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October 2016
Navigating mental illness 

It is easy to lose sight of recovery amid the fog of depression but through a support group in Adelaide, Dr Michael Musker is giving people new hope of navigating mental illness.
A senior research fellow at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Mind & Brain Theme, Dr Musker has teamed with Centacare mental health worker Debra Daw to deliver the Black Dog Institute’s REACH program.
It is the second time Centacare has brought the psycho-educational wellbeing group to SA.
REACH is being highlighted as part of Mental Health Week. People with diagnosed mood disorders meet weekly to learn from one another, share their stories, and develop a plan to get better – and stay well.
“By sharing experiences with others, participants can see they are not alone,’’ Dr Musker says.
"Techniques such as expressive writing and mindfulness exercises are used to highlight the importance of hope in dealing with depression and bipolar disorder.
“We provide participants with the skills to help themselves and keep track of their illness. We also help them understand what happens when they relapse, and how they might respond.’’
In their lifetime, one in seven Australians will experience depression and one in 33 men and women will be affected by bipolar disorder.
The REACH program runs 6-8pm every Thursday to December 8 at Centacare’s Fennescey House, 33 Wakefield St, Adelaide. For bookings, phone Centacare 8159 1400.

Information on Mental Health Week activities can be found on Centacare’s website 
Insight into education funding
The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has responded to recent media coverage of the ongoing debate on school funding, claiming the complexity of the issue has created “a lot of noise but not a lot of insight”. Read the article by NCEC executive director Ross Fox here.

Welcoming culture

National CEO of Welcome to Australia, Mohammad Al-Khafaji, was presented with a cheque from funds raised by Social Justice League leaders from Mercedes College, Blackfriars Priory School and St Dominic’s Priory College at an assembly hosted by Mercedes College leaders.
Year 12 Mercedes Social Justice League leader Gabrielle Capasso said a common goal to raise awareness of social justice issues was their reason for joining forces.  
The Welcome to Australia Foundation is aimed at engaging everyday Australians in the task of cultivating a culture of welcome in our nation by finding different ways for individuals, families, businesses and other organisations to work together to continue to develop the values of diversity, compassion, generosity and commitment to giving all people a fair go.
Pictured: Sophie Smith (Mercedes College), Fida Hussain (Welcome to Australia), Mohammad Al-Khafaji (National CEO Welcome to Australia) Gabrielle Capasso (Mercedes College), Rainier Acuna and Tom O’Donnell (Blackfriars Priory School), Evelyn Cacas (Mercedes College), Todd La Forgia (Blackfriars Priory School), Pat Terminillo (Director of Mission Mercedes College).

Young Writer’s Award

Mercedes College Year 11 student, Megan Crossing, was presented with the Young Writers Award as well as the Elizabeth Butler Award for her prose, April’s Fools, at the South Australian English Teachers Association (SAETA) Official Award Ceremony recently held at Adelaide University. 
Megan's winning short story won first in her division as well as the overall prize and was published in the SAETA publication, Opinion
April’s Fools is about the processes that the world goes through when the people in it discover that the world is ending and how different types of people react to this situation.
The SAETA Young Writers Award is open to all students across South Australia from Reception to Year 12. Students can submit one poem and/or piece of prose under 1000 words.
For more information go to the website

Syrian children ask for peace

Children at more than 2,000 schools all over Syria are drawing and writing messages to the political decision makers of the European Union and United Nations under the motto ‘Peace for Children’.  This appeal is a joint campaign being carried out by Catholic and Orthodox Christians in Syria, and members of religious communities have been invited to take part. 
Children of all Christian denominations in Damascus, Homs, Yabroud, Aleppo, Marmarita and Tartus made October 6 a joint Action Day for Peace. Sister Annie Demerjian, one of the local organisers of the event, said: “When a child talks about losing his father, for example, we will follow it up by praying for all children in Syria who have lost parents or siblings.” 
Thousands of children in Syria have been killed during the war. According to data provided by the Oxford Research Group, more than 11,500 children died in the first two years of the conflict alone.  Go here for more information.

