Month: September 2019

Focus Sessions Episode 2 Michael Gartland Salesion Youth Camps

The Salesians of Don Bosco, a Catholic Order serves the young, especially the disadvantaged and marginalised. They have organised holiday camps for children for many years. In this episode of Figuring Out Families, we welcome Michael Gartland who talks about his involvement in the camps, firstly as a participant as a youngster and now years …

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Focus Sessions Episode 1 with Denis Fitzgerald from Catholic Social Services Victoria

In our first episode of Figuring out Families we are pleased to welcome Denis Fitzgerald, outgoing Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV). Denis has been with CSSV for eleven years where he has been a staunch advocate for social justice and support for those most in need in our society. Catholic Social Services …

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The much-cherished local library

French author Victor Hugo (1805-1882) wrote, “A library is an act of faith.”
I joined my local library at about the age of ten. I clearly remember walking into the children’s section, which was something like a large walk-in wardrobe, and being overwhelmed by the floor to ceiling books

The greatest grandma

A letter was sent in from Mary Gartland of Blackburn, Victoria regarding the passing of her mother in September 2018. Her mother had been a Majellan subscriber for more than 60 years. The following is a tribute written by Mary’s nephew, Michael.

Spinal gap

On a sunny morning in July 2017, Gold Coast Titans NRL player Chris McQueen nervously lay waiting on a hospital gurney. Having swapped his bright blue jersey for a white hospital gown, he watched as the anaesthetist wiped his arm with an alcohol swab and winced as the needle of the intravenous cannula pierced his skin.

Saint of the Sahara

Son of a viscount, Charles was born in Strasburg on September 15, 1858. A dreamer, who put the Eucharist and the gospel at the centre of his existence, he was born of a staunchly Catholic family. Seven months after his birth, his mother died as a result of a miscarriage and his father passed away six months later from tuberculosis.

Pregnancy magazine arrives

The fourth issue of our pregnancy magazine, Becoming Parents – A Spiritual journey is now available.
And a New Journey Begins complements the first three issues that cover topics relevant to a couples’ pregnancy journey. The last issue includes articles on breastfeeding, respecting yourself, setting boundaries for visitors, baby’s first steps and sharing your hopes and dreams.

Living with Suicide grief

Suicide, unfortunately, is still far too prevalent in Western society. While researchers are increasingly finding cures or new ways to help people live longer from cancer and other illnesses, the toll from people deciding to end their lives is bucking the trend.

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