A holy light to live by (Homily, 22nd Sunday in OT) A holy light to live by (Homily, 22nd Sunday in OT)

A holy light to live by (Homily, 22nd Sunday in OT)

Sunday 30 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
For most of us, most of the time, following the narrow path of Christian discipleship does not demand of us to make such dire choices. But it is valuable to be reminded from time to time that taking the Christian path is not the same as following the ways of the world. All three of our readings today are a reminder that Christian discipleship involves taking the narrower pathways that are not the same as the wide boulevards the world would prefer us to travel along.

Our San Damiano moment: Archbishop Timothy Costello SDB reflects on Plenary Council

Friday 28 August 2020

Communications Office
The last six months of the Plenary Council Journey has required many unplanned changes due to COVID-19. What hasn’t changed though, is the heart of the journey – the discernment process. Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB has written a paper reflecting on the genesis of the Plenary Council, retracing the journey so far and offering insights into the period leading up to the assemblies in 2021 and 2022, as well as the implementation phase beyond.

Mental health in Australia: Bishops release 2020-21 social justice statement

Thursday 27 August 2020

Communications Office and ACBC 
‘Our society tends to push away or draw away from those who confront us with our frailties and limitations. This is not the way of Jesus,’ writes Bishop Terry Brady, the Bishop Delegate for Social Justice on the release of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2020-21, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia. It was released ahead of the Church’s Social Justice Sunday celebrated on August 30 this year. Given the challenges our country and world are facing due to COVID-19, the issue of mental health is very much front and centre for many people. ‘The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting many members of our parishes, schools and communities,’ Bishop Brady says. ‘The personal feelings of anxiety and despair we all share at this time provide an opportunity to become more aware and active in fostering the mental health of all. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who most need our support.’

Social justice Sunday: Managing mental health at VMCH

Thursday 27 August 2020

To mark Social Justice Sunday and the release of Australian Catholic Bishops' social justice statement, VMCH will be sharing the experiences of staff who support the mental health and wellbeing of VMCH clients, including residents in aged care, a person with a disability, or carers looking after a loved one. This week we hear about the experiences of Maria Carnovale, one of their 16 Pastoral Care Practitioners, who has been supporting aged care residents, their families and staff during this challenging time. She shares her tips on caring for your mental health, and for an insight into how our aged care community is coping.