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Hearty congratulations to our 11 Year 6 students who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday. Confirmation was celebrated by Archbishop Christopher Prowse, who spoke succinctly in his homily about the Church’s call to Belong, Believe and Become: through participation in the Sacrament of Confirmation, these students have affirmed the commitment that their parents made on their behalf in Baptism; this belonging, expressed through, amongst other things, participation in Mass, the sacraments and prayer, leads us to belief – a personal encounter with the risen Christ; we can then become true disciples of Jesus, each of us living and acting out God’s love and mercy in the world. The morning tea that was held in the PAC following the Sacrament was very well-supported and a lovely community gathering. My sincere thanks to David Green for the beautiful ambience he added to our celebration by giving our grand piano a good workout.
Thank you to everybody who responded to the uniform survey. The results were 175 in favour of the proposal, 20 against, so the changes will be adopted from the beginning of Term 4. The new uniform items will be available to order via Qkr and at the uniform shop from next week.
Stage 3 Camp
Years 5 and 6 headed off to Warrambui for Camp today; it is set to be an exciting three days. I will be joining students and teachers on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. I am very grateful for the commitment of our wonderful staff who are giving up two nights with their own families (and probably more than a few hours of sleep) so that our students can participate in this fabulous outdoor education experience.
Open Classroom Evening
A reminder that we will be holding an Open Classroom afternoon next Wednesday 18 September from 3:30 to 5:30pm. You are warmly invited to come with your child to visit their classroom and share in the wonderful work that they have been doing this term. Although an Open Classroom is not the appropriate forum for a Parent-Teacher Interview, parents are always welcome to make an individual appointment any time they would like to discus their child’s progress.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 14:25-33
Great crowds accompanied him on his way and he turned and spoke to them. 'Anyone who comes to me without hating father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, cannot be my disciple. No one who does not carry his cross and come after me can be my disciple. 'And indeed, which of you here, intending to build a tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? Otherwise, if he laid the foundation and then found himself unable to finish the work, anyone who saw it would start making fun of him and saying, "Here is someone who started to build and was unable to finish." Or again, what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who was advancing against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple without giving up all that he owns.
The Gospel for this week can be a difficult one to understand. Jesus once again was on the road with his disciples and great crowds were following him. At one point, Jesus turned to the crowds and addressed them. He said: “If anyone comes to me who does not hate his father and mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters, and even his or her own life, he or she cannot be my disciple.” Jesus then adds: “Whoever does not carry his or her cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”
These are extremely strong words! Did Jesus truly mean that we are to hate our parents, brothers, sisters, children and friends? Or is Jesus telling us that if we choose to follow him we need to realize that Jesus needs to be first in our lives? Jesus is making a very clear and strong point. Our primary allegiance always needs to be to Jesus. Jesus is not saying that we cannot or should not love and care for our families and our friends. He realizes that we have committed ourselves to our families and we need to live out that commitment.
Rather, Jesus is telling his listeners what is essential. First and foremost, Jesus must be first in our lives. However, Jesus also wants us to love and care deeply for our family, our friends and for the world community. Today may we strive to love each person we encounter: the person we pass in the grocery store, a co-worker who is struggling, or an individual we simply do not like. The quality of love that Jesus hopes we will have for one another surpasses the simple notion of liking another person. Rather, Jesus hopes that we truly will love every person in our world. This may sound impossible. However, with Jesus’ grace and love, we have the ability to do this. Will we choose to do this? (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
Religious Education Coordinator
Todd Woodbridge Cup Zone - Wednesday 11 September
Students had a great day! Thank you to Mrs Linda Swadling for supervising the students today.
Mackillop Athletics - Monday 16 September
Good luck to Baxter Sicily, Brodie Doyle, Jeremy Bremner and Darcy Gooley who will be competing at the Mackillop Athletics Championships at the Sydney Athletics Centre, Homebush next week.
Years 3-6 Cricket Blast School Cup - Tuesday 24 September
All students in years 3-6 will be participating in the Cricket Blast Cup to be held at Joe O'Connor park.
Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival - Friday 25 October
Numbers have been confirmed and classroom teachers will be putting the teams together this week. Please note that parents must make their own transportation arrangements to attend this carnival.
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Stay Safe'.
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly.
Next week, the focus will be on 'Show Respect'.
Our confirmandi enjoyed a great retreat day on Friday 6th working with Ethan Seselja, Nicholas Beaton and Nicholas and Clare Barry. I am extremely grateful to these extraordinary people for their leadership and mentoring the younger members of our communities.
I would also like to thank Fr Mick and the Sacramental Team - Kassie Miller, Linda Swadling, Mandy Leahy, Maryanne and Carolyn Hannan for the way they prepared the parents and candidates; Annabelle O’Connell, Kassie, Linda and Mandy for their wonderful work on the stoles; Peter Cleary for the decorations and many behind the scenes preparations; Charlotte and Molly McPherson for altar serving; Annabelle, the choir and musicians for the beautiful singing; Trish Gibbs and Kassie for the wonderful cake; Mt Carmel School and those who assisted with the cuppa after the ceremony, many thanks.
Sacramental Team Leader
Do you have any spare newspapers lying around?
If so, could you please drop them off to the school office by Wednesday 18th September.
The newspaper will be used for a Peer Support Activity in Week 10.
If you have a cake pop maker you are able to lend the school for this cooking experience, it would be very much apprecaited.
Please contact Carol or Emma on 6226 3357 if you have any questions regarding this request.