This week I have been fortunate to spend some time at the Josephite Mission and History Centre with the Sisters of Saint Joseph (SOSJ). The SOSJ founded our school in 1938, for more information on this visit our website, as one of the many schools established in Tasmania. You will also be aware that the SOSJ were co-founded by Saint Mary of the Cross (Mary MacKillop) and Father Julian Tenison Woods. Julian Tenison Woods had visited Tasmania, before the SOSJ established schools here and during his visit he called Tasmania, St Joseph’s Island. You may not be aware, but Pope Francis has named this year the Year of St Joseph, in his Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde. When reading this letter I can understand why Mary MacKillop and Julian Tension Woods built the order of SOSJ on Joseph’s example. Joseph was called by God to be the Guardian, protector and provider for Jesus and Mary. And as the Guardian of our Church, he is the Guardian of us. As Pope Francis states.
Consequently, every poor, needy, suffering or dying person, every stranger, every prisoner, every infirm person is “the child” whom Joseph continues to protect. For this reason, Saint Joseph is invoked as protector of the unfortunate, the needy, exiles, the afflicted, the poor and the dying. Consequently, the Church cannot fail to show a special love for the least of our brothers and sisters, for Jesus showed a particular concern for them and personally identified with them. From Saint Joseph, we must learn that same care and responsibility. We must learn to love the child and his mother, to love the sacraments and charity, to love the Church and the poor. (Patris Corde, 2021)
We can learn a lot from St Joseph. How do we show love for the least of our brothers and sisters?
Well done to our swimmers who represented our school so well at the NIJSSA Carnival. Although I was unable to attend, I heard that everyone swam well and as always did our school proud.
Today Emily and Tay shaved their heads for a cure. It is really great to see our children living out the charism of our school, and as Mary MacKillop says; “Never see a need without doing something about it.”
I have been informed that in Week 8 our fort should be repaired. I expect that the existing fort will be able to be reopened for play in Week 9. It will still be some time before the burnt section is rebuilt as we need to wait on parts from interstate.
We will be commencing the NAPLAN Practice Tests in Week 8. The purpose of this is to help your children understand the structures of NAPLAN. NAPLAN is an important assessment that we as a school use to provide us with information about your child and our teaching program. If you have any questions about NAPLAN please see your child’s teacher.
This week’s Parent TV link is for Discipline without Damage.
Congratulations to Campbell, Flynn, Ivy, Archer, Georgia, Grace, Evelyn, Kai, Tilly and Dylan who have received 25 stickers in their Student Acknowledgement booklets! These stickers are given to students displaying positive and respectful behaviour in the playground. They are a great role model for others. Well done!
The welcome mass for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is on this weekend across the parish mass centres, and the first Faith Sharing evenings begin this Monday and Tuesday coming. Could all 2021 candidates please return yoru registration forms at the Faith Sharing.
Attached is our Launceston Parish bulletin for 3rd Sunday of Lent Year B (6/7 March 2021). Please note the Reflection Day for Men focused on St Joseph which is being offered on 20th March. It’s not too late to join in one of our Lenten Reflection groups.
Even if you can’t come to a group you would still get great benefit working through the booklet at home. Booklets are available from the Parish Office. Details of these Lenten activities, and many more, can be found in our bulletin. Every best wish and blessing,