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Parishes as Centres of Service
Catholic Social Services Victoria's Advent/ Christmas edition of Catholic Parishes Supporting the Community is out now. As we reflect on the meaning of Christmas, we encourage parishioners and parish communities to look at the ways they can support some of the most vulnerable members of our community - refugees and asylum seekers. There are also news items related to events that have assisted parishioners to deepen their knowledge and understanding of family and domestic violence. From all of the team at Catholic Social Services Victoria, we wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season.
During this time of Advent and Christmas, we are reminded of the story of Joseph and Mary who desperately sought shelter for themselves and the impending birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In the same way, there are many people today who urgently need our assistance by way of shelter, work or financial aid. Refugees and asylum seekers are among our most vulnerable community members. When they knock on our door, are our hearts and minds open? Are we responding with love and generosity? There is an immediate need! If you can help by way of financial aid, housing or provision of work, please contact Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project or Vinnies Victoria.
On Saturday 23 March 2019, Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a parish forum on the topic, Helping our Refugee Families and Friends at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, 9.30am-1pm. This follows the very successful parish forum on the same topic held in August in 2018. The forum will focus on how parishes can transform their desire to help asylum seekers and refugees into practical action, engaging their parish and co-operating with other parishes to maximise support. Forum sessions will be highly interactive, to harvest the good and best ideas, and to develop effective strategies for implementation. Save the date and book your place here
Social Policy Connections invites parish and church groups to a free public forum with Sr Brigid Arthur csb of Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project speaking on the topic, 'Refugees and their traumatised chidlren - a tale of smoke and mirrors'. The forum will be held on Wednesday 5 December, Study Centre at Theological Union, 34 Bedford Street, Box Hill, 7.30pm-9pm.
Forty-five people from 12 parishes and eight housing support agencies met for the Parish Forum on Housing and Homelessness at St Columba’s Parish Centre, Elwood, on Wednesday evening 24 October 2018. They met in response to the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018-19 A Place to Call Home – Making a home for everyone in our land. Participants listened to expert and sympathetic speakers who told of their efforts to reduce homelessness and improve access to housing.
Forty-five people from 12 parishes and eight housing support agencies met for the Parish Forum on Housing and Homelessness at St Columba’s Parish Centre, Elwood, on Wednesday evening 24 October 2018. They met in response to the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018-19 A Place to Call Home – Making a home for everyone in our land. During the plenary discussion, a range of practical actions were noted, which parish communities can act upon in addressing housing and homelessness.

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 landconfronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia.

Melbourne parishes are invited to a forum on 24 October on what they can do to implement the statement.  You can also click here for '10 Steps' you can take to make a difference, and here for a program for the evening of 24 October.

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.

 

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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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