Thomas Carr College – Yr 7 2023 Enrolments

In regards to the weekday Masses (Mon-Fri) at Thomas Carr College at 9:00am, these will begin on Mon 29 Jun. At this stage, due to the size of the space, there will be a maximum capacity of 20 people. People who wish to attend this morning Mass must pre-book to ensure that we abide by the government regulations and follow all instructions given.

Bookings for weekday Masses (please note a different procedure will be in place for the Saturday night/Sunday Masses once they start) will be taken via email ([email protected]) or phone (9401 6367). Bookings will be open from 9:30am from the Friday before the upcoming week (eg bookings for the week of Mon 29 Jun-Fri 03 July will be open from 9:30am on Fri 26 Jun). Bookings can only be made during that time period. To start with, you can only book for 2 weekdays in any given week. Online Mass still be streamed via Facebook.

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Sts Joachim and Anne were greatly honoured by God as the parents of Mary. Their Feast Day is Fri 26 July. Thomas Carr College extends an invitation for grandparents and grandchildren to join them for a Mass on this Feast Day of Jesus’ grandparents. Fri 26 July at 8am-8:30am followed by breakfast. RSVP to [email protected] by Mon 22 July.


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Dear Colleagues,

I write to advise you that Archbishop of Melbourne, Most Reverend Peter A Comensoli has ratified the appointment of Mr Craig Holmes as the next Principal of Thomas Carr College to commence in January 2019.

Craig, who is currently Principal of Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, has held prior roles as Deputy Principal of Catholic Regional College, Sydenham, Team Leader and Acting Manager for Student Services at Catholic Education Melbourne, as well as teaching experience at St Bernard’s College, Essendon and Salesian College, Sunbury. He holds a Master of Policy (International) from Melbourne University, a Master of Educational Leadership from Australian Catholic University, a Graduate Diploma of Educational Administration and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

The selection panel recommended Craig as the next Principal of our College. He has a record of dynamic and visionary educational and pastoral leadership, a deep commitment to the mission of the Church in education and the skill to contribute an informed vision and future for Thomas Carr College. His commitment to the ministry of leadership in Catholic education is supported by his own faith and his extensive engagement in parish life.

Craig’s leadership at Sacred Heart has been marked by his commitment to the Mercy ethos and charism which has driven his leadership and the strategic direction he has set for the school in his time as Principal. At the end of 2018, Craig will have completed eight years as Principal of Sacred Heart College and in that time, he has led the College diligently and with dedication. He has been student-centred in his leadership and has been able to implement contemporary arrangements for learning and teaching resulting in continuous improvement in student outcomes.

At Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, Craig has been fully committed to provide resources to assist staff in their teaching. He has done a great deal to enhance the existing attractive site to develop a campus fit for contemporary learning with areas for reflection, recreation and the pursuit of academic excellence.

We congratulate Craig on his appointment and look forward to welcoming him to Thomas Carr College in the new school year.

Yours sincerely,

Fr Jude Pirotta mssp Parish Priest


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Thank you to the parishioners that have already given generously to the appeal. Your support is very much appreciated. I am pleased to provide you with an update on the appeal.

Amount Raised to date: $10,870

Target Amount: $30,000 (3rd of the way there!)

Timeline: The appeal will close on 30th June

(to allow arrangements to bring the Orchestra out to Melbourne to commence)

We have contacted Fr Joe to provide him with an update – he is very excited about the orchestra coming to Melbourne and very grateful for the generosity of St James the Apostle and Thomas Carr College communities.

Please find enclosed information relating to the appeal.


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On January 3, eight Year 12 students from Thomas Carr College, Tarneit, along with Dr Andrew Watson, Principal, Mrs Geralyn McCarthy, Director of Student Services and Fr Jude Pirotta MSSP, Canonical Administrator departed Australia to participate in the College’s first mission immersion trip to the Philippines.

Our Mission Immersion Experience linked us in with the Missionary Society of St Paul (MSSP) the religious congregation that our Parish Priest and Canonical Administrator, Fr Jude Pirotta, belongs to. Our time away provided the opportunity for our students to experience the Paulist charism of missionary service and challenged us to live out of the call of its founder, Servant of God Joseph De Piro, to challenge injustice and division, and to encounter Christ in all who are poor, marginalised and disadvantaged.

While in the Philippines, we were graciously welcomed and hosted by the brothers and priests from the MSSP International House of Formation (the Paulist Seminary) from the parish of St Catherine of Alexandria in Dinalupihan, Bataan and by Sr Kate O’Neill RNDM, the Director of the Kuya Center for Street Children in Manila. We were engaged in a range of service projects, pastoral visits, faith formation and educational activities. We worked in orphanages, visited the poor and sick in their homes, and facilitated a range of workshops for the local children. It was a demanding and strenuous schedule as we were determined to make the most of this opportunity. As a team, we set aside time before, during and after the journey, reflecting intentionally upon all that we had encountered through debriefing, discernment and particularly through prayer, ensuring that we had time to embrace and process all that we had encountered.

It was particularly inspiring to witness the selfless and noble ways in which many religious communities minister to the marginalised and impoverished people in the Philippines. This is indeed a church which ‘steps outside of herself’ and provides our young people with a new vista through which to see the work of the universal church.

For many of us, this was also a deeply confronting time. Witnessing the stark divide between the world’s rich and poor and the enormity of abject poverty and alienation for the first time can be overwhelming. As Christian sojourners, we lived and entered into relationship with people who suffer beyond what we can imagine, and this renders us vulnerable. Paradoxically, herein lay our real transformation: the realisation that we ourselves are wounded, and that it is precisely this woundedness that binds us all together as the members of the Body of Christ. By entering into solidarity with others, we can no longer look with indifference at the divisions that distort the oneness of Christ’s Body. Our lives will never be the same again.

While in Manila, our group had the great fortune to again meet Cardinal Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila.  Cardinal Tagle had visited Thomas Carr College in 2014 whilst in Australia. The Cardinal spent just on 90 minutes with us engaging in a wide-ranging conversation about our visit and some of his work as Archbishop of Manila and as President of Caritas International. It was indeed a great privilege to meet a man of such humility who welcomed us generously into his home.

The true challenge of course is what happens now that we have returned. If our passion and desire fade away into ‘feelings of vague compassion or shallow distress’, the value of our experience is lost. This mission immersion trip should be only the beginning of the relationship, not the culmination. Thank you to the MSSP for this opportunity ‘to take the path of ‘craziness’ of our God, who teaches us to encounter him in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the friend in trouble, the prisoner, the refugee and the migrant, and our neighbours who feel abandoned… to take the path of our God, who encourages us to be politicians, thinkers, social activists.’ Pope Francis, World Youth Day Vigil with Young People, July 30 2016


Next weekend (17/18 Feb), after all Masses, Year 12 students who attended this Mission Immersion, will be addressing us on their experience. It will be an opportunity to share in this life changing experience.


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