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Friday, February 24th 2017

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Term 1 Week 4: From the Deputy Principal | Mission and Catholic Identity

The word of the Lord is faithfulness and love.
His love can never be measured.
His beauty is like nothing we have ever seen,
so let us place our trust in him.

Family Mass-1441The words from the Responsorial Psalm at our inaugural PK-12 Family Mass reflect what lies at the heart of Newman College’s identity as both a Catholic and a Marist school. In gathering with over 3000 people on Wednesday evening, we celebrated publicly what it means to be an intentional community that is animated by the presence of the risen Jesus. It is in our ability to trust openly, love faithfully, and welcome wholeheartedly God’s word in our midst that provides the inspiration for the very foundations of the relationships between members of this PK-12 community.

In what will now occur as an annual event at the College, I wish to thank our staff, students and parents for their willingness and openness to trust and embrace the call to community and to enter into this space that we as a proud Catholic community have sought to create.

Family Mass-84In his homily, Bishop Sproxton, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Perth, used the example of Saint Peter to challenge our Y6 and Y12 student leaders to embrace the courageousness of Christian leadership in all that they undertake in serving our community this year. We were fortunate to have three priests from our neighbouring Parishes also concelebrate with us; Fr Andrew Albis, Parish Priest, Floreat-Wembley Parish, Fr Joseph Tran, Parish Priest, Whitford Parish and Fr John Jegorow, Parish Priest, Ballajura.

The College was pleased to also welcome Dr Debra Sayce, Director of Religious Education, Catholic Education, Western Australia, Mr Paul Herrick, Regional Director, Marist Schools Australia, and Br Michael Akers, Marist Mission and Life Formation Team

We look forward to growing the PK-12 Family Mass in the years to come.

Shrove Tuesday (Tuesday 28 February) and Ash Wednesday (Wednesday 1 March) at Newman College

Shrove Tuesday will occur next Tuesday 28 February. The Y11 Remar students will be selling pancakes for $2 with assorted toppings at both the Marcellin and Lavalla Campuses from 8.00am. All money raised will support the work of Caritas Australia, Catholic Church’s International Aid and Development agency in Australia. Caritas is a major partner with a number of international aid projects in the Philippines which Newman College has a relationship with through our annual Y11 Philippines Immersion Program.

Ash Wednesday will occur next Wednesday 1 March, and will be marked with Liturgies of the Word and the distribution of Ashes to all students across the College.

9.00am - Marian Campus – Year 1 and 2 Paraliturgy (St Cecilia’s Church, Floreat). All families are welcome to attend.
11.30am - Marcellin Campus – Year 8, 11 & 12 (Marist Auditorium)
12.15pm – Marcellin Campus – Year 7, 9 & 10 (Marist Auditorium)
2.45pm – Lavalla Campus – Y3–6 (Champagnat Chapel, Marcellin Campus). All families are welcome to attend.

On Ash Wednesday, our Y12's who undertook the College’s service-learning immersion to the Philippines in 2016 will launch the 2017 Immersion Program, as well as the Caritas Australia Project Compassion fundraising campaign for Caritas Australia. I include below a letter from Caritas Australia outlining the launch of the 2017 Project Compassion ‘Love your Neighbour’ which will take place this weekend across the Archdiocese of Perth at Masses held at Holy Spirit, City Beach, St Mary’s Cathedral and St Patrick’s Basilica, Fremantle. pdfLove Your Neighbour Launch

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