This Sunday’s readings remind us that prayer is always an intimate conversation with God our creator as we open up our hearts to the love of our Heavenly Father. In Luke’s Gospel this weekend we are told of the time when the disciples asked Jesus “How do we pray?” His response was the birth of the “Our Father” - the words that Jesus taught us. Throughout the week I researched what prayer might be for us both as individuals and a Christian community. Below are several responses that may resonate with you.
-a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God
-is a communication process that allows us to talk to God
- is spiritual communication between us and God, a two-way relationship in which we should not only talk to God but also listen to Him in our lives
- is the practice of the presence of God
- is an intention or act that seeks to activate a rapport, