As we write to you this month we perhaps live in a time of even more uncertainty and distress than when the first round of COVID-19 restrictions were announced. We were doing so well as a city, state and country so to see an increase in cases can be very unsettling. However, once again it highlights the importance of just how connected we are as a human family and how the what might seem like minor actions on the part of one person can have a profound impact on the lives of many. We take some inspiration from Pope Francis and live in hope at this time while we all continue to do the right thing ourselves
In this issue we have a reflection on the current social justice statement, especially as the coronavirus pandemic has meant that it has become far more relevant than before. This includes a wrap up of our diocesan social justice contacts gathering which for the first time ever took place on zoom.
We share some words of wisdom and encouragement from the Catholic Bishops of Japan as we approach the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We also share with you the beginnings of our efforts to encourage nuclear disarmament and invite you to join us.
We update you on some of the excellent work that has been done by Catholic entities in Australia in the fight against modern slavery including Archbishop Fisher’s call on the NSW Government to stop dragging their feet and enact the NSW Modern Slavery Act which was passed two years ago.
We also invite you to start thinking about and take part in the Season of Creation (1 September –4 October) during this very special Laudato Si’ anniversary year. A reflection also highlights how important it is for non-indigenous Australians to ask for forgiveness from and work towards reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters who have been so badly harmed.
We also provide you with a Reflection from the Backroom of the Frontline of the Jesuit Refugee Service as they struggle to feed 800 people a week.
And as always we give you an overview of what various groups and parishes have been doing around the diocese. If there is something you would like us to get involved in or want us to know about your fabulous work, please get in touch.