St Mary's Newsletter

20 February 2019
Issue Two
Principal's Announcements
Catholic Identity
Assembly Prayer and Masses
Upcoming Dates and Events
School Information
Office Reminders
Prayers and Thoughts
Term 1 Assembly Awards
PBIS Awards
News from around the School
Communication Team
Sports & Achievements
Parents & Friends 
Parish Bulletin
Community News
Mercy Access
St Mary's School Mooroopna
03 5825 2858
121-143 McLennan St
Mooroopna, Victoria, 3629

Principal's Announcements

Mr Preston - Victoria's Best!

Congratulations to Mr Preston on being awarded the 2019 School Ambassador for Cricket Victoria!  Josh was one of 25 regional nominations who gathered at the MCG last weekend.  Josh has been instrumental in ensuring our students have been part of many Cricket events over the past 12 months.  Well done Josh on such an outstanding achievement!


Opening Mass

Our Opening Mass for 2019 was a beautiful celebration and a wonderful way to begin our school year.  We welcomed our new Preps and commissioned our Gr 6 Leadership Teams.  Thanks to Mons Peter, Mrs Lee, Mrs Hicks & the choir and everyone else involved in the liturgy.

Gr 6 Fire Carriers Announced

Congratulations to our Gr Leaders who were announced as FIRE Carriers at assembly recently.  FIRE stand "Friends Igniting Reconciliation Education" and the team will be promoting the importance of Reconciliation.  Their first duty was representing St Mary's at last week's Reconcilaition Breakfast.  Our FIRE Carriers for 2019 are Shailah Ferguson, Jaegan Briggs, Maggie Davis, Kade James, Riley Moreno, Luke Martin, Mason Ballentine, and Katie Kentalla.

St Mary's Student Dux of NDC!

Congratulations to ex St Mary's student Stephanie Christopher who gained the highest ATAR score at Notre Dame last year making her Dux of the College!  What a wonderful achievement.

Andrew Chinn Concert

We had a fantastic day with singer Andrew Chinn last week.  After a series of workshops with the students we gathered for a whole school concert which was great fun!  Well done to everyone for performing so well!


Student Safety

Today I spoke to all students who use the McLennan St traffic lights crossing, about safety.  With such a busy intersection, the importance of being safe and cautious is critical.  If your child uses this crossing, please talk to them about this and cooperating with the crossing supervisors. 

School Board & Lollies

Just a reminder about our new rule for this year that we no longer share lollies or icy poles for students birthdays.  Thank you for your understanding regarding this.

Gr 6 Leadership Day

Our Gr 6's were very fortunate to take part in the GV Catholic Schools Leadership Day last week.  Bianca Chatfield shared some great insight on her Australian Netball days (as well as her experience on "The Block") and Fr Rob got the crowd rocking!  College Captains from the GV also spoke on the day including ex St Mary's student Millie Brown who spoke brilliantly!  It was a great day.


Principal's Award

Winner Week 2 Caitlin Doherty.  Caitlin is an excellent student who works hard and has wonderful manners.  She has been an exceptional buddy to . Well done Caitlin!


Mr Butts' Jokes of the Week

How do you stop an astronaut's baby from crying?  You rocket!

Why did the boy eat his homework?  Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!

Be Good To People and The World Will Be Good To You.


Catholic Identity

                               Mercy Prayer

We pray for the Sisters of Mercy, who established our school and for the priests who have served at

St. Mary’s.  It is through their vision,  determination and strong faith that we enjoy the benefits of a 

                                                                   Catholic Education here in Mooroopna.

We are proud to be a Mercy School, where the values of love and justice are taught and lived every day.


Opening School Mass

Our Opening School  Mass was celebrated in the Marian Centre last Friday.  It was beautiful to see our Grade Six students lead their prep buddies into the Mass for the first time.  Each class also brought forward a beautifully decorated  candle and our Grade Six students were  commissioned as leaders of our school and received their badges from Monsignor Peter.

Congratulations to the members  of the  choir who led the singing, to the students who ran the 'tech' side of the mass and to all the readers and 'other job people' who were wonderful.  The Grade Six students and their buddies who did the "Reflection" were very reverent and certainly brought a tear to your eye.  Those Preps are definitely future leaders - one practice and already up on stage!!!

