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Published 25/02/2021 · Academic

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School Opening Mass 2021

At the start of each school year we gather to celebrate our Opening Mass in our outdoor Cathedral, under the old oak trees outside Lesmurdie Cottage. The beautiful surroundings are a wonderful reminder that our God delights in the celebration of the wonderful gifts we have to offer our school community at the start of a new year. Our theme focused on the Mercy Values of compassion and hospitality, highlighted in the Gospel story of The Good Samaritan [Luke 10:25-37]. Father Michael McMahon OSM was our celebrant and we also welcomed a number of the Sisters of Mercy, Ms Mary Retel (Mercy Education Limited Board Director) and College Advisory Council Members.

Ash Wednesday Liturgy

We gathered as a College in our gym to celebrate Ash Wednesday, which begins our forty-day season of Lent that leads to Easter. On Ash Wednesday, we come together like the people of the Old Testament to remind ourselves that we do not always follow God’s ways and that we need to ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Like God’s people in the time of the prophets, we wear ashes to show that we want to turn away from whatever keeps us from God, and to have a change of heart, so that we can live in peace and in joy with God and with each other.

Sacramental Programme

Parents in Years 3, 4 and 6 are reminded to carefully read the information provided at the parent information evenings if you would like your child to receive the Sacraments at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 9290 4271 or

Project Compassion Launch 2021

A number of our school leaders represented our College at the annual launch of Project Compassion 2021 held at Corpus Christi College. The theme for this year is based on St Oscar Romero’s words: “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” Saint Oscar Romero was a voice of justice for the Catholic Church in El Salvador. He served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence.

Our major fund-raising focus for Term 1 is Project Compassion and we ask our students to be generous and donate their ‘spare change’ during this time. Project Compassion boxes have been distributed to all classes within the College.

Mr Adrian Martino

Head of Faith & Mission

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