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Mission Matters at Mary Mac

17 May 2018

ASCENSION SUNDAY 2018.

On Sunday 13 May we celebrated both Mother’s Day as well as the Ascension Sunday  which honoured  Jesus’ rise into heaven and him being seated  at the right hand of the Father. Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after his Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

PREP-YEAR 2 MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

Thank you to all those wonderful mums who participated in the liturgy and events on Friday 11 May. Our teachers and support staff did a wonderful job facilitating such a joyous day. Their combined efforts are sincerely appreciated.

A Prayer of thanksgiving

As a mother protects her children, watching over them day by day, alert to danger, and ready if necessary to sacrifice herself for their sakes, so you Lord protect, your arms constantly encircling us, your hands delivering us from harm. For the intensity of your love, Lord Jesus we thank you.

Loving God, we thank you for mothers – for all they mean or have meant, for the love they have shown and the care they have given. We thank you for the qualities of mothers – their patience, their kindness, concern and understanding. We thank you for the part they play in our lives, and we thank you for this day of saying ‘thank you’ this opportunity to say what we so often mean to say but so rarely do. For mothers and motherhood, for children and families we offer our grateful praise.

HOLY SPIRIT MASS

What a wonderful job our Year 3-6 student representatives and Primary/Secondary leader did at our whole college annual “Holy Spirit” mass on Friday 18 May in the Mackillop Centre with Father Brian Noonan. The church is currently still in the season of Easter which will conclude on Pentecost Sunday (50 days after Easter Sunday) on 20 May. Typically the colour red is the liturgical colour for feast of Pentecost after which we will return to ordinary time which is symbolised by the colour green.

PENTECOST- 20 May  2018

The season of Easter concludes the feast of Pentecost. On Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; this event marks the beginning of the Church. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today’s first reading. The account in today’s Gospel, John 20:19-23, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Yet the event in John’s Gospel takes place on Easter Sunday. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts. It is to we know that after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an Advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.

In the context of the feast of Pentecost, John 20:19-23 reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He breathes the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and sends them to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ act of breathing the Holy Spirit upon the apostles mirrors God’s act of breathing life into Adam. In fact, both the Greek and Hebrew words for “spirit” can also be translated as “breath.” This Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. The reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church’s sacramental life. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are cleansed of sin and become a new creation in Christ. In the Sacrament of Penance, the Church celebrates the mercy of God through the forgiveness of sins. This reconciling presence is also to be a way of life for Christians. In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.

Gospel Reading
John 20:19-23
Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Family Connection

Pentecost is sometimes called the birthday of the Church. The Gospel for Pentecost reminds us that the Church begins with the command to forgive. Within the family, the domestic church, we learn how to forgive and how to accept forgiveness. The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to do both. Today is a fitting time to share a family celebration of reconciliation. As you gather together as a family, sit quietly for a few minutes, inviting everyone to reflect upon their need to forgive and to receive forgiveness. If there is a situation or issue within the family that needs attention, spend some time reflecting on how your family might address it. Read together today’s Gospel, John 20:19-23. Talk together about how Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us in the work of forgiveness and to bring us peace. Pray together today’s psalm or the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, asking that the Holy Spirit help your family. Share with one another the Sign of Peace.

PARISH CONFIRMATION SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

So far we have had two wonderful reflection sessions after mass where we have explored various themes including: The symbols of Baptism and Confirmation, The Pentecost Story and how to live out the mission of Jesus in the world today.. We have one more reflection session as outlined below.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING SACRAMENTAL DATE CLAIMERS:

TERM 2 - CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Sunday 20 May- 8am mass followed by final Confirmation Reflection 5 (Review pp. 46-54)

Monday 21 May- 3.15pm Confirmation Practice in MacKillop Centre

Thursday 24 May- 7pm MacKillop Centre

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Bishop Robert McGuckin)

COMMUNITY MINISTRY FOCUS: -

WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL

Now in its 19th year, National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

On Friday 18 May students are encouraged to walk safely to school. For those interested they can meet our elected student leaders, Mr Moyle and Mrs McWhaa at the AFL clubhouse at 8am. We will walk to school together via Kratzke Rd. All are welcome. Visit- http://www.walk.com.au/WSTSD/

MARY MAC MOVERS:

A reminder that all are welcome to join our weekly 5km Run/Jog/Walk every Tuesday at 5pm starting outside the MacKillop Centre. The course is 3 X 1.67km laps. Can anyone beat Josh Roach’s record of 20:02? Well, Josh did this himself. On Tuesday 1 May Josh smashed his old time with a new personal best and new course record of 18:59. Many also ran personal bests including Anastasia Topalov, Tom Oldham, Holly Oldham and Dylan Schmaling which is great news for our Mary Mac Movers Club.

GOLD COAST MARATHON:

If you would like to be part of the Mary Mac Movers team you will need to register asap.

So far with have 39 entrants registered- a wonderful effort so far.

 For more information visit: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/

Our password is Celebrate or contact Charmaine via email: charbrad@bigpond.com

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Mission Matters at Mary Mac

1 May 2018

PROJECT COMPASSION APPEAL 2018

Thank you to all those who so generously donated money to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Appeal 2018. At our whole college assembly on Friday 4 May we proudly handed over a cheque to  Mrs Catherine McAleer from  Toowoomba Diocese branch of Caritas Australia for $4200, a great effort even though we fell short of our original $5000 goal.

STARS OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to our recent Prep-Year 2 Stars of the week.

TERM TWO WESTIE AWARDS

Congratulations to all of the students who received these special awards. Westie as you hopefully are aware is an acronym for Welcoming, Encouraging, saying Sorry, saying Thanks, being Inclusive and Enthusiastic. While we want to see this behaviours in our students (as well as teachers and parents of course), in term 2 will be especially focusing on ENCOURAGING OTHERS.

Feel like you need something to lift your spirits? Life is a struggle – whatever you’re struggling with, it helps to hear words of encouragement that remind us that we all take knocks in life, but the best things in life come through persistence.

EASTER 2018

The church is currently still in the season of Easter which will conclude on Pentecost Sunday (50 days after Easter Sunday). As a whole college we will celebrate this with our annual “Holy Spirit” mass on Friday 18 May at 11.30am in the MacKillop Centre with Father Brian Noonan. All are welcome to join us as we thank God for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

This coming Sunday 6 May we celebrate the 6th Sunday of Easter (Year B) and there is a beautiful reflection to read below.

Gospel Reading
John 15:9-17
Jesus commands his disciples to love one another.

Family Connection Reflection

In family life, we have many opportunities to show love in action. Each time we postpone a task to tend to the needs of another, we show ourselves to be on the path to following the example of love shown to us by Jesus. Sometimes the sacrifices we are called upon to make for others are small. But these small choices to love and to serve others prepare us for the larger choices and sacrifices that we may be called upon to make. If we are people who have practiced showing our love for others with generosity, we will also be people who are willing to lay down our lives for those we love.

As you gather as a family, talk about the meaning of the word generosity. Ask each family member to describe an action that shows generosity. To be generous is to give freely to others without counting the cost. Recall that generosity is one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Introduce today’s Gospel reading by saying that Jesus taught us to be generous in showing our love for one another. Read together today’s Gospel, John 15:9-17. What examples did Jesus give to us that show this kind of love? (washing his disciples’ feet; accepting death on the cross) Jesus helps us to show this kind of love to others. In today’s Gospel, Jesus promised that God will give us whatever we ask for. One of the things we can ask for from God is a generous spirit so that we can love others as Jesus did. Conclude in prayer together by praying Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Prayer for Generosity.

Lord, teach me to be generous,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek rest,
to labour and not to look for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your holy will.

PARISH CONFIRMATION SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

So far we have had two wonderful reflection sessions after mass where we have explored various themes including: The symbols of Baptism and Confirmation, The Pentecost Story and how to be a community of Disciples. We have three more sessions as outlined below.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING SACRAMENTAL DATE CLAIMERS:

TERM 2- CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Sunday 6 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 3 (Review pp. 26-37)

Sunday 13 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 4 (Review pp. 38-45)

Sunday 20 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 5 (Review pp. 46-54)

Monday 21 May- 3.15pm Confirmation Practice in MacKillop Centre

Thursday 24 May- 7pm MacKillop Centre

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Bishop Robert McGuckin)

TERM 2 EASTER LITURGY

Thank you to our elected Primary and Secondary student leaders who assisted with our opening Term 2 Easter liturgy on Friday 20 April. During the liturgy Mr Peter Murphy and Mr Tim Franzmann symbolically sprinkled all present with special Easter Holy Water. The season of Easter continues until Pentecost Sunday. As a whole college we will celebrate Pentecost with a Holy Spirit mass with Father Brian on Friday 18 May. All are welcome.

ANZAC DAY LITURGY 2018

Congratulations to our wonderful our Primary and Secondary College Captains (Elijah Logan, Anabel Austin, Liam Samin and Monique George) and Year 9/10  House leaders:, (Connor McKerrow, Mia Knapman, Ky Brunner, Megan Bailey, Josh Roach, Gretel Worner and Nathan Haddow) who respectfully and reverently led our whole college Anzac Day liturgy on Tuesday 24 April  2018 in the MacKillop Centre.

  The liturgy had many highlights including:

  • Class symbol procession to the song “We are Australian.”
  • Laying of Wreath by Liam and Monique.
  • Gospel Procession and proclamation by Mr Tim Franzmann.
  • Reflection by parent and member of Aust. Army Services Mr Zed Aleksandrowicz
  • Prayer of the Faithful led by Connor
  • Gum Leaf Burning ritual by Anabel and Elijah.
  • Recitation of the Ode by Gretel
  • Rendition of the Last Post and Reveille by Downlands College Year 12 Captain Dominic Brennan.
  • Raising of the Australian flag by Mr Tim Franzmann following 1 minute silence.
  • Solo rendition of New Zealand national anthem by Mr Brett Rangiira.
  • College choir led rendition of Australian national anthem.

Thank you to everyone who supported this special liturgy and to the Highfields RSL Sub branch for generously donating 680 Anzac Day badges for our students.

Lest we forget.