Thank you to Maree Williams for all her help in being our Sacristan and helping with the set up of the altar and also for the beautiful flowers.  A special thank you to all the children who were so magnificent in the pack up after mass and with their offers of help before and after mass.  It was a beautiful liturgy to start our year and we thank Monsignor Peter for the way he led our mass.


Grade Six Leadership Teams

Grade Six students received a special blessing and were commissioned by Monsignor Peter at the end of our mass last Friday.  Each student received a leadership badge as a sign of their important role within our school.


Sacramental Program 

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Reconciliation Program parent meeting last week.  The children who have enrolled in the program attended a commitment mass over the weekend and received their 'Steps in Faith' work book.  Our home groups started this week and are part of the four week program leading up to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to be celebrated on Tuesday 26th March.

This year we will be celebrating the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.

Confirmation will be for children in Grade Six who have previously made their Reconciliation and Eucharist.  This Sacrament will be celebrated on Sunday 15th September at 11.30am by Bishop Leslie Tomlinson.  

 First Eucharist will take place on Sunday 24th November for children who have currently commenced their sacramental journey and made their Reconciliation.


Andrew Chinn visit -

On  Friday 8th February, Australian religious songwriter and singer, Andrew Chinn,  visited St Mary’s,  as part of a week long tour of schools in the Goulburn Valley. At St Mary’s school he came to share his songs, music and actions with the children. Andrew’s songs, such as “These Hands”, “Rainbow”, “An African Blessing” and “Rise Up!” are used in classrooms and liturgies around Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. The classes all enjoyed a workshop in the morning and then came together as a whole school to perform at a concert for parents and visitors in the afternoon. The children not only enjoyed the opportunity to work with Andrew but also to meet the person who actually writes and produces so much of the music they use during masses and special school events.


Want to learn to serve on the altar at Mass?

We are looking to train some new altar servers who could help out at class, school and even some weekend masses.  Boys and girls are welcome.  Mr Rob O'Meara would be in charge of this training.  Any child in Grade Three or above who is interested can leave their name at the School Office  or contact Mrs Lee.


Parish Family Mass

Our first Family Mass for this year will be celebrated on Sunday 3rd March at 10am.  The Middle Unit will be organising the readers and choir etc.  Everyone is invited to come along and join in the Mass.  We hope to see a large number of our Sacramental students at this Mass.  It is also 'Pancake Sunday' when we launch our Parish Project  Compassion campaign  before the beginning of Lent.  Come along and enjoy some pancakes after mass for a gold coin donation.

Assembly Prayer and Masses

Class Assembly Prayer

Friday 22nd February - Buddy Assembly for Prep KC (A - L )

Friday 1st March - Buddy Assembly for Prep JM ( A - Mason)

Friday 8th March - 1/2 MW

Friday 15th March - Buddy Assembly for Prep JM (Mc - W)

Friday 22nd March - Buddy Assembly for Prep KC (M - W)

Thursday  28th March -  1/2 CD   (to be held on Thursday 28th )

Thursday  4th April -  Easter Liturgy presentation (no assembly)  to be held on Thursday 4th April


Families are invited to join us for our first family Mass for 2019.  This will be prepared by the 3/4 Area children and teachers.

Sunday 3rd March - 10am -  All welcome.  It is also Pancake Sunday as it is just before Shrove Tuesday and the commencement of Lent.  Come along and enjoy a pancake  after mass for a gold coin donation.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Term 1 Dates - 2019

Thursday 28th February - Bravehearts for P/1/2 - 2.30pm - 3pm

Tuesday 5th - Friday 8th  March - Grade 5/6 Canberra Camp

Wednesday 6th March - Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 13th March - Prep students start attending on Wednesdays

Thursday March 21st - School Photos

Friday 5th April - Term 1 Concludes

2019 Term Dates

Term 1 - Wednesday 30th January - Friday 5th April

Term 2 - Tuesday 23rd April - Friday 28th June

Term 3 - Monday 15th July - Friday 20th September

Term 4 - commences Monday 7th October

Direct Debit Schedule


Fortnight     Friday 1st March

                          Friday 15th March

                          Friday 29th March

Monthly        Friday 22nd February

                          Friday 29th March


Fortnight    Thursday 28th February

                         Thursday 14th March

Monthly      Thursday   28th February     

                         Thursday 28th March                    

Bingo Roster

Saturday 23rd February

Tom Dumaresq, Emma DiFede, Vicki Emanuelli, Maree Mellino, Rodger Doherty, Jenny Matthews, Diane Stretton.


