New Archbishop of Adelaide, Patrick Michael O’Regan
Archbishop-designate Patrick Michael O’Regan was appointed by Pope Francis on 19 March 2020. He was born in Bathurst in 1958 and educated at St Joseph’s Primary School in Perthville and at St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst. He was ordained a priest as the Diocese of Bathurst in 1983. He was appointed Bishop of Sale in December 2014. The Archbishop’s installation Mass was live streamed from St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on Monday 25 May. The installation Mass video can be seen here
We invite you to join in praying for Archbishop Patrick Michael O’Regan and that he may be a good and humble servant shepherd.
Social Justice News
The Social Justice Captains together with the Senior Leadership Team have been ensuring students and staff are aware of social justice issues.
In Week 4, they acknowledged and thanked all Mary MacKillop College volunteers and selfless people across the country during National Volunteer Week 2020. With the unprecedented bushfires in Australia and now COVID-19, these tough times have really bonded communities. In celebration of this, the students placed a red bow on the school gates as a symbol of thanks for volunteers in the state and to acknowledge their efforts. #colouryourcommunityred
In Weeks 5 and 6, we celebrated National Reconciliation Week. It is a time where all Australians learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Written by Mia and Julia, Social Justice Captains:
As a College community, we acknowledged the regretful actions in our nation’s history involving devastating land dispossession, violence and racism. Therefore, we reflected and established that as a College, we can take many significant steps to embrace the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by learning about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. As a nation we can contribute to growing, respectful relationships between Indigenous people and other Australians, ultimately contributing to achieve reconciliation in Australia.
In order to mark National Reconciliation Week, a series of reverent events were organised. Amongst the notices and prayers placed in the bulletin throughout the week, Thursday morning Pastoral Care provided students with extended opportunities for reflection. A Liturgy took place within each classroom through a PowerPoint presentation.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020, ‘In this together’, which reminds us all that whether we are in a crisis or in reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether. In light of this, all classes worked together to decorate their classroom doors or a wall. Classes were provided with craft materials and were able to form a collaborative, creative artwork, either displaying word, quotes, poems or symbols.
World Environment Day, Friday 5 June
The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:
To care for ourselves, we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up, to take notice, to raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for people and planet. This World Environment Day, it’s time for nature.
Let us be inspired to live in harmony with the Earth and seek green jobs. If we are to become true custodians of nature, we must first LEARN about what we can do; SHARE that knowledge with our community on World Environment Day and beyond; and once it is safe to do so, ACT on the things we need to change.
Let us pray….
Your World God,
you created the world with your dream of what it could be.
You dreamed of people and plants, animals and air, all living in right relationship to you and to each other.
Today we offer to you our dream for a world which is not threatened by a changing climate
which hurts our atmosphere,
which wounds the poorest and most vulnerable,
which leaves this wonderful planet in poor shape for future generations.
Help us to listen to your voice, your Word, and your creation.
Adapted from Dream for the World, Center for Ministry Development and Catholic Coalition for Climate Change.
Religious Education Coordinator