Whole School Liturgies and Catholic Identity

Dear Parents,

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Let’s stay together, at a distance!   

Families can now perhaps more purposefully than ever, participate in the richness of our Catholic identity. As a school, we will be offering a range of engaging and collaborative Religious opportunities over the coming weeks. We hope this will enable your family to feel connected and inspired, during this pandemic period, and hopefully beyond!

Starting these family rituals now can have a lasting effect on children’s faith development for years to come. In some cases, families may be relying on us to form students Religious beliefs, but now is an opportunity to fully engage in activities as a family.  This may be as simple as praying together at certain times of the day or examining and discussing moral issues. You may wish to try looking at special events we would celebrate at school, such as Easter and Anzac Day. We will offer some ideas on our Home Learning website and encourage families to share and enjoy time together. This could include celebrating special occasions with themed art & craft, reflection time with videos, helping someone in need, or any other way you can incorporate Catholic education into your daily lives.

  1. Please enjoy these activities and send photos of your art, craft, prayers, decorations, posters, meals, or your family participating in any way. We would love to inspire each other and share ideas in our school newsletter. Email photos to- lisa.york@mn.catholic.edu.au

Sending prayers and blessings to your family,

Mrs Lisa York

ANZAC DAY 2020

Driveway Dawn Service

The service in Canberra will be broadcast on the ABC – on television, the ABC Australia Facebook page and also on the ABC Australia YouTube channel – from 5am on Saturday morning.

RSL NSW have also embraced the idea of a “Driveway Dawn Service”, urging all Australians to stand at the end of their driveways, balconies or living rooms to commemorate April 25.

Recite “The Ode” together:

They shall grow not old,as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them,nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sunand in the morningWe will remember them.

Lest we forget!

Play the Last Post

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Let us Pray…..

God of our Mothers and Fathers, We pray for the peace of the world.

We especially entrust to your mercy the homeless and refugees;

  • those who have been dispossessed through war;
  • those whose lives and families have been disrupted;
  • and who mourn the loss of loved ones.
  • We pray for countries who are war-torn even today.

    May sanity return and kindness win through wherever there is warfare.

    We ask our prayers through Jesus Christ. Amen

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Anzac Biscuits

 Anzac biscuits have been associated with the ANZACS, as they were sent by wives and girlfriends to soldiers because the ingredients did not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during transportation. Although initially not as appetising as the ones we currently make!

 https://www.domayne.com.au/blog/donna-hays-anzac-biscuits/

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Make a Poppy

 Poppies are the flower of remembrance, not only in Australia but with other Commonwealth nations. Using the bottoms of bottles, you can make this hanging poppy decoration to hang off some branches.

 https://www.muminthemadhouse.com/diy-recycled-plastic-bottle-poppy-craft/

Make a Wreath for your front door

 This wreath below is a fun activity to do with your children leading up to Anzac Day. They will love getting messy and painting their hands, then seeing them as the "wreath" on their front door.  

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You can make a wreath with any odds and ends you have at home, or even collect some items from your garden.

 Don’t forget to share a photo!

https://www.weekendnotes.com/kids-craft-make-an-anzac-day-wreath/