June 2019

1 Fri Global Day of Parents
2 Sat  
3 Sun

Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ)

1886: Catholic and Anglican Martyrs of Uganda

1992: Decision in the Mabo Case by the High Court - ACSJC resources on Justice for Indigenous Peoples

4 Mon

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

1989: Tiananmen Square Massacre, Beijing - ACSJC resources on Peacebuilding

5 Tue  

World Environment Day - ACSJC resources on the Environment


World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate full well their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil. They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation. Nature’s gifts are often hard to value in monetary terms. Like clean air, they are often taken for granted, at least until they become scarce. However, economists are developing ways to measure the multi-trillion-dollar worth of many so-called ‘ecosystem services’, from insects pollinating fruit trees in the orchards of California to the leisure, health and spiritual benefits of a hike up a Himalayan valley.
Above all, World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Over the years, people have organised thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

For further information: http://worldenvironmentday.global 

Australian Catholic Bishops call for the care of people and nature

The market must not be a place where ‘the strong subdue the weak’. Where people and resources are viewed simply in terms of their market value or as a means to maximise profits, human development and the integrity of creation suffer.
As Pope Francis insists, respect for the dignity of the human person and care for creation demand ‘more balanced levels of production, a better distribution of wealth, concern for the environment and for the rights of future generations’. These values challenge the current expectation of infinite growth and material progress with little sense of limits or restraint. When people and nature are simply used and discarded, the bonds of community unravel and our natural and local communities become afflicted by ‘debris, desolation and filth’ ...
The current economic model is prone to treating the poor and our environment as an ‘afterthought’ or as ‘collateral damage’. Equity and justice demand that they are protected and supported ‘as the economic process unfolds, and not just afterwards or incidentally’. Nothing stresses the importance of the common good more than the emerging threat of global warming and climate change. We are compelled as never before to see how fragile are our planet and its life systems.

Social Justice Statement 2017–2018 pp. 12–13

50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy

6 Wed  

8 Fri

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

World Oceans Day - ACSJC resources on the Environment

9 Sat


10 Sun

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1838: Massacre of up to 30 Aboriginal people at Myall Creek NSW - ACSJC resources on Justice for Indigenous People

1935: Establishment of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York

11 Mon

1975: Ratification by Australia of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination - ACSJC resources on Confronting Racism

1975: Enactment of the Racial Discrimination Act - ACSJC resources on Confronting Racism

12 Tue

World Day Against Child Labour - ACSJC resources on Workplace Justice

1988: Presentation by Aboriginal leaders of the Barunga Statement to Prime Minister Bob Hawke - ACSJC resources on Justice for Indigenous People

13 Wed


14 Thu

World Blood Donor Day

15 Fri

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Eid-Al-Fitr: Muslim Breaking of the Fast

16 Sat


17 Sun

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Beginning of National Refugee Week - ACSJC resources on Refugees and Asylum Seekers


Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day on 20 June.
In a world where refugees experience persecution in their countries of origin and often face discrimination, difficulty and rejection in places where they seek refuge, speaking out often requires courage. In Refugee Week, we acknowledge and celebrate the dedication and bravery of refugee leaders, advocates and citizens who draw attention to violations of human rights, support people at their time of greatest need and challenge callous indifference to the suffering of others.
Refugee Week encourages Australians to celebrate the best aspects of our nation’s welcome of refugees, acknowledge unjust treatment of asylum seekers and refugees and commit to working together to ensure that we do better. In doing this, we celebrate the positive contributions to Australian society made over the past 70 years by the 800,000 Australians who once were refugees and have come to call Australia home.

For further information: https://www.refugeeweek.org.au/ 

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought - ACSJC resources on the Environment

18 Mon


19 Tue

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict - ACSJC resources on Peacebuilding

1945: Birth of Aung San Suu Kyi

1969: Affirmation by Arbitration Commission of the principle of equal pay for women performing equal work - ACSJC resources on Workplace Justice

20 Wed

World Refugee Day - ACSJC resources on Refugees and Asylum Seekers

21 Thu


22 Fri


23 Sat

United Nations Public Service Day

International Widows’ Day

24 Sun

Nativity of John the Baptist

25 Mon

Day of the Seafarer

26 Tue

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

27 Wed


28 Thu  
29 Fri Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
30 Sat 1945: Introduction of unemployment benefits in Australia - ACSJC resources on Workplace Justice


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