Prayer for NAIDOC Week
God of Holy Dreaming, Great Creator Spirit,
from the dawn of creation you have given your children the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew
in the vast deserts and dense forests, in the cities,
at the water’s edge, creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our land.
When Jesus hung on the tree, You heard the cries of all your people
and became one with your wounded ones;
the convicts, the hunted and the dispossessed.
The sunrise of your Son
coloured the earth anew and bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you,
to each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on Great Spirit as we gather at this special place
located on land where ancestors of long ago
gathered for work, play and praise.
Enable us to walk together in trust. From the hurt of the past
into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ.
International Catholic Mission Guest Speaker
Last week a selection of Year 8 and Year 11 students were privileged to hear international Catholic Mission guest speaker, Sister Mary Goretti speak about her work at St Luke’s Medical Centre for mothers and their babies in Uganda. At the centre, twelve sisters provide antenatal, delivery and post-natal care for Ugandan mothers and their infants. Sister Mary outlined for the students the everyday challenges they struggle to overcome at St Luke’s, such as not having a resident doctor on site, no ultrasound or oxygen machine, no ambulance to bring mothers to the centre for delivery; the present form of transport for women in labour is a pillion on a motorcycle and no running water exists at the centre. Later this year, when we undertake our annual Walkathon for Catholic Missions, we hope to raise sufficient funds for the sisters at St Luke’s to alleviate some of their challenges to the care and support they provide in Uganda.