The Southern Cross : February 2010
The Southern Cross February 2010 Page 25 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news Catholic Charities 39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000 GPO Box 1364, Adelaide SA 5001 Ph: 08 8210 8125 Fax: 08 8232 8820 Email: email@example.com ABN: 29 608 297 012 Charity Licence: 25 Diary Dates 2010 Ash Wednesday---17th February Good Friday---2nd April Easter Sunday---4th April September---Catholic Charities Appeal 13th September---Annual Golf Day Badge Day--- 3rd November 70th Anniversary of Catholic Charities Since Catholic Charities was formed in 1941 with the support of Archbishop Beovich many people have made significant contributions to the success of Catholic Charities and the support given to those who are most in need in our community. We would love to hear from past Parish Coordinators, Catholic Charities Committee members and any other people who have been a part of the Catholic Charities Appeal as we plan to celebrate the contribution from those in our local community whose generosity of time, care and donations have made such a difference to many in our community. Please call the Catholic Charities office on 08 8210 8125 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us of your story and memories. Thank you Peter Ferrier from Catholic Charities presenting Christmas food parcels to Centacare's Megan Welsh and Julie-Ann Barker for distribution to families in need. We thank Robert Clyne and Chris Lock and the Masonic Foundation for their support with donations of food hampers for Christmas 2009. Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner recalled his voyage to Australia as Catholic Chaplain for British migrants when he celebrated his 60th anniversary as a priest at Mass in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral on New Year's Day. Archbishop Faulkner was ordained on January 1, 1950, in the Chapel of the Epiphany, Propaganda College, Rome -- the first ordination of priests to be held after the Second World War. At the end of his studies in Rome, he returned to Australia on the SS Somersetshire. "We had Mass daily and some families became life-long friends of mine," he told the New Year's Day congregation. "We arrived in Sydney on the first Tuesday of November 1950 and I travelled by train to Adelaide. It was an emotional occasion -- meeting with my father and mother, nine brothers and sisters and numerous cousins, uncles and aunts as well as many dear friends. We had a "first Mass in Australia" at Rosary Church, Prospect." Archbishop Faulkner spoke of his time in the parish of Woodville and Albert Park where he used to ride his bike to the "Trust Homes" in Woodville West. "Day after day I met the most wonderful families -- some practical Catholics, some not. But I saw the good in all of them - often heroic virtues!" he said. "The Woodville Parish became the home to many displaced persons during the 1950's -- Polish, Ukranian, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarians and many others. At the same time many Italian migrants settled in Royal Park, Findon, Seaton and Albert Park." He said his experience with people from different cultures during his training in Rome was useful in helping people to settle in their new land. Another highlight of his life was working with Aboriginal and Islander people in Townsville, where he was Bishop. Referring to his time as Archbishop of Adelaide he would only say that he had tried to be a "Vatican Council Bishop -- as one who serves". 60 years of priesthood Support for formation Supporting the Rural Ministry Formation Program will be a major focus of the South Australian branch of the Catholic Women's League (CWL) in 2010. This decision was made at the CWL's annual meeting in October at which Sr Liz Morris RSJ spoke of her current work with the rural ministry formation of lay people. Through the program parishioners in country areas are invited to help run their parish -- including liturgical, administrative, pastoral and educative work in line with Canon Law - if there is no resident priest. CWL State president Pauline Victory said members were concerned to hear that the cost of some courses required to train in parish work was sometimes prohibitive, given the economic circumstances of families on farms and in farming communities. Members voted to raise funds over the next year to support the program. Also at the meeting, honorary life membership was awarded to Maureen Clark for her many years of service to the league. Certificates for 25 years' service were presented to Kath Smith, Noreen O'Connell and Gloria Burns. Office bearers for 2010 are president Pauline Victory, secretary Kath Kelly, treasurer Joan Young, vice-presidents Josie Frost and Maureen Bevan, and committee members Margaret Mariner, Lyn von der Borch, Chris Redden, Denice Fetherstonhaugh, Geraldine Davis and Anne-Marie Clark.