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The Southern Cross : December 2011
The Southern Cross Page 8 December 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au Welcome mat Simon Hutchinson (pictured left) from the Clearview/Kilburn Parish was among 35 children last month celebrating the launch of a parish program aimed at connecting younger families more deeply to the parish and to each other as a community. Families of children receiving the sacraments at the parish this year were invited to a Mass at the Good Shepherd Church (Clearview) on November 20 where children received a special blessing. Families then joined together in a shared lunch followed by fun and games. "It's about connecting families with parishes and connecting families with each other to develop their faith beyond baptisms," says Bronywn Ridley, Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission at St Gabriel's School in Enfield. The Early Connections program will provide families the opportunity to meet four times each year through various organised activities and follows a similar program run at Hectorville Parish The 2011 Archbishop's Awards for service to parish life, service to the community and service to education of young South Australians were presented last month to Sr Patricia Henschke, Simeon Gimenez and Frank Palladino respectively. Sr Patricia is an 83-year-old Dominican Sister who works tirelessly for the Catholic faithful, particularly the senior citizens of the greater Glenelg area. She featured in Living Catholic in The Southern Cross in August. Simeon is an active member of St Augustine's Parish, Salisbury, the St Vincent de Paul Conference of Salisbury and the Family Centre, Elizabeth. Frank is coordinator and senior mentor for Building and Construction and Plumbing at St Patrick's Technical College where he has designed an award-winning curriculum which incorporates greater appreciation of the social justice issues involved with housing for the less fortunate. The Southern Cross will profile Simeon and Frank in Living Catholic next year. Pictured with Archbishop Wilson are, from left, Simeon, Frank and Sr Patricia. Photo Ben Macmahon Engineer without borders SHINE: Julian O'Shea during a small scale solar lighting installation coordinated by Ilumexico, a local social enterprise, in a rural village in Veracruz, Mexico. Floating latrines and dung- burning stoves are what occupy most of 27-year-old Julian O'Shea's time these days. The Adelaide engineer is part of the not-for-profit international development organisation Engineers Without Borders. He was awarded this year's St Vincent de Paul Society Louise de Marillac award for post-secondary leadership and service. "I really wanted to use my (engineering) expertise to make a real difference," Julian told The Southern Cross from Melbourne, where he is now based as the Curriculum and Research Coordinator for Engineers Without Borders Australia. He is overseeing 15 projects involving about 50 engineering students from Australian universities in the design of engineering solutions to improve quality of life for disadvantaged communities in Australia and South-east Asia. Julian says University of Adelaide engineering students are designing a stove for a Nepalese community which burns dung as a low-cost, environmentally friendly alternative. And at Melbourne University students are working on a floating "bio- digester" to reduce faecal contamination of Cambodia's Tonle` Sap lake, which is a lifeline for 1.2 million people. "When you travel, you are exposed to communities that experience a great deal more disadvantage than in Australia and I think technology has a big role to play in improving those living standards," he says. Julian collected his award from St Vincent de Paul Society SA President Dominic Lagana at the city office in August. "Julian's passion for influencing young people to engage with social justice issues is inspirational and we were proud to recognise his dedication," said St Vincent de Paul Society marketing and public relations manager Rebecca Young. An engineering graduate of the University of Adelaide and a former Aquinas College resident, Julian, in 2009, was named Young South Australian of the Year for representing Australia at international engineering conferences and managing the West Head Gunnery Range in Flinders, Victoria -- the Royal Australian Navy's premier training facility. Ms Young said Julian was among more than 100 young South Australians to receive Social Justice awards this year from the St Vincent de Paul Society. "The awards have been received by young adults who volunteer in the local community and abroad, to primary age children who take on initiatives at school encouraging others to help people in need," she said. She said this year's awards are continuing to be presented in local communities. Rebecca DiGirolamo Outstanding service The Southern Cross continues its Living Catholic page which features articles and photographs highlighting the many good works that often go unnoticed but make a big difference to people's lives and to the community in general. Parishes are invited to submit suggestions for stories that demonstrate in a practical sense Living Catholic. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org