MISSIO DEI YOUTH GROUP
It has been a great start for the Missio Dei Youth Group. We kicked off the year with serving our College community pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). I would like to thank Ms TAEKO, PAPA MICHAEL and the HARMS family for generously cooking pancakes for the event.
There is a saying, “once a St Mary always a St Mary.” This has been proven time and time again, and so with gratitude and appreciation, on behalf of Missio Dei, I would like to extend a very sincere thanks to the LITTLE family (the last child graduated in 2011). The Little family lovingly donated over 100 pancakes to Missio Dei to serve to the community, asking for nothing in return. Quoting Mrs Wana Little – “everything for the school and everything for the students, the school help educate my children.”
Missio Dei is very grateful for everyone’s generosity. We couldn’t have done it without the help given.
Our first Missio Dei was held on Thursday 7th March in the Hugh O’Brien Centre. In this session, we worked on decorating recycle bins. The students enjoyed themselves immensely. The bins looked wonderful thanks to the talents and gifts the group brings with them.
Missio Dei will be taking part in the 7 Cairns running festival which will be held on Sunday 28th April. This is a great opportunity for us to serve the community and fundraise for future Missio Dei initiatives. We will be decorating our aid stations with what is unique to St Mary’s Catholic College. Over the coming weeks we will also work on our banner which will be hung up on the day supporting our St Mary’s running squad who will be participating in this event. Missio Dei would like to thank Ms Zappala for providing us with this opportunity. Our school song ‘Educare et Santificare’ will feature as a part of our entertainment on the day.
Missio Dei has been given another opportunity to raise money. This is a fantastic opportunity which we cannot say "no" to. On Friday 26th April TCS Cross Country will be held at St Mary's Catholic College from 9.30am-1.30pm for Under 10’s through to Opens. Missio Dei will be serving lunch from 11am-1.30pm to at least 400 kids excluding adults.
Missio Dei is looking for HELP from our lovely parents who have a few hours to spare in helping out with cooking sausages, burger patties, making burgers and manning the stall on the day, and cutting onions, lettuce and tomatoes the previous night. I am looking for at least 10 adults to help on the day. If you are able to HELP with any of this, please contact me via the Front Office or through email firstname.lastname@example.org A.S.A.P.
Thank you in advance for your help and support.
May God continue to richly bless the St Mary’s community during this season of lent with;
FAITH - to believe that through the joy, tears and hardship of life God has you in the palm of his hand. Having faith is not just believing BUT that faith results in action. A perfect example of this is the story in the Gospel of Mark (5:21-34) of the woman who suffered from haemorrhage. She heard from the people that Jesus is in town. This woman believes and trusts that Jesus has the power to heal her. The woman doesn’t just sit in her home pondering this knowledge but rather acts on it. She went to where Jesus was and reaches out, touching his cloak where she is instantly healed. Jesus then goes on to commend this woman’s faith. In verse 34, Jesus said to the woman ‘your faith has healed you’. Have faith that what you have given up or take on will result in goodness for yourself and those around you.
HOPE – to expect our hearts desire will be granted according to God’s plan which will deepen who we are in each other and in Christ. In 1 Samuel we meet a very hopeful woman named Hannah who was married to Elkanah, with money to buy what he wants, but missing what he desired the most which is a son. Hannah on the other hand experienced hardship and judgement. She was labelled ‘barren’ and ‘ridiculed’ for her failure to produce a son. Through her suffering and pain she sought hard after God to grant her the desire of her heart – a son. Out of the midst of Elkanah’s deep anguish and Hannah’s unwavering hope in God, their hearts desire was fulfilled when God blessed them with a son of their own. This baby is a reminder to us that just as God heard Hannah’s prayers, God will hear us too. God works miracles in reaching out to humanity in our brokenness, by making something beautiful out of our weakness — just as he did with Hannah. During this Lent, may we be people of “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” In other words, may we be people who is on a journey of conversion by healing and mending broken relationships but also strengthening relationship that is already thriving. Let’s all place our hope in the God who hears.
