Ever generous God,

You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop to live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

and constant in bringing hope and encouragement to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.

With confidence in your generous providence and joining with Saint Mary MacKillop we ask that you grant our requests.

We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness

Ever generous God hear our prayer.

We ask this through Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Dear Parents and Carers

Today is the feast day of our patron saint, Mary MacKillop - Saint Mary of the Cross.

Mary MacKillop was a young woman with a dream to make a difference in our world. Her dream encompassed opening simple schools where there was no class distinction, offering refuge to the most neglected, and bringing practical help to families. Mary felt very strongly the widespread ignorance of the whole of the spiritual dimension of life and dedicated her life to bringing the message of God's love to all whom she encountered.

She was a passionate woman whose youthful spirit has touched the 'heart and soul' of the Australian people. She embodies all that is best in our Australian nation and its people. Her spirit and values continue to inspire young people today to make a difference in these times.

Mary MacKillop was Canonised on October 17 at St Peter's Basilica, Rome. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Mary's sainthood during the Canonisation Mass.

The Church does not make a saint - it recognises a saint. Canonisation is the act by which the Holy Father declares in a definitive and solemn way that a Catholic Christian is actually in the glory of heaven, intercedes for us before the Lord and is to be publicly venerated by the whole Church.

We will be recognising the life of Mary MacKillop at a prayer assembly tomorrow morning at 8.50am. All are welcome to attend.

Absences

Recently many letters have been sent home to parents asking for explanations for unexplained absences. It is very important that you respond to these letters and send back a reply as they fulfill the legal requirement of every absence needing to be explained. Thank you for your help.

Pupil Free Days

Please note that the only pupil free day this term is Friday 27th September. The staff will be undertaking Faith Formation with the staff of Yidarra Catholic Primary School.

Speed in school grounds

Please be careful when entering the school grounds at all times of the day, particularly those dropping off or collecting children from OSHC early in the morning or late in the afternoon. We had a near miss recently when a car came speeding through the gates thinking that no-one was around and came close to hitting someone leaving the grounds.

Performing Arts Festival

Congratulations to all those who have participated so far. Everyone has performed outstandingly and should be proud of their efforts. The next two weeks are going to be very busy times for the children involved in the band and the choirs and we wish them well - more information to follow further in the newsletter.

This week we received notification that all of the music ensembles received Certificates of Merit for their performances. Congratulations to all those involved in the Flute I, Flute II, Clarinet and Trumpet Ensembles.

Misa MacDonald and Joshua Wong yesterday received perfect scores for their guitar solos. An outstanding performance!

Reconciliation

A reminder to the parents of Yr 3 students that the Reconciliation Commitment masses will be held on the weekend of the 17th & 18th August. Mass times are 6.30pm Saturday night and 9.00am or 10.30am on Sunday. It is important that all children attend one of these masses.

Andrea Woodgate / Assistant Principal