THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CHURCH: POPE’S CONCLUDING ADDRESS
Pope Francis’ concluding address at the Meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church”, 24 February 2019, can be found here:
An excerpt from Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Homily at Closing Mass of Summit on Protection of Minors on February 24, 2019:
A MISSION BEFORE US DEMANDS NOT JUST WORDS BUT CONCRETE ACTION’
“A mission stretches before us – a mission demanding not just words but real concrete action.” “Lord, when did we see you abused and did not come to help you? But he will reply: In truth I say to you, as often as you failed to do this to one of these the least of my brothers and sisters, you failed to do it to me (cf Matt 25:44-45). In them, the least of the brothers and sisters, victims and survivors we encounter Christ crucified, the powerless one from whom there flows the power of the Almighty, the powerless one around whom the Church revolves forever, the powerless one whose scars shine like the sun.” When saying concrete action is needed, the Australian Archbishop outlined the following actions to be taken, (i) We will do all we can to bring justice and healing to survivors of abuse; (ii) we will listen to them, believe them and walk with them; (iii) we will ensure that those who have abused are never again able to offend; (iv) we will call to account those who have concealed abuse; (v) we will strengthen the processes of recruitment and formation of Church leaders; (vi) we will educate all our people in what safeguarding requires; (vii) we will do all in our power to make sure that the horrors of the past are not repeated and that the Church is a safe place for all, a loving mother especially for the young and the vulnerable; (viii) we will not act alone but will work with all concerned for the good of the young and the vulnerable; (ix) we will continue to deepen our understanding of abuse and its effects, of why it has happened in the Church and what must be done to eradicate it. “All of this will take time, but we do not have forever, and we dare not fail.
LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT … AND SING!
The 2019 Australian Pastoral Musicians Conference, 1-3 October, Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne
This conference is shaping up to be a great resource for parish and school musicians. Keynotes by Tony Alonso (GIA) and Diana MacAlintal (Liturgical Press and Team RCIA). More details to follow in coming weeks. Registration due to open in March. www.apmn.org.au
THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNCIL have 6 sponsorships available for interested individuals or couples to attend the Renaissance of Marriage Conference being held in Sydney on the 26 and 27 July 2019 at the University of Notre Dame Broadway Campus.
Sponsorship would be provided to cover the costs for registration, travel and accommodation. The ACMFC are particularly keen to provide sponsorship to those interested individuals or couples from regional and remote areas. For further information please contact Helen Bennett on 4222 2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the application form.
POSITION VACANT – PASTORAL SUPPORT WORKER (ILLAWARRA PARISHES ONLY)
Based at Ss Peter & Paul Kiama and/or St Francis of Assisi, Warrawong. This position will provide non-therapeutic, faith formation, spiritual and emotional support to students, families and staff of Catholic primary schools as part of the national School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. Please nominate your preference for one or both schools. Each school is 10 hpw or 20 phw for both schools. For more info contact Grant Dodds on 0408 024 743.
POSITION VACANT – DIOCESAN DISABILITY ADVOCATE
Based in the Macarthur, 3 days per week. Funded by the Diocese, this position has a dual focus – to assist people living with disabilities to achieve spiritual fulfilment, through full access to parish life and to reach an optimum level of independence & self-sufficiency and assistance with navigating the NDIS. For more information please call 4254 9318 or visit www.catholiccare.dow.org.au/ccare/index.php/current-vacancies