Education in Faith

Lent-Project Compassion

This year, we are participating in Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, Project Compassion. We will be raising much needed funds and awareness for the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year the theme of Project Compassion is 'Go Further Together' and how lives change when we all work together. Through your generosity during Project Compassion this year, you are empowering people to build a just future for themselves, their families and their communities.

This week's story is about Barry and how Caritas assists him, his family and his community.

The Friar’s Kitchen 

During Lent we will be collecting food for the Friar’s kitchen located behind the Sts Peter and Paul Friary. The kitchen feeds many people in our South Melbourne community with warm home cooked dinners and morning teas. The Friar's Van feeds the less privileged in Fitzroy Street, just to name a few. Please note we will be doing this as a school community twice yearly (Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas).




"The Capuchin friars live upstairs where they have their chapel, bedrooms, living room, kitchenette, and downstairs they share the back section of the house with the poor and marginalised. From Monday through to Thursday the Open House section welcomes people to share food, hot drinks and more importantly, table fellowship – place to sit and converse with others. The friars are assisted by volunteers. Below is the weekly schedule:

Monday -‘Open House’ (tea and coffee etc), 11am – 3pm

Monday – Dinner, 5pm

Tuesday – ‘Open House’ (tea and coffee etc), 11am – 3pm

Tuesday – Dinner, 5pm

Wednesday – Breakfast, 10am (preparation from 9am)

Thursday – ‘Open House’ (tea and coffee etc), 11am – 3pm



Setting out from the friary at South Melbourne on Monday and Saturday evenings, the friars and volunteers serve food to the poor and marginalised on the streets around the Port Melbourne area. Working together they create a place of welcome, conversation and human comfort for the people who participate.

Most of the food is generously donated by a variety of benefactors. The volunteers meet beforehand at the Open House, South Melbourne to prepare the food for distribution.

The friars of South Melbourne are also assisted by friars from the fraternity of St Anthony’s, Hawthorn.

The friars and volunteers experience first hand the gospel truth that there is more joy in giving than in receiving (cf. Acts 20:35)."


After meeting with Simon Millar and the Year 6 SJ Leaders, the students came up with a great idea for the donations of items to the Friar's kitchen. This Lent we are asking the students to bring the following:

Preps - Unopened and non refrigerated juice

Ones - Packets of tea

Twos - Jars of instant coffee

Threes - Long life Milk

Fours - Packets of dry pasta

Fives - Packets of rice

Sixes - Any tinned food

Please note this is not a compulsory contribution to our community. The idea of spreading the donations across the school will allow for a variety of provisions for the Friar's kitchen. If your family would like to participate,  please place any donations in the containers inside the corridor just outside the school hall. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated:) 



The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the Sacraments of healing and restoration. It celebrates the endlessly forgiving mercy of God and the change of heart of all those who turn back to God after sin. Many of our Year 3 students will be in the process of enrolling to make their First Reconciliation later this term. The dates for preparation and the celebrations for Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC), Middle Park and StsPP, South Melbourne are as follows:

  • Thursday 12 March – 3:40-4:15pm - StsPP Preparation Session #4 in the Year 3 classrooms
  • Monday 16th March - Reflection Day at Galilee School - 8.50 - 3.25pm
  • Wednesday 18 March - 7.00pm - Sacrament of Reconciliation OLMC
  • Thursday 26 March - 6:00pm-Sacrament of Reconciliation-SPP

A Prayer for our Reconciliation Candidates


Loving God help us to teach our children that you love totally and unconditionally. Help us to encourage our children to grow in love and to learn how to take responsibility for their words and actions, knowing that you always forgive. Assist us to pray with our children and to share our faith with them as we journey together. Guide us as we model your love in the world.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Confirmation dates and OLMC Enrolment form

Please be advised that the Sacrament of Confirmation is now in Term Two instead of Term Four.

Please find the enrolment forms for OLMC for Confirmation and Eucharist (Term Three).

The dates so far for the Sacrament of confirmation are as follows:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

6 – 7pm

Confirmation Family Faith Night (Faith Team and Year 6 teachers) Galilee School Hall

7 – 7:20pm

StsPP Confirmation Parent session - Galilee School staffroom

7:30 – 8:30pm

OLMC Confirmation Parent Information Night


18 APR 2020, SAT  4 – 7pm

OLMC Confirmation Preparation Session 1 – Sat 18 April (relics of St Therese will be in the church)


20 APR 2020, MON 8:30am – 3:25pm

NET Team - Confirmation incursion-school hall all day


Saturday, April 25, 2020, 4 – 7pm

OLMC Confirmation Preparation Session 2 (ANZAC Day Public Holiday)


28 APR 2020, TUE, 8:30am – 3:25pm

Confirmation Reflection Day (Year 6) St. Patrick's Cathedral and Mary Mackillop Centre


2 MAY 2020, SAT, 4 – 7pm

OLMC Confirmation Preparation Session 3


Friday, May 8, 2020, 7 – 8pm

OLMC Sacrament of Confirmation


Sunday, May 10, 2020, 10 – 11am

Sacrament of Confirmation StsPP

First Eucharist

OLMC have asked that their enrolment for Eucharist be advertised. Please find below.

Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey

Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey.

All families are invited through Care monkey to participate in the ECSI survey which will assist us in better understanding how our Catholic Identity is expressed in our work and practice here at Galilee.

The Catholic University in Leuven, was commissioned by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) to design a process and tools, based on sound research, to accomplish the goal of understanding our current Catholic identity and where the school community might like to see itself in the future.

The ECSI survey is a key element in this process.  The online survey gathers responses from students in Years 5 and 6, all Galilee school staff, and a representative sample of parents.

You will be asked to complete the survey online; it may take you up to an hour to do so and can be completed in more than one seating.

Many thanks in advance for your support of Religious Education at Galilee.

A big THANK YOU to all families who have completed the survey. We really appreciate your support!

Upcoming dates

17 March: St Patrick’s Day at the Cathedral (School Captains with SJ leaders) - all day

25 March: Stations of the Cross - Galilee: 2:30pm (Assembly) - (All grades)


John 21 (Taken from

Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened.  Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.

Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”

“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.

At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was. He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?”

“No,” they replied.

Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.


Jesus taught his disciples a different way of looking at their situation.

Here at Galilee we teach children who learn in different ways.

You might like to encourage your family members to try a new method, look at things differently, change their attitude about an issue...

'Be not afraid,' it could be successful!

Helen Rochecouste