The Commission calls for a focus on the needs of people on the margins as Australia emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
You are invited to participate in an on-line event to celebrate the launch of the Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year in Oceania. It will take place this Friday, 5 June, World Environment Day, 4:30 – 5:30 PM Brisbane time. Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development and Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva, will be special guests. See link to flyer below for more details. Please register for this event and we will send you the Zoom link. Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you the Zoom link. Just e-mail email@example.com to register. [Please register by COB Thursday, 4 June. Thank you to those who have already registered, you will receive a Zoom link soon.]
Our doors may be closed, but our hearts remain open. In this time of restrictions on gathering and movement, it is vital that we in the Church reach out to each other to provide support when it is needed. As the body of Christ, we must also try to support those in our community who are vulnerable or are struggling to cope with a loss of employment, income or social support. Here are some information to help people most affected by the pandemic and the restrictions put in place. It is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it does include some information which will be helpful to people affected by the pandemic or to you when you are offering support to vulnerable people. For more information, contact Peter Arndt (Executive Officer, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Brisbane) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane has released resources to help Catholics to focus on the call to ecological conversion in Lent 2020.
In recent months, a series of anti-racism demonstrations took place in West Papua. Dozens were killed and arrested and a number of buildings were damaged. A recent report by Papuan churches provides details of the demonstrations. It includes eyewitness accounts of the involvement of Indonesian migrants in the planning and initiation of the violence and vandalism associated with the demonstrations.
The Commission urges Catholics to join young people in the Global #ClimateStrike this Friday 20 September at 1:00 PM at Queens Gardens, Brisbane.
Event: Brisbane of Australian Bishops’ 2019-2020 Social Justice Statement
Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Time: 7:00 PM refreshments for a 7:30 PM start till 9:00 PM
Where: St James’ Hall, 92 Kirkland Ave, Coorparoo
Description: Archbishop Mark Coleridge will launch this year’s Social Justice Statement dealing with the challenge of putting people at the centre of the digital world. Well-known journalist and radio presenter, Madonna King, will lead a conversation about the statement with a panel of communications experts, Elizabeth Kehoe, Veronica Kopinski & Dave Jorna.
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, Archbishop of Suva, Fiji and President of the Oceania Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences, will speak at a number of events on September 1 & 2 to launch the Living Laudato Si’ Initiative for the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
NAIDOC Week runs from 7 July to 14 July. It celebrates the culture, history and contribution of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Brisbane City Council has provided us with a list of Brisbane NAIDOC Week events and we have prepared a list of some NAIDOC Week events in other parts of south-east Queensland. We hope to see you at some of these events.