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Management Committee Meeting Minutes – 14th Feb 2016

Meeting Details Location: Kookabuurra Café Paddington. Date: 14 Feb 2016 Opened: 19:30; President Gary Stone, Chair. Present: Gary Stone, Lynne Stone, Geoff Fry, Colin Ahern, Paul Randall, Ellen Randall , Claudia Randall, Graham Harvison, Les Anson, Gaye Hull, Christina Hully, Bruce Bonney, Andrew Regget, Donna Regget, Rev. Peter Devenish-Meares, John Jordon, Kevin Lappin, Rosella Fowle, Gary Fowle, Bill Kenny, Barbara Kenny, George Stack, Byron Court, John Hull, Peter Lehmann, Steve Hall, Caitlin Proctor, Col Ahern.

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Australian Veterans Suicide Rates are Tragic

IT’S a shocking, whispered truth about our modern military – far more of our veterans take their own lives after returning home than are killed during overseas operations. In the last few weeks, two more veterans took their own lives – the toll is more than 260 since 1988, compared to 46 listed as fatalities in conflict, according to the Australian Veterans Suicide Register. “It breaks my heart, it’s tragic, it’s simply hard for people to comprehend,” Deacon Gary Stone, who is chaplain to the ex-service community in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, said. Deacon Stone is a veteran of recent operations including […]

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Homily: The Spirit of the Lord is upon us…

The Spirit of the Lord is upon us… ..For he has anointed us to bring good news to the afflicted, to proclaim liberty to captives, to bring new sight to the blind, to set the down trodden free, and proclaim the Lords favour … “ Luke 4: 16-19  Friends I want to share three messages with you today- the first being the importance of the Word of God, the second being the importance of the Power of the Holy Spirit and the thirdy a reflection on the mission that we have to bring good news to others. I hope you were uplifted by tonight’s […]

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February 2016: Update on Veterans Care Activities

Support for Veterans & their Families We were hoping the Christmas/New year period would  be quiet but it has involved  a wide range of engagement and significant pastoral care interventions.  We have had numerous requests for assistance as well as the emergence of new and exciting possibilities. Our Raison d’etre is providing spiritually-based pastoral care as well as education in holistic health, but we have also seen a number of families seeking assistance in crisis. We have been helping families and abused and abandoned by abberant veterans, including assistance in court actions. One family member responded, “I didn’t know how […]

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Homily – The Family

Luke 2:41 -52 “….Jesus went back to Nazareth with his parents and lived under their authority . He grew in wisdom and strength and God was pleased with him….”. We come together today to celebrate the holy family of Jesus Mary and Joseph but also to celebrate the human families that we live in and the sacredness of family life. We are mindful that not all families experience joy and peace at Christmas time, as some will be concerned about what s missing in their family experience. But drawing on the scriptures,  tradition and lived experience,  I would hope to […]

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Christmas Message

We wish you all have a joyous and happy Christmas , particularly remembering the reason for the season – that God became one of us in the person of Jesus. The work of VCA in raising the health of the Veteran community is a compassionate ministry of love that is grounded in the love of God that inspires us to love our neighbours in distress.

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Nov 2015: Update on Veterans Activities

This last quarter of the year has seen us involved in a wide range of engagement. It has also been a period where we have become aware of how wide and complex the needs of our veterans and their families are. We have had numerous requests for assistance as well as many people suggesting additional things that we could be involved in. Our Raison d’etre has been to provide spiritually based pastoral care as well as education in holistic health. In working with veterans and their families we have tried to encourage people to take self-responsibility in building resilience in their lives once they are empowered with the information to do this.

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Post Traumatic Healing & Growth – a Matter of life or Death

From the experiences of Chaplain Gary Stone Synopsis: If we can better understand health and disease, and choose to be proactive in a holistic health programme, we can counter distress, develop resilience, and maintain wellbeing in the longer term. The experiences of life are great teachers Over many years as a Chaplain to the Royal Australian Regiment Association and as a member of the RSL , I have received too many notices of the death of veterans, dying in their 40s , 50s and 60s, mostly from cancer , but dying well before the age that they should have the lived to. Like my other brethren […]

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President’s Report Nov 2015

Written by President: Gary Stone A little over a year ago at a Man Alive breakfast I shared the complex health challenges that faced many veterans and their families. I explained that there had been neither formal church response to the situation nor any church funding likely, but that I was committed to introducing some spiritual response to the situation. Geoff Fry spoke up and said that he thought some people from the St Johns Wood The Gap parish would like to support a response. Rob Vicary added that some governance structures could be put in place along the lines […]

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