NAIDOC Day Celebrations

10 July 2018

On Monday 9th July Aboriginal Catholic Services (ACS) Emerton held our annual NAIDOC celebration! The celebration commenced with a Welcome To Country speech by Aunty Janice Kennedy and Linda McDonald. They both introduced the theme ‘Because of her, we can’. This theme is based on the achievements of Indigenous women all over Australia. It helps to…

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Foundation Day for South Sudan

09 July 2018

Today 9 July is the anniversary of the creation of South Sudan and Australia and Catholic Care has several connections with South Sudan, the youngest country in the world. In 2005, when it was founded, the people were full of hope. Today that hope has taken a battering through civil war and corruption. There is…

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Celebration of culture and community for NAIDOC Week

28 June 2018

Holy Family Parish, Emerton will be host to a fun-filled celebration of culture and community on Monday, July 9 when the annual NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day gets underway. Linda McDonald, who is part of CatholicCare Diocese of Parramatta’s Aboriginal Catholic Services says this is the fourth year the Family Fun Day has taken place…

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NSW Parliament recognises Housing as a Human Right

25 June 2018

This means that the NSW Parliament has recognised the following: (1) Recognises that housing is a human right. (2) Recognises that it is the Government’s role to ensure that all people in New South Wales have access to safe, secure, habitable and affordable housing. (3) Commits to addressing legislative and policy barriers which prevent people…

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CatholicCare Visits St Andrew’s Marayong

12 June 2018

Last Friday was the feast of the Sacred Heart and when many of us were thinking of our plans for the long weekend, the Students of St Andrew the Apostle School, Marayong, were thinking about families in need. Encouraged by their teachers, the students brought food and clothing to be given to people who are…

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Volunteers Week: Recognised for Service

22 May 2018

Australia has a great record of volunteer service and we know that many organisations, big and small, rely on volunteers to make a difference. Blacktown Neighbour Aid held a volunteer lunch at Kings Park Tavern.  The volunteers received a  Certificate of Appreciation and also a 2018 Volunteer Pin One of the greatest services we can offer…

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Schools Team with CatholicCare

07 May 2018

Next week (15 May) is the United Nations Day of the Families, where this year’s theme is Families and inclusive societies. ‘The approaches to family policies for inclusive societies vary around the world. In some regions emphasis is placed on social inclusion of various types of families and/or individuals such as migrant or indigenous families,…

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Blacktown Neighbour Aid – Mothers’ Day High Tea

02 May 2018

On Wednesday 2nd May, Blacktown Neighbour Aid held a Mothers’ Day High Tea for 30 of their clients.  This was held at the Hub at Bungarribee.  Our clients were treated to a selection of sandwiches, slices and scones with tea and coffee.  Many of the slices were made by one of our volunteers, Pam, the…

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Who Are We For?

05 April 2018

I once met a man begging on a main street in a large city. I bought him a sandwich and we got talking. One thing he said has never left me. With a sad smile he said, ‘ I don’t mind that people don’t give me money. I understand that but I don’t understand that…

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