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GOSPEL: Mark 9:2-10
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain on their own by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, 'Rabbi,' he said, 'it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and from the cloud there came a voice, 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus. As they were coming down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean.
This Gospel reading is the account of Jesus’ transfiguration. It is quite a remarkable scene. It begins as Jesus takes James, John and Peter up a mountain. Did these men wonder why Jesus was only taking the 3 of them up the mountain? Did they wonder why Jesus chose them?
When they arrived on the mountain, they were gifted with a wondrous experience: Jesus was transfigured before them! His clothing was changed. His garments became a dazzling white. These disciples also received another gift: Moses and Elijah appeared. What a wondrous experience for these ordinary and simple men!
Moses and Elijah then conversed with Jesus for a time. James, John and Peter were stunned and awed. They also were terrified. They had never experienced anything like this. These disciples told Jesus that they wanted to put up three tents: one each for Jesus, Elijah and Moses.
Then in the next moment, they had another stunning experience: a voice from heaven spoke to them! This voice told them: “This is my beloved Son.” Then the voice added that they should listen to Jesus. In the next instant, Jesus and the three disciples once again were alone.
I assume that in this encounter, these disciples had a life-changing experience. They must have looked at Jesus with very different eyes. After all, God had told them that Jesus was his Son. It must have taken awhile to absorb this experience. At times, did they question their sanity? Did they truly hear the words that God had spoken to them? It must have been a blessing for them that they could process this experience with one another and with Jesus.
Ask yourself: how would you react if you had an experience like this? Would we have the faith to believe that God was right there with us? Or would we be skeptical and question our experience? Perhaps we might even think we were hallucinating. And yet, I would guess that most, if not all of us, would love to have such a close encounter with God or Jesus. What a gift and blessing this encounter would be!
Most likely today we will not have a vision or hear a voice from heaven speaking to us. Yet, perhaps today God is saying to each one of us: “You are my beloved child.” God loves us as deeply as God loves Jesus! Do we believe and trust that this is true?
Today, I invite you to sit down, be still and allow God’s word and love to fill your mind and heart. Hear God speaking to you: “You are my beloved child. Allow my presence and my love to fill you and surround you. I am always with you! Let me in! Trust me!” (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
PROJECT COMPASSION: MARGRET FROM SOLOMON ISLANDS
Margret, 39, is a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands. She was born deaf, so she knows the challenges it poses to education and employment.
The school faced water shortages for about half the year. Staff and students would walk for up to half an hour to collect water for drinking, cooking, washing and growing vegetables. Then in April 2020, amidst the threat of COVID-19, Tropical Cyclone Harold struck, damaging school buildings and its vegetable garden.
With Caritas Australia’s support, Margret’s school installed eight large water tanks and provided cyclone-proof materials to repair the damage. It also helped the school to implement COVID-19 prevention measures, providing fabric for students to make face masks.
Margret’s school now has enough safe water to supply the school’s population of 150 and has the capacity to cater for more students. It plans to boost food security, by increasing its agricultural production. This will improve nutrition and boost the school’s income, while building resilience to future disasters.
Margret hopes that the school can aspire to ‘Be More’.
“I am proud that our school community works together with Caritas Australia as our partner in ensuring that we live in a healthier environment,” Margret says.
Please remember to send in your donations for Project Compassion and help make the world a fairer place for all. Let us be more!
Religious Education Coordinator
Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to the students who represented Northern Regions at the Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival in Narooma on Monday 1 March.
Congratulations to Brooke Reardon, Grace Ryan and Jack Ryan who will now represent the Archdiocese at the CPS Swimming Carnival, which is scheduled to be held at the SOPAC, Sydney, on Monday 29 March.
Thank you to Mrs Mel Allan for attending on the day.
Trials for Year 5 and 6 students
AFL (Combined Canberra Goulburn/Wollongong Boys trials) – Tuesday 16 March (Wollongong)
Soccer – Friday 12 March (Lyneham, ACT)
Cricket - Friday 19th March (Gundagai)
Canberra Goulburn Netball Championships and Trials (Boys and Girls) - 29 March
Canberra Goulburn U11's & Opens Rugby League Trials - 29 March (Queanbeyan)
Please check the C & G sport website and the Facebook page for information about upcoming events including winter trials for netball, rugby league, hockey and touch football.
