St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
As a school we honoured the Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and all the work of the sisters of St Joseph with a Whole School Mass at 9:30 am on Thursday, August 8th in the Church. To further celebrate this very special day we had extra play at Recess for the children.
Saint Mary MacKillop Prayer
Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop to live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and constant in bringing hope and encouragement to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy. With confidence in your generous providence and joining with Saint Mary MacKillop we ask that you grant our request….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness. Ever generous God hear our prayer. We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen
Feast of The Transfiguration of the Lord, August 6th
This feast had its origin in the East in the fourth century as the commemoration of the dedication of the church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor. It was observed in the West from the eighth century and extended to the entire Western Church in the fifteenth century. The feast celebrates the divine radiance shining in Christ’s human flesh and God’s glory shining forth in the lives of Christians.
“Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured; his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus: ‘Rabbi,’ he said ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.’ Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.
As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.” (Mark 9:2-10)
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August 2019
The Feast of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven after her death is the most important Marian feast in the Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church and is a Holy Day of Obligation. This feast day highlights how important the Blessed Virgin is in the Catholic tradition.
It can be said Mary is the very first Christian. She carried, gave birth to and raised God’s only son Jesus. As a child Jesus would have taken guidance from his mother and lived under her motherly protection. Jesus the child, followed in his mother’s footsteps, and she in turn followed in his.
It is a dogma of the Church that Mary’s body and soul were ‘assumed’ into Heaven at the time of her death to become Queen of Heaven, thus mirroring the resurrection of her son, Jesus. This is a fitting honour bestowed upon Mary for her acceptance of God’s call to be the vehicle through whom God, in human form entered the world.
Mary’s Assumption into Heaven is also a sign of great hope for all Christians, who believe that at the end of our earthly lives, we too will share in Jesus’ Resurrection and be reunited with the source from whence we have come.
Next Thursday, the 15th of August is a Holy Day of Obligation to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
Please join us at 9.30am in the Church.
Prayer to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven
Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen. We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we offer you our devotion and love. We are confident that you watch over our daily efforts and needs, and we take comfort from the faith in the coming resurrection. We look to you, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. After this earthly life, show us Jesus, the blest fruit of your womb, O kind, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
Our school has a new redesigned room to cater for specialised learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) under the direction of our NEW Stem teacher- Tom Melingakos.
Our well-equipped STEM room is a learning space where students work with Mr Melingakos using an inquiry learning process.
The learning space will enable all students in Reception to Year 7 to solve real life problems and learn about robotics. Students will use their creativity to design and produce a variety of projects to demonstrate their learning and or pose a real-life problem for others to solve.
Our students will also have 1:1 access to laptops/ipads and use them to deepen their inquiry learning when working with STEM.