Liturgy

NAIDOC WEEK 2016

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The College celebrates NAIDOC in the last week of term. This year Marie Taylor, a Noongar Elder, will conduct a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony for the College community. Some young students from Wesley College will play didgeridoo in the ceremony.

Date: Thursday 30 June
Where: Chapel Lawn
Start time: 8:00am

All students and their families are welcome to attend this annual College segue into NAIDOC Week, which commences Sunday 3 July. Students are encouraged to get to school early on the day in order to participate.

WHAT IS A WELCOME TO COUNTRY?

The Welcome to Country is a right of the local traditional custodians and owners. The land, waterways and cultural significance sites are still very important to Noongar people. The Welcome to Country recognises and acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land and demonstrates respect for Aboriginal people as Australia's first peoples.

WHAT IS A SMOKING CEREMONY?

The Smoking Ceremony is a traditional Noongar ritual used to not only cleanse and purify a specific area but it cleanses the spirit, body and soul whilst you are on Noongar Country. The leaves and shavings from the balga and other local trees are allowed to smoulder - and the smoke purifies the area and prepares for a new beginning. This ritual of purification and unity - signifies the beginning of something new. The Smoking Ceremony is a blessing while on Noongar Country.
Source: http://www.noongarculture.org.au/spirituality/

WHAT IS NAIDOC WEEK?

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. NAIDOC week officially falls in the holidays: 5-12 July.
Further information: http://www.naidoc.org.au/

ASTHMA ALERT - SMOKING CEREMONY

Students whose asthma is triggered by smoke, or who are unwell with asthma on the day, should not attend the smoking ceremony. All students who have Asthma must be careful at the smoking ceremony, must take any additional precautions and must have their asthma medication with them.

'GOOD NEWS' for 13th Sunday in 'Ordinary Time'

"Jesus resolutely set his face towards Jerusalem. I will follow you wherever you will go." (Luke 9:51-62)

The reflection is part of Fr Richard Leonard's homily on this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

…. No matter how much we try to ignore it, or play it down, the call to simplicity of lifestyle and detachment are important elements in the teaching of Jesus and the way he lived his own life.liturgy-1.jpg

In Luke's gospel and in his second volume, The Acts of the Apostles, the obligations of the haves to the have-nots are regularly underlined. Scholars think Luke's gospel keeps this teaching most alive because it was a community divided by wealth.

In today's Gospel this obligation is put in its starkest form. To 'bury the dead' in first-century Palestine sometimes meant having to take on their responsibilities - farm, fishing or family. To have 'nowhere to lay one's head' gave as much freedom then as it does today; and to be detached, without regret, has always been a sign of God's kingdom….

While Jesus' words have a radical edge which must not be blunted, if all Christians everywhere were to live this teaching literally we would constitute a family of happy but homeless people, surrounded by decomposing loved ones! There is no dignity in poverty and most people who are poor, while they can be rich in the best human values, do not want to stay poor. What they deserve, and what all Christians should want, is economic and social justice. We are not at liberty to follow Jesus and watch the rich get fatter and all-consuming while the poor pay the price for unchecked greed.

Some Christians are given the gift of living very simply and to the degree that this gift brings life to them, and those around them, it is a wonderful sign of God's kingdom. All the rest of us, who struggle to embrace this gift, or a desire to ever want it, must face up to the challenge of Jesus' teaching here. But it's not just about money. We are also called to detach ourselves from memories, which can be cluttered with anger and revenge; from the demands of work which keep us from being with those we love; and to be generous with our time, talent, hospitality and compassion.

Previous generations strayed from the demands of this gospel. Grand cathedrals, courtly behaviour and princely mansions were meant to reflect on earth the reign of God. These are our legacy, but may it not be said of us, what Michael McGirr says of St Peter's, 'any sense of the Divine completely disappears under the materialism of it all.' Rather, may our generation show the kingdom of God most visibly in the way we live simply, fight for justice for all people everywhere, and the detachment we have to everything but the essentials.

© Richard Leonard SJ

SACRAMENT PROGRAM

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The College Sacrament Program, aligned with Archdiocesan policy, is 'Family-focused, Parish-based and Catholic School supported'.

Families of children in Years 3, 4 and 6 are preparing to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own 'home' parish.

The knowledge component is also covered in the Religion Curriculum of those classes.

Local Parishes

Some parishes, located near the College, have supplied calendar details for their Sacrament Programs. This information can be accessed via the link to the College website.

Further Information?

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Next Friday's Community Eucharist will be prepared by St Louis House. Families and friends are all welcome - whether or not you are in St Louis House. For those able to stay, the celebration continues after Mass with coffee in the Café.

If you have any queries about Community Mass please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: Lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au or 9383 0513.

When: Fridays in Term Time
Time: 8:00-8:30am
Where: College Chapel