St Joseph's School, Stanthorpe | Living Mercy since 1875

Week 6 The Season of Lent


Dear Parents and Caregivers

As a Catholic Community we have started the season the Lent. It is the forty day preparation for the Celebration of Easter. It is the time when we as Christians concentrate on three things – prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Last Sunday the School Student Leaders accompanied by Mrs Mahoney, Mrs Perrett and myself represented the school at the launch of this year’s Caritas Project Compassion Appeal. Our student leaders as well as representatives from other Catholic Schools in the Diocese were commissioned by Bishop Robert to undertake leading their communities in this most worthy cause of almsgiving.

I have seen first-hand the wonderful work that Caritas does in building the capacity of communities especially in places like Vietnam, the Philippines and Sri Lanka to break the poverty cycle. This year the theme of Project Compassion is ‘Love thy Neighbour’.

Below is a link to the summary of the six projects that are part of this year’s focus. As a community let us challenge ourselves to not only supporting this worthy cause financially but also pray for our brothers and sisters around the world. The adage that ‘the earth has become a global village’ places even more importance on the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus invites us to Love thy Neighbour as ourselves.

Last week, the school had a visit our Federal Member David Littleproud. David took time to speak with our year 12s sharing insight into our country’s democratic record, Federal Parliament and the workings of Canberra. He also responded to questions from the floor and was impressed by the level of discussion by our seniors. One of David’s key messages was to remind our students that we do live in a peaceful country who do use democratic processes to run our country. Many people around the world don’t get that option.

On Monday evening three of our students competed in the Lions Youth of the Year contest. We congratulate Justin Carter, BJ Perrett and Emily Thomas for their efforts. Emily was awarded best prepared speech on the evening. Thanks also goes to Mr Joe Shorter who coordinated and supported these students.

Last week Parents and Caregivers were issued with term fees via email or letter. If you did not receive your invoice please notify the office asap. At St Joseph’s we aim to offer the best available teaching and learning experiences, resources and facilities for our students. So that we meet our loan commitments and general running costs, the paying of fees and levies is essential by all families associated with the school. If you have any concerns in this regard please contact the School Bursar.

In this week’s newsletter you will read of the wonderful activities around the school like Mini Vinnies, Mercy awards and Awareness raising. A reminder that our Facebook page has we have regularly posts of the happenings around the school.


God’s Blessings


Phillip McGreevy


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