Fortieth memorial service for the late Radwan El Achi


National Indigenous Human Rights Awards

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS, TO BE HELD AT AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY 10 MAY 2017.

Please see the details below, regarding entry deadlines and link for application:

The National Indigenous Human Rights Awards recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons who have made significant contribution to the advancement of human rights and social justice for their people.

The awards were established in 2014, and will be held annually. The inaugural awards were held at NSW Parliament House, and were welcomed by the Hon Linda Burney, MP and included key note speakers Dr Yalmay Yunupingu, Ms Gail Mabo, and Mr Anthony Mundine. A number of other distinguished guests such as political representatives, indigenous leaders and others in the fields of human rights and social justice also attended.

The Awards were presented by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, and leading Indigenous figures in Indigenous Social Justice and Human Rights. All recipients of the National Human Rights Award will be persons of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

To nominate someone for one of the three awards, please go to https://shaoquett.wufoo.com/forms/z4qw7zc1i3yvw6/

For further information, please also check out the Awards Guide at https://www.scribd.com/document/336434563/2017-National-Indigenous-Human-Rights-Awards-Guide
AWARD CATEGORIES:

DR YUNUPINGU AWARD – FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

To an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Human Rights for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Dr Yunupingu is the first Aboriginal from Arnhem Land to achieve a university degree. In 1986 Dr Yunupingu formed Yothu Yindi in 1986, combining Aboriginal (Yolngu) and non-Aboriginal (balanda) musicians and instrumentation.

In 1990 was appointed as Principal of Yirrkala Community School, Australia’s first Aboriginal Principal. Also in that year he established the Yothu Yindi Foundation to promote Yolngu cultural development, including Garma Festival of Traditional Cultures Dr Yumupingu was named 1992 Australian of the Year for his work in building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Australia.

THE EDDIE MABO AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE

In memory of Eddie Koiki Mabo (1936-1992), this award recognises an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Social Justice for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Eddie Koiki Mabo was a Torres Straits Islander, most notable in Australian history for his role in campaigning for indigenous land rights.

From 1982 to 1991 Eddie campaigned for the rights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to have their land rights recognised. Sadly, he died of cancer at the age of 56, five months before the High Court handed down its landmark land rights decision overturning Terra Nullius. He was 56 when he passed away.

THE ANTHONY MUNDINE AWARD FOR COURAGE

To an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of sports among Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Anthony Mundine is an Australian professional boxer and former rugby league player. He is a former, two-time WBA Super Middleweight Champion, a IBO Middleweight Champion, and an interim WBA Light Middleweight Champion boxer and a New South Wales State of Origin representative footballer. Before his move to boxing he was the highest paid player in the NRL.

In 2000 Anthony was named the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Person of the Year in 2000. He has also won the Deadly Award as Male Sportsperson of the Year in 2003, 2006 and 2007 amongst others.

He has a proud history of standing up for Indigenous peoples, telling a journalist from the Canberra Times: “I’m an Aboriginal man that speaks out and if I see something, I speak the truth.”

(above) NITV Coverage of the 2015 National Indigenous Human Rights Awards event

Invitation for the Maronite Catholic Society annual dinner

Under the Patronage of
His Excellency Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay
Maronite Bishop of Australia 

The President and Members 
Of the Maronite Catholic Society Inc.

Warmly invite you 
To
The Annual Dinner 

Celebrating the Feast Day of St Maroun 
&
The 30 Year Jubilee of the Maronite Catholic Society
In Dedication to the Service of the Church and Community 
Of the Maronite Eparchy of Australia.

With Special Guest 
Mr Antoine Klimos
President of the Maronite League of Lebanon
On 
Thursday 9th February 2017
8.00 pm
At
Dalton House Darling Island Wharf
Darling Island Wharf - 48 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont Point NSW 2009

Tickets are $150 per person ($1500 for a table of 10)
Includes: Mezza and Dinner, Beverages & Entertainment.

We look forward to your presence with us.

