The peak body for Catholic Social Services in Victoria is calling for Manus Island and Nauru detention centres to be closed, and for those sent to these centres to be brought to Australia.
We know that this detention harms people, and uses them as means to another end. The game changer is an emerging consensus that this detention is not needed to meet our immigration goals, and that Catholic and other communities are ready to assist more people to settle in Australia.
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”. Together with Fr John Petrulis, Parish Priest of Catholic Parish of Sacred Heart and St Colomba who gave the keynote address, leaders from 15 parishes and six social service agencies exhibited a diverse range of services to their communities. Our Lady of the Assumption Parish demonstrated service in action as they welcomed the visitors; St Anthony’s Glenhuntly inspired us with meals services for local people, while St Macartan’s Mornington and other parishes on the Mornington Peninsula showed enormous support for Timor Leste.There was a strong support at the Expo for other parishes to highlight their services and to learn from the work of others. Further Expos are envisaged, and will be announced at www.css.org.au/parishes