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There are many dimensions of social media and how it impacts on individuals, families, communities and nations. Many of our member organisations have well informed perspectives on some of the strengths and weaknesses of this rapidly expanding sector, particularly within the context of social justice.
During 2019 Catholic Social Services Victoria aims to focus on NDIS in a way that will identify opportunities for members to share their experience, develop their
 knowledge, understanding and practice, to ensure better outcomes for the people they serve. As an initial step, members and friends are invited to participate in an evaluation workshop led by the Brotherhood of St Laurence on Thursday 17 January, 10am-11.30am in East Melbourne. The BSL are undertaking an evaluation of these NDIS services: Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) gateway program and Local Area Coordination.
All are welcome to attend the Vigil Mass to celebrate the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita and to mark the International Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking on Thursday 7 February 2019, at 7.30pm. Mass will be celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral led by Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli and will follow the 6.30pm Holy Hour. 
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Our new book, Hearing, Healing, Hope: The Ministry of Service in Challenging Times, builds on the reflections and challenges of keynote speakers, workshop leaders and engaged participants at the Catholic Social Services national conference held in Melbourne in February 2018. It includes an array of inspiring, practical and useful resources for all involved in Catholic social services, nationally. Click here to order your copy.

Anti-Poverty Week (14 to 20 October) is an opportunity to consider the issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia and overseas. To mark the occasion, Catholic Social Services Victoria hosted a lunchtime conversation facilitated by Brian Lawrence, who posed the question: “How many children have to live in poverty before the Fair Work Commission takes decisive action?”


Members and friends of Catholic Social Services Victoria are warmly invited to a lunchtime conversation with Fr Michael Kelly sj: ‘A journey with urban refugees in Bangkok’ An opportunity to explore an international perspective on issues facing people seeking asylum. Fr Michael Kelly sj, an Australian journalist and publisher, lives in Bangkok, Thailand, where his life intersects with many people seeking asylum.  Many of these live messy, dangerous lives, and those that work with them need to keep in mind that ‘the only unforgiveable sin is despair’.  Click here for a recent article on this topic by Fr Michael in Eureka Street. Download flyer here.
 

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19, A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our landconfronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia.

Melbourne parishes are invited to a forum on 24 October on what they can do to implement the statement.  You can also click here for '10 Steps' you can take to make a difference, and here for a program for the evening of 24 October.
Mental Health Week 2018 is rapidly approaching on 8 - 13 October.
You are invited to join the friends and supporters of Catholic Social Services Victoria with the community of St Pius X Parish, West Heidelberg to celebrate Mass acknowledging Mental Health Week on Friday 12 October at 5.00 pm. This is a prayerful opportunity to stand with the suffering Christ in our families and wider communities
and to support our brothers and sisters living with mental health issues.

On Saturday 15 September 2018, more than 30 people from 12 parishes gathered at St Francis Xavier and St Clare Combined Parish of Greater Box Hill to share insights into how parishes might respond to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ on care for our common home, the earth.

“Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. ” – Laudato Si #49. Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with Edmund Rice Ministries and Presentation Sisters, is hosting a practical experience of applying the principles of Catholic Social Teaching to promote the flourishing of creation and the building of a more just and compassionate society. 

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