RE News Term 1 Week 4

Ash Wednesday

Last Wednesday 14th of February, we joined as a school community for Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. Lent is the time for preparing, a time for changing. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert to prepare himself for His Mission of love. We are called to spend the 40 days of Lent preparing for Easter by turning our lives around, so that we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and celebrate New Life with Him on Easter Sunday.

I would like to congratulate all of the children on their reverence during Mass. It was lovely to have

parishioners make numerous comments to Mrs McFadzean about the way in which the children conducted themselves throughout Mass. This is wonderful news as over the last couple of years the children have been working towards the goal of being an active participant during celebrations.

Well done boys and girls on achieving this learning intention !

Project Compassion Boxes

During our Ash Wednesday Mass we launched our participation in the Caritas 2018 Project Compassion Appeal and distributed a collection box and poster for each class and a collection box for each family.

Opening School Mass

I would like to extend a very warm welcome invitation to our Opening School Mass on Monday 26th February at 12pm.

Catholic Schools Week

Celebrations for Catholic Schools Week will take place this year from 4-10 March. The theme this year is ‘Every learner, every day: TRANSFORMING LEARNING’, a theme strongly focused on learning.

Catholic Schools Week is about strengthening relationships between all those that have a stake in our schools – students, staff, families, priests, parishioners, and members of the wider community.

We invite you to come and join us for the following events.

Parish Mass - Sunday 4th March at 9.30am followed by BBQ and open classroom.

Whole School Prayer Journal Liturgy and open classroom - Tuesday 6th March 10am


Social Justice at St Finbar’s

Last week a group of Stage 3 children accompanied Mrs Platt and Mrs Borg at Our Lady of The Nativity in Lawson to attend a Just Leadership Day that was facilitated by Caritas Australia. The day gave us an insight to the world of poverty that many children and adults live in and showed us how they can help with implementing social justice initiatives at St Finbar’s.

This week our social justice group met and we are happy to announce that our new name for our social justice group is, The Justice League. Our Learning Intention for this term is raise awareness about social justice and how we can help others in need.

George Walker and Mya Pockran - Year 6 Member of The Justice League.

Sacramental Program Dates for 2018


St Finbar’s Sacramental Program Information Evening is on Monday the 5th of March 2018 at 7.30pm. All parents who will have children participating in one of the Sacramental programs in 2018 will need to attend the meeting. Children do not need to attend this meeting.

Sacrament of Reconciliation - will be held on Saturday 2nd of June at 2.30pm. The preparation meetings will start on Saturday 5th May.

Sacrament of Confirmation - will be held on Sunday 2nd of September at 6.00pm with Bishop Vincent attending on the night.

Sacrament of Holy Communion - will be held on Sunday 25th of November during the 9.30am Mass. The Holy Communion preparation meetings will start on Saturday 20th October.

It is a requirement that all children must attend all meetings to prepare for the sacraments.

Parish Mass every Tuesday


Throughout the term each class joins the St Finbar’s Parish community for Mass on a Tuesday at 9am.  Year 4  will be going to Mass on Tuesday 27th February and Year 3 on Tuesday 6th March. We invite all parents and parishioners to join us. Parents are invited to sit with their children during Parish Mass.

Dates for your diary


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Opening School Mass - Monday 26th February at 12pm

Catholic Schools Week - Sunday 4th March at 9.30am


Yours in faith,

Natalie Platt REC