WEBINAR - Education Precinct - Community Update

Dear Community

Sydney Catholic Schools welcomes you to join us online for a community information session to learn more

and ask the project team questions. If you are unable to attend a webinar, you can contact Urbis for further information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WEBINAR DETAILS FOR THE COMMUNITY

Date: Tuesday 20 October 6.00 to 7.30pm - School community

Date: Wednesday 21 October 6-7pm - Parish community

Date: Thursday 22 October 6-7pm - Neighbours and local community

You must register at eventbrite : CLICK HERE

A link to the webinar will be sent to your email address. 

Build Home Petition

We need your help

On 17 November the NSW Government will deliver the State Budget. With more than 100,000 people waiting for social housing and many more families struggling to make ends meet, it is the ideal time for NSW to invest in more social housing.  There is a critical shortage in Sydney, with waiting times of 12-15 years, and especially in North Sydney.

To convince the NSW Government to make this much-needed investment, St Vincent de Paul Society members and supporters have been collecting signatures on a hard copy petition that we hope to have tabled in NSW Parliament before the Budget.

So far, we have collected more than 7,100 signatures – a remarkable effort given the challenges posed by COVID-19. But for our petition to be eligible to be debated in Parliament it needs a minimum of 10,000 signatures.  Click below

 

Build Home Petition

Next Australian Provincial appointed

Provincial

Fr Dominic Vu Kim Quyen was born in Saigon and came as a refugee with his family to Australia. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1994 and was ordained in 2004. He took final vows in 2014. His early tertiary studies were in Science, Theology and Education.

He has been serving in Cambodia since 2015 and is currently Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education of the Jesuit Mission in Cambodia and director of Xavier Jesuit School Svey Sisophon. He previously served in Timor Leste and completed post-graduate studies in Education in Boston 2009-11.

He will assume this new role on January 1, 2021.

Let us pray for him in his new appointment and for the people of Cambodia whom he has been serving. Let us welcome his return and the gifts he brings us. 

Fr Brian McCoy SJ, Provincial

 

 

Social Justice Statement 2020 - 2021

To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of many members of our parishes, schools and communities. In fact, most of us will experience a mental health problem at some point over the course of our lives. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who need our support. Our parishes, organisations and communities can be places of acceptance care and healing, not places of rejection, judgment or stigma.

In the Social Justice Statement To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, the Bishops welcome the deinstitutionalisation of mental health care in Australia. However, without adequately funded community mental health services, there is a gap in the system through which people continue to fall. Social determinants including poverty, living conditions, and personal security are significant contributors to mental ill-health. The Statement highlights the experience of First Nations people and communities, asylum seekers and refugees, people who are homeless and those who are in prison.

The Bishops observe that “our society tends to draw away from, or to push away, those who confront us with our frailties and limitations” which is “completely at odds with the story of Jesus” who “takes on the frailty of the human condition” and ”draws near to those who are sick or who have disabilities, those who are marginalized or despised”. People living with mental ill-health are part of the Body of Christ – ‘us’ and not ‘them’ – and share equally in Jesus’ promise of the fullness of life (Jn 10:10).

The Bishops invite us all to reject stigmatisation, to work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community.

 

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