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Also of interest….

Friday 23 June: 5pm - 6.30pm
Listening to Pope Francis: Challenging Nationalism, Market Rule & Overconfidence in Technology. 

Friday 24 June: 10am - 1PM
Pope Francis & the Common Good: Where is our society going? - A seminar exploring current trends and the contribution of Catholic Social Teaching.
The Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy presents its inaugural Annual Address: END OF LIFE CHOICES, a CONVERSATION between world-renowned bioethicists.
PROFESSORS PETER SINGER- Princeton University & The University of Melbourne & MARGARET SOMERVILLE - University of Notre Dame, Sydney & formerly McGill University, Montreal.
Freedom Stories provides a welcome respite from the hysteria surrounding asylum seekers, taking a considered and poignant approach to the lives and achievements of former ‘boat people’ who now call Australia home. Award-winning documentary maker Steve Thomas (Hope) explores the stories of people who arrived from the Middle East around 2001, some just children at the time. 
In this Eureka Street article by Frank Brennan SJ, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, he explains that Tuesday evening’s Budget announcement provides an opportunity for the government to “create a clear narrative as to how it will achieve equitable and sustainable growth”.
"This year's Budget is an opportunity for government to commit itself to mutual respect, equality and a fair go for the present generation of 'haves' and 'have nots', and for future generations whose financial burdens will be eased should the deficit be reduced and should growth be sustained.”

ARCIC (the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission) was established in 1967 and has just published five agreed statements with commentaries from ARCIC II (1983–2005). The lecture will review their significance in the light of ecumenical progress since Vatican II and propose future priorities for theology, dialogue, church leadership and local pastoral activity.

Denis Edwards is a Professorial Fellow in Theology at Australian Catholic University and a priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. He has served on the Roman Catholic dialogues with both the Anglican Church in Australia and the Lutheran Church of Australia and has conducted research in the Theology of Receptive Ecumenism.

In addition to the 17,000+ volunteers that contribute to the work of our member organisations, Catholic Social Services Victoria, as a peak body, relies on volunteers for some of our advocacy and organisational work. We would be much less productive, and less effective, without volunteer input on our committees and working groups, in organising our forums for parishes and agencies, in drafting our various advocacy papers, etc.  We are in their debt.
We currently have a vacancy for a volunteer to assist with our parish support work.
We'd like to say thank you to one of our volunteers, Adrian Foley, a grandfather of seven, and a keen farmer, photographer and explorer! Adrian has been volunteering in the community since 2014, in a variety of roles - with Catholic Prison Ministry Worship and Hospitality Team, CatholicCare Melbourne, the Horn of Africa Community Network, the Melkite Catholic Church and in criminal justice advocacy. He believes volunteering can "transform your life"!
As National Volunteer Week draws near (8 - 14 May), we draw your attention to this informative Eureka Street article by Fatima Measham where she explains "the spaces in which volunteers work usually points to the ways in which governments have failed and societies are broken. Soup vans, women's shelters, immigration detention — we find volunteers there, too. Volunteering is counter-cultural in some sense; it interferes with the idea that the only type of work worth doing returns dollars.”
Read the full article, here.
Victorian Bishops ask Victorians to continue to love and care for those who are sick and suffering rather than abandoning them to euthanasia or supporting them to suicide. Click here for the pastoral letter from the Victorian Bishops.

For Christians, Lent is a time of repentance, and of preparation for our special annual commemoration of the heart of the Christian message: that our God, in Christ, became human as we are, that he conquered sin and death, and asks us to love him as he loved us. Repentance requires a change in a person – it requires that they develop a new understanding of their actions and themselves. This change in us should make a difference to the people we encounter, and to the society that we are part of.

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Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work. Click for our Reconciliation Vision
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