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Building a culture of safety in our parishes

Thursday 10 September 2020

Professional Standards Unit Across the Archdiocese, parish leadership and safeguarding teams have been working hard to implement safeguarding practices and policies that reinforce the Church's commitment to protecting children and those most vulnerable in the community. Fr Tony Doran, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ringwood, says it has required his parishioners to look at every aspect of parish life. 'What we do, how we do it, the spaces in which we do what we do. Now we know where the gaps are in our policies and procedures, so we can begin to address them. We also...

'Think laterally': Meet Auslan interpreter Janette Murphy rsj

Thursday 10 September 2020

Communications Office
 
For more than 20 years, Janette Murphy rsj has been an advocate and friend of the Deaf community, having worked at the John Pierce Centre as a chaplain and now as a volunteer. These days, Janette assists with the provision of Auslan during the weekly Mass livestreamed from St Patrick’s Cathedral. While she acknowledges that this time of the pandemic has been challenging, she says in some ways it’s also been a good opportunity for the needs of the Deaf community to be recognised by the mainstream.

A closer look at St Patrick’s Cathedral: Part three

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Communications Office
 
During lockdown, we’re already learning to adapt without many simple pleasures like going to cafés, or restaurants, or a bookshop. But also, one of the things we miss is being in and around those beautiful sacred spaces that we frequent each week for Mass. That’s why we’re running a series on spaces around the Archdiocese – particularly St Patrick’s Cathedral – that reminds people of the beauty around us in the Archdiocese, but also to inspire hope that we’ll come to these places with new appreciation once the lockdown ends. Let us pray for the triumph of Christ as we continue during lockdown and we welcome you tune in to celebrate Mass this Sunday at 11am.  

Protecting God's Children Parent Resource

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Professional Standards Unit 

As children’s first and most enduring educators, parents are best placed to begin conversations with their children in an age and developmentally appropriate way. Protecting God’s Children Parent Resource: A Catholic Parent’s Guide to Keeping Their Kids Safe is a protective behaviours resource aimed at supporting Catholic parents of children aged 5-12 years old. The resource helps parents teach children a range of important personal safety skills, supports the development of emotional intelligence skills and promotes a child’s understanding of the right to feel safe through engaging activities and storybooks.

 

 

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