Saturday 2nd March

Bev Ryan, John Kiss, Carly Martin.

School Information

Contact Details

St Mary’s School

121-143 McLennan Street

PO Box 259

Mooroopna 3629

Telephone :(03)5825 2858


General -

Newsletter -

Principal: Anthony Butts

Deputy Principal: Ann Margaret Carroll

Office Administrator : Amber Feehan

Administration Assistant: Naomi Egglestone

Canonical Administrator: Monsignor Peter Jeffery

St Mary’s Parish

Presbytery -

5825 2034 (Office & After Hours)

Parish Priest: Monsignor Peter Jeffery

Parish Secretary: Brenda Pye

Parish Email:

2 Toolamba Road, Mooroopna

P.O. Box 365 – Mooroopna –3629

Bus Company: Jacobsons - 5820 3700

Bus Co ordinator: 5825 2344

Out of Hours Care

Stepping Stones - 1300 665 699


Office Reminders

OFFICE HOURS - Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Newsletter Deadline - Tuesday 12pm (

Subway Orders - Return Thursday for Friday delivery.

School Banking - Tuesdays


School Fees

School fees are distributed via email.  Please notify the office with your email address if you have not been receiving your invoices. 

Unless prior arrangement or a Direct Debit has been made with the school, the $280 tuition levy per student that is listed in your fee statement, is required to be paid by Friday 5th April.

Bank Details for Direct Deposit

Please use your child’s name/surname as a reference

St Mary’s General Account

BSB 083-543                 Acc No 457812500

Forms for direct debit are available from the school office.


Emergency Contact Details

Please ensure all your family contact details are up to date on CareMonkey, including Home phone, Mobile, residential & postal address & email address.

We also require your nominated emergency contact details to be current & up to date.

If your students Medical details have changed in any way, please ensure all relevant information is updated on Care Monkey.


School App


Families will need to download our app from  either the App store or the Google Play Store and search St Mary’s Mooroopna.

All notifications previously sent via SMS, especially relating to excursions and bus times will now be sent through the APP. 

A feature of the App we encourage families to use, is the ability to send your student absence via the ’Absence’ tab. 

Please install our app as soon as practical and stay informed.


PAM - Parent Access Module

PAM is our online student reporting system that is aimed at giving parents regular reports across the school year.  The new format will not only keep parents up to date with children’s progression, but will also help improve communication between home and school which is crucial to student learning.   

Progression Points and collated personal comments similar to our previous report format will still be distributed at the end of each semester.  

PAM is accessible through the school website. 

All information stored on this program is totally private and will be accessed by school staff only.  Please contact the office if you are having difficulties accessing this system.

All new prep families have been notified of login details and instructions to navigate your PAM profile that has been set up for your child.  

Late arrival / Early collection

If you arrive at school after 8.50am or leave school before 3.20pm student/s must be signed in or out at the school office.

The school is to be notified of any student absences.  If you know your student will be absent please send an App note or contact the office.

Schools are now legislated to contact families regarding ’unexplained absences’, and parents will receive a text message for any ‘unexplained absence’ including late arrivals that are not signed in at the office.

Subway Lunch Orders

Subway Mooroopna offer School Lunch orders on Fridays. 

Orders are to be placed in the subway tub Thursdays, for delivery Friday.  Please   include correct money and clearly mark which order and inclusions you require.


Acknowledgement To Country

At St Mary’s Primary School Mooroopna we Acknowledge the Traditional people of this land. 

The Yorta Yorta Nation are the Traditional Custodians of this area and we remember their elders, past, present and future.

We remember that the Aboriginal people of Australia will always be the  traditional owners of the land on which we gather today.

We continue to grow through education and reconciliation to a better future for all Australians.


Office Reminders

Camps Sports & Excursion 

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments for eligible students for activities like:

  • School camps or trips
  • swimming and school-organised sport programs
  • outdoor education programs
  • excursions and incursions.

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. 

Applications for 2019 are now open and will close on 28 June 2019 (end of term 2). 


Please find the application form attached, fill in relevant information and provide a copy of your valid concession card to the school office.


General Permission Form

Please check your Caremonkey emails and ensure that you have filled in and signed the General Permission form for each student as soon as possible.  For those who are not on Caremonkey, please fill in, sign and return the paper copy that was sent home last week.

