St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Toongabbie

We the Church of St Anthony of Padua are called to a greater realisation of the Kingdom of God and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ

Please consider signing the “150 Days of Action” campaign’s petition to federal Government to

  1. provide income support and a financial safety net for all people seeking asylum in Australia
  2. end temporary protection visas and create a clear pathway to permanent residency 
  3. ensure access to family reunion for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia 

Sign at https://me.getup.org.au/petitions/launch-of-150-days-of-action-for-people-seeking-refuge-in-our-land

It is my desire that, in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. Fraternity between all men and women.

These are some of the opening words of Pope Francis in his recent letter on Fraternity and Social Friendship. 

Just like the rest of us, Pope Francis has been experiencing the Covid pandemic and reflecting on it: A worldwide tragedy like the Covid-19 pandemic momentarily revived the sense that we are a global community, all in the same boat, where one person’s problems are the problems of all. Once more we realised that no one is saved alone: we can only be saved together. 

During Advent as we prepare for Christmas, we invite you to take a little time to reflect together on the Pope’s recent letter to each one of us. 

You can do this in one of two ways:

  • Attend a face-to-face session in St Anthony’s Hall on Wednesday 9th and Wednesday 16th December, from 7.00 to 8.30 pm, (Numbers will be cut off at 50 and Covid regulations will apply) OR
  • Attend the same sessions by Zoom from the comfort of your home. 

In either case, you need to register, so that we can manage the numbers for safety in the Hall or send you the link to take part in the Zoom meeting. 

To register, please go to https://bit.ly/toonie_advent20 or call Luisa in the office 9631 3316

No need to wait for the sessions, to read more, go to https://socialjustice.catholic.org.au/2020/10/04/fratelli-tutti-brothers-and-sisters-all/

On 27th September, the Church marks Migrant and Refugee Sunday, a day each year when we bring to mind the needs of those newly arrived in our country and those seeking safety and protection amongst us.

Please click on the following links for further information

Covid help card and the story from a detainee

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