Refugees and more
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
Migrant and Refugee Week
Each week in Australian politics there is a reference or story of the far right and their views on immigration. On August 15 a new member of the Senate used his maiden speech to focus, in a divisive and hate-filled manner, on one immigrant group. This man was elected to the senate with a ridiculously small number of votes.Last week’s political disappointment had shades of these views which are also endorsed by a tiny portion of our society.
Last week was also Migrant and Refugee Week. Pope Francis writes, ‘Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (Matthew 25:35-43)...Many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty.’ Francis calls us to hold a shared response which can be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate. (Australian Catholic Refugee and Migrant Office, Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees, 2018)
Our Annual Walkathon, which was held on Friday 24 August, was as always an enjoyable day for all involved. This year there was a little rain that fell on our walkers, but interestingly there were no complaints. Perhaps we have an awareness of the importance of rain for our farmers.
The money raised this year will go towards three worthy causes: the College Band to help with purchasing new instruments, to help the Emerton Parish in Western Sydney and to help Br Peter Corr with his work in training teachers in East Timor.
Father’s Day Breakfast
In celebrating Father’s Day I am keenly aware that not all of our students have fathers. These boys grow up in wonderful, caring families. Our Father’s Day Breakfast is being held in La Valla Hall on Friday morning this week. The P&F have put considerable thought, organisation and planning into this event. We always enjoy this morning as it is a great way to celebrate our fathers. If you would like to attend please click here to register.