Today is the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross (Mary MacKillop). We are commemorating this day by launching our school charism. Work began on this document at the staff’s retreat last year.
“I do want with all my heart to be what God wants me to be.” Mary’s words express so simply our desire for every student in our Nativity community. The Josephite motto “In all things love” is at the centre of our community and deeply embedded in our school values of belonging, compassion, justice, courage, forgiveness and gratitude. We invite you to read the charism which will be coming home with your children today.
Over the weekend, Erika and I were able to listen to our school song for the first time. Andrew Chinn who composed the song with help from some of our Year 6 students, is in the process of working with a colleague to create a track using piano, strings and light percussion. Four of our students, Mason, Jenae, Indi and Sakura will also be singing on the track. We can’t wait for the finished product.
Praying the Rosary
In conjunction with our Pastoral Associate, Bianca Cotton, we are beginning a new tradition at the school by praying the rosary together. We will start on Wednesday 17 August, following the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Monday 15 August. We will gather in the prayer space in the MacKillop building at 8.30am. Car park gates and the front office door will be open for students to enter.
This will be a new experience for some of our students but we welcome everybody. It may take some time for our rosary group to come to a full understanding of the rosary but we know that God will bless us in our endeavours.
Does this mean that every time these children pray the rosary that it will be prayerful and peaceful? Probably not. But it is a reminder to us all from the Holy Spirit that young children should be given the opportunity to pray in different ways. We ask you to pray for the success of our rosary group.
We have a whole school Mass to celebrate Mary MacKillop on Thursday 11 August in the church at 9.15am. We gather again on Monday 15 August to celebrate with the parish the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 9.15am. This is a holy day of obligation in Australia. If you are unable to attend this Mass, there will be another at 7pm.
We would also like to start a lunchtime knitting group and are in desperate of 4mm needles. If you have any languishing at home or Grandma has several sets that she is not using, we would love them! We are also accepting 8ply wool. Please send to the front office.
So many things happening! Some of these creative projects have been on my mind for years and it is so exciting to see them coming to fruition.
Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission