What’s Happening in Religious Education
Opening School Mass
Our Eucharistic celebration for our new school year was held on Tuesday and was celebrated by Fr Janusz Bieniek from St Michael’s at Hurstville. It is a very fitting way to begin the year and allowed all of us to offer up to God, all that we hope for this year. Students were reminded that each school year is a new beginning and coming together as a community to celebrate the Eucharist is a great reminder that we are here to support one another, but more importantly, that God is at the centre of all that we do. At each of our masses, the singing is getting better and better and as St Augustine said, “When we sing, we pray twice” and we are certainly praying many times over!
All of our students have an opportunity to participate in the St Michael’s Parish Youth Mass on the second Sunday of every month (excluding school holidays). The girls are invited to take on the roles of lectors, Eucharistic ministers, collections, singing and playing the music. In the week prior to the mass, students are asked to nominate themselves for a role that they would like to undertake during the mass and we actively encourage their full participation. All students who attend the mass will now be awarded House Points that will contribute the overall points tally for the House Cup at the end of the year. Students who attend the mass will receive 5 points and students who take on an active role within the mass will be awarded 10 points. We hope to see many families attending the masse with their daughters. The dates for the Youth Masses this year are listed below:
Sunday 9 February
Sunday 8 March
Sunday 10 May
Sunday 14 June
Sunday 9 August
Sunday 13 September
Sunday 8 November
Sunday 13 December
Spirituality Days and Retreats
Throughout the year, our students will be attending spirituality days and retreats. I ask you to please take note of the following dates that your daughters will be attending these events:
Year 12 Retreat: Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 May
Year 11 Retreat: Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 August
Year 10 Spirituality Day: Wednesday 11 March
Year 9 Spirituality Day: Wednesday 19 April
Year 8 Spirituality Day: Wednesday 2 September
Year 7 Spirituality Day: Wednesday 4 November
Further information will be sent out regarding these events closer to the date.
Social Justice Initiatives
We are looking to offer as many social justice initiatives as we can so that students have an opportunity to participate in outreach. In term 4 last year, we partnered with St Vincent de Paul and began making sandwiches that would be distributed through the Night Patrol Bus to those in Sydney who need a meal. We will be continuing this again this year and we encourage your daughters to look for the notices on Compass that will enable them to sign up to volunteer to make the sandwiches. This takes place once a month on a Tuesday afternoon after school and is fully supervised by the staff. Our first sandwich-making event for this year will be on Tuesday 11 February.
Shrove Tuesday on 25 February will be the official launch of our Caritas Appeal for Lent. On this day, we will be making and selling pancakes for breakfast. Our senior students will be invited to volunteer to assist with the selling of the pancakes. More information about this event will be forthcoming in future newsletters.
This is only a small taste of the events and plans that we have for Religious Education and Mission for the College this year and I hope that we will have many students (and parents) participating in these events when they occur. We are looking forward to seeing the fruition of these plans as the year unfolds.
Leader of Religious Education and Mission