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.
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.
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.