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A Challenge….
7th February, 2016

CHALLENGE YOURSELF

The Melbourne Archdiocese challenges us in this Jubilee Year of mercy with some suggested actions. What do you think? Can you try their challenge or can you set your own challenge to complete some acts of mercy in this Year of Mercy?

The spiritual & corporal works of mercy are tangible ways for us to live and share God’s mercy to those in need.

Can you remember what they are?

SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
• Admonish sinners.
• Instruct the uninformed.
• Counsel the doubtful.
• Comfort the sorrowful.
• Be patient with those in error.
• Forgive offenses.
• Pray for the living and the dead.

CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
• Feed the hungry.
• Give drink to the thirsty.
• Clothe the naked.
• Shelter the homeless.
• Visit those in prison.
• Comfort the sick.
• Bury the dead.
During the Year of Mercy, set yourself the goal of performing at least 10 of the works of mercy. Make it a habit!
Read the book Mercy in the City by journalist Kerry Weber, who challenged herself to complete the corporal works of mercy during the season of Lent in the big and bustling City of New York.

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The Beatitudes – Year of Mercy
27th January, 2016

“Mercy. It’s such a simple word and yet so filled with meaning and dimension that it can leave us dumbfounded. But we all know it is one of Pope Francis’ favourite words. ” (What Pope Francis says about Mercy. McCann,D. Twenty-Third Publications:CT)

At our wonderful Opening School Year Mass last Friday we had the reading from the gospel according to Matthew that I am sure we are all so familiar with – The Beatitudes. And just like the word Mercy the Beatitudes are filled with deeper meaning that can leave us dumbfounded. It can encourage us to wonder about how we interpret what Jesus was saying…

I wonder what it means to be ‘Blessed’?

I wonder about the people who could be described as blessed?

I wonder if you are surprised by the people who you think of as blessed.

I wonder how I can take this particular reading from the Gospel and how it can help me understand the concept of Mercy.

Caring for our children, our aged parents, our colleagues, our families – we do these things everyday without thinking.  However if we do these things out of love, then they are not just ordinary actions but extraordinary actions.

Maybe we could stop and consider the things we do for others this week and see how they are valuable and important. Maybe we could try and see the Blessed in all of those around us.

 

 

 

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Welcome to the 2016 School Year
20th January, 2016

Welcome back to another year of exciting teaching and learning for everyone in our Catholic Schools around the Diocese of Rockhampton.

One of the initial changes that you will notice is the development of this new website for everyone in the school community to access, use and enjoy. This website has specifically been named the Religious Education website as it contains both our Religion Curriculum and other important information that reflects the holistic nature of our Catholic Schools. Our schools teach a Religion Curriculum and they provide many experiences which may develop and nurture a religious way of living.

I invite you to take some time to check out this new beautiful website and I would love to get your feedback as to what you enjoy, suggestions for new inclusions and also if you are having trouble finding your way around the site.

I sincerely wish everyone a great 2016!

Cheers

Gail

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2016 – Jubilee Year of Mercy
2nd January, 2016

“Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). So much mercy!’

Pope Francis

“Jesus’ reminder urges each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we have a person before us. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart in order to see how much generosity everyone is capable of. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house where everyone is welcomed and no one is rejected. Her doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace may find the assurance of forgiveness. The greater the sin, the greater the love that must be shown by the Church to those who repent. With how much love Jesus looks at us! With how much love He heals our sinful heart! Our sins never scare Him. Let us consider the prodigal son who, when he decided to return to his father, considers making a speech, but the father doesn’t let him speak. He embraces him (cf. Lk 15:17-24). This is the way Jesus is with us. “Father, I have so many sins….” — “But He will be glad if you go: He will embrace you with such love! Don’t be afraid”.”  Pope Francis

Mercy is a virtue that influences a person’s compassion for another. Mercy inspires the will to ease another’s misfortunes or suffering in either body or soul. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy are charitable actions that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.

A wealth of activities will mark Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy which will be celebrated from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016

Useful websites:

Jubilee of Mercy

Apps:

Mercy-ing

 

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