Ash Wednesday Mass
On Wednesday our K-10 School, together with staff and visitors, celebrated Mass with Fr Damien to mark the beginning of Lent: Ash Wednesday.
This was the first whole school Mass for some of our students. There was an overall air of reverence as we learnt of the work Caritas Australia are doing internationally and locally to support disadvantaged communities. Ashes were placed on the foreheads of all as a reminder to "repent and be faithful to the Gospel". Fr Damien's message to just slow down during Lent and truly appreciate all we have was one to hold onto.
We are reminded that Lent is a time for fasting, almsgiving and praying.... What will you do this Lent?
Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Pancake Day)
Traditionally, the day before Ash Wednesday and fasting to commence, households would use up all of their perishable foods, and feast. The best way to use up eggs, was to make pancakes. Students indulged in this tradition on Tuesday, with special thanks to the canteen for making this day a success.
Palm Sunday at St Francis Xavier Parish
Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey, just a few days before he was betrayed by his friend Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 apostles, put on trial and sentenced to death. Palm Sunday is always the Sunday before Easter and is also the final day of lent. This year, St Francis Xavier Parish are planning a passion play for Palm Sunday.
Please see information following. We hope to see you there.
Caritas - Project Compassion
Your generous support can help to change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Join us this Lent to raise much-needed funds for people living in poverty.
Together, we can make a difference now, and For All Future Generations.
Our first Fundraising initiative to support the work of Caritas this Lent is Fundraising Fridays... Students can wear a hat of their choice for a gold coin donation.
Use this link to make a donation directly to Caritas:
Students in Stages 2-5 are invited to take part in some exciting Mini Vinnies Initiatives. These initiatives are designed so the students can have an opportunity to live our Catholic Principles and Values as Stewards of Gods Creation and reaching out to others through the Common Good, with a Preferential Option for the Poor.
The Crochet Crew meets during lunchtime on Wednesdays and Thursdays to crochet granny squares. These granny squares will be joined together, making unique and cosy rugs which we will donate to Vinnies for their winter appeal. No crochet experience is necessary and all material will be supplied. Crochet Crew is ideal for students in Stage 3 and above.
The Green Team have a focus on caring for our immediate environment. Green Team meet during lunch time, every Tuesday, and focus our energy and attention on one area of the school grounds, removing rubbish which may have blown into the garden beds. The Green Team is made up of students in Stage 2.
This fortnights focus was the garden beds near the quad and the gardens in front of the art and music buildings. What a FANTASTIC commitment to our environment these Green Teamers are making!
Waste Warriors was a response to the amount of rubbish we generate as a school. Most of this rubbish ends up in general landfill and a quick lunchtime audit identified that we could be recycling up to 95% of our waste! How exciting!!
An impassioned bunch of Stage 3 students are working together to make sure that our rubbish is sorted correctly and sent to be recycled.
Our aim is to have scrunchy, or soft, plastic collected and recycled - this is called RedCycle and you can recycle this at home by returning scrunchy plastics to Coles or Woolworths. We will take the 10c recyclable bottles, cans and containers and donate the money to Vinnies and hard plastics and paper will be recycled as well. Green waste will be sent to the Waste Management Facility for composting. Living as Stewards of Creation will help to ensure our environment thrives. The Green Team will have planning meetings during lunchtime on Monday and will follow a roster for the week.
Moree Vinnies Care and Support NEEDS your help
St Francis Xavier Parish church bulletin
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