Father Christmas has arrived in town and we begin the challenge of trying to celebrate the sacred when we are surrounded by the secular! While families are beginning to think about gift giving and menu items and restrictions on gatherings, parishes are planning for Christmas Masses in a COVID world.
How many people can we fit?
Are we allowed to sing?
How do we (that includes us as a Catholic school) present as a welcoming hope filled community?
One way that we can demonstrate that we are a faith filled community is by supporting others. We know that many charities have received a decline in donations this year and an increase in need. The Brother Michael Hamper Appeal that we support through our parish is not making hampers but this year, but they are collecting money instead. We have decided to donate the proceeds from our Sports Day raffle to this appeal and the Student Voice are also having a casual day on Wednesday 2 December for this appeal.
We will also have a Giving Tree set up in the office to support the Vinnies Christmas Appeal. Vinnies receive a lot of soft toys for donations and they have requested items for teenagers e.g. gift vouchers would be greatly appreciated. These can be left at the front office any time until the end of term.
It has been a great joy that several students from St Raphael’s School have been able to celebrate their First Communion over the last few weeks. We congratulate Hugo N, Ebony N, Johnny M, Gracie N, Archie N, Jackson M and James M (who will be celebrating this weekend). As full members of the Catholic Church they will now be able to participate in celebrating Mass in a special way.
Blessings to you all,
APRIM (Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission)