Advent: Preparing for the Coming of Jesus
Sunday, December 9th marked the second week of Advent – The week of Peace.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe.
You sent your Son to be the Light of the world and to
spread his light of love to all.
As we light the candles on our Advent wreath
May its growing brightness remind us of the approaching
nearness of your Son
So that the day of His coming may find us prepared and
filled with joy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Social Justice Christmas Initiative
On Wednesday, December 5th, the school had a casual dress day. All the staff and students were invited to wear casual dress and donate a gold coin. We had an overwhelming response in our call to make a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves. We raised a total of $800. All proceeds will be shared between the St Vincent De Paul Society, the Make a Wish Foundation and the RSPCA.
Thank you to the Social Justice Leaders who lead this charity event with such passion and thank you to all those who made a donation. It is greatly appreciated.
Love In A Box Christmas Appeal
Throughout the year the children have been developing an awareness of the Catholic Social Justice Teaching as part of their Education in Faith. As a culmination of their learning of these teachings, and of the Christmas message of spreading joy, peace and happiness, the Year 4 students participated in a Social Justice action called the Love In A Box Appeal.
This appeal allows women and children living in emergency housing, in our community, to experience the joy of Christmas through gifts that have been donated. The children in Year 4 have been supported by their Social Justice Leaders in organising gifts for the children in this housing, whist the staff at our school have made donations to the women who live there.
I extend my sincere thanks to all the families and staff who have participated in this appeal, spreading joy, peace and love to others in our community.
On Friday, December 6th, the school celebrated the end of the school year reflecting and giving thanks to God for the amazing community we have here at St Peter Chanel. In a meaningful and moving tradition where lit candles, representing the light of Christ, were passed on from the current Year 6 students to the 2019 Year 6 students who will be the new leaders of our school. Together the school community- student, families and Parishioners- had the opportunity to farewell to the Year 6 students.
On Thursday, December 13th at 7pm, the Year 6 children will be celebrating their Graduation Mass. This will be a celebration of their journey here at St Peter Chanel School as well as an insight into what they hope for in the future. We wish our Year 6 students all the very best as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey and remembering that their dreams are the world they are going to make!
Sacrament Dates for 2019
Dates for the 2019 sacraments have just been advised.
The dates are as follows:
- Confirmation -Saturday March 16
- First Eucharist – Saturday June 15
- First Reconciliation – Thursday September 5 and 12
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support in the Faith development of your children. I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas and look forward to continuing this journey of Faith with you all in 2019.
Religious Education Leader
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