Welcome back to a busy and exciting 4th term of learning and fun and hopefully more opportunities to gather in community to celebrate our children’s talents as witnessed at last night’s Instrumental Evening. There were many smiling faces among both the children and the adults who were enjoying the boundless energy and sweet sounds permeating the room. Congratulations to Ali Turnbull and all involved in preparing the students for their individual and group items. I felt so proud of our performers who showed so much courage and talent at such a young age and I hope they continue bringing us joy through their music.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato
Our focus this term is on the Dominican Pillar of Ministry. The word ‘ministry’ challenges us to let go of our egocentric ways and to discover creative ways through which we can respond to the needs of the less fortunate in our world and around us by being more generous in sharing of our time and what we have. The Pillar of Ministry comes to life through our service to others, through sharing the abundance of who we are, and through our care of creation.
What does this mean for us at St Bernadette’s? We can all show our support through fundraising initiatives or through individual deeds towards each other and the impoverished whilst not forgetting the environment. I have noticed while on morning duty some Year 6 students taking the initiative to help our younger students with their heavy bags and walking them over to their classroom.
During this term we have an opportunity to support two worthy appeals. Firstly, we have the Catholic Charities Walkathon which is on Monday. A sponsorship form for each child together with a pamphlet on the various Catholic Charities was sent home last week and we ask that families and friends are generous when sponsoring your child for this event. Then in a few weeks we will be asking for donations of non-perishable foods for our annual Parish Advent Giving Tree.
WE ARE ALL GOD’S TREASURES and the Pillar of Ministry encourages us to reflect on our good fortune and consider what we can do to reach out and make a difference to the needy.
Stef Turcinovic (APRIM)