St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
Message from the Principal – Issue 14
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
How sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.
By St. John Bosco
FEAST OF OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS – Feast Day 24 May
As Mother of God’s children, Mary has responded by helping Christians throughout the ages. She has done this by coming to the aid of individuals, families, towns, kingdoms and nations.
It is very clear to Christians and it is also the Will of God that we have and will continue to have the Help of Mary through the recitation of the Holy Rosary.
In the year 1531 Our Lady appeared in Mexico to an Indian named Juan Diego. He was a humble peasant aged 51. As a result of the apparitions, over 10 million Indians were converted to Catholicism. The sacrificial killings of babies stopped and Our Lady left an image, which, is a reflection of herself imprinted miraculously on the Tilma of Juan Diego.
In 1571, the whole of Christendom was saved by Mary Help of Christians when faithful Catholics throughout Europe prayed the Rosary. The great battle of Lepanto occurred on October, 7 1571. For this reason this date has been chosen as the feast of the Holy Rosary.
After proving her maternal help throughout the centuries, Our Lady has continued to appear in hundreds of places throughout the world mainly during the 20th century, Lourdes and Fatima being the most famous apparitions. She has brought help from Heaven and has encouraged her children to participate in prayer (Holy Rosary) and penance as a formula for peace.
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK: National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Reconciliation reminds us of the responsibility we each have to walk with Indigenous people in our local community and establish relationships of understanding and friendship.
In 1986, the late Pope John Paul II met with Indigenous people in Alice Springs. He said to them: …the Church herself in Australia will not be fully the Church that Jesus wants her to be until you have made your contribution to her life and until that contribution has been joyfully received by others.
One of the most important challenges of National Reconciliation Week for us, is to reflect on what we can do to encourage the participation of Indigenous people in our local faith community, so that we can become more fully the Church that Jesus wants us to be.
At this Friday’s assembly we will recognise National Sorry Day, which is this Saturday, 26 May.
From my studies…….Success = Grit—When we look at those who we deem to be successful we may think they were lucky, that they work hard, or even that they were destined to be where they are. All of this may be true, but everyone that has ever experienced success of any type has shown grit. That level of determination to keep on going even when it seemed impossible. Research shows that this trait alone is the most common in those who have achieved success.
“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Angela Lee Duckworth
Now success is a very personal and very individual thing. It may be having a great career, it may be being the best parent you could possibly be, or it could even be achieving 75% on a Year 6 spelling test, like it was for me. Either way it is vital that we, as parents and teachers, work together to endeavour to instil grit in our children. Have a look at this video link below to find out more.