The Australian Catholic Bishops have put sport at the forefront of the their 2014-15 social justice statement. This Sunday the 28 Sept is Social Justice Sunday and all parishes have been asked to is promote the statement. This year’s Social Justice Statement, titled ‘A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in our sporting nation’, celebrates the place of sport in our national life, especially its ability to bring together individuals and communities whilst contributing to general health and wellbeing. The Statement from the Catholic bishops also challenges us to look at sport’s darker side – violence, abuse and corruption that blemish its image and disillusion those who love sport most.
As a Christian sports association with a strong catholic heritage the statement sits perfectly alongside our maxim of “sport in the right spirit”. I encourage all ACC schools both catholic and non-Catholic to consider conducting a school mass or service based around the theme of sport as a way of promoting and supporting the new social justice statement. Posters, prayer cards, videos and catholic Liturgy notes are available from www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au
A CROWN FOR AUSTRALIA: STRIVING FOR THE BEST IN OUR SPORTING NATIONSocial Justice Sunday this year falls on September 28. The Australia Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2014–2015 is entitled, ‘A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in our sporting nation’. Local sporting clubs can be a nucleus around which communities can grow, lifelong friendships are forged, skills and resilience are learnt and where people who otherwise might never come in contact can gather together. Sport can add to our health and well-being but can also bring disillusionment, violence, abuse, racism and exploitation to the fore. This Social Justice Sunday, we are invited to explore how sport can help us celebrate sport’s gifts and use them to bring about God’s kingdom on Earth. Parishes have been invited via email to share how Social Justice Sunday will be promoted, or what they might be planning to undertake during 2014/15 to show their commitment to this important aspect of the Gospel. Stories and pictures relating to social justice initiatives are always welcome for future editions of the new Archdiocesan Magazine. See below for contact details. For more information and resources about Social Justice Sunday (incl. Liturgy Notes, a Community Education Resource, Ten Steps of engaging with sport, a Prayer Card, PowerPoint and Video), please visit www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au.