iServi News | 7 December 2018 | Term 4, Week 9
The cycle of school is a good analogy for the importance of Advent. In a simplistic manner the Learning – Feedback – Assessment – Feedback cycle highlights the importance of preparation and support to achieve good results. We know that by dedicating ourselves to preparation and practice in the lead up to important events we can achieve better results and without the right preparation we can’t expect to reap all the rewards. This cycle of preparation is also common in our Church, we see it in Lent and Advent.
On Sunday we celebrated the commencement of Advent. In the Gospel we heard from Luke (21:25-28, 34-36) about the Second Coming of Jesus and he reminded us to be prepared. For many we recognise this in the depictions of the empty manger. It is a beautiful reading to commence Advent, dedicating the next few weeks as a time of personal preparation for the coming of the Jesus. It is a time where we dedicate ourselves to being prepared for Jesus to come into the world and our own lives, so we need to commit to our preparations so that we can reap the rewards that His coming has on our own lives.
St Kieran Parish
During Christmas it is easy to be busy; shopping, cooking and cleaning, catching up with relatives and friends. All these things are important for us to have a joyful Christmas, but it is also important that we commit ourselves to our preparations for Jesus birth. For some it may be as simple as finding out when the Christmas Mass celebrations are being held in their Parish, for others it may be a time of more spiritual dedication. Some families also commit this time to giving back and helping those in need. During Christmas it can be one of the loneliest times for people, knowing they are not with loved ones or that they are doing it a bit rough. By dedicating some of our own time to spreading the joy of Christmas to others we can all help spread the Good News.
Recently some of our staff have committed to helping the homeless in our local community by assisting with their time and some small donations to Homelessness We Care Perth. These staff have worked on the Homeless Food Run in the evenings. We are very proud of these people for their demonstration of courage, showing that through their devotion of time and personal sacrifice they can help bring about the joy of Christmas to others. This story is one of hundreds that we can share about our community.
In last week’s iServi here we celebrated the generosity of our community in supporting the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Servite Mission in Northam. Again, this week we celebrate the donations our community have made to the various agencies across Perth, totalling nearly $20 000. Of particular note was our students’ support of Catholic Missions “A Vulnerable Girl” campaign through their Christian Service Learning making a donation of $2600, plus a donation to Caritas Australia of $3600 and to LifeLink for $1000. In addition, through our St Philip’s Day celebrations our community raised $7000 to support the Servite Missions like Kora.
Some families may be seeking ways that they can live the spirit of Christmas more this year. One option would be to explore your gift giving. Caritas Australia’s Global Gift campaign to protect and support vulnerable mothers may be something families may consider. More information is available here.
We have had a year of fantastic personal and collective achievements, with countless demonstration of courage and even more examples of our community putting their Faith into Action. For this we give thanks and pray with all our hearts that our whole community has a safe, blessed and Holy Christmas and we look forward to catching up early in 2019 with everyone for another great year.
Mr Ryan Wiles
Director of Ministry