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Parishes as Centres of Service
Save the date for our 'Care for our Common Home' (Laudato Si) Parish Forum to be held at St Ambrose’s Centre, Brunswick on Saturday 14 September. Taking place in the 'Season of Creation', this forum is part of our ongoing series to assist parish communities to respond to Pope Francis' call to take better care of our common home and the poor. 
 
National Volunteer Week is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. The theme for National Volunteer Week 2019, from 20-26 May is 'Making a world of difference' with thousands of events scheduled across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. 
With Winter approaching, across Victoria around 1,100 homeless people, children, young and older people and people with disabilities will be sleeping in city parks, car parks, bushland areas and coastal reserves, without the comforts we take for granted. What can we and our parishes do to help those who are homeless? Join us for a parish forum on this issue on Saturday 8 June, 9.30am-1pm in East Melbourne.
On Saturday 8 June, 2019, with the onset of winter, Catholic Social Services Victoria will host a forum “Homelessness – What can Parishes do?” at the Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne, from 9.30am-1.00pm. Come and hear what the Australian Bishops have to say about making a home for everyone in our land, what the Christian community is already doing to assist, and join in discussions about how you and your parish can help.
The Church is in a hard place at the moment, and the faith and endurance of its people and its leaders are being well and truly tested. This is not the first time Christians have been on the outer – Jesus gave his life for what he stood for, as did Paul, Peter and many others. Perhaps we are just returning to normal."  Adrian Foley of Catholic Social Services reflects on our call to endure during these difficult times.
“It’s just about treating people decently”, was the main message of those gathered for a recent parish forum to discuss practical responses in assisting people seeking asylum within our community. Fifty people from 16 Melbourne Catholic parishes and five Catholic agencies and communities gathered on Saturday 23 March in East Melbourne for the Parish Forum Helping our Refugee Families and Friends. The focus of the forum was on how parishes can assist refugee families and the Catholic and other agencies who support them.
On Saturday 23 March 2019, Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a parish forum on the topic, Helping our Refugee Families and Friends at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, 9.30am-1pm. This follows the very successful parish forum on the same topic held in August in 2018, focussing on how parishes can transform their desire to help asylum seekers and refugees into practical action. Book your place here
If you are someone within your church who works at developing resources, implementing training or drafting policy on domestic and family violence, the National Council of Churches in Australia invites you to attend its domestic and family violence roundtable on Thursday 2 May. It aims to bring together people who work in the domestic and family violence area of their church and to provide a space where people can share, learn and build networks with others working within the domestic and family violence space within churches. 

 
A number of parishes and deaneries within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne have taken up the opportunity to host a workshop in 2019 addressing domestic and family violence: what is it? What supports are available? This follows a similar workshop that was held in the Sunbury parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last November, which was led by Sr Nicole Rotaru rsm. Please contact Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria if you'd like to host a similar forum in your local parish or deanery.
“The Catholic parish has a prophetic quality about it, particularly today. It is form of community that we require more than ever because of the forces of disconnection and of isolation that mark our contemporary experience.” The Very Rev Dr David Ranson, Administrator of the Diocese of Broken Bay, addresses the 170 attendees from Catholic parishes across New South Wales who gathered together for the NSW Pastoral Ministry Conference on 26 February 2019.

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