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

10 May 2019

Mothers Day 2019

In May each year, Catholic communities around the world hold Mary the mother of Jesus in pride of place. We too as a Catholic community in the Marist tradition, hold Mary as a model of faith, perseverance, acceptance, strength and enduring courage. Inspired by this example, we turn to celebrate the unique gift that each of our mother and mother figures in life represent. At the College this week, we have had the opportunity to give thanks for our mothers and mother figures at the weekly Thursday Morning Mass, as well as at our Marian Campus Liturgy.

We wish all mothers and mother figures a happy Mothers Day for Sunday!

K-12 Celebrating Champagnat Day – Friday 14 June

Thursday 6 June 2019 is the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers and of Marist education. To mark this very special day in the life of the International Marist Institute, our K-12 College community will be celebrating Champagnat Day across the College on Friday 14 June.

Download 2019 Champagnat Day Letter to Parents

Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Perth (December 8 – 10, 2019 Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre)

In December this year, Perth will be hosting the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF), a national gathering of young Catholic people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). Registrations are now open. Newman College is looking forward to supporting this important event with selected students representing the College. We look forward to the opportunity to showcase Perth to visiting young Catholic people from across Australia.  Click here to learn more about the ACYF.

Years 7 and 8 Retreat Days 2019

In Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 2, all students in Years 7 and 8 had the opportunity to participate in their annual retreat days with the 24:7 School Ministry Team. As a community of living faith, these opportunities are integral to providing intentional spaces for considering how each of us individually comes to understand our own journey of faith, and how each of us are called to live in community as witnesses to a Gospel of enduring hope, love, compassion and service to all.

2019 Marian Lecture: ‘After the Angel Departed – Seeking God: hints and glimpses of the God within’

The Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat hosts a biennial lecture series across Australia known as ‘The Marian Lecture’.

The biennial Marian Lecture for the Marist Association will be an encounter with international speaker, biblical scholar, author and award-winning poet, Dr Bonnie Thurston, who will draw on the rich tradition of contemplation and how to be attentive to the God within.

Download Dr Bonnie Thurston

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Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Sacraments Dates 2019

Confirmation: Saturday 8 June, 6.00pm Mass

Parent Talk by Fr Greg Donavan: Wednesday 15 May, 7.00pm Parish Centre

Commitment Masses: Saturday 18 May, 6.00pm or Sunday 19, 10.00am Mass

Parent/Child Workshop: Tuesday 21 May, 5.00pm or 6.30pm Parish Centre

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.

Project Compassion 2019

Through the generous support of Caritas Australia in 2019, the College community has demonstrated the power of hope. Newman College has once again demonstrated a willingness to stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalised in our world. Your efforts towards Project Compassion in 2019 has raised a total of $18908.89. This is a phenomenal effort and we thank you for your kind generosity and support of Caritas Australia, through Project Compassion.

St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out

On the afternoon and evening of Friday 24 May students on the Marcellin Campus (Years 7 – 12) will have the opportunity to participate in the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out. Click here for more information.

National Sorry Day

Sunday the 26 May is National Sorry Day. This is a day for all Australians to reflect on the profound grief and trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly members of the Stolen Generations due to past Government policies. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to reaffirm our shared commitment to healing and reconciliation. As a Church community we played a role in the outcomes of some of these policies and we can take to heart the words of John Paul the II in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation the Bishops of Oceania in 2011. “The Church expresses deep regret and asks forgiveness where her children have been or still are party to these wrongs. Aware of the shameful injustices done to indigenous peoples in Oceania, the Synod Fathers apologized unreservedly for the part played in these by members of the Church, especially where children were forcibly separated from their families.”

National Reconciliation Week

Monday 27 May – Monday 3 June is the National Week to celebrate and build respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all Australians. This year is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum that saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census. The week ends on Monday 3 June which commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land and a relationship that existed prior to colonialisation which still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title. “Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage” is aimed at recognising that if we want to foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth. Click here to learn more about National Reconciliation Week and the Australian story.