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As we draw near to Christmas, we recall that Christians celebrate that our God entered into a new and unique relationship with humankind; that Jesus came to live among us as one of us, to bring the face of God before us in a radically different way.  

The spirit of Christmas, then, is very much one of recognising the value of all people, because our God has identified with each of us in a special way; and has told us that we can find him in each other.  

This has implications for our personal relations, our service to others and our work for a more just and compassionate society.  May the spirit of Christmas renew and strengthen us in these commitments.

A Professional Development Program over three evenings - 5.30 for 6.00 – 8.30pm, on Wednesdays 25 March, 22 April and 27 May 2015.

Building on the insights of Pope Francis, the Forums will provide a valuable opportunity to reflect deeply on the relationship leaders have with the Gospel and the mission of their own organisation, and its relationship to the broader social services sector. 

Thomas Merton writes: “The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge. Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance. Therefore, too, we must remember that Christian optimism is not a perpetual sense of euphoria, an indefectible comfort in whose presence neither anguish nor tragedy can possibly exist…… the Church in preparing us for the birth of a “great prophet,” a Savior and a King of Peace, has more in mind than seasonal cheer...

Helping parishes strengthen their support for asylum seekers was the focus of a forum at Catholic Social Services Victoria on Friday 21 November. Twenty three parishes and a number of social services agencies took part, in what was the next step in the Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Program.


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