CatholicCare Christmas Closures

10 December 2019

With the festive season fast approaching, CatholicCare staff will be enjoying a much deserved time of rest and reflection.   CatholicCare days of operations over the Christmas/New Year period will be as follows:   Monday 23rd December 2019 – Closed Tuesday 24th December 2019 – Closed Wednesday 25th December 2019 – Closed Thursday 26th December…

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Farewell Sr Vivienne Keely

03 December 2019

On Friday 29th November we farewelled Sr Vivienne Keely, our Executive Director,  from CatholicCare Western Sydney and Blue Mountains. Staff gathered at Mamre Homestead for an afternoon tea and an opportunity to share stories and say goodbye. Sr Vivienne commenced at CatholicCare as the Director of Mission in 2017 and shortly after took on the…

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Street Feast

20 November 2019

Staff from CatholicCare WSBM took part in the inaugural Street Feast in Parramatta on Wednesday 20th November.  Street Feast offers members of Sydney’s disadvantaged communities an opportunity to share a meal and conversation with people from all walks of life. The Parramatta Street Feast was hosted by the Diocese of Parramatta and the event is…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September 2019

  September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. That suicide is the most frequent cause of the death of young Australians, and particularly of young Indigenous Australians, it a disturbing thought. Apart from statistics it is appalling that young people whom we hope would look forward with so much energy and optimism to their future…

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CatholicCare Expands Refugee Program in Blacktown

07 August 2019

Thanks to a very generous donation from the Irish Famine Memorial Committee, a new program to help refugee families will begin later this year in Blacktown. Project Afriq will provide a space of safety and trust in which African and particularly Sudanese women can explore issues of parenting in a new culture. The members of…

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15 July 2019

Last week we celebrated NAIDOC week and CatholicCare had its celebration at Aboriginal Catholic Services Emerton with cultural activities including music, song and dance. The year 2019 is being celebrated as the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages and so the theme of NAIDOC week this year was Aboriginal languages. This theme directs our attention…

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Cross for New Prayer Space

27 June 2019

At the request of some staff, CatholicCare is developing a prayer space at Mamre.  We have a beautiful cross which we wanted to place in the room but because it is a heritage building we cannot put anything  on the wall so the plan was to find a way to have the cross standing without…

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Knights of Malta and CatholicCare Helping People Keep Warm

16 May 2019

Thanks to the Knights of Malta, some poor people will stay warm this year. CatholicCare has received 250 winter coats from the Knights of Malta Australia for distribution to the poor in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Such a generous donation is very welcome when we consider the number of people sleeping rough in…

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Ursula Stephens to Lead Catholic Social Services Australia

03 May 2019

Catholic Social Services Australia Chair Dr Maria Harries says she is delighted to announce that Dr Ursula Stephens will take up the role as CSSA’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective from July 1.  “The CSSA Board was fortunate to receive a number of high-calibre applications for this significant appointment, which is a testament to the…

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Easter , what does it mean?

17 April 2019

Just as the retail sector does not whip up the same shopping frenzy for Easter as it does for Christmas, so many Catholics do get as excited about Easter as they do about Christmas. Why is this? After all Easter is the biggest feast in Christianity so why the difference. Is it because it is…

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