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Thursday 9 November 2017

Villa Maria Catholic Homes

Margaret Lay was a woman used to doing things for others. The Gordon resident had found her calling in caring for children with disabilities and various volunteering roles until a severe back injury in 2000 turned her world upside down. Suddenly, Margaret became the one who needed care. 

'Gifted and called forward': The story of a three-in-one parish

Friday 3 November 2017

Media and Communications Office
 
Over 200 parishes make up the Archdiocese of Melbourne and they all have much in common. There's a parish priest at the helm, often supported by another priest or deacon, presiding over liturgy and the sacraments. There's usually a primary school under the tutelage of the priest, a principal and numerous teaching and support staff. Contributing to the day to day running of the community are administrative staff, Parish Associates and secretaries. And on top of this is a vigorous, demanding ministry serving the spiritual and temporal needs of the parish. But there are also many differences in the way a particular parish runs. 

Among the gods of the Melbourne Cup

Monday 6 November 2017

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, Eureka Street

The Melbourne Cup is a deeply rooted Australian ritual. It has always had something slightly anarchic about it, perhaps tracing back to an ancient conflict between the worship of the Goddess of Chance and the service of the Siren of Productivity. Bosses used to complain about workers who took sickies on Cup Day.

But teaching institutions had a bob each way. They had class as usual. From the early days of radio, many schools would halt for a few minutes while the Cup was broadcast through the class rooms. In at least one theological college, where the exams were held during Cup week, the invigilator would silently write the name of the Cup winner on the blackboard.

Fighting to save his nation: Eri Aram on how climate change is impacting Kiribati

Monday 6 November 2017

Media and Communications Office
 
Recently, Caritas Australia released the Caritas State of Environment for Oceania report, providing an extensive insight into sea level rise, food and water shortages and the extreme, damaging weather events that have inflicted considerable destruction throughout the Oceanic region.
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