Welcome back to the 2020 school year. What a turbulent start to 2020 we have had, but it promises to be another year of exciting events for our whole school.
In these first four weeks back, the Year 7 students have celebrated their first Mass as high school students and attended the Year 7 Retreat.
On Monday, 24 February we celebrated the opening school Mass with Fr Tai. It was during this Mass that the House Captains’ badges were blessed and presented. House Councillor and Peer Support badges will be presented to students during their respective house assemblies. Thank you to the parents who attended, it is always lovely to have you attend the masses. Families and Parishioners are always welcome to join us for masses. Please remember to sign in at the front office if you are attending.
The Ash Wednesday Mass was held on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 here on school grounds. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Taking place 46 days before Easter Sunday, Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar and signals a season of prayer and fasting.
Coming from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting, Ash Wednesday involves applying ashes, made from blessed palm branches from the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass, to a person’s forehead. The ashes applied to the forehead symbolise the dust from which God made us.
This week the season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice.
We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion. Students will receive a Project Compassion box and/or a set of envelopes for their donations or you can donate online via our website at lent.caritas.org.au
Let’s Go Further, Together!
Ms Rhondda Tittums
Religious Education Co-ordinator