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Recent developments highlight the importance of a response at a parish level to the needs of asylum seekers.  This forum aims to share information among parishes and agencies about the needs of asylum seekers and the ways parishes can support them. 

When: Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Time: 6.00pm – 8.15 pm     Cathedral Room, 383 Albert St East Melbourne
The Victorian Council of Churches' Social Questions Commission are hosting a forum on Migrant and Refugee Sunday, 28 August, bringing together people from different denominations to share together about how we best advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum.

As part of Anti-Poverty Week, 16-22 October, St Vincent de Paul Society will be hosting an event on ‘The Meaning of Poverty’. Dr John Falzon, National CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society, will lead a conversation with panelists Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria; Lucy Adams, Manager of Homeless Law at Justice Connect and Sue Cattermole, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria.

Catholic Social Services Victoria invites you to the Reimagining Parish Services Expo on Saturday 27 August 2016 at Our Lady of the Assumption parish, 9 Centre Dandenong Rd, Cheltenham.
The day aims to celebrate parishes as communities of service and will provide an opportunity to share our work and learn from each other.  It will include presentations from parishes on how they respond to local needs and developing links with parishes and with Catholic social services which can assist in meeting your parish goals.

An Introductory Workshop – Thursday 14 July 2016: 6.00pm (Refreshments) Commences at 6.30pm concluding at 8.30pm
Presented by the staff of Catholic Social Services Victoria as part of our Catholic Social teaching series.

Our 2016 professional Development Program for Leaders in Catholic social services is now underway.

Presented by the staff of Catholic Social Services Victoria as part of our Catholic Social Teaching Series.
Thanks to Bishop Vincent Long, and to Sr Joan Healy, for leading our Commissioning mass on 17 March:  'we find God in others and we bring him there.'

50 years ago, towards the end of the Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes gave voice to a positive engagement of the Church with the world.  A gathering at Catholic Social Services Victoria on 7 December 2015 was an occasion to celebrate and explore the teachings of Gaudium et Spes, to better inform our Gospel-inspired work of service and work for justice.

Thanks to speakers, Bernie Geary, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People, and Micaela Cronin, CEO of MacKillop Family Services, for presenting at our 9 October 2015 Breakfast Briefing on the care and protection of vulnerable children.  This briefing enabled discussion on recent issues and reports - these include As a Good Parent would... by the Chief Commissioner, and the current Victorian Government Roadmap for Reform process.  
The Breakfast helped renew our shared commitment to work together to ensure that Victoria’s support for vulnerable children meets the aspirations of the children, the families and society.  Thanks to all who participated.
And congratulations and best wishes to Bernie, on the subsequent announcement of his retirement - a job well done over many decades, and an inspiration to so many. 

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