O God, source of all goodness,
who have shown us in Saint Mary
a woman of faith living by the power of the Cross,
teach us, we pray, by her example to live the gospel
in changing times and to respect
and defend the human dignity of all in our land.
Through our Lord.
This Saturday we celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross. This feast day is in honour of Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop who died August 8, 1909.
Mary MacKillop was born in 1842 in Fitzroy, Melbourne. She was inspired by a meeting with Fr. Julian Tenison-Woods and at the age of 25 took her vows and the religious name, “Mary of the Cross”. Within 5 years of taking her vows and founding the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Mary had established over 30 schools in South Australia and over 100 women had joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Mary MacKillop was very conscious of the plight of the poor and needy. She worked with families that lived in isolated areas of Australia. As a result, Mary MacKillop pioneered a new form of religious life in Australia and commenced a “system” of “Josephite” schools that would provide education, especially for the children of the poor.
In 1873, Pope Pius IX gave Papal approval for the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Even today, many Australians can say that they too have felt the impact of the enormous work started by St. Mary of the Cross, having been educated or cared for, by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Mary MacKillop was noted for her trust in the providence of God and miracles of healing have been attributed to her. She was declared Australia’s first saint by Pope Benedict XVI on the 17th October 2010. Mary MacKillop passed away on 8 August 1909.
Mary Ward International Project
During Loreto Week in September, the students will be fundraising for the Mary Ward International project called Brickfield India.
Below is an article based on one life that has been positively influenced by our fundraising efforts:
Where There is a Will, There is a Way
Manisha Sardar is a 4-year-old girl with a physical disability. She came along with her parents from Jharkhand to Minakhan Brickfield for work. Her parents work in the Brick Fields of Minakhan. Unlike other children of her age, Manisha could not stand straight since birth. First, her parents were not willing to send Manisha to school, but after Kolkata Mary Ward Social Centre intervention they agreed. Presently Manisha is attending Brickfield school at Minakhan. Her guardians are very supportive now and regularly sending Manisha to school.
Manisha is a charming girl. She has never let her disability hold her back. Manisha decided not to be dictated by her fate but to live life on her terms. She participated in the Sports Program which was organised in the month of May 2015. Manisha won the second price in “Ball in the Bucket” competition where the number of competitors was 27. She not only won the second prize, but she was able to win our hearts also. She really enjoyed the interaction between herself and the children through the game. She is a true inspiration for all of us.
Thursday Coffee Van!
The Coffee Van is back! Available at Loreto Nedlands every Thursday morning from 8.00am. Perfect for these winter mornings!
The Commonwealth Bank School Banking Program has returned again in Term Three with school banking days on a Tuesday.
Please ensure your bank books and deposits have been delivered to the office by Monday afternoons.
For any new families that would like to register their children to participate in the program, it is a simple process and all the information can be found here: https://www.commbank.com.au/banking/school-banking.html
Tomorrow’s theme for Fun Friday is the 80s!
Students can choose from the following options:
- Wear their school uniform and accessorise
- Wear full 80s clothing!
Fortnightly Tip: Fortnightly Tip: Mental & Emotional Wellbeing
Six ways to support your kids’ mental and emotional wellbeing.
It’s natural during stressful times that we may all feel a range of emotions, such as worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood.
Kids will express their feelings not only through words, but also through their actions and behaviours. Keep in mind that behind every behaviour is a feeling.
Top tips to support your kids:
- Schedule regular emotional check-ins to see how your kids are coping
- Help your kids identify and name their emotions.
- Explore and talk about emotions in everyday situations.
- Talk about what went well and what you are grateful for each day.
- Make sure kids get ample sleep.
- Watch for signs your child might not be coping.
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.