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200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia

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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Almighty and all-loving God, with gratitude for the endeavours of Catholic education in the past, with confidence in our Catholic pre-schools, schools and universities today, and with faith in their continuing contribution in the future, we celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in this Great South Land.

As our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your providential care for your children in this land in inspiring priests, religious and lay people to found and staff our schools in ages past. Through them the Good News of your Son was brought to the young even in colonial times – and ever since.

As Christ the Teacher, you grace the staff and leaders of Catholic education today. As they build on the achievements of their predecessors direct them in their present efforts to ensure that every young Australian has the opportunity for an excellent education and formation in faith.

As our Inspiring Spirit, you lead us into the future. In the century ahead grant those teaching and learning in our schools, those planning and leading, and the families and community that entrust their young people to us, a love of learning and a willingness to be the face of Christ in the world of tomorrow.

Pour out your abundant blessings upon all involved in the ministry of Catholic education. Amen.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross – pray for us. St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Patron of Catholic Education in Australia – pray for us.

 

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