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* Evangelising mission of parishes: Daniel Ang
* Four qualities for successful parish renewal: courage, confidence, a sense of urgency & joy
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.
Catholic Social Services Victoria is currently working with Catholic housing providers and others to look at opportunities for parishes to support the development of social housing. So far 98 parishes and religious communities that have advised that more than 220 people are supported in social housing. This is worth celebrating! We are working with Catholic agencies that provide social housing and homelessness services to increase this level of social housing.