We are very fortunate that Fr Denis is taking a very ‘hands on” role as our Parish Priest. This term he has spent time with each of the classes leading them on a tour of the church and answering their questions. The Year 3 and Year 4 class have spent the term learning about the parts of the Mass and they welcomed Fr Denis into their classroom to answer their questions. There were several comments appreciating the way Fr Denis presented his information:
Fr Denis listened to our questions and answered them respectfully. He was very knowledgeable and very kind. (Ivy)
I liked Fr Denis coming to visit because he was open to all the questions we asked. (Georgia)
Some of the things we learned:
Stained glass windows were put in churches because people could not read and this was a way they could learn about the message in the Bible. (Luella)
The priest wears different coloured vestments at different times of the year to match the seasons in the church. It is now Ordinary Time which is the colour green. (Mia)
The bread (which becomes the body of Jesus after the special prayers by the priest) is kept in the tabernacle and this can be taken and given to people who are not able to attend Mass (Loraine)
It is wonderful that our students have this rich opportunity to pose questions and reflect of these important aspects of their faith.
We conclude our term with our Mercy Day celebrations. As part of their RE learning this term the Year 6 class have looked at how we are called to show mercy, love and compassion to all our brothers and sisters around the world who are in need of our care. Mercyworks is the charitable arm of the Mercy Sisters that we have chosen to support this year. Students will be involved in a whole school Liturgy at 10:15 am and then there will be a variety of activities for all the students to learn more about this importance of MercyWorks.
Wishing you all peace and blessings as you prepare for the term break together.
APRIM (Assistant Principal Religious Identity and Mission)