YEAR 7/8 LED PARISH MASS

Congratulations to the following Year 7/8 students who assisted Father Brian on 5th Sunday of Easter Mary of the Southern Cross Parish mass on 29 April: Ashlyn Martin, Sarah Carr,  Anastasia Topalov, Monica Murphy, Bella Stenzel and Elise Scrivens. Thank you also to their parents, teachers Mr Chris Bracken, Mrs Tara Garske and Mr Sean Albion as well as Principal Mr Peter Murphy for their support. Mrs Loretta Simmons also deserves recognition for facilitating the Children’s Liturgy and Mrs Naomi Goddard for her quite behind the scenes ministry.

The basketball shootout champion was Bella Stenzel. Congratulations Bella who won a beautiful fluffy Easter bunny. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun Year of Youth activity co-ordinated by Mr Albion. Year 6 students and teachers will be invited to help led the 4th Sunday of the month Parish Mass on Sunday 27 March.

YEAR 9 REFLECTION DAY

On Tuesday 1 May, our Year 9 students participated in a special Year of Youth Reflection Day at the “Highfields Hub.” The theme of the day was “Belong, Believe, Be More. The students were given opportunities in engage in group activities that challenged them both physically and spiritually. They also ignited their hearts during reflection, prayer and planning action for future social justice initiatives

A wonderful highlight of the day involved service when some local retired citizens Bill and Mick taught the students how to play lawn bowls. It was a lot of fun and it was sensational to see our young people connect with those blessed with the wisdom that come from life’s experiences.

Thank you to all of the students who were simply a joy to be with and to our team of teachers who helped to facilitate the day: Mrs Justine Worner, Mr Chris Bracken, Mr Nick Joy and Mr Steve Moyle. Thank you also to Mr Marius Kruger for his generous hospitality.

Our next Reflection Day will be for our Year 7 students at the end of term 2. The thinking is that all students from Year 4-9 will have opportunities to participate in a reflection day each year and for students in Years 10-12 to engage in overnight retreats.  Invitational immersion experiences will also be offered to senior students. Refer below.

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

For the first time in the 15 years history of our College we are offering a 4 day immersion experience (9-12 June) for students in Year 9/10. Our purpose is to develop cross-curriculum priorities linked to the Australian Curriculum. In particular we are intending to develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority provides the opportunity for all young Australians to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, deep knowledge traditions and holistic world views. This knowledge and understanding will enrich all learners’ ability to participate positively in the ongoing development of Australia through a deepening knowledge and connection with the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

The initial plan is to hopefully incorporate some of the following rich learning experiences linked to the Indigenous  Australian  cross-curriculum priority as outlined below:

  • MMCC Indigenous Poles Beginning Ceremony
  • Welcome to Country (Goondiwindi)
  • Attendance at Friends of Myall Creek- 180th Anniversary Myall Creek Massacre Memorial Event
  • Visiting other significant Aboriginal sites ( Possibly: Cunnamulla, Charleville, Mitchell, Roma, Goombungee)
  • MMCC  whole college Naidoc Celebration liturgy (last day term 2)

Parent are invited to email Mr Steve Moyle. steve.moyle twb.catholic.edu.au by Friday 11 May to give an expression of interest.

 

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Mission Matters at Mary Mac

20 April 2018

PROJECT COMPASSION APPEAL 2018

Thank you to all those who have donated money to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion so far this Lent. If you would still like to make a donation please return money box to the junior or senior office as soon as possible.

Overall total so far: $ 4000     (Our College goal is $5000)

 

PARISH CONFIRMATION SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

TERM 2- CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Sunday 22 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 1 (Review pp. 1-13)

Sunday 29 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 2 (Review pp. 14-25)

Sunday 6 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 3 (Review pp. 26-37)

Sunday 13 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 4 (Review pp. 38-45)

Sunday 20 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 5 (Review pp. 46-54)

Monday 21 May- 3.15pm Confirmation Practice in MacKillop Centre

 

Thursday 24 May- 7pm MacKillop Centre

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Bishop Robert McGuckin)

 

TERM ONE MAKING JESUS REAL AWARDS

Congratulations to all of the students who received these special awards.

HOLY THURSDAY LITURGY

Congratulations to our wonderful Year 9/10 elected student leaders: Elijah Logan, Gabby Nielsen, Jaymee Suliman, Maddie Dobson, Tobey Burling, Elli Close, Connor McKerrow, Mia Knapman, Ky Brunner., Megan Bailey, Josh Roach, Gretel Worner and Nathan Haddow

 who assisted with our whole college Holy Thursday liturgy on the last day of term 1, 29 March 2018.  A significant highlight of the liturgy was the symbolic service action of Elijah, our male secondary college captain washing the feet of Prep Joey student Eliza Ware.

TERM 2 EASTER LITURGY

Thank you to our elected Primary and Secondary student leaders who assisted with our opening Term 2 Easter liturgy on Friday 20 April. During the liturgy Mr Peter Murphy and Mr Tim Franzmann symbolically sprinkled all present with special Easter Holy Water. The season of Easter continues until Pentecost Sunday. As a whole college we will celebrate Pentecost with a Holy Spirit mass with Father Brian on Friday 18 May. All are welcome.

YEAR 5 LED PARISH MASS

Congratulations to the following Year 5 students who assisted Father Brian on our Parish Palm Sunday mass on25 March: Sam Jones, Annabelle Fox, Ryley Schmaling, Grace Brosnan, Chelsea Mifsud, Pat O’Sullivan, Mikala Allison, John Condon, Bryson Holm, Jarrah & Jayden Sunatwanitkul and Xander O’Neil. Thank you also to their teachers Mr Craig Faessler, Mrs Shannon Anderson and Miss Lisa Kynoch for their support.

 

COMMUNITY FOCUS:

MARY MAC SPIRIT & THE QUEENS BATON RELAY

What a joyful privilege it was for myself to carry the Queens Baton and pass it to Year 9 student Gretel Worner on 28 March along Holbertin St, Rockville in Toowoomba. Thank you to those who nominated me. I felt very humbled by the experience and was proud to represent the Mary Mackillop Catholic College community.

MARY MAC MOVERS:

A reminder that all are welcome to join our weekly 5km Run/Jog/Walk every Tuesday at 5pm outside the MacKillop Centre. The course is 3 X 1.67km laps.

GOLD COAST MARATHON:

If you would like to be part of the Mary Mac Movers team will need to register before the end of term 1.

Event

30 June

Age Requirements

Early bird entry fee

After 30 April 2018

Start Time

Cut Off Time

Garmin 2km Junior Dash

5-10 year old (Parent may accompany)

$25

$45

9.25am

20 mins

Garmin 4km Junior Dash

5-14 year olds

(No parents)

$25

$45

9.40am

40 mins

Gold Coast Airport Fun Run

5.7Km Challenge

Minimum 12yo

(Under 12yo need registered adult accompanying at all times)

$45

$65

8.00am

1hour 20mins

Southern Cross Uni 10km

minimum 12 years old

$60

$80

6.30am

1hour 40mins

ASICs half marathon 21kms

minimum 15 years old

$110

$130

6.00am

3hours 20 minutes

Marathon 42kms

minimum 18 years old

$145

$165

7.20am

6hrs 40minutes

 

 For more information visit: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/

Our password is Celebrate

or contact Charmaine via email:  Brad&Charmaine Schmaling <charbrad@bigpond.com>

 

YEAR 5/6 FUTSAL SEASON REPORT 2018

 Congratulations to all 9 teams who participated in our annual Year 5/6 Futsal competition in term 1. Over 60 players registered and there was great skill on display over the 5 weeks. The level of sportsmanship was outstanding and there was tremendous displays of spirit and pure enjoyment. Added to this, there was evidence of teamwork, resilience and learning how to deal with both winning and losing.

This year we were very fortunate to have the support of Year 9 students Nathan Haddow and Tobey Burling who refereed lunch break games. Thank you also to Mrs Chrissy Carter, Mrs Sean Albion, Miss Tamara Niemeyer and Mr Steve Moyle (Convenor) who assisted with refereeing.

Congratulations to the following best and fairest team players as judged by the Convenor:

1st- Besties: Liam Samin

2nd- Bullets: Jack Haddow

3rd- Sweat Lords: Jack Durrant

4th- Baboons: Lachlan MacMahon

5th- Pinkies: Ryley Schmaling

6th- Pink Corgies: Sam Edwards

7th- Golden Panthers: Riley McNally

8th- Turkeys: Jarrah Sunatwanakil

9th- Windy Unicorns: Chelsea Mifsud

FINALS RESULTS: Friday 23 March in Ignatius Centre

A high level of skill and teamwork was on display during the finals afternoon. As the scores indicated all four games were very competitive with only one goal determining the winner in each game. The Bullets and Besties caused major upsets in the semi-finals with the Besties team of Lucie Ramsay, Charlotte Stevenson-Hiley, Liam Samin, Josh Midola, Lara Fitzgerald and Lucy Thompson (absent) winning the final. The Besties were just that, the best team in 2018 and were deservedly crowned the Year 5/6 Futsal Champions.

Semi-Final 1: Sweat Lords 1 v Bullets 2

Semi-Final 2: Baboons 3 v Besties 4

Playoff 3rd/4th: Sweat Lords 2 v Baboons 1

Final: Bullets 2 v Besties 3

Player of the Finals: Liam Samin (most goals in finals)

 

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MISSION MATTERS AT MARY MAC with Mr Moyle

21 March 2018

PROJECT COMPASSION APPEAL 2018

Thank you to all those who have donated money to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion so far this Lent. Each Wednesday student leaders visit classrooms to collect the donations which are sincerely appreciated as we strive FOR A JUST FUTURE. Just as importantly, there are wonderful stories to engage in each week. You are encouraged to visit:

http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion

 

Overall total so far: $ 3000     (Our College goal is $5000)

Social Justice Stories: Well done to Year 5 Macintyre who took the initiative of holding a lolly guessing competition with all monies donated to Project Compassion. Well done also to our Year 7 students who raised over $300 from their recent bake sales. Be sure to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday (refer below)

Major Project Compassion Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who supported our Out of Uniform St.Patrick’s “Green” Day with a $2 donation on Friday 16 March, 2018. We managed to reach our goal and raise over $1000 for Project Compassion.