Speaking up for the poor  

Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians while more than a billion people  around the world are desperately poor. 
Anti-Poverty Week, which runs from 16-22 October 2016, raises awareness of poverty and hardship within the community.  Highlighting the effects of poverty on marginalised groups, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the Federal Parliament’s decision to change their plans to cut the energy supplement to welfare recipients.
President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart said the Catholic bishops were concerned about growing income inequality in Australia and its impacts on poor and disadvantaged communities.
“Cutting payments to the most vulnerable families and individuals in our community when their payments are already inadequate to meet their living costs, was a very concerning initiative,” Archbishop Hart said.
The rate of poverty in Australia is growing with an estimated 2.5m people or 13.9 percent of all people including 600,000 children now living below the poverty line.
For more information on Anti-Poverty Week go to website.
Arch D Radio podcasts
The Arch D Radio show discusses all the news worth knowing for young people in the Archdiocese of Adelaide. It is broadcast on 1079 Life every Wednesday and Saturday night.
The following podcasts are now available to download. 
•    James and students from Marymount College discuss everything that's happening at the school, including the Enviro-group & Catholic Identity Ambassadors, their renowned music program and the importance of being true to yourself at school.
•    With special guests Sr Bernadette Kiley and Teresa Hudson, the show discusses the Gospel of Mark from the context of when the gospel was written, what makes it unique, why many believe it to be the most 'challenging' of the New Testament gospels, and most importantly, how does it speak to us in 2016?
•    James talks to Archbishop Philip Wilson about his experiences at this year's World Youth Day in Poland, the recent nationwide protests about justice for refugees and Arch D Radio's 250th show.
You can subscribe and listen to the podcasts through Soundcloud and iTunes or contact James via email
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. 

Pipe organ to be unveiled  

A restored 1920s Casavant  Fréres pipe organ will be blessed and commissioned at the 11am Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Sunday November 13. 
Major refurbishment of the choir loft to hold the pipe organ was finished last year and was followed by tonal work on the instrument by Ian Wakeley of Wakeley Pipe Organs, Melbourne. 
Originally manufactured in 1927 for St Jean de la Croix Church in Montreal, Canada, the organ was shipped to Australia from London, Ontario, Canada in 2005 by Mr Wakeley on behalf of the Adelaide Archdiocese.
On the evening of Tuesday November 15, an opening recital will be held for individuals and groups who supported the Cathedral Restoration Appeal, a partnership with the National Trust SA, and the Pipes Are Calling campaign. Renowned organist Dr Josh van Konkelenberg will be playing on the night.
This event is open for all to attend.  

For more information on the Pipes are Calling Campaign contact Jane Juniper via email or Tel: 8210 8223.
MFP Anniversary 
The 10th Anniversary of the Ministry Formation Program was marked by Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, followed by supper.
Archbishop Wilson, along with 12 priests, concelebrated the Mass at which prayers and music were shared in thanksgiving for the program.
The Ministry Formation Program (MFP) supports people in developing the knowledge and skills to effectively and confidently serve in parish life and beyond.
Archbishop Wilson commended all those who have taken part in the program over the past 10 years and also those who work to make the program successful and meaningful. 
Margaret Speechley, current director of MFP, recognised Archbishop Wilson’s vision for and support of the program. “I know that it is your vision for the Archdiocese - that people in lay ministry have the best possible formation and the highest possible level of theological study,” she said.
For more information on the MFP visit the website

Confronting hearing predicted

The final Royal Commission hearing into the Catholic Church in early 2017 will be confronting, the chief executive of the Truth Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan has warned.
In a wide-ranging presentation to the Victorian chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s ‘Social Justice in the City’ speaker series in Melbourne last month Mr Sullivan said that “like all Catholics and the broader community the Royal Commission wants answers to the ‘why’ questions”.
“Why was abuse so extensive in Catholic Church schools, parishes, homes and orphanages?” he asked.
Mr Sullivan also spoke recently at the Dominican Friars Assembly where some 20 members of the Order met to discuss their future. 
“Some people say you can’t look at the past with today’s eyes. But that is part of the defensiveness in the Church that needs to be eradicated. When we try to minimalise and contextualise – we are actually trying to excuse,” he said.
For more information go to the Truth Justice & Healing Council  website  and The Royal Commission website.

