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Solo Catholics are hosting a 'Elvis Vegas' Cabaret Event Friday 3rd October at 8 pm.

Congratulations to Micaela Cronin, Chief Executive Officer, MacKillop Family Services for her receipt of the prestigiouis Robin Clark Award for Inspirational Leadership in working with vulnerable children, young people and families. The award was announced by Minister Mary Wooldridge on 9 September, during Child Protection Week.

The awards recognise the significant contribution, service and leadership by volunteers,

individuals and groups in the children, youth and family services sector that improve the lives

of vulnerable children and young people.

Anti Poverty week Conversation hour with Dr John Falzon Chief Executive Officer St Vincent de Paul Society, National Council Wednesday October 15 2014

We draw your attention to an excellent video clip by Sacred Heart Mission which was shown at the launch of their J2SI (Journey To Social Inclusion) and trauma research earlier in 2014. Homeless Persons Week in early August was another opportunity to "launch" the video to the general community.

This is the link to the video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTzfBx79LDE

This is a very fine production which highlights the direction and strengths of this collaborative project which is well advanced.

Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge launched the new Central Highlands Cradle to Kinder service with Centacare Ballarat on 23 July this year.



Enjoy a weekend stay at Balnarring at 17-19 Highview Court Balnarring. Free time to relax, enjoy beach walks, markets, dining and great company!
Cost: $55/2 nights (Members) $60 Non Members. Please contact Barbara on 5995 8410 for further details.
Presenter is Fr. Bruce Duncan, C.S.s.R. – a Redemptorist Priest who lectures in social ethics at Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy. He is one of the founders of the advocacy organisation, Social Policy Connections.

DownloadFlyer or for further information please call Paula (03) 9895 5800

A Community & Fundraising Event organised by the John Wallis Foundation Melbourne Regional Group

Funds raised from this event will go towards helping the John Wallis Foundation go into the ‘highways and byways’, facilitating initiatives that develop the spiritual and human potential of people &communities on the margins.


Join us for a meal the Sunday Carvery 6.00pm - 9.00pm at the RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne. 

Meet in Foyer 6.00pm - Cost: $30 pp   Contact Greg on: 0438 051 563

…an empty landscape characterised by an almost complete absence of compassion from our political leaders … - A reflection from Sr Michelle Reid sgs, Manager, Good Samaritan Inn


The word ‘gap’ can have both negative and positive connotations. There are gaps between two mountains which can act like a pathway to leads us forward. The wider these gaps, the better. Then there are gaps within which battles are fought, widened when one of the warring parties takes some-thing that belongs to the other side. This is like the gap be-tween the rich and the poor, and problems result as it widens.

The recent Abbott and Hockey budget will widen this gap. This gap is like an empty landscape characterised by an almost complete absence of compassion from our political leaders towards those in our society that are struggling. No one can foresee the future, but it is my sense that the current Government’s budget and its policies on asylum seekers (for example) will create unforeseen consequences that will negatively impact on everyone, but particularly those in our society who are most in need, and the most invisible.

As articulated by Pope Francis: “Good leaders are in touch, relentlessly in touch with the world’s joys and sufferings, and aware that it is an interconnected world, one person’s decisions (and more so a Government’s) often affect the lives of many unseen others.” (‘Pope Francis’ by Chris Lowney, p. 59).

Unfortunately, our current leaders seem to be unaware of how their decisions will impact on the lives of people such as those we care for at the Good Samaritan Inn. Regretfully, our small organisation sits within the gap being widened by the Abbott Government. This Government is creating a climate where only large organisations will have a future in the community sector and small groups will be forced to merge to become more cost effective. There may be some economic savings in this approach, but this is of little consequence to organisations like ours whose wealth is measured in the safety and wellbeing of the homeless women and children we respond to. Being small often provides a more effective, intimate, adaptable and safe environment that allows us to engage with women and children who find themselves at the Inn at a very vulnerable time in their lives.

As one of only two crisis accommodation services in Melbourne’s north, we offer a rare space of calm and safety to homeless women and children. It is a space of brief encounters where all are changed. There has been no battle in this encounter. No attitude of win at all cost. There is collaboration and all parties give a little in order that something larger can be achieved, it is where good things emerge, where there is a new understanding and an experience of support and gratitude. We don’t want to take over or consume.

The opposite can be said of the space being generated by the current government. And while those currently in power are driven by the dollar sign, the question remains: at what cost? As they push their bulldozers through the ever-widening gap between rich and poor many lives will become increasingly difficult. Through this wide gap, many people will vanish. Out of sight, out of mind. Beware the Gap!


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