Term 4 Week 4: From The Deputy Principal, Mission and Catholic Identity

‘We are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like God, because we shall see Go as God really is’.
1 John 3: 1 – 3
All Saints (Thursday 1 November) and All Souls (Friday 2 November)

For me to be a saint means to be myself. – Thomas Merton

All Saints and All Souls, are living proof that God never gives up on us no matter what, God loves us all so much! We are spiritual beings becoming more human. This is sainthood.

During November we reconnect with our loved ones who have gone to God. We keep the ‘faithful departed’ in our memory and ask them to keep us in their sight, as they long for or have come to see God as God really is.

‘Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again.’ This daily pattern of living, dying and rising – the ups and downs of our life infused by the Spirit of love – sweeps us (yes, us!) – up into the life of Christ, the life of his Saints. Thank God every saint has a soul for that soul is God’s homing device while we work for the Kingdom and enjoy some of heaven here on earth!

Who in my life do I know to be humble?
Who in my life has grieved or mourned and who have comforted them?
Who do I know is kind and gentle?
Who do I know wants to put right the wrongs of others?
Who do I know believes in the unconditional love of God and because of that shows mercy to all?
Who do I know are pure in heart and radiate God’s goodness?
Who do I know are makers of peace wherever they are?
Who do I know turns the other cheek when they are insulted or ridiculed?
Who do I know, no matter what confronts them in life, knows that God carries them and is always with them?

This is the stuff ‘saints’ are made of. These are our living Saints

‘Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven’
~ Matthew 5: 1-12 ~

Reflection adapted from Gospel Brief

Philippines Free Dress Day – Gold Coin Donation

On Friday 2 November, all students at the Marcellin Campus wore Free Dress to raise both funds and awareness for the Kuya Centre in the Philippines which will be visited by the Year 11 Philippines Immersion group. Every dollar raised on this day has been directed to young people supported by the Kuya Centre. This money does not support the costs of Year 11 students travelling on the immersion. The Kuya Centre is a project of Australian Marist Solidarity. You can read more about the Kuya Centre and the work of Australian Marist Solidarity by clicking here.

Congratulations to Years’ 7-11 who raised $1100.

Parish Youth Connect: St Joseph’s, Subiaco

Friday 9 November, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Upper Room
St Joey’s Pizza and Games is happening again! Come along. Get involved. Bring a friend or bro/sis. Eat dinner while playing games and socialising. Games may not be your jam, but there’s free food and great company on offer. It’s going to be a fun filled night with good times all round! Pizza, soft drink and water provided. Bring: Age-appropriate games of your choice.
For catering, RSVP to youth@stjosephssubiaco.org.au by Friday 2 November at 5.00pm. Hope to see you there! #InfoForYourTransport/Communications.

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 celebrated by Fr Joseph Tran and Fr Mark Baumgarten. 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.

24/7 Floreat Youth Group

Last week’s youth group was a fantastic night with 29 people attending. Thank you to everyone who came and made it possible. On the night the group played two games and learnt about the story of Samson and Delilah by acting the story out and re-writing ‘Hey There Delilah’ by The Plain White T’s to fit the bible story.

Next week is going to be bigger and better than ever with more new games and a talk on one of the greatest of all, the Old School Heroes! The group will also be getting ready for The Big Talent Show on Sunday 11 November. If you wish to take part, then please put your name down at youth group next week! 24/7 Floreat Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings from 6.00pm – 8.00pm in the Floreat/Wembley Parish Centre and is open to all young people in Years 6-12.  Call the Youth Leaders Angela 0455 960 174 or Sebastian 0403 230 395 for more information.

Remar Red Recruit Afternoon

Last week, on Wednesday 24 October, 62 Year 9 students gathered together to learn more about the Remar program offered at Newman College. The afternoon was facilitated by Young Marist Volunteer and ex-Newman College student, Daniel Litjens. A number of the Remar Blue Rowers (Year 11 students) assisted Daniel in teaching the Year 9 students about the Remar Program through games and interactive activities. At the end of the afternoon, participants were invited to take an information pack and application form to attend the Red Embarkation Camp held at the end of November. Those who apply will be contacted via direct message about the camp.

Anti-Poverty Mass

Catholic school students, staff and Church agencies gathered together on Tuesday 16 October to celebrate the Anti-Poverty Mass, held in recognition of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and as part the Year of Youth. The Mass was run by Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) and held at Good Shepherd Church, Lockridge Parish in collaboration with Catholic Mission, Caritas, St Vincent De Paul Society, LifeLink, and the Liturgy Office. Four Year 10 students from Newman College attended the Mass which was designed to inspire, encourage, support, and affirm the actions and efforts of young leaders in schools, parishes and university communities, in working towards ending poverty at home and abroad. For the second year running, Newman College supplied and carried the Anti-poverty Cross bearing positive messages from students who attended the Mass last year. Click here to access the article about the Mass in this month’s ‘The Record’.

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal


In 2018, Newman College will be supporting the St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal at both St Cecilia’s Church in the Parish of Floreat/Wembley, as well as at Our Lady of the Rosary, Doubleview. Items for the St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal will be collected across the College’s three campuses at Marian, Lavalla and Marcellin.

  • Marian and Lavalla Campuses – The Parish of Floreat/Wembley
  • Marcellin Campus – Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Doubleview

A letter is attached outlining the items requested for each campus, as well as details about collection points St VDP Christmas Appeal Letter 2018. Please note that St Vincent de Paul can only distribute non-perishable food items that are unopened, and preferably have a long expiry / best before date. We thank you in advance for your generous support of this appeal which will help some families in need this Christmas.


Last week, Newman College Marist Association members, Br Terry Orrell and Louise O’Mahony, joined MYM representative Michael Heelan, at the MYM group’s chosen avenue of outreach, Shopfront, in Maylands, Perth. The focus of Shopfront is the preparation and serving of meals for disadvantaged and homeless people. On this particular evening, some forty people visited the venue, enjoyed a meal and the company of others who came. For Br Terry, Louise and Michael, it was a privilege and a pleasure to join other volunteers in meeting and attending to the needs of those who were present.

College Receives Vote of Thanks – Mullewa Wildflower Show

A vote of thanks was received by the College from the organisers of the Mullewa Wildflower Show. A copy of the letter can be accessed here WFS Thankyou Newman College

Wanted: Pre-loved Books and Clothes

Perth Clean NRG Solar are collecting new or pre-loved children’s clothes, books, toys, hats, paper, stationery, shoes and tinned food for a local community on Cebu Island in the Philippines. Clean NRG Solar Managing Director, Craig Donohue, explains how this venture came about: “Following a trip to the Philippines to visit my son Sam in Cebu, I noticed local kids had only 3 books (yes 3!) to share among the community. Shortly after returning back to Perth we started collecting donations of books, clothing, paper, toys, shoes, hats, stationery for the kids.”

If you are able to assist in this appeal, please bring boxed donations (not taped up) to the Clean NRG Solar premises, 1/7 Leeway Court, Osborne Park, Monday to Friday between 9.00am – 5.00pm. Donations can be accepted until Friday 16 November. For more information please click here.

Remar Blue Solidarity Camp

Remar Blue Solidarity Camp took place between 22 August and 28 August in Mullewa, a small country town 500km north east of Perth. This camp was a “live in” experience where we were able to be the ‘hands and feet of Christ’. It gave us the opportunity to experience ‘service’ in a prolonged context, whilst deepening our experience of communal living within a Christian context. Click here to read more and see more photos and a video from the camp.