I had organised my weekend so that I could spend Sunday afternoon watching the newly released ‘The Crown’. Mmm… so how do you think that went? In the morning we went to Mass as Father celebrated in the glow of candles. We sang a capella and joined in with the responses as best we could. After Mass, our son-in-law came to the rescue and all of our frozen meat was transferred to their camping freezer. We then had to throw out some of the foodstuffs in the fridge. We were no different to thousands of other households. This week’s shopping bill will be higher than usual but that’s where the difference lies. We have the money to replace these goods. There are many families who do not.
Our annual Vinnies’ Christmas Food Appeal has been launched a little earlier this year. The food will be given to Vinnies on Friday 25 November, just 10 sleeps away. In light of all that our community has experienced, the power outage has just added another burden to the shoulders of struggling families. As you shop over the next 9 days, I ask you to shop with compassion and add a few other little ‘somethings’ or a lovely big ‘something’ to your trolley. Your donations can be brought to the classrooms and our SLT will collect them over the next two weeks.
Friday 25 November is just two days before Advent begins. The first Advent candle that is lit is the candle of hope. We can bring hope to families within our own community by donating to the Vinnies Christmas Food Appeal. There is something intensely satisfying about sitting down to Christmas lunch with loved ones knowing that somewhere in our community, there is a family enjoying their Christmas lunch because of our kindness and generosity.
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Blessings to you all,
Assistant Principal – Religious Identity and Mission