St Anthony Mary Claret- The Founder of the
Claretian Missionaries of the Immaculate heart of Mary
“A Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man on fire with love, who spreads its flames wherever he goes. He desires mightily and strives by all means possible to set everyone on fire with God’s love. Nothing daunts him: he delights in privations, welcomes work, embraces sacrifices, smiles at slander, rejoices in all the torments and sorrows he suffers, and glories in the cross of Jesus Christ. His only concern is how he may follow Christ and imitate him in praying, working, enduring and striving constantly and solely for the greater glory of God and the salvation of humankind.”
Feast of St Anthony Mary Claret
On Tuesday, 23rd October we celebrated the Feast of St Anthony Mary Claret.
Saint Anthony Mary Claret was born in Spain in 1807 and was was the son of a weaver. He was one of eleven children and it was his sister who taught him to pray the rosary. His great devotion to Mother Mary and to the Rosary was the reason he added Mary to his name. At the age of eleven, when a bishop visited his school, he was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. Without hesitation he answered that he wanted to be a priest.
In 1835, St Anthony Mary Claret was ordained into Priesthood. He travelled throughout Spain preaching the Good News to the people. St Anthony Mary Claret founded the congregation called The Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known as the Claretians, whose motto is To light the whole world on fire with the love of God .
Saint Anthony Mary Claret was later made bishop of Cuba where he erected a hospital, built numerous schools and founded a religious library.
He died on 24th October, 1870 and was declared a saint on 7th May, 1950.
Our parish priests, Father Rowan and Father Rene have dedicated their lives to the work of Saint Anthony Mary Claret to proclaim the word of God to people throughout the world.
October- The Month of the Rosary
Pope Francis says, “the Rosary is a prayer that always accompanies me; it is also the prayer of the ordinary people and the saints… it is a prayer from my heart.
The month of October is dedicated to the most Holy Rosary; the most widely practised prayer amongst Catholics around the world. Children from Years 3-6 have joined Lucy Sgro, the leader of the Legion of Mary at our church, to recite the Rosary. Year levels have also been praying the Rosary in the classrooms. I invite you to say the Rosary with your child and take the time to pray and reflect upon Jesus’ life through praying the Rosary.
Whole School Masses 2018
End of Year School Mass Friday, 7th December 9:30am in the church
Year 6 Graduation Mass Thursday, 13th December 7:00pm in the church
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 you child/ren or do a reading!
Sacrament dates for 2019
Dates for the 2019 sacraments have just been advised.
The dates are as follows:
- Confirmation –Saturday, 16th March
- First Eucharist – Saturday, 15th June
- First Reconciliation – Thursday, 5th and 12th September
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