For booking please call: 

Anthony: 0412 334 443
Laudy: 0411 330 204
Rabah: 0404 243 650
Anne: 0407 783 088
Bakhos                  0413 115 510
Mail: P.O. Box: 687, Strathfield NSW 2135
Email:                     mcsaustralia@hotmail.com

Merry Christmas/ Tony Hanna

Merry, Merry Christmas 
To all of you my friends 
Get together like sister and brother 
Always hand in hand
Live your life with happiness
With happiness you'll succeed
That's what Christmas is for
To help the ones in need
On Christmas, we've got Santa
Hooray, hooray, hooray
We need the family together instead
To enjoy our Christmas day

Lebanese Australian council Xmas party





CHRISTMAS 2016: Message of His Excellency Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay to the People of the Maronite Church in Australia


THE HOPE OF OUR FATHERS 
AND THE EXPECTATION OF THE NATIONS

1. At the Birth of our Lord Jesus, we celebrate a feast of hope, for in him were fulfilled what the prophets and messengers foretold, and the long wait of our fathers and the nations reached its desired goal. The promised saviour was born, Emmanuel, “God with us"; the dream came true and Good Hope was revealed to all humanity. 

2. The Birth of our Lord Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem, manifested the love of God the Father in the Son made man, and Christ the Lord was glorified in the child born from the Virgin Mary, the daughter of David. The Word of God has become flesh to give the whole of humanity a new life for a new covenant in which the Word incarnate would be revealed. This Word is light itself. It is the sun of righteousness that shines on all the darkness of history, to illuminate it with the light of hope of the new era, because "separated from Christ .... we are without hope "(Eph 2/12).

3. We celebrate Christmas this year, when the glimmer of hope is about to expire in the hearts of many. The hope in our souls is threatened by the spread of religious fundamentalism that chooses the language of murder, darkness and intimidation towards others. The recent terrorist attack at St. Peter's Church, attached to St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, was the worst in a series of attacks and persecution against the Christian minority in Egypt. This violence has the sinister goal of igniting a religious war. The attack which killed over 25 people, mostly women and children, and injured many more, leads us first to condemn terrorism and to reject it. We question the state of the world's conscience about the fate of minorities, especially Christians in the Middle East. We also question the Egyptian people about Egypt, for it was a refuge for the holy family of Nazareth whole fled there to escape from the threats of Herod. Is this tradition still alive?

4. The luminous, indisputable truth is that Christmas preaches hope in the midst of suffering, pain and adversity. The Christmas star is the Star of Hope, which made the people walking in darkness see a great light (Is 9:2). Our hope does not come from other people, but from God, from whom and through whom comes healing to the world. Hope, which is at the foundation of a renewed world, helps us to alleviate the pain and resist evil, but we cannot eradicate them, until God becomes all in all.  

5. It is therefore imperative that we ask today: What can we hope for? And what must we have the courage and wisdom to simply accept?
Above all, we hope in Christ’s promise to us of salvation and eternal life, not only as a reality to come, but as a present fact. The frustration and despair felt by man today as a result of the failure of scientific progress and development to bring him happiness renders the mission of the Church and its people an urgent and difficult one at the same time. Our world desperately needs a Hope that can bring a real joy to the heart. The revolution of science and technology that we are witnessing may contribute to the building of human society, but it could also potentially destroy humanity, if it is not related to forces beyond it and stronger than it. What ultimately saves man and grants him true happiness is neither science, nor the speed of social communication, nor the digital media and electronic games which have entered our homes, and taken a prime place in our daily lives, and the lives of our children, as a daily bread that we cannot dispense with. Technology does not intend to leave us any time soon, but rather the opposite for it has ascended an imaginary throne in our lives. The least we can say is that this is robbing us of our children and the human dimension of lovingly interacting with others.

6. It is only the true love that gives of itself, and not modern science or technology, that can save man and bring hope to his heart. When man experiences a great love, he truly enters into an oasis of redemption and salvation, giving new meaning to his life. Those touched by true love can sail in the mystery of life and as they delve deeper, they find hope emanating from the mystery of the divine incarnation, for it is truly the hope of our fathers and the expectation of the nations. 

