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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. 

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.

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