'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead' (Luke 24:46)
‘I am the resurrection and the life.
If anyone believes in me, even though they die they will live,
and whoever lives and believes in me
will never die." (John 11:25)
“God gives me strength for what is necessary” - St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
Caritas Project Compassion
Throughout Project Compassion 2020, our students have heard many inspiring stories from the Phillipines, Cambodia, Australia, India, Malawi and Papua New Guinea. These stories highlight the importance of working hand in hand with others and empowering people to be agents for change. Caritas Australia promotes the message, "When we Go Further Together in love and compassion, the whole world thrives.”
MacKillop girls have embraced Caritas Project Compassion and have been able to raise awareness of each of aforementioned countries by holding fundraising activities throughout the term. They raised $676.65 - a great effort.
This unprecedented time has seen places of worship close and Liturgical services go online. I encourage our Mary MacKillop College community to pray for those who are/have been victims of the Coronavirus pandemic and everyone in the front line, trying to assist. During Holy Week, let us remember that it is one of the most important seasons in the Catholic calendar. During Holy Week, we reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we gain access to peace that is beyond our understanding, forgiveness that is complete, hope for the future and entry into the very presence of God.
My prayer is that our Mary MacKillop College families truly grasp the full meaning of Easter, that between the chocolate and the eggs and the family time, everyone takes time to reflect upon Easter and its meaning to all of us.
Let us Pray,
By the Cross of Jesus
may the fears and anxieties of humanity
in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic
those sick and their apprehensive families,
those now isolated because of age or other illnesses,
those without income or facing homelessness.
those who care for the sick and dying,
those who are engaged in research,
those who are developing public policies.
may our concern be for those who are particularly vulnerable:
those across the world who live in dire poverty,
those trapped in places of war and violence,
those living in refugee camps.
may justice be given to all now financially struggling:
those whose employment has ceased or is threatened,
those distressed about their children,
those charities whose donations have dried up.
may the dead be raised to new life:
those who have died of the coronavirus,
those who died alone and in fear,
those who died, thirsting for the Sacraments.
Loving and compassionate God,be close to us,
so that realising that churches are not closed,
but only buildings, we, the living Church, will keep our hearts open
to receive your love and to share it with others.
Religious Education Coordinator