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100 Parish Actions
Last edited 20th November 2014

It is important that parishes review and renew their activities as well as plan for the future so they can move forward with confidence and purpose. The list of parish actions provided on this website represents the wisdom of our communities gathered through consultation, and that of our pastors, as well as research into the best practice of parishes both here in Australia and overseas.


Fr. Barron on "Calvary" and the Underrated Virtue of Forgiveness (SPOILERS)
Last edited 19th November 2014

St John Paul II once said that the Priest should have the heart of the Good Shepherd. There are far too many images of a sweet, gentle Jesus surrounded by cute sheep that give to wrong impression. Shepherds are tough, and to use Pope Francis' words they bear the "smell of their sheep". According to Fr Robert Barron, one of the best portrayals of a priest as a shepherd in the real sense is in the film "Calvary". Watch this video for more.


Bishop Fears ‘Catastrophic’ Result of WA Town Closures
Last edited 18th November 2014

The research by the Catholic charity, titled Return to Country, backs the claim by the Bishop of Broome, Christopher Saunders, that the town of 16,000 already faces a significant homeless problem. Bishop Saunders said closing remote communities en masse would be “catastrophic” for centres such as Broome and the aboriginal people themselves.

Losses Disguised as Wins - Here's the Science Behind Casino Profits.
Last edited 17th November 2014

Gambling is such good business that despite reported negative impacts – such as increased poverty and unemployment, higher crime rates, and decreased property value in nearby neighborhoods – the state of Illinois early this year passed a law to allow slot machines in all establishments that sell alcohol.

How Can You Support Christians in the Holy Land? Go There.
Last edited 16th November 2014

If you’re looking for a way to support Christians in the Holy Land, consider making a pilgrimage, advises an Italian cardinal who himself recently visited Palestine and Israel.


Caritas Fights to Contain Ebola as Death Toll Tops 5000
Last edited 13th November 2014

Caritas Australia's CEO, Paul O'Callaghan has welcomed the Government's commitment of a further $20 million to set up and staff a field hospital in Sierra Leone. But he says more international aid is urgently needed in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus that has already claimed more than 5000 lives.


Vatican to Install Showers for the Homeless
Last edited 13th November 2014

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square will include showers where the homeless can wash.


Church at the Front Line Fighting Ebola in West Africa
Last edited 29th October 2014

A health adviser for a top global Catholic relief agency stressed the Church's key efforts on the Ebola front in West Africa: helping people overcome panic and avert devastating social stigmas by providing accurate information.


Catholic Schools in Rich Areas of Sydney to Charge Higher Fees
Last edited 27th October 2014

For the first time, there will be different fee structures for the 150 schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney. For about 35 schools in richer suburbs, fees will rise by as much as nine per cent, while some schools in the poorest areas will have a fee reduction. Discounts for siblings will also be phased out gradually.

Caritas Australia's 50 Year Anniversary: Nepal
Last edited 21st October 2014

Caritas Australia has a long history of working in South Asia. Watch this moving video to witness their incredible work in Nepal!


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