Social Justice Sunday – 27 September

The 2015–16 Social Justice Statement is titled For those who’ve come across the seas: justice for refugees and asylum seekers.  Australia’s Bishops ask us to re-examine our responses to refugees and asylum seekers. They remind us of the nearly 60 million people around the world who are displaced from their homes and of the war and violence that are devastating countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. When people come to us seeking refuge, can we in conscience respond to them with cruel and self-defeating policies such as offshore processing and indefinite detention?

For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au or call (02) 8306 3499.

Ecumenical luncheon helps raise $15,000 for drought relief

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Attendees were treated to an excellent presentation from mountaineer and Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Fr Morgan Batt. The ecumenical Luncheon and previous fund-raising efforts raised approximately $15,000 and will be sent to the Drought-Relief Committee in the West to distribute to approximately 150 families who are suffering as a result of the 3 year Drought.

Fr Peter Greene passes away

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Fr Peter Greene passed away peacefully on Tuesday in Rockhampton. He was educated at the Range College and Christian Brothers’ College, worked for the public service for 2 years then entered Banyo Seminary in 1947. He was ordained in St Joseph’s Cathedral 28th June 1955 by Bishop Tynan, spent 3 years working in the Missions in Papua New Guinea in the mid 60’s and worked in most areas of the Diocese including a large amount of time in Bundaberg. He was 87 years old.

There will be a Vigil Mass at 6.30pm Thursday 16 July – St Peter’s Church, Allenstown (Rockhampton) and a Requiem Mass – 10.00am Friday 17 July – St Joseph’s Cathedral.

Plans are currently underway to also have a memorial service in Bundaberg.

Parish wins Pageant of Lights

On the 4th December 2014, the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg won the open section of the Pageant of Lights parade for the third year in a row.

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MenAlive retreat

About 60 men attended the MenAlive retreat at Shalom College to hear Fr Morgan Batt talk about Being called and being bold.

Social Justice Sunday – September 28

This year’s Social Justice Statement is titled:
‘A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in our sporting nation’.
The Statement celebrates the place of sport in our national life, especially the way in which it brings individuals and communities together and contributes to our health and wellbeing. At the same time, the Statement challenges to look at sport’s darker side – the potential for violence, abuse and corruption that blemish its image and disillusion those who love it most.
To read the Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website – www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au