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Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with Edmund Rice Ministries and Presentation Sisters will host a Catholic Social Teaching Train the Trainer day on Tuesday 28 November from 9.30am to 4pm at St Joseph's by the Sea, 16 Esplanade, Williamstown. Titled, 'Catholic Social Teaching: A lived, reflective experience of the guiding principles', those responsible for mission and culture development within their organisations, are encouraged to attend.
The Deaf Catholic Conference in August 2017 sparked an energy and commitment to keeping channels open, sharing practices and experiences and offering support to all in the Australian and New Zealand Deaf Catholic communities. Hosted by the John Pierce Centre, it was the first such conference in over a decade. The theme was ‘Our community of faith: reflect, embrace and nurture’. See attached report for details.
 
Congratulations to the John Pierce Centre on their work in bringing this together. 
At our most recent forum on parish support for asylum seekers, Catholic social services reiterated its support for the Victorian Government’s assistance for asylum seekers who have been cut off from Federal Government benefits. Catholic agencies and parishes, together with many others, are already providing substantial accommodation, material aid, mental and physical health, legal and other support to this group, and to many other asylum seekers and refugees in similar circumstances. Our agencies and parishes warmly welcome this Victorian Government initiative and are keen to keep contributing themselves.
The Catholic Church in Melbourne, along with the Vatican, sends an annual greeting to Hindus on the occasion of the festival of Diwali. This message offers warmest greetings and the blessings of prosperity and success on the occasion of Diwali, and looks forward to the Catholic and Hindu communities ‘doing more together in the future for the common good of our society’. May the celebration of Diwali be a time of joy for us all.

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Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work.
 
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