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John 13:34

love one another as I have loved you

John 13:34

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Our First 2016 Macarthur Social Justice Network - Saturday, 13th February 2016 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm





Making a Better



in the light of the Gospel and the

social teaching of the Catholic




Dear Friends,


You are invited to attend our first Macarthur Social Justice Network Meeting for 2016 to be held on: 


This Saturday, 13th February 2016

between 2:30pm and 4:30pm

at St Thomas More Parish Hall, 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse 


All Welcome: Gold Coin Donation 


At this meeting, we will develop our goals and action priorities for 2016 based on the needs and interests of our group and community. We can also determine topics and speakers that members would like to address and hear. We have received a Resource Guide from "Catholic Faith and Life", and a Group Evaluation Exercise to assist us to advance our sense of direction.


Also, please check out our Macarthur Social Justice Network Website for information and news updates at:


Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 2:30pm. As usual, there was no meeting in January 2016 because of the holiday season.


RSVP: for seating and refreshments to:


Secretary, Macarthur Social Justice Network

Mobile:   0411 268 440






Peter Costello PSM

Secretary, Macarthur Social Justice Network

Mobile:   0411 268 440



Prayer for Peace

Lord God of Peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms.  How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried…  But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid!  Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace.  Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost".  Instil in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters.  Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister.  Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarrelling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation.  In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words "division", "hatred" and "war" be banished from the heart of every man and woman.  Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands.  Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be "brother", and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam! 


(Pope Francis)



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