2021 Easter Blessings to you All!

The Justice, Ecology and Development Office (JEDO) would like to wish you All a

‘Blessed’, ‘Holy’ and ‘Hope-filled’ Easter 2021.


Whilst in preparation for Easter, may we remember the importance of Holy Week and all it entails.

Holy Week 
  • Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday & Holy Wednesday
  • Holy Thursday (Mass of the Last Supper)
  • Good Friday (Stations of the Cross & The Lord’s Passion).
  • Easter Saturday (Easter Vigil).
  • Easter Sunday (Christ is Risen).

May we continue to reach out to those in need during this season of Lent including our senior neighbours, our homeless brothers and sisters and all migrants & refugees.

Praying that you keep safe and well during this Lenten Season and beyond.

With Easter fast approaching, we would like to take the opportunity to ask you consider purchasing ‘Slavery-free’ Easter Eggs.  Look out for the following ‘slavery-free’ logos.

2020 Christmas Blessings to you All!

The Justice, Ecology and Development Office (JEDO) thanks you for your continued support during the course of 2020, and looks forward to working closer with you, and achieving so much more with your help in 2021.


2020 has brought many challenges for all of us including the devastating effects of climate related crises, health issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, family separations or for some, the loss of loved ones.  We pray that 2021 brings renewed hope for a much brighter future.

As we pray for our family and friends, let us also keep in prayer All of our neighbours especially those who are lonely or vulnerable at this time.  Also, for those of us facing mental health challenges, for our migrant friends and everyone who may be facing Christmas without their loved ones around them.


May we continue to strive for justice for All, and in so doing, may we be the voice for the voiceless.


2020 Anti-Poverty Week Ecumenical Service

Mental Health as a  precursor and consequence of Poverty’

The  2020 Anti-Poverty Week Ecumenical Service took place on Wednesday, 14th October at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Highgate.


The event was hosted by Carol Mitchell, the Director of the Justice, Ecology and Development Office (JEDO – Catholic Archdiocese of Perth).

Participants included…

  • Welcome to Country – Aunty Marie Taylor (Noongar Elder)
  • Intro & Welcome to Sacred Heart Church – Dr Terry Wilson (Vicar for Social Outreach & Chief Operations Officer – Catholic Archdiocese of Perth)
  • Address– Damian Walsh (Dir. The Shopfront – Catholic Archdiocese of Perth)
  • Social Justice Prayer / TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL – Nigel Hayward (SJoG)
  • 1st Reading – The Most Reverend  Kay Goldsworthy  AO (Anglican Archbishop of Perth)
  • 2nd Reading– Major Brad Potter (Salvation Army State [Divisional] Leader)
  • Prayer of the Faithful  – Simone Micke (Council of Churches WA – Gen. Sec.), Geoff Bice (Uniting Church WA), Simone Smalley (Salvation Army – Captain), Colin Battersby (Churches of Christ: Global Mission Partners)
  • Prayer of the Faithful, Prayer of Blessing & Concluding Rite – Deacon Paul Reid (Caritas)
  • Opening Prayer & An Ecumenical Christian Prayer / ‘Fratelli Tutti’- Carol Mitchell (Dir. JEDO – Catholic Archdiocese of Perth)
  • Musical Reflection / SACRED HEART – Sr Margaret Scharf OP


2020 APW Photos

(L to R) Aunty Marie Taylor, Dr Terry Wilson & Damian Walsh  (Photo Credit: Beryl Rahman)
(L to R) Carol Mitchell, Sr Margaret Scharf OP & Deacon Paul Reid   (Photo Credit: Beryl Rahman)

Thank you to our Ecumenical Partners and Guests for helping us celebrate the 2020 Anti-Poverty Ecumenical Service.


Link to the Social Justice Sunday Statement 2020-21 resource page.

Perth Launch of the 2020-21 Social Justice Statement

TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL – Mental Health in Australia Today


The Perth Launch of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) ‘2020-21 Social Justice Statement’ took place on Thursday, 20th August 2020.

The event was hosted by Carol Mitchell the Director of the Justice, Ecology and Development Office (JEDO).  Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton launched the

‘2020-21 Social Justice Statement’.

  • Welcome to Country – Aunty Marie Taylor
  • Launch Address – Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton
  • Facilitator – Damian Walsh (The Shopfront – Director)
  • Panel – Derek Boylen (Centre  for Life, Marriage & Family – CLMF – Director)
  • Panel – Laura Allison (Psychologist & Psych. Team Leader CEWA)
  • Social Justice Prayer – Deacon Paul Reid (Caritas)


Perth Launch Photos:


Auxiliary Bishop Donald Sproxton  Photo Credit: Eric Martin

Panel Members   Photo Credit: Eric Martin

(L to R) Derek Boylen (CLMF),Carol Mitchell (JEDO), Damian Walsh (The Shopfront), Laura Allison (Psych. Team Leader CEWA), Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton, Dcn Paul Reid (Caritas) Photo Credit: Eric Martin

Social Justice Statement 2020-21 - Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay

2020-21 SJS Summary 

Bulletin noteThe Bishops would welcome promotion of the Statement in the weeks leading up to Social Justice Sunday. A possible entry in your parish bulletin or newsletter could be:

We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 30 August. This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL: Mental Health in Australia Today’.

The Statement challenges us all to be present and grounded in the ‘real world’.

For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Office for Social Justice (OSJ) website ( or call (028306 3499.

Associated resources – The OSJ website ( have resources available for download free of charge before Social Justice Sunday. They include Social Justice Statements, Prayer Cards, Liturgy Notes and Video.


Please Note:  This is will now be an ONLINE Event

(see the below link for details)



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