Outreach

In 2015 Pope Francis wrote his letter to all people, Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home 

Pope Francis’ campaign for care of creation and our common home commenced.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 2021-22 Social Justice Statement, was titled the Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor.  Its theme was the call we face as Christians to care for our earth and to care for those most impacted by climate change – the poorest and most vulnerable.

Many of our Parishioners accept their responsibility as stewards of God's Creation.  We have several parish groups and ministries committed to Pope Francis' campaign.  

If you believe one of our groups can help you please contact the Parish Office: (02) 9520-8277 or email boscosecretary@gmail.com.

If you would like to know more or would like to consider joining one of the groups or ministries please contact the Parish Office.

CARING FOR OUR WORLD

BOSCO SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP   

Bosco Social Justice Group formally commenced in 2012, with a group of Parishioners seeking to reach out to others in need of support in many different ways.  the goals of the BSJG are:


FRIENDS OF MALIANA

Our objectives are: 

Much more information is available on our webpage at this link.  If you would like to help, contact the Parish Office 9520-8277 or Email: boscosecretary@gmail.com 

BOSCO EARTH CARE

Our goal is to convey the message of Laudato Si’ to inspire parishioners, and hopefully, members of the wider community, to engage with Pope Francis’s campaign for care of creation and our common home.

We’re all part of God’s planet AND all responsible for it!  We’ve heard the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. 

Now is the time for us to make an impact.  We are being called to a change of heart.

MISSION IN ACTION FUND - SALESIAN MISSIONS

Our Parish Mission in Action Fund (MIAF) provides significant financial assistance, through the Salesian Missions Office. Salesian Missions are followers of St John Bosco and are committed to helping youth build a better future, through education and vocational training.  Our MIAF assist Don Bosco College and Vocational Centre in Salelologa, Samoa meet the cost of teacher salaries and two buses used to transport youths to and from the college daily.  Many Parishioners support Salesian Missions individually also.

Click here to read more about the work of our Mission in Action Fund.

CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY

ST VINCENT DE PAUL - VINNIES

Vinnies' mission is to deepen the Catholic faith of its members, to go out into our nation to heighten awareness of Jesus Christ by sharing ourselves, who we are and what we have, with the poor on a person to person basis.  We seek to co-operate in shaping a more just and compassionate Australian community.  Our dedicated Vinnies team meets on a fortnightly basis and supports those in need right throughout each year.  In addition, with the support of parishioners, the Primary School and Bosco College, we provide hampers of food and gifts to people at Christmas time.
Click here to go to our Vinnies Engadine Page.

BREAD RUN - FOOD SUPPORT

Free bread, groceries and fruit is provided at the front of the Bosco Parish Church every Monday at 6.15pm.  Please meet us under the awning if you need assistance meeting the cost of daily living.  No registration is required, no names are taken, no judgement is made.  We are here to help.

For more information please use this link  to go to the  Bread Run page

If you would like to volunteer to help organise occasionally, call the Parish Office 9520-8277 or Email: boscosecretary@gmail.com.

KNITTING GROUP

A group of dedicated parishioners meet monthly in our Parish Community Centre and hand knit rugs which are donated to parishioners suffering poor health or entering residential care.  Donations of wool to the group are welcomed and appreciated. 

People wishing to become involved by participating in the monthly get together, or knitting at home, should contact the parish office 9520-8277 or Email: boscosecretary@gmail.com .

CATECHIST PROGRAMME

Offering Religious education to children in State schools.  Make a difference and deepen your own Faith.

Catechists need help in our local public schools on Tuesday & Wednesday, late morning and early afternoon for 1/2hr.  Without your assistance these children could go without knowing the Love of Jesus.  

Enquire at the Parish Office 9520-8277 or Email: boscosecretary@gmail.com 

COMMUNION TO THE SICK AND ELDERLY

Our Priests, acolytes and special ministers of the Eucharist visit the elderly or sick members of our community to provide Holy Communion and a prayer.  Their is also a team who care for those in John Paul Village.  If you or someone you know would like to benefit from this service please contact the Parish Office 9520-8277 or Email: boscosecretary@gmail.com 

HEALING MASS

A Healing Mass is a normal Mass, but it has a special focus on God's healing power; this will be reflected in the songs, prayers, and scripture readings.  The Mass is usually followed by a cuppa and informal chats.  It is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.20am in Engadine Church.

CARING FOR AUSTRALIA

REMOTE REGIONAL PARISHES

We support evangelisation in remote areas of Australia by providing financial assistance to a Catholic parish or parishes in order for them to remain open and serving their parishioners.  This financial assistance may be in the form of capital maintenance or recurrent operating costs.

Find out more about the Parish we are currently supporting on this link.

MISSION IN ACTION FUND - OTHER CHARITIES STREAM

This diagram provides a graphic explanation of the flow of funds from our Parish Mission in Action Fund. We support seven streams by applying funds from the John Paul Village land lease and sale proceeds, over many years to come.  

The Other Charities Stream, along with the other six streams, are explained in more detail on this link.

DISASTER RELIEF - MATCHING GIFTS PROGRAMME

Disaster Relief Appeals are conducted within the Parish from time to time as the need is determined.  The Parish Mission in Action Fund matches parishioner donations to such appeals on a dollar for dollar basis.  To date we have conducted appeals for victims of floods, fire, drought, war, civil unrest and more.

The Disaster Relief Stream, along with the other six streams, are explained in more detail on this link.