On Monday during the school closure day, staff began the process of looking at developing the school charism. We looked at what a charism is and why it is important for 21st Century Catholic schools to have one.
Part of the process was to look at the history of the school, in particular it's founders the Presentation Sisters, who established Holy Family in 1960 and what their values and virtues were.
We learned about a wonderful woman - Nano Nagle who lived in the 1700s and worked tirelessly to educate poor children and set up Catholic schools in Ireland, at a time when Catholics were being persecuted for their faith and not allowed to get an education.
As Nano spent her days with the children, they would tell her of their sick friends or family members. Nano began to visit the sick and the elderly after school, bringing them food, medicine and comfort.
She often made visits late into the night, carrying her lamp among the alleyways.
Before long, Nano became known as the Lady of the Lantern.
She started a congregation of nuns in 1775, the Presentation Sisters to carry out Jesus' mission of looking after the poor and marginalised.
Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist
Please pray for our students; Josephine, Noah and Henry who are preparing to make the their First Holy Communion on Sunday 11 September at the 11am Parish Mass.
This is a very special time for these children and their families.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Bless the children preparing to receive Holy Communion for the first time. May this day be the step toward a life-long love of the Eucharist.
Give them a hunger for this sacred food so that they turn to you for comfort, guidance, and wisdom as they grow into full discipleship.
Thank you for their innocence and goodness.
May their hands, extended in anticipation of your body and blood, inspire all of us to cherish this sacred Sacrament.
Religious Education Leader