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Join us on Palm Sunday - Welcome Refugees Rally

Representatives of numerous religious and social justice advocacy groups as well as individual members of the Australian Community will gather at the Palm Sunday Welcome Refugees Rally this Sunday, March 20th, commencing at 1.00pm in Belmore Park, opposite Central Railway station.

A number of speakers will address the rally, including:

  • Joel Shakespeare (former Save the Children worker on Nauru)
  • Jessica Walker (Queensland Teachers Union, Yeronga High School & Save Mojgan campaign)
  • Dr Sue Wareham (Medical Association for Prevention of War)
  • Faith speakers including: Rev John Barr (President, NSW Ecumenical Council) Ms Wies Schuiringa (Religious Society of Friends – Quakers) Rev Myung Hwa Park (Uniting Synod NSW/ACT)
    Fr Shenouda Mansour (Coptic Orthodox Church) Rabbi Jacki Ninio (Emanuel Synagogue) Rabbi Gad Krebs (Kehillat Masada Synagogue)
  • Ian Rintoul (Refugee Action Coalition)
  • Shokufa Tahiri (Afghan refugee)

Following the rally, those present will march to Victoria Park (Cnr City Road and Broadway).

For more information about the Rally, please download the flyer below, prepared by the Refugee Action Coalition, or visit their website by clicking here.

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The information above was taken from the Refugee Action Coalition Website.

Participate in the Season of Creation, 1 September - 4 October 2018

We will enjoy and celebrate
Earth's beauty and bounty and her
many species. We will honour our
duty to love and care for her and
add to her well-being wherever possible
(Chapter Statement)

In 2015 Pope Francis designated 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church, encouraging all members of the Catholic community to 'rediscover in our own rich spiritual patrimony [heritage] the deepest motivations for our concern for the care of creation'.

The Season of Creation offers us all a time for enjoyment of the beauty of our world and all its inhabitants, human and other-than-human.

Mercy International Association (MIA) of which Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation is a member, has developed a number of resources, including a calendar and posters, that can be used to mark the Season of Creation. Access these here.

2018-2019 Social Justice Statement Released

We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, displaced persons, minority groups, the homeless... (Chapter Statement)

In Australia, the last Sunday in September is 'Social Justice Sunday'. Each year on this day the Bishops issue a major statement of focus for the coming year. The 2018-2019 Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land'. 

The Bishops consider the extent of our housing crisis and Australia’s falling rates of home ownership. They focus especially on those in our society who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity and homelessness. We are reminded that safe and secure housing is a human right, asserted both by the Church’s social teaching and by the Declaration of Human Rights.

The Statement confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia. It challenges each one of us to ask ourselves how we might contribute to the solution.

The Statement can be read here (PDF)


Young People in Africa: September Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We will use our gifts as educators in all our ministries to assist those in need of support in their learning.(Chapter Statement)

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Young People in Africa.

Let us pray that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.

Text of the September 2018 video:

'Africa is a wealthy continent, and its greatest, most valuable resource is its young people. They should be able to choose between letting themselves be overcome by difficulty or transforming the difficulty into an opportunity. The most effective way to help them in this choice is to invest in their education. If young people don't have the possibility of education, what future can they have? Let us pray that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.'

We invite you to post a prayer or reflection in our prayer space

Rosemary Goldie, the Parramatta Girl in the Vatican

The most senior laywoman in the Vatican in the 20th century was a little known woman from Parramatta, Rosemary Goldie.

The story of this personal friend of multiple Popes, Jacques Maritain and Cardinal Cardijn has an unlikely beginning, when she was raised by her devout grandmother, who sent Rosemary to Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta. Rosemary’s mother had turned to a bohemian lifestyle in Sydney’s Kings Cross, wearing a leopard skin and writing provocative novels.

Today [11 September] the Australian Embassy to the Holy See honours her legacy with the Rosemary Goldie Room, opened in early 2018 by Senator the Honourable Marise Payne, Minister for Defence.

The biannual Rosemary Goldie Lecture in Sydney likewise commemorates her and this year’s lecture features renowned Catholic journalist John L. Allen as the speaker.

Read the complete story in Catholic Outlook.