Holy Cross College, Ellenbrook
'I came that they may have life, and have it to the full' John 10:10

Mother’s Day

Loving God,
You have loved us with an everlasting love
You have loved us even more as a mother loved her child.
Today, we give you thanks and praise for the gift of mothers.

We pray for the mothers-to-be,
who are just beginning to be the bearers of new life in them,
may they welcome their forthcoming child with loving anticipation and joy.

We pray for the young mothers,
may they cherish their child with tender care and unconditional love.

We pray for the mothers who are separated from their children especially because of war, poverty, conflict, violence and for any other reasons.
Comfort them, strengthen their hope, and let them feel your loving embrace that wipes every tear away.

We pray for all Mother-figures,
those who have loved, surrounded and shaped us with motherly care and compassion.

We especially pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us,
Their sacrifices and care gave us a glimpse of the extent of your love for us.
Thank you for them.
Grant health, blessings, and well-being for those our mothers who are still alive.

We also remember those mothers who are no longer with us.
While they live forever in our hearts and memory grant them eternal rest and reward of their labours.

Mother’s Day Liturgy and FHC

Thank you to all our wonderful Mothers who were able to attend the Mother’s Day Liturgy on Tuesday. Thank you to Liturgist – Jackie Holbrook, Deputy Principal – Ben Bull, Colleen Azzopardi and staff involved in the organisation and presentation of the liturgy. The visuals of the students with their messages to their mums was a delightful touch. Thank you.

Many thanks to Friends of Holy Cross Chair – Eva Gomes-Sebastiao, Executive members and our parent community for organising the mother’s Day stall every morning. We are truly grateful for the support, and I know the students really appreciate the ease of purchasing a special item for their mum or grandma. 

Da Vinci Decathlon

Selected students from Years 5 to 10, in our ‘Strive’ program, attended the ‘DaVinci Decathlon’ hosted by Methodist Ladies College. The decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. The students enjoyed the experience and represented the College with great pride. Thank you to Strive Coordinator – Gabrielle McKinnon and Leader of Tarma – Iona Scott and our students for trying their best. 

Year 11 Outdoor Education Camp

Our Year 11 Outdoor Education students have just concluded a four-day camp in Collie. Thank you to Outdoor Education teacher– Carly Morana, and our amazing staff that spent three nights away for their families to support our students in experiencing many great learning opportunities and challenges. I hope your time was enjoyable and rewarding. Well done to all. 

Mother’s Day

Celebrating motherhood began with the ancient Greeks and Romans who held celebrations in honour of goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Mother’s Day was derived from a festival known as ‘Mothering Sunday’. Mothering Sunday occurred on the fourth Sunday in Lent, and was originally a signifying time when people would return to their ‘Mother Church’, or home Church. The modern Australian celebration of Mother’s Day actually grew out of calls for peace and anti-war campaigns following the American Civil War (1861-65). Mother’s Day was first held in 1924, in Australia, following the sad losses of World War I.  There were many mothers who had lost their children, and many wives widowed. Generations of families were wiped out in the war.

While Mother’s Day initially began to promote peace and support women, over the years it has become an occasion for family reunions in Australia. 

I wish everyone a very happy Mother’s Day. 

Julie Hornby