On May 26,1997, the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, called the Bringing Them Home Report was presented. It included the sad and painful stories of the removal of thousands of Indigenous children from their families. The Report recommended that a Sorry Day should be held. A year later, 26 May 1998, over half a million people responded by signing Sorry Books and joining in ceremonies for the inaugural National Sorry Day. In response to this, members of the stolen generations came up with the idea of ‘A Journey of Healing’, a community initiative of Indigenous and non-Indigenous working together to help all who suffer as a result of the removal policies. Immediately following National Sorry Day, or Journey of Healing as it is now called, is National Reconciliation Week. The theme for National Reconciliation Week this year is: ‘Pathways to Reconciliation: Together We’re Doing It!’
We celebrated a Journey of Healing at Holy Cross College on Wednesday with a special liturgy which commenced with the following prayer :
God of justice and forgiveness, Guide us as we continue on our pathways to Reconciliation. Grant us the courage to speak out against the injustices that our Indigenous brothers and sisters continue to suffer. Help us to see with new eyes, to listen to the stories of our Indigenous brothers and sisters and to feel with a heart of compassion. Help us to build right relations with each other based on truth and justice. We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Year 4 students participated in a Eucharist Retreat on Wednesday. They gathered with students from St Helena’s Catholic Primary School and the Parish Catechist Programme as part of the preparation for receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The young people will receive Holy Communion for the first time during Parish Masses in June. Please keep them in your prayers.
CANONISATION OF BLESSED OSCAR ROMERO
We were very excited to hear that Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Oscar Romero on 14 October 2018. Canonization is the process through which person is named a saint. This will be a special time for our College community as Archbishop Romero is our College patron.
RUNNING IN THE RAIN
Today’s wet weather didn’t deter our cross-country squad who participated in the annual ACC Carnival at Perry Lakes Reserve. Well done to all of the cross-country squad for their great effort in wet and cold conditions. Thanks to Mr Parsons and Mr Falcone for coaching the team and to other staff who assisted. Thanks also to parents who came along to support the students.
Extra Long Weekend