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​On 20th September 2020 the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne celebrated Social Services Sunday where we recognised in a particular way the work of parish communities and the staff of Catholic social services agencies, who work so hard to care for those in need of practical expressions of God’s love and healing. "We are very limited as individuals in what rewards we can deliver for those who are suffering deeply. But as a community in the Church - the Body of Christ - we can do infinitely more," stated Fr Joe Caddy, Episcopal Vicar of Social Services, in his homily for this special Sunday.

This 2020 World Day of Migrant and Refugees (Sunday, 27 September), let’s remember, pray for, and commit to working to change the horrible reality of many in ‘our own backyard’. Members of Catholic Social Services Victoria and parishes across the state are making considerable efforts to assist people seeking asylum, refugees, and other migrants who hold temporary visas, as many remain in harsh circumstances in detention centres, and the majority of the 115,000 living in Australian community have been deemed ineligible for any federal government support payments during COVID-19, making many at risk of homelessness and despair.

Catholic Social Services Victoria's September 2020 eNewsletter is out now. It is full of latest news and information from us, and our Member organisations, as well as upcoming events from our members, and parish community. We focus on the upcoming celebration of Social Services Sunday on 20th September 2020, and highlight a number of campaigns that we're supporting, and would ask that you consider taking action upon, as well! Read the newsletter, here.

Normally at this time of year, St Mary’s House of Welcome is busy organising its ‘Degustation for Dignity’ annual fundraising gala event to help people sleeping rough and experiencing chronic homelessness. Sadly, COVID-19 and physical distancing has put a stop to that for this year. Far from being defeated, St Mary’s has created something new — ‘De-frustration for Dignity’, to be held on Friday 30th October, 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Cost is $220 for two people (includes premium grazing hamper for two, full of beautiful Victorian wine and produce; exclusive access to an online wine Masterclass hosted by renowned wine writer, Max Allen, tasting notes, access to an online silent auction, and more.

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