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Catholic Outreach was established in 1990 in the Perth Archdiocese to promote, develop and implement parish based pastoral care programs. There are currently over 25 voluntary care programs working successfully in direct response to relief of sickness, distress and suffering encountered within the parish and wider community.
Care Programs in some Parishes offer Bereavement Support Groups which support the bereaved by providing a regular opportunity to share their stories in a safe and comforting environment.
In most Care Programs Co-Ordinators can organise a volunteer to provide an emergency meal, such as a casserole, for a family in need.
Parents often appreciate support, especially during stressful times (e.g. sickness), when a Care Program may be able to offer (subject to available volunteers with Working with Children Cards) emergency babysitting, read to a child or care for a child with a disability.
The occasional handyman, gardening or lawn mowing job can often be organised for a frail aged person or someone facing a crisis.
Emergency home help (such as cleaning, general housework, ironing and washing) will often assist someone in short term need.
Requests for transport is one of the most frequent calls received and it is very important to give as much notice as possible to allow the Co-Ordinator time to locate a volunteer who is available to carry out the task at the required time (especially for appointments during office hours).
Visiting is more and more important in society today where social isolation and loneliness is very prevalent.
Care Programs may also undertake other tasks and Co-Ordinators should be contacted to determine whether they have volunteers who may be able to assist with special tasks.
If you are interested in any of these services and wish to volunteer, please contact us to find out more.
A coordinators retreat to be held at the St John of God Retreat Centre on the 15th and 16th of October 2017 with keynote speakers Sr Margaret Scharf and Odhran O’Brien. Further details available on retreat brochure.
Invitation Guest speaker Josephine Daley, Cancer Council of WA will provide an overview of the cancer information and support services available through the Cancer Council Including information about 13 11 20 – our nurse-run telephone information and support service Financial support service Practical support service (cleaning, gardening, childcare) Healthy Living after Cancer program – a health
A Mass to honour the 100th birthday of Willetton parishioner and regular Mass attendee Ted O’Callaghan was celebrated last month in an event that showed just how treasured Mr Callaghan is within his community. Celebrated by parish priest of St John and St Paul, Father Thai Vu, the Mass took place on Sunday, 17 July