Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

14 September 2017

Mission Matters at Mary Mac with Mr Moyle


This important week was launched at last Sunday’s  Mary of the Southern Cross Parish mass in the MacKillop Centre. You are invited to reflect using the official prayer below.

Gracious God you said let the children come to me.

The hurt felt by those wounded by abuse weighs

heavily upon us. Often trust has been eroded when

institutions failed to appropriately respond to their

needs. Lord, we as your Church stand in need of your

healing and help.

We ask you God to strengthen and guide all in our

Catholic communities. Grant us wisdom in our time to

make decisions that protect children and the


May our families and communities, through love,

generosity, commitment and patience build stronger

communities safe for children.

Let your grace and love fall gently upon our children

giving them the inner strength, peace and resilience

they will need for their life’s journey.

We ask you God to help our Catholic communities to be

resolute in building a community where our children

both flourish and are safe.




On 23-25 August our College Principal Mr Peter Murphy and Assistant Principal Mission & Ministry Mr Steve Moyle had the privilege of representing our College by attending a special colloquium (conference) at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney, the resting place of Australia’s first Saint. Situated in Mount Street, Mary MacKillop Place is both educational and spiritual including a wonderful modern & interactive museum, a beautiful chapel where Mary is buried, a lovely convent and Alma Cottage where she lived before passing in 1909. The grounds are open to the public and the Charism (gifts) and legacy of Mary MacKillop is truly alive for all to experience. The college vision is for both staff and students to get the opportunity to visit in the future as pilgrims on a journey called to live Jesus’ mission- to love and serve others especially the poor as witnessed by Mary herself.



On 5th September 1997, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta, India.
Her holiness and her love for the poor were known all over the world. Tens of thousands of men and women, who join in her work, are called the Missionaries of Charity. They serve the sick and dying who have no one ever to care for them, bringing God’s love to forgotten corners of crowded cities. Mother Teresa made a solemn promise to give ‘wholehearted and authentic service to the poorest of the poor’. She was canonised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta on 4th September 2016.  
God of love, You call us to be followers of your Son, Jesus Christ. Help us to love with all our hearts. May we find joy in remembering the needs of our sisters and brothers. May we learn what will bring us true life. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.   



On the 8th of September the Catholic Church honours for the birth of Mary, the mother of our Saviour, Jesus. She is also the mother of all who follow Jesus, so we call her our Blessed Mother. People of every nation and language honour Mary. They have given her many titles of respect. Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s birth; however the Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century.

As a college, our Year 2 students participated in a special prayer outside the rose garden adjacent to the Prep stairs. Thanks to those Year 2 students and their families who brought in flowers.

Here is a Mary prayer composed of only a few words.
'Mary, Mother of us all, give me strength' (or wisdom, patience, generosity — whatever spiritual gift you need at this time.) Use different titles for Mary such as Gentle Woman, Woman of Faith, Star of the Sea, Mary of the Southern Cross (our Parish name)



Thank you to those volunteer Year 4 students; Will Paynter, Lily Rangott, George Worner, Angus McKenzie, Liam Hackwood, Cooper Anderson, Emily Clarke, Annabelle Fox, Mitchell Wederell, Patrick O’Sullivan, Henry Steer, Kayden Wright & Ryley Schmaling - who did a wonderful job assisting Father Brian in leading our 8am Sunday Parish Mass on 27th August. The college also hosted a special morning tea for everyone who attended and enjoyed a fun basketball shoot out led by Mr Hubbard. Thank you to Mrs Natalie Adler and Mr Craig Hubbard who supported the students.  A reminder that all are welcome to attend weekly Parish masses at 8am in the MacKillop Centre with Father Brian.



On the last day of term 3, 15th September our whole College will gather in the MacKillop Centre at 9.00am to celebrate Eucharist with Father Brian Noonan. Year 6 students will assist in leading the mass, which will be dedicated to our college patron saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop in lieu of her feast day on 8th August. It will also serve as an integral part of our college fun day activities. Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend.



In last Sunday’s Gospel Reading Matthew 18:15-20 Jesus teaches his disciples how to settle disputes in the Church.

REFLECTION: Family Connection

Conflict and disagreements are a natural part of family life. Yet, within our family, we have an important opportunity to learn how to resolve disagreements fairly by treating people with love and respect.

As you gather as a family this week, discuss the procedures for resolving disputes in your family. What kinds of things produce disagreements in your family? Do children frequently request the assistance of the adults when a disagreement arises? How do the adults respond? In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches his disciples the way in which they are to handle conflict within the Christian community of the Church. Read together this Gospel, Matthew 18:15-20. Invite family members to summarize the steps that Jesus proposes for resolving conflict. How might today’s Gospel inform your family’s handling of disagreements? If you have time, your family might choose to role play how Jesus’ teaching about conflict resolution might be applied to a disagreement that sometimes occurs in your household.

In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus also promises that he will help those who pray to him with their needs. Pray together that each member of your family will learn to handle conflict in a Christian manner. Pray together the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis


Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust your instinct and act on it. By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. Visit the website.




Congratulations to all candidates and families who attended the commitment ceremonies at mass with Father Brian on either 20 or 27 August. These candidates now have their photos on display in the foyer of the MacKillop Centre. Please pray for them as they begin their sacramental preparation



Sunday 8th October 8 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 1- Mr Moyle

Sunday 15th October 8 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 2- Mr Murphy

Sunday 22nd October 8 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 3- Mr Moyle

Sunday 29th October 8 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 4- Mr Moyle

Monday 30th October- 3.15pm First Reconciliation Practice

Thursday 2ndNovember- 6pm SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (Father Brian)



You are invited to contribute to “Being the Change:” by donating items of clothing etc… to St.Vinnies by placing your donations in our wonderful new bin situated opposite the MacKillop Centre in the Primary campus on the grassed triangular area. . If you are having a Spring cleanout please consider making a donation. Thank you kindly for your anticipated generosity and support.


Steve Moyle

Assistant Principal Mission & Ministry

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