PALM SUNDAY – Weekend 24/25 March- Readings: Is 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1 - 15:47

Many of us over the years have seen film and television productions of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We could be tempted to see Palm Sunday as a historical re-enactment of the tragic events in Christ's life. Unlike those who witnessed this procession through Jerusalem over2000 years ago, we celebrate this day in the light of the resurrection. We know that sadness and death have given way to new life and that Christ has triumphed over death, so we too live in hope.

As hope-filled people, we appreciate the significance of our prayer, fasting and almsgiving as they intensify during this week- the only week in our Christian calendar the Church calls "holy". These Lenten acts draw us back to God and each other.

Through the liturgies of Holy Week, we participate in the remembrance of Jesus’ final days. We are mindful too of the many women, men and children around the world who are most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice. These are the face of the suffering Christ in our time.

One such face is Psyche Mae who when featured in Project Compassion in 2008, was a teenager living with her family in a squatter settlement on the edge of a giant rubbish dump outside Manila in the Philippines. Her family formed part of an extensive, urban poor community, where hundreds of thousands of people struggle to survive – and many are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

Fast forward to 2018 where Psyche Mae, her parents and siblings have managed to lift themselves out of poverty to a new life where they have built a better future. Psyche Mae herself is now a qualified social worker for the Philippines Government, helping informal settlers and people with disabilities. She is a hard worker, working full-time and studying after work at university, where she plans to continue to study for a Master's degree.

This story illustrates that renewal and the opportunity for new life can be the start of a just future, where people can become the architects of change in their lives. 

EARTH HOUR 2018

Earth Hour is the world's largest grassroots movement for climate change action. Millions of people in over 180 countries take part in Earth Hour by switching off their lights as a symbolic gesture to show that our planet needs stronger action on climate change. On Saturday, 24 March 2018, switch off at 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm for Earth Hour.

PARISH CONFIRMATION SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

Thank you to parents who recently attended the information sessions and brought their children to the Parish enrolments during Sunday masses on either 11/18 March.

Photographs of these children are on display in the MacKillop Centre near the Year of Youth display.  If you happened to miss one of these masses, please send in photo card and enrolment slip to Mrs Cathy Perry in the Primary office before the end of term 1.

TERM 2- CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Sunday 22 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 1 (Review pp. 1-13)

Sunday 29 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 2 (Review pp. 14-25)

Sunday 6 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 3 (Review pp. 26-37)

Sunday 13 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 4 (Review pp. 38-45)

Sunday 20 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 5 (Review pp. 46-54)

Monday 21 May- 3.15pm Confirmation Practice in MacKillop Centre

Thursday 24 May- 7pm MacKillop Centre

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Bishop Robert McGuckin)

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Before the end of term one, all classes will participate in walking the “Way of the Cross” based on the scriptural Stations of the Cross celebrated by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday 1991. They are presented here as an alternative to the traditional stations and as a way of reflecting more deeply on the Scriptural accounts of Christ's passion.

All are invited to walk the 14 stations that are positioned on the eastern side of the Primary road opposite Uluru.

MAKING JESUS REAL (MJR) AWARDS

As has been a tradition for many years at our college, 30 students from each class will be recognised with a special MJR award. Year 6 students will receive their awards on Friday 23 March at 8.35am outside the Tuckshop due to their Week 10 Canberra experience. All others students will be acknowledged at 2pm on Holy Thursday 29 March in the MacKillop Centre.

HEALING HANDS COOK UP

Thank you to Mrs Vivienne Holman, Mrs Justine Worner and students from the Year 9 CSYMA class who generously gave of their time and expertise to cook meals for our college’s “Healing Hands” ministry from 3-7pm on Monday 19 March. Now that’s living the spirit of Jesus!

HOLY THURSDAY LITURGY

All are welcome to attend our whole college Holy Thursday gathering in the MacKillop Centre  beginning at 2pm on the last day of term 1 (29 March) with the presentation of our MJR awards before the liturgy.

YEAR 5 LED PARISH MASS

Our next student led Parish mass will take place on the morning of our Open Day, 8am Sunday 25 March. This particular mass falls on Palm Sunday (the first day of Holy Week) and the Passion of the Lord will be proclaimed during the gospel. All are welcome.

PARISH HOLY WEEK & EASTER CELEBRATIONS 2018- ALL ARE WELCOME

Thursday 23 March: 5.30pm The Lord’s Last Supper- MacKillop Centre

Friday 24 March: 10am Ecumenical Stations of the Cross- Peacehaven Park, Highfields.

                              : 3pm Good Friday Passion of the Lord- MacKillop Centre

Saturday 25 March: 6pm Easter Saturday Vigil Mass- MacKillop Centre

Sunday 26 March: 8am Easter Sunday Morning Mass- MacKillop Centre

 

PRIMARY STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL (SRC)

Congratulations to the following Primary class members who were elected as members of SRC. These students received their badges at our Primary assembly on Friday 16 March from Head of Primary Mr Tim Franzmann.

Year 3: Table Top- Darcy Mattthew and Jessica Fagan.

              Kynoch- Sam Anderson and Alara Williams

              McPherson- Tyler Burling and Makayla Petrie

Year 4:  Gowrie- Ann Dolan and Joshua Cranston

              Bunya- Macy Evans and Ruben Kruger

              Condamine- Bella Scrivens and Digby George

Year 5: Warrego- Darby Richardson and Jorja Thurston

             MacIntyre- Dominic McBride and Indigo Cadzow Smith.

             Diamantina- Bianca Philp and Jarrah Sunatwanitkul

Year 6: Moreton- Lucy Hutchison and Riley Zanette.

             Fraser- Will Cooke and Emerald Garrett

             Stradbroke- Lachlan Lombard and Karlie Gorbal

YEAR 9/10 ELECTED COLLEGE LEADERS:

Congratulations to the following students who received their badges from our Principal Mr Peter Murphy at the Senior College assembly on Friday 16 March in the Ignatius Centre. These leaders will be invited to lead our whole college Holy Thursday liturgy at 2.30pm on 29 March in the MacKillop Centre. Serving others as modelled by Jesus is central to student leadership as we strive to be a Christ-centred community of faith-filled people.

Position

 

 

Senior Leader

Anabel Austin

Elijah Logan

Pastoral Leader

Gabby Nielsen

Jaymee Sulliman

Cultural Leader

Maddi Dobson

Tobey Burling

Cunningham Leader

Elli Close

Connor McKerrow

McCormack Leader

Mia Knapman

Ky Brunner

Penola Leader

Megan Bailey

Josh Roach

Tenison Leader

Gretel Worner

Nathan Haddow

 

COMMUNITY FOCUS: - MARY MAC SPIRIT & THE QUEENS BATON RELAY

With  the Commonwealth Games  just around the corner, our college will be represented in the Queens Baton relay by Year 9 students Gretel Worner and Teacher Mr Steve Moyle.

Details:

Gretel and Steve will be carrying the Baton on day 093 of the Relay in Australia.

  • Participation date: 28/03/2018
  • Baton bearers: Toowoomba QLD
  • Anticipated segment start time: 14:37
  • Approximate start location: 36 Holberton St, Rockville QLD 4350, Australia

Fittingly Steve will be passing the baton to Gretel, a symbolic action as we celebrate the Year of Youth in 2018

MARY MAC MOVERS:

A reminder that all are welcome to join our weekly 5km Run/Jog/Walk every Tuesday at 5pm outside the MacKillop Centre. The course is 3 X 1.67km laps.

GOLD COAST MARATHON:

If you would like to be part of the Mary Mac Movers team will need to register before the end of term 1.

Event

30 June

Age Requirements

Early bird entry fee

After 30 April 2018

Start Time

Cut Off Time

Garmin 2km Junior Dash

5-10 year old (Parent may accompany)

$25

$45

9.25am

20 mins

Garmin 4km Junior Dash

5-14 year olds

(No parents)

$25

$45

9.40am

40 mins

Gold Coast Airport Fun Run

5.7Km Challenge

Minimum 12yo

(Under 12yo need registered adult accompanying at all times)

$45

$65

8.00am

1hour 20mins

Southern Cross Uni 10km

minimum 12 years old

$60

$80

6.30am

1hour 40mins

ASICs half marathon 21kms

minimum 15 years old

$110

$130

6.00am

3hours 20 minutes

Marathon 42kms

minimum 18 years old

$145

$165

7.20am

6hrs 40minutes

 

 For more information visit: https://goldcoastmarathon.com.au/

Our password is celebrate

or contact Charmaine via email:  Brad&Charmaine Schmaling <charbrad@bigpond.com>

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Mission Matters at Mary Mac

9 March 2018

PROJECT COMPASSION APPEAL 2018

Thank you to all those who have donated to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion so far this Lent. Each Wednesday student leaders visit classrooms to collect the donations. More importantly, there are wonderful stories to engage in each week. You are encouraged to visit: http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion

Overall Total: $ 1500     (Our College goal is $5000)

Social Justice Stories: Well done to Year 7 who are holding Secondary Bake Sales to raise funds for Project Compassion. They are also encouraging everyone to participate in Earth Hour Australia on Saturday, 24 March. Refer below

Major Project Compassion Fundraiser

Goal: $1000 plus

Out of Uniform Day

St.Patrick’s “Green” Day $2 donation

Friday 16 March, 2018

Earth Hour Australia 2018

Earth Hour is the world's largest grassroots movement for climate change action. Millions of people in over 180 countries take part in Earth Hour by switching off their lights as a symbolic gesture to show that our planet needs stronger action on climate change. On Saturday, 24 March 2018, switch off at 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm for Earth Hour.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT – Weekend of 10/11 March

Readings: Yr B: 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23; Eph 2:4-10; Jn 3:14-21

The symbolism in this Sunday’s readings remind us of the richness of God’s mercy and grace.  The first reading recalls the struggles of the people of God to remain faithful to God and to remember God’s promises to them through the prophets. The role of the prophet in biblical times was to preserve in the people the reality that they were precious in God’s eyes and that God was always present with them.

In the Gospel today we see Jesus speaking with Nicodemus. The same Nicodemus we are told a few verses earlier, who came to Jesus by night [John 3:10-12]. In the scriptures night is often associated with secrecy and darkness.In contrast, later in John's Gospel, Jesus tells us he is the "light of the world."

As the Church continuously revisits the long history of God’s relationship with God’s people, Caritas Australia takes this opportunity to revisit and explore the impact of its relationships. We first heard about Evangeline, a young First Australian woman a couple of years ago. She lives in the remote community of Beswick in the Northern Territory. Evangeline’s work is, of itself, life-giving for her and her community. She helps to her own precious gifts and talents and the art and culture of her people. We are blessed by their willingness to share their gifts with the broader Australian community. In doing this, like St Paul reminds us, we are "God’s work of art”.  

Just as Evangeline is shining a light on her culture and lore for future generations, we can ask ourselves: how are we living in Christ’s light?

PARISH CONFIRMATION SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME

Thank you to parents who recently attended the information sessions.

If you missed the sessions please contact Cathy Perry in the Junior Office to collect your information folder.

IMPORTANT  UPCOMING  SACRAMENTAL DATE CLAIMERS:

TERM 1- CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Sunday 11 or 18 March- 8am mass C/E Commitment Enrolment- Please bring enrolment form and photocard

TERM 2- CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Sunday 22 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 1 (Review pp. 1-13)

Sunday 29 April- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 2 (Review pp. 14-25)

Sunday 6 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 3 (Review pp. 26-37)

Sunday 13 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 4 (Review pp. 38-45)

Sunday 20 May- 8am mass followed by Confirmation Reflection 5 (Review pp. 46-54)

Monday 21 May- 3.15pm Confirmation Practice in MacKillop Centre

Thursday 24 May- 7pm MacKillop Centre

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION (Bishop Robert McGuckin)

YEAR 3 LED PARISH MASS

Congratulations to the 17 Year Three students who assisted with readings and ministries at the Mary of the Southern Cross Parish mass on 25 February in the MacKillop Centre. They included   Alex Robinson, Alara Williams, Molly Ford, Lincoln Mende, Nina McBride, Arabella Backhouse, Sam Fox, Tyler Burling, Will Erlich, Monique Attard, Charlie Usher, Layla Schick, Xavier Coren, Georgia Marshall, Ella Eilliams, Tom Condon & Will Chambers.

The students under the guidance of teachers Mr Shane McAllister and Miss Lisa-Marie Barber were very reverent and brought great joy to the celebration. They were a credit to themselves, their families, our college and our parish.

Following the mass, the students hosted a special morning tea for all. Being the Year of Youth, following each college led Parish mass there will be a physical challenge. The Year 3 students also participated in a basketball shootout with everyone receiving a treat. Xavier Coren was crowned the Year 3 basketball champion and it was great to see him sharing his prize with others afterwards. Now that living the spirit of Jesus!

Our next student led Parish mass will be by Year 5 students on the morning of our Open Day, 8am Sunday 25 March. All are welcome.

YEAR 10 RETREAT

Our Year 10 students participated in a special “Year of Youth- Opening New Horizons” retreat at Kelly House at the James Byrne Centre on Thursday 8 March and Friday 9 March.

 

COMMUNITY FOCUS: - MARY MAC SPIRIT

Congratulations to the following students who represented our college in Toowoomba’s largest annual fun run, “Peak to Park” on Sunday 4 March: Anastasia Topalov, Lucy Thompson, the Roach brothers (Josh, Nick, Jacob & Lachie) and the  Schmaling brothers (Dylan & Ryley). All 8 students participated in the 4km event.

Before the race a few of our runners caught up with Olympian and local running great, Toowoomba educated Patrick Tiernan (former St.Anthony’s Primary and  St.Joseph’s Secondary College student) who will represent Australia in the 10 000m at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

 

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23 February 2018

LAUNCH OF PROJECT COMPASSION MASS 2018

Schools from across the Toowoomba Diocese gathered at a special mass to officially launch Project Compassion for 2018. The mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba with Bishop Robert McGuckin presiding. Over 70 students proudly processed in with the bishop behind their school banners. School representatives pledged their commitment to Project Compassion 2018 and each school received a special Caritas candle. To conclude, all students processed out with the bishop before enjoying a delicious morning tea generously provided by the Cathedral’s Care and Concern ministry group.

Thank you to the following 12 students who proudly represented our College in their formal uniforms in very hot weather conditions:  Liam Samin, Monique George,  Gabi Stubbings, Chloe Gillett,  Natasha James,  Charlotte Stevenson Hiley, Mitch Garrels, Tom Steer, Holly Hutchison, Jack & Ava Franzmann and Fletcher Skewes.

Thank you also to our Leadership team members who attended, and to parents who supported our students.

 

SHROVE TUESDAY 2018

Shrove Tuesday is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it's the last day before Lent. Lent is a time of abstinence, of giving things up.

So Shrove Tuesday is the last chance to indulge yourself, and to use up the foods that aren't allowed in Lent.

Giving up foods: but not wasting them

During Lent there are many foods that some Christians, historically and today, would not eat: foods such as meat and fish, fats, eggs, and milky foods.

So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn't last the forty days of Lent without going off. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receive absolution.

The need to eat up the fats gave rise to the French name Mardi Gras ('Fat Tuesday'). Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as they were a dish that could use up all the eggs, fats and milk in the house with just the addition of flour.

MMCC Pancake Day Champions 2018:

Best Primary Pancake Flipper: Charlotte Stevenson Hiley

Fastest Primary Pancake Eater (no hands): Chloe Gillett

Secondary House Pancake Relay Winner: Penola led by Yr 9 student Megan Bailey

 

2018 YEAR OF YOUTH LOGO

Under the astute guidance of secondary art teacher Mr Mark Gregson in term 4 last year, students were invited to design a suitable logo for our 2018 College theme: Year of Youth. 

The winning design was launched at our 2018 whole College commencement mass on Friday 2 February. Winning Year 8 student Levi Logan, painted his design on canvas. Year 10 student Holly Hutchison, who was the runner up and Mr Gregson assisted Levi with the painting, as a reflection after Communion. College Principal Mr Peter Murphy officially unveiled Levi’s design before the whole community.

Levi describes the inspiration of his design: “In the year of Youth, I wanted to inspire everyone to use their hands to serve others by making Jesus real in our College. Our Principal Mr Peter Murphy is often reminding us to engage our minds, ignite our hearts and serve others. The symbol of the hand with the small pinkie finger forms a cross which reminds us, that as student disciples we are called to live the mission of Jesus and serve the weakest and the poor.”

Levi’s hand is now forms part of our College’s official Year of Youth 2018 logo. His original canvas is on display in the MacKillop Centre.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY OF THE WORD 2018

Congratulations to the Year 9 CSYMA class led by Mrs Justine Worner who did a wonderful job leading our whole College Ash Wednesday liturgy, where everyone received ashes to mark the beginning of the Lenten season as well as a Project Compassion money box. 

Thank you for your anticipated support of Project Compassion.  In this season, we prepare ourselves to celebrate the high point of our Christian life, Easter. Each year, the readings for Ash Wednesday are the same. They call us to a change of heart and teach us about the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These disciplines are to be part of the Christian life during every season, but during the season of Lent, we renew our commitment to them.

 

YEAR 4 FRIENDSHIP REFLECTION DAY

A very successful Year 4 Friendship Day was held at the James Byrne Centre on Friday February 16 with wonderful involvement from the Year 9 CSYMA class. Students were involved in a wide variety of friendship building activities with many opportunities to reflect on what it means to be a good friend including group work, fun team games, meditation and prayer.

 

 

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9 February 2018

WHOLE COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT MASS 2018

On Friday, 2 February, our whole college gathered in the MacKillop Centre to celebrate the Eucharist with Father Brian Noonan. On that day, the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus. It is also known as Candlemas day, which we honoured with the blessing and procession of 30 class candles to begin mass.

Our elected Year 6 student representatives did a beautiful job assisting Father Brian. During proceedings, we officially launched the 2018 college theme “Celebrating the Year of Youth” by painting our college symbol designed by Year 8 student Levi Logan.

Congratulations to the following students who received leadership badges following the mass.

Year 6 Student Leaders 2018

 

Boy Primary Leader:   Liam Samin

Girl Primary Leader:  Monique George

Cultural Leaders: Gabi Stubbings & Chloe Gillett

Pastoral Leaders: Isaac Logan & Natasha James

House Leaders:

Cunningham (red): Lucy Thompson & Charlotte Stevenson Hiley

McCormack (yellow): Lucy Anlezark & Lucie Ramsay

Penola (blue): Mitch Garrels & Ally Suliman

Tension (green): Olivia Clark & Tom Steer

Year 10 Student Leaders 2018

Brock Bishop- Kinlyside, Connor McKerrow, Lincoln Giarratano, Ben Hackwood, Cooper Adam, Zac Dixon, Talia Wallace, Holly Hutchison, Nadia Eastaugh and Ben Ziviani.

OPENING FRIDAY ASSEMBLY

Our whole College gathered for our first Friday morning assembly on 9 February, which will become the norm in 2018. It was wonderful to share the joy of Youth with parents and friends who are always welcome to attend. As has been a tradition for many years, we celebrated the gifts and talents of our Prep - Year 2 Stars of the Week and Mrs Anderson’s Year 5 Warrego presented our first teaching and learning class presentation for 2018.

We also celebrated our swimming age champions, announced this year’s swimming carnival house champions, and prayed especially for the sick. (refer below)

Our whole College will only gather for assemblies every second week (odd weeks) in 2018. In the even weeks, there will be two assemblies; a junior assembly in the MacKillop Centre and a senior assembly in Penola 6.

Praying for the Sick
World Day of Prayer for the Sick‚Äč
February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes and is an important opportunity for those who serve in Catholic health ministry to reflect on caring for those who are sick as well as those who provide care to them.

Click here for a Prayer for the Sick

Click here to pray the Litany of Our Lady of Lourdes

UPCOMING MACKILLOP CENTRE SPIRITUAL EVENTS- ALL ARE WARMLY INVITED

  • 8:00 am every Sunday- “Mary of the Southern Cross” Parish Masses with Father Brian.
  • 8:30 am weekly Friday assemblies – refer to the College calendar
  • 8:30-9:00am Wednesday 14 February- whole college Ash Wednesday liturgy where all will receive ashes to mark the beginning of the Lenten season as well as a Project Compassion money box.

