Month of the Holy Rosary

October is nominated by the Church as the month of the Holy Rosary. At this time, especially, we are encouraged to seek Mary’s guidance and inspiration. The Rosary is the vehicle by which we can pray for our own intentions, the wellbeing of others and the greater good of all.

The Rosary is a meditation not just a repetition of the same prayers.  Meditation for Catholics is different than other religions.  Most people think of meditation of a clear mind or conscious but Catholic meditation is active and reflective.  While praying the rosary Catholics reflect on the mysteries of Jesus Christ.  This reflection brings us closer to Christ’s suffering and sorrow, joys, teachings and glory.   The Rosary is an extremely powerful prayer and should be prayed daily.

The Prayer:

Each day focus on one Mystery.  Below is the traditional order of reflection:

  • Monday – Joyful Mysteries
  • Tuesday – Sorrowful Mysteries
  • Wednesday – Glorious Mysteries
  • Thursday – Luminous Mysteries
  • Friday – Sorrowful Mysteries
  • Saturday – Joyful Mysteries
  • Sunday – Glorious Mysteries

Details of the Mysteries are:

The Sorrowful Mysteries:

  • The Agony in the Garden
  • Scourging at the Pillar
  • Crowning with Thorns
  • Carrying the Cross
  • Crucifixion


The Joyful Mysteries:

  • The Annunciation to Mary
  • The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
  • The Nativity
  • The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
  • Jesus teaching in the temple at age 12

The Glorious Mysteries:

  • The Resurrection
  • The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
  • The Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost
  • The Assumption of Mary
  • The Coronation of Mary

The Luminous Mysteries:

  • The Baptism of Jesus
  • The Wedding Feast at Cana
  • Jesus Establishing the Kingdom of Heaven
  • The Transfiguration
  • The Institution of the Eucharist

How to Pray the Rosary:

  • Make the Sign of the Cross
  • Say the Apostles Creed
  • Say one Our Father
  • Say three Hail Marys
  • Say the Glory Be to the Father

(This covers the first three beads of the Rosary)

  • Announce the First Mystery of the Mystery you are reflecting
  • Say One Our Father
  • Say ten Hail Marys while reflecting on the mystery – one for each bead
  • Say the Glory Be to the Father
  • Say the Fatima Prayer – “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.”

(You do this five times, while announcing the mystery you are reflecting on prior to each decade of the Rosary)

Conclusion Prayers of the Rosary

  • Say one Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
  • Closing Prayer – Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.


The Rosary is a beautiful prayer and needs to be a part of your life.  The Rosary can change the world and you.

“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings.  There is no more excellent way of praying.”

-Pope Leo XII




School Fees Changes

Each year the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic School Board meets to set the level of fees for Catholic schools. As parents would know from previous newsletters, our system has had funding from government reduced in real terms. Also, there has been a directive from the Federal Government and the Catholic Education Commission to supply increased levels of funding to the more disadvantaged regions around the country, generally speaking rural and remote areas. For many years the SACS Board has kept school fee increases to a minimum, significantly below the increases in the costs associated with education. This has resulted in school fees in the Archdiocese of Sydney being lower than those in Catholic schools in other dioceses. With the shortfall in fees coming to Sydney Catholic schools the SACS Board looked at a number of options that would allow our schools to operate at the current high level. Consequently, the decision has been taken to increase fees by different percentages according to each school’s socio-economic status (SES) ranking, which is determined by the national census. For most families, the average increase in fees will be between 5-7% which is typical of the increases in the costs associated with education each year. For some families in the higher SES parts of Sydney the increases would be higher.

In 2016, due to its student population, Bethany College fees will incur a 6.6% fee increase (commensurate with the collective SES of our community). The fee schedule for our College was ratified at the last Advisory Council meeting and will be outlined in Term 1, 2016 accounts. As has always been the case, no Catholic child will be denied an education in a Catholic school because of a genuine inability to pay school fees. Anyone experiencing financial difficulties is encouraged to make a confidential appointment with the College Business Manager, Mr Lachlan Skeen.


Community News

  • Congratulations to our Performing Arts Coordinator, Ms Amy Nelson, on her marriage last weekend. We wish her and Mike a lifetime of joy and happiness.
  • There are members of our community who have been caring for seriously ill loved ones, namely, Mrs King who is caring for her husband, Mrs Parsons who is caring for her mother and Mrs Sullivan who is caring for her niece. We pray that God grants them the strength to battle their serious illnesses.


Our mantra:

“Girls can do anything.
Bethany girls can do everything!*
(*except divide by zero)”
Vicki Lavorato