Chanel College 60th Anniversary Reunion

Chanel College 60th Anniversary Reunion for students of THE MARIST FATHER ERA [1958-1970]. For details send your email to address chanel.geelong@gmail.com OR your postal details to PO Box 3069 Geelong West 3218.

The Bishop’s Blend

Looking to network with other young Catholic professionals and learn how to live your faith in the workplace? Then join the Most Reverend Bishop Richard Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney on Tuesday, 27th February 2018 at 7:00am at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney for The Bishop’s Blend, a quarterly breakfast series for young professionals. Online booking is essential. For more information and to purchase tickets go to https://thebishopsblendthirdedition.eventbrite.com or contact us at bishopsblend@sydneycatholic.org.

Footsteps of St Paul – Pilgrimage to Greece

Fr. Peter De Souza from Hornsby Cathedral, would like to invite you for a 14-day pilgrimage that he is leading. The group departs on 28th of May, 2018, featuring Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Patmos, Crete, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora for an all-inclusive early-bird offer of $5,690. This fare includes a 3 Night Cruise with all meals + Return Airfares + Local Transfers + Stay in 4 Star Hotels + All Breakfasts & Dinners. For enquiries & bookings call 0385 622 246 or email pilgrimage@magiholidays.com.au.

St Josephine Bakhita’s Feast Day – 8 February

The Catholic Church in Australia is vowing to tackle the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking, as it prepares to celebrate the feast day of one-time slave, St Josephine Bakhita, on 8 February. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH) are encouraging parishes to mark the saint’s feast day.

“St Josephine Bakhita’s feast day is an opportunity to raise awareness about human trafficking,” said Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, chairman of the Bishops Conference for Justice, Ecology and Development.

“Pope Francis has called us to make a difference. Our steps may be small, but together we can achieve a great deal, especially when we work with others to stop human trafficking.”

ACBC has endorsed the Statement of Support for an Australian Modern Slavery Act, prepared by the Human Rights Commission Roundtable earlier in 2017.

There are more than 500 different human trafficking routes across many parts of the world, according to a 2016 United Nations report. It is estimated that millions of women, girls, men and boys are trafficked annually into domestic servitude, sexual exploitation, pornography, forced marriage and forced labour. Almost 80 per cent of detected victims of trafficking are women and girls.

St Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint for victims of slavery, was born in the west Sudanese region of Darfur in 1869. As a young girl, she was kidnapped and forced into slavery in both Sudan and Italy. Following her delivery from slavery, Josephine became a Canossian Sister and dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She died on 8 February 1947 and was canonised in 2000.

Spirituality in the Pub

Wed. 7th March 2018. 7.30 – 9pm at the PADDINGTON RSL CLUB 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington, opposite the Town Hall. Topic (and year’s theme): “Wisdom seekers”. Speakers: Mons Tony Doherty, recently retired Parish Priest from Rose Bay/Dover Heights & Ailsa Piper author, theatre director and actress. Donation entry. Info Marea: 0414 873 910.

Keep the excitement of Australian Catholic Youth festival alive. Come and rock to Fr Rob – amazing singer and story teller. Meet and greet Bishop Umbers and Fr Rob after the event. For 16-30 age bracket. ALL WELCOME – FREE EVENT.

Footsteps of Jesus 2018 Holy Land Pilgrimages

Join Fr Gabriel Ezenwa on 7 – 20 June 2018 for a 14 day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Take the chronological road of Jesus’ life from Bethlehem to Nazareth and Galilee to Jerusalem. Daily Mass. Optional Extension to Petra. If interested, call Harvest Journey today for bookings or for more info 1800 819 156.