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Caritas Australia is the international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Caritas has been committed to tackling poverty and inequality in Australia and overseas since 1964. When a crisis hits, they work hand-in-hand with local communities and churches to bring aid and relief to people whose lives have been devastated by natural disaster or conflict.

Today Caritas serves in 18 countries, working through 67 partnerships to bring hope, support and compassion to the world’s most vulnerable people. As part of its mandate, Caritas also seeks to engage all Australians, especially the Catholic community, to advocate and act for equality and justice for all.

As the Pope’s international mission agency, Catholic Mission responds to the call to love God and to love neighbour by forming individuals and communities as missionary disciples of Jesus who share their faith in action and through prayer. CM share in God’s mission to reach out and give life by sharing our personal and financial resources to:

  • proclaim the Gospel,
  • serve people in need,
  • act for peace, justice and creation.

Catholic Mission, as the Australian agency of the Pontifical Mission Society contributes funding and provides project support to critical church-run initiatives in Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America as well as remote dioceses within Australia. Catholic Mission creates opportunities for people to be formed in mission, and respond through prayer, fundraising and action, inspiring them to reach out, and give life—within Australia and around the world. All of us engage in mission when we proclaim our faith through our words, actions and lives.

The Catholic Women’s League addresses social justice and ethical questions. They seek to influence legislative and administrative bodies at all levels in order to preserve the dignity of the human person. They strive to be a voice for the voiceless.

They are a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) and a member organisation of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and work together with 5 million women in more than 60 countries to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development.

CWL South Australia was established in 1914 along the same principles as the Catholic Women’s League in England, uniting Catholic women in a bond of common fellowship for the promotion of religious and intellectual interests and social work.

The Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross in South Australia is an organisation of Catholic laymen who operate with the support of the Australian Bishops. It is an autonomous Branch of a national fraternal organisation that operates in each Australian State. The Order is guided by the Catholic faith and the cardinal and chivalrous virtues of prudence, faith, justice, fortitude and temperance in all its charitable works. It strives to serve the wider community and support those in need.

Branch meeting times:

St Mary MacKillop / Copper Coast
Third Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm
Parish Hall

Port Augusta
Third Thursday of the month at 7.45 pm
Parish Centre

Port Pirie-Crystal Brook
Second Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm
Port Pirie Parish Centre (odd months)
Crystal Brook Parish Centre (even months)

The St Vincent de Paul Society is committed to serving people in need in the community. The Society’s strength lies in their local presence in communities, which enables them to offer personal service, neighbour to neighbour, with compassion and respect. While acting locally, they are bound together, connected to the Vincentian brothers and sisters around Australia and the world, by a shared history and mission.

The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a 20 year old student named Frederic Ozanam in 1833. It was established by like minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action. This compassionate outlook, enthusiasm and vision continues today in Australia. There are thousands of people who every day share their time, care for humanity and energy to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people all around Australia.

Yourtown is a charity with services young people can access to find jobs, learn skills, become great parents and live safer, happier lives. Every young person has the right to a brighter future.

Since 1961, they’ve been tackling the issues impacting young people in Australia – like mental health and unemployment, and taking on issues like family and domestic violence.  They include Kids Helpline, training and employment services for young people, parent education and family refuges.