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Everyone is invited to The Aboriginal Catholic Ministry (ACM) on Saturday the 28th October for a special event where ACM is joining together with a local organisation, 'The Weekly Service'. The Weekly Service invites storytellers to speak on the topics ranging from friendship to ecology to the sacred.

Member organisation, Australian Catholic Against Trading in Humans (ACRATH), with the assistance of students at the St Thomas Moore Law School of the Australian Catholic University (ACU), have prepared a submission for an inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism.

ACRATH's submission (which is number 8 in the list), can be found here.
Youth mental health is one of the big issues facing our local Vietnamese community. To address this, a mental health awareness discussion forum, 'Viet Youth In Crisis - How can we help?', will be held on Saturday 28 October, at 1.30pm, at St Joseph's Hall, corner of Buckingham and St James Avenue, Springvale. Download flyer, here.

Our HUGE Chapel St Auction is on again and you're invited!
Thursday 2 Nov from 6-9pm with the Auction starting at 7pm & Friday 3 Nov - Sunday 5 November from 10am 5pm. Venue: Prahran Town Hall, corner Chapel and Greville Streets.

Did you know that this year we made another Brownlow Medal red carpet appearance, but this time with the support of the AFL? The wonderful women of the AFL will #Giveafrock from this year’s Brownlow Medal night and other AFL-related events, to be auctioned off at the Auction

Women escaping domestic violence who are forced to seek temporary refuge in motels will benefit from a new crisis centre in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre was officially opened on 8 October in a ceremony led by Sr Meredith Evans RSM and attended by Vinnies national and state presidents Graham West and Cathy Beaton. Vinnies chief executive officer David Wark said, “It was clear to us a couple of years ago that Vinnies could make a difference to outcomes for women at risk, who are often housed in motel accommodation, and we set about making that happen. This new service will provide a wrap-around service where women and their children will have the support of the whole Vinnies community.”
The vast majority of Australians (including more than three-quarters of voters for both major parties) support the reunion of refugee families separated around the world according to a new poll published on 2 October. A ReachTEL survey of 1,958 people, commissioned by Jesuit Social Services and the Refugee Council of Australia, found that 75 per cent of overall respondents answered ‘yes’ or ‘yes – but only after appropriate background checks’ when asked whether refugee families separated across the world should be reunited.

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria invites you to join public policy experts and people with lived experience at the 2017 Anti-Poverty Week Forum "Picking up the Pieces" on 20 October 2017, from 11.30am - 3.30pm.Together, we will discuss the consequences of increased social security conditionality and what needs to be done to pick up the pieces and disrupt cycles of disadvantage. Click here to register.

Youth justice is at a crossroads in Australia. In every state and territory across the nation, governments are grappling with youth justice issues as they seek to reduce crime, improve community safety and respond to public concern that is being fanned by sensationalised media coverage. In order to inform the discussion, a team of senior staff from Jesuit Social Services undertook an international #JusticeSolutions study tour, travelling to Norway, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Following this, Jesuit Social Services launched it's report, #JusticeSolutions Tour: Expanding the Conversation, which summarises the key findings.

Catholic Solos is in the process of winding up the Club.

For those wishing to participate in social activities with Christian values we recommend the Melbourne Catholic Friendship Group (40yrs+), formerly known as Melbourne Single Catholics, it is an all inclusive group, which welcomes people from all socio-economic backgrounds. Its aim is to hold social events and faith-based talks at different venues across Melbourne, where people can form long-lasting friendships. A meal at a popular inner city restaurant on a Saturday night, a charity event, a Sunday brunch at a café by the sea or a trip to a local cinema to see the latest release are just a few of the events regularly offered to members.

There are no joining fees, however, a gold coin donation is normally collected at each event. The donation contributes towards payment of the Meetup site used to manage the group. You can contact Simon on 0418 302 046 or join this group through its web portal. Click here to join. 
It is planned to have on final 'get-together' for those interested in late November, most likely a lunch at the Caulfield Glasshouse. Further details to come.
Villa Maria Catholic Homes will open Star of the Sea Residential Aged Care in Torquay, in October and it will be next door to its existing retirement village in Horseshoe Bend Road. To mark the event, about 24 ladies who live at neighbouring Star of the Sea Retirement Village have spent the last nine months knitting about 60 knee rugs for the first new residents arriving at the 96-bed aged care residence in a few weeks.

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