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

July 2014


Sport on social justice agenda

Australians are passionate about their sport: the nation seems to stop for a grand final or a crucial cricket test while local sporting clubs are a nucleus around which a community can grow and flourish.

Lifelong friendships are forged; young people learn skills and resilience; volunteers devote time and energy to their organisations. And sport brings together people who otherwise might never come in contact. A good example is the story in this newsletter about St Ignatius’ College students playing soccer with young refugees.

At the same time, there are growing concerns about certain aspects of sport that are undermining and distorting sport’s ideals.

Too often we see violence on the field, on the sidelines or in the street; we see abuse of drugs and alcohol; we see racism and abuse or exploitation of women; and we see a growing potential for crime and corruption.

These issues, as well as the social benefits of sport and its potential to be a force for good, will be addressed by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2014-15.

The statement, A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in this sporting nation, is being prepared by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council in readiness for its release on Social Justice Sunday, which takes place on September 28 this year.  The title refers to St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 9:24–27), where Paul compares the ‘wreath that will wither’ for which the athletes of the time competed, with the imperishable crown that we aspire to as followers of Christ.

For further details visit or call (02) 8306 3499.

Soccer game welcomes all

In celebration of Refugee Week on Wednesday June 18, the 11th annual Friendship Cup was held at the Saint Ignatius’ College Senior School where students enjoyed a game of soccer with refugee children from the Adelaide Secondary School of English.

Saint Ignatius’ College student and game captain Jesse Richter was grateful for the opportunity to meet new friends and welcome them to the College community.

“It was a good opportunity to play with and meet new members of our Australian community. It was also good to see them in a different light to how the media portray them,” said Jesse.

Saint Ignatius’ College teacher and one of the Friendship Cup initiators Con Kapnistis said the event allowed his students to generate a well-rounded understanding of the meaning of ‘refugee’ through personal experience.

Adelaide United players Awar Mabil and James Jeggo, along with assistant coach Michael Valkanis, were special guests at the event. 

Kenyan-born Mabil spent his early years living in a Refugee Camp with his family.

In 2006, his family moved to Australia, just in time to witness the broadcast of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

This was a life-changing time for Mabil and one that sparked his interest and later his career in soccer.

Commission needs time

Truth Justice and Healing Council CEO, Francis Sullivan, has welcomed the release of the interim report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse saying the Commission must be given the time and resources it needs to complete its investigations.

The report was tabled in Federal Parliament at the end of June.

Commissioner Peter McClellan has asked the Federal Government to provide another $104 million and two more years to complete the Commission’s investigations into how institutions across Australia have responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.

This would mean the Commission would complete its final report by 15 December 2017 and allow for another 30 public hearings beyond the 40 anticipated by the end of 2015.

Mr Sullivan said the work of the Royal Commission must be allowed to continue until the Commissioners are fully satisfied the work is complete.

“To not finish the job properly and completely would be an insult to all the victims of abuse and one of the greatest lost opportunities of our generation,” he said.

Club Cool

On the third Sunday of the month, the ‘Gov’ at Hindmarsh holds Club Cool.

The Club is supported by DIRC (Disability Information Resource Centre) and features live bands and a great atmosphere.

The residents of Ain Karim enjoy the music, dancing, and catching up with people they know and the chance to make new friends. 

A good time is being had by Sharon and John with Phillipa and Chris to the right of John with Michael dancing on the far left.

World Youth Day 2016

The official logo and prayer for World Youth Day 2016 were unveiled at the beginning of July in the event's host city — Krakow, Poland — by the city's Archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. 

The logo and prayer focus on the theme chosen by Pope Francis from the Gospel of Matthew: 'Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.'

The logo, created by Monika Rybczynska, 28, with help from Emilia Pyza, 26, features a red and blue flame of Divine Mercy flowing from a gold cross, surrounded by a red outline of the map of Poland. A gold dot represents the city of Krakow on the map and symbolises youth.

The international gathering will be held from July 26-31, 2016, with Pope Francis and youth from all over the world.

Cosmos tour company will coordinate travel arrangements for an estimated 2,000 Australians making the pilgrimage to World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 in Krakow Poland.

The Adelaide Archdiocese has begun preparations for a diocesan pilgrimage to Krakow.

For more information, contact Sarah Moffatt at

Peace lamps

SA Council of Churches (SACC) invites you to buy a Peace Lamp, made by young people in Taybeh, a small Christian village in the West Bank, 25 kms northeast of Jerusalem.

Their hope is to “place a Peace Lamp in every single church in the world and to unite as many Christians and people of faith in a common prayer for peace in the Holy Land”.

Peace Lamp 1: Traditional Model      $44 + p&p (includes glass cup and two tea lights)

Peace Lamp 2: Small Dove Model    $20 + p&p

Photos of Peace Lamps, order form and stories at


NAIDOC Week: July 7-13

NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

The first NAIDOC poster was created in 1972 to promote ‘Aborigines Day’, which had become widely accepted as a day for Australians to come together in support of better rights for Indigenous people.

