Posted by admin - 28/09/13 06:43AM - -
The Australian Bishops' Social Justice Statement this year calls on the Christian community and all Australians to stand in solidarity with our neighbours around the world living in conditions of extreme poverty. The title comes from the Gospel reading for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time about the poor man Lazarus who lies unnoticed at the gates of the a man (Luke 16:19-31).
In 2000, the world leaders of 189 nations, including Australia, gathered together and committed themselves to tackling global poverty. Their Declaration gave rise to eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015. While great progress has been made over the past decade, many of these goals will not be fulfilled: Around the world, a quarter of a million women still die in childbirth each year and eight million children die annually from malnutrition and preventable diseases. One billion people remain in extreme poverty and 20 per cent of the poorest in the world live in countries near Australia.
‘In our region’, the Bishops say, ‘Australia is the rich man and Lazarus is at our gate.
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council can be found on www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au and the full statement can be downloaded here:Full Story
Confirmation & First Communion 2013
Posted by admin - 05/06/13 04:07PM - -
Congratulations to all the young people who were Confirmed by Bishop Finnigan on Friday, 31st May. Most of them then made their first Communion on the weekend.
Thank you to the parents, sponsors, leaders and everyone who supported the children during their preparation.
Fr GrahamFull Story
The Truth Justice and Healing Council
Posted by admin - 03/04/13 07:41PM - -
The Australian Catholic Bishops have set up a Truth Justice and Healing Council. It will oversee the Catholic Church's engagement with the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. The Royal Commission commenced its proceedings in Melbourne today, 3rd April.
Archbishop Denis Hart and Sr Annette Cunliffe RSC also on the 3rd April, announced the members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.
Members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council are:
Justice Barry O'Keefe AM QC, who will chair the Council.
Dr Sue Gordon AM, retired magistrate from Western Australia.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane.
Professor Maria Harries, Senior Research Fellow in the Social Work and Social Policy School at the University of Western Australia.
Mr Jack Heath, Chief Executive Officer of Sane Australia.
Associate Professor Rosemary Sheehan, currently working in Department of Social Work at Monash University.
Hon Greg Crafter AO, former Minister of Education, South Australia.
Sr Maree Marsh csb, the former Congregational Leader of the Brigidine Sisters and is currently the Chair of ACRATH.
Bishop Bill Wright of Maitland-Newcastle.
Professor Greg Craven, lawyer and academic, Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University (ACU).
Ms Elizabeth Proust AO, currently Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne.
Mr Stephen Elder, Executive Director of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne.
Dr Marian Sullivan, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Queensland. Full biographical details can be found on this link:Full Story
Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Posted by admin - 29/03/13 11:32AM - -
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Christ has died and is risen for all people throughout the world.
Христос Воскрес! Воїстину Воскрес!
Ia manuia le Eseta
Ngā mihi o te Aranga
Vanuinui vinaka ni Siga ni Mate
Chúc Mừng Phục Sinh
Cáisc Shona Dhuit/Dhaoibh
Ma'u ha 'aho Pekia fiefiaFull Story
Prime Minister Julia Gilliard delivers apology to victims of forced adoption
Posted by Secretary - 21/03/13 08:35PM - -
Today, this Parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, takes responsibility and apologises for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering.Julia Gillard