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Reimagining Parish Services
Volunteers are vital to our work in supporting parishes and social services agencies who assist the most vulnerable in our community. We're hoping to welcome a new volunteer to our team, to assist us in providing support to Catholic parishes as centres of service and outreach. Areas where particular help is needed include:
 
* parish liaison and relationship building, including communication with parishes about forthcoming events
* Researching and writing article for our website, newsletters and parish forums
* Organising and assisting with the delivery of Welcome the Asylum Seeker forums and Re-imagining Parish Service Expos. 
 
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Catholic parishes play an important role in supporting and serving the most vulnerable within their local communities. Whether it be in the assistance of material, financial or relational support to newly arrived asylum seekers, or being aware and knowing what to do in the situations of family and domestic violence, or reaching out to an elderly or isolated neighbour, we all have a role to play in bringing to life the Gospel message.


Parishioners and Parish leaders are invited to participate in our third expo, at Resurrection Parish, Kings Park on Saturday 9 September. The expo provides an opportunity for parishes to learn from each other and from social service agencies about what can be done to make a difference to those on the margins in our community.
 
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The spirit of generosity, service and collaboration was truly alive as more than 60 people from across the northern suburbs, and beyond, gathered at St Francis Xavier Parish in Montmorency for the ‘Parishes as Centres of Service Expo’ on Saturday 6 May.
Hosted by Catholic Social Services Victoria and St Francis Xavier Parish, the expo provided an opportunity for parish representatives, social services agencies, groups and organisations, to gather in one place to network and collaborate, share ideas and resources, and to dream and plan the way forward for their parishes and service-outreach programs among the community.
In addition to the 17,000+ volunteers that contribute to the work of our member organisations, Catholic Social Services Victoria, as a peak body, relies on volunteers for some of our advocacy and organisational work. We would be much less productive, and less effective, without volunteer input on our committees and working groups, in organising our forums for parishes and agencies, in drafting our various advocacy papers, etc.  We are in their debt.
 
We currently have a vacancy for a volunteer to assist with our parish support work.
We'd like to say thank you to one of our volunteers, Adrian Foley, a grandfather of seven, and a keen farmer, photographer and explorer! Adrian has been volunteering in the community since 2014, in a variety of roles - with Catholic Prison Ministry Worship and Hospitality Team, CatholicCare Melbourne, the Horn of Africa Community Network, the Melkite Catholic Church and in criminal justice advocacy. He believes volunteering can "transform your life"!
 
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!
 

Following the success of our inaugural Parish Services Expo held last year in Cheltenham, Catholic Social Services Victoria invites you to participate in, and attend its second expo at St Francis Xavier parish in Montmorency on Saturday 6 May 2017, from 9.30am to 1.30 pm.

Volunteering is a precious free resource made available by generous people for the benefit of others, for the Church and our communities. It is giving one's time and personal resources in the service of others. In this it is close to the heart of the Scriptures, where service runs deeply through the history of God's relationship with his people. Are we making the most of this resource, or can we do better?

An update for participants in the August 2016 Reimagining Parish Services Expo provides links to resource material - including volunteering opportunities with our member organisations; and notice of future gatherings.

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Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work.
 
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