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December 2016


 Schools support Catholic Charities 
 

More than 400 supporters of Catholic Charities attended the fourth annual Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Fr Philip Marshall VG in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Tuesday December 6.
About 220 students from St Teresa’s School Brighton, Antonio Catholic School Morphett Vale, St Aloysius College and Mercedes College participated in the Mass, which was followed by an expo of Catholic agencies. The expo included representatives from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Centacare Catholic Family Services, Hutt St Centre, Ain Karim: Mary MacKillop Care, Our Lady of La Vang Special School and Mercy House of Welcome, who provided information on their services that help those in need in the local community. 
The students also enjoyed a sausage sizzle, run by staff from Catholic Church Insurance and Centacare, along with face painting, bubble making and other activities.  To see more  photographs from the day visit the Catholic Charities website.


Happy Christmas!

Everyone at Catholic Charities and Communications team at the Adelaide Archdiocese wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas!
Message of hope 
On the 30th anniversary of St John Paul II’s historic address to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Alice Springs on November 29 1986, John Lochowiak, chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, received a message of hope and a blessing from Pope Francis.
The Holy Father wrote: “This anniversary affords me the happy opportunity to express my deep esteem for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for your ancient cultural heritage.”  
John said they were “overjoyed” after receiving the Pope’s message.
“It is more than just a blessing, it is confirmation that we, as first Australians are appreciated and respected by the Catholic Church. We, and the Church in Australia, are now challenged to continue to bring this respect to life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics,” he said.
The full letter and blessing from Pope Francis can be downloaded and printed here.   

 Highest peaks challenge

The quest to summit Australia’s 10 highest peaks in a single day has already begun for 40 fearless mountaineers. In preparation for the gruelling event in January, the team tested its endurance over 12 hours on the 54km Yurrebilla Trail, through the Adelaide Hills to Athelstone.
Centacare Assistant Director Bernie Victory led the way, on the back of his 13th crossing of the Kokoda Track earlier this year.
“People are usually mildly impressed about Kokoda but when you say you’re about to climb the 10 highest mountains in Australia in one day, they’re incredulous,” he said.
“They don’t actually think it’s possible, but some team members have a realistic chance of climbing the 10 highest peaks in one day.”
The team challenge began as a way to support Centacare’s work of providing quality assistance to children and families. Centacare works to reach families which may have never used a service, or may be isolated or in crisis. The families learn about and are linked with appropriate services for health, mental health, domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse, and services related to child development.
For more information go to the fundraising website.

Pipe organ hits right note

More than 500 people filled the St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on November 15 to hear Joshua van Konkelenberg perform at the opening pipe organ recital. 
“It has a really rich and powerful sound – it’s got lots of distinct characters but they also blend really beautifully,” Dr van Konkelenberg said. “It’s a really great, nice big French sound.”
The Advertiser’s music reviewer Rodney Smith also gave his tick of approval to the installation: “The newly installed and rebuilt 1927 Casavant Pipe Organ from Montreal, Canada is cause for celebration at St Francis after nearly 20 years with an electronic instrument, and St Peter’s Cathedral principal organist Joshua van Konkelenberg caught the mood of his large audience in this opening recital.” 
You can get a glimpse of the performance here:
More information on the pipe organ can be found online here: 

Christmas cheer

Catholic Charities’ generous donors are helping spread some joy during the festive season with the delivery of Christmas hampers this month.
A total of 85 hampers have been donated to Centacare Catholic Family Services, the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and Catherine House for distribution to clients who are living under stress. 
Megan Welsh, Executive Manager of Centacare's Youth and Community Support Services, hopes the hampers will bring cheer to households doing it tough. 
“When you live pay to pay with little to spare at the end of each fortnight, the extra expenses of Christmas can create more stress on families and people already doing it tough.
“Without a hamper, many clients report that they would not be able to provide a Christmas meal for themselves and their families due to their household budget being too tight,” she said. 

Teams Advent Mass  

The outgoing Oceania couple for Teams, Faye and Kevin Noonan from Canberra, will be special guests at the Teams Advent Mass being held this month.
Chris and John Dighton from Kingswood will be welcomed as the incoming Oceania couple, representing the region of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. 
The Teams gathering will also serve as time to thank Petra Ball and Terry McDevitt, who have served as southern sector couple for three years, and commission the new delegates.
The Advent Mass is a way for members of Teams to celebrate their year together, with children also participating through acting out the Christmas gospel.
The Mass will be held at 5.30pm on Friday December 16 at the home of the Sawyer family in Westbourne Park. For more details contact Marnie and David Watts on email or phone 0439 030 734.
Pope talks about hope
Holding his general audience in the Vatican audience hall decorated with nativity scenes and Christmas ornaments from the state of Queretaro, Mexico, Pope Francis announced that he was beginning a series of talks about hope.
“Christian hope is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one’s life, God is there offering protection and light,” Pope Francis said.
He urged people to read the second half of the Book of Isaiah, “the great prophet of Advent, the great messenger of hope”.
“There’s no denying that there is a crisis of faith in the world today,” the Holy Father said.
“People say, ‘I believe in God. I’m Christian.’ ‘I belong to that faith.’ But their lives are far from being Christian, far from God! Religion, faith has turned into an expression.
“Those who believe must convert, constantly turning their hearts to God and “following that path toward him. He awaits us”.
For more information go online here.
Voices of Benedictine nuns
The hit-making community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri, USA, has released an album of carols in time for Christmas.  
“Our greatest hope is that these songs will truly 'lift up our hearts' to the Infant King, so that we will always be mindful of His humility and mercy,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told the Catholic News Agency.
Go online to listen to their beautiful voices.

