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Reimagining Parish Services
At our most recent forum on parish support for asylum seekers, Catholic social services reiterated its support for the Victorian Government’s assistance for asylum seekers who have been cut off from Federal Government benefits. Catholic agencies and parishes, together with many others, are already providing substantial accommodation, material aid, mental and physical health, legal and other support to this group, and to many other asylum seekers and refugees in similar circumstances. Our agencies and parishes warmly welcome this Victorian Government initiative and are keen to keep contributing themselves.
Increased education and awareness, and a united voice from churches are just some of the things that are needed to help shift public opinion and policy in supporting refugees and asylum seekers. More than 20 people gathered at the Cardinal Knox Centre in East Melbourne on 11 October to discuss how Catholic parishes can strengthen the support provided to refugees and asylum seekers living in the community.
Our latest Catholic Parishes Serving the Community newsletter contains news about local parishes serving in their community including St Dominic's East Camberwell and Holy Eucharist St Albans South; events of interest, in particular an upcoming evening forum to assist parishes in supporting asylum seekers, on 11 October; along with important in depth articles  that will assist the parish community to understand more deeply the issues of homeless and youth justice, and what role we can play in lessening their detrimental effects within the community.
 
Download the full newsletter, here.
The parish of St Dominic's East Camberwell has recently erected a large banner facing Riversdale Road, stating: 'St Dominic's Parish Welcomes Asylum Seekers'. The banner is 3.5m long and 75cm high, and was erected after support was given by the parish priest, Fr Peter Toan Nguyen OP, the Dominican Community who reside there, and the parish council.

Parishes play an important role in providing support to refugees and asylum seekers. It is a central call of the Gospel to welcome the stranger, and to love our neighbours as Jesus loved. In this light, parishioners are invited to our upcoming evening forum to learn how we can strengthen support provided by parishes on Wednesday 11 October, from 6pm - 8.30pm in the Cathedral Room of the Cardinal Knox Centre. The Forum will discuss practical ways in which you and your parish can make a difference. Please let as many people as possible know about this!
We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Parishes at the service of mission. Pope Francis says: Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people’s lives, with the life of society. 
They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others. 
And it is important that this going-forth follows a clear proposal of faith. 
The doors must be opened so that Jesus can go out with all of the joy of his message. 
Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
 
Watch the video here.

At a workshop as part of the Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support Forum at St Monica's Primary School, Moonee Ponds on Tuesday, 11 July 2017 participants busied themselves writing letters to their Government representatives requesting more humane responses to the treatment of those on Manus Island and Nauru, the tragedy of children in detention and requesting an increase in the number of Syrian refugees received in Australia. 

The Fifth National Conference of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Education Office was held at the Melbourne campus of Australian Catholic University, on 18 and 19 July. This year’s theme is 'Cast into the deep' focussed on the care of migrants and refugees who are coming to Australia—an issue that is heavily debated by the Australian public.

The conference is responding to Pope Francis’ call to go out to the margins of society and 'cast into the deep' (Luke 5:4) and hosted Cardinals Turkson and Quevedo and 130 bishops, priests, religious and lay people. The focus was on pastoral support for the world’s refugees and migrants.
 

The Government is seeking to legislate substantial changes to make it more difficult for people to gain citizenship, especially those from non-English speaking backgrounds. This will also impact on people who have been granted permanent visas as refugees and are who are waiting to obtain citizenship and it will impact on their family members who have arrived here for family reunification.

 
The proposal has been introduced to the House of Representatives, and has been referred to a Senate Committee. Over the next few weeks, we encourage you to email, write letters and lobby local MPs and parliamentarians of all persuasions to object to these changes.

Sr Brigid Arthur from the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and Paris Aristotle AM, CEO of the Foundation for Survivors of Torture, thanked participants at Catholic Social Services' Forum for Parishes (held on 11 July 2017), for maintaining their support for refugees and people seeking asylum.

Sr Brigid contrasted the harsh official treatment of asylum seekers with that of generous people in parishes and communities who advocate for more humane treatment and who provide accommodation and financial support for people, many of whom have been abandoned with absolutely no means of support.
 

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