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Also of interest….
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."
Many of us know someone or are aware of someone who is experiencing housing stress or homelessness. A Place to Call Home, the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2018-19[i] is a call for all of us to take action on this growing social crisis. Between 2011 and 2016, homelessness in Australia increased by 14 per cent, rough sleeping increased by 20 per cent and overcrowding increased by 23 per cent. The demand for homelessness services increased by 22 per cent[ii]. Homelessness is outpacing population growth and housing demand is outstripping supply. As with many social issues – the people most affected are those who face disadvantage or who are vulnerable.

The Plenary Council 2020 seeks to build the future of the Church in Australia.

 Here is a link to a short (10 minute) on-line survey to collect views that will be collated and submitted to the Council, particularly from people who are not now connected to the Church.



 Pope Francis said that "every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral - and not simply an economic - act."


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