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Prevention and putting an end to family violence are of key concern for Catholic Social Services Victoria and the wider community. The Catholic Church has a key role to play and so in Victoria, Catholic Social Services has been working with the bishops and with parishes in order to produce a range of resource material that will help address this very important issue.

 

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.

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

Patrice Scales was warmly farewelled as Chair of Council at the 17 March Annual General Meeting, and Bernie Cronin was welcomed as her replacement.  Anne Astin and Jenny Glare were also welcomed to the Council. 

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.'
 

Anti Poverty Week 11 - 17 October. More than one million Victorians are living near or below the poverty line painting an alarming picture of increasing disadvantage across the state. Across Australia there are 2.5 million people living below the internationally accepted poverty line of 50 per cent of median income.

 
Catholic Social Services Victoria, in collaboration with Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, engaged Melissa Brickell, a Yorta Yorta Wiradjeri woman, to facilitate an informative and challenging workshop entitled Becoming a Culturally Competent Organisation for CSSV member organisations and other colleagues on Friday morning 7 August 2015.

Peter Hudson led a workshop looking at Social Justice at the Sunraysia Region of the Diocese which gathered on Saturday, July 18th for a day of solidarity, sharing and planning.

Under the guidance and encouragement of Fr Mick McKinnon the Regional Gathering took the title of “The Joy of the Gospel” and the program took the following extract from Pope Francis as a focal point for the day – “It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but by ‘attraction’”.

Click here for the submission to the Victorian Royal Commission on Family Violence. Thanks to our Working Party for work on this, and for our ongoing project to play our part in building a safer community.

Thanks too to Patricia Faulkner and all who participated in the 2 June 2015 briefing and discussion with Patricia, a member of the Royal Commission into family violence. Click here for a copy of the issues paper from the Royal Commission.  The submission from CSSV to the Royal Commission will be available soon.

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