Welcome to the 2020 school year as we begin a new journey together with God by our side.
The excitement and uncertainty of the all the year has in stall for us is felt throughout the school.
The St Peter Chanel community is part of the Catholic community that encourages the children, staff, families and all those in our parish to live like Jesus taught us. The rituals we participate in when we pray, go to mass or celebrate the sacraments, allow us to strengthen our faith and learn the Gospel values that guide us in our everyday lives in the way we act, the choices we make and the way we treat others. We learn how and why we do this through scripture. This is our Catholic Identity. This is what makes our school unique. Our Catholic identity is seen; is felt; is heard; is lived.
This term the children will be inquiring about our Catholic Identity. Take the time with your family to think about how your family expresses their Catholic identity through the way you live life, pray and celebrate.
Our Catholic Identity is who we are so let us ‘Love One Another’ and walk with God and strive to live more like Jesus each day.
Beginning of the School Year Mass
On Friday, 7 February, the school community gathered in the church to celebrate mass to welcome in the school year. The mass was celebrated by our Parish Priest, Fr Felimon Libot CMF. It was a beautiful celebration that focussed on the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit calls us to live with care and concern for others. It is through the fruits of the Holy Spirit and our Gospel values that St Peter Chanel is the welcoming and respectful learning community we are today. We are guided by the Holy Spirit in everything we do. Thank you to all those who participated in the mass and to all the families and parishioners who joined us in this Eucharistic Celebration. A special welcome to all new families and staff members.
Wednesday, 26 February, is Ash Wednesday. It is a significant day in the Church, as it marks the first day of Lent. Lent is the time before Holy Week where we take some extra time to stop and think about what we need to change in our lives to prepare us for the Easter season.
Lent lasts for 40 days. On Ash Wednesday, we will wear ashes on our forehead to show that we too are sorry for the times when we do or say the wrong things, and we think about how we can change to become better people. The ashes come from the palm leaves and branches from last year’s Palm Sunday. These palms are blessed and burned for us to wear on this day. During Lent, the students are encouraged to try extra hard to do and say what is right. We will ask God to help us try harder in making the right choices, through penance, works of charity, fasting and prayers. We remember that God loves us so much that He gave up His only son for us.
We invite families to attend class liturgies for Ash Wednesday. Details regarding this will be forwarded to families shortly.
Please note the Parish Masses for Ash Wednesday will be held as follows:
8.00am: Parish Mass.
7.00pm: Parish Mass
Children who have celebrated their First Eucharist are now eligible to become Altar servers. Notes will be sent out soon for those children who are interested. It is a great opportunity for children to be active members of the church community.
Religious Education Term One Dates
Ash Wednesday Liturgy Wednesday 26 February 9.30am
Holy Week and Easter Liturgy Friday 27 March 9.30am
2020 Sacramental Program
The Sacrament of Confirmation Saturday 14 March 11.00am and 2.30pm
First Eucharist Evening Monday 26 May 6:30pm
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion Saturday 13 June 11.00am and 2.30pm
First Reconciliation Family Evening Monday 26 August 6:30pm
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation Thursday 9 September 5.00pm
Thursday 10 September 5.00pm
If you would like to participate at either of these masses, please see your child’s teacher or come and see me. You may like to do the Offertory with your child/ren or do a reading! We would love you to participate with us.
Important Dates in the Church Calendar
Shrove Tuesday Tuesday, 25 February
Ash Wednesday Wednesday, 26 February
Jesus be with you all this year as we embark on a new journey together to develop our faith!
Religious Education Leader
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