LOVE - to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:37). Love is the action which transform us into people who loves God and their neighbour. Love is the service we give to others. The life, death and resurrection of JESUS is a perfect example of love. Jesus’ as a ‘mission’ during his life here on earth demonstrate to us through his action what we must do in our own life, by serving those who are marginalised, being there for the lonely and the sick etc. His death showed us that he loved us so much that he was willing to die on the cross to free us from our sin. His resurrection is the pinnacle of His love which fulfils the promise of both the old testament and Jesus himself in the new testament. May you all continue to inspire others through your action of love.
IGNITE CONFERENCE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
What are you doing during the September holiday?
Not sure yet?
What if I told you something of interest? Something that will positively inspire you to be a person well informed about topics that matter, experience the joy of being part of something meaningful and exciting?
If so, keep on reading and I guarantee you leadership, inspiration, transformation, fullness, joyous environment, mission and much more.
What is it?
Ignite Conference 2019
When: Thursday September 26th 2019 - Sunday September 29th 2019
Where: Mueller Performing Arts Centre, Rothwell, Redcliffe, Brisbane
Students participating in this event will be;
- Part of a group that builds and promote personal and spiritual growth.
- Part of a dynamic and empowering event.
- Part of a group that respects each other.
- Part of a group that support each other’s journey of self-discovery.
- Learning how to be a good and positive leader
- Formed new and lasting friendship.
- Part of a group that nurture each other’s belief.
- Part of an event that allows you to experience workshops on topic which affects all of us in our life journey.
Still interested and like to find out more information? Then continue reading…
Ignite Conference is a national contemporary Catholic youth conference held annually in Brisbane. It allows you to meet with over 1500 other young people, ministry leaders, teachers, parents, priests and religious leaders. Over the three days you will experience live bands and presentations by some of Australia's leading Catholic speakers with sessions on topics such as leadership, justice, mission, culture and prayer. This event caters for people from all walks of life.
Since the first conference in 2001, the Ignite Conference has grown to become one of the most significant initiatives in the areas of evangelisation and formation of young people in Australia. It has drawn people from every state of Australia as well as international participants from countries like New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Ireland, East Timor, Thailand, Malaysia and The Philippines.
St Mary’s Catholic College is aiming to take a group this year to experience the Ignite Conference. The group will join with The Reach Youth Group. See the attachment for more information about Reach Youth Group.
It is important that students who wish to attend, commit themselves to the ongoing formation at St Marys; in order to be aware and open to the gift, experience and encounter that will occur before, during and after the Ignite Conference. We aim to build positive relationships where students spiritual needs are met with love and respect.
The Ignite conference is open to Year 9 - Year 12 students. Students who wish to attend are expected to be part of the ongoing formation at St Marys by committing (but not limited to) the list below:
- Attend Missio Dei - Thursday 2pm-3.30pm
- Attend Reach Youth Group - commitments starting Term 2
- Committed to attend/participate at fundraising events
- Committed to attend/participate Reach Youth Group event e.g. camp/retreat
- Committed to attend lead up formation events run by Reach Youth Group and Ms Helena Tutoe
FUNDING FOR THE EVENT:
We will commit to fundraising to lower costs for families, please be aware that there will be cost for students attending this event. Our hope is that we fundraise a large portion of the money needed for the event.
The approximate cost for the event will be between $700 to $910. This includes registration, airfares to and from Brisbane, accommodation (budget), all meals and transportation around Brisbane.
If any students in Year 9 to Year 12 wish to be part of this exciting, dynamic and empowering event please see Ms Helena in her office during recess and lunch.
Parents if you wish to find out more information, please contact me through our front office on 4044 4200 or through email email@example.com.
You can also visit this link to find out more information - https://igniteyouth.com/info/
Will you be you be part of this amazing journey?