Funding boost for groups helping with bushfire recovery Funding boost for groups helping with bushfire recovery

Funding boost for groups helping with bushfire recovery

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Catholic Emergency Relief Australia (CERA) The first round of grants from Catholic Emergency Relief Australia to support the ongoing recovery from last summer’s bushfires has been awarded. With at least $100,000 available, 24 groups applied for approximately $400,000 in funding to support various programs and projects across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Fifteen organisations were successful in seeking grants, receiving a total of $110,000 to support trauma counselling and mental health, as well as community-building initiatives.   

I was a stranger and you made me welcome: Refugee Week 2020

Monday 15 June 2020

Andrew Hamilton SJ and Communications Office

The theme of Refugee Week in 2020 is the Year of Welcome. Welcome is about generosity, opening our arms and our houses to friends and strangers, feeding the hungry and avoiding the temptation to shut the door. This year we have celebrated the generosity of people who have kept welcoming strangers – opening their hearts, homes, cattle feed and purses to families made homeless by the Bushfires. And more recently, the generosity of health workers in Australia and elsewhere who have risked their own health to help strangers. We have seen, too, the goodness of people who from very few bricks have built laughter and friendship in local communities, and particularly befriended elderly people in nursing homes. They have opened doors in a world that has closed so many doors.

Homily (Corpus Christi): The presence of a deeper hunger

Sunday 14 June 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Homily: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) 
Two stories in the news this week have struck me at a deep level, beyond the headlines they generated. Firstly, there was the near tragic, but ultimately happy story of the finding of young William Callaghan, lost and alone in the mountain ranges of north-east Victoria. As a boy with acute autism, and not able to vocally communicate, William’s circumstances, and that of his family, have highlighted how the preciousness of each person’s life needs to be recognised according to their particular reality. We believe, as Christians, in the absolute dignity of each person, as each of us are endowed with the image of God. But each person is different in that image, and each of us are vulnerable in particular ways. Therefore, the dignity we are to recognise and foster in one another needs to be attentive to life’s circumstances by which each of us live. 

A message from Archbishop Peter (Corpus Christi)

Thursday 11 June 2020

Communications Office

In his latest video message to the faithful, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli reflects on the upcoming Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) and our spiritual hunger for Jesus, especially during this time of COVID-19. He also contemplates the different ways we hunger for the Body of Christ to manifest in our own lives and in wider society: "I'm particularly mindful of the hunger our First Peoples have for their identity in the land ... whether we're First Peoples or settlers or migrants - we hunger for the good of each of our people and that this land might be a sign and witness of how to live well with one another." 

Welcome back!

Thursday 11 June 2020

Communications Office

When restrictions around public worship eased earlier this month, Fr Andrew Jekot at St Mary of the Cross Catholic Parish, Mordialloc and Aspendale, couldn’t wait to re-open the church doors and welcome his parishioners back. "I certainly thought that at Easter time we would be back full strength in the church for Mass at Pentecost. How wrong was I! It has been wonderful to be able to offer regular weekday and weekend Masses again (as of 2 June) and see parishioners face to face and not through a device!"