School Fees

2019 School fees will not be billed until the end of February/early March.  Any fees that are outstanding from previous years will be rolled over to this years accounts.

Direct Debits - Any family wishing to use our Direct Debit facility is required to fill in an Authority form and return it to the school office as soon as possible. 

Families who were using this facility in 2018 will need to ensure a NEW form is filled in, signed and returned, for these transactions to continue this year.

Fortnight transactions will commence on Friday March 1st & Monthly transactions on Friday 22nd February. An authority form is attached -



Can all families please ensure they provide up to date medical plans and necessary medications to the office.  If you have provided medication to the office in the past, please contact the office to ensure this medication is still valid and in date.

Parents are reminded that all non prescription medication to be administered at school/on camp or excursions, requires a pharmaceutical label detailing student name and dosage. A signed authority to administer medication form is also required, a copy of this is located on the School Information page.

Local Town Bus fares

The following fares will apply for students travelling on the Mooroopna Town School Buses. It would be appreciated if students can have the correct fare to present to driver when travelling.

Single Travel - $1.20

Daily - $2.40

Weekly - $11.20

If you require further information regarding fares or travel routes, please contact  

Jodi Jacobson 

Phone: 03 58203700

Fax:  03 58253494


Prayers and Thoughts

Keep In Your Prayers and Thoughts….

Ruby Howell Saunders (1 FD) who is unwell in hospital at the moment.

Mr Harris Dickason (wellbeing Officer) on the death of his grandfather - Mr Ray Wardle.

Will Sleeth (6KD), Emma Carter and family on the recent passing of his great grandmother, Emma's Grandmother. 

Our friends and family who are unwell at the moment.

All our families and keep them safe and healthy.

Our teachers as they guide our children in the classroom.

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”            Matthew 21:22


Term 1 Assembly Awards

February 8th - Week 2 - Term 1

Prep Cox  - Orlayah Lines / Ryder Wadeson

Prep Mulraney - William McCrae / Jax Keep

Year 1/2 Dowling / Griffin - Oscar Weis / Ashton Watts

Year 1/2 Langley - Cooper Forsyth / Olivia Den Hartog

Year 1/2 Dyke - Layla Ratcliffe / Izel Davis

Year 1/2 Wong - Jett Maksacheff / Sydney Harrison

Year 3/4 Brown - Zoe Maksacheff / Jaxon Wadeson

Year 3/4 Calder - Genevieve Lawless / Tess Jakobs

Year 3/4 Drummond - Zoe Aitken / Hunter Ferrari

Year 3/4 Gibson - Seth Foyster / Cooper Sleeth

Year 5/6 Davkovski - Olivia Dunning / Mateauz Bourke

Year 5/6 Junor - Caden Ratcliffe / Michael Sciuto

Year 5/6 Hicks - Sienna Smith / Jack Williams

Year 5/6 Woodward - Oriarna Macreadie / Narkita Smith / Olivia Jezewski

Principals Award - Caitlyn Doherty

Office Award - Kade James / Carlos Godden

Golden Tub - 3/4 ED

PBIS - Ashton Watts

Visual Art Award - Declan Leask


PBIS Awards



Term 1 Week 3 & 4 Blitz

Our blitz for weeks 3 & 4 was Entering & Leaving the school in a safe manner.  Thank you to everyone who followed the rules to ensure we all arrived to school and displayed safe practises at the end of the school day.  

Term 1 Week 5 & 6 Blitz

Our next Blitz will be playing safely on the school oval.  The will be announced at assembly on Friday and the Teachers will be teaching this in the classrooms over the next 2 weeks 

Term 1 Week 2 PBIS Award Winner

This student is from the 1/2 area and has continuely followed the PBIS Blitz of lining up correctly.  He is always on time and is aware of all those around him when lining up.  Keep up the great work Ashton!!

Congratulations Ashton Watts, you are our PBIS Student of the Week!


News from around the School

NEW - Chatter Matters


RHYME - Identification:

Read books with rhymes. Books by Dr Seuss and Pamela Allen are a hit with many children.

Try ‘The Cat in the Hat’ or ‘Doodledum Dancing’.

Ask the child to identify the rhyming words on each page. You may need to provide one word and ask them to find the rhyme.


Production: - Rhyming List:

Take turns to come up with words that rhyme. See how long you can make your list of rhyming words.

