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September 2016
 
Treasuring our children



Centacare Catholic Family Services launched a week of awareness around the theme, Children are our Treasures, with a morning tea at Mary MacKillop Plaza on September 5. "If everyone really believed that children are our most precious of all treasures, how then would our families, communities and society live out this belief?" asked assistant director Pauline Connelly.
This year’s focus is on building stronger communities in which children are seen and heard, where their participation is valued and where families can be supported to keep young people safe. 
National Child Protection Week is held annually to raise awareness that every Australian can do something to keep children and young people safe in their community.

For more information go to Centacare's Facebook page here.

Students work hard for charity   

The Morphett Vale Antonio Catholic School Mini Vinnie’s Team along with Lillian Van Brussel, APRIM, recently engaged the entire school in a project to support Catholic Charities month. 
Each class was invited to represent one of the agencies for which Catholic Charities raises money. Their challenge was to present at a whole school assembly and talk about their chosen charity; how they propose to support it and what they expect to happen as a result of their work.
Antonio Catholic School’s hard-working Mini Vinnies group presented the students at the very successful assembly where they shared what they had learned so far and how they would support their charity. Annie O’Neill from Catholic Charities attended and thanked all the students for their amazing efforts.
For more information click here.

Fine hosts at Cabra

Cabra Dominican College played host last month to members of the Archdiocesan Bishop Murphy Society with a tour of their chapel followed by an outdoor prayer service and morning tea catered for by the students. 
Cabra’s Community Development Officer, Helen Telford took the group on a tour of St Dominic's Chapel which was opened on April  29 1917 and located in the beautiful grounds of Cabra College, itself founded 30 years earlier. The guests attended an outdoor prayer service with students from 6 Gold who had researched the life of Mother Teresa and reflected on how to be merciful in this Year of Mercy. Afterwards they were treated to a delicious high tea provided by Year 11 Home Economics students where the scones, jam and cream and desserts were very popular.
The Hon Kevin Duggan Chair of the Archdiocese Bequest Committee thanked the students and their teachers for their hospitality, especially the kindness shown to members of the Bishop Murphy Society some of whom made use of a bus which helped them get around the large campus. 
For more information on the Bishop Murphy Society click here 

On the road to victory

Year 8 Mercedes College student, Loucia Roesler-Stradwick, (pictured above) who recently came second in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2016 National Championships in Melbourne and third in the World Championships in America, has been competing in the sport for just three years.
She is one of three girls in her age group who compete in this sport and hopes to attend the next Olympics in four years’ time once Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is officially included in the games.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and a self defence system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting that teaches a smaller person how to defend themselves against a larger adversary by using leverage and technique.
Principal Mr Peter Daw said, “Loucia is a dedicated sports person and student and we support Loucia and will do everything we can to help her to achieve her goal of becoming a world champion.”

Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal 

Since 1941 Catholic Charities has been making a difference to the lives of South Australians through its support for front-line agencies including the Hutt St Centre, Catherine House, Centacare Catholic Family Services, Ain Karim, Mary MacKillop Care, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Mercy House of Welcome, Catholic Deaf Association, Our Lady of La Vang and St Patrick’s Special Schools.
For more information please visit  the website to view the video for 2016 or visit the me4u website which celebrates all the great fundraising work done by schools for Catholic Charities. 
You can also support the Catholic Charities 2016 Appeal by picking up a brochure from your parish or make a donation today to Catholic Charities Appeal, Reply Paid 912, Adelaide SA 5001 or online

ACU and CHA come together

Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Catholic Health Australia (CHA) signed a Statement of Strategic Intent last month in Sydney to promote two of the Church’s widest reaching ministries, committed to progressing education in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.  ACU Provost Professor Pauline Nugent said ACU and CHA had been working in close partnership over several years, the results of which included creation of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture amongst other activities.
“This Statement of Strategic Intent is the first of a series of steps in which ACU and Catholic Health Australia will forge new ground to work with the health and aged care sector to achieve its mission,” Professor Nugent said.
(Photo LtoR  ACU Pro-Chancellor Mr Julien O’Connell AM, Head of CHA Board Mr Tony Howarth AO, ACU Provost Professor Pauline Nugent, and CHA CEO Mrs Suzanne Greenwood).
Success for The Southern Cross
The Southern Cross newspaper, published by the Archdiocese of Adelaide, is the winner of the 2016 Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Award for Overall Excellence.
Editor Jenny Brinkworth and senior journalist Lindy McNamara were presented with the major prize in the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards at the annual ACPA conference dinner in Sydney on September 6.
Best magazine for 2016 was Broken Bay News and the best online publication was Eureka Street.
The awards were presented by Bishop Tony Randazzo, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney.See the Media Release for more information.