7. Dearly Beloved,
Reflecting on the great event of Christmas, we become aware of the importance of renewing our faith in a society that is suffering a crisis of faith in God, failing to realise that a world without God is a world without hope. Hope is a holy virtue that results from our Christian faith and invigorates it. There is no hope without faith, and no faith without hope. They go together and they both flow from the love of God and lead the journey of God's people towards the joy of Heaven. 

8. We experience this journey of hope in a particular way in our Eparchy especially as we launch the work for the Diocesan Synod with the first general assembly to be held in the last week of November 2017. The assembly will address the seven pastoral priorities announced in 2013, and consider ways to activate the role of the laity in our Church, in addition to various pastoral, apostolic and spiritual matters in our Eparchy. 

9. The mission of our Maronite Church in our multicultural Australian society is to spread the message of hope, not only for our sake as Maronite Christians, but for others so that we may be, for them, messengers of the good news of the Gospel. May we help others to walk under the guidance of the Christmas star, the Star of Hope, to the manger of Bethlehem, to worship the Divine Child. From thereon commences the journey of formation in faith, hope and love.

10. Prayer is essential to grow in hope. When no one else hears or listens to me, God still listens to my pleas. And when I can no longer speak with anyone, I can speak with God. It is beautiful when families come together to pray and praise the Divine Child at Christmas, this Child who has entered the history of each and every one of us and become closer to us than ourselves.

11. The good news for us today is that "God is the foundation of hope: not any god, but the God who has a human face and who has loved us to the end, each one of us and humanity in its entirety." (Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, 31). Let us therefore rejoice and chant: 


"Christ is born ... Alleluia"

Sydney, 24 December 2016. 
+ Antoine-Charbel Tarabay 
Maronite Bishop of Australia 

The largest Mawlid celebration in Australia








The biggest, the greatest, the most beautiful, the most organized, the amazing, the wonderful , the largest Mawlid celebration in Australia you ever seen attended by thousands of people Muslims and non Muslims united in peace and harmony it is the Multicultural Mawlid Concert.

FROM THE MIDDLE EASTERN CHURCHES IN AUSTRALIA: Lebanese Migration to Australia

Recent public comments that may have questioned the prudence of permitting migration to Australia from Lebanon have been difficult to witness.

We, Bishops and Leaders of Christian communities in Australia from Lebanese and Middle Eastern heritage (Catholic, Orthodox and Oriental), stand firm with our friends and neighbours from the Australian Muslim community of Lebanese ancestry. The contribution of Australians from Lebanese background to building this wonderful, multicultural, multi-faith society has been overwhelmingly positive since the 1800s.

This is not to minimise the significant problems we face with acts of terrorism which are clearly condemned by both Christians and Muslims from the same ancestry.

We seek to emulate the success of Australian society as the world’s beacon in continuing to uphold harmony and unity between all faiths and ethnicities. In particular, we will remain resilient in building our ever increasing close working relationship with the Muslim community in Australia, hands bonded as one in a socially cohesive and rich culturally diverse Australian community.

Issued on 30 November 2016. 
For further enquiries, please contact 02 8831 0000 or email media@maronite.org.au

Officer/ Tony Hanna


We always need an officer
To protect our wonderful land
There's no need to hate them
We should all give them a hand

Don't be afraid of living
Unless you are doing bad
You'll never live happily
And your ending will be sad

We need to be good in life
We need to respect each other
Say nothing but the truth
Treat the officer like a brother

Mr Abdullah Hammoud. congratulations on your wonderful election victory


INDIVIDAL VOLUNTEER ACHIVMENT AWARD 2016 to Elie Akouri

Elie Akouri  and Mark Coure MP ( Member for Oatley )

Mr. Mark Coure Presenting St George Community Award for 2016 to Elie Akouri at Hurstville Club for his outstanding services to the Community
Thursday 3rd November 2016

The Maronite Catholic Society Inc Warmly invite you to a solemn Mass

The Maronite Catholic Society Inc.

Warmly invite you to a solemn Mass celebrated by His Excellency Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay
On the 27th November 2016 at 11.15AM at St Charbel’s Church Punchbowl In memory of our deceased members of The Maronite Catholic Society in Australia:  May they rest in peace
Note: Mass will be followed by refreshments, coffee and tea.