Our Catholic Community

Project Compassion : Water Walk link to DONATE

 

Each year Project Compassion brings together thousands of Australians in schools, parishes and the community to stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable communities, to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. By beginning to understand the issues of injustice and by witnessing the positive changes in the lives of people experiencing poverty, students can develop a deepening empathy and lifelong solidarity with people all around the world. 

 

To make a donation to our St Philomena's Fundraising Page, scan the QR code, follow this link: https://lent.caritas.org.au/t/stphilomenascatholicschoolmoreeteampage OR make a donation via QKR OR contribute coins to your Project Compassion box.

 

 

Not-So-Mini Vinnies

 

A wonderful group of secondary students formed our Secondary Vinnies Chapter for 2021 last week. Students voted for a co presidency-ship with Grace Schweitzer and Lilly South elected to chair the chapter.  Our Operations team is headed up by Rachel Makim and supported by Bronte Davison and Bonnie Cumberland. Our Head of Publicity is Georgia Brown, supported by Stella Madden and Stella Karam. 

The students are planning loads of fun activities throughout the year - the first one being the Water Walk. Sincere thanks and congratulations to the students who will volunteer their time and energy working to standing in solidarity with .

 

Stage 2 Lenten Reconciliation

On Friday 5 March, students in Years 3 and 4 visited the Church for the first of our Lenten Reconciliation sessions with Fr Vic and Fr Tuan. All students were either absolved, or blessed by the priests. 

 

 

200 Years of Catholic Education

 

Catholic Education is celebrating 200 years in Australia, marking the bicentenary of the first Catholic school established in Parramatta in October 1820.

 

The first Catholic school in Australia was founded in October 1820 by Irish Catholic priest Fr John Therry and run by convict and lay person George Marley. The school, which Catholic historians believe was in Hunter Street, Parramatta, taught 31 students. By 1833, there were 10 Catholic schools in the colony. 

 

Our School will celebrate on Friday the 21st of May, reflecting on 200 Years of Catholic Education and then together with a Mass on the Feast Day of Our Lady Help of Christians on Monday 24 May, marking the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. More information on the day of celebration will follow.

Sacramental Programs for 2021

Please note the following dates which have been identified for the Parish Sacramental Programs for 2021.

 

Sacrament of First Reconciliation: Thursday 9 September 2021 at 6pm

First Reconciliation is for all eligible students in Year 2 and above.

 

Sacrament of First Holy Communion: Sunday 7 November at 11:30am

First Holy Communion is for all eligible students in Year 3 and above.

 

Sacrament of Confirmation:  Sunday 6 June at 11:30am

Confirmation is for all eligible students in Year 5 and 6.

 

Please contact St Francis Xavier Parish Centre on 6752 2886 for any additional information.

 

St Francis Xavier Parish church bulletin

Click here for a link to the latest Parish church bulletin.