Refugee Week - Sunday 17 June to Saturday 23 June 2018
A ‘Refugee’ is a person; boy, girl, woman or man. Not a label, but a human being with a beating heart just like you and me.
In the words of Pope Francis, “I am deeply worried about the people, especially children and young people, who are forced to flee because of war and violence in their countries... they knock on our doors asking for help and a welcome... in their eyes we see a yearning for peace.”
With these words in mind, let us celebrate Refugee Week together. Refugee Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to recognise and better understand the courage and contribution of refugees – that is, people from across the world who have sought, and in some cases found, safety in Australia. It is also an opportunity to hear their stories from the past and embrace the fact that they are making many valuable contributions to Australian society. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure people forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and with hope.
Today, there are more refugees than ever, and only by standing together #withrefugees can we begin to change this.
Year 9 Retreat - “In the Footsteps of Mary MacKillop…”
In Week 2 of Term 3, the Year 9 students will go on a retreat. They will visit various sites in Adelaide that are of great significance to Mary MacKillop. Our pilgrimage will begin at St Mary’s Chapel, Port Adelaide, where Mary MacKillop was first presented as a Sister of St Joseph. Following this site, we will travel to the Old Adelaide Gaol, where students will hear stories of Mary MacKillop regularly visiting the prisoners. After, students will enjoy lunch at Bonython Park and then visit St Mary’s Chapel on Franklin St, where Mary MacKillop was excommunicated. Finally, the students will return to Kensington to pray in the St Joseph Chapel and remember the times that Mary MacKillop would have spent in this area. More details will come at the end of this term.
Mrs Adriana Sotira
Religious Education Co-ordinator