Posted by admin - 31/05/14 11:29AM - -
Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, on Sunday held private talks in Jerusalem and signed a Common Declaration in which they pledged to continue on the path towards unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Their encounter marked the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras in 1964. In their joint declaration, Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew said it is their duty to work together to protect human dignity and the family and build a just and humane society in which nobody feels excluded. They also stressed the need to safeguard God’s creation and the right of religious freedom. The two leaders expressed concern over the situation facing Christians amidst the conflicts of the Middle East and spoke of the urgency of the hour that compels them to seek the reconciliation and unity of the human family whilst fully respecting legitimate differences. - from Vatican Radio.
The full text of the Common Declaration and be found on the "Full Story" link.Full Story
Posted by admin - 29/05/14 05:05PM - -
“Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveller who has been attacked. It is justice’s role to prevent the attack” - Blessed Frederic Ozanam
Good Samaritan Vinnies Youth formed on the 28th February 2014. 40 young people from St Joseph’s Primary school and St John’s College supported by St Joseph’s Parish, had their inaugural meeting to form a Vinnies youth group that would encapsulate both campuses and goes beyond the boundaries of the school grounds. The name Good Samaritan was chosen for the group as both schools and Parish have a strong connection with the Sisters of the Good Samaritan and it was only fitting that the founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Blessed Fredrick Ozanam had two key focuses: charity and Social Justice. This lines up beautiful with our Chrasim.
The students had been talking about the need to do “good works” in their local community as it had come to their attention that “in our own backyard” people needed support.
The idea of forming the Vinnies group was born, as Vinnies epitomised what the students wanted to do. It was an opportunity to put their faith in social justice to action and actively participate in volunteer driven projects, events and initiatives aimed at improving and working towards rectifying ideas in their community. Both schools’ agreed to elect office bearers that would meet with their respective group fortnightly at school and monthly collectively. St John’s College Office Bearers of St John: President: Tegan Duggan Vice President Hannah McNaught, Treasurer Ashton Darracott and Secretary Nicole McKinney.
The main objective is to support the families in our schools and Parishes through material support and supporting children in need for example food hampers or meals, assist with gardening, homework, transport, school uniforms and providing confidential information in times of crisis.
We can do this by fund raising, raising the awareness of social injustices in our community and work with other conferences to get support. Most of all we want to have fun.
Our members include students, parents and friends and are welcome to everyone.
What we have done and what we plan to do.
Our recent BBQ at cross country raised $1000.
Year 7’s from St Josephs and Year 11’s from St John’s joined together to make slices for the homeless.
Cooking on Mondays will be an ongoing event and will also include cooking for the Soup kitchen once a month. Volunteer parents encouraged.
Date claimer: Friday 18th July Sleepover at St Joseph’s Parish Community Centre to raise awareness for homelessness in Nambour and district. Cost $5 Register with Mr Gorman or Mrs Langford.
Commissioning Mass for all members at St Joseph’s Catholic Church- Date to be announced.Full Story
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane
Posted by admin - 09/05/14 06:29PM - -
First G20 Resource Released
CJPC Brisbane has just issued a resource to help Catholics prepare for the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November 2014. It focuses on the teachings on economic justice of the newly canonised Sts John XXIII and John Paul II.Full Story
St Johns Social Justice trip to Vanuatu
Posted by admin - 26/04/14 10:06AM - -
Students from St Johns College are planning a trip to help the children of Vanuatu by painting a Catholic Church on Tanna Island and adding to the mural at Mele School, donating a variety of sporting goods, musical instruments, uniforms, etc. To fund this effort there will be a trivia night at St John's College on the 6th June at 6.30pm. Tickets available from the St Johns school office on 54415666. Mr Bruce King is the organiser.Full Story
What the Church Teaches on Asylum and Migration
Posted by admin - 22/04/14 08:18PM - -
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has a large resource of Catholic teaching on migrants and refugees from Popes and Bishops. Recently the Australian Office issued a phamplet entitled, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matthew 25:35), What the Catholic Church Teachese on Asylum and Migration." I speaks of the centrality of human dignity when considering how refugees are treated: "The Catholic Church teaches that the demands of human dignity always come before the national interest."
Copies of the pamphlet are available from the Parish Office or can be downloaded on this link: Pamphlet as pdf file.Full Story