New Act Justly – October-November 2019

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our October-November 2019 edition of Act Justly.

We begin with an overview of our annual Tri-Diocesan Social Justice Reflection Evening which focused on last year’s social justice statement “A Place to Call Home: Making a Home for Everyone in our Land.” In recognising that there is still a lot more work to be done before everyone can have a home in our land, we have a call for volunteers for the second annual Sydney Street Feast for the World Day of the Poor.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email ruth.moraes@sydneycatholic.org. We also share a feature on Davids Place, a Catholic outreach which particularly cares for the spiritual needs of those who do not have a place to call home.

We give you an update on the Archdiocese’s commitment to remove slavery from its supply chains and the work done so far.

We have a piece on the Social Justice Statement for 2019-2020 “Making it Real Genuine Human Encounter in our Digital World” as well as a reminder to register for our next social justice gathering on Saturday 19th October 2019 which will flesh out this statement in more detail. If you would like to attend please RSVP to jpoinfo@sydneycatholic.org.

We share stories of what some of our parishes have been up to in welcoming people seeking asylum and refugees and practical steps they are taking to assist people seeking asylum who are already living in Australia to live with more dignity.

We have a brief description of two of the North Sydney parish’s actions to raise awareness of and combat climate change.

We also have some words from Pope Francis from his recent trip to Maputo in Mozambique on the importance of cultivating peace in our hearts, in our lives and in our world.

As always we have a list of the various actions that social justice groups around the diocese have taken in the last two months and we give you some ideas about upcoming events you may be interested in. If you would like someone from the Justice and Peace Office to come out and assist your parish or social justice group in anyway please let us know.

—Blessings, JPO Team