During Advent we wait in hope for the birth of the Christ child. This Inspirational People of 2015 Advent Calendar helps us to count down the days. Each day another story of an inspirational person is revealed. These stories of people taking action against trafficking in persons remind us that we are not powerless. The Calendar is the work of Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ANZRATH). Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans raises awareness of human trafficking, its causes and of the scope for local action. ANZRATH collaborates with other organizations in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region, and around the world, to advocate for measures
Sr Joan Pender RSCJ, Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Australia and New Zealand, will join a number of Australia’s religious leaders in Canberra on Thursday, 15 October. They will meet with politicians to express their concern about the plight of asylum seekers throughout the world, and especially their ongoing concern for those detained by Australia in off-shore detention centres. Prayer Vigil 6 pm 12 October To support this important interfaith initiative, a prayer vigil will be held at Mary MacKillop Chapel at 6.00 pm on 12 October. We pray that the minds and hearts of politicians, and of all Australians, will be touched by the plight of asylum seekers who are
Will you be switching off and unplugging for Earth Hour 2015? The International Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation Coordination Committee of the Society of the Sacred Heart is inviting the whole Society internationally to focus on the causes and consequences of climate change. Participating in Earth Hour 2015 is one way in which you can support this international priority. Learn about Earth Hour. Find events near you. Buy the cookbook for year round action. See who else is switching off – and add your picture to the wall.
The World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking will be celebrated for the first time on Sunday 8 February 2015, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita. The Day has been declared in response to a request from women religious to Pope Francis. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia are getting behind it and have produced a range of useful resources for schools, parishes, religious communities and groups. The Society of the Sacred Heart is a long time supporter of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans and New Zealand Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans. We encourage you to join in prayer, reflection and
Five years ago Australian supermarkets did not have any Easter chocolate certified as slavery-free, but in 2013 there were at least six slavery-free Easter eggs and rabbits available. Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) identified the following products available in 2013: Divine eggs (milk & dark) Green & Black eggs (milk & dark) Chocolatier eggs (milk & dark) Chocolatier (3 rabbits boxed with 3 tiny eggs) Cadbury dairy milk eggs Oxfam chocolates – a large range of chocolate bars If you know of other slave-free products available for Easter 2014, please email ACRATH at email@example.com. An action booklet can be downloaded here.
This prezi gives an overview of what Pope Francis has to say about the social justice dimension of evangelization in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. It also offers some connections to the Sacred Heart tradition.
Catholic Mission Australia has collaborated with Catholic Religious Australia to produce a collection of reflections on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. It can be read online as an ebookor you can order a copy from Catholic Mission. Province Director of Mission, Sandie Cornish, contributed a reflection on the social dimension of evangelization.
The International community celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty on 17 October. This reflection sheet on the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty introduces the major contemporary approaches to understanding poverty, reflects on key elements of the response of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and provides some questions for personal or group reflection.
Are you planning to buy Easter Eggs? As a member of ACRATH, the Society of the Sacred Heart is supporting the Fair Trade Easter Egg campaign. It is part of our commitment to end trafficking in persons and labour exploitation. Read more about the Fair trade Chocolate Easter Campaign or follow the Facebook Page
How can we, as educators, insert the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into our projects with women, children and youth, refugees and migrants, and persons living in poverty? This resource on educating-for-universal-human-rights comes from Cecile Meijer RSCJ and Sacred Heart@ the UN.