St James Fete 2023 – A Message from Fr Jude

Our recent Fete was a resounding success.  We give thanks to God for watching over us last weekend as we gathered to celebrate community at our annual Fete.

We are very happy and proud to say that St James Fete 2023 was a great success.  It was, truly speaking, an event generating a wonderful community spirit. Prior to the Fete, the generosity of our schools, parishioners and well-wishers was amazing, as they responded to the Fete Committee’s various appeals for donations of different things. There were also offers of help and pledges of prayers.

Many volunteers turned up on the day before the Fete to help set up.  On the day of the Fete, everyone involved was in high spirits, showing much enthusiasm and exhibiting lots of energy.

The atmosphere of excitement was palpable. God favoured us with favourable weather once again which contributed greatly to the day.

In terms of fundraising the Fete and Raffle looks healthy and results will be shared as soon as all is finalised.

To Kevin Lloyd our Fete Coordinator and the Committee I would like to say a big THANK YOU for your time, meticulous planning and hard work.  To the many volunteers, those who provided entertainment, our sponsors, our schools and parishioners, I say thank you!  Without your help we would have been struggling.  To those who joined us on the day thank you so much and I hope you had fun.

St James, you truly are a marvellous witness of missionary discipleship and demonstrate your commitment to living out of our mission as a faith-filled, welcoming and caring community.

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp


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During the week we celebrated World Teacher’s Day.  We acknowledge and celebrate the commitment and vocation of the teachers in our schools here at St James Parish.  We thank God for them for their skilled work, passion and enthusiasm in educating, inspiring and supporting our students.  We are truly blessed at St James Parish that our schools have dedicated teachers and staff for going beyond the call of duty. Please keep them all in our prayers.


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Juliette Cox, Regional Manager for MACS writes:

I am delighted to announce that, we have appointed Ms Rose Connolly to the principalship at Thomas Carr College, commencing at the start of Term 3 this year.

Rose is currently Deputy Principal, Learning and Innovation, at Emmanuel College in Point Cook and Altona. Prior to working at Emmanuel, she held various leadership positions, including Director of Learning and Teaching, at De La Salle College in Malvern. Rose brings a strong sense of mission and moral purpose to this role, a track record of successful leadership and managing innovation and change. The interview panel was especially impressed with Rose’s enthusiasm for, and expertise in, strategic improvement in learning and teaching, which will serve the Thomas Carr community well over the coming years.

I would also like to acknowledge Jamie Madigan’s leadership of Thomas Carr during Semester One this year. His wise and measured approach has been greatly appreciated, by staff, students and, I am sure, the wider community. His support during this period of transition for Thomas Carr is a reflection of his strong commitment to excellence in Catholic education in the West. He returns to his substantive role as Principal at Catholic Regional College, Caroline Springs, at the beginning of Term 3 but will always be a welcome visitor to Thomas Carr.

I know you will all join me in welcoming Rose to the Thomas Carr community and that you will look forward to meeting her and working in partnership with her during Semester Two and into the future.


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After 22 years in Catholic Education at Thomas Carr College, Geralyn will be leaving to take up her new appointment as Deputy Principal of Faith and Mission at Marcellin College, Bulleen.  In 1999 Geralyn began at TCC as the first student counsellor and then established and coordinated student well being.  She then became the Director of Student Services and in her final years had the position as the Director of Faith and Mission.

We thank Geralyn for her commitment and loyalty in providing a holistic education for the students under her care including their academic, social, emotional and spiritual development.

We thank Gerlayn also for working closely with the feeder schools and parishes maintaining a healthy relationship between school and parish.  Although Geralyn is not leaving the parish, she will truly be missed by all at TCC and remembered lovingly for her commitment, sense of humour, loyalty and genuine love and living out of the Gospel.


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Jose De Piro Kabattang Orkestra

To enhance the Church’s social teaching and provide opportunities for those in need, CaSPA (Catholic Secondary Principals Australia) and its corporate partners have encouraged secondary schools in Australia to apply for the annual Social Action Funding Grant aimed at providing support to those within remote Australia or in neighbouring countries.

The Faith and Mission Team from Thomas Carr College, were recently delighted to learn that their application to support the work of the Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra was successful.

This application was aimed at supporting the Missionary Society of St Paul’s Jose De Piro Kabataang Foundation, which auspices the music program of Jose De Piro Kabataang Orkestra (Youth Orchestra) which is comprised of more than 60 talented young musicians from impoverished and disadvantaged families in Dinalupihan, in the Province of Bataan, Philippines.

Thank you to CaSPA for their $5000 grant. Read more about this HERE.

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Congratulations to Shane Nicole Villegas

Congratulations to Shane Nicole Villegas, a Year 12 student at Thomas Carr College, Tarneit, who has received a Future Leaders Future Justice Award 2021.

Shane Nicole is one of only seven students nationally to receive this award, which recognises Year 12 students who have shown leadership and initiative on intergenerational equity. She has worked extensively to support those less fortunate in the community and helped establish the Vinnies Conference at Thomas Carr College where she is co-president. Shane Nicole has raised both funds and awareness for the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Missionary Society of St Paul and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. Despite the rigours of studying her final year of VCE, she volunteers at a Vinnies op shop and is the liturgy captain at Thomas Carr College.

From St James Parish, we especially thank Shane Nicole for raising awareness and funds in support of the MSSPs. Thank you Shane Nicole for your support and consideration.

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Students from St James the Apostle, St Francis of Assisi, St Clare’s and Thomas Carr College attended 10:30am Mass on Sunday 23 May to mark 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia.

The Religious Education Leaders from the four schools organised the Mass and each REL spoke about aspects of Catholic Education today and in the future.

It was wonderful to see so many families participating. The Church was at its COVID capacity and the overflow filled the Paulist Centre where the Mass was live streamed.


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