ANZAC: Multicultural, Multifaith


ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is the  anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. It is also a day of remembrance for those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peace-keeping operations. In this article, we glimpse multicultural and multifaith aspects of ANZAC Day.

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Holy Week Shepparton and District, 2017


Holy Week is the commemoration of the last week of Jesus Christ on Earth in his mortal coil. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and leads up to Easter Sunday. On Thursday evening of Holy Week, there is a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and the action of the passion of Jesus Christ is observed on Good Friday – with Stations of the Cross and a reading of the Passion of Christ from one of the gospels. Easter Day – the day of resurrection of Jesus, is observed sometimes at Midnight, often with a dawn service commemorating the Resurrection, and services on Easter Day itself. We bring a listing of services during Holy Week.

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A Sacred Season



In this time of the public observances of the Passion of Jesus and the Resurrection, is the major festival of the Christian religion. It is also the time of Passover of the Jews, the great event of the freedom of the Jewish nation from tyranny and the passing of the Red Sea. There are also observances in other religions which we mark at this time.

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2017 World Day of Prayer, Shepparton

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together on the first Friday of March each year to observe a common day of prayer. This year, World Day of Prayer – themed “Am I being unfair to you?” will be observed at St Mels Church Shepparton, with significant input by the local Filipino Community. The Shepparton Interfaith Network will also be participating.

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Shepparton Interfaith – Annual General Meeting 2016


The Annual General Meeting of Shepparton Interfaith Network was held at St Brendan’s Church, Shepparton on evening of 2 February 2017. Representatives of many faith communities attended the meeting which was addressed by Sam Birrell of the Committee for Greater Shepparton and Ms Liz Arcus of Picnic4Peace. A report was given accounting for the activities of the Interfaith Network for the 2015-2016 year.

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Clinical Pastoral Education, Shepparton, July – November 2017



Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a programme of education and formation for the ministry of pastoral care. The programme’s methodology utilises the action reflection model of learning. A part-time Unit of CPE will be conducted in Shepparton in second semester 2017, from 11 July to 22 November.

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Booklet on Celebrating Mercy with Believers of Other Religions


An opportunity has come, due activity of the Catholic Church, to observe how one religion does interreligious dialogue with other religions. This can only be of benefit for many to read and understand this process as we step – albeit carefully – out into interfaith dialogue with those of other religions. The Pontificial Council for Interreligious Dialogue has produced a booklet on interreligious dialogue on the subject of Mercy.

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Law Reform: Funeral and Burial Instructions

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has examined the legal status of funeral and burial instructions of a deceased person. The Commission’s report – and video – explain what is important, what the law says (in each state and other jurisdictions) and what changes might improve matters. This is of extreme importance in the case of the indigenous peoples, who have a need for burial “on country”. A Yorta Yorta example is narrated in the video.
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Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda’s birthday falls on the Paush Krishna Saptami, the 7th day after the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush. Therefore the date varies from year to year. According to the English calendar or the generally used Indian Calendar, Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. In 2017, the date of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as per Hindu Lunar Calendar Tithi is on January 19. In 2017, it is the 154th birth anniversary.

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Shepparton Carols By Candlelight 2016



Carols by Candlelight for 2016 will be take place on the evening of Sunday 18 December 2016 at 6:30pm in Queens Gardens, Shepparton. This is a free, family-friendly event. Goulburn Murray Credit Union are sponsoring the fireworks display at the conclusion of carols.

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Creating Child Safe organisations in Multifaith communities

vicsegDue the work – and the reports – of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, it has emerged that all jurisdictions must put into place protections for children in all institutions in the community and set forth standards for Child Safe Organisations. Multicultural and Multi-faith organisations will also be required to comply. The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) and the Victorian Cooperative on Children’s Services for Ethnic Groups (VICSEG) have been contracted by the Commission for Children and Young People to assist organisations like these to meet the Child Safe Standards.
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Navratri 2016: When Does The Hindu ‘Nine Nights’ Festival Begin?

skandamata“Navratri” — the 9-day long festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga — begins Saturday, Oct. 1, this year. According to Hindu mythology, goddess Durga, a symbol of motherhood, power and courage, defeated the demon Mahishasura in a battle that lasted nine nights.
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Labyrinths and the Labyrinth at Picnic for Peace – Shepparton


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Dr Lisa Shortridge of Things of Spirit will be providing a temporary labyrinth and singing bowls experience at Picnic 4 Peace on Sunday 25 September at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, 11am-3pm. In this article we look to different kinds of labyrinths around the world.

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‘Spiritual but not religious’: What the census won’t say about Australians’ beliefs

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Over the last few decades, the number of people who answer the census question about religion with ‘no religion’ or ‘not specified’ has been on the rise. But just because someone doesn’t subscribe to organised religion doesn’t mean they’re not spiritual. Unlike in France and the United States, the Australian census contains a question about religion. This year, for the first time, ‘no religion’ will be the first option.

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Beyond Belief: Hugh Mackay to speak in Shepparton

beyondbeliefSocial researcher, author and commentator, Hugh Mackay, will present a challenging, sometimes confronting, but most of all enlightening account of the messages in his two latest books Beyond Belief (2016) and The Art of Belonging (2014) at Harder Auditorium on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7 pm.
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