Newman News Term 1 Week 10: From the Leader of Mission and Catholic Identity

As the Term draws to a close, it is the perfect opportunity to reflect on who we are, where we are and how we are going to move forward.

Across the life of the College, throughout our neighbourhoods and throughout the world, people are trying to make sense of the current situation. The excerpt taken from St Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians is an example of how Christ calls us to act:

And we urge you brothers and sisters, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Thessalonians 5:14-18

Over the past few weeks, the Ministry Team have been developing resources and ideas in order to offer authentic faith experiences for our students, staff and families. These resources can be accessed via our College Website. (click here to access).

Our Website has the following resources available for families:

  • Transforming Mission Web series
  • Daily Prayer
  • Prayer Resources that link to the season of the Church. Currently you can access a booklet that allows you to pray Holy Week at home
  • Links to online worship from the Archdiocese of Perth and from Vatican City

I would like to thank all our families for their support of the Mission and Faith life of our College. The year started superbly with the PK-12 Family Mass and despite the strange conclusion, it has finished well with our Easter Liturgy. I particularly would like to thank families for the fundraising efforts for Caritas. This year our community was still able to raise a total of over $4000. This is a great effort considering the difficulties posed by Covid-19.

As we approach Easter, we are reminded that we are people of the resurrection and Christ’s resurrection points to hope. As Marists, we look to the example of Mary and Marcellin, and the Marist characteristic of Family Spirit. Let us share our hope with each other and remember to reach out to our wider family, particularly those most vulnerable and most in need. Have a holy and happy Easter and a safe holiday. I look forward to sharing our faith with you in Term 2.