Celebrating ten years of the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop (Saturday 10th October)
This year is the 10-year anniversary of the canonisation of Saint Mary of the Cross, Australia’s first Saint. Today, we reflect on the qualities and actions that set Mary apart, and how her legacy continues to be relevant today.
Mary MacKillop was an ordinary woman with an extraordinary dream and a big heart.
Her dream was to give the poorest families and most neglected children access to education and safe shelter by opening schools. This dream became reality in 1866 when, together with Father Tenison Woods, Mary set up the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites). This was the first religious order to be founded by an Australian, and a woman at that.
Today, 10 years on from the recognition of Mary MacKillop’s holy work, we continue to find hope in her values, character, and actions as a remarkably strong female leader.
Right now, in such uncertain and difficult times, we can look to Mary for what it means to persevere. She herself faced fierce opposition throughout her life from people who sought to block her ministry.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Pray for Us.
Sainthood in a contemporary world (boy saint)
What is a Saint? Saints, broadly speaking, are all people who follow Jesus Christ and live their lives according to His teaching. Catholics, however, also use the term more narrowly to refer to especially holy men and women who, by persevering in the Christian Faith and living extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
Pope St John Paul II gave a call to the young in 2013, World Youth Day.
“We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes.
We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends.
We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career.
We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things.
We need saints – saints for the 21st century with a spirituality appropriate to our new time.
We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods.
We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends.
We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theater.
We need saints that are open sociable normal happy companions. we need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane.
We need saints.”
Today we have a saint in jeans, sneakers and hoody, Carlo Acutis.
He was beatified on Oct. 10 in Assisi. The teenager, died in 2006, Carlo was a gamer and computer programmer who loved soccer and the Eucharist and has been the subject of interest around the world.
"I offer all the suffering I will have to suffer for the Lord, for the Pope, and the Church”
said Carlo when diagnosed with leukemia. Born in 1991, London, Carlo loved playing video games. His console of choice was a PlayStation, or possibly a PS2, which was released in 2000, when Carlo was nine.
He was also a programmer, and, built a website cataloguing and promoting Eucharistic miracles. The fruit of Carlos’ devotion in this life was his witness of faith that led him to a deep conversion with his mom. According to the priest promoting his cause for sainthood, he “managed to drag his relatives, his parents to Mass every day. It was not the other way around; it was not his parents bringing the little boy to Mass, but it was he who managed to get himself to Mass and to convince others to receive Communion daily.”
He was known for defending kids at school who got picked on, especially disabled kids. When a friend's parents were getting a divorce, Carlo made a special effort to include his friend in the Acutis family life.
These words of Carlo give us an insight into his holiness:
“To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan”.
“Sadness is looking at ourselves, happiness is looking towards God”.
“Eucharist is my highway to heaven”.
“ All people are born originals but may die as photocopies”
This is an open invitation for you, young people and those young at heart. The Church is yours, a home that welcomes, a parish that evangelises, a school that prepares for life and playground where friends meet and enjoy themselves.We need saints.
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
“The Music Advantage” - How Learning music helps your child’s brain and wellbeing. Dr Collins, Anita 2020.Over the next few newsletters we will be sharing some of the theory behind the benefits of this research by Dr Anita Collins, author of this title and leader of the ‘Bigger Better Brains’ initiative.
As we are moving into the transition sessions for our new Receptions for 2021, this week’s focus is on getting ready for ‘Big School’. Some of the key points to come out of this chapterinclude;
Children use singing to process meaning from the speech of their carersand to determine if a new person can be trusted.
Song helps a child feel part of a family or tribe and it is the language that soothes them to sleep.
It is the first language of safety, security and love.
Being sung to and singing with others has a profound effect on all humans at any stage of life, increasing some brain chemicals such as dopamine and reduces cortisol which is a stress hormone.
Studies show that babies fell asleep fastest and slept best when placed in their cot and sung to.
Song is an important part of the kindergarten experience where language and song are still overlapping as children perfect their auditory processing.
During this time before a child starts school, research affirms the need to provide the space for as many singing experiences with your child to grow new neuron pathwaysthat support language learning.
Structured and sequential music learning activities for four-year olds can ‘supercharge’ attention skills through the engagements of the senses. Music activities require hyperattention across multiple sensesthat require fast –paced brain function.
A meeting for the parents of those students commencing Reception in Term 1 2021 will be held this Thursday, October 15 from 7-8pm in the school Chapel. 2021 Students are not expected to attend.
We are excited to share that the proposed completion date for the new Learning Pods is only four weeks away. A recent tour of the building is seeing the exciting design features all taking shape and nearing completion. Exterior earth moving will soon begin to shape the landscape around the building in preparedness for the establishment of the swole and lawn planting.
Transportables & OSHC:
Leading up to the holiday break saw the removal of three transportable classrooms and preparing the site for the crane to lift the OSHC building and move it to its new position at the front of the school. All of the children and staff were captivated on Wednesday when a large crane lifted the OSHC buildings into their new location.
The OSHC service will continue to operate out of the SAMMAT until further notice.
Mr Bennett and Mr Mannella met with the contractor to finaliseplans and proposed commencement of this project. We hope you will begin to see works begin very soon with mounding of soil being placed around the oval.
School Fee Statements:
Families should receive the final school fee statement for 2020 early next week.
FEES ARE TO BE PAID IN FULL BY FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2020, UNLESS AN ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT HAS BEEN NEGOITIATED.
Please contact Jayne Clarke if you have any concerns or questions regarding payment of fees.
We remind families that our re scheduled date for the Sports Day is Friday 6th Novemberand will be held at the Gawler South Oval as originally planned. This will be the first community event we have been able to undertake this year since Covid –19 restrictions were put in place and we look forward to the opportunity in gathering in this way.
Having said this, we are stillexpected to follow current Covid-19 guidelines which require patrons to maintain 1.5m social distancing, recording of names and phone numbers upon entry to the oval for contact tracing in the event of an infection. Hand sanitizing stations will be available but encourage families to provide their own. We also remind people and children to stay away if they are feeling unwell.We also ask that you abide by any request from the Covid Marshalls present.
A coffee van will be available on the day and Rory’s Canteen services will provide a set menu to choose from. (please see attached)
In Week 5, Term 3 Jordy (5/6B) was selected to participate in the SAPSASA Soccer Tournament as a representative for the Gawler and Districts team.
The team had an outstanding run in the competition, finishing second after winning seven of the nine games they played. Jordy was an integral part of the team's success, scoring 5 goals. Well done Jordy!!