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Justice Matters
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:54

On the Care for Our Common Home

popefrancis creation 150The release of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical  has sent a powerful message to the world of the urgency of the environmental crisis and the need to transform our relationship with all beings, all creation.

I hope you like this short little video clip, I think it is very encouraging

rally01 150On Sunday a group of OLSH sisters joined hundreds of people at a rally to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in dentention and to say no to unjust policies relating to detainment of people who are refugees.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 22:52

Earth Day News

earthdaynews 150This year we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the theme is ‘It’s time to Lead, It’s time to Change’

It is very clear to all world leaders that Pope Francis has a special love for nature; in July this year he will be issuing an encyclical about caring for the environment. This is coming at an opportune time as towards the end of the year, world leaders will gather in Paris for crucial climate talks.

holysaturday 150On Holy Saturday more than 100 people braced wind, rain and high seas to come together for a peaceful, public, Christian prayer vigil for children in detention, outside the Hon Tony Abbot’s office in Manly.

There are approximately 250 children in Australian immigration detention, including 119 on Nauru.

children detention 150The fast growing multi-faith and multi-denomination Christian movement, Love Makes a Way has been holding prayer vigils in the electoral offices of Government Ministers in a bid to raise awareness about the suffering of hundreds of children currently held in detention, and the long term mental and emotional damage this is causing.

A group of Daughters of Our Lady  of the Sacred Heart will join the ‘Love Makes a Way’ group on Holy (Easter) Saturday out the front of the Prime Minister's office for an Easter Saturday vigil for children and families in detention

Holy Saturday Vigil Saturday 4 April, 12 noon

Friday, 03 April 2015 07:20

In the spirit of caring: Holy Thursday

moya 150During this season of Lent, we are reminded of the importance of touch in Jesus’ ministry. On Holy Thursday a small group of sisters visited St Joseph’s Aged Care Facility , to offer a simple hand massage, in the spirit of ‘caring’, to our sisters  and other residents . It was a privilege to offer this simple gesture to those whose, often heroic lives, have been spent caring for and working with God’s people.

"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Monday, 23 March 2015 10:09

Earth Hour

earthhour 150On March 28th 2015 from 8.30pm-9.30pm millions of people around the world will switch off their lights in support of Earth Hour. Since 2007 Earth Hour has grown to a worldwide event in 162 countries.

Join millions of Australians and people around the world to make a long lasting difference to our earth.


Monday, 23 March 2015 10:01

International Women's Day 2015

iwd 2015 150Equality for women is progress for all

Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held over 100 years ago. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 09:28

South Sudan in Blacktown

blacktown 150On January 25 Srs Philippa, Lorraine and Mary Batchelor visited Blacktown, at the invitation of our OLSH sisters, Terry McNamara and Margaret Jennings who work there. We had lunch with the Sisters and attended the Sudanese Mass at 2pm in the Parish Church. This was a joyful occasion as all three of us had spent time in South Sudan living and working with the Dinka people. We had all experienced the tragedy of war and its aftermath, as well as the more recent tribal conflicts which are destroying the newly acquired independence in the country.

Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:22

Help STOP human trafficking

josephinebakhita 150Catholics in Australia support Pope Francis' action against human trafficking

Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking. St. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped and sold into slavery, and later became a Canossian nun and was the first person from Sudan to be canonized, by St. John Paul II in 2000.



pdf  Human Trafficking

pdf  Prayer Service for an End to Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity.  We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become even more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society, international security and laws, the economy, families and communities.
—Pope Francis


samuelbenedictdaswa 150(1946-1990)
Catechist, Martyr, Lay member of the Chevalier Family

In the morning of January 13, 2015, the Ordinary Congress (cardinals and bishops) of the Congregation cast a positive vote.  During the afternoon of January 22nd, Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Benedict Daswa and ordered the publication of a decree attesting to this.  Thus the Roman Pontiff has solemnly declared him “Blessed.”

mercypetition 150Towards the end of last year Pope Francis called on all men and women of good will to fight for the abolishment of the death penalty in “all of its forms” .

We received this link from CLRI, (NSW)  with the following information

Andrew and Myuran, two young Australians, face execution in Indonesia. They have admitted trying to traffic drugs to Australia. They have exhausted their appeals. All that can save them is clemency from Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo. We ask you to help in respectfully seeking clemency.

For more information : http://mercycampaign.org/petition

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:12

World Day of Peace

worlddayofpeace2015 150On January 1st each year the Church marks the World Day of Peace, a tradition begun by Pope Paul VI who held the first such observance in January 1968. This year Pope Francis has chosen to focus his second World Peace Day message on the theme of modern slavery and trafficking, with the title “Slaves no more, but Brothers and Sisters”. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 15:06

AIDS: Those left behind…

aidschildren 150Children have been last in line to receive what literally is the difference between life and death. The courts had to force government to provide drugs that prevent the transmission of HIV to babies. Today, children still don’t have optimal treatment. While adults now have ARVs, those children whose parents were not so lucky continue their own battles as orphans or trying to survive in child-headed households.

Catholic nun Sister Sally Duigan served rural Limpopo’s people in the dark days as HIV/AIDS first ravaged its villages. Years later, Duigan and her Sisters – The Daughters of our Lady of the Sacred Heart – still do, now caring for more than 75 children in needs of a haven, still deeply affected by the disease.

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