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The key to a safer society is to address the root causes of crime , according to our recent media statement on criminal justice policy. Further, “when offences are committed, a focus on restoration for all parties, and on rehabilitation, must be central to our response”. Download our Media Release.

An update for participants in the August 2016 Reimagining Parish Services Expo provides links to resource material - including volunteering opportunities with our member organisations; and notice of future gatherings.
Christmas greetings to members and friends of Catholic Social Services Victoria!
 
Thanks to Fr Andy Hamilton sj of Eurkea Street / Jesuit Social Services for his recent Christmas reflection on the challenges faced by people around the world: “We may give up our hopes for a just and peaceful world, retire from it as gracefully as we can, accept the victory of power, wealth and brutality, and allow hope to die within us. Or we can return to the Christmas story and to the hope that is central to it, and work and pray for the death of the new political order. This is the path of constancy, of faithfulness to little people in small things, of being a midwife in the hard labours of a Birth like Death.”

Some documents from the  9  December 2016 planning day for members of the Council and committees at Catholic Social  Services  Victoria might be of more general interest:


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.
Pope Francis marked Sunday 6 November as a Jubilee for Prisoners. He celebrated Mass for the Jubilee in Saint Peter's Basilica, during which he reminded the 1000+ attending prison detainees to never lose hope, or fall into the temptation that they can never be forgiven. 
 
The Catholic Church in Australia also celebrated the Jubilee for Prisoners across the weekend as part of the Year of Mercy. On behalf of the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council, Bishop Terry Brady prepared a special video message for prisoners. And there's also an informative article by David Halliday on the Jubilee for Prisoners and the important work of prison chaplains in the current (November) issue of Melbourne Catholic magazine, available in parishes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reimagine, Renew: Mission making a difference in a changing world re-presents many of the papers from Catholic Social Services Victoria's conference (of the same name) held earlier this year.  It includes a number of papers that grapple with the challenge of extending our reaching out to those on the margins in an environment that is challenging and changing rapidly.  The papers in this book illuminate the challenges and shed light on the way forward.
 
About 50 colleagues and friends of Catholic Social Services Victoria gathered in the Cardinal Knox Centre in East Melbourne last night for the launch of Review, Reimagine, Renew: Mission making a difference in a changing world.

In the book, officially launched by Archbishop Denis Hart, leaders from Catholic social services and the broader church explore what it means to be a Catholic ministry, and what difference that makes to the communities being served.
On Sunday, 27 November 2016, the Catholic Church in Australia will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the visit of Saint John Paul II to Australia in 1986. The Bishops Commission for Relations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (BCRATSIP) is calling on parishes, schools and communities to mark the anniversary of Saint John Paul's address to the Aboriginal community in Blatherskite Park, Alice Springs on 29 November 1986. 

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