Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

14 September 2017

Mission Matters at Mary Mac with Mr Moyle


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

Gracious God you said let the children come to me.

The hurt felt by those wounded by abuse weighs

heavily upon us. Often trust has been eroded when

institutions failed to appropriately respond to their

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

healing and help.

We ask you God to strengthen and guide all in our

Catholic communities. Grant us wisdom in our time to

make decisions that protect children and the


May our families and communities, through love,

generosity, commitment and patience build stronger

communities safe for children.

Let your grace and love fall gently upon our children

giving them the inner strength, peace and resilience

they will need for their life’s journey.

We ask you God to help our Catholic communities to be

resolute in building a community where our children

both flourish and are safe.




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



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



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

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

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



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



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



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

REFLECTION: Family Connection

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

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

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


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




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



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

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

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

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

Monday 30th October- 3.15pm First Reconciliation Practice

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



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


Steve Moyle

Assistant Principal Mission & Ministry

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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


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.


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.


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.


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



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.



CHAIRPERSON: Connor McKerrow


CO- TREASURERS: Ben Hackwood and Ben Ziviani



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.




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)


  1. Interested parents will need to pre-enrol at the Junior Office either in person or by emailing cathy.perry 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.




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



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


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.


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

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).


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.



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 or through the senior school administration.

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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

9 June 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.


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


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 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 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.





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Ministry and Mission with Steve Moyle

25 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 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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