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Guest Speaker, Ms Sally-Anne Hurley: Macarthur Social Justice Network Saturday 10th June 2017 at 2.30pm.

posted Jun 7, 2017, 10:50 PM by Peter Costello

Confirmation of Special Event!

This Saturday Afternoon.

Please pass this Invitation on to anyone you think would be interested.

 Our next Meeting of the Macarthur Social Justice Network is to be held on this Saturday 10th June 2017 at 2.30pm. The Venue for this Meeting will be the St Thomas More Parish Hall, 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse 2560.

 

·     For this Meeting, we have been fortunate to arrange a very special Guest Speaker, Ms Sally-Anne Hurley who will speak to members and guests about the current “Caritas Community Climate Petition”.

 

Sally-Anne Hurley works in the role of Digital Communications Specialist at Caritas Australia, as part of the Advocacy and Communications team.

 

The Climate Petition's aim is to ask our Federal Government to review Australia's current climate change policies in order to make positive change for climate justice here in Australia and in poor communities around the world. It will provide further back-up to Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Siand give Christians a voice on this issue. The petition is to be lodged to the Federal Parliament at the end of June.

 

This is Australia’s largest multi-electorate petition on climate justice. Caritas calls on the Australian Government to:

·         Reduce our emissions,

·         Transition to renewables,

·         Support vulnerable communities.

 

If you want to learn more about this most important issue, you are warmly welcomed to join this very special occasion.

 

Please invite your friends and anyone interested in this very important issue.

 

·         Date & Time:  Saturday 10thJune 2017 at 2.30pm to 4.00pm

·         Venue: St Thomas More Parish Hall, 43 Acacia Avenue, Ruse 2560

·         Subscription: Note Donation

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: “Prison Ministry” - Guest Speaker, Mr Barry Dalton, Saturday 6th May 2017 at 10.00am.

posted May 1, 2017, 12:04 AM by Peter Costello

Date Saver: Very Special Event!

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

 

Our next Meeting of the Macarthur Social Justice Network is to be held on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 10.00am. The Venue for this Meeting will be the Parish Hall, St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 35 Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown 2560.

 

·     For this Meeting, we have been very fortunate to arrange a very special Guest Speaker, Mr Barry Dalton who will speak to members and guests about “Prison Ministry”.

 

The role of Barry and his wife Fay involves visiting inmates and corresponding with prisoners. Especially important is his role in assisting ex-offenders after their release and to walk with them in their difficult journey back into society. Barry and his wife Fay also coordinate volunteers in providing emotional support including, where possible, tea and biscuits to those in holding cells at the Downing Centre in Sydney. The presence of a “friend” for those in holding cells helps them through the difficult trial process. This important issue is very relevant to Macarthur and the Campbelltown Courts.

 

Please invite your friends and anyone interested in this very important issue.

 

·         Date & Time:  Saturday 6th May 2017 at 10.00am to 11.00am

·         Venue: Parish Hall, St John the Evangelist Parish Catholic Church, 35               Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown 2560

·         Subscription: Note Donation

 

RSVP: Members and Guests for seating and refreshments by next Wednesday, 3rd May to: Secretary, Macarthur Social Justice Network  secretary@msjn.org

Mobile:   0411 268 440

email:    secretary@msjn.org

(Volunteers most welcome to provide welcoming, hospitality, tea/coffee/bickies? Thanks)

Affordable Housing Assembly with Planning Minister Anthony Roberts next Thursday night, 4th may 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.15pm.

posted Apr 30, 2017, 11:52 PM by Peter Costello

May 4th Housing Assembly

Event Details

Where: Eastwood Uniting Church
14-16 Lakeside Rd
Eastwood
NSW 2122

When: Thursday 4 May 2017 from 6:30pm SHARP to 8:15pm


 

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Hi Friends,

At our recent Social Justice Gathering and in other meetings, many people committed to or expressed an interest in coming along to the Affordable Housing Assembly with Planning Minister Anthony Roberts next Thursday night. So I wanted to encourage you to still do that and to forward along the final details from Sydney Alliance and also connect with you to let you know how the night will run.

Firstly, if you haven't registered with the Sydney Alliance yet please do so here, or if you prefer just let me know by email or give me a call on 9307 8465 or 0417 570 980 and I will take care of it for you.

On the night: What we need to do is gather together as Sydney Catholics as it is really important for the organisations there to be visible as an organised group. I don't want to make that too burdensome on any of you, so I was hoping you might just come to find me when you arrive so we can all sit together and I will have little Archdiocese of Sydney badges for you all (see image below). Many of you know me so I hope this shouldn't be too hard, but I will also be wearing one of the badges along with my name badge and will have a 'Sydney Catholic Archdiocese' sign to help you spot me. I will be there from 6pm. If you can't find me, or have any trouble on the night please give me a call on 0417 570 980.

The night is one of sharing stories, of demonstrating organisational diversity to engage the Minister with our ask for higher affordability and income targets in the new district housing plans being drawn up for all of Sydney. This will mean more affordable housing across Sydney for those on low-moderate incomes, as well as key workers. It is most important that he sees how all kinds of different Sydney-siders have come together and care about this issue. It will be a powerful night and I hope, if this is the first Sydney Alliance assembly you've been to, that you will feel encouraged and inspired.

Please bring along any friends or other folks from your parish - all most welcome! If you have any questions please just get in touch.

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Kim

[Apologies if you have received this email twice]

Event Details

Where: Eastwood Uniting Church
14-16 Lakeside Rd
Eastwood
NSW 2122

When: Thursday 4 May 2017 from 6:30pm SHARP to 8:15pm

 

Badges for us all to wear on the night!

 

 

 

 

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Football or Faith - You Choose

posted Apr 8, 2017, 2:56 PM by Sean Donovan   [ updated Apr 8, 2017, 2:56 PM ]

New Look Site Coming Soon

posted Apr 8, 2017, 2:16 PM by Sean Donovan   [ updated Apr 8, 2017, 2:16 PM ]

A new look MSJN web site will be coming soon!


Eamonn Keane - Right to Life - Euthanasia

posted Mar 9, 2017, 3:30 PM by Sean Donovan

MUST SEE!

Eamonn Keane
Right to Life - Euthanasia

Saturday 11th March 10am-11am followed by morning tea
St John the Evangelist Parish
35 Cordeaux Street Campbelltown

Presented by Macarthur Social Justice Network and
St John’s Social Justice Group
RSVP Peter to secretary@msjn.org
Cost: Note Donation


Macarthur Social Justice Network Christmas gathering to be held on Saturday, 10th December 2016 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm.

posted Dec 6, 2016, 10:29 PM by Peter Costello

We would like to invite you to attend our Macarthur Social Justice Network Christmas gathering to be held on:  

Saturday, 10th December 2016

between 2:30pm and 4:30pm

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

 

Gold Coin Donation 

 

This Meeting will start with our Annual General Meeting including the election of office bearers followed by our Christmas celebration.

 

Please come and celebrate the Christmas Season with your Macarthur Social Justice Network friends. This will also be our chance to support the St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal. We hope you can join our Christmas celebration on Saturday afternoon 10th December 2016 and we would be grateful if you could bring a plate. Looking forward to sharing Christmas blessings and cheer with you.

 

·         RSVP: for seating and refreshments to:

    Secretary, Macarthur Social Justice Network

    Mobile:   0411 268 440

    email:     secretary@msjn.org

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

 

Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 2:30pm however there will be no meeting in January 2017 because of the holiday season.

JPIC December Newsletter

posted Dec 6, 2016, 10:26 PM by Peter Costello

During this Advent Season as we turn our hearts and minds to reflect on the gift of peace that our Lord Jesus brings,  

we might also take time to reflect on what is troubling or disturbing us in today's chaotic world events.

Do we succumb to the all too prevalent climate of fear? Or do we commit ourselves in faith to wait in joyful hope? 

The example of Carmelite Blessed Titus Brandsma encourages us to 'Be not Afraid'; to live a life of faith, hope and love. 

Your Carmelite Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Team,

Paul, Peter, Agedo and Gabrielle 

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.’

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

A Place at the Table - Social justice in an ageing society

posted Sep 24, 2016, 1:49 PM by Sean Donovan   [ updated Sep 24, 2016, 2:08 PM ]

2016-2017 Social Justice Sunday Statement

A Place at the Table
Social justice in an ageing society


The Catholic Bishops of Australia have issue a major statement on the ageing of Australian society.

The 2016–2017 Social Justice Statement, A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society, celebrates the ageing of the population and the significant contributions older people make to the life of the community. Increasing numbers of older people enjoy good health and an active life for many years.

The ageing demographic has rightly been described as ‘the great success story of human development’.

But significant challenges remain.

While workers are being encouraged to work beyond retirement, older people in poverty are likely to carry that hardship into retirement without proper assistance.

In an ageing population, vulnerable groups confront the risks of ageism, social isolation and elder abuse.

Archbishop Denis J. Hart, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, noted "Where governments are encouraging older people to extend their working lives, we must ensure the benefits are shared equitably and that the needs of people enduring poverty are addressed."

"We are also concerned for those experiencing declining heath and approaching the end of their lives. The most vulnerable must be protected from isolation, ageism, abuse and any circumstance in which they may feel, or be made to feel, a burden on their families or society. This Social Justice Statement calls for communities of mercy and love, ministering to the vulnerable, building bonds between generations and ensuring everyone has a place at the table." Archbishop Hart said.

The Bishops challenge a ‘throw-away’ culture that casts older people as being burdensome or even dispensable. They call for communities that foster solidarity among the generations and ensure older people have a place in the heart of community life.

The Statement and associated resources can be downloaded at: www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au.

www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au

Being Merciful: Practical Steps in Today's World

posted Aug 27, 2016, 6:47 AM by Sean Donovan   [ updated Sep 2, 2016, 5:10 PM ]

How do we 'BE' merciful in our parishes and neighbourhoods? Feeding the hungry, sheltering the traveller, visiting the sick, to forgive, provide comfort and prayer. These workshops, led by Deacon Peter Presdee (1/9) and Mr Sean Donovan (3/9 & 8/9) will focus upon the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy and how we can lead lives of practical mercy with all whom we meet. Registration essential to Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or helen.bennett@dow.org.au


THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2016
7pm-9pm
Parish Meeting Room
St Columbkille's Parish (99 Princes Highway Corrimal)


SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2016
2pm-5pm
Parish Hall
St Paul's Parish (24 Garrett St Moss Vale)


THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2016
7:30pm-9:30pm
Parish Hall
St John the Evangelist Parish (36 Cordeaux St Campbelltown)


See slidedeck and handouts here

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