‘You are Mission’ is a message for all of us. As Pope Francis writes in his World Mission Day message this year, ‘Every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth…No one is so poor as to be unable to give what they have, but first and foremost what they are…Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you.’ (Message from Pope Francis for World Mission Day, Rome 2018).
October is Mental Health Month in NSW and it is a timely reminder that nearly half of all Australians (45%) will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime - and those that don’t will most likely know someone that does.
Our liturgical year will come to a close in November. Over the liturgical seasons many have journeyed with our parishes, schools and agencies through their preparation of liturgies that nourish and transform us in the mystery of Jesus Christ. That journey is to be celebrated by all.
This Friday 28 September the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will launch the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) Social Justice Statement 2018-2019 A Place to call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land. The statement reflects the deep concern that the Bishops have about the number of homeless people in Australia and the insecurity of housing.