Notre Dame supports aim to bring love and hope this Festive season

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 30-11-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Publication Place



Bringing harmony, joy, peace and hope to those in need, is at the centre of The University of Notre Dame Australia's annual Christmas Appeal held on its Fremantle Campus.

Coordinated by Campus Chaplain, Fr John Sebastian OMI, more than 50 baskets were filled with items such as clothes, food, blankets, toiletries and toys ready for donation to this year's St Vincent de Paul Society's Christmas Appeal.

The Vinnies Christmas Appeal provides assistance to more than half a million people nation-wide who struggle to make ends meet over the Christmas period. Notre Dame has been assisting the St Vincent de Paul Society in their mission for the past eight years.

The theme of the appeal for 2012 is 'In every face of despair, we see a face of hope', aimed at providing people with life-changing gifts of optimism and faith during their time of need. Fr John praised the efforts of the Notre Dame community.

"These hampers mean a lot to underprivileged families not only because of what they receive in the hampers, but they also provide them with an understanding that there are people in the community who think and care about them," Fr John said.

"In this time of liturgy, we think of those less fortunate who are not able to fully celebrate the Festive season due to the daily struggles of life they face.

"Through this initiative the University and the wider community can contribute to the important work the St Vincent de Paul Society undertakes. It really underpins the spirit of Christmas here at Notre Dame."

Notre Dame will be celebrating Mass on Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December, in Malloy Courtyard on its Fremantle Campus.

Christmas Carols will commence at 6pm, with Mass to follow at 6.30pm.

For Mass times and other events during the Festive season at Notre Dame, contact Campus Ministry on (08) 9433 0581.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Ebbs: Tel (08) 9433 0610; Mob 0408 959 138 Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093