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Victims of violence based on faith or belief

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ'Christians should not need to be told about what people have suffered because of their faith,' writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, to mark the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on religion or belief on 22 August. 'But when we honour the victims of violence, we are also called to ask why violence happens. The answer lies in the hatred and lack of acceptance of people who are different that leads to violence. Violence roots in prejudice; prejudice in a lack of understanding; a lack of understanding roots in the absence of deep social...

Coping with isolation

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Liz Gellel, CatholicCare
Maintaining a daily or weekly routine can help to create a sense of normality during such an abnormal time. Routine can also give us a sense of control in our lives, increasing feelings of calm and safety. Setting a regular wake up/sleep time is a good place to start! Remember that no matter how lonely or isolated you feel, help is always available. Speaking to a counsellor can, in itself, reduce feelings of isolation and increase connectedness. But counsellors can provide coping strategies and other support too.

Pastoral care in isolation: Parishes find new ways to minister to isolated people

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Communications Office
‘Sickness often isolates and marginalises people,’ says Fr Anthony Doran. ‘Whatever we can do to alleviate and eliminate these feelings of isolation, is worth doing.’ As we see shining examples of Melburnian Catholics and clergy doing their bit locally to look out for those in their community, we look forward to the future of ministry as we navigate this era of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. While COVID has taken a heavy mental toll on the nation since the pandemic started, the Church in Australia is placing a focus on mental and spiritual health over the next year. With much of the general population facing unhealthy levels of isolation, opening a discussion on mental health and support has never been more timely. Melbourne priests explore creative ways of offering solace and ministering to those left isolated by the virus, as Australia grapples with the mental health impacts of COVID.

Flemington Towers: School support continues beyond hard lockdown

Wednesday 19 August, 2020

Communications Office 
At the start of July, when nine towers across Flemington and North Melbourne were locked down for five days after tenants contracted COVID, the Catholic community was quick to offer support. St Brendan’s School in Flemington delivered iPads and Chromebooks to ensure all students and their families in the towers had access to devices for online support and remote learning. The school also provided care packages for families, with school staff assisting in packing boxes of goods including food, personal items and nappies. Now one month on, as wider Melbourne is under Stage 4 restrictions, that support shows no signs of wavering. The Catholic community continues to rally around St Brendan’s School Flemington to support the families of its students in the Flemington housing towers. 

Is your parish culture compatible with a missionary vision?

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Proclaim: Office for Mission Renewal  
We must address our parish culture if we want to grow a fruitful missionary parish. Fr James Mallon in Beyond the Parish defines culture as ‘the environment we create by what we allow, celebrate and value’ in the life of our parish. ‘Culture is like an iceberg, 90 percent of which sits below the waterline, invisible to observers. We might not be able to see culture, but it influences everything we do.’