Last weekend I joined the many representatives from various communities in the Archdiocese of Adelaide at the 2021 Diocesan Assembly to discuss experiences, joys, challenges, frustrations and hopes for the Catholic Church and to make recommendations for our future. We were invited to be open to the voice of the Spirit, to put aside our biases and move from ‘I’ to ‘we” as we listened and dialogued with openness and respect in our discussion groups.
God has a plan and I believe that we can all contribute to the implementation of God’s plan by journeying together. Coming from different experiences and having different views can be a positive as we may find ourselves recognizing that there may be a better way of doing things. Will anything come of this? We are called to follow the signs of the times so I pray that some fruitful actions will arise from this Diocesan Assembly and that the momentum is continued.
On Monday our Year 6’s joined Year 6 students from four other schools for their second Journey to Emmaus Day where the focus was around the theme of ‘Being the Face of Jesus’ and through their actions being the presence of God in the world. The day was also an opportunity to reconnect and mingle with students from the other schools and sharing their hopes and fears about transitioning to Middle school. I would like to commend our Year 6’s for their participation and conduct throughout the day – they demonstrated that they are truly all God’s Treasures.
As we near the end of another busy term, I take this opportunity to celebrate our wonderful staff and students and you, the parents. Each day I witness acts of kindness - parents volunteering (eg Swimming Week, Sports Day), staff supporting one another, and older students going out of their way to help younger students. We are truly blessed at St Bernadette’s, and as COVID restrictions gradually ease, we look forward to community gatherings next term. We are all God’s Treasures!
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Stef Turcinovic (APRIM)