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Newman News Term 3 Week 10: From the Leader of Mission and Catholic Identity

25 Sep 2020
Wherever the followers of Marcellin are present, working together in mission, this ‘‘family spirit’’ is the Marist way of communal living. Its well-spring is the love that Jesus has for all his brothers and sisters – all of humanity. Through this spirit we offer an experience of belonging and union in mission. Water from the Rock #32

Term 3 comes to an end in an exciting way for our students in 2020. For many, events from beginning of the year had been cancelled, yet this Term allowed for these events to return in some way for our students. This was only possible because of the outstanding work of our teachers, support of our families and commitment of our students. All reflected by our Marist Characteristic of “family spirit”.

Welcome to the Church

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Congratulations to Emilie Costley who recently received the Sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion at our Thursday Morning Community Mass. The Mass was led by Monsignor Kevin Long, who administered the Sacraments to Emilie. Thank you to Br Terry (Campus Minister) who was instrumental in Emilie’s preparation for the day.

Remar Gold Graduation

On Monday 21 September, our Remar Gold students graduated from the Marist Youth Ministry program. Parents and other significant people in the journey of the caravel attended the Marist Auditorium studios and were treated to an evening in which they were able to hear the experiences that the young Rowers held dear. There were lots of laughs, jokes and a rousing rendition of My Lighthouse to end the night. Thank you to all who have walked with the 2020 Gold Rowers on their journey. A special thanks to their helm, Genna Spadaccini for her commitment to the students in her care for the past three years.

Welcome to Game Changers

On Tuesday afternoon, Years 7 and 10 Game Changers students joined the Year 11 Blue Remar students for a Welcome to Marist Youth Ministry Social. We were fortunate to also be joined by two of our alumni, Liam Street and Sarah Ranieri who helped us learn the all important Newman College tradition of singing and dancing the actions to My Lighthouse. It was a wonderful way to welcome our Year 7’s into the Marist Youth Ministry community and beautiful display of family spirit.

Year 10 Lavalla Game Changers Retreat

Week 8 saw our Year 10 Lavalla Game Changers students here at school for their leadership camp. They were joined by Post School Marist Youth Ministers Georgia Martin and Dan Litjens who ran amusing sessions that reinforced the students understanding of topics such as leadership, faith and service. Highlights included the leadership and team building games, the ‘sherbet leadership creations’ and the time and space to learn and grow in community. Thank you to Miss Sophie Monisse who has been walking with these students on their journey this year as mentor.

Marist Association

On Sunday 20 September, 20 members of the Marist Association gathered to celebrate the Eucharist at St Joseph’s Parish Subiaco. We were warmly welcomed by Monsignor Kevin Long and the parishioners. After Mass, everyone gathered in the Parish centre to build community and share in our successes this Term. Thank you to St Joseph’s Parish and the Association members for demonstrating what it means to be part of the Marist family.

St John Henry Newman

During the holidays on Friday 9 October, we will celebrate the Feast of St John Henry Newman. Newman was canonised in 2019 and recognised as a Saint for his academic contribution to the Church. Newman is very well known in the Church as a theologian, a teacher and an educationalist. As a priest he visited the sick, the imprisoned, he was a friend to everybody on the streets, to people in high places and power, with the poor, the rich, the famous, the unknown.

To commemorate this Feast Day, Newman College will be celebrating Mass across Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin Campus in Term 4, Week 1. Students will also participate in activities relating to Newman’s life and learn about the contributions he made to the life of the Church.