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Join Sacred Heart Mission on Tuesday 1 May for its Dine with Heart Gala Dinner held on the stage of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, with meals created backstage by an ensemble of the city's top chefs! Starting at 7pm, guests will enjoy a four-course dinner (including drinks and entertainment) at the Dine with Heart Gala Fundraising Dinner. All profits help fund Sacred Heart Mission’s Meals Program. Cost: $220 each. Book your tickets here.
Inequality is rising, the strength of community is waning, and loneliness and social isolation is a problem that we must tackle together. This is particularly so for women and children who have experienced family violence. New social connections and relationships need to be forged; old ones must be rebuilt, writes CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women, Jocelyn Bignold, and Board member Dr Anita Morris in the March edition of Parity. Read the full text, here.
Produced by Stop the Traffik Australian Coalition, A Matter of Taste provides a benchmark of current industry efforts to address child labour. It examines how three different supply chain actors within the chocolate industry – certification bodies, chocolate manufacturers and cocoa production companies – are attempting to address the issue of child labour, worst forms of child labour and human trafficking on cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Download a copy of the report via the ACRATH website, here.
Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv and renowned Australian broadcaster and journalist Geraldine Doogue will discuss 'What it means to be a Catholic welfare organistation in a post Royal Commission world' as part of the St Vincent de Paul Society's 2018 Ozanam Conversation on Thursday 26 April. This is a free event, at Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, 6pm for 6.30pm-7.45pm. Download flyer here
The Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project is hosting a film fundraiser on Sunday 15 April, at 3.30pm at Kino Cinema in Collins Street, to help raise money for its important work of supporting asylum seekers. The film, The Other Side of Hope, is about a stowaway man from Syria who arrives in Norway seeking refuge. Click here, to book  |  Download flyer, here.
 
The Villa Maria Op Shop Summer Clearance Warehouse Sale on Wed 21 March will showcase a fashion parade of pre-loved garments, plus bargain priced linen, footwear, bags, door prizes and more. 
Australians will spend about $2 billion on chocolate at Easter and much of it will be chocolate produced using child labour from West Africa. With this in mind, we're asking everyone to please buy and sell only slavery-free chocolate this Easter. This is the message from ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) to everyone intending to buy chocolate, or run chocolate fundraising during Lent.

Villa Maria Catholic Homes is hosting several open days in March to give people the chance to learn a bit about what life is like at its retirement communities.

If you are considering downsizing and living in a retirement community this is a great opportunity to meet our staff and residents and ask them questions. You can also look around our modern facilities.
 
The events include entertainment from 3AW personalities Pat Panetta and Mike Brady. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary BBQ and refreshments, along with games and prizes.
 
Click here for more information. 
 
 
Pope Francis has challenged all of us with his action plan for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: to Welcome, to Protect, to Promote and to Integrate. Unfortunately Australia’s sad treatment of Asylum Seekers continues, and so once again we find ourselves needing to make a public witness to 'Welcome the Stranger'. On Palm Sunday, 25th March 2018, there will be a Liturgy of Welcome in St Patrick's Cathedral from 1pm – 1.30pm. Following the Liturgy, we will walk as one Faith Community (down Lonsdale street) to join the larger Public Rally, which starts at 2pm at the State Library. Download flyer.

One of our member organisations, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, is thrilled to unveil the result of some amazing community generosity. Work to transform the warm-water pool at its specialist school, St Paul’s College, finished mid-February, giving hundreds of children and adults with disabilities a fantastic start to the new year.

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