On Wednesday 27th June, the Year Three teachers were joined by St. Emilie’s staff, St. Emilie’s families, and the wider St. Emilie’s Parish community to offer thanksgiving at mass, for the school term. The significance of NAIDOC Week was also highlighted within the mass, and we were given an opportunity to share in a community prayer for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters. Harry had the important role of carrying the St. Emilie’s ‘message stick’ up to the alter, at the beginning of the mass. It was wonderful to share in the celebration of NAIDOC Week, together as a school and parish community.
Thank you to Joshua, Noel, Heather and Loren who represented St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School at Newman College for the LifeLink launch last Wednesday 6 June. Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Bishop Don Spoxton and Acting Executive Director of CEWA, Debra Sayce spoke of the importance of LifeLink and the difference it makes to so many people throughout WA.
Each school received a special commemorative shield as recognition for their participation in the LifeLink appeal. The LifeLink organisation was established by the Archdiocese of Perth in 1994 to provide for the ongoing financial and promotional support of agencies established or assisted by the Church.
LifeLink’s agencies deliver professional services & caring support to thousands of people in need throughout Western Australia each year.
Last year, LifeLink funded agencies reached out to help over 34,000 Western Australian families and individuals in need, delivering more than $54 million in caring services and professional programmes throughout WA
Today the Year 5 & 6 students from the St. Emilie’s Christian Dance Group expressed their love and faith, through movement and dance, as part of the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools. All of the students danced with joy and honesty, and received wonderful feedback from the guest adjudicator present. Luckily for the community of St. Emilie’s, the Christian Dance Group will also be performing their liturgical dance at the upcoming Feast of Assumption Mass, and would love you to be present. Here are some snapshots of the performance at today’s showcase.
Miss Goodall, Miss Foong & Miss Massimi
Please note that there may be changes.
I am pleased to inform parents who have children making either 1st Reconciliation, 1st Holy Communion or Confirmation in 2017 that Enrolment Forms are available in the church foyer for parents to enrol their children in the Parish Sacramental Program.
For your information dates and times of Commitment Masses are also on the Board. Please note there is no need to sign-up for a Commitment Mass, please come along to the mass you would usually attend or to the mass that best suits your family.
Forms can be collected after Mass, or during opening times of the Church as follows:
- Wednesday to Friday 5.30 pm – until after 6pm for Evening Mass.
- Wednesday mornings for 8.45 till after the 9am Mass
- Tuesday afternoon from 3.00pm till after the 6pm evening Mass.
- Weekend masses Sat. 6.30pm, Sun. 7.15am, 9am and 5pm. The church is open at least 1 hour prior to all weekend masses.
For enquiries phone 0404 325 900, or email email@example.com.
Lyn Harkins, Co-ordinator St Emilie’s Parish Sacramental Program
During one daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the virtue of hope, stressing that it is a gift which does not disappoint, and warning of the false attitudes that can appear to be the virtue.
He told those present of common attitudes which often get mistaken as the virtue, “Hope is not optimism; it is not that ability to look at things with good cheer and move on. No, that is optimism, that is not hope.”
“Nor is hope a positive attitude in front of things. Those shiny, positive people,” he noted, stating that although this attitude is good, “it is not hope.”
“It is not easy to understand what hope is,” he reflected, emphasising that out of the virtues of faith, hope and love, hope is often said to be the most humble because it “hides itself in life.”
“One can see faith, one can feel it, one knows what it is. You do charity, one knows what it is. But what is hope? What is this attitude of hope?”
“To get a bit close to it,” the Pope said, “we can say firstly that hope is a risk, it is a risky virtue…”
He then stressed that because Jesus renews all things, hope is a constant miracle, “.. the miracle of what He’s doing in the Church; the miracle of making everything new: of what He does in my life, in your life, in our life.”
“He builds and He rebuilds. And that is precisely the reason of our hope.”
The Pope then asked, “Are we anchored on the shore of the ocean so far or are we anchored in an artificial lagoon that we have made ourselves, with our rules, our behaviour, our schedules… ?”
“Are we anchored there? Everything comfortable, everything secure? That is not hope. Ask yourself, where is my heart anchored?”
“Christ is the one who renews every wonderful thing of Creation,”
“He’s the reason for our hope. And this hope does not delude because He is faithful. This is the virtue of hope.”
Pope Francis concluded his homily by turning to Mary, recalling her attitude after the death of her son until his resurrection three days later, saying that “Hope is what Mary, Mother of God, sheltered in her heart during the darkest time of her life: from Friday afternoon until Sunday morning.”
“That is hope: she had it. And that hope has renewed everything. May God grant us that grace… so we too can be people of hope”
taken from CNA – Pope Francis: anchor your heart in hope, not false securityhttp://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-anchor-your-heart-in-hope-not-false-security/