Each Christmas we like to invite the children of Our Lady of the Rosary to help decorate our Church. Today we have handed out packs for the children who attend Kids Church. At the back of the Church there are more drawings that can be coloured in and the children are welcome to add stickers or shapes you may have at home. Once your child has finished their decoration, please leave it in the Christmas box at the back of the Church so we can hang it up for them.
Thank you for helping us prepare our Church for the arrival of the baby Jesus.
Blessings from the Kids Church Team xo
Our Giving Tree has arrived in the Church this weekend. This year we are helping those in need at Christmas through St Vincent de Paul. Please take a tag from the tree and purchase a gift for someone who may receive nothing this year. The Vinnies team also encourage you to purchase a gift card instead of an actual gift – they are easier to transport and distribute. Gifts cards might be $10 or $20 or greater and from places like Kmart, Coles, Big W, Woolies etc. Please place your gift or gift card UNWRAPPED and in a gift bag under the tree. Please note that gifts should be for adults. There are spare empty gift bags under the tree if you don’t have one. Thank you for your generous support at this time of year. It is greatly appreciated.
Advent has begun this weekend and we have begun rehearsing for our Kids Christmas Carols. This year we are performing two carols: Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night. Please encourage your children to practise at home. Word sheets are at the back of the Church if you need them. The children will be performing at the 6pm Christmas Eve Family Mass. We will also be performing a small enactment of the Christmas Story.
Next week on The Journey, the Gospel reflection is from the Dioceses of Wollongong Advent reflection booklet, Marilyn Rodrigues, The Peaceful Parent reminds us of the importance of “One On One Time” and the Pirolas in their “Smart Loving” God spot encourages us to make a change for the better. Our music selection goes hand in hand with our Journey Catholic Radio program, where faith hope, love and life come together. Go to WWW.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
OLR SCHOOL NEWS – STAGE 3B
This term in Stage 3B, students have been learning about the unit ‘Reign of God: Reaching out in Justice’. This unit’s main focus explores the Church’s mission to build a just world. It explores how Justice is an important element in bringing about the Reign of God.
Students have been exploring examples of injustice and how the Church continues the mission of Jesus by working for justice. In their exploration, students have looked at the life and teachings of Jesus to help them make decisions by understanding the role conscience in decision making, as it is part of their everyday reality.
Stage 3B have also been learning how the Catholic Church in Australia reaches out to people who struggle to live with dignity, both locally and globally. They have researched in groups about organisations and modern day prophets who have followed in the footsteps of Jesus’ mission and understand that they have been inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Students have concluded that in today’s time prophets are still needed to remind us of the truth, act justly and to love our neighbour. These prophets touch our hearts so that we can work in partnership with them to deepen our relationships with God. They have identified that like prophets, we are empowered and strengthened by the Holy Spirit to reach out in justice as we are called to be prophets for our times.