Palliative Care ePetition
In the last State Budget, $150 million of allocated funding was slashed from palliative and end-of-life care - down from $450 million.
At the same time, $97 million of new funding was allocated to support the implementation and operation of Voluntary Assisted Dying.
The cuts in funding will have a major impact on how people in this state are able to face death, especially in regional areas.
A petition is available online, for citizens to indicate to the Government just how strongly they feel about the need to maintain support and true palliative care for those facing death.
To sign the ePetition, click the link below:
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL - Signing ePetition - Restore palliative care funding to support people throughout New South Wales with a life-limiting illness (nsw.gov.au)
2024 Year of Prayer
In 2025 the universal Church will celebrate a year of Jubilee with the theme, “Pilgrims of Hope”. In preparation for the Jubilee, Pope Francis has designated 2024 as a Year of Prayer.
In entrusting the organisation of the Jubilee to the Dicastery for Evangelisation, Pope Francis wrote:
“From now on I am happy to think that the year preceding the Jubilee event, 2024, will be dedicated to a great ‘symphony’ of prayer. First of all, to recover the desire to be in the presence of the Lord, to listen to him and adore him.”
Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli has recommended some practical ways parishioners can enter the Year of Prayer. The archbishop’s suggestions include daily recitation of the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, as well as encouragement to read the Bible, especially the gospels and psalms. He has also challenged Catholics to pray for their neighbours – those living next door, in the neighbouring parish and for family members.
reproduced from "The Bridge" newsletter available online: Prayerfully preparing for Jubilee 2025 - National Centre for Evangelisation, Australia (catholic.org.au)
TGIF@SFX (Thank God It's Friday at St Francis Xavier's)
From 2.30pm each Friday, followed by Mass at 5pm.
Drop in for a cuppa and a biscuit, and maybe a chat outside the church.
We now have an outdoor heater for colder days, and gather in the foyer if it's not pleasant outside.
If you wish, come into the church for prayer, adoration and to thank God that it's Friday.
Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette
Mary appeared to two children near the small village of La Salette in the French Alps on September 19, 1846, giving them a message for the world. She asked that her words be brought to the attention of all the people. Obviously, this meant the people living in 1846 but it also meant the people of future generations – including us. We invite you to read about the simple but extraordinary message and mission of Our Lady of La Salette.
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