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September 2018

1 Sat

World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation - ACSJC Resources on the Environment

Beginning of National Biodiversity Month - ACSJC Resources on the Environment

National Wattle Day - ACSJC Resources on the Environment

1815: Founding of Sisters of Charity by Mary Aikenhead 

2 Sun  

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Father’s Day

Beginning of National Child Protection Week


Kicking off on Fathers’ Day, National Child Protection Week is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to think about how we can work together to keep all children safe. The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect wants to remind everyone that:

  • We ALL have a part to play in protecting ALL children
  • Even small actions can help to improve a child’s future
  • By building stronger communities, we are creating safer environments for our children.

Everyone has a role in playing their part to protect children by:

  • Being a good role model for children
  • Being kind to children, parents (and yourself!)
  • Taking the time to really listen to children and believe them if they tell you something
  • Learning about what help services are available so you can support others if they need help
  • Not judging other parents and families; remember that we’re all trying our best
  • Looking out for all children, not just your own
  • Being a friendly, helpful member of your local community
  • Not being afraid to ask for help or to ask someone if they need help
  • Checking out NAPCAN’s ‘Tip Sheets’ for more ideas about how to play your part.

‘Don’t wait until a child has been abused or neglected before you do something. We need to work together as a community to STOP this from happening in the first place.’

Leesa Waters, Deputy CEO, NAPCAN

For further information:

1991: Passage of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Act - ACSJC Resources on Justice for Indigenous People

3 Mon  
4 Tue  
5 Wed

International Day of Charity

1997: Death of St Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

2013: Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers - ACSJC Resources on Workplace Justice

7 Fri

National Threatened Species Day - ACSJC Resources on the Environment

1936: Death in Hobart Zoo of last Tasmanian tiger in captivity - ACSJC Resources on the Environment

8 Sat

International Literacy Day

9 Sun

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Child Protection Sunday

10 Mon

First day of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)

World Suicide Prevention Day

11 Tue

2001: Terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC: nearly 3000 people killed - ACSJC Resources on Peacebuilding

12 Wed

1977: Death of anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko - ACSJC Resources on Confronting Racism

1843: Battle of One Tree Hill near Toowoomba (Qld) between Aboriginal landowners and European settlers - ACSJC Resources on Justice for Indigenous People

13 Thu

2007: Adoption by UN of Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - ACSJC Resources on Justice for Indigenous People

14 Fri

1981: Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Laborem Exercens (‘On Human Work’)

15 Sat

International Day of Democracy

16 Sun

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer - ACSJC Resources on the Environment

1993: Death of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), Aboriginal poet, activist and artist - ACSJC Resources on Justice for Indigenous People

17 Mon


18 Tue

1961: Death of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld

19 Wed

First day of Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement)

20 Thu


21 Fri

International Day of Peace - ACSJC Resources on Peacebuilding


The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, the General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to ‘commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.’

The theme for 2017 was: ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.’ The theme honoured the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative promoting respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes and those leaving in search of a better life. ‘In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,’ said Secretary-General António Guterres. ‘We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as “the other”. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential.’ He added, ‘Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.’

To find out about the 2018 Day of Peace, visit: 

World Alzheimer’s Day

22 Sat


23 Sun

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1959: Launch of Australian Consumers Association

24 Mon


25 Tue


26 Wed

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons - ACSJC Resources on Peacebuilding

27 Thu

World Tourism Day

St Vincent de Paul

1988: Formation of Burma’s National League for Democracy by Aung San Suu Kyi

World Maritime Day

28 Fri

St Wenceslas

1872: Birth of David Unaipon, Aboriginal writer and activist - ACSJC Resources on Justice for Indigenous People

1983: Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison WA, prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - ACSJC Resources on Justice for Indigenous People

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30 Sun  

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Social Justice Sunday


It was in 1940, after the long years of the Great Depression and during the Second World War, that the Australian Catholic Bishops issued their first Social Justice Sunday Statement. In almost every year since, they have addressed issues as varied as road safety, industrial relations, population policy, Indigenous justice, affluence and poverty, and Australia’s role as a global citizen.

In the statements we see the application of the Church’s social principles to critical issues of the day, with a focus on the common good and a special concern for the most vulnerable. Very much like the Popes since Leo XIII have issued social encyclical letters to the Faithful and all people of good will, the Catholic Bishops of Australia have engaged in the same process of reading the signs of the times and bringing the values of the Gospel and wisdom of Church teaching to critical issues of social justice.

The Social Justice Statements have called for political responses to the issues of concern and have promoted the action of Christians and all citizens in their local communities to work for a more just and charitable society.
Indeed, in the very first Statement, the Bishops Conference proposed that ‘the need of the poor should be considered before yielding to the solicitations of luxury’.

While the Bishops noted the impossibility that all people should be made equally wealthy or ‘expected to remain on the same financial level’, they stated then, that ‘social justice requires that there should be a more equitable division of human possessions’.

That has been an abiding theme of Social Justice Sunday – that each person, made in the image and likeness of God, is owed the dignity, respect and conditions necessary to realise their full potential, materially, socially and spiritually.

John Ferguson, ACSJC National Executive Officer

For their Social Justice Statement for 2018–2019, the Australian bishops will be addressing the issue of homelessness and our national housing crisis.

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