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December 5 is International Volunteer Day. Volunteers are vital to our work in supporting parishes and to our 50+ Catholic Social Services member organisations, which provide assistance to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised in our community. In fact, 17,000+ volunteers contribute to the work of our members!
 
Once such member organisation is Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH), which is lucky enough to have the support of more than 630 volunteers who donate their time and talents to brighten the lives of the older people, children and adults with disabilities, their families and carers.
 
Catholic Social Services Victoria recently hosted a day of reflection and engagement with the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching in the light of Laudato Si by Pope Francis. Eighteen participants from as far as Brisbane, Bairnsdale, Warrnambool and Wangaratta joined Melbourne colleagues at St. Joseph’s By The Sea, Williamstown on Tuesday 27 November for this final Catholic Social Teaching workshop for 2017.
We have joined with more than 60 organisations in signing an open letter to Premier Daniel Andrews calling for the Victorian Government to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years of age. Such a change is called for because it reduces crime, is evidence based and it's the right thing to do. Read the full letter here.
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria unveiled paintings of the 14 Stations of the Cross in its chapel on Sunday 19 November, inviting deeper reflection on the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. Aboriginal artist John Dunn wove his own life story into those transcendent themes, and on Sunday he shared that weaving with the many people who were privileged to be present for the unveiling. The Stations of the Cross deepen the Ministry's commitment to providing a place of contemplation and reflection for those who visit its chapel and office.

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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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