The 1988 poster (above) titled ‘Recognise and Share the Survival of the Oldest Culture in the World’ was the first to reflect the NAIDOC name change to formally incorporate the inclusion of the Torres Strait Islander community. Today, 100,000 posters are distributed nationally. To view the poster gallery for previous National NAIDOC posters visit

Meanwhile, the Bishops Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders has produced a statement called 'Alive with Power' to highlight the contribution of Indigenous people. The Statement is being distributed to parishes and can be accessed online at

United they slept

This year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout, held in the prestigious grounds of Government House, raised over $608,000 for South Australia. 

Over one hundred of Adelaide’s leading CEOs, business, and community leaders came together to support the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society, in alleviating the long-term effects of homelessness in the community. 
The Sleepout, originating in NSW, and rolled-out nationally by Vinnie’s in 2010, has gathered a huge amount of momentum over the years with increasing numbers of business leaders keen to sleep rough for one night.  The 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout will mark the 10th anniversary since the inception of the event.

Nationally the event, which this year involved over one thousand participants, raised over $5.8 million.

For more information go to

A day at the Zoo

Westpac have very generously donated some Adelaide Zoo family-passes to readers of Living Catholic!
Each pass is for two adults and three children. The first twelve Living Catholic subscribers who phone through can claim a pass (one family pass per caller).

Please note the Zoo passes expire on August 7, 2014 and Adelaide Zoo needs notice if a group booking of more than 10 people or more is required. Tel: 08 8210 8157 – Ask for Annie (Catholic Charities).

We would like to extend our thanks to Westpac for their generosity.

Living Catholic explained

The ‘Living Catholic’ initiative draws attention to those who belong to the Catholic faith who do tremendous work to help others.   

It is a reminder to us, and to other people in the community, of what we do to care for and help people in our ordinary lives.

Archbishop Wilson has outlined how to promote and share positive aspects of Catholic life by using the ‘Living Catholic’ logo on any materials we produce including newsletters, websites and brochures.

To find out more, please view this webcast from Archbishop Philip Wilson on the meaning behind ‘Living Catholic’

Hutt St Centre – walk a mile in my boots

Join with walkers bright and early on Friday August 8 for the annual Hutt St Centre event Walk a mile in my boots

Coinciding with National Homeless Persons’ Week, the event is an opportunity to show your support for members of the South Australian community who are doing it tough. This year Hutt St Centre is also taking the walk out of town with Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale walks planned.
The city walk starts at Rundle Park (cnr North Tce and East Tce) at 7.30am and finishes just past the Hutt St Centre in the South Parklands with breakfast.

The walk is easy, fun, makes a significant difference to people’s lives and you can still get to work or school on time!
This year Hutt St Centre is looking to attract 4000 people to walk in the city and many more to walk a mile in their community.

If you walked last year, drag a friend out of bed to join you this year!  To register online or to find out more information about the McLaren Vale event (August 1) or Barossa Valley event (August 15) go to

Blackfriars seeks new principal

Applications are invited from experienced and inspirational Catholic educational leaders for the position of Principal of Blackfriars Priory School located in Prospect, South Australia.
Blackfriars Priory School is a Catholic school for boys under the governance of the Dominican Friars.
Current enrolment is 1050 students from Early Learning to Year 12. This position is to commence in Term 4, 2014 or by negotiation.

Further information and an application package are available from the Recruitment Coordinator, email:
Mobile: 0417 863 316
Applications close 4.00pm Thursday August 7, 2014.

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Friday July 11 – Anniversary of Dedication of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, 12.10pm
Sunday July 20 – Mass for 60th anniversary of the Daughters of Charity in Adelaide and Hutt St Centre, 2pm
Friday August 8 – St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day Mass, 6pm.  Followed by a Candlelight Prayer Vigil, National Vocations Awareness Week 
Friday August 15 – Feast of the Assumption Mass, 12.10pm

Ministry Workshops – July
Australian Lutheran College, 104 Jeffcott St, North Adelaide. More information at

Friday, 11 July, 2014, 7.30pm-9pm
Faith: What it is and what it isn’t - Public Lecture
Adelaide Catholic University, Conference Room 7/8, 116 George St, Thebarton. Professor Terrence Tilley, Professor of Catholic Theology, and Chair of the Dept of Theology at Fordham University (New York City).
RSVP  Ph: 8234 7462 or just come along.

Friday 8th August – Walk a Mile in my Shoes – Hutt St Centre –
(See story in newsletter above for more information)

13-Week Youth Ministry Training in Adelaide
Begins in August. Two Locations: Aberfoyle Park & Hope Valley.
Cost $40 (saving $260 thanks to RH White scholarship).
More information at:

Monday September 15 – Catholic Charities Annual Golf Day

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