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Community Notes

Community Notes

HOLY WEEK

As we enter Holy Week, we continue to reflect on the lives of people vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice and how we can respond through supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal.

Let us take time to remember the life and teachings of Saint Oscar Romero. His many lessons include live a simple life, commit to bringing peace to the world, speak the truth, and of course aspire not to have more, but to be more. Some words from what has become known as the Oscar Romero prayer, ‘We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest”.

Thank you for supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. Your generosity will work for the freedom of those living in poverty, challenge unjust structures, and empower people to work for a sustainable way of life.

Please return all Project Compassion boxes and envelopes to the school office by Friday 28 May or donate online via the Caritas website.

POPE LAUNCHES AMORIS LAETITIA FAMILY YEAR

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to support and defend families by making an effort to be close to them in the struggles and joys of their daily lives.

In a video message on Friday for the start of the Amoris Laetitia Family year, the Pope said: “We are called to accompany, to listen, to bless the journey of families; not only to trace the direction, but to make the journey with them”.

It is not enough to just reiterate doctrine, he said. We are called “to enter homes with discretion and with love, to say to spouses: the Church is with you, the Lord is close to you, we want to help you keep the gift you have received”.

Pope Francis has dedicated a year to deepening the Church’s pastoral accompaniment of families, as outlined in Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’.

In his message, the Pope noted how important family ties have been during the coronavirus pandemic, even as families have been under extra pressure from the many challenges brought by the virus.

“So let’s support the family,” he urged, “let’s defend it from what compromises its beauty. Let us approach this mystery of love with amazement, with discretion and tenderness”.

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