What’s Been Happening in Religious Education?
Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent and as a school we celebrated with two very simple, but beautiful liturgies. Both liturgies were led by Nova Gomes, our Liturgy Prefect together with a number of students who assisted to make these liturgies prayerful and meaningful. I thank all of them for their participation and leadership.
During the Ash Wednesday ceremony, we launched our major fundraiser for the year – Project Compassion. Niamh McIntyre (Social Justice Prefect) introduced the theme for Project Compassion this year and allocated a country to each year group. Each year group will have an opportunity to raise funds for the particular country nominated and will directly contribute to the programs for developing communities, educating children and helping to ensure that those who have little, will be provided with practical resources that will aid in making a real difference to their living standards.
I have also found a few more resources that you might be interested in during this Lenten period. The Pope has a worldwide prayer network and you can download a free app or visit the website clicktopray.org.au. Here you will find some wonderful prayers, that will allow you to stop and focus three times daily (only 20 seconds each time!) on your relationship with God. The website also offers a monthly Pope Francis video which is a direct message from the Pope on the challenges for humanity and the mission of the Church. This month, as a Church, we pray that persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church. There is also a booklet that you can download called Prayer with Pope Francis. It is an easy read and offers practical, yet simple prayer reflections for busy people.
Over the last couple of weeks, the Bishops of Australia have been giving evidence at the Royal Commission. I have attached a link to Bishop Vincent Long’s (Bishop of Parramatta) testimony. He is a remarkable man and a great leader and I think you may find his testimony a very interesting and worthwhile read. His insights and thoughts about the importance of the role of the laity are very welcome and quite refreshing to read.
Leader of Religious Education and Mission