Sunday Gospel Reflection
Today’s readings show us that Lent is a time for us to receive God’s grace. We are not the ones who, through our penance, are meant to accomplish great things. Rather, it is God who acts; it is God who makes the sacrifice; it is God who accomplishes great things for us.
Each reading describes a different kind of conflict within which we might find ourselves: a world-wrenching upheaval, such as happens during social discord, war or natural disaster; the struggle between right and wrong, between fidelity and disobedience; the struggle with temptation. In the midst of the conflicts of life, God initiates a covenant with us. God saves the world from the chaos into which it was thrown, makes a covenant with all living things and with the earth, and sets a bow in the heavens as a perpetual reminder of the covenant. Christ dies for sinners, and offers them baptism that will save them from the chaos of their lives. The Spirit drives Jesus into the desert, there to be tested, but to emerge triumphant. His victory is not for him alone, but for all who will heed his words and follow his example.
The bow in the sky is a sign of the good news of the covenant; baptism is both the good news of salvation for us and our pledge of fidelity to God; Jesus’ proclamation is that the reign of God is at hand. With the psalmist we praise God for inviting us into this covenant relationship.
© Dianne Bergant CSA
What a great day we had yesterday at Riverside Aquatic Centre for our G3 to G6 Swimming Carnival. A big thank you for all your support with the event, particularly the parents, staff and coordinator Mr Stacey who helped ensure the day ran smoothly. It was great to see the participation of all our students, the most important part of the day is having a go. I do believe that a number of records were also broken on the day and well done to MacKillop House who won the Swimming Carnival Champion House. Well done everyone.
I have had a few people ask me about our current Covid restrictions. Covid restrictions haven’t changed from last year and we are governed by the State Government’s regulations. To summarise, regular school activities can operate as per normal schooling, however once parents or the general public are present then we must follow the state regulations of: for indoor spaces - 1 person per 2 square metres, to a maximum of 250 people, or outdoor spaces - a maximum of 1000 people. We will continue to do our best to return community events back to normal as soon as possible, however I do ask that you be patient with us as we work through these. Also, please understand if we are at another venue, we must abide by the venue’s Covid plans. Although we do value our community events, our first priority is ensuring your child receives an excellent education.
A reminder that we have available many services at school for children who may be experiencing levels of concern, trauma or anxiety. If you feel your child may need some assistance in these areas, please see your child’s teacher. Here is the link to a short video on how you can help to calm your child when they feel anxious.
Many thanks to all of the families who took their children down to Cataract Gorge after school on Wednesday afternoon to take a photo with some lyrics from the Australian National Anthem. We have sent our photo to Andrew Chinn - he loved it by the way! We look forward to his new release of the anthem and the video clip which he asked us to be part of.
As the final buzzer went off the crowd went quiet in anticipation watching on as the swimmers swam in the final relay.
Grade 3-6 had an amazing time at the swimming carnival cheering for their houses. We are so grateful for the effort everyone put in and the competition Mackillop house had. It was amazing to get presented the trophy and we are so happy with the effort our house put into their swimming and cheering. We wouldn’t change anyone’s attitude towards going out there and trying, and would love for them to try the exact same for next year's swimming carnival. We thank everyone for trying their best and thank you, especially to Mackillop house for trying so hard and earning all the points to allow us to win!!
Ilana Kacarevic & Jett Patterson
Attached is our Parish Bulletin for 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B). With Lent beginning this coming Wednesday, it is also Project Compassion Sunday. The bulletin contains information about Ash Wednesday Masses, Lenten Reflection groups, Project Compassion and many other opportunities to deepen our life of faith. Let’s pray for each other that our Lenten Journey 2021 will enable us to turn again to our God and truly believe in the Gospel.
Reconciliation Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government and Trowunna welcome ALL families to come and join in the celebration of Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture at this free family event.
East Launceston Junior Football Club