Dear Parents and Guardians
This week we welcome the Prep-2 students back to ‘a new normal’ as it has been described in the media.
It is lovely to see all their faces again and we look forward to the Grades 3-6 students joining us here in a couple of weeks.
Last week a parent commented to me about how she'd had some time to slow down and reflect over the last couple of months. She realised how much time she had been spending travelling far and wide taking her family to their various sporting commitments. She was now greatly appreciative of dinners shared at home by the entire family.
She expressed the intention of being discriminative before recommitting to their former lifestyle.
It's good to take some time to appreciate the positives that are coming out of this experience, including a far deeper appreciation of seeing and spending time with family and friends. Without the ‘fog’ of distractions it is easier to discern what is really important.
In May five years ago Pope Francis published his Encyclical Letter Laudato si’.
Laudato si’ urges us to to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor and to realise how these interconnect.
If we pollute and neglect the earth and fray the relationships that keep it fertile and sustaining, we trigger the droughts in which poor people starve and pollute the waters that they drink. If we neglect and exploit the poor, we trigger illnesses that plague our cities and destroy our economies.
Laudato si’ is a reminder of the network of intricate interlocking relationships on which all life depends and on how fragile it is. It is a call to attend to those relationships in every point of our lives: domestic, working, institutional and international. The coronavirus has taught us what a difference concerted action in the face of a crisis can make. Choices ranging from who we meet, how we congregate how we travel, and whether we wash our hands have consequences. The same kind of domestic and political choices matter, too, in the face of the larger crisis posed by global warming – Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ
FROM POPE FRANCIS’ ENCYCLICAL
LAUDATO SI’ ‘CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME’
A prayer for our earth
you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
Pope Francis invites the Church to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week
Sincere thanks to all parents, guardians, friends and other family members who have assisted students in the Remote Learning Program.
We really appreciate your efforts and know it has been quite challenging at times.