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In the August edition of Social Justice Trends we present the Social Justice Statement 2020-21 along with resources to help you to prepare for Social Justice Sunday on 30 August.


Bishop Terry Brady
Social Justice Statement on Mental Health Launched
Launching the Social Justice Statement, Bishop Terry Brady said that “our society tends to push away or draw away from those who confront us with our frailties and limitations” but “this is not the way of Jesus”. He encourages us to follow Jesus by “drawing near to those who are experiencing mental ill health” and acknowledging that “they are members of the Body of Christ - ‘they’ are part of ‘us’!”

Read the media release


Social Justice Sunday Statement 2020 Download
To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today
In a decades-long tradition, the Catholic Bishops of Australia speak out together on a major social issue to mark Social Justice Sunday. Their statement is aimed at inspiring reflection and action for the following 12 months. This year’s statement, To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today, is now available as a free download.

Download the Statement (PDF 1.94 MB)


Revolution of Tenderness podcast
Listen to the Social Justice Statement Podcast
No time to read? You can listen to the Social Justice Statement on your favorite podcast platform. Our podcast, The Revolution of Tenderness features a series on To Live Life to the Full: Mental health in Australia today. The first three episodes of the series present the full text of the Statement, one section at a time. Future episodes will discuss its content.

Listen to the podcast


Praying hands, Eucharist
Social Justice Sunday Liturgy Notes
Social Justice Sunday is an official part of the liturgical calendar in Australia. Our liturgy notes, prepared by Fiona Dyball, provide suggestions for prayers of intercession, the choice of appropriate music, prayers and notes to assist homilists to make links between the readings of the day and the content of the Bishops’ Social Justice Statement.

Download liturgy notes (PDF 340 KB)


praying hands
Prayer for Mental Health 
A simple action that all of us can take is to pray. You can download a prayer card from the website of the Office for Social Justice. A file suitable for commercial printing is also available on request. The prayer to accompany the Social Justice Statement picks up its key concerns and assists us to place them before God.

Download prayer card (PDF 110 KB)


Plan Ahead for 30 August
There is still time to plan your parish, school or organisation’s Social Justice Sunday activities. How might you reject the stigmatisation of mental ill-health work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, or call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community?

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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv (Chair), Bishop Paul Bird CSsR, Bishop Terence Brady, Bishop Max Davis, Bishop Bosco Puthur, Bishop Christopher Saunders, Bishop Donald Sproxton, Bishop William Wright.
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