Organisations & Services
The Church’s Aboriginal Ministry promotes spiritual, cultural and social development among people of Aboriginal descent. It seeks to give Aboriginal people their full place and share in the life of Jesus Christ as expressed through His Church. Archdiocesan associations seek to meet the particular social and family needs of those Aboriginal people who are marginalised by society. The services include advocacy for Aboriginal people struggling to access their rightful share of the social services of the community.
It is essential that, as people grow and mature, their understanding of their faith grows with them. There is a vital need to provide adult faith formation in ways that are accessible, engaging and adapted to the needs of our time. The Maranatha Centre for Adult Faith Formation is central to the work of the Archdiocese of Perth in providing such adult faith formation to people throughout Perth and in rural parts of the Archdiocese.
Through workshops and other forms of training, the Liturgy Centre provides formation and information for parish priests and parishes on all things liturgical in order to enrich the spiritual life of parish communities. It also provides support and training for parishes conducting the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program through which adults who are not Catholic are taught the faith and are prepared to enter fully into the life of the Catholic Church.
Marriage and Family Services
Marriage and family are fundamental to the life of the Church and society. The Church, therefore, provides programs to prepare people for marriage, to enrich marriage and family life, and to help couples who are experiencing difficulties. The Church also promotes natural fertility services as positive alternatives to the destructive contraceptive mentality of our times. Natural fertility programs offer couples greater intimacy, awareness of one another, and respect for their mutual gift of fertility.
The Church’s teachings on social justice are founded on the Gospel and have developed strongly over the last 140 years to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world and to respond to a variety of misinformed and, in some cases, noxious theories of politics and government. The Justice, Ecology and Development Office seeks to serve God in justice and peace through the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. A collaborative social action model is promoted to stand with the marginalised and vulnerable and to actively safeguard the integrity of all creation. It indicates lay people’s significant role in promoting the principles of social justice throughout the community in the hope that this awareness will help governments and public institutions adhere to right notions of justice and the common good.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Perth seeks to support young people on their faith journey and empower them to be leaders of positive change in their own lives and within the community. Archdiocesan agencies provide opportunities for young people to build a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus and to live out the Gospel values.