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Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a forum for parishes, 'Housing and Homelessness' on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at St Colomba's Parish Centre, Elwood, Cnr Glenhuntly & Normady Rds, Elwood from 5.30-8.45pm.
The Social Justice group at St Michael’s in Berwick, together with St Vincent de Paul Conference, is holding a forum with a particular focus on homelessness in the local community (primarily City of Casey and Cardinia). Guest speakers will be from the City of Casey and WAYSS.
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19, A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land, confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia.
At the Parish Forum “Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: Transforming Communities” at Box Hill on 15 September 2018, Christine Kennedy, Sr Caroline Vaitkunas and Robyn Humphery from Endeavour Hills, Elwood and St Kilda West and Cheltenham parishes told of their parish initiatives responding to the encyclical, what has been learned, and future activities.
Common features of the presentations included providing information to parishes and communities, interacting with local school students, liturgical responses, a growing and broader awareness of the need to care for the environment, and uplifting and deepening personal experiences of everyone taking part.