For example, Words that rhyme with ‘car’: bar, far, jar, pa, tar, star, grandma...



Set up a shop that sells only things that start with a particular sound. For example: The Mmmm shop sells milk, mice, marbles, marshmallows, mushrooms, matches, monkeys, mugs, mops and maps. Children brainstorm other items and may be encouraged to bring from home items that could be displayed. Try this with other sounds: E.g. b (balls, butter, bags, beetroots etc), or s (sandwiches, soup, sardines, socks etc).


You could also play ‘I spy’ with rhyming words: Identify an object in the room and say I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with ...

If you have any questions you can contact Arti Sha, Speech Pathologist through the School’s Special Education Coordinator, Felicity Bryant.

Good luck and most importantly, enjoy this very special time with your child.


If your student requires medication whilst they are at school, medication with a pharmaceutical label stating the students name and dosage is required.  A parent or guardian will also need to fill in and sign an authorisation form before staff are able to administer. Medication is to be left at the school office for staff to administer.

This is a requirement for all medications and an Authorisation PDF is attached below.


Communication Team

Introducing our Team

Welcome to the Communication Leadership Team page for 2019! We will be bringing you news from around the school each fortnight, showcasing the wonderful learning that is happening in each learning area and reporting on exciting events!

Introducing our journalists and photographers for 2019 -


Hi , I am Will Emanuelli and I am on the Communication Team for 2019. I am really excited to write the newsletter for you this year. I really like to play footy and cricket. I look forward to presenting the newsletter to you but it won’t be just me, it will be my whole team.



Hi, my name is Charlotte and I am in the Communication Team. I am really excited about making the newsletter (a page for kids). I enjoy performing in stage plays, I like to ask questions and love to read. I am looking forward to contributing to the newsletter and bringing something new and interesting to my team.



Hi, my name is Kayla and I am in the Communication Team. I enjoy hanging with my friends and sports. I am looking forward to working with my teammates.



Hello my name is Narkita Smith. I am in the Communication Team where we write in the newsletter and share ideas with each other.



Hi, my name is Toby and I am on the Communication Team. I am a really good planner and come up with great ideas. I am looking forward to being a leader of the school this year.



Hi, my name is Declan and I am in the Communication Team for 2019. I like horses, but unfortunately I don’t have a horse, but I will love them. The best riding place is called Billabong Ranch located just out of Echuca. So that is a little bit about me, and I am looking forward to being a leader of the school. This is Declan, signing out!



Hello, my name is Lachlan. I am part of the Communication Team for 2019. One of my hobbies is cricket. I have been playing for 5 years and still do now. My job will be bringing the news to you, the readers! I am looking forward to this year, and I hope you are too!



Hi, my name is Maggie and I am super excited to be in the Communication Team this year. I play netball and I am part of a theatre company called Initial Stages. I have two younger siblings; their names are Audrey and Bernie. Audrey is in Grade 3 and Bernie is in his last year of kinder.



Hello, my name is Luke. I enjoy writing, performing arts and being humorous. I have been selected for the Communication Team. I was recently selected to play Genie in Aladdin for my theatre company. I have been in 5 productions already and I have been to see 22 shows. You can expect funny writing from me.


Sports & Achievements

NEW - Taekwondo

Congratulations Emiliana Corish-Zito.

Recently, Emiliana Corish-Zito was awarded Student of the Year at Taekwondo.  Well done to Emiliana on this fabulous achievement.


NEW - Swimming Sports

Congratulations to Kade James, Flynn Church, Olivia Dunning & Caitlin Doherty on their efforts in representing St Marys at the Primary Schools Swimming Sports.  Well done everyone.

Kade James - 1st in Breastroke  &  4th in Freestyle.

Flynn Church - 2nd in Breastroke  &  4th in Butterfly. 

Olivia Dunning - 2nd in Medley Relay,  5th in Freestyle  &  3rd in Backstroke.

Caitlyn Doherty - 2nd in Medley Relay  &  3rd in Freestyle.

Kasey Woolley - 2nd in Medley Relay  &  2nd in Backstroke.

Stella Freeman - 2nd in Medley Relay,  3rd in Freestyle  &  3rd in Breastroke.

