Education Mass creates a ‘first’ for the Diocese of Parramatta
07 Nov 2018
It was a first for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta recently when the largest cross section of Western Sydney schools attended the annual Diocesan Education Mass at the Cathedral Church of St Patrick’s in Parramatta.
Principal celebrant of the Mass was Bishop of Parramatta Vincent Long who was joined by Diocesan priests.
Contributors to the Mass represented a strong cross-section of Diocesan schools including readers from Cerdon College, Merrylands, Prayers of Intercession from St Paul the Apostle Primary School, Winston Hills, offertory procession by Holy Family Primary School, East Granville; musicians from Catholic Youth Parramatta Youth Band, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion from Parramatta Marist, Westmead and altar servers from Nagle College, Blacktown and Parramatta Marist at Westmead.
In his Homily, Bishop Vincent Long reflected on his childhood and how as a child he had a sense of self-reliance, which was a result of the unconditional support and wisdom from his own father. He said the followers of Christ, also experience this love “which gives them the strength to withstand the winds of affliction.”
“We are experiencing this crosswind as a church at the moment. If God uses painful episodes, then he can certainly use the modern episodes of exile of our wilderness to purify and make us more worthy of our calling and mission,’’ Bishop Vincent said.
“In Catholic education, our concern is not only in the learning outcomes, but in the holistic formation of the person. It is essential that we learn to be a servant of the kingdom and usable signs of hope in this world today,’’ he said.
The Mass culminated in the recognition of the winners from the 2018 Year of Youth Art Competition. All students from Kindergarten to Year 12 were invited to create an artwork to celebrate the Year of Youth and it’s theme; for young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy.’ This theme is based on Pope Francis’ call at World Youth Day 2016:
The winners were Elizabeth McKee of Our Lady of the Angels, Castle Hill (First in the Infants section), Mia Valente of St Bernadette’s Primary, Dundas (First in the Primary section) and Andrea Abreu of Nagle College, Blacktown (First in the Secondary section).
At the conclusion of Mass, participants were treated to an impressive visual display of the social outreach projects of Diocesan primary and secondary and schools. It was a reminder to everyone there of the extraordinary work that happens in Catholic schools supporting the most vulnerable in our community.
16 Sep 2022
It has been an extremely busy time in Year 1 this week. On Monday, we began our Literacy learning by going into different classrooms to learn more about indigenous stories and writing responses based on these texts. We were very excited to work in new spaces and with other Year 1 student and teachers throughout the week. In Science, we have been learning about the weather and different instruments to help us track the weather. We built our own rain gauge to investigate how much rainfall we had this week. Yesterday, our buddies helped us follow a directed drawing of the Union Jack to use for our Visual Art lesson next week. We love spending time with our buddies! To cap the week off, we even got time to practice mindfulness with Mrs Coppini during RFF time to help us unwind after a busy week.
16 Sep 2022
If you are interested in becoming an altar server, St Bernadette’s Parish will have a training night with Deacon Jack on Tuesday, 20th September, at 7 pm in the church. If you are interested in attending, please contact the parish office at 9634 2622 or Melvyn at 0433 102 029. You will have the opportunity to serve at school masses and Parish masses.
09 Sep 2022
On Thursday, several Year 6 students accompanied Mrs Cooke and Mrs Floody to the Diocesan Education Mass. The Mass was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta with our Bishop and allowed our student representatives to gather with Principals, Parents, Religious Education Coordinators and Diocesan Priests to celebrate their role in the mission of the Church. Following the Mass, the children could engage with several agencies working in the Diocese of Parramatta to fulfil our calling as Catholics to support those in need.
08 Sep 2022
In term 3 Kindy has been learning about how symbols can be used to represent the different weather conditions we see during the year ☁🌡. We completed this interactive activity on SeeSaw.
05 Sep 2022
Congratulations to Tiana for competing in the Voice of Youth Semi-Finals today. We are very proud to announce that she won the Social Justice Award for her “Dear Santa, poor children on Christmas” speech. Well done, you have a bright future in public speaking.
02 Sep 2022
Today we had a group of 14 Children attend the Parramatta Diocesan Athletics carnival. All students did a great job and pushed themselves to do their personal best. Congratulations to all children. The Snr girls relay came 3rd Georgia came 1st in the Jnr 1500m and set a new record. She also came 3rd in the 800m. Rafael came 1st in the 800m. Emily achieved 1st in the long jump. Harry came 2nd in both the 100 & 200m. Lila came 2nd in the 100m. Abigail came 2nd in the 100m & 3rd in the 200m. Special congratulations to Abigail, who was awarded the Jnr girls runner-up overall. Congratulations to all competitors.