St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
Message from the Principal – Issue 28
Prayer of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
God Grant me:
The Spirit of Wisdom
That I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal
The Spirit of Understanding
To enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth
The Spirit of Counsel
That I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven
The Spirit of Fortitude
That I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation
The Spirit of Knowledge
That I may know God and know myself
The Spirit of Piety
That I may find the service of God sweet and amiable
And the Spirit of Fear
That I may be filled with a loving reverence toward God and may dread in any way to displease Him.
This Friday evening at 6.30pm, we will come together with the Parish Community to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. I ask you to keep all the Year Six children and their families in your prayers, during this special time in their faith journey. We welcome Father Peter as the celebrant. I wish to thank in advance Mrs Main and Mrs Fieldhouse for leading the preparations, teaching and planning of Confirmation for this year, outstanding work ladies! The Year 6 classes had their Confirmation Retreat today with 24/7 Youth Ministry and Father Peter came to have a chat in readiness for Friday evening.
In order for us to fully support the Confirmation Candidates, it is important to understand the significance of receiving the Sacrament. Confirmation is usually received as a teenager, several years after making first Communion. The Catholic Church considers it the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism being the first and Communion the third).
Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because as the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation states, ‘by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.’
Hence we are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. Many people think of the laying on of hands, which signifies the descent of the Holy Spirit, as the central act in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The essential element; however, is the anointing of the person being confirmed with chrism (an aromatic oil that has been consecrated by a Bishop), accompanied by the words ‘Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.’ This seal is a consecration, representing the safeguarding by the Holy Spirit of the graces conferred on the Christian at Baptism.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church points out, “the original minister of Confirmation is the Bishop. ‘Each Bishop is a successor to the Apostles, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost—the first Confirmation. The Acts of the Apostles mentions the apostles imparting the Holy Spirit to believers by the laying on of hands (see example, Acts 8:15-17 and 19:6). It is important to understand, that through Confirmation we are anointed with the same Spirit and the same power as Jesus. We ask Him to fulfil His promise and send the Holy Spirit to make us all witnesses before the world.
We are all set to go for tomorrow’s Athletics Carnival and I know all our students are buzzing with excitement, again! There might be a shower but this won’t dampen the spirit! We look forward to seeing everyone cheering on their child(ren) and House and generally soaking up the great atmosphere. Thank you very much to Mr Noseda and all the parents, siblings and grandparents who have volunteered their time to help make our carnival run smoothly. I wish to thank Mr Plant for marking the oval in readiness for some personal bests! Go St Luke’s!
Mrs Muir on Long service Leave Term Four
We wish Mrs Bonita Muir a very relaxing time away from the busyness of school as she goes on Long Service Leave and I am very excited to announce Mrs Julie von Bergheim as the Dance teacher for term four.
Thank you to Mr Kirry for presenting a very informative parent information session about the BYOD 1:1 devices for Year Four in 2019. He was well supported by Miss D’Onofrio and Mrs Pollard, thank you ladies. It was also great to hear about how ZuluDesk works to safeguard children while on the iPad and to hear about JBHiFi’s special educational price offers. Thank you to the Year Three parents who did attend, it was much appreciated. If you were unable to attend, please make the time to speak with Mr Kirry to ensure you have all the information you need before purchasing an iPad for 2019.
Code of Conduct Statement 7
You give and seek the best, honest and most accurate information about the education and care of students.
1. You fully explain the advantages and disadvantages of any options so all involved can participate constructively in decision making to deliver the best results for the student.
2. You accurately represent the role you play in the education, safety and well-being of students.
3. Where the education, safety or well-being of s student requires expert knowledge or experience, you seek these out for the benefit of the student.
4. You seek out first hand sources of information directly in documents and policies when making decisions rather than relying on hearsay, opinion, rumour or assumption.