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Members and friends of Catholic Social Services Victoria are cordially invited to join the Catholic social services community at 9.30am on Thursday 9th March 2017 for our Commissioning Mass and Annual General Meeting. Bishop Pat O’Regan, Bishop of Sale, will be our principal celebrant. Robyn Miller, CEO of MacKillop Family Services, will provide a reflection after Communion. The Mass will be followed by our AGM, and refreshments.

Bookings are now open for this Professional Development Program of four evenings for leaders, emerging leaders and Board members.  Sessions will be led by Graham West, Sandie Cornish, Julie Edwards and Fr Joe Caddy - one evening a month from March to June 2017.
All are invited and welcome to attend the Canberra launch of Catholic Social Services Victoria's book, Review, Reimagine, Renew: Mission making a difference in a changing world. Chief executive officer of Catholic Social Services Australia, Fr Frank Brennan SJ, will launch the book with colleagues on Monday 27 February 2017.
"I think you are familiar with the book, which investigates how faith-based service providers can flourish in an increasingly competitive ‘market’ while navigating the changes in the faith communities from which they have emerged," Fr Brennan said. 
Catholic Social Services Victoria will be having their annual Commissioning Mass and Annual General Meeting on Thursday 9 March 2017 at MacKillop Family Services, 237 Cecil Street South Melbourne at 9.30am.

More than 100 adults and children gathered at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Cheltenham on Saturday, 27 August for the “Reimagining Parish Services Expo”. Leaders from more than 15 parishes in the South Easter corridor, and social service agencies exhibited a diverse range of services. Further Expos in the north, east and west of Melbourne are envisaged.

Planning is now underway for similar events in 2017: Saturday May 6 at St Francis Xavier's Montmorency, and later in the year in the west of Melbourne, and at a parish in the east.

About 20 participants attended a Train the Trainer workshop on Thursday 10 November, which marked a further step in deepening the engagement of Catholic social services with Catholic Social Teaching.
Brendan Murray, Executive Principal of Parkville College (image: Monash University)
When the school leaving age was raised in 2006 to 17, children in detention missed out. Brendan Murray could see the gap and approached previous Minister Mary Wooldridge; and things began to move in a better direction. Parkville College was established to focus on teaching and learning with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy; as well as sport, music and vocational education. Brendan reflected on his work and the issues facing us as a society at a Breakfast Briefing at Catholic Social Services on 2 November.
Brendan Murray, Executive Principal at Parkville College will lead a breakfast briefing, 'An Education Pathway Through Youth Justice', on Wednesday 2 November 2016, at the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, from 7.30am to 8.45am.

Review, Reimagine, Renew: Mission making a difference in a changing world, will be launched on Tuesday 25 October by Archbishop Hart.  
The challenge to make a real difference to those on the margins of Australian society are immense - intergenerational disadvantage, drug and alcohol challenges, increased inequality all cry out for renewed commitment to building a more just and compassionate country.  At the same time, rapid changes in Australian society, in the Church, and in the way Governments work all challenge faith-based organisations in their mission-inspired work.  This book illuminates the challenges and sheds light on the way forward.

Our final Catholic Social Teaching workshop for 2016 is on Thursday 10 November from 9.30 am – 4.00 pm.
This will be a Train the Trainer workshop, to enable participants to offer their own introductions to Catholic Social Teaching.

At the end of the day we expect there will be a number of skilled people within our organisations able to conduct their own in-house workshops. 

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