Social Services Sunday, 19 September
We mark Social Services Sunday within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne on Sunday 19 September. It is a day to pray and give thanks for the 7,000 committed staff and 17,000 volunteers across Victoria in the 43 member organisations of Catholic Social Services Victoria and the 200,000 people they work to serve each year.
World Day for Migrants and Refugees, 26 September
Catholics across the country are being urged to consider how they can pray for and offer practical support to neighbours around the world as the Church marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, 26 September.
CSSV’s contribution to National Plan addressing violence against women
CSSV has made a submission to the ‘National Plan’ to reduce violence against women and their children. In the submission, CSSV calls for 11 recommendations including the establishment of mechanisms that allow for resourcing and collaboration with faith leaders and faith community, alongside experts and services, top prevent and respond to violence against women.
CSSV stands in solidarity with our Afghan communities across Victoria
Catholic Social Services Victoria stands in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan at this time, with particular thought for those in Victoria on temporary protection and bridging visas. CSSV’s members, and a number of parish communities across the state, provide practical and pastoral assistance to people living in Victoria who are originally from Afghanistan.
Victorian bishops express concern for Afghan community
The Bishops of Victoria have released a statement on 25 August expressing their concern for and commitment to compassionate outreach for the people of Afghanistan throughout the world, and here in Victoria. It follows a statement released last week by Executive Director of Catholic Social Services, Josh Lourensz.
Our mission is to assist the Catholic Church in Victoria to fulfil the gospel imperatives to:
Stand in solidarity with and serve the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised; and work for a just, equitable and compassionate society.
Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) is the peak body for Catholic social services across the state. Underpinned by Catholic social teaching, CSSV works with its 40+ member organisations to assist the bishops and broader Catholic community across Victoria, to fulfil the gospel imperatives to stand with and serve the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised.
“If someone helps an elderly person cross a river, that is a fine act of charity. The politician, on the other hand, builds a bridge, and that too is an act of charity. While one person can help another by providing something to eat, the politician creates a job for that other person, and thus practices a lofty form of charity that ennobles his or her political activity.”Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, #186
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