December 2016 Bulletin



Christmas Special

We believe that together we CAN make a difference, starting with small acts of kindness and hospitality and becoming a collective voice demanding more compassionate asylum seeker policies.

VIDEO: Catholic Community says ‘You Are Welcome’

We’ve been inundated with the level of care and support for people seeking asylum in the Catholic and broader Australian community. We decided to make a video to showcase just a few examples of what is happening around the country.

We visited schools, parishes, hospitals, service providers and individuals. The message they made was loud and clear. To refugees everywhere – You Are Welcome Here.

Check out the video on Facebook and share it!

You can also watch the video on YouTube, Twitter and Vimeo.

Send a Christmas message of compassion to your local MP

This Christmas we are asking you to email your local MP to let them know that you want them to show compassion to refugees and people seeking asylum. As Catholics, Christmas is a time of giving and hope – it’s time our elected leaders got in the Christmas spirit.

You can use our sample letter or write your own here.

Advent Resources for Parishes & Schools

We’ve compiled a range of prayers, reflections and resources for you to use during Advent.

They all focus on refugees and people seeking asylum and how we might say #refugeeswelcome

You can find them all here.

Donate to CAPSA

This Christmas, help CAPSA continue to advocate for the humane and compassionate treatment of people seeking asylum.

Every dollar will help us to work within the Catholic community to take bold, courageous action to support people seeking asylum. All donations over $2 are tax deductible through Jesuit Social Services.

Help CAPSA continue supporting Catholics to stand in solidarity with refugees.

Recommended reading & viewing

World Human Rights Day – Andy Hamilton SJ – CAPSA

People ask us why we protested in Parliament for refugees. We ask, why didn’t you? – Mara Bonacci, Sam Castro, Kat Moore and Kerry Woodward – The Guardian

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton – Antoun Issa – The Guardian

‘We are still suffering’: detainees on Manus and Nauru speak– in pictures – The Guardian