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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. 

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. Also, ACRATH's 2018 calendar is now available!
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.”
Together with Jesuit Social Services, and many in the sector, we welcome government changes to strengthen safeguards and rights for Victorian tenants. “Many of the people we work with at Jesuit Social Services are renters and we understand the many challenges and frustrations that can come with navigating the private rental market. We welcome the Victorian Government’s announcements that will help make renting fair for everybody”, says Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards.
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.

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