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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.
In 2015, Pope Francis wrote “an urgent letter” to “everyone on the planet” to express his concern for the devastation that humans are causing to our Earth and its climate, and to ask all people to change the way we treat the Earth, each other and the poor. How are you and your parish responding to the Pope’s urgent request?
A screening of the uplifting film The Staging Post will be held on Sunday 12 August at St Michael's Parish, High Street, Ashburton, at 2pm. The documentary follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia ‘stopped the boats’, and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started a school which inspired a refugee revolution. People of all ages will enjoy it but it provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to take Year 5 to 12 students and talk about the issues facing refugees.