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, teachers will again focus on 'Stay Safe'.
Finally thank you to the teachers for their support and understanding during the last few weeks.
Grandparents Morning Tea may be held towards the end of the year. We will certainly let you all know!
The focus in SIZZLE for the next 2 weeks will be ‘Follow the Rules’.
Rules tell us how to do things correctly. Good rules focus on safe and positive behaviors. When you follow the rules, you should check if you know the rule, then think what to do, ask others if you have questions about what to do, and then finally do what the rule says.
- talk about the importance of following the rules at school or in the community,
- name feelings associated with following the rules,
- identify positive examples of this skill, and
- show how to follow the rules.
Attached is skill step card outlining the 4 steps of:
CHECK if you know the rule
THINK what to do
ASK is you have questions about what to do
DO what the rule says
I encourage you to print and display the skills steps at home as a visual reminder for students.
I hope everyone enjoyed some new books over the summer. The Premier's Reading Challenge commenced this week, so it's time to start logging those books! I will be sending out a note in the next week to see who is keen to participate and to ensure passwords and usernames are working.
This week I've included a link to the rules of the challenge. https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/rules.html
The PRC site is currently experiencing some technical problems; they are working to rectify the problem. Hopefully, everything will be running smoothly soon.
Please remember that this is an inclusive challenge and we can find a way to ensure that all students are challenged at their reading ability.
The canteen is currently running its Lent Menu with Fish Bites and Fish Burgers available on Fridays. Please remember that pies, sausage rolls and ham sandwiches, rolls and wraps will only be available to purchase on Thursdays.
Unfortunately, one side of the slushy machine is still currently broken, so we will only be able to offer strawberry slushys as an option. Please note there will be limited number of slushys available each day and priorty will be given to those who pre-order on Qkr or via a lunch bag.
The Term 1 menu can be found on the school website, under the Parent Tab. To view it online, please click here.
If you have any questions regarding the canteen menu, or dietary requirements you would like to discuss, please contact Emma on email@example.com.
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.
In recent years, we have invited the children in Year 3 to receive the Sacraments of Penance and First Eucharist during Terms 1 and 2; and Year 6 to receive Confirmation in Term 3. Last year this tradition was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Our Year 3s had their sacrament of Reconciliation delayed until September and didn’t receive First Eucharist until late November. At the time, members of the sacramental team and parish community commented on the greater understanding and more mature approach of the candidates. Following a meeting with Fr Peter, the Sacramental Team have decided to invite our Year 3s to complete and receive the Sacrament of Penance in early November (date to be confirmed), and then in Year 4 prepare for the Sacrament of Eucharist to be received on the weekend of the Body and Blood of Christ, 18th and 19th June, 2022.
This year we will celebrate Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday. We invite children baptised in our tradition, who have made their First Holy Communion and are in Year 6 or beyond (particularly the Year 6 of 2020, who missed out because of Covid), to continue their journey in faith by preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Registration will be held in mid-March, with the sacrament received on the weekend 22nd and 23rd May. Specific Mass times to be decided once enrolment number have been finalised, so we can take into account Covid restrictions. For further details and to print the timetable or an enrolment form please visit the parish website http://staug-yass.org.au/wp/sacraments/confirmation/ or contact Dianne Carey (Sacramental Team Leader) on 0419 276 889.
The Catholic Parish of St Augustine's, Yass, invites children in Year 6 or older (particularly the Year 6 of 2020, who missed out because of Covid), who have made their First Eucharist, to continue their journey in faith by preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you believe your child is ready to take this next step and you are prepared to be involved in the journey, please enrol your child at St Augustine’s Presbytery on Wednesday 17 March or Thursday 18 March between 5-6pm. For further details and to print an enrolment form please visit the parish website http://staug-yass.org.au/wp/sacraments/confirmation/ or contact Dianne Carey 0419 276 889 Sacramental Team Leader.