Parents & Friends 

Parents & Friends 2018 Committee

President—Kristie Scott, Vice President - Lisa Macreadie, Treasurer - Michael DeMaria, Secretary - Naomi Egglestone, Public Relations Officer - Kim Smith, School Rep - Ann Margaret Carroll, School Board Rep - Kylie Glover,  General Committee Members - Katie Emanuelli & Kylie Glover.

Welcome BBQ

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Prep liturgy and welcoming school BBQ last Wednesday. It was great to see so many people join us to enjoy the BBQ and a socialising with other families of  our school. 

NEW - Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held Wednesday 6th March at 7pm in the Meeting room of Marian Centre.   All new members welcome.

We have a few members who have been involved for a number of years and have had children finish at St Mary's at the end of last year. 

As these members will no longer be involved in the Parents & Friends Committee, we are seeking new members to help bring new ideas to the group, and help us to continue to provide the fabulous events and services we offer and provide those few extra's for not only the children but to the wider school community. 

If you are interested in being involved in our small group of volunteers, we would love to hear from you or see you at our AGM.  Alternatively you could chat to Naomi in the office or arrange for Kristie Scott to give you a call 

Thank you

Kristie Scott

P&F President

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples. –

Mother Teresa


Parish Bulletin

St Mary’s Parish Prayer

God our Father, as we thank you for the blessings, we ask you to bless this Parish of yours, so that

we may love you more.

Encircle our families with your loving care.

Help parents to be good examples to their

children and our youth to grow in strength as good Christians.

To the sick grant health, to the aged bring serenity and to those in sorrow, joy.

May we grow stronger in faith and may

our love for one another become deeper 

in our daily living.  

We make this through the intercession of our Mother Mary.  Amen

Paris Office Hours

Tuesday 9.00am - 3.00pm                                Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm

Weekend Mass Times

Saturday Vigil 6.30pm           Sunday 10am


Saturday 10.30am  - 11am

NEW - Weekday Mass Times

Wednesday 20th February - 6.00pm

Thursday 21st February - 6pm

Friday 22nd February - 10.00am

All Welcome.

NEW - On the Lighter Side 

 In the 1950’s a Christian movement tried to have the Ten Commandments displayed in Public Buildings and Churches. What about the Beatitudes? Blessed and the merciful” in the Law Courts; “Blessed are the peacemakers” on military bases …

New - St Mary's Tennis Club

A final celebration to close the doors of the “Golden Era” was held last Friday night.

30 members attended including 6 original members who helped to establish the club back in 1963.

The building has been sold and will find a new home on an orchard in Ardmona and the  tennis court area will be re-developed into a               multi-purpose court for St. Mary’s school.

NEW - Sacrament of Reconciliation

 St Mary’s Parish is now taking names for the

Sacrament of Reconciliation.  If there is anyone in Grade Three or above who wishes to be involved and does not attend St Mary’s School  please contact Marg Lee at the school for further information.

New - St. Colman’s College

St. Colman’s College 1951 to 1954 Re-union

Goulburn Valley Hotel, Fri 1st. March, 12.30 pm

Call Pat English 0409 028 248 or

Peter Parker  0427 911 828

NEW - Looking at the Readings

Paul teaches us that, united to Christ through faith and in baptism, we are united in his death and resurrection. With Christ we die to sin; with him we rise to a new life. We cannot wait to see proof of our transformation before we change our actions. The proof is in the lives we live in faith. To deny that we have died and been raised is to deny the resurrection of Christ. Paul insists that they cannot be separated. The challenge is to live in and out of this faith.

Both Jeremiah and Jesus introduce us to such a way of living. It is a way of paradox, a way that moves us beyond the self-centred standards of the world. The poor, the hungry, those who weep, and those who are persecuted are really the ones who are blessed. The victims of our social and economic systems, those who have been ravaged by war or have been made vulnerable by life itself are the ones who, if they place their trust in God, will be blessed in the end. They may appear to be the outcasts of this world, but, if they are filled with faith, they will inherit heaven. The wealth of this world and its pleasures are not the blessings that we might think they are. They can blind us to the real values of life and prevent us from dying to the world and living resurrected lives in Christ. © Dianne Bergant CSA

New - Gospel Reflection

Today’s gospel gives us some of Jesus’ preaching that likely created enemies for himself.  His preaching favoured the poor, hungry, weeping and hated.  He upended ancient cultural norms and values and modern ones too. 

