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

October 2014

Taking time to say thanks


Every day there are thousands of people doing good works in their local community – it might be handing out vouchers to a single mother, working in a Vinnies shop, helping with the flowers at the local church, serving lunch for the homeless at Hutt St Centre or giving Communion to the frail and elderly.

If you know someone like this, now is the time to show your appreciation and nominate them for the annual Archbishop’s Awards so the wider Catholic community can also thank and recognise them.

The awards were introduced by Archbishop Philip Wilson and are an integral part of the Archdiocese’s Living Catholic initiative, aimed at supporting the many lay Catholics and Religious who live out their faith in their everyday lives.

The awards recognise current and recent outstanding service by an individual. There are four categories: Service to (1) parish life; (2) community; (3) education of young South Australians; and
(4) young people for contribution to the life and mission of the Church.  For more information, contact Robyn Carroll 8210 8220 or Nomination forms can be downloaded at

Dr Sharkey moving on

The Director of Catholic Education in South Australia, Dr Paul Sharkey, will leave Adelaide at the end of the year to take up a position as Director of Catholic Identity and Education Services at the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne.

Announcing his new appointment, the Vicar General Father Philip Marshall described Dr Sharkey as a respected leader within the Catholic community and said he had made a significant contribution to Catholic Education over the past 17 years, including the past four years as director.

The recruitment process for replacing Dr Sharkey is underway.

Race for Vinnies

Vinnies is holding an ‘Amazing Race’ style fundraising event on October 24 whereby ten teams will compete in a race around Adelaide.

The event is a key part of the corporate social partnership with Adelaide City Council. Players will race against each other to solve clues on a mystery route throughout the CBD and North Adelaide.

Along the way, teams will encounter a series of exclusive challenges that highlight the Council’s popular #ActiveAmbassador program.

Channel Nine have come on board as major sponsor and teams will vie to win prizes including four tickets to the upcoming Rolling Stones concert at Adelaide Oval.

Channel Nine’s weather will be broadcast from the finish line where teams can upload images of them in action using Channel Nine’s mobile social media booth.

The race kicks off at 3pm from Victoria Park before finishing at 7pm at the final secret checkpoint.

For more information click here.

All Soul’s Day Service

Father Peter Zwaans will this year lead the State’s largest All Souls’ Day service at the annual day of prayer for the dead at Enfield Memorial Park on Sunday, November 2 from 11.30am-12.30pm.

Held on the Folland Chapel lawns within the Browning Street cemetery, the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority event will include a procession through the park and a candle lighting ceremony in memory of loved ones.
The All Souls’ Day service is a special annual event where people commemorate the faithfully departed and is a time for the Christian community to remember deceased family members and friends, says Robert Pitt, Chief Executive Officer of the Authority.

Father Zwaans (pictured), from Hectorville parish, will guide the event as one of the youngest serving Catholic priests in SA, having been ordained at St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide in 2011.

Raising awareness

Blue Knot Day – a national awareness day organised by Adults Surviving Childhood Abuse – is being celebrated on Monday October 27 with activities planned until November 2.

Following the June release of the interim report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, ASCA President Dr Cathy Kezelman said the significance of this year’s Blue Knot Day had never been greater.

This year Blue Knot Day will focus its attention on the education and training urgently needed for health professionals and organisations working with survivors.

Social justice sports day

St Gabriel’s School, Enfield, recently staged an event to raise awareness and funds for Catholic Charities. The Sports for Social Justice Day was held on Wednesday September 10 and coincided with National Health and Physical Education Day.

The school broke into their Heart Learning groups (R-7 groups of ten) to rotate their way through a variety of sports.  The focus was on Catholic social teaching, sporting and gospel values. Some groups used equipment made from recycled materials.
It was a huge success and their accumulated fundraising for the year raised nearly $1000, a great achievement for a school with just under 300 students. Pictured: Nicolas Cacayorin & Alan Van with their hoola hoops.

