- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Art in 2SS
- Premier's Reading Challenge
- Kindergarten Tennis Clinic
- Book Week 2020
- Uniform Shop
- Book Club Issue 6 Now Available
- Sacraments 2020
- Please Pray for First Reconciliation
- Future Stars - Tennis Clinic
- Yass Gymnastics Holiday Program
- Yass Touch 2020 Season Information
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Thank you to all families who cast their ballot in the Community Council election, and congratulations to Amber Maher, Georgina Shannon and Simon Cassidy on their successful appointments. The first meeting of the new Community Council, in which new members will be inducted and departing members farewelled, will be held on 12 November.
This Sunday is Father’s Day; I pray that all of the fathers, grandfathers and other men who are special in the lives of our children have a truly blessed day. This Friday KNB will be hosting our Father’s Day prayer service. All families, but especially dads and other significant male role-models, are warmly invited to share this special celebration with us — a link will be provided on Friday morning via SZapp, email and Facebook.
Congratulations to Milla Shelton, Landon Glover, Delilah Rajic, Mia Buser, Charlotte Alexander, Jack Kelly, Montana Pidding and Cooper Hodges, who all represented Mt Carmel School in last week’s Northern Region Public Speaking competition. Public speaking can be a daunting task under normal circumstances, and these students performed magnificently, presenting their speeches not only to a live audience in their classroom but also to an adjudicator and a remote audience via Zoom. Well done to you all!
Sacrament of Reconiliation
This evening 20 of our students will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. My best wishes and congratulations to all those who will tonight receive this beautiful sacrament and celebrate the grace of God’s forgiveness. A reminder to all families that commitment Masses for the Sacrament of First Eucharist are being held over the next two weekends – 6pm Saturday and 10:15am Sunday in St Augustine’s Church.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 16:21-27
From then onwards Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to rebuke him. 'Heaven preserve you, Lord,' he said, 'this must not happen to you.' But he turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because you are thinking not as God thinks but as human beings do.' Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will anyone gain by winning the whole world and forfeiting his life? Or what can anyone offer in exchange for his life? 'For the Son of man is going to come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his behaviour.
When in your life have you felt betrayed or tricked by God? I would guess there has been at least one time in your life when you experienced the seeming absence of God. At these times in my life, my tendency is to distance myself from God! Why would I want to spend time with someone who seemingly “deserted” me?
The reality of life is that we often don’t feel God’s presence when we need it or desire it. It would be wonderful if we could magically make God appear whenever we want! However, it usually doesn’t happen that way. When I am feeling alone and in need, do I continue to trust that God is with me even though I don’t “feel” God present? These are the times when life truly is a “trust walk!” We don’t know, we don’t “feel” God, yet we continue to move ahead in trust. We are able to trust that the God who has been with us before IS with us now---even if we don’t sense God’s presence! May we pray for the grace to trust our God who loves us deeply in these times of seeming “absence!” (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
THE FEAST OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
Last Friday we celebrated the Feast of Saint Augustine. For those memebers of our community who have not already seen it, here is a link to the prayer service that 4SS prepared.
Tonight our parish will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also known as Penance and Confession, among other names. (There is an explanation of some of these names in the Catechism’s section on the sacrament of Reconciliation).
Although often called Reconciliation in common usage, the term “penance” best describes the essential interior disposition required for this sacrament.
In fact, there is a virtue of penance. This is a supernatural virtue by which we are moved to detest our sins from a motive made known by faith, and with an accompanying purpose of offending God no more and of making satisfaction for our sins. In this sense the word “penance” is synonymous with “penitence” or “repentance.”
Before the time of Christ the virtue of penance was the only means by which people’s sins could be forgiven. Even today, for those outside the Church in good faith, not possessing the sacrament of Penance, it is the only means for forgiveness of sins. (http://www.beginningcatholic.com/sacrament-of-reconciliation)
We keep all students who are participating in this Sacrament in our prayers and wish them every blessing.
This Sunday we celebrate Father's Day. It is a day where we give thanks to God for the special men in our lives. To celebrate the day, KNB have prepared a special prayer service for our Dads and all members of our community. A link for this prayer service will be distributed to all families on Friday. We wish all the fathers in our community a wonderful and blessed day with your children.
A PRAYER FOR FATHERS
Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to Your heart. I ask that you would bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see You and know You in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfill your special purpose for their lives.
Religious Education Coordinator
Congratulations on another great Premier's Reading Challenge. 59 Mt Carmel students completed the challenge; although numbers are slightly down from previous years, there is a steady increase in the number of senior students participating.
Congratulations to all the students who completed the Premier's Reading Challenge:
Vincent Da Deppo
Sofia Da Deppo
Certificates will be presented in Term 4!
Mt Carmel will be celebrating Book Week in Term 4 and will be slightly different to previous years. CBCA has moved the date due to COVID.
Each class will be studying a short-listed book and preparing a class display for the library.
The children will be invited to dress up as a Book Character on Friday 23 October (Week 2).
Parents will get to see their child’s/children’s class dressed up and be a part of the week’s celebration; however, this may need to be done online, depending on restrictions at the time. Parents will be informed as the day approaches.
We will also be having a sausage sizzle lunch on that Friday for the children.
I will keep you updated about Book Week as developments arise!
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.
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.
Please note the revised program for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Confirmation this year is postponed until 2021.
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Wednesday 2 September 6pm St Augustine's
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