Rather than  simply give a verbal pat on the head to those on the bottom rungs of society, he also pulls down the mighty.  In so doing, Jesus creates enemies, not of the poor, but of the powerful.  It is they who will ultimately put him to death.  But as we know, his suffering and death is not the end.  God raises him up to the glory, giving us the paschal mysteryHis followers find themselves allied with those blessed by Jesus. 

NEW - Focus on the Gospel

The overarching theme of the readings for this Sunday is ‘words spoken in truth’. On one level, the laws are the words of the covenant. They are part of the contract that was drawn up between God and the people. They are words of truth, because they are the

reliable revelation of God and because they genuinely reflect

righteous living. The biblical covenant laws are truly humane.

Obedience to the words of the covenant leads to life and blessings, while disobedience results in the opposite.

Our religious customs always carry some profound religious

meaning, but we may not know or care what it is – and yet we

perform them. Do people know or care why we stand or sit or kneel during liturgy? Do people have a ‘church’ wedding because it is a religious event, or because ‘that's the way we have always done it”? Religious practices do not always flow from a deep religious

conviction. But once we realise our need for God, these practices

become genuine expressions of religious sentiment.

When the word of God has taken root in us, everything becomes a religious practice. This word can come to us through the teachings of our faith, through the example of good people around us, through the wonder and mystery of creation. When it does take hold of us, our inner eye is opened, our hearts are softened, and we turn

instinctively to God like a flower turns to the sun. When we are brought to birth in this way, covenant law becomes sacred, religious practices are cherished, and we are filled with the power that saves. © Dianne Bergant CSS.


NEW - Catholic Mothers of Young Children

This is  a mothers group for

connecting, celebrating, and flourishing. Women come together to share in Catholic sisterhood and to assist our children under 6 years to develop a joyful relationship with God. 

St Mel's Kindergarten

Shepparton , Room 1

Thursdays, 10am till 11:30am. 

For more information check out our Facebook page 'Catholic Mothers of Young Children Shepparton' or contact Katie on 0417 504 635

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Aquamoves Swimming Trials


Mooroopna Girl Guides


Tatura Junior Netball


Contact Simon Pogue on 0417 305 637 if you have any questions.

Mooroopna & Tatura Swimming Lessons

Aquamoves are running swim lessons at Tatura Pool of a Tuesday between 4pm and 6pm and Mooroopna of a Wednesday also between 4pm and 6pm. We will be happy to offer more times if the demand is there.

Registration forms are at the pool or you can email Tess at

Goulburn Valley Hockey Association initiatives for 2019

1) We had a very successful Hooked@Hockey program in term 3 last year that we are following up on a Stick 2 Hockey program for term 1. This will be a twilight competition for all those that have done the Hooked2Hockey program starting on the 22nd Febuary at 5.30pm- 6.30, for 6 weeks ending on the 29th March. There will be coaching for the first 30 mins with games for the last 30 mins. The only fee for this would be the registration with hockey Victoria . Fees are listed in the attached flyers.

2)  Goulburn Valley Hockey Association are developing a female pathway to encourage more girls to pick up and stick with the sport. We are holding a Free girls clinic on Sunday 3rd March from 11 - 12 targeted at U12 girls. We then intend to  followed this up with an U12 Girls competition. 

3) Following up on the Girls just want to have fun day, we are planing on holding a Girls only U12 hockey competition for 2019. The first half of the season will be a "rock up & play", where we will make up teams on the day of 6 per side and play on half fields. These will be coached  with some of our senior girls, who will run  drills before the games. (We plan to make up teams in the second half of the year and make it a comp). These games will be run on a Saturday Morning at around 10.00am - 11.00am. (times still to be confirmed)

4) U 10 mixed competition on a 1/4 field , played at around  10.00am to 11.00am (times still to be confirmed)

Please find information flyers attached


Mercy Access

Mercy Access


St Mary's Newsletter
The Offertory Procession lead by Kate and Romily
Joseph reads during the Prayers of the faithful
Max enters the Marian Centre with his Prep buddy
Students bring forward their class candle
"May God be in my mind"
Authorisation to Administer Medication.pdf
Twlight Hockey - Stick2hockey 2019.jpg
HOCKEY in the Goulburn Valley 2019.pdf
GVHA Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Clinic 18 Final.pdf
csef application form 2019.pdf
Fee Payment Intention and Direct Debit Forms.pdf
subway order.pdf