“Social Justice and Earthcare Working Group
The Parish Council has agreed that a group be established to
explore further action in both these areas.
justice issues are outlined at
https://socialjustice.catholic.org.au/ . The Catholic Earthcare
website is https://catholicearthcare.org.au/.
Social Justice focus links well with the recent Parish Council
decision to become a more missionary church.
A meeting of
those interested in this group is to be held via ZOOM on Thursday
3 September at 7 30 pm. All are welcome to participate, on a
Projects this group could undertake
· Writing to retailers and ask them for a copy of
their Modern Slavery Report. Each company in Australia with a
turnover of more than $100M is required to report annually on
action taken to ensure their supply chains do not exploit workers,
· Get involved with the Transparency International Australian
Branch. See https://www.transparency.org/en/
· A number of
companies eg Nestle have decided to stop using Fairtrade products.
Fairtrade often involves a small premium price to third world
farmers. We could research this more and write to relevant
companies about ethically sourced raw materials. See
· Write to the Federal Government about Beneficial Ownership
legislation, to stop anonymous ownership of companies to limit
corruption, crime, etc.
· Gather information on domestic
energy efficiency for adding to the Parish website. Improving
energy efficiency saves money and improves the environment. Home
energy efficiency guides are at
https://www.yourhome.gov.au/energy. We could consider a workshop,
if we ever get coronavirus free……
This project is being
coordinated by John Hine, who can be contacted on
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0432 027 744.”
ALBANY CREEK PARISH
SUBMISSION TO PARISH COUNCIL
By John Hine,
email@example.com. Tel 0432 027744 3264 4568.
I have a proposal that the Parish Council
endorses the formation of a working party to explore the creation
of a Social Justice and Earthcare Group within the Parish. I would
be happy to be part of this Working Party. Several Parishes in the
Brisbane Archdiocese have Earthcare groups.
party could report back to the Parish Council within six months
with recommendations on:
· If such a group is supported by
the Parish community.
· If one or two groups are needed.
· Some pilot projects for the group(s) to undertake.
Volunteers would be able to be sought for this working party, via
the Parish newsletter, Parish website, Facebook page and personal
contact. Initial meetings would need to be electronic until
meetings are allowed under COVID rules.
The Parish Vision Statement: “Centred on Jesus and guided by
the Holy Spirit, All Saints is a vibrant, inclusive and welcoming
community, embracing shared leadership as we serve God and
others”, requires an active program to implement this.
Parish has an active St Vincent de Paul group. I understand that
the All Saints Vinnies group works mainly with individuals. The
capacity of the Vinnies group is limited mainly by the number of
volunteers. The people on the social justice/earthcare group would
liaise with the Vinnies group.
An All Saints social
justice group could work mainly on national issues, such as
implementation of the Australian Government modern slavery
legislation and supporting groups such as Transparency
International, which combats corruption, see
The Papal Encyclical
Laudato Si, linking environmental and social issues, was released
five years ago and Pope Francis has used this anniversary to
encourage people to take a shared responsibility of caring for the
earth. Environmental issues include climate change and air, land
and water pollution.
The Australian Catholic Church’s
Earthcare office (https://catholicearthcare.org.au/), responsible
for promoting implementation of this encyclical, is co-located
within the CARITAS office in Sydney, partly for reasons of economy
but also to promote synergy.
Environmental issues are now
mainstream, with the Business Council of Australia having released
an eleven page scoping paper on a 2020 Energy and Climate Change
Project in January 2020. The international consulting group
McKinsey’s released a 52 page strategy in April 2020 for
addressing climate change in agriculture which has 25 areas for
action. Most areas for climate change and environmental
improvement are new business opportunities or allow improved
Earthcare projects could be national and
include business lobbying and local, individual and parish level
initiatives, eg workshops and information on individual and group
action. Solar panels for All Saints buildings are a possible
project. I have had discussions with people from the Earthcare
group at the Stafford Parish.
Mission Minstry Team
As Christians we are called to
Mission. The Mission Ministry Team meets on the third Tuesday of
each month to discuss outreach opportunities. They oversee the
placement of parish volunteers in the broader community with
selected outreach centres that have been assessed to meet specific
Click here to
download further information (ie Mission Statement, Criteria and
They are responsible for the investigation and possible
introduction of a Sister Parish (Partnering Program) with a parish
in East Timor.
Opportunities for parishioners who are unable to contribute
physically, but who still wish to be involved in mission, are
provided by this team.
Prayer is an important part of any mission work and the Mission
Ministry Team thanks you for yours.
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newsletters or updates on the Sister Parish.
Religious Education in State Schools
Queensland Law permits all Religious denominations to
teach Religious Education in State Schools. Of the 3 State
Primary Schools in the area, our Parish provides 20 teachers
at Albany Hills State Primary School. R.E. taught at the School is Christianity,
crossing all denominational boundaries. Teachers’ ages range from
the 30’s to Grandparents. Work and commitments claim some
volunteers each year, so this ministry is constantly in need of
• Full training given to each volunteer
• Teaching manuals provided
• Ongoing support given
• No teaching experience necessary.
Time expenditure for each volunteer is one
or two 1/2hr lessons per week, plus a couple of hours preparation.
This varies according to the content of the Lesson and the
enthusiasm of the volunteer. If you feel drawn to this ministry,
we’d love to hear from you.
“Come and see”
St Vincent de Paul Society
More Than a Hand Out, a Hand Up
All Saints Conference is part of a
worldwide community, established in Paris in 1833, who put their
Christian faith into action by helping people in need
personally, materially and socially. Attending to these we
attend to their spiritual needs.
The members share their time and
talent, striving to develop their own faith through prayer,
spiritual reading and discussion, providing an opportunity to
review what has been done and what needs to be done. Reporting
on and discussing visits, which are always done in pairs, and
other activities at fortnightly meetings in the Parish Centre
helps us to find better ways of responding. It enables us to do
together what we could never do alone, coming together in mutual
support and encouragement.
At the heart of all we do is the
sharing of ourselves, person to person, and the sharing of what
we have – food, clothing, shelter, furniture, skills, advice
etc. We aim to help people back onto their feet, so they can
decide the direction of their lives.
We are committed to including the
Parish Community in our activities through fund raising,
supplying Christmas hampers to local families and providing
donation bins in the Parish Centre for unwanted clothing and
goods to go to our local Vinnies Shops at Eatons Hill and
to be a part of any of these
stewardship ministries please click here