DIOCESAN LAUNCH OF YEAR OF YOUTH 2018

On Friday 9 February, our Year 9 CSYMA student leaders represented our College at the Toowoomba Schools Diocesan mass, which will also included the diocesan launch of the Year of Youth. The mass was held in St.Patrick’s Cathedral and led by our Bishop Robert McGuckin. Mrs Worner, Mr Franzmann and Mr Murphy attended.

DIOCESAN MASS TO LAUNCH OF PROJECT COMPASSION 2018

Student College leaders and staff will represent our College at this special event at St.Patrick’s Cathedral in Toowoomba on Sunday, 11 February. Each year we offer our support to Caritas Australia’s Lenten Project Compassion Appeal, a key response to giving witness to the Catholic Social Teaching of “Preferential Option for the Poor.

UPCOMING RETREATS & REFLECTION DAYS

Year 4 Friendship Day, Friday, 16 February (Year 9 CSYMA class will be involved in this day)   

Year 7 Reflection Day, Thursday, 22February

Year 10 Retreat Thursday and Friday, 8 & 9 March

Year 9 Reflection Day, Tuesday, 1 May

Year 5 Reflection Day Wednesday, 22 August (facilitated by Year 10)

Year 4 Reflection Day Monday, 3 September (facilitated by Year 9 YM class)

Year 6 MJR Reflection Day Wednesday, 21 November

Year 8 'Catch the Wave' Monday, 26 November

Gospel Reading- Sunday 11 February 2018

Gospel Reading
Mark 1:40-45
Jesus cures a person with leprosy, who reports his cure to everyone.

Family Connection

This Sunday’s Gospel invites us to think about the choices we make as individuals and as a family. Jesus was faced with a choice in this Gospel. By choosing to heal the man with leprosy, Jesus showed God’s compassion for the sick and the outcast. The man knew that Jesus had a choice and that Jesus could reject his request. He may have expected that Jesus would not help him. The social taboos regarding leprosy certainly gave him little on which to base his hope. In the person of the man with leprosy, we see an image of all those in need. The sick and the outcast of our world are watching us, to see if we as Christians will choose to extend ourselves to others in need of healing and compassion.

As you gather with your family talk about some of the choices you have made as a family (where to go on vacation, what activities to do together, how to spend our evenings, and so on).  How does your family go about making these decisions? What do your choices communicate to others about your family’s values? In this Gospel, Jesus was faced with a choice. Read today’s Gospel, Mark 1:40-45. In choosing to heal the man with leprosy, Jesus chose to show God’s compassion and mercy. All our choices reflect our faith, and others are watching. Conclude in prayer together, asking God to help your family show compassion to others in your family decisions. Pray together today’s Psalm, Psalm 32, or pray the Prayer for Vocations.

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Mission Matters at Mary Mac

25 January 2018

STAFF BREAKFAST MASS

Thank you to our parish priest Father Brian Noonan who led a beautiful whole staff mass at the James Byrne Centre on Monday, 15 January.  A mass is structured with four main parts; Gathering, Listening to the Word, Responding and Sending. To begin we all gathered outside in the beautiful natural grounds, before moving to the Christ the King Chapel for the Liturgy of the Word. Next, we moved to the Marian Hall to celebrate the Liturgy of the Eucharist and shared a beautiful breakfast before regathering in the chapel to conclude the mass.

To begin we started with this beautiful prayer:

 

Loving God in this year dedicated to celebrating the Joy of Youth in our college community, we gather here today to give You thanks and to ask for your blessing upon us as we begin this new year. May we be wise and strong as we exercise our responsibilities enabling others to become the best they can be, by engaging minds, igniting hearts and serving others.

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.

During the mass our whole staff also pledged our 2018 College commitment prayer.

"We, the teachers and staff of Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Highfields, conscious of our responsibility to the students entrusted to our care, pledge ourselves to making Jesus known.

We will seek to the best of our ability to inspire in the students committed to our care those Gospel values which are foundational to Catholic School Education and those taught by Australia’s first saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.  We will seek to do this by word and example.

We commit ourselves to excellence in the education of those whom we teach and serve.

As we embark on the 2018 journey, the Year of YOUTH, we place our hope and trust in you. Pour your blessing upon us, as we face the unknown and the known together.  Bring life and growth to all that awaits us. Open us anew to the familiar. Support us in facing the challenges and surprises that will come to us.

May we, in your blessing, grow in love and celebrate the joyfulness of Youth by using our hands to serve others, our intellect to engage our minds, and our hearts to ignite our spirit.

 Help us to honour our college motto inspired by Saint Ignatius of Loyola to

“CELEBRATE GOD IN ALL THINGS”

In 2018 may we work together for the glory of your Kingdom.

This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen."

 

DIOCESAN LAUNCH OF YEAR OF YOUTH 2018

On Friday 9 February, our Year 9 CSYMA and elected Year 6 student leaders will represent our College at the Toowoomba Schools Diocesan Mass, which will also include the launch of the Year of Youth. The mass will be held in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and will be presided by our bishop Robert McGuckin.  Mrs Worner, Mr Franzmann and Mr Murphy will also be attending.

 

UPCOMING RETREATS & REFLECTION DAYS

Please refer to the College calendar for a full list of events.

 

Gospel Reading- Sunday 28 January 2018
Mark 1:21-28
Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit and his fame spreads throughout Galilee.

Family Connection

The people who heard Jesus teach and saw him heal in today’s Gospel were said to have been astonished and amazed by the authority of his teaching. So compelling were Jesus’ words and actions that the news about him could not be contained; it spread quickly throughout all of Galilee. Two thousand years later, the news about Jesus continues to spread. We are called to participate in sharing the Good News of Jesus with others in our words and in our deeds.

Gather as a family and try to name some amazing things, events, or people. In today’s Gospel we hear that the people were astonished and amazed by their experience of Jesus. Read today’s Gospel, Mark 1:21–28. What did the people who saw and heard Jesus find so amazing? (In Jesus, the people heard and saw the power and authority of God at work.) People should see in our lives the power and authority of God at work. Can you name any modern examples of people in whom you have seen the power and authority of God at work? Conclude in prayer together that we will experience wonder at the work of God in our world today. Pray together the Prayer to the Holy Spirit.

 

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MISSION MATTERS AT MARY MAC WITH MR M

24 November 2017

NEW VINNIE’S BIN

You are invited to contribute to “Being the Change” by donating items of clothing and other goods to St.Vinnies by placing your donations in our wonderful new bin situated opposite the MacKillop Centre in the Junior school 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.

SVdP CHRISTMAS APPEAL 2017

All are invited to donate to the St.Vincent de Paul (SVdP) 2017 Christmas Appeal.  Prep to Year 6 classes will be donating food hampers while our secondary students will be giving “Shoe Box” gifts. We will offer all of these donations at our final mass on Friday 1 December.

Thank you for your anticipated support and generosity.

WEEK 9 MACKILLOP CENTRE SPIRITUAL EVENTS - ALL ARE INVITED

Sunday, 26 November:  

  • 8:00 am Parish Mass (“Christ the King” solemnity – end liturgical year A)

led by Bishop Robert McGuckin with a  reception of seminarian Tom Duncan (Rite of Admission to the Candidacy for Holy Orders- The priesthood)

Wednesday, 29 November:

  • 2:20 pm “MAKING JESUS REAL” awards
  • 5:30 pm Year 6 Rite of Passage Liturgy if the Word.

Friday, 1 December:

  • 11:30 am End of Year- BE THE CHANGE 2017 thanksgiving mass

RETREATS & REFLECTION DAYS

Over the past week many of our students have experienced beautiful opportunities to connect and celebrate with God by engaging minds, igniting hearts and serving others. Thank you to all staff and students for your willingness to share and learn more about God’s unconditional love. In particular, I would like to sincerely thank Mrs Justine Worner for her hard work and support in endeavouring to Making Jesus Real in our college. This lady truly lives the spirit of Jesus and is a wonderful role model for all in our college.

  • Friday, 17 November: Year 4 “Journey of Friendship” Reflection Day led by Year 9
  • Tuesday, 21 November: Year 8 “ Catch the Wave” Reflection Day at Cooby Dam
  • Wednesday, 22 November: Year 6 “Journey & Change” Reflection Day
  • Thursday, 23 November: Secondary Youth Vinnies final gathering and thanksgiving liturgy with Brownesholme residents.

NOVEMBER IS DEDICATED TO ALL SOULS

During the month of November the Catholic Church remembers all who are part of the Church– those who have died and are with God, and those of us still here on earth. We especially remember our loved ones who have died and we ask God to give them eternal rest forever

Loving God, sometimes our hearts are heavy with sadness and loss.

Bring us comfort and peace when we grieve, give us strength and courage to move forward and give us hope, so that we may trust in the promise of life with you forever.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

In your loving kindness Lord, accept the prayers we now make to you.

We pray for those of us who have lost friends and members of our families (pause)…. Lord, hear us.

All: Lord hear our prayer.

We pray for comfort and consolation at the loss of loved ones (pause)…Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, hear our pray

We pray for doctors, nurses and carers who tend to those who are ill and dying (pause)Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for those who have died tragically and suddenly. (pause)… Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, hear our prayer

We pray for hope in the promise of eternal life in heaven with you God . (pause)…Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, bring us peace.

Loving God, with hope and faith we ask you to accept the prayers we make to you.

All: Amen.

Final Prayer:

Compassionate God, you listen to the prayers of your people. May your constant presence in our lives bring us comfort and peace. May we rejoice that those who have died are with you forever in heaven.

Let us pray for those who have died. Together we pray

All: Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. Amen

 

CHRIST THE KING- SOLEMNITY 2017

This Sunday 26 November, we, the Catholic Church celebrate this important feast day to mark the end of the liturgical year A. Jesus, as we know was a king like no other. He was not interested in power, control and ego. He was more interested in the power of building a KIN(G)DOM (as in next of kin) where all could flourish by  honouring the dignity of the human person. To do this he invites us all to focus on fostering RELATIONSHIPS OF FAITH LOVE, FORGIVENESS & HOPE. As we will read below be came to serve by giving witness to the Corporal Works of Mercy and in turn show God’s compassion and mercy.

Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus teaches that when the Son of Man comes in glory, he will judge the nations, separating the sheep from the goats.

Family Connection

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us that we will be judged on only one thing: the acts of mercy we have shown to the least among us. Jesus identifies with the least ones; thus we serve Jesus whenever we serve one of the least ones. The Church calls the actions that Jesus described in today’s Gospel the Corporal Works of Mercy. These works are to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to bury the dead, to shelter the homeless, to visit the sick and imprisoned, and to give alms to the poor. In these actions we show God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.

As you gather as a family, recall the list of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Talk about some concrete examples of how your family might do these actions in your community and then discuss why it is important that we do these things. Read Matthew 25:31-46. Ask: Why does Jesus say we ought to do these works of mercy? (Because whenever we show mercy to another person, we show mercy to Jesus himself.) Choose one Corporal Work of Mercy that your family will act upon this week. Pray together that your family will see and serve Jesus in the least ones among us. Pray the Lord’s Prayer or an Act of Love

 

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Year 4 Reflection Day

22 November 2017

Year 4 Reflection Day

Last Friday, Year 4 students participated in a Reflection Day based around the theme of the ‘Journey of Friendship’. This was led by Mr Moyle, Mrs Worner and the Year 9 Religion class, who facilitated much of the day. A link was made to the Year 4 Friendship Day at James Byrne in Term 1. Students reflected on how they had grown in making friends, being a good friend and seeing the Spirit of Jesus in others. We looked at Jesus as a friend and why and how we can repair friendships.

As part of their service ministry, Year 9 led games and activities to give the students an experience of friendship. They arrived at 7:30 am to set up and cook a barbeque and served lunch to the Year 4 students. Many students took up the opportunity to walk the Labyrinth at lunchtime. The day finished with a liturgy around the theme of repairing friendships and everyone went home with a memento of the day. Thank you Year 9, Year 4, Mr Hubbard, Mrs Daniels, Mrs Campbell and Mr Moyle.

Justine Worner

Religion Teacher

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MISSION MATTERS AT MARY MAC WITH MR M

10 November 2017

SOCKTOBER LITURGY OF THE WORD

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our annual “SOCKTOBER” Catholic Missions appeal. Overall we raised $ 1000 which will be presented to the Catholic Missions at our Week 8 assembly. An important Catholic social teaching is Preferential Option for the Poor which is at the heart of the mission of Jesus who lived a life of love and service.

 Luke 4:16-18 Jesus’ Mission

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to

  • bring good news to the poor.
  • proclaim release to the captives
  •  recovery of sight to the blind,
  •  let the oppressed go free,
  •  proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

FIRST RECONCILIATION:

Congratulations to all 41 candidates who received this sacrament last week. In what was a beautiful liturgy, the children listened, responded and celebrated with wonderful joy, energy and respect. They were an absolute credit to themselves, their families and our Mary of the Southern Cross Parish.  Thank you to our sacramental team (Steve Moyle, Beth McCormick, Nadine Dolan & Kristie McKean) who offered wonderful support. On the night it was also great to have Year 3 teacher, Mrs Charmaine Tancred and Mr Brett Rangiira assist with the gospel procession and singing. “Rangiira’s Rock Stars” certainly have a big future!

SECONDARY YOUTH VINNIES

Congratulations to our newly formed volunteer secondary Youth Vinnies who have started their weekly Thursday afternoon pastoral visits to Brownesholme Village during November. At our first visit, the team shared many insightful life stories with the residents as well as a delicious afternoon tea.

The Youth Vinnies currently includes Isaac Williams, Ebissa Nuccio, Sophie Pade, Cassie Lawson, Josie McQueen, Isabelle Presten, Mikayla Rieck & Holly Hutchison with support from Mr Steve Moyle, Mrs Kristie McKean and Mrs Justine Worner.

The Youth Vinnies meet every Wednesday for lunch at 1:00 pm in P8 and new members are most welcome to join in the fun as we to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

NEW VINNIE’S BIN

You are invited to contribute to “Being the Change” by donating items of clothing and other goods to St.Vinnies by placing your donations in our wonderful new bin situated opposite the MacKillop Centre in the junior school. If you are having a spring cleanout please consider making a donation. Thank you kindly for your anticipated generosity and support.

REMEMBRANCE DAY LITURGY 2017

Our whole college will gathered around the flagpole on Friday to pay our respects. The ritual was led by our senior student representatives with assistance from some of our talented musicians.

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NOVEMBER IS DEDICATED TO ALL SOULS

During the month of November the Catholic Church remembers all who are part of the Church– those who have died and are with God, and those of us still here on earth. We especially remember our loved ones who have died and we ask God to give them eternal rest forever.

Loving God, sometimes our hearts are heavy with sadness and loss.

Bring us comfort and peace when we grieve, give us strength and courage to move forward and give us hope, so that we may trust in the promise of life with you forever.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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MJR Report

10 November 2017

This fortnight in MJR we have been re-visiting our theme

for this year. Jesus showed us how to change the world,

a little bit at a time by the way we treat others, by the way we love.

Instead of seeing a need and asking ourselves “Why doesn’t someone do something about that?” We focussed on realising that we are “someone’ and we could do something ourselves.

We watched the following clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPeeZ6viNgY

about making that decision to ‘Be the Change’.

Below is the final instalment of the Year 6 responses to MJR that they wrote on our day with Mitch. It is evident that the students not only have gotten a lot out of MJR this year, but also out of leading the MJR Peer Support for the younger students. Parents should be very proud of these young men and women in the making.

Year 6 Responses:

  • Do what you fear, accept challenges, choose to make a difference in life, and accept responsibility for your actions. This is what I got out of the MJR lesson and book.
  • I liked learning more about God Moments and the Spirit of Jesus and we see them when we reflect over our day.
  • I love my MJR book as I like colouring in the pictures and inspiring myself by reading the book. I want to keep my MJR book as it is a book for life.
  • MJR has helped me become a better person and doing the yellow card makes me want to think what sort of a person I want to be.
  • I like it that so many people at our school are enthusiastic about MJR, especially the teachers and Mr Franzmann.
  • Yesterday I learnt that to thank someone properly you use their name and if we build a bridge and get over things we learn to handle our problems in life better.

 

Mrs Justine Worner

Religious Education Teacher

 

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MJR (Making Jesus Real)

26 October 2017

MJR Craft Group:

Much has been happening in MJR in recent weeks. Mrs Stevenson’s Thursday MJR craft group have been having lots of fun as you can see in this brief clip. Congratulations to her committed Year 6 girls who generously assist each week.

Super Heroes: This fortnight in MJR, we have been looking at real life super heroes. Real heroes don’t wear tights or capes. They are ordinary people who inspire us with their goodness, or special qualities such as generosity, compassion, resilience, determination. We learnt a song about Jesus as a Super Hero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-vtflKzeNU. We also made super hero masks and created our own super heroes based on qualities of Goodness. (Add pictures of Super Hero masks here)

More Year 6 MJR Responses:

Read more of our Year 6 responses to what they have gotten out of MJR so far this term.

  • One of sayings I like is "if we want to fly like an eagle then don't hang around with the turkeys. I need to make good friends in the future.
  • Have a positive attitude to people and life and be kind to people even the ones that don't deserve it.
  • In the MJR book when we do our journals, I like it that I can write what I like and no one reads it and I can write things that I wouldn't tell other people.
  • I like doing the yellow card and thinking about the great things that happened in my life so far.
  • Live Jesus in our hearts FOREVER is a good prayer I like to remember.
  • These are the things I got out of MJR book, to believe in myself more, to search for the hero inside myself, go into my heart room and the Spirit of Jesus is with us always.
  • I really enjoyed the video clips that Mitch showed and it helped me realise how privileged I am with what I have that so many don't have.
  • Do what you fear, accept challenges, choose to make a difference in life, and accept responsibility for your actions. This is what I got out of the MJR lesson and book.

Read more inspiring responses in the next newsletter.

Justine Worner

MJR and RE Curriculum Coordinator

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Mission Matters with Mr Moyle

26 October 2017

FAMILY WEEK - COME TO THE TABLE

Family Week is being celebrated in Toowoomba on 22 – 30 October. Each year at the end of October, the Toowoomba Region celebrates Family Week, an event that promotes family and the important role family plays in building and strengthening the community. Over the past few years Family Week has been running a campaign entitled “Come to the Table” encouraging families in the community to understand the importance and benefits of eating a meal as part of their daily routine. Of course from a Christian point of view, the eating of a meal together has an extremely strong meaning and rich symbolism.

CATHOLIC MISSION SUNDAY

Thank you to the following sixteen  Year 3-9 Student Representatives who assisted visiting priest Father Kerry Costigan in leading our Parish 8am mass on Catholic Mission Sunday 22nd October:

Year 3T:  Ruby Crawford

Year 3M: Ava Winter .

Year 4C: Liam Hackwood

Year 5D: Will Connolly

Year 5W: Liam Samin

Year 5M: Olivia Clark 

Year 6: Elliott Worner, Brendan Williams, Claire Apel & Bella Stenzel

Year 7- Emma Brittain

Year 8- Tobey Burling

Year9- Holly Hutchison, Connor McKerrow

Altar Servers: Will & Lucas Paynter

What is the Origin of World Mission Sunday?
In 1926, Pope Pius XI instituted World Mission Sunday.  He asked for prayer, animation, celebration, and offerings for the Missions.  His concern was to engender a sense of responsibility in people for supporting the Missions throughout the world.

SOCKTOBER LITURGY OF THE WORD

Thank you to Mr Steve Coren’s Year 7A Religion class students who did a wonderful job leading our whole college Catholic Missions liturgy on Wednesday 25th October. Thank you also for everyone for making the effort to wear crazy socks and donating $2 to our annual “SOCKTOBER” Catholic Missions appeal.

World Children’s Mission Day is celebrated every year in every country wherever there are Catholics committed to building a better world for all of God's people.

Socktober is an initiative of Catholic Mission and one way that our college can fundraise and make Jesus real by helping those in need.

 

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

FIRST RECONCILIATION

October is the month to get your Reconciliation booklet complete with support from the Mary of the Southern Cross Sacramental team. All candidates and families are invited to attend the four masses and Reflection sessions outlined below. So “Be the Change” in 2017 and embrace an attitude of gratitude by making the commitment to attend mass and learn from each other at our “FUN” reflection sessions that focus on the love and mercy experienced by gaining a greater understanding of the sacrament of Reconciliation.

IMPORTANT DATE CLAIMERS:

TERM 4

Sunday, 29 October 8:00 am mass followed by First Reconciliation Reflection 4 - Mr Moyle

Monday, 30 October- 3:15pm First Reconciliation Practice in MacKillop Centre

Thursday, 2 November - 6:00 pm SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (Father Brian Noonan)

 

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Mission matters at Mary Mac with Mr M!

12 October 2017

INAUGURAL MARY MACKILLOP FEAST FUN DAY 2017.

The first of our annual term 3 Mary MacKillop Feast fun days was held on Friday, 15 September.  It was a wonderful day with everyone dressed in their house colours, and it was a great opportunity to celebrate as a community after a long winter marred with much sickness and life challenges.

The whole College came together to celebrate Mass and enjoyed the 700 Ave Maria patti cakes, as well as a cake for Father Brian’s birthday.  Throughout the day, the students were involved in fun activities such as bingo, scavenger hunts, Quidditch, cooking, chalk art, bubble blowing and craft.

Highlights of the day were the whole College photograph, taken by the Careflight helicopter, the highly competitive touch football game between staff and students, and the house relay running race, won by Tenison house.  The fun filled day ended with a mini music concert in the MacKillop Centre.  Thank you to Father Brian and the wonderful staff at Mary Mac for all your efforts in making this day a success.

 

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

FIRST RECONCILIATION

October is the month to get your Reconciliation booklet complete with support from the Mary of the Southern Cross Sacramental team. All candidates and families are invited to attend the 4 masses and Reflection sessions outlined below. So “Be the Change” in 2017 and embrace an attitude of gratitude by making the commitment to attend mass and learn from each other at our “FUN” reflection sessions that focus on the love and mercy experienced by gaining a greater understanding of the sacrament of Reconciliation.

NEW VINNIE’S BIN

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.

IMPORTANT DATE CLAIMERS:

TERM 4

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

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED

Remember, “We are all loved and  made in the image and likeness of God.”

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

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

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

Monday 30 October- 3:15 pm First Reconciliation Practice

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

 

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Making Jesus Real (MJR)

12 October 2017

Last week we were fortunate to have Peter Mitchell from Tasmania come and work with our Year 6 students on MJR.  ‘Mitch’ took students through many of the values, attitudes and behaviours that have their base in the teachings of Jesus.  We saw an inspiring clip about Arthur and his amazing transformation through sheer determination.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448

Students were asked to select the main value that they want to take into their life to grow as a person. Year 6 were then asked to write a comment about what they have gotten out of MJR this year. Many wrote positively about leading the MJR Peer Support of Wednesdays. Each newsletter I will include some of the Year 6 responses.

Read some of their comments below:

*The MJR book has an inspiring, positive and encouraging vibe about it, and it has helped me to overcome my fears.

* I really liked working with the Grades 3,4 and 5 with the MJR Peer Support.  It was great fun and so many Grade 6’s liked being leaders. We liked sharing our knowledge with the younger kids and it was good doing it. Thanks Mrs Worner for setting it up.

  • MJR gives me a better understanding that the spirit of Jesus is in my heart and I can see His Spirit around me through other people. His Spirit is in the NOW of our lives.
  • I liked doing the yellow card as it helped me to realise that my attitudes are really important and that I will need to make big decisions in the future. I like that I wrote that down about the key to my life.
  • I think it is important to do MJR in the future as there are so many helpful things like being a WESTIE and the way I Greet Treat and Speak to people, the way I would like to be treated.
  • One of the lessons I learnt how encouraging words and helping people can change a person’s day.
  • I realised that I should try and be more of a "Go Kart" and be more switched on than being pushed.

 

Mrs Justine Worner

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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

14 September 2017

Mission Matters at Mary Mac with Mr Moyle

STUDENT PROTECTION WEEK PRAYER 2017

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

vulnerable.

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.

Amen

 

MARY MACKILLOP PLACE COLLOQUIUM

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.

 

ANNIVERSARY OF SAINT THERESA OF CALCUTTA (MOTHER TERESA)

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.  
Prayer 
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.   

 

NATIVITY OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

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.

Prayer
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)

 

YEAR 4 LED PARISH MASS 2017

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.

 

TERM 3 WHOLE COLLEGE MASS

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.

 

HURT BEING HURT- HOW TO HANDLE DISPUTES

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

RUOK DAY 2017

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.

 

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

FIRST RECONCILIATION

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

IMPORTANT DATE CLAIMERS:

TERM 4

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)

 

NEW VINNIE’S BIN

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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TOOWOOMBA DIOCESAN MASS

14 September 2017

On Friday 1 September,  the Feast of Mary of the Southern Cross, the patron of the Diocese of Toowoomba approximately 500 students from local Catholic Schools gathered  to celebrate the Eucharist.

To mark the day, Bishop Robert McGuckin presided at the annual Diocesan Schools Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba.

All schools in the Diocese were invited to send representatives to the Mass.  Our College was proudly represented by 22 students, Mr Steve Moyle (Assistant Principal- Mission & Ministry), Mr Tim Franzmann (Head of Primary)  and Mr Peter Murphy (College Principal) . Year 9 student leaders Holly Hutchison and Connor McKerrow humbly processed in our College banner, Year 6 student leader Elliott Worner proclaimed the First Reading with confidence and Mr Moyle officiated as a Communion Minister.

Our 22 Student Representative Council (SRC) attendees included 4G: Angus McKenzie & Indigo Cadsow-Smith; 4B: Ryley Schmaling & Lani Knapman;  4C: Liam Hackwood & Caitlin Bland; 5D: Beth Pugsley and Will Connolly; 5W: Neve Knapman & Liam Samin; 5M: Olivia Clark &  Ethan Aleksandrowicz; Yr 6 Captains: Elliott Worner & Charlotte Dobson; Yr 6 Pastoral Care Leaders: Clare Apel  & Lucy Wright;  Yr 6 Arts Leader:   Rebecca George; Yr 7: Emma Brittain;  Yr 8:  Zelia Cross & Tobey Burling and Yr 9: Holly Hutchison & Connor McKerrow.

 

Following what was a beautiful spirit filled Mass, in which all members of our SRC displayed great respect and enthusiasm, all gathered on the lawn to share a delicious morning tea.

 

Congratulations to all students who were wonderful ambassadors for our College. Significantly, our local Highfields Parish is named in honour of  Mary of the Southern Cross and it was wonderful to have parishioner Mrs Trish Gall (retired Year 2 teacher)  enjoy the Mass with us.

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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

4 August 2017

ST.VINCENT DE PAUL WINTER APPEAL 2017

Thank you to everyone who supported this appeal with such generous donations. At our last Assembly we presented local Highfields Conference representative Mr Kev McCormack with a cheque and a ute full of food, blankets and other essential items needed this time of year.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK MASS 2017

Thank you to the secondary students who did a wonderful job assisting Father Brian in leading our 8am Sunday Parish Mass on 23rd July, launching the beginning of Catholic Education Week. The College also hosted a special breakfast of bacon and egg rolls and a cuppa after mass for everyone who attended. A reminder that all are welcome to attend weekly Parish masses at 8am in the MacKillop Centre with Father Brian.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK LITURGY CELEBRATION

With over 650 student footprints on display in the MacKillop Centre, Mr Steve Coren and his Year 7B Religion class did a superb job leading our whole College Liturgy of the Word on Wednesday 26th July, focusing on the theme “sharing the Journey.” During the celebration students from Prep to Year 9 were awarded special random acts of kindness awards and our new Year 3-5, 7-9 Student Representatives Council members received their badges from Principal Mr Peter Murphy.

ELECTED SEMESTER 2 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL

Our Student Representative Council meets in weeks 3,5,7 and 9 in Terms 3 and 4 in the Primary Balonne Classroom at 10.40am- 11.20am with Mr Moyle & Mr Franzmann to present ideas for improving our College.

Our Student Representatives Council members –

Junior school

3T: Ruby Crawford and Jackson Spies.

3K: Jonas Vanderzee and Bridie Norton

3M: Ava Winter and Archie Tyrrell

4G: Angus McKenzie and  Indigo Cadsow-Smith

4B: Ryley Schmaling and Lani Knapman.

4C: Liam Hackwood and Caitlin Bland

5D: Beth Pugsley and Will Connolly

5W: Neve Knapman and Liam Samin

5M: Ethan Aleksandrowicz & Olivia Clark

Previously elected Year 6 students on SRC- Elliott Wormer, Charlotte Dobson, Clare Apel, Lucy Wright, Brendan Williams & Rebecca George.

Senior school

Year 7- Emma Brittain, Levi Logan 

Year 8- Zelia Cross, Tobey Burling

Year 9- Holly Hutchison, Connor McKerrow

 

YEAR 8/9 YOUTH VINNIES

Congratulations to the 17 volunteer Youth Vinnie students who participated in the 2017 St. Vincent de Paul Society Sleep out in the secondary library on Thursday 27th July. The night was a great success with games, workshops on homelessness with our College Chaplain Mrs Kristie McKean and Mrs Justine Worner. Thanks to Mr Murphy we all enjoyed pumpkin soup and bread for dinner. We loved watching the inspirational movie “Eddie The Eagle” and each of us took away a key word (BELIEVE, ASPIRE, DETERMINATION etc.) which we wrote in chalk on the footpath.

After a night sleeping on the floor in our swags or sleeping bags we all enjoyed a beautiful sunrise, a walk with Mrs Worner and a delicious breakfast of bacon and eggs cooked by Mr Moyle and Lawson Smith. We were even able to share breakfast with our 4 wonderful groundsmen.  After breakfast we shared in a meaningful prayer liturgy before heading home to a day of rest and leisure as it was the Bishop’s Inservice Day for staff and a pupil free day at the College.

Thanks everyone for making it such an enjoyable night. We even managed to raise $100 for St. Vincent de Paul through donations.

Year 8 students are invited to join this important service ministry by attending our weekly meetings in the P8 Classroom at 1.00pm every Wednesday.

