle with Huntington’s disease and how it has shaped his personal journey and positive outlook on life.  
“We are so grateful to Ben Wilson for his courage and positiveness, and for sharing his vision with us – we continue to pray for him and his needs, what an amazing young man!” said Sr Theresa Swiggs, a Nazareth staff member.
Everyone was so moved by Ben’s story that in support of Huntington's SA & NT and HopeHD Foundation, the Nazareth Community hosted special morning teas at both campus cafes, where cakes and treats were sold and $1 donated from every coffee purchase. Collectively they raised almost $1,700. 

Shining blue for abuse victims

Staff and friends of the Adelaide Archdiocese recently came together to share a morning tea and acknowledge Blue Knot Day on October 24.
Dr Tanja Stojadinovic Director of the Professional Standards Office in the Archdiocese thanked everyone for attending and urged them to donate a gold coin or more in support of the campaign.
Further afield, the day was celebrated when the sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House were illuminated blue.
The day is held in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse with money raised going towards Adults Surviving Childhood trauma and Abuse (ASCA).   For more information go to the website.

Challenging selfie-obsessed culture

For the past few months, Alyce Hunter has been visiting secondary schools to deliver Be BOLD Break the Mould, a Centacare program that challenges today’s selfie-obsessed culture and encourages girls aged 14 to 16 years to embrace the skin they’re in.
Alyce, a peer worker with the PACE Service, says the program is having a positive impact on girls’ sense of self, which is often eroded by pressure to fit popular stereotypes, and a false belief they are not good enough.
“They tend to find it easy to say nice things about their friends but find it really tough to say anything positive about themselves,” she says.
Delivered over three 90-minute workshops, Be BOLD – Break the Mould teaches girls in Years 8 to 11 how to recognise the unrealistic standards of beauty portrayed in the media as well as gain confidence and self-belief.
“Our aim is to teach them their self-worth is not defined by validation from others but that their own internal belief system determines how they perceive themselves,” says Alyce.
Free workshops are offered to schools. For bookings and inquiries, phone 1800 809 304 or email.

Centacare seeks partners for change  

Centacare has formed a Consumer, Carer and Community Advisory Group (C3AG) with a focus on children, parenting and families. Currently Centacare delivers 80 community services across 35 sites, and responds to the needs of about 30,000 people each year.
It operates within a strong ethical and culturally-inclusive framework informed by the values and principles of Catholic Social Teaching. People who can use their professional or life experience to identify issues, topics and challenges relevant to the work of Centacare are sought for the advisory group. Meetings are held throughout the year during business hours with parking and administration costs associated with membership reimbursed. Members are required to undergo a police check. Stakeholders who have an interest in the delivery of Centacare services are also welcome to apply. For more information, phone Lisa Osborne 8215 6700.

Design a Christmas Card 

The Southern Cross is calling for students in the Adelaide Archdiocese to use their artistic skills to design Archbishop Wilson’s 2016 Christmas card.  The winning design will be used on the Archbishop’s digital Christmas message and printed cards. Entries are open in the following categories: Reception to Year 2, Years 3-5, Years 6-9 and Years 10-12. The images should be A4 size and can be created by hand or computer-generated. Winners will receive a family Wallis Cinemas pass to the movies. The closing date for the competition is Friday November 18. Please send to The Southern Cross, 39 Wakefield St, Adelaide 5000, with name, address, school and age included. 

Diary Dates

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:
 


Thursday November 17, 5.45pm – Closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy - The Diocese invites all people to Liturgy of Mercy at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral. There will not be an evening Mass on this Day.
On November 17 Reconciliation will be available from 9am until the beginning of the 5.45 pm Service.
The Liturgy will provide an opportunity for people to walk through the Door of Mercy one last time, before the Closing of the Mercy Door on Sunday, November 20, The Feast of Christ the King.


Sunday November 27, 6.00pm - Blessing of the Cribs Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

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

 

November 2016 - St Urael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in South Australia Inc.
Prayer Circle: 

SA Council of Churches has a tradition of encouraging prayers for the Member Churches. We invite you and your Church communities, as a sign of our love for one another, to pray during the month of November especially for the St Urael Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church in South Australia Inc, for their growth and greater flourishing in the way of Christ. See website

Saturday 19 November 2016    
SA Coucil of Churches Annual General Meeting - all welcome 
Main topic: The reformation: 500 years on, led by Dr Stephen Pietsch, Australian Lutheran College.
Registration: 8.45am, 9am-1pm for prayer, conversation and any decision making.
Hebart Hall, Australian Lutheran College, North Adelaide.
RSVP to SA Council of Churches email sacc#picknowl.com.au and for full agenda via the website.  

Sunday 20 November 2016, 4pm - 6.30pm 
Anglican Centre in Rome - 50th Anniversary Celebratory Cocktails
St John’s Close [off 379 Halifax St], Adelaide 
Guest Speaker: The Hon Tim Fischer AC, Former Ambassador to the Holy See
Topic: “Rails to Rome – A Thousand Days”
Tickets: $50, available from St John’s. Ph: 8223 2348 email.
Raising Funds for the Anglican Centre promoting Christian Unity, Ecumenical Dialogue and Global Freedom website.

 
 
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