Design a Christmas card

A reminder that the Archbishop's Christmas card competition is on again with winners receiving free cinema tickets and having their images printed in The Southern Cross newspaper.
Entries must be received by close of business on Friday, November 7. For more details, see this month's Southern Cross.

Caritas in the classroom

Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, has developed an online multimedia toolkit for schools across Australia that brings Catholic Social Teaching (CST) to life in the classroom.

Available through Caritas Australia’s website and aimed at school students and their teachers, the videos, photos, cartoons, comics and interactive activities make up the learning tools.  The six key CST principles covered are: the Dignity of the Human Person, the Common Good, Subsidiarity and Participation, Solidarity, Preferential Option for the Poor and Stewardship of Creation.

A focus on marginalised communities is emphasised through footage of Caritas Australia’s work in the Brazilian city of São Paulo where Maristely, the young face of this year’s Project Compassion, lives with her family.

Anti-Poverty Week

This week is Anti-Poverty Week (October 12-18) - an opportunity for all Australians to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas. 

The week aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty through research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Some activities are organised by welfare and health organisations, religious groups, community organisations, schools and youth groups. Many other types of organisations also arrange activities, including government departments, local councils, business organisations, universities and sporting and cultural groups.

Teeing off for Charity

Catholic Charities would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s annual golf day on September 15.
There was a record turnout of 92 players for the 20th anniversary of the event.  An early morning barbecue was prepared by Bob McGowan before the shotgun start at 8.00am. After an energetic morning of golf, 100 sat down to lunch in the beautiful West Lakes Golf Course dining room. 

Annie O’Neil, from Catholic Charities, thanked all the sponsors and volunteers on the day as well as Westlake’s Golf Club for their continued support.

$7000 was raised for Auricht House respite care facility run by Centacare Catholic Family Services. Pictured: Ian Roxby the winner of the Tom Fogarty Memorial Trophy (overall male winner) with Mary Mittiga who won the Helen Kain Trophy (overall female winner). More photos can be viewed here.

Students take up challenge

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 was also a good sport by taking part in the ‘ice bucket’ challenge.

Adelade White Ribbon Breakfast

The seventh annual "Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast” will be held at 7am on Tuesday 25 November 2014 at the Adelaide Convention Centre (please note change of venue).  This is one of many White Ribbon events to be held around Australia to celebrate United Nations "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women".

The event will be opened by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia and White Ribbon Ambassador, and compered by media identities White Ribbon Ambassador Ron Kandelaars and Leigh McClusky.

Register your booking online.

NATSICC survey

NATSICC is trying to get a better picture of the ways in which Indigenous Catholics are involved in the life of the Church on a parish level.

The Indigenous in Parish Life survey is also an opportunity for parishes to request support to better serve and engage the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the Church.

The short 12 question survey can be found here.

Diary Dates

Events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

Saturday 18 – St Luke – Feast. Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Vigil Mass 6pm, St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral.
Sunday 19 – World Mission Day. Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Investiture Mass 3.30pm St Francis
Xavier’s Cathedral – Feast of Our Lady of Palestine.
Sunday 26 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Catholic Women’s League Mass to conclude 100-year celebrations.
Tuesday December 9 – Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Mass & Charity Expo.

Friday 17 October 2014, 7.30pm-9pm Annual Lecture: Ecumenism in the 21st Century: Deepening Recognition and Receptive Learning, Professor Catherine Clifford – click here for details.

Saturday 18 October 2014, 9.15am-12.45pm Mini Conference: through prayer,
Presentations, theological reflection, conversation - and morning tea -
Room S1, Adelaide College of Divinity, 34 Lipsett Tce, Brooklyn Park
Cost (full rate/concession rate):  Friday $15/$10 / Saturday $20/$15 / both sessions $35/$25
Registrations please and for more information contact Geraldine Hawkes  
Ph: 8215 0300

Saturday 15 November 2014, 9am - 1pm
SA Council of Churches General Meeting - all welcome
St Mary & Anba Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church, 18-20 Goldfinch Ave Cowandilla
See for agenda.  RSVPs to Helen

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