Compare yourself not to others, but only to the vision you hold within your heart. Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself and watch you get beyond yourself. The very thing that someone told you that you would never be able to do may just be the very thing you are destined to do. [Dr John DeMartini]
‘Have patience with yourself when you see that you have failed.’ (St Mary of the Cross, MacKillop 1874)
A Beautiful verse from Antonio Machado:
Last night I dreamed that I had a beehive here in my heart and that the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.
In the Gospel of Luke (7:47) Jesus says to his host who was looking down upon a woman who wiped, with her hair, the tears of deep gratitude and love from the feet of Jesus,
I tell you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven her – see how much she loves!
In a culture that prizes winners and often seeks revenge, dare you believe that God sees your heart, understands your shortcomings and is always ready to forgive and hold you in compassion? As Fr Philip Marshall quoted, at our Staff Reflection Day last term, “The heart of our faith is to recognise and allow ourselves to be infinitely loved – and to allow that love to flow through us to every human person and all creation”. To know this and give witness to this to our children is gift that will hold them strongly and tenderly.
A letter has been sent home to families in Year 2 whose children have been baptised in the Catholic Church, inviting them to participate in the Parish Program and have their children celebrate their First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion in 2022. If you would like your child to participate in the Parish Program and celebrate their Sacraments, please contact me. You might like to send me an email with a contact number to ring and discuss this with you.
A home for all: Let us act, pray and advocate for the earth community for the good of all, and particularly children, future generations and the most vulnerable.
As we look towards the future with hope, what learning, conversations and actions are taking place in your home to encourage members of your family to care for the earth community?
Here are some things families can do care for the earth:
Avoid food waste. Go green and help teach your kids the importance of finishing their meals to avoid food waste.
Use reusable bottles and teach good water-saving habits by watching water usage around the house.
Try more plant-based meal … try with one day a week to get you started
Cut down on the AC ... If you can’t live without your AC, set it at between 25 and 27ºC for the most energy-efficient temperature.
Avoid single-use plastic … Check out our full guide to reusable productshere and avoid disposables!
Say no to straws … a lot of the time, you don’t even need them at all!
Wise up to recycling … Becoming a less ‘throw away’ society is a great message to demonstrate to our own little ones
Donate goods to charity… Do some good for the community and save the planet at the same.
Spend time in nature … There’s no better way to teach kids about the environment than by getting them outdoors and into nature!
Creator of All, we are grateful that from your communion of love you created our planet to be a home for all. By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth a diversity of living beings that filled the soil, water and air. We remember that you call human beings to keep your garden in ways that honour the dignity of each creature and conserve their place in the abundance of life on Earth. But we know that our will to power pushes the planet beyond her limits. Species are lost and systems fail. Human families are displaced by insecurity and conflict, migrating in search of peace. Animals flee fires, deforestation and famine, wandering in search of a new place to find a home to lay their young and live. We pray that the breath of your creative Word would move our hearts. Enlighten us with the grace to respond to your love and call to care for our common home. May we participate with your Holy Spirit to renew the face of your Earth, and safeguard a home for all. In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ. Amen
We are pleased to announce that the nature play zones will be open to all students at the start of week 3 of this term. The Beach Volleyball court opened to Year 3 –6 students with great excitement.
The oval has now been opened with temporary fencing being removed.
The Village Green has been top dressed and will be back online in a couple of weeks and in time for Sports Day on the 19th of November.
The Creative Play area is also not far off from completion with soft fall and lawn to be laid.
We continue to marvel at the patience of our children who have generally adapted well to playground restrictions over the last eighteen months or so.
South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS)
SACCS is currently collaborating with all key stake holders about the future direction of Catholic Education over the next five years. The current investigation of St Brigid’s Catholic school amalgamating with Xavier College is one of these considerations. On Monday evening of this week, Mr Jamie Blowes, CESA representative and Director, Dr. Neil McGoran, addressed staff on the SACCS strategy as well as the results of the feasibility study re the proposed amalgamation.