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More than 100 adults and children gathered at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Cheltenham on Saturday, 27 August for the “Reimagining Parish Services Expo”. Together with Fr John Petrulis, Parish Priest of Catholic Parish of Sacred Heart and St Colomba who gave the keynote address, leaders from 15 parishes and six social service agencies exhibited a diverse range of services to their communities.  Our Lady of the Assumption Parish demonstrated service in action as they welcomed the visitors; St Anthony’s Glenhuntly inspired us with meals services for local people, while St Macartan’s Mornington and other parishes on the Mornington Peninsula showed enormous support for Timor Leste.

There was a strong support at the Expo for other parishes to highlight their services and to learn from the work of others. Further Expos are envisaged, and will be announced at www.css.org.au/parishes

The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is hosting the 2016 Just Art Exhibition titled 'Asylum Seekers - Stories of Humanity' from 26-30 August. It will feature more than 250 artworks including visual art, media, performing arts and creative writing, created by members of the Victorian community, advocating for a more humane response to people seeking asylum in Australia.
The Home Stretch is a national campaign, formed to influence the Victorian government to change the current leaving care arrangements for young people from 18 to 21 years-old, which will increase the likelihood of successful transition into adulthood. 
The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, has unveiled plans to hold an historic plenary council of the entire Catholic Church in Australia. It is to be held in 2020, only the fifth time in Australia’s history, and 79 years after the previous plenary council meeting.

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 "The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebrationThe parish is .. a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a centre of constant missionary outreach"
(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 28)
Click here for a list of the presenters and exhibitors at the 27 August 2016 Reimagining Parish Services Expo.  
Click here to view a gallery of photos from the event.
Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work.

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