What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

Year 12 Retreat

Last week, our Year 12 students attended their retreat and it was resounding success.  The theme of the Retreat was “Haven’t I commanded you; be strong and courageous?  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).  Students had an opportunity to reflect on their time at Bethany and were able to come to a realisation that they could leave behind a legacy that following years would look up to.  Students were also guided to realise that no matter what they choose in their life, God will always be with and if they choose to look to God in any aspect of their life, God will be journeying with them.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend three days with your daughters.  We shared many laughs, a few tears and lots of stories.  From a personal perspective, I feel very privileged to share this time with your daughters as I always come away inspired and invigorated by their insights and attitudes. 

I would like to thank the staff who attended the retreat, Mrs Donnelly, Mrs Benson, Mr Laguzza, Ms Wood, Mr Hulme, Mrs Matthews, Mr McLean, Mrs Filipetto, Mrs Bullock, Ms Mirabello, Mr Donlan, Ms Soles and Mrs Fitzgerald.  Their support, hard work and gift of their time to the students has made this retreat a very special one. 

I leave you with a few photographs from the Kiah Ridge Retreat (more to come from Benedict XVI Centre and Mulgoa in our next newsletter).



Australian Catholic Youth Festival – Save the Date!

This year, the Archdiocese of Sydney is hosting the Australian Catholic Youth Festival from 7 – 9 December.  This is a major event in the Archdiocese with a projected participation of 15,000 young people aged from 16 – 35 from all across Australia.  The event will be held at Homebush with a final mass being said at the Domain on the Saturday evening.  ACYF has been previously held in Melbourne and Adelaide and each time, young members of our Church have been inspired and have had an opportunity to grow in their faith. 

The event is aimed to bring together young people who share a common faith in a way that celebrates, inspires and engages our youth.  There are many activities planned over the three days and we will be sending out more information about these in upcoming newsletters.



Mrs Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission