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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. 

During Anti-Poverty Week 2018, on Wed 17 October, we will be hosting a Lunchtime Conversation with Brian Lawrence on Child Poverty within Families, followed by an Ecumenical Anti-Poverty Prayer Service.  All are welcome.

 

In 2015, Pope Francis wrote “an urgent letter” to “everyone on the planet” to express his concern for the devastation that humans are causing to our Earth and its climate, and to ask all people to change the way we treat the Earth, each other and the poor. How are you and your parish responding to the Pope’s urgent request?  

 

The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation across the globe.  The season begins 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through to 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of ecology in several religious traditions. The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘walking together” and will be celebrated by Christian and other faith traditions as brothers and sisters on a pilgrimage of shared reflection and action to better care of creation.
 

At this time of change in Australian politics, it’s time to change our approach to refugees and people seeking asylum.

This was a call from more than 60 people from 20 Melbourne Catholic parishes on Saturday 25 August.  They were gathered for the 14th Welcome the Asylum Seeker Parish Support forum

With the 2018 Victorian general election scheduled for Saturday 24 November, this is a time to engage with parliamentary candidates on the kind of society we want to live in, today and in the future.  Members and friends are invited to join us on Monday 27 August for our pre-election forum. The Hon James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier, and The Hon David Hodgett MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party  will join us to engage on the issues that most impact on the wellbeing of Victorians, particularly those on the margins. Our 2018 Victorian Election brochure will be part of the agenda.

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