The hills are alive  

Two nuns who have a special connection to the Sound of Music are Sr Marie Ralph and Sr Pat (formerly Sr Mary Stephanie – pictured). 
Sr Pat was the principal of St Joseph’s High School in Broken Hill and the choreographer of the school's production of the musical held in 1973. Sr Marie produced the show involving the entire school for its three night run at the newly opened Civic Centre.
Both nuns attended the highly acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Webber production of the Sound of Music at the Adelaide Festival Centre on Friday August 12 and met some of the child actors who form the two different casts alternating in the roles of the six youngest von Trapp children in the Adelaide production.
Sr Marie and Sr Pat wanted to meet the actors from the show but found that the children were more excited about meeting and ‘high fiving’ real nuns!  The evening brought back fond memories for the nuns: “Our production was so much fun all those years ago but it was a privilege to meet the next generation taking on this joyful musical, here in Adelaide.” 
Samoan Siva Tour
Xavier College was amongst several Salesian schools asked to host the Samoan Siva Tour to support the students and staff from the Don Bosco Technical Centre in Alafua, Samoa last month.
The Technical Centre was established in the 1970s by the Salesians of Don Bosco and offers not only education, but has also become well known for creating one of the best traditional entertainment troupes in the country.
Siva is the Samoan word for dance, and Pese means song. Traditional singing and dancing is a vital part of the Samoan culture; the tour aimed to share this culture with the wider community. The very talented students shared mini-performances, assemblies, and workshops. This culminated in a public performance which was attended by close to 200 people.

'Nun of the gutters' is now a saint

The canonisation of Mother Teresa is one of the major events in the Pope’s jubilee Year of Mercy and he urged Catholics on the morning of her canonisation (September 4) to follow her example of performing charitable works.
Earlier in the day pizza makers from Naples had come to the Vatican to prepare lunch for 1500 of Italy’s poverty stricken, cooking in ovens brought in especially for the occasion. The meal took place in the Paul VI’s hall and was served by 250 of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity Sisters.
“It takes a certain daring and courage to recognise the divine Master in the poorest of the poor and those who are cast aside, and to give oneself in their service,” the Pope said in his homily. More information here.

Nazareth Timor-Leste 2016 

A group of 16 volunteers from Nazareth Catholic Community travelled in June to Timor-Leste on the 5th Nazareth Outreach Work (NOW) trip, conducted in partnership with The Good Crocodile Foundation, Rotary International and RAWCS. 
A container filled with resources and equipment for the local community, and donated by SAAB Australia was shipped. Pacific International Lines shipping company provided the container and covered transport costs. As well as visiting schools, the volunteers painted a community toilet block in Waisa’a Village, a community building in Triloka Village and made touch-ups to the Maternity Clinic Building. 
“Being given the opportunity to spend two weeks in Timor-Leste and participate in the projects was one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had.” – Leanna Vita (2012 Nazareth graduate)
For more information visit the NOW website.

Big hearted students  

Dr Amanda Rischbieth, CEO of the Heart Foundation SA,  congratulated students from All Saints Catholic Primary School who showed how big their hearts are by participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program and raising $15,248 this year for the charity. 
“Not only are the students from All Saints Catholic Primary School looking after their own hearts by skipping and being active, they are also looking after the hearts of all Australians by raising funds to help the Heart Foundation continue its lifesaving work,” said Dr Rischbieth. 
More information here.
(Pictured: Leah Bellifemini with Dr Rischbieth).

Renewed Hope

A call for the laity to share responsibility in the missionary consciousness that brings the witness of Christ to the world, and a real sense of hope, were key points to emerge from the National Conference for the New Evangelisation - PROCLAIM 2016. Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, PROCLAIM 2016 drew more than 520 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
"Lay people embed the Christian life in our communities," said Susan Timoney, keynote presenter and Secretary for the Secretariat of Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of Washington.For more information click here

 
St Pat’s pilgrimage
A group of seven students in Year 11 from St. Patrick’s Technical College, accompanied by three staff members, recently returned from a pilgrimage to Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Students dug a series of trenches and over 700 metres of piping was installed connecting the kitchen and toilets to running water and a basic library facility was also established by the group. 
As one of the students said: “I have gained a sense of what other people have to deal with and an understanding that their problems are a lot worse than mine. I am inspired by how they remain so positive - I hope the project would be something that will help the community for years to come.”

Diary Dates
 

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:

Friday, September 23, 5.45pm – Ministry Formation program 10 year Anniversary Mass
 
Sunday, September 25, 6pm – Awards for Excellence for Secondary Students

 
Please note: There is no onsite car parking available for Cathedral events before 5pm weekdays.
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Thursday September 22, 7.30pm
World Day of Peace Forum
Fr Claude Mostowik msc will be giving a talk on the topic “Blessed are the Peacemakers—Christian peacemaking in a violent and unjust world” at The Parish Centre: The Monastery, 15 Cross Road, Glen Osmond. Registrations are necessary either via email or Telephone 08 8556 3915.
Click here for the poster. 
 
7 September – 9 October 2016
The Golden Rule - Love thy Neighbour: Exhibition
Adelaide City Library, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall
The Golden Rule is a value shared by all major faith groups. By acknowledging our common humanity we can work together to build a more peaceful and tolerant world. 
The exhibition, the first of its kind in Australia, brings together the writings, stories and art of 8 spiritual communities in South Australia, along with expert commentary from educators and spiritual leaders. It is supported by the Australian Government and Adelaide City Council and will be opened by the Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le AO and City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese.  More details

14 October 2016 - World Council of Churches to visit Adelaide
Rev Dr Olav Fyske Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches, will visit Adelaide on Friday 14 October 2016.
A program of events, including a Lecture/Presentation by Rev Dr Olav Fyske Tveit, and a panel conversation, will be held between 10.30am – 3.15pm on 14 October at St Mary and St Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church/Hall, 18 Goldfinch Ave, Cowandilla.  Registrations essential.  
More details soon online here  or from Geraldine Hawkes via email  
 
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