“In this life we cannot all do great things but we can all do small things with great love.”
It is with mixed emotions that I reflect on this quote from Mother Teresa. Last weekend, many mothers and mother figures shared time with family on Mother’s Day. We opened gifts from our families and watched their faces as we looked to see what had been so lovingly wrapped. I received wedding photos from both our daughters and sons-in-law and a family photo taken at Karina’s wedding with all of us looking at the camera, even Jasmine! I love photos! Many of our school Mums would have received gifts from their children chosen with love at the Mother’s Day stall. Thank you to all the helpers who helped spread the Mother’s Day love.
On Monday 24 May which is the Feast Day of Our Lady Help of Christians, Catholic schools across Australia will celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education. From the small things done with great love by different religious orders grew our Catholic Education system which operates in every state and territory in our country, offering a Catholic education to every Catholic child and welcoming students from different faith traditions.
The Archdiocese will celebrate with a Mass at St Francis Xavier cathedral attended by staff and students from each school. Erika Dixon and Sheryl Blowes will take three students, Maddie K, Millie S and Keanu P to the Mass. These students were chosen based on their expressions of interest written in the last few weeks.
“Being a part of this Mass will deepen my faith.”
“My faith is very important to me.”
“I would like to be a part of something this special.”
Our school will celebrate the 200 years on Thursday 3 June with a whole school Mass, hosted by the St Joseph classes.
Mother Teresa’s words brought some comfort this morning when I heard that one of our former parents, Phil Matalone passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. In his life, Phil always thought of others. During his struggle, staff that knew him talked of the small things that he did with great love. As a parishioner, I watched and heard of Phil’s steadfast faith, his absolute assurance that God would be beside him all the time and his family’s determination to support him in every way they could. Phil and Kellie’s faith is a testament to Mother Teresa’s words.
Phil and Kellie have planted a spiritual seed within our community, a small thing done with great love.
“In this life we cannot all do great things but we can do small things with great love.”
Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission