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Migrant and Refugee Week

From Tuesday, 21 to Monday, 27 August the Catholic Church celebrates Migrant and Refugee Week with a particular focus on welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees. 

Often the stranger turns up unexpectedly: it’s normal on these occasions that we may feel anxious, mistrusting or fearful. It’s important that we daily invite God to be part of our encounter with the stranger and to pray that our community can overcome fear and suspicion towards asylum seekers. Whenever fear is present, it simultaneously provides an opportunity to be a powerful witness to our faith. People will know that we are followers of Jesus when we place the dignity of people seeking asylum before our own needs and fears.

Researchers from Monash University have found that successful refugee students find a way to use their experiences to help them learn, adapt and thrive in a new country. They worked with a group of primary school children to make this short film Ali and the Long Journey to Australia.

Year 12 

It’s hard to believe that we have commenced planning for the 2018 Graduation Eucharist.  Parents will receive formal invitations to all final proceedings.  Please note that this Eucharist will be held at St Dominic’s Church on Tuesday, 23 October, commencing at 7.30pm.  With September and the end of term on the horizon I also encourage Year 12 students to start contemplating all that they are grateful for as they conclude their Siena experience. They will participate in a special Final Liturgy on Thursday, 20 September in their Religious Education class across Periods 3 and 4.  This will focus both on gratitude and the 2018 College theme, 'One Body, Many Parts'.

Pope Francis in the News

This week in an impassioned letter addressed to ‘The People of God’, Pope Francis urges us all to stand in solidarity with victims of abuse. He says:
'With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives.'   Read the rest of his letter here.

Newly installed Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli has responded with his own letter to the Faithful, saying:
'It falls to me, as your Archbishop, to ensure that our local Church in Melbourne is unequivocally committed to attending to the harm done, prioritising the dignity and care of all who are young and vulnerable, rebuilding trust among our people, and creating safe environments in our communities, agencies and organisations. This is the way of Jesus Christ. It must be my way. And I invite you to join with me in making it our common Gospel way.'  Read the full text here.


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