Newman News Term 4 Week 9 2020: From the Leader of Mission and Catholic Identity

As our College year comes to its conclusion, the season of Advent is alive and well. The theme of Advent is preparation for the coming of Christ into the world. The four weeks leading to Christmas we reflect on Hope, Joy, Peace and Love. This coming Sunday we begin to reflect on Joy. Pope Francis has had a lot to say about joy and constantly reminds us that joy is a sure sign and the attractive and compelling fruit of an authentic Christian. This Christmas let us seek to encounter the presence of God so we become a living witness of joy to the world and to our families and friends.

Save the Date: PK-12 Family Mass

In 2021, we will celebrate our PK-12 Family Mass on Thursday 11 February on the Marcellin Ovals commencing at 5.30pm. This celebration of the Eucharist is an opportunity to commission our 2021 Student Leaders and to give thanks for the gifts each member of our community brings to Newman College. All families are reminded that this is a compulsory event for K-12 students. More information will be sent out in the new year.

Thursday Morning Community Mass

Community Mass will return in Week 1 of Term 1 (Thursday 4 February in 2021).

Sacramental Program 2021

The Sacramental program will be commencing in Parish communities in January. The Sacraments are facilitated by the Parish for children who have been Baptised Catholics and are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Year 3, for First Communion in Year 4 and for Confirmation in Year 6.

As Newman College is not a Parish school, parents will need to approach their Parish to enrol their child to receive Confirmation, Communion and Reconciliation. Information regarding the Sacramental Program and Parish contact details can be found on the College website.

If parents have any queries concerning the above, please contact your parish or the Religious Education Coordinator Primary, Jane Short,

Marist Association/MYM Trivia Night

The annual Marist Youth Ministry and Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat Trivia Night took place on Friday 27 November in the Marist Auditorium Studios. It was a fantastic opportunity for Marists to come together and celebrate 2020 and raise money for Australia Marist Solidarity.

Altar Server Commissioning

Years 5 and 6 students were commissioned to serve as Altar Ministers by Monsignor Kevin Long. They underwent a two week training program that consisted of four sessions with Mr Diamond, Mrs Short and Mr Martino. The program discussed the purpose and responsibilities of the Altar Minister. Students rehearsed the parts of the mass and became more familiar with the symbols and signs that are associated with this most important celebration. We are very pleased to have 11 students who can now attend the Sacred Liturgy and also in their own Parish Communities.

Year 12 2021 Student Leaders Forum

On Monday 30 November, the Year 12 2021 Student Leadership group gathered for a forum with Matt Angus, reflecting on purpose and vision. The students discussed their values and what skills they contribute to the leadership group. It concluded with students outlining their vision for 2021 and how they would like to lead the College.

Thank you to Mrs Rebecca Bramanto and Mrs Carla Pastorelli for their leadership of the group and Matt Angus for facilitating this experience with our students. Ten Students from the Leadership group will have an opportunity to extend this experience when they attend the Marist Youth Leadership Forum at the beginning of the school year in 2021.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

Thank you to all families who have donated to our Christmas appeal. Both Vinnies Chapters have expressed sincere thanks for the donations they have received thus far. The gift of giving and receiving joy has been alive and well here at Newman over the last few weeks.

Marist Reunion 2021

Marist Ex-Students of all former and current Marist schools and colleges are warmly invited to attend the Marist Reunion at Newman College, Empire Avenue, Churchlands.

Date:  Wednesday 20 January 2021
Time: 4.30pm Mass in the College Chapel followed by a BBQ and fellowship at the College.
BYO everything. The College will provide BBQs for people to cook their food
Enquiries: Kevin Wringe 0407511104, Ambrose Depiazzi 0419912187
RSVP is not necessary

A great way to reconnect with some old friends and to celebrate our Marist story.