3rd Oct, 2012

Parish Newsletter 30 Sep 2012

Parish Newsletter 30-9-2012

MEETING AT THE WELL: OCTOBER DINNER CONVERSATION
Topic: “THE THAI-BURMESE BORDERS REFUGEE PROJECT”
Presenter: Mr Spencer Zifcak
Date: Friday 26th October 2012 at 7.00pm
Mr Zifcak is a lawyer and lecturer at ACU. He is also the President of Liberty Victoria and a great Social Justice Activist. He works on the Thai-Burmese Borders Refugees project – a project of ACU wherein members of the university train men and women to work in the local medical clinic as well as to become teachers so they can become leaders among the Burmese refugee people.
Structure of the evening:
* Please bring: A main or dessert dish to share and your own drinks.
* Donation of $5 per person to help cover costs.
* 7:00pm Gather in the gathering space of SPJE Church.
* 7:30-8:15 Key-note address.
* 8:15-8:45 Discussion & Sharing of Food.
* 8:45-9:15 Questions & Comments
Reserve your seats by placing your name on the list in the foyer of the Church. Any queries please contact Kaye Clancy 9728 4883 (Social Justice Group).

ST JOHN OF GOD OP SHOP
St John of God Accord (a division on St John of God Health Care) a disability support service operating throughout greater Melbourne. St John of God
Accord currently operates four Op Shops and another is about to open in the Mooroolbark Shopping precinct. Shop 7 Mooroolbark Terrace (right next to
IGA) will be seeking donations and volunteers shortly. Our Op Shop Manager, Mr Robert Dobin (Robert.Dobin@sjog.org.au) is keen to profile the shop and to enlist the help of parish and school members.
Please let Robert Dobin know if you are able to give some time to this worthy cause and to participate in a community project. We are hoping to open the Mooroolbark shop by the end of September.

Voices of Asylum Seekers
‘I dare not go back. In my dreams I dream about going back to my place I am hiding at night I talk to my parents but I only stay a few hours…even in my dreams I’m still afraid.’
‘I can’t contact my family because that could put them in danger. So I keep quiet.’
They don’t know who is fighting for what. All they know is that they want to live in peace.’
How can the baptized claim to welcome Christ if they close the door to the foreigner who comes knocking?
Pope John Paul II

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