Archbishop Timothy Costelloe attended Royal Commission hearings along with metropolitan Archbishops from other states, and spoke frankly and openly about the Catholic Church’s failings, acknowledging the real hurt and suffering experienced by survivors of abuse, and answering questions about the Archdiocese of Perth’s ongoing work to seek healing and reconciliation.
Now that the final hearing of the Royal Commission has concluded, Archbishop Costelloe has published a pastoral letter, as well as a video conveying the same message, for the Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Perth, including Catholic schools. Please view the Archbishop’s video here or read the attached letter:
Today children from Year 1 – 6 attended the Ash Wednesday Mass and I distributed the ashes to Kindy and Pre Primary. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten period leading up to Easter. The ashes are made from palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration last year. The ashes are blessed with Holy Water and are scented with incense. The ashes are applied to the forehead in the shape of a cross and reminds us of our call to repent and believe in the Gospel as well as the will for change and the hope of forgiveness.
Our new collaboration with Lawley's Bakery running our canteen has had a very positive response from both parents and students. The variety of choice and quality of the food has exceeded expectations. Through the online canteen system you are able to pre order recess and lunch in advance, please be careful that you are selecting the correct date and not the following week. A reminder that canteen runs on a Wednesday and Friday each week. Orders must be placed by no later than 8am. Please find attached a current menu.
A reminder that this Friday is a Pupil Free Day. Staff will be engaged in learning around the Western Australian Technologies Curriculum. This is a collaborative professional development between OLGC, St John's Primary school and Holy Spirit Primary School. I am sure it will be a day full of creative learning.
On Tuesday each family would have received a copy of this years school fees. Contained within the fee pack was a Fee Payment Form. Each family is asked that this form be filled out and returned to school by no later than the 10th March 2017.
The Environmental Ministry have held their first Paper Making Workshop. As a school, we have already collected a huge amount of paper that is ready to be recycled. It was great to see some of this paper being reused to make something new. Many students from all years helped to tear up the old paper to make pulp. Some of us were then were able to use the pulp to make new paper. All of our paper was green because we had added green card to our pulp. Next week we will experiment with adding natural materials such as petals and leaves to create different designs and effects. We will also try to make some different coloured paper. See you on Thursday at lunchtime in the Kindy classroom!
Please find attached below a notice from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (the department), to advise you that the department has requested the school provides a statement of addresses, in accordance with section 21 of the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (the Regulation).
SUNDAY 12th MARCH at 3.30pm – Picnic on the Green – Whole School Family Event (details below)
THURSDAY 16th MARCH – Meals by Mums (volunteers required 8.30am -12pm – please see below information)
THURSDAY 30th MARCH – Interschool Swim Team School Breakfast
MEALS BY MUMS – 2017 Volunteers
The P&F is supporting this initiative that was set up by a group of OLGC parents to support Shopfront WA (http://shopfrontwa.org.au), an agency of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth that aims to provide help to those in need. One of the most immediate of these needs is often a hot meal and Meals by Mums was created to prepare 'home cooked' individual meals for use by Shopfront. This is a fantastic cause and as of November 2015, Meals by Mums has provided over 1000 meals to Shopfront.
The group of ladies that run Meals by Mums have since moved on from OLGC but continue to come back several times a year to cook their meals using the school canteen.
They are seeking more volunteers from current OLGC families to help with the preparation of these meals once a term.
The date for this term is THURSDAY 16th MARCH AT 8.30AM-12PM - if you would like to spend the morning helping out, please contact Tracey Woodward - email@example.com
Last Friday night 18 Dad's had a great time at lawn bowls with fierce competition and lots of laughs taking place.
This was the first of many events scheduled to take place over the coming year. These events are a great opportunity for Dads to talk with other Dads in our community in order to help them become even better Dads.
1.30 pm - Our Lady of Grace Church 3 Kitchener Street, North Beach
OLGC Saturday AM Mass 18 March cancelled
Due to the St Pat’s breakfast the normally scheduled OLGC 9am 3rd Saturday mass will be cancelled. Mass instead will be 8am in St Dominic’s. St Pat’s breakfast to follow at 8.30am. St Patrick’s Breakfast Saturday 18 March, 8.30am in St Dominic’s parish centre. Tickets $13.50 on sale after each mass. Children free. Raffle donations appreciated.
OLGC Volunteers Please Our Lady of Good Counsel needs parishioners to put their names forward for the weekly Sunday Offertory Procession and Morning Tea rosters. See Maureen Smith if you can assist.
Cuppa at St Dominic’s Please come over to the St Dominic’s parish centre after the 9.30am Sunday mass for a cuppa and chat with your fellow parishioners. Everyone is welcome.
Friday Stations of the Cross in Lent St Dominic’s church
3 March - Iliana Rodrigues and family
10 March - Paul and Anna Pillai and family
17 March - Rebecca von Perger and family
24 March - Donna McFarlen and family
31 March - Joanne and family
7 April - Cecilia Sequerah and family Please join in and support these families.
Taize Prayer Service
A Night of Prayer & Song in the style of Taize. Thursday 2nd March 7.30pm - 8.30pm. Our Lady of Grace Church, 3 Kitchener St. North Beach. Contact 9448 4888 or Joan 9448 4457
An information afternoon Sunday 2nd April, 2pm – 4pm at St Catherine’s House of Hospitality, 113 Tyler St, Tuart Hill. Mercy Associates are lay women and men who cherish the virtue and practice of mercy and see it as a way of enhancing their spiritual lives. They meet at regular intervals for prayer, formation, reflection and community. They are connected and committed to the Sisters of Mercy through prayer and the support of their missionary activities. Jan O’Connor 9443 3957.
Natalie Zuchetti (Aspiring Art) and Jodie Davidson (Nature Art) are WA artists and Art Educators who love to celebrate artistry and friendship through workshops, commissions and bespoke fabric and artisan projects. Natalie and Jodie bring new ideas, new product and new happenings through various adult and children’s workshops here in Perth!
In this three hour screen printing and textile colour enriching workshop you will learn how to cut paper stencils, explore and experiment using exposed silk screens printing on various materials. The screen printing means people have the option to take home fabric they have made from scratch and then transform it into something that is truly unique to them. Yes, you will go home with your own piece of unique printed fabric! This workshop can lead onto further art/screen printing/textile workshops with Natalie and Jodie.
Small class numbers mean that you get extensive tuition and lots of opportunity to ask questions.
Date: Saturday, 11 March 2017
Where: Jacksons - 76 Erindale Road, Balcatta
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Cost: $70.00 per person including all materials. Please bring any fabrics, papers or designs you wish to work on. Payment must be paid prior to workshop to secure your spot. Bring an Apron.
Please book directly with firstname.lastname@example.org or 0417 927 980 (Jodie).
The children's liturgy will be running the 1st Sunday of the month at the OLGC parish 8.00 am mass in school terms . The liturgy will commence on 2nd April . The subsequent dates will be 7th May, 4th June, 6th August, 3rd September, 5th November and 3rd December.
Is there any one who would like to volunteer to help run the liturgies this year. The volunteer would only need to attend the mass and help run the liturgy by assisting with the activities. Parents can even volunteer on the day at mass and I will particularly need help most likely for the April and June liturgies where the liturgy attendance jumps in numbers from about 10 to 30 children!
Also I will be overseas when the August liturgy is running so if any parent/parents would be keen to run this liturgy please contact the school office.