Today’s feastday of ‘All Saints’ isn’t about those who are publicly named as saints - each of those has their own feastday. Instead, on the Feast of ‘All Saints’ we think of many ordinary good people who walked with God in their daily lives, and who are now dead. Today is their feastday - the unmentioned saints - who now live in God’s presence.
In the early Church, “saint” was a name for a person whom today we would call a “committed Christian”. In the Bible - after the four gospels - we can find the word “saint” over 60 times. Each reference concerns living people who seek to follow Jesus. For example, Paul writes to some Christians:
“If any of the saints are in need, you must share with them.” Rom 12:13
“To all of you in Rome whom God loves greatly, all of you called to be saints: may God our Father… send you peace.” Rom 1:7
This feastday of ‘All Saints’ also reminds us of our own potential, of what (hopefully) we are in the process of becoming. A Christian living 150 years after Jesus, wrote: “The glory of God is a person living fully.”
Paul writes to a group of “saints” - committed Christians - in the Greek city of Ephesus. He starts off that letter with the words: “To the saints who are faithful to Christ…” Eph 11
Our prayer today comes from other words in that same letter.
When I think of the greatness of God’s plan, I fall on my knees before God the Father.
From his great wealth may he give us power through his Spirit that we may grow strong within. Through faith, may we discover that Christ has made his home within each of us.
Then, with our roots and foundations firmly built on God’s love, may we, with all of his saints, grasp just how wide and long and high and deep is Christ’s love. Yes, may we come to experience for ourselves the love of Christ so that we may be filled completely with God himself.
This prayer we ask of God who can accomplish far more than we could ever ask for or imagine.
I would like to thank our families for your condolences, support and understanding over the past weeks. I would also like to thank our staff for their care of our children as they have struggled to come to terms with their enormous loss.
The disco has been postponed to 15 November. The themes, times and venue remain the same. Tickets will go on sale the Monday before.
The Infants Athletics carnival planned for Friday 2 November has been postponed to next Friday 9 November given the expected heat this week.
Kinder 2019 orientation begins tomorrow, Friday 2 November. Parents of all new students are asked to come to the Kinder room at 12noon, find their child’s name on a bag hook and come into the room to experience the excitement of the first drop off at big school! We are looking forward to welcoming all our new students. The orientation session will finish at 3.15pm.
On Tuesday we hosted Alan Tongue, former player and captain of the Canberra Raiders. Alan spoke to our Year 3 - 10 students across 3 sessions during the day, with his main message being respect for self and others.
Alan engaged the students in activities, personal stories and key messages about how to be the best version of ourselves.
Alan reminded us to 'focus on what we can control' in our lives and how our actions impact all those around us. When we respect ourselves our actions are positive and our relationships are healthy and supportive.
Alan explained how his mantra 'what can I do for you?' during his early football career gave him the chance to succeed. He continues to live by this mantra every day and encouraged the students to think about others, embrace differences, be kind and do good for others to make our community a great place.
We thank Alan for coming to Sacred Heart and sharing with us these important messages. Thanks also to our wellbeing team for persevering in trying to organise such a motivational and worthwhile speaker for our students
Mrs Janet Cartwright
Yr 9/10 Weekend Mass- Sunday 11:00 am
This weekend our Year 9/10 students will be leading the ministries of the Mass. We would like to invite all community members to join us for Sunday morning Mass at 11:00am, followed by the Parish luncheon.
Upcoming Faith Formation special events.
Year 9/10 Weekend Mass 4 November 11:00 am
Year 5 Reflection Day 21 November
Year 9 Leadership Day 22 November
Year 6 Thanksgiving Mass 30 November 12 noon
Stage 2 Weekend Mass 1 December 6:00 pm
Year 10 Farewell Mass 14 December 12 noon
Advent Liturgy 17 December 12 noon
|Noah Paterson||Beau Northey|
|Austin Hall||Harry Winsor|
|Caleb Barton||Halle Johnson|
|Dusty-Rose Douglas||Isabella Ward|
|Lachlan Monaghan||Amy Caldwell|
|Mackenzie Gale||Lilly Deep|
|Ryan Peacey||Grady Sheather|
|Tanen Singleton for check in on his mates to make sure they are OK.|
|Reading Awards - Maggie Hazlett, Nate Vitnell, Harry Winsor, Thomas Shields, Joshua Harris, Lucy Coggan, Harry Blackman, Ivy Clark, Tia Lawson, Gillian Hunt, Ashlee Peacey, Ava Smith, Alex English, Polly Manwaring, Charlotte Gay, George Clark, Oliver Daley, Patrick Crawford, Caleb Barton, Lucy Dunk, Spencer Betts, Emily Monaghan.|
Hennessy Catholic College Cambodian Immersion
Program Information Session
Tuesday 13th November 2018, 6:30pm, D3 Room
An information session will be held at the college for those current Year 10 students and their parents whom would be interested in participating in the Cambodia Immersion in 2019.
We look forward to seeing you there.
If you are unable to attend but would still like to receive an information pack please contact the college on 6382 1486.
Infants Athletics Carnival has been postponed to Friday 9/11/18.
Infants Athletics Carnival
Due to the extreme weather predicted for tomorrow the Infants Athletics Carnival has been postponed to Friday 9/11/18. A new information note will be sent home tomorrow.
Secondary Touch Carnival
We are holding our annual Secondary Schools Touch Carnival on Friday 16/11/19. Year 10 parents assist with running the canteen. Offers of parent assistance can be directed to Mr Andrew Alderman. We are also looking for the assistance of a high number of referees. If know of anyone who can offer their time, please contact Mrs Patrece Maxwell during school hours or leave a message at the Front Office.
School Swim afternoon Yr 2-Yr 9 18/12/18 12 noon-3:00pm
Sacred Heart Annual Touch Carnival - Cootamundra 16/11/18
School Swim afternoon Yr 2-Yr 9 - 18/12/18 - 12 noon-3:00pm
Canteen Helpers for 2019
The canteen requires more helpers in 2019. So if parents, grandparents Auntie's or Uncles would like to volunteer for a couple of hours once a month or more if you can spare it, your time is greatly appreciated. If you are currently on the roster and your circumstances have changed or you would like to volunteer on a different day please contact Kylie on 0428 690 129.