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On Thursday 30 June, Noongar elder, Brett Collard, welcomed our College community to 'this' Country. He was accompanied by son, Dylan, as well as students from the Indigenous Program at Wesley College, who played didgeridoo.

The National Aboriginal Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) grew out of the recognition that the celebration of Australia Day presented a one-sided image of Australia's history. Australia Day focused narrowly on the disruption to existing culture and life in Australia through the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove.

NAIDOC week embodies the desire of Indigenous Australians to celebrate the rich Indigenous cultures that preceded the European conquest and which continue today to be an all-important strand in Australian identity. Each year the Indigenous Committee names a theme for the week. This year's theme - 'Songlines: the Living Narrative of Our Nation' - takes us into the heart of our Indigenous cultures.

Those of us without Indigenous roots often find it hard to enter imaginatively the world of Indigenous Australians, with its feel for the interconnectedness of our human world and our natural environment. This is expressed in a deep attention to landmarks, flora and fauna, and is encapsulated in the stories that provide a map for people to live in peace with one another and with the world, their home. The Indigenous map is part of our Australian inheritance. It is important for all Australians to enter it out of respect.

Reflecting on the Indigenous understanding of the world also illuminates weaknesses in the dominant strands of our Australian culture. Our world, like that of other nations founded from Europe, focuses on competitive individuals, often devaluing the importance of their connection with other people and with the environment of which they are part. In this world each individual needs to draw the maps that will guide their own lives and our relationships. This can be a lonely and alienating task in which other people are seen as rivals to be wrestled with, and the world as something to be exploited for profit.

NAIDOC week reminds us that we are not simply individuals, but that we belong to one another. To make a good Australian future we must work cooperatively at mapmaking. Our map will detail our relationships with one another and to our environment.

NAIDOC week asks us to explore the Songlines that mark what is deep in our lives. It invites us to reach back to the Paradise Places that we associate with discovery of something more, to the stories of commitment to the common good, to the music and the poetry of our lives, and to the tradition we inherit that helps us to set our lives into a larger story. NAIDOC invites us to explore to share that story as we attend to the stories told by an earlier people. It is about respect.

© Rev. Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

'GOOD NEWS' for 14th Sunday in 'Ordinary Time'

"Your peace will rest upon him." (Luke 10:1-12, 17-20)

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.

…. Through baptism we have all been commissioned to go out to live and proclaim the Good News of Christ, to keep journeying on to all our sisters and brothers and prepare the way for Christ to come into their lives. The number of labourers for this harvest has never been greater. We have never had more Christians in the world than we have right now. If all of us who have been baptised in Christ were living out the Gospel and bringing it to bear in our personal, family, social and national life, then the world would be transformed. As Gandhi once said, 'I would take the waters of Christian baptism tomorrow if I saw Christians living out what they profess to believe.' We seem to have lost our courage, our nerve for the task at hand. We have been consumed by sheepishness and daunted by the wolves.

Jesus reminds us that to live out this commission we need to depend on each other for support, hospitality and kindness. He challenges us to travel light and stick together.

© Richard Leonard SJ



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?


A number of students in Years 3 & 4 have respectively celebrated their First Reconciliation or First Holy Communion this term. The students have celebrated the sacrament with their families, within their parish communities, having been well-prepared by their parents and teachers.

Congratulations to the following students:

Reconciliation - Year 3

Isabella Desiati
Lola Kenny
Khyan Mann
Ruby Verleg

Harrison Cabassi
Sylvia Czajko
Hannah Lim
Olivia Lim
Emily Litic
Amelie MacLennan
Cooper Matera
Ella Matthews
Caitlin Seery
Charlotte Tibi

Callum de Andrade

First Holy Communion - Year 4

Riel Abrio

Finn Martin
Ashleigh Paramor

Hunter Giles-Shanley
Asha Paton

Kate Beament
Eliza Brown
Alex Collins
Holly Denton
Jacinta Douglas
Zach Ferguson-Allen
Isaac Foley
Jonathan Foster
Caitlin Jackson
Myles Lawrence
Finn Levy
Allegra MacMillan
Amelia Mettam
Harry Martin
William Parker
Maggie Pazin
Olivia Psaila-Savona
Billie Rowsthorn
Geordie Stickland
Jackson Tout
Georgie Tudori
Max Watt
Lulani Wheeler

