• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 17:51

SVD parishes, confreres, lay partners rally for bushfire collection


Bushfires ACBC 450The SVD AUS Province is supporting national efforts to raise funds for bushfire relief, with parishes, lay partners and confreres all contributing to the cause.

Provincial, Fr Asaeli Rass SVD, says the parishes in the Province were supporting the St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Relief Appeal through the Australia Day parish collection, as requested by Australia’s bishops and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), and the Province was also considering any other ways  it might be able to help people get back on their feet.

“We want to help in whatever way we can,” he says.

“Our parishes took part in the Australia Day Vinnies collection,” he says. “And our confreres were also encouraged to give to the Appeal from their allowances.

“CRA has asked religious congregations to consider whether they have any emergency accommodation available or other practical means of supporting bushfire victims in their recovery and we are looking at that at the moment.”

The SVD Lay Partners will hold a sausage sizzle this Sunday, February2, after Mass at the St Arnold Janssen Chapel to raise funds for the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal.

Fr Rass says none of the SVD-administered parishes were directly affected by the bushfires, but were part of wider communities which were hard-hit, such as the Wollongong Diocese, in which communities on the NSW South Coast were badly affected.

“I think the whole country, and even people across the world, have been shocked by the size and severity of these fires and the massive outpouring of fundraising and assistance is testament to that,” he says.

“When disasters like this happen, communities pull together in amazing ways. We give our thanks for and pay tribute to the volunteers who fought, and are continuing to fight, these fires. And we remember in prayer especially those who lost their lives, and their families and communities.”

The St Vincent de Paul Society has assured the community that every dollar raised for the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal will be used to support the people impacted by the fires.

During the bushfire crisis, Vinnies volunteers are on the ground in hundreds of communities across the country, helping people as they deal with the immediate aftermath of fires.

“Our volunteers live and work in the impacted communities and will stay alongside those people affected for the long months of recovery ahead,” they said in a statement.

“Vinnies has from day one been in communities providing assistance from our own funds and over the past three weeks has been actively distributing assistance from the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal. This includes financial packages; essential items such as food, water, clothing and bedding; and emotional support for those affected by the bushfires.”

Meanwhile, Catholic Religious Australia, of which the SVD is a member, announced this week it is part of a new whole-of-Church initiative to help people and communities recover from the current bushfire crisis which will set the blueprint for how the Catholic Church responds to domestic natural disasters in the future.

The new national collaboration is called CERA – Catholic Emergency Relief Australia – and will serve as a coordination point for Catholic agencies responding to natural disasters.

The founding organisations are the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and the National Catholic Education Commission. Other Catholic organisations are expected to join the collaboration soon.