Prayer for Rain
we are in need of rain.
We realize now, looking up into the clear, blue sky,
how wonderful even the smallest drop of rain really is.
To think that so much water can fall out of the sky,
which now is empty and clear!
We place our trust in You.
We are sure that you know our needs.
But You want us to ask you anyway,
to show You that we know we are dependent on You.
Look to our dry hills and paddocks, Heavenly Father,
and bless them with living, soft, soaking rain.
Then the land will rejoice and rivers will sing Your praises,
and the hearts of all will be happy.
We ask this prayer through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
St Dominic. Pray for us.
Blessed Edmund Rice. Pray for us.
The first three weeks of this term have been very busy and alive in the RE and Mission areas of life at McCarthy. During week one we celebrated the life and contribution of St Dominic and the Dominican Order to Catholic Education in Tamworth at our whole College assembly. Staff and students were treated to a staff presentation which focussed on the Dominican habit and the personal way it reflected the faith of the women who, since 1206, have and still devote their lives to the service of God and the Church in the consecrated life as a Dominican sister.
Each week our students have continued to celebrate the Holy Mass in year groups. This term, based on feedback from our Tamworth priests, we will focus on developing a more prayerful atmosphere during the Mass with the inclusion of music and continued explanation of the meaning of the parts of the Mass and practice of the various liturgical stances. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tamworth priests, Fathers Christopher and Raj from St Nicholas, Fr Paul and Deacon Manvell from Mary Help of Christians and Fr Anthony Koppman from St Patrick’s for their ongoing guidance and support of our Liturgical program.
On Tuesday 31 August, eight staff attended an afternoon spiritual retreat run by the CSO’s Renewal team. The retreat encouraged our further reflection on the principle of the Common Good and the place of equality, equity and liberation as imperatives within this.
On Friday 10 August, Bishop Michael Kennedy visited McCarthy and enjoyed lunch with a group of 14 Year 11 students as part of his Year of Youth activities in the Diocese. The Bishop was keen to hear our students’ thoughts on the support they currently experience from the Church and how it can better engage young people. The students very honestly and confidently shared with Bishop Michael their concerns around homilies, music, Youth Masses, and local youth festival style activities which would be more accessible for rural youth.
Finally, our St Agnes Conference have conducted a blanket drive and will deliver a total of 36 blankets to our local St Vincent de Paul shop in Peel St.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Jack Connell and Noah Cook and their families following the passing of their grandfathers and to Miller Lloyd and his family following the passing of his grandmother.