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Member organisation Edmund Rice Centre has released a statement denouncing the government's latest decision to set a timeline on the lodgement for protection for refugees and people seeking asylum. In its statement, the ERC wrote "Peter Dutton has launched yet another unfair and cruel attack on refugees and people seeking asylum".
The Solo Catholics Committee invites all interested members and others to ‘get involved’ in our Events Calendar over the coming year!
If you would like to be contacted for suggestions and ideas on forthcoming events, please leave your details with Peter.

Saturday 13th May  -  City of Kingston's 10th Autumn Harvest Festival
A day of Australia’s top country, bluegrass and rockabilly artists headlined by Aussie music legend Tex Perkins as well as market stalls, delicious locally produced food, licensed bar,  fresh food and cooking demonstrations, sustainable workshops  under the 'Big Top' 11a-10p.Bicentennial Park - Cnr Thames Promenade & Scotch Parade, Chelsea.  Contact Maria on 9772 5426 for meet up time/location - RSVP by Thursday 11th May

One of our longtime members, MacKillop Family Services, is seeking the support of the Catholic community to help foster hope and promote justice for children, young people and families; particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse. In particular, they are keen to recruit more foster carers. Carers are necessary partners in assisting many of the children MacKillop supports.
Trivia Night Friday 23 June 7pm. Tickets $30.00
St Mary's House of Welcome is holding their annual fundraiser Trivia Night, with Trivia Quizmaster and comedy legend Rod Quantock. Join us for a night of trivia, finger food, drinks and games, with many auction and raffle prizes to be won! Ticket includes entry to trivia, games, finger food and platters. No BYO alcohol. 

Member organisation, John Pierce Centre (JPC) is a deaf centre promoting community through education, family support and the spiritual. It prides itself on its pastoral care services, which enrich the wellbeing of the deaf community in Victoria and helps to prevent isolation and exclusion. In this article, we acknowledge the important workof the centre, along with its volunteers, who are vital to JPC's work. There is an opportunity to volunteer at its upcoming conference in August!

McAuley Works are a free outreach service who specialise in working with women overcoming Family Violence, mental health and homelessness to find and sustain employment. They also have great success collaborating with services who are already supporting clients in other matters and just need extra assistance in finding, applying for and starting work. Women are referred to the program through McAuley Care and McAuley House as well as from other Victorian agencies.

Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub launched their specialist mental health service at the Hub in Sydney Rd Brunswick on Wednesday 26 April 2017. The Hub,  which has been in operation for about a year, complements free health services offered by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne’s west and Monash Health in the southern suburbs. Martin Foley, the Minister for Mental Health, launched the service and spoke of the Victorian Government’s commitment to this collaborative project with Cabrini Health and its partners.

Issues around youth justice have loomed large in the media in recent months, as Government and the community have grappled with how to support and rehabilitate young people while building a society that is safe for all. Improving youth justice centres are one part of this project; building community understanding and Government commitment to the deeper issues is also central. A recent submission from Jesuit Social Services on how to improve youth justice centres in Victoria gives a good overview of key issues.

“Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Pope Francis 2015.
Please buy only slavery free chocolate this Easter. That’s the message from ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and a *coalition of social justice groups, in the days leading up to Easter Sunday on 16 April.
Australians will spend about $2 billion on chocolate this Easter and much of it will have been produced using child labour from West Africa. These children pick cocoa beans – a key ingredient used to make chocolate. Many of these children are forced to do this work.

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