Food crisis in  Zimbabwe

Caritas Australia, part of one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world, is responding to Zimbabwe’s food crisis with an emergency relief program, funded with development partner, Caritas Gweru. The crisis has left up to 4.5 million people, about a third of the population, without enough to eat.
Caritas Australia’s Africa program coordinator, Sister Ivy Khoury, spoke of the severity of the crisis, as well as the strength of Zimbabwe’s people.
“For many years people have suffered. If it hasn’t been from drought, it has been from the outbreak of cholera, due to a lack of safe water and sanitation infrastructure,” Sister Ivy said. “Even though people are suffering, they live with hope and believe that their lives will improve with the assistance of Caritas Australia.” 
Caritas Australia’s emergency relief program aims to ensure food security for the most vulnerable in Zimbabwe, by providing food distribution, school meals and financial support to almost 100 households.
For more information go to website

A fearless advocate

Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO has been appointed chief executive officer of Catholic Social Services Australia.
“Fr Frank Brennan is one of Australia’s leading advocates for justice and equity. His record on speaking out on behalf of people who have been ignored and disregarded in our community is unparalleled,” said chair of Catholic Social Services Australia Dr Maria Harries AM.
“From his earliest involvement in civil rights movements in Queensland, his work towards reconciliation with Indigenous communities in Redfern in 1975 through to the institution of the Native Title Act in 1993, his tireless advocacy on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers, and his contribution to the development of the constitution for the people of Timor Leste among many other public achievements, Fr Brennan has held Australia to a consistent standard of upholding the rights, dignity and respect of all people, especially those most marginalised.
“I know that under his leadership people experiencing disadvantage and exclusion will have an effective, compassionate, and fearless advocate,” said Dr Harries.
Link to Media Release 

Community engager  

Caritas Australia has welcomed a new community engagement manager, Father George Sigamony, who brings enormous experience in social justice, aid and development to his new role.
Ordained as a priest in 1993, it was only a year later that Father George was sent by his superiors to serve a small parish in a district surrounded by a series of tea plantations. There he set about bringing dignity to the lives of his community, after being confronted by the poverty of plantation workers, many of whom were forced to live on less than one dollar a day and were also the victims of violence. 
“My passion started with seeing the opportunities for these people to empower themselves. I also realised that as one person, I could make a real difference,” Fr George said.
“With the great team that I have at Caritas, I can bring the good news of our people to others who need more hope in their lives.”  
For more information about Caritas visit Caritas website.

Diary Dates

Upcoming events in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral:
Monday, October 16, 2.30pm –  
Feast of St Daniel Comboni of Sudan

Friday, October 21, 7am to 7pm12 Hours for the Lord 

Sunday, October 23Catholic Mission Sunday

Sunday October 30, 11amOur Lady of Palestine Feast Mass 

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

Friday October 14 - World Council of Churches to visit Adelaide
Rev Dr Olav Fyske Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches, will visit Adelaide.  A program of events, including a lecture/presentation by Rev Dr 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 via website or via email.  

Sunday October 23 - Faith Reflection Workshop   
The Joinery at 111 Franklin St, Adelaide, from 2pm – 4.30pm.
All welcome to attend - further workshops on demand. A panel of experts will be available to answer your queries on - Indigenous concerns about land & people - Perspectives guided by faith, ethics and morality - Long-term risk management & current legislation - Risks to health, food & water, including groundwater - Global nuclear industry – economics & choices. RSVP & Further Information: Philippa Rowland 0417 799 360 email.

Monday November 7 - Catholic Charities Golf Day
Adelaide Shores Patawalonga Golf Course – Shotgun start: 8am. Golf will be followed by a 2 course lunch at the Westward Ho Golf Club – Presentation of Prizes. Trophies for overall winners & best 3 in each Grade – Ladies & Men. Novelty Prizes e.g. longest drive. If you would like to play or arrange a team of four, contact: Peter McCarthy 0448 017 256 or email.

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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