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Newman News Term 2 Week 10: From the Deputy Principal Mission and Catholic Identity

04 Jul 2019
God has created me to do Him some definite service. God has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place“.
– John Henry Cardinal Newman

Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

Blessed John Henry Newman, a significant theologian of the 19th-century, and the patron saint of Newman College, invites each of to consider more deeply the personal love that God holds for each of us. On Monday 1 July 2019, the Vatican announced that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonised on Sunday 13 October in Rome. John Henry Newman was a theologian, poet, Catholic priest and cardinal. Originally an Anglican priest, he converted to Catholicism in 1845 and his writings are considered among some of the most important Church-writings in recent centuries.

Please click here to read the Catholic News Agency announcement.

Weekly Thursday Morning Community Mass (Champagnat Chapel – 8.10am – 8.35am)

All parents, guardians and families across our PK-12 College are invited to attend the weekly Thursday morning Mass. Our weekly Newman College Community Mass is an important way that we as a Catholic community seek to nourish and live-out our faith in community with one another.

Save the Date – REMAR Gold Retreat

The Remar Gold Retreat will take place on Friday 2 August at Newman College, followed by fellowship at a local restaurant. The retreat aims to strengthen the Rowers’ understanding of their personal call given to them by God and how they may seek to live out this call by continuing to be a witness in their community, wherever that community may be.

REMAR Blue Retreat

The Remar Blue Retreat was held at Newman College on Friday 21 June – Sunday 23 June, 2019. The retreat offered the Caravel the opportunity to explore in detail what it means to live as a disciple of Christ. The program focused on self-acceptance and various relationships within our lives – specifically with others, ourselves and with God.

Throughout the retreat we were challenged to become a person of justice, service and faith. Our sincere thanks to those who helped facilitate the retreat, including the National Remar Ministry Team, Brother Terry, our helm, Miss Spadaccini, Mr Wear, Year 12 Gold Rowers, Sarah Ranieri and Stephen Loreck, and Young Marists Volunteer, Dan Litjins.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival & Veritas Night 2019

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young Australians with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia.

This year the ACYF will be held in Perth between 8 – 10 December. Young people between the ages of 14 and 35 from around Australia will be invited to:

  • participate in high-quality formative and experiential opportunity for young Catholics to encounter Jesus Christ, in the context of the Catholic Church in Australia;
  • Listen to and discuss the issues and challenges in the lives of young Catholics in Australia;
  • Engage with local examples and connections of vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, catholic music and faith formation.

Students in Year 9 from the College will be invited to apply to attend ACYF. This event will take the place of the Remar Embarkation camp this year.

In preparation for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, students considering applying for ACYF will attend the Veritas Night, held at John XXIII College in Mt Claremont on Friday 9 August 6.00pm – 9.30 pm. Veritas is an annual gathering of Catholic young people in Western Australia aged 12-35. It exists as a state-wide conference and festival, which aims to provide young people in Western Australia with an opportunity to deepen their faith and take an active role in the Church and community. The event includes festivities including live bands, dynamic speakers, youth rallies, faith expos, Liturgy and workshops.

More information will be communicated to students through SEQTA notices and PCG. Students who are interested in applying for Veritas Night and the Australian Catholic Youth Festival are asked to Direct Message Mrs Clare Cole-Carter via SEQTA to express their interest.

NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, NAIDOC Week extends from Sunday 7 July – Sunday 14 July. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The NAIDOC Theme in 2019 is “Voice. Treaty. Truth“. The three key elements set out the reforms in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians. National NAIDOC Co-Chair Patricia Thompson says that for generations, Indigenous Australians have sought recognition of their unique place in Australian history and society today. “For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change. We need our fellow Australians to join us on this journey – to finish the unfinished business of this country.”

There are many events occurring during the first week of the school holidays across Australia. Click here for a list of events happening in Western Australia. We also encourage you to visit the NAIDOC Week website to learn more about the celebrations and how you can get involved.