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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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