Leonardo Bergomi
Tayleah Dorrington
Thaddeus Ford
Caitlin Jackson
Lucas Jory
Aidan Kavanagh
Josh Lim
Rebecca Litic
Tayla Matera
Luke McLernon
Zac Morphett
Arabelle Peirce
Ashlee Purnell
Eloise Tranquille


Our first Community Liturgy for Term 3 will be Friday 22 July, when we celebrate the feast of St Mary Magdalene, known as 'apostle to the apostles'. For those able to stay, the celebration continues after Mass with coffee in the Café.

Advance notice: Thursday 4 August we will come together for Community Mass, with Loyola House, to celebrate the Feast of Ignatius of Loyola. (This is in lieu of the Friday, when we are off campus for the Kevin King Cup).

If you have any queries about Community Mass please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: or 9383 0513.

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

Year of Mercy - holiday reading

The following article is by a young mum, Kate Moriarty, and is reprinted from Australian Catholics.


Sometimes I feel like I have to wait for my children to move out before I can become a holy person. Or a sane person.

All around me, people are travelling to developing countries to build schools, volunteering on soup vans and teaching English at refugee centres. Meanwhile, I'm surrounded by nappies and laundry and surprise lunchbox-mould, and getting out to do good works feels completely beyond me. How do I achieve holiness when I can't even achieve a solo bathroom break?

These thoughts were preying heavily on my mind recently when I read about the Spiritual Works of Mercy. I know they're for everyone, but they seemed to be written just for me. A Young Mum's Handbook for Holiness. Here's my take on them:

Instruct the ignorant

Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. And there are laws against public nudity. I tried to explain this to my three-year-old as she refused all forms of clothing in her cupboard. Gumboots are useful, but they do not constitute an entire outfit. You could get charged with Resisting a Dress!

Admonish sinners

If there's one thing I can do well, it's admonish. I can admonish from fifty feet with a single eyebrow. Think you can whack your brother with a mini-golf putter and get away with it? Consider yourself admonished. Steal chocolate from the secret Mummy-shelf? Admonished. Wake your baby sisters with a toy euphonium? Totally admonished.

Counsel the doubtful

I know you're feeling a little suspicious of my casserole. I agree that it has bits in it and I'm sure that you would prefer 'chips'. But let us address these doubts. Won't you just try one mouthful?

Comfort the afflicted

I did this yesterday. My husband was holding our baby twins as they pulled fistfuls of hair out of his chest and beard. Instead of laughing (well, instead of laughing loudly) I relieved my husband of his junior beauticians and made him coffee.

Forgive offenses

OK, so you spent the day tormenting your sister, resisting your shower, and dismantling the living room. You are turning me into a crazy lady. But now you are asleep. Your long lashes rest on your perfect cheeks, your little chest rises and falls, your small arm protects a threadbare toy dog. How can I stay mad at you?

Bear wrongs patiently

Are you saying when my line full of fragrant dry washing gets spattered with mud, I should smile bravely and say, 'That's OK, dears. I know you didn't mean it'?

I might have to work on this one.

Pray for the living and the dead

This is another one I need to work on. And it's so obvious. To me, this is the most important of the seven. None of the other works make sense without prayer. So why don't I do it?

I don't feel like I pray nearly enough. And sometimes when I do pray, I'm not thirty seconds in before my brain is writing a shopping list or planning a birthday party or having an imaginary conversation with that other mum who vaguely insulted me yesterday. How can prayer be so simple and so difficult at the same time? Perhaps I need to pray to God to help me to pray.

I've written these seven works on a sticky note and put it on my fridge on top of the morning tea rosters and pirate birthday invitations. I can't be a great missionary in a foreign country, but perhaps I can manage a few small acts of love where I'm at.

Failing that, I have eighteen more years to plan my benevolent tour of Ouagadougou!

© Kate Moriarty, Australian Catholics Magazine.