Reflections

Keeping isolation at bay for older carers Keeping isolation at bay for older carers

Keeping isolation at bay for older carers

Thursday 20 August 2020

VMCH A new iPad and online training have been a lifeline for Billie and her husband Laurie, also 80, who has Lewy Body Dementia. Billie has been supported by VMCH’s Carer Support Program as Laurie’s full-time carer for four years. The program is jointly-run by VMCH and YourLink – an organisation focussed on the digital inclusion of Australian seniors. 'This program is the most wonderful thing,' Billie says. 'You feel a bit left out these days… I don’t understand a lot of the modern things that are going on and I think this is going to open up so many...

The Bells of St Patrick's

Wednesday 12 August 2020

Communications Office
 
When Bishop Goold visited Europe in 1851-1852, he purchased a peal of eight bells for £500. They went on display at the Crystal Palace, Exhibition in London in 1851 having been cast by Murphy’s Bell Foundry in Dublin. Originally intended for St Francis Church, they arrived in Australia in the ship Lorina in February 1853.  

St Patrick’s Cathedral: A closer look part two

Wednesday 5 August 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. 

Catholic sector thanks Victorian aged care workers

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Catholic Health Australia
 
‘Our workers are there on the frontline - they are quite literally the bulwark between the pandemic and the most vulnerable in our community,’ says CHA Chief Executive Pat Garcia. The largest non-government grouping of aged care services in Australia, Catholic Health Australia, thanks its workers as they continue to provide compassionate care in the face of a surging pandemic. CHA, whose Victorian members include Mercy, St Vincent’s and Villa Maria, among others, said its aged care workers are doing an amazing job as they battle a second surge of COVID cases in Victoria. The workforce in Victoria’s aged care homes are doing everything they can to protect the older residents in their care and deserve our respect and support.
 
 

Home in hard places: St Ignatius Loyola

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Andrew Hamilton 
 
St Ignatius spent much of his life drawing people beyond trivial pursuits and became at home in hard places. He had to convalesce after being wounded in battle. He begged his way around Spain, slept rough, had constant run-ins with authorities suspicious of his faith and morals, and faced every obstacle in placing himself and his friends at the disposal of the Pope. If resilience is a quality highly to be prized—as is widely proclaimed in this year of coronavirus—Ignatius had it in spades. It came from his conviction that God loved him and was calling him into service, and that the map of the future would be written in the successes, the failures, the lights and the unnoticed shadows of his life. In a world marked by bitter conflicts, by people wanting unconditional commitment to narrow causes, by war and plague and troubled conscience, he listened to people and led them to focus on what really matters. 
 
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