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All are invited to attend a Charity Christmas Concert in support of Maroondah Winter Shelter on Friday 22 November 2019.

Main Performer: Hiroko Sugimoto (soprano)
Guest performers: Holy Spirit Parish Choir, Yukari Echo Japanese Ladies’ Choir
Rumiko Saka (Violin soloist), Yasuharu Sugimoto.


Catholic Theological College would like to invite you or people you know may be interested in theology, spirituality or pastoral studies to their College Open Day on Wednesday 6 November 2019.

Walking with God in Nature - Saturday 26 October - This is an opportunity for you to spend some reflective time walking in silence within a faith community in Nature. It offers you the experience of listening to God speaking to you in Nature.
A Weekend in Nature in the Yarra Valley. Friday, 8 November at 7.30pm - Sunday, 10 November at 3.00pm
This weekend will offer a time of rest and quiet in Nature. The retreatant is invited to listen to how God speaks to their heart through Nature. During the weekend, retreatants will have the opportunity to relax and contemplate the beauty of Nature and God's presence in Earth calling them to new life.

All are invited to attend the Australian-Syrian Charity Family Dinner, enjoying Middle Eastern food, on Friday 16 August 2019. The dinner will take place at Merrylands Community Centre, 35 Sturdee Street, Reservoir, Victoria, 6pm for 6.30pm start, until 10.30pm.
Cost: $25 per person.   |   Family entry (four people) is $75
Opening the Doors Foundation is excited to celebrate their 18th birthday on Sunday 4th August. The Foundation has supported the educational needs of Aboriginal students since 2001 and continues to listen to the diverse voices of Aboriginal communities across Victoria.

The 2019 Mary Glowrey Lecture: From Common Ground to Conscientious Objection - Catholic reflections on life and death in a context of state sponsored euthanasia will be delivered by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Most Rev. Peter A. Comensoli DD STL MLitt PhD.

Holding the Light is an ecumenical service to remember and honour the Australian women and children who have been killed during 2019 by domestic/relationship violence. The service will be held on Sunday 1 December 2019, from 3.00 – 4.00 pm, at St Francis’ Church, corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne.

We are in the midst of Easter, of celebrating life over death! As Fr Andy Hamilton SJ reflects, "the point of Easter is to assure us that our hopes lie beyond all those seasons and beyond the youth and ageing of the world we live in. ... Easter represents our hope that even after the winter to which the year is heading greenness will return. The memory of Easter is food for a testing journey.  It is about both memory and hope."
The annual Jewish and Catholic Friendship Dinner will be held on Sunday 26 May, 7pm for 7.30pm start, in St Kilda. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy good food, wine and company. Archbishop Peter Comensoli will be attending for the first time and is the main speaker. Former Chair of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria and Rabbi of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, Yaakov Glasman will respond.
Holy Week journey commences on Palm Sunday. In his reflection, Fr Andy Hamilton SJ reminds us that this day is just as important today as 2000 years ago: "As we imagine the scene of the first Palm Sunday, we can’t miss the disconnection between what we see with our eyes and the high meaning it proclaims. We see a man seated precariously on a barrel-like ass, accompanied by a raggle-taggle group of bystanders waving green tree fronds, as he makes his way through the dust into town.
"... This contrast between appearance and reality makes Palm Sunday the right day to remember people who have sought protection in Australia. They, too, have come to Australia in mockeries of boats and have tried to enter through its sea gates. They, too, have been captured on arrival and hung out in prisons in order to deter others."

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