Asylum Seekers:  Bishops Support "Bring Them Here"

Pope Francis has called on all Catholics to welcome these vulnerable people as our brothers and sisters.  The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference made the bold step of officially calling on the Federal government to end the crises on Manus Island and Nauru by immediately closing the detention centres and bringing the 1,233 people seeking asylum there to Australia for processing and resettlement.  Additionally, the Bishops offered a full range of support for the 1,233 people from the Catholic Church, including housing, education, health and social services and friendship.

Recent reports by Amnesty International and Four Corners have again reiterated the horrific conditions on Nauru and Manus Island, especially for children.  In response to these revelations, CAPSA released a statement echoing the call by Amnesty International for the “Government of Australia to immediately close down the Nauru processing operation and to bring all asylum-seekers and refugees in Nauru to Australia”.  Just this week, we heard of a proposed ban on those on Nauru and Manus Island ever being able to visit Australia under any circumstances. 

It is time for all Australians to let the government know that we object to the cruel and inhumane treatment of those who have sought a safer life in Australia.  For further information: CAPSA.org.au

Remexio Christmas Appeal Thanks

Once again this year, the outstanding generosity of the parishioners and school families of Sacred Heart has been evident in the support of the Christmas Appeal for the poorest families in our twin parish of Remexio in Timor-Leste.  A total of $5529.50 was collected and is now being transferred to Remexio.  The Dominican sisters there will buy goods for compassionate care packages and Christmas parcels for families and distribute them, to those with the greatest need, in time for Christmas.  Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Appeal, sharing the true Christmas spirit with these most vulnerable people. If anyone still wants to make a donation, they can place envelopes in the collection baskets and we will send them on to Remexio.

We are now on Facebook

Thanks to the skill and hard work of Raelene West, the Social Justice Group is now on Facebook!  Simply click here or open your Facebook account, search for "Social Justice Group Sacred Heart Sandringham" and then, once the page is up, 'like' the page.  As well as reading past posts on events, you will receive regular updates of the latest SJG events and issues on your Facebook newsfeed.