Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Mass & Charity Expo

Wednesday 7 December 2022


There was extra reason to celebrate when the tenth annual Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Mass was held on December 7.

In addition to giving thanks for the generous support given to Catholic Charities throughout the year, the Mass was an opportunity to celebrate Centacare Catholic Family Services' 80 years of service to the community.  
The Thanksgiving Mass was held in St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, followed by the Charities Expo in Mary MacKillop Plaza.
Every year Catholic Charities raises nearly $400,000 for frontline agencies providing support to the most disadvantaged in the South Australian community. Individuals, parishes and schools contribute to the charity’s appeals throughout the year.
Archbishop Patrick O’Regan welcomed staff and supporters from Centacare, Hutt St Centre, students from St Patrick’s Special School, Nazareth Catholic Community, Cabra Dominican College, Emmaus, St Catherine's, St Augustine's and McAuley Community schools. He spoke of the importance of Catholic Charities and the agencies it supports in making a difference to the lives of others.
Annie O'Neill, manager of Catholic Charities, thanked everyone for coming along to support Catholic Charities and the agencies it helps fund including Centacare, Hutt St Centre, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, Our Lady of La Vang and St Patrick's Special School.
Pauline Connelly, director of Centacare, also spoke about the work of the agency and suggested to the students at the Mass that social work, disability services or psychology might be areas they would like to pursue after they finished school. 
The Cathedral Children’s Choir, directed by Timothy Davey, also brightened up the event with their wonderful singing which impressed many of the attendees.
Centacare’s IT team pitched in to help with the BBQ and everyone enjoyed a sausage sizzle in the sunshine.
(Cabra students pictured with Archbishop Pat O'Regan at Thanksgiving Expo, Ben McMahon photographer.) 

Click here for a selection of photos from the event.


Click here for a selection of photos from the 2021 event.

Click here for a selection of photos from the 2020 event.


Catholic Charities Annual Golf Day

17 October 2022

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In its 28th year, the Catholic Charities Annual Golf Day enjoyed a rare sunny day as more than 111 players teed off at Westward Ho Golf Club on October 17.

The event is made possible by the efficient organisation of the Southern Cross Golf Club committee, chaired by Peter McCarthy, along with Michael O’Kelly, Joan Young, Michael Griffin, Rod Hern, Enza Francavilla, among others. The main sponsors, Whelan Aged Care Advice and Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & Vic), make the event possible by their generous sponsorship and are supported by the tee sponsors, prize sponsors and dedicated players.

The major trophy for men, the Tom Fogarty Memorial Trophy, was won by Simon Sleep (middle) and the runner up was Peter Martin. The Helen Kain Trophy for the winner of the women’s event was won by Di Psaila.
The event raised the significant amount of $19,500 for Centacare Catholic Family Services. 

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Peter McCarthy Chair of the Catholic Charities Golf Day Committee presented a cheque for $21,500 to Pauline Connelly, Director of Centacare Catholic Family Services, from the funds raised from the Catholic Charities annual Golf Day held on 18th October 2021. This was a fantastic achievement on behalf of the Golf Day Committee.

Catholic Charities Golf Day raises funds to support Centacare’s many important works in particular their domestic and family violence prevention program: Power to End Violence Against Women. The Power to End Violence Against Women (PTEVAW) was developed in 2015 by Centacare in partnership with Power Community Limited (PCL) and the Government of South Australia.

The golf day is also possible due to the major sponsors, the Whelan family/Premier Panel Services and Southern Cross Care, as well as the dedicated support of the Golf Day Committee.

Chaired by Peter McCarthy, it includes Joan Young, Enza Francavilla, Michael O’Kelly, Michael Griffin, Rod Hern, Gary Amott, Declan Donleavy and Rocky Marafioti. Scorers were Rod Hern, Eugene Brzezinski, Rocky Marafioti, John McCarthy, Gary Amott and Tony Bourne. 

Greg Bourke was the Men's 2021 overall winner and won the Tom Fogarty Memorial Trophy, he had 38 stableford points winning on a countback from Mark Robertson. The overall Ladies 2021 winner was Enza Francavilla who won the Helen Kain Trophy with 35 points.

The 2020 event raised $19,340.00 for Auricht House - Catholic Charities joined with Centacare in commending the Golf Committee and players for their fantastic efforts in raising this money.

Easter Egg collection for Catholic Charities


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The Annual Easter Egg collection for Catholic Charities went ahead in plenty of time for Easter! 

The Easter Egg collection and delivery are made possible by the dedicated students of St Aloysius College whose Year 10 students continue to put in a fantastic effort - well done girls! 

“On behalf of Centacare, I would like to thank you for the generous donation of Easter Eggs for our Domestic Violence and Homelessness Residential Services in the Adelaide Metropolitan area: Coolock House, Louise Place, Malvern Place, Hannah Place and Carlow Place. I acknowledge the outstanding effort put into the collection of this donation and appreciate your continuous support to our services.

“Again, on behalf of Centacare and the clients who will benefit from this gift, please accept our genuine thanks. It is truly appreciated”, Leanne Haddad, Deputy Director, Centacare.

Catholic Charities would also like to thank the students for their continued generosity.

Photos from 2022 can be seen here!

Photos from 2021 can be seen here!

Photos from 2019 can be seen here!