Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Feast of St Augustine Prayer Service
This Friday 28 August is the Feast of St Augustine, the Patron Saint of our parish. 4SS has prepared a prayer service to share with the school community on Friday; a link will be distributed on Friday morning for all in our community who would like to join us in this celebration.
Community Council Elections
A reminder to all families that ballot papers for the Community Council elections must be received by 3:30pm this Friday in order to be counted. The result of the ballot will be announced in next week’s Carmeletta.
A tremendous thank you to all families for assisting with meeting the needs of our current COVID-19 guidelines. As a reminder, the key points are as follows:
- Students and staff with flu-like symptoms should be tested for COVID-19 and need to present the school with a copy of their Negative results before returning to school. Even with a Negative test result, students and staff must not attend school with flu-like symptoms
- Schools are to limit mixing of year groups wherever possible.
- Activities such as choirs and chanting in group settings are not permitted.
- No parent-helpers in classrooms, although parents may visit the school for essential purposes and external providers essential to the delivery of curriculum are permitted.
- Kindergarten Orientation and transition to school activities to be on hold until further notice.
- No school-related social activities, including dinners, dances and graduation ceremonies – we are actively investigating alternative options for our regular end-of-year events.
Again, I fully appreciate the inconvenience these measures cause for many; however, the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our school community is and must remain our highest priority.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tomorrow evening at 7pm there is a liturgy in St Augustine’s Church for those preparing to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. My best wishes to all those preparing to receive this beautiful sacrament and celebrate the grace of God’s forgiveness.
Premier's Reading Challenge
A reminder to all participants that the PRC closes this Friday, so keep on reading and remember to log all your books!
May God’s peace be in your families,
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of man is?' And they said, 'Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But you,' he said, 'who do you say I am?' Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' Jesus replied, 'Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my community. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.' Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to say to anyone that he was the Christ.
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples: “Who do people say that I am? What are they saying about me?” His disciples told him what they had heard. Some people thought he was John the Baptist, or Elijah, or one of the other prophets!
But then Jesus asks them: “who do you say that I am?” Perhaps this is the question that Jesus is asking us today! It can be easy to give a flippant answer or to parrot back what we learned in Religious Education years ago. However, this is a question we may need to ask ourselves once again! Who is Jesus for me now at this time in my life? Is he a friend? A stranger? Our Savior?
(Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
THE FEAST OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
This Friday we celebrate the Feast of Saint Augustine. This feast day is very special to our community as St Augustine is the patron of our church.
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break.
This famous son of St. Monica was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore. Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St. Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. "What are we doing?" he cried to his friend Alipius. "Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!"
Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden and cried out to God, "How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?" Just then he heard a child singing, "Take up and read!" Thinking that God intended him to hear those words, he picked up the book of the Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed, for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. That did it! From then on, Augustine began a new life.
He was baptised, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, Founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. He became very devout and charitable, too. On the wall of his room he had the following sentence written in large letters: "Here we do not speak evil of anyone." St. Augustine overcame strong heresies, practiced great poverty and supported the poor, preached very often and prayed with great fervor right up until his death. "Too late have I loved You!" he once cried to God, but with his holy life he certainly made up for the sins he committed before his conversion. His feast day is August 28th.
4SS have prepared a beautiful prayer service for our school community. A link will be shared with you on Friday to join us from home for this special celebration.
Let Me Know Myself
Small Yellow Cross
Let me Know Myself Lord Jesus,
let me know myself and know You,
And desire nothing save only You.
Let me hate myself and love You.
Let me do everything for the sake of You.
Let me humble myself and exalt You.
Let me think of nothing except You.
Let me die to myself and live in You.
Let me accept whatever happens as from You.
Let me banish self and follow You,
And ever desire to follow You.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,
That I may deserve to be defended by You.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear You,
And let me be among those who are chosen by You.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of You.
Let me cling to nothing save only to You,
And let me be poor because of You.
Look upon me, that I may love You.
Call me that I may see You, and for ever enjoy You. Amen.
… St Augustine of Hippo, Pray for Us …
(By St Augustine of Hippo)
Religious Education Coordinator
PREMIER'S READING CHALLENGE ENDS THIS FRIDAY!
Please ensure reading records are submitted by Friday 28 August.
Congratulations to the following students who completed the challenge this week:
There's still time to get your books logged. Please let me know if you have any problems.
Issue 6 is now available! Paper catalogues are not being sent home, so if you would like to view the online catalogue, please click below.
The Mt Carmel School Uniform Shop is open each Tuesday afternoon between 2.30pm– 4.00pm during school terms.
Ordering Options - Uniform orders can be placed online via Qkr! or by order form, which can be collected and paid for from the front office.
All Qkr! orders placed before 2pm each Tuesday will be bundled up and sent home with your child on Wednesday afternoon.
Please note that if the incorrect size/item is ordered or the size selected does not fit correctly, please return the item along with a note regarding changes required and the correct size/item can be sent home.
Please note the revised program for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Confirmation this year is postponed until 2021.
Registration - Completed
Commitment Mass - Completed
Church Liturgy - Thursday 27 August 7pm St Augustine's
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Wednesday 2 September 6pm St Augustine's
Registration - Completed
Commitment Mass - Saturday 5 or 12 September 6pm St. Augustine's and Sunday 6 or 13 September 10.15am St Augustine’s
Church Liturgy - Thursday 12 November 7pm St Augustine's
Preparation Day - Friday 20 November 9am-3.10pm Hartigan Centre and St Augustine's
Sacrament of First Holy Communion - Sunday 22 November 10.15am St Augustine's
Postponed to 2021