White Ribbon breakfast

White Ribbon Day celebrates Australia’s only male-led campaign to stop men’s violence against women. 
On Friday November 25 almost 1500 people attended breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre to show their support for the White Ribbon campaign.
The keynote address was given by the Hon Marcia Neave AO, chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Royal Commission was tasked with making recommendations that will influence generational change to prevent and respond to family violence, including making perpetrators accountable, improving early intervention and supporting victims.
Former and current players from Port Power along with Dale West and Pauline Connelly from Centacare Catholic Family Services attended the breakfast.  Centacare has partnered with Port Adelaide Football Club to influence young men about respectful relationships through the Power to End Violence Against Women program.
Homeless Beans initiative  
The Hutt St Centre has established its first social enterprise - the Homeless Beans coffee cart – thanks to a $100,000 grant from the State Government's Fund My Community program. 
The coffee cart will give the centre’s clients the opportunity to gain valuable skills, training and experience to re-enter the workforce. Of the 62 projects submitted for funding, the coffee cart was one of the final 16 projects chosen by a community vote that allocated $1 million to improve wellbeing in South Australia.
Follow the Centre's coffee cart journey on their Facebook page and other social media.

Vinnies Christmas toy drive

Each year the St Vincent de Paul Society supports thousands of South Australians who are struggling to make ends meet, or don’t have the capacity to celebrate Christmas the way many of us do.  
This support ranges from the delivery of basic food items and  special treats in a Christmas hamper so they can enjoy a celebratory meal on Christmas Day, to gifts for children to make sure they don't miss out.
Vinnies relies heavily on generous donations from schools, businesses and community groups to ensure that it can meet the increased demand at this time of the year. The annual Motorcycle Riders Association’s Toy Run, held each December, helps out enormously by passing on gifts donated by the thousands of riders who make the trip from Victoria Park to Callington. 
If you’d like to donate this Christmas, visit vinnies or call 13 18 12. Or you can purchase a gift for a child online.

Faith, family and education

Nazareth Year 6 students recently engaged in a range of activities that focused on ‘living the values of being Catholic’, including creating artwork out of recycled materials, growing plants and volunteering at Fred’s Van and the Hutt St Centre. Kathleen Beer chose to produce some Christmas truffles that were donated to her school’s Naz Connects project, for distribution to families supported through the Naz Connects program during the year. 
Extra truffles were purchased by Nazareth Community staff, with the proceeds going towards buying ingredients for ‘community cook-ups’ planned for early 2017. This activity enables Nazareth to prepare meals which are stored in the community freezer and delivered to families in times of need. 
Sharon Ferdinands, family support worker at Nazareth Catholic Community, said Kathleen’s handiwork was “another wonderful demonstration of the benefits of being part of such a vibrant community that connects people across all spheres in living out our vision of being a Catholic community of welcome, connecting faith, family and education”.

Our second saint?

A push to have a second Australian elevated to sainthood has moved a step forward after doctor and humanitarian Sister Mary Glowrey was exhumed from her grave in Bangalore, India.  
Sr Mary has been returned to Guntur, where she carried out most of her work with India’s poorest before her death 60 years ago.
In 1943 she established the Catholic Health Association of India, which has grown into India’s biggest healthcare network, supporting more than 3500 institutions and providing care for more than 21 million people each year.
She received a special dispensation from Pope Pius XI to practice medicine and became the first nun-doctor missionary.
The Church started the process for Sr Mary’s sainthood three years ago.
For more information go online here.

Building Christian life  

A new book prepared in conjunction with the ACBC’s Pastoral Research Office has been launched in Melbourne this month by the Archbishop of Hobart, Julian Porteous.
A Handbook for Building Stronger Parishes offers advice and case studies on how Australian parishes can strengthen their communities.
Trudy Dantis draws on her ground-breaking research into factors that lead to parish vitality by highlighting eight key areas including: planning; spirituality and faith formation; liturgy; community building; welcoming and hospitality; outreach; evangelisation; and leadership.
“I recommend it to all those, and particularly to priests, pastoral associates and members of parish pastoral councils, who are interested in making sure that Australia’s Catholic parishes are vital centres of Christian life and faith,” said Bishop Porteous, who is also chair of the Australian Catholic Council for Pastoral Research.
The book can be ordered from Garratt Publishing or from the ACBC shop here.

Social justice diary

The 2017 social justice diary is now available. 
The diary includes the dates of significant events, anniversaries and special days which celebrate particular aspects of social justice and provides a social justice resource for the full year. Information and ideas for prayer and reflection are also included.
This is an essential source of information for teachers and parishes, and a wonderful tool for personal reflection and inspiration.
You can order copies here.

Diary Dates

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:
 


Thursday December 15, 8pm-12am – Simbang Gabi opening of Novena Mass at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral
 
December 16-23 at 6.30pm weekdays and 7pm weekends in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral. Novena of the Child Jesus.
 
Thursday January 26, 2017 at 8am - Australia Day Mass - St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral


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