The Federal Election is this Saturday 2 July. Don't forget to VOTE! Archbishop Anthony Fisher has made a statement to all the faithful regarding the issues and responsibilities of Catholic Voters - "Responsible voting is a matter of considering a number of important issues and assessing them through the prisms of truth, justice, solidarity and freedom" For the full text click HERE
Click on the image to download the Federal Election Guide.
Here we are with our last of our "Mercy Series" sessions. For our final Catholicism 101 before we head off to WYD Krakow, we're excited to welcome John Pridmore (From Gangland to Promised Land) who has an incredible conversion story to share about being imprisoned physically and mentally through his involvement with the gangs in East London as well as, Fr Peter Carroll who is currently serving as the Prison Chaplain at Long Bay Gaol in Sydney. Click here for the facebook event
GRACEFEST is a night of Praise and Worship which draws over 200 young people every year! This Year we are extremely excited to welcome Fr Rob Galea, who will have just touched down back in Aus after World Youth Day! Fr Rob will lead us in worship and Bishop-Elect Fr Richard Umbers will present the catechesis. This is also the official reunion for WYD, so grab your small group and head out to Liverpool to relive the memories! Click HERE for more information! #bemerciful #gracefest2016
Are you Single? Are you Catholic? Then Read on!
The Catholic Singles Conference is all about giving single Catholics the opportunity to meet other like-minded singles, share their Faith and be encouraged. The Catholic Singles Conference will provide a range of social opportunities, but it is not primarily about finding a relationship; there will be a range of prayer opportunities, but it is not primarily a spiritual retreat. The hope behind the Catholic Singles Conference is to encourage attendees to live their singleness well and to become happier and holier people according to their current state in life. In a mix of keynote addresses, men/women sessions and workshops the Conference will discuss themes such as;
Where is God in my singleness / Spiritual motherhood and fatherhood / Dating and chastity / The importance of friendship / Pornography and Lust / The Feminine Genius / Practical Living as a Single
Tickets are on sale now - Click HERE for more information.
This October, Catholic Youth Services can't wait to bring out Life Teen again. After the success of last year's Australian Training Conference, we are ready to empower and equip even more young people in youth ministry! Life Teen have inspired thousands of youth leaders at similar conferences right across the USA and now the Life Teen Australia Catholic Youth Ministry Training Conference is coming to Australia in October 2016. Click HERE for more details. Registrations will open soon!
Mount Carmel Retreat Centre is a Christian centre, under the auspices of the Discalced Carmelite Friars. It is a place for individuals and groups to develop their spirituality by means of retreats, conferences and study groups. If you are looking for a bit of time out, check out all the upcoming retreats HERE
The Retreat Centre is set in semi-rural surroundings in a peaceful setting, with interesting bird life that usually attracts the attention of retreatants. The Centre has been used as a place of retreat for nearly 50 years. It is an ideal place for the individual to get away from the stresses and strains of modern day life, a chance to sit, relax, reflect and marvel at God's creation.
Click HERE for all of John Pridmore's public appearances. This is one conversion story not to be missed!
Join the Fraternas for their Saturday Morning Retreat! Click HERE for more info.
QndA draws pollies, priests and professors - of different faiths and traditions - to UNDA to thrash out the hot issues of the day. It's about faith and reason in action. QndA lets the audience ask the questions: on anything, from anyone. Wednesday 20 July at 7pm, Notre Dame Sydney, Broadway Campus. RSVP HERE
The Campion College Student Association invites you to the highlight of the College social calendar, Before Midnight: an enchanted evening of elegance, surprises and a little bit of magic.. Live band and dancing and Canapes and drinks served until 11pm. Book tickets HERE
"If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt, Lord, who would survive? But with you is found forgiveness." – Ps 129:3-4
On behalf of the Christus Rex Society you are warmly invited to the 26th Christus Rex Pilgrimage. Once again we will make the journey from St. Patrick's Cathedral in Ballarat to Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo offering our prayers and sacrifices in honour of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ our King.
Keep upto date with WYD from the comfort of your own home! Click HERE for the WYD Hub!
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The CEO of the Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council, Mr Francis Sullivan, addressed the annual Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) National Assembly this week in the Blue Mountains in NSW.
Speaking with the leaders of the more than 180 congregations and religious institutes Mr Sullivan spoke about the range of initiatives that have been put in place by church leaders over the past three years to better respond to abuse survivors and to ensure children are safe in Catholic services and facilities.
Attending Catholic Religious Australia's national assembly this week, I am reminded of the temendous work done over the last 20 years around the protection of children and vulnerable people. Its been an essential, if difficult path. As I have said in recent blogs, its this story of reform and innovation that now needs greater attention.
TJHC CEO Francis Sullivan, will be in Bendigo on Monday 27 June as guest speaker at Spirituality in the Pub in discussion about the child sexual abuse Royal Commission and the history of abuse in the Catholic Church. The theme for the evening is 'Healing the Hurt'. Bookings essential.
Where: Queens Arms Hotel 23 Russell Street Quarry Hill When: Monday 27 June 2016, for 7:30pm Contact: Anne 03 5441 6474, Peter 0417 217 325, Maria 0401 181 030
Pope meets graduates of safeguarding minors course
The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged the students and faculty to be courageous in their work against sexual abuse.
TJHC CEO Francis Sullivan, will met with the Mount Gambier community at a public forum on Wednesday 29 June to answer questions and talk about the child sexual abuse Royal Commission and the history of abuse in the Catholic Church.
Where:Parish Hall, 26 Penola Road, Mount Gambier When: Wednesday 29 June 2016, 7.30pm – All welcome Contact: Fr Dean Marin, Parish Priest (08) 8725 6566 Email: email@example.com
Public round table hears from Child abuse police squads and experts
Last week the Commission held a public roundtable to discuss responses to child sexual abuse when there is a multi-disciplinary approach from police and other agencies.
The roundtable considered the nature and effectiveness of multi-disciplinary and specialist police responses, as well as their interactions with institutions, parents and the community when allegations of child sexual abuse are made.