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Sean likes having a laugh, high adrenaline sports, keeping fit, playing wheelchair basketball and spending time with his adorable puppy, Ruby. The 28-year-old has cerebral palsy and has never let his disability or people’s attitudes get in the way of achieving his goals and having fun. One thing that was holding him back though was a lack of supports outside of his family. That changed when he got his first NDIS plan this year and he turned to not-for-profit disability service provider Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH), which recently opened an office in Ballarat. VMCH’s new Central Highlands office helps people make the most of their NDIS plan.
 
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria unveiled paintings of the 14 Stations of the Cross in its chapel on Sunday 19 November, inviting deeper reflection on the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. Aboriginal artist John Dunn wove his own life story into those transcendent themes, and on Sunday he shared that weaving with the many people who were privileged to be present for the unveiling. The Stations of the Cross deepen the Ministry's commitment to providing a place of contemplation and reflection for those who visit its chapel and office.
Villa Maria Catholic Homes is looking to raise $120,000 through its 2017 Christmas Appeal to transform a tired and outdated indoor and outdoor respite space in Wantirna South used by children and adults with disabilities into a fun, interactive and safe environment. Lachie, aged 13, is one of around 200 children and adults with disabilities who attend Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) Flexible Respite Service in Wantirna South on holidays and weekends; getting out and about in the community, trying new activities and making new friends. As a not-for-profit organisation, VMCH receives no funding for capital works and relies on community donations to reach its target. 
 
 
 

ACRATH has developed resources to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25th – December 10th 2017.

The campaign calls us to work together to stop the trafficking of girls and women, which is an extreme form of violence. Many young women face forced marriage or forced labour in hazardous conditions with no chance of an education and no chance to escape from a cycle of poverty.

Our resources will give you a focus and provide information on many campaigns issues.
 
Click here for resources and more information. 
 
 
"The policy of offshore detention has cost Australia dearly. But it has cost the detainees and their families even more. I appeal to the government and political leaders to act in accordance with our honourable tradition...including accepting New Zealand’s offer of resettlement and bringing the remaining detainees on Manus Island to Australia. – Bishop Vincent Long.
Jesuit Social Services is voicing its opposition to the Carmichael coal project by joining the Stop Adani Alliance, and calls on other community sector organisations to advocate against the project. “We recognise that social and environmental justice are inextricably linked, and are committed to ecological justice,” says Jesuit Social Services Acting CEO Sally Parnell.
 
 
Teachers from the Melbourne and Ballarat Dioceses will be trained to understand and respond to young people, particularly young women, who are at risk of a forced marriage, at a workshop auspiced by Catholic Education, Melbourne. The one-day workshop on Friday, October 27, will be run by ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans).
Congratulations to our Council member Jenny Glare of MacKillop Family Services on her HESTA 2017 award as ‘unsung hero’, which recognises her pioneering work in supporting people who grew up in care.
 
Read about Jenny's work, here.
Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) has released its 2018 calendars. First published in 2015, the ACRATH calendar created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia. ACRATH hopes the 2018 edition continues to promote awareness of human trafficking issues, and fundraise for ACRATH's work. The cost of the calendar is $10 (GST Free). Download an order form here.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne's Office for Justice and Peace is hosting the 2017 Rerum Novarum Oration, The Legacy of Justice Higgins: Seeking a True New Start for all Job Seekers and Workers, to be delivered by Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO on Wednesday 8 November 2017, from 7.30pm at the Cardinal Knox Centre in East Melbourne. All welcome! Download flyer here.

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