 

YEAR 8/9 YOUTH VINNIES CONFERENENCE LEADERS 2017

CHAIRPERSON: Connor McKerrow

VICE CHAIRPERSON: Holly Hutchison

CO- TREASURERS: Ben Hackwood and Ben Ziviani

 

ASSUMPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

On Tuesday 15th August we will celebrate this special Holy Day of Obligation with a 7.30am Celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) led by Father Brian and our teachers in the Junior Library. All are Welcome. We will also acknowledge the Church’s devotion to Mary at our P-6 and 7-9 Wednesday assemblies on 16th August.

 

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

FIRST RECONCILIATION

Baptised Christian Year 3 students and older are invited to prepare for the sacrament of First Reconciliation, which will be celebrated in early November 2017 with Father Brian Noonan in the MacKillop Centre.

The order of sacramental preparation at Mary of the Southern Cross Parish, Highfields is -

  1. Baptism (Welcome to Catholic/Christian Church)
  2. First Reconciliation (Year 3 age and older with Father Brian Noonan )
  3. Confirmation (Year 4 age and older with Bishop  Robert McGuckin)
  4. First Eucharist (Year 4 and older with Father Brian- Full member of Catholic Church)

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Interested parents will need to pre-enrol at the Junior Office either in person or by emailing cathy.perry @twb.catholic.edu.au by Friday 11th August
  2. Parents will need to obtain a copy of his/her child’s baptismal certificate and bring this to the Parent information session on Monday 14th August.
  3. Families will be invited to commit to the programme, which involves attending weekly 8am Parish masses and Group Reflection sessions.

 

IMPORTANT DATE CLAIMERS:

TERM 3

Friday 11th August: Pre-enrolment closes

Monday 14th August: 5pm First Reconciliation in Jnr Library Parent Information Session

(No children required)

Sunday 20th or 27th August- 8am mass First Reconciliation Commitment Enrolment

 

TERM 4

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

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

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

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

Monday 30th October- 3.15pm First Reconciliation Practice

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

 

 

 

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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

21 July 2017

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FREE DRESS DAY 2017

Thank you to everyone for your support of St.Vincent de Paul (SVdP) with our “2017 State of Origin Maroon or Blue Free Dress Day . The College raised over $650. Congratulations to Year 7 student Harrison Ward who volunteered to do the traditional 20 push ups at assembly following the Maroon’s loss in game one. Mr Moyle will honour his commitment to do 20 push ups following NSW’s loss in game two and three.

We are supporting the SVdP Winter Appeal and are seeking donations of non-perishable food items and blankets through our Year 5 Mini-Vinnies. Items will be presented to SVdP at our whole college Catholic Education Week liturgy in Week 3. Thank you for your support.

PARISH MASS- LAUNCH OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK 2017

Volunteer secondary students will assist Father Brian in leading our 8:00 am Sunday Parish Mass on 23 July to celebrate the beginning of Catholic Education Week. The College will be hosting a special breakfast of bacon and egg rolls and a cuppa after mass for everyone who attends. ALL ARE WELCOME.

 

CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK will be celebrated across Queensland from 23 -29 July this year. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. 

The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Sharing the Journey.”

 

Pope Francis Quote for this theme:

“Today we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey.” (Quote taken from www.lifeteen.com)

Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.

During Catholic Education Week 2017, Catholic education communities across Queensland are invited to celebrate how they are sharing the journey.

There are 302 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 146,000 students and employ more than 18,500 teachers and staff, and most will celebrate Catholic Education Week in some way.

Our college is planning a number of activities during the week and we hope you are able to join in the celebrations with us including:

  • Secondary student led 8:00 am Parish Mass with Father Brian on Sunday, 23 July with Principal Mr Peter Murphy to formally launch Catholic Education Week 2017.
  • Free Community breakfast following the mass on Sunday, 23 July.
  • Sharing the Journey” class footprint art display in the MacKillop Centre
  • Catholic Education Week 2017 Liturgy of the Word at 2:20 pm on Wednesday, 26 July led by Year 7B Religion class and Middle leader Mr Steve Coren.
  • Presentation of student “Random Acts of Kindness” Awards at the Liturgy of the Word by Principal Mr Peter Murphy and Head of Primary Mr Tim Franzmann
  • Year 5/6 students to participate in Catholic Primary School Sports Assoc. Gala Day- Girls netball (Nell E Robinson), Boys touch football (Kearney Springs)
  • Teachers to attend Bishop’s In-service Day on Friday, 25 July, which is a pupil-free day.
  • MAKING JESUS REAL in the everyday by consciously living the Spirit of Jesus and the charism of  St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop  by being WESTIE (Welcome, Encourage, Say Sorry, Thank you by being Inclusive and Enthusiastic) people who Greet, Speak and Treat  (GST) everyone with Tolerance and Understanding (TUP).

YEAR 8/9 YOUTH VINNIES

Our secondary Youth Vinnies enjoyed a social board games evening last term organised by Mr Murphy, Mrs Worner and Mrs McKean. Mr Moyle, unfortunately was struck down with man flu! A social “fun” activity is planned each term.

 The Youth Vinnies also did a wonderful job cooking meals for our college’s “Healing Hands” outreach initiative after school under the guidance of Mrs Vivienne Holman, Mrs Justine Worner, Mrs Kristie McKean and Mr Steve Moyle.

The group meet weekly and are planning a St. Vincent de Paul Society Sleep Out in the secondary library on Thursday, 24 July.

Year 8 students are invited to join this important service ministry by attending our weekly meetings in the P8 Classroom at 1:00 pm every Wednesday.

 

FIRST EUCHARIST SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

Congratulations to all candidates who celebrated their First Communion at a special 9:00 am Parish mass on Sunday, 16 July in the MacKillop Centre led by Father Brian Noonan.

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Seasons for Growth Program Term 3

19 June 2017

Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Mary MacKillop Catholic College, we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We will be offering the Seasons for Growth program for students in years 2, 3, and 4 and will commence Wednesday, 19th July 2017.

This program, facilitated in small groups by our College Chaplain, is based on research that highlights the importance of social support and the need for new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.

If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth, we would encourage you to talk to him/her about participating in the program.

Mary MacKillop Catholic College is pleased to be able to offer this important program and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved.

If you require further information please contact the College Chaplain, Kristie McKean, either by email kristie.mckean@twb.catholic.edu.au or through the senior school administration.

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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

9 June 2017

MISSION MATTERS AT MARY MAC WITH MR MOYLE

CONFIRMATION SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2017

Congratulations to all students who received their Confirmation from Bishop Robert McGuckin on Thursday 25th May in the MacKilllp Centre. These students will now prepare for their First Eucharist on Sunday 16th July.

IMPORTANT DATE REMINDER:

Sunday 11th June - 8am mass followed by First Eucharist Reflection 3 in Year 4 Condamine

HOLY SPIRIT MASS

Our whole college gathered to celebrate our Holy Spirit mass on Friday 2nd June in the MacKillop Centre. This celebration was a wonderful opportunity to prepare for Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church, which was celebrated on 4th June. This marked the end of the 50 days of Easter and the Paschal candle was ceremonially extinguished to mark the start of Ordinary time.

Father Brian presided over the mass and he received wonderful support from some of our Year 7-9 students who assisted with readings, prayers, actions and singing. All students processed forward to receive either Communion or a special blessing and there was a tremendous sense of respect and community. It was a beautiful mass with everyone participating in a spirt- filled manner.

Also at our last Wednesday assembly, each class exchanged their gold, yellow or white prayer cloth for a green cloth to symbolise the season of Ordinary time.

 

FREE DRESS DAY FOR St.Vincent de Paul

Friday 16th June - Wear your favourite State of Origin gear (Maroon or Blue)- $2 donation to SVdP

Also on this date Year 5 Mini-Vinnies will be having a Sleepout and the Year 9 Youth Vinnies will be having a social games night.

 

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2017

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June.

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.

At our last Wednesday assembly to reflected on the importance of being stewards of creation, which is an important Catholic Social Teaching and prayed the following:

 Let us pray.

Living God,
You reveal your great love through the beauty of Nature. Help us to love and respect our world. May we be ‘seeds’ for growth, raising awareness of the Sacred, and teaching all to see and treasure your part in the gift of Creation. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen

 

QUEENSLAND DAY 2017

Queensland Day is a celebration of Queensland’s birthday and its official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony on 6 June 1859. Celebrated annually, Queensland Day is an opportunity to celebrate the state’s culture, heritage, people, places and industry. In 2017, Queensland Day was celebrated on Tuesday 6 June, its 158th birthday. Also at our last Wednesday assembly, we reflected on the meaning of Queensland Day and enjoyed the following short YouTube clip.

https://youtu.be/W9aeP2Rvv5c

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                               

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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

25 May 2017

FEAST DAY - MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS 24 MAY 2017

The feast day to Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844 but the history to this day dates back to the start of the 1800's. As a College we celebrated this special day during our assembly on Wednesday.

The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive.

Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary and was the first nation to choose her under the title Help of Christians, as principal Patroness. St Mary's Cathedral was dedicated in her honour by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr John Therry, who arrived in Sydney in 1820 and assumed responsibility for the planning and initial construction of the Cathedral. When Australia became the first country to have Mary Help of Christians as Patroness, it became the first country to have a mother cathedral under the same title. The altar at St Mary's, with its statue of Mary Help of Christians, was erected as a memorial to Fr Therry's name.

NATIONAL SORRY DAY 26 MAY 2017

National Sorry Day is an important time to remember the injustices done to the Stolen Generations and the sadness and damage the events from the past have had on Australia’s First Peoples. Stolen Generations refers to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

Acknowledgement of Country
Let us take a moment of silence to remember the traditional owners of this land.
May we respect their story, their tradition and their culture.
Let us stand to remember them with one minute of silence.


Pray Prayers of Intercession
For all Indigenous people who have experienced pain and loss.
All: God of Mercy, hear our prayers.
For Australians to accept others, regardless of colour, race or creed.
All: God of Mercy, hear our prayers
For guidance as our country and people continue to walk pathways to a spirit of reconciliation
All: God of Mercy, hear our prayers.
We make these prayers through Christ our Lord
All: Amen 

Steve Moyle, AP/Mission and Ministry
 

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