From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things.
From Mary, we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone.
From Mary, we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God.
Celebrated each year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is considered a Holy Day of Obligation. This Christian feast day celebrates the belief that at the end of her life, Mary, the mother of Christ, was taken body and soul (both physically and spiritually) into heaven to live with her son Jesus Christ forever.
The Church concluded that because of her role as Mother of Jesus, Mary would be free from original sin and its consequences. Before Jesus’ birth, Angel Gabriel declared Mary to be “full of Grace” and “God’s highly favoured daughter” (Luke 1:28). Mary conceived Jesus, the Son of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit as a consequence of accepting God’s plan for her. Further, when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, who herself was pregnant with John the Baptist, she addressed Mary with the words, “Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:42). As such it would not be possible for Mary, whose womb carried the Son of God, to suffer the corruption of the body that all people experience after death.
Refugee and Migrant Sunday is a celebration of the dignity of people who are refugees and migrants and the contribution they have made to life in Australia. It is celebrated by the Churches together on or around the last Sunday of August each year.
The terms ‘refugee’, ‘asylum seeker’ and ‘migrant’ are often used interchangeably, particularly in the media. However, there are important distinctions between their definitions:
Refugees are people who are forced to flee their country and cannot return unless the situation that forced them to leave improves. Some are forced to flee without any warning and many have experienced torture and trauma. The motivating factor for these people is safety and protection from persecution and human rights abuses, not economic advantage.
A person seeking asylum is a person who is seeking protection as a refugee and is still waiting to have their claim assessed. Every person who has been recognised as a refugee has at some point sought asylum.
A migrant is someone who chooses to leave their country to seek a better life. They choose where they migrate to and they are able to return whenever they like.
There are some lovely storybooks that you can share with your children to highlight the experiences of refugees and migrants:
I’m Australian Too is a beautiful book from one of Australia’s literary gems, Mem Fox. I’m Australian Too is a celebration of Australia’s diverse heritage, featuring people from all walks of life who call Australia home.
For Every Child by Caroline Castle (in conjunction with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) is a picture book which details the 15 most important rights of the child. Each right has a specific illustration in a different style by a different artist around the world.
Refugees written by David Miller is a lovely book for younger readers. It follows the story of two wild ducks who become refugees when their swamp is drained. Their journey in search of a new place to live exposes them to danger and rejection before they are given a new home.
Thursday Coffee Van!
The Coffee Van is back! Available at Loreto Nedlands every Thursday morning from 8.00am. Perfect for these winter mornings!
Parent/Teacher Interviews will take place on Monday 14th September (week 9). Please follow the link to book an appointment with your child’s classroom teacher.
The next Sausage Sizzle is on Wednesday, 2nd September.
Orders can now be placed via Flexi Schools. All orders must be received by 1pm on Monday 31st August.
P&F Sundowner: Save the Date!
Fortnightly Tip: Physical Wellbeing
Are you supporting your kids’ physical wellbeing?
Regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind. Exercise can also improve mental health and overall wellbeing. It has been shown to reduce the risk of depression and mild anxiety (including those that can be made worse by stressful situations like this global pandemic).
Six tips to encourage physical activity:
- Schedule a regular time to be active every day.
- Take regular ten-minute breaks from screentime to stretch and exercise.
- Get the whole house together and exercise with your family.
- Play with your kids – it’s a great way for you all to get fit and have fun.
- Set exercise goals for your family, and for yourself.
- Walk and talk. Have meetings or catch up with friends and family while you walk.
If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. For children, Kids Helpline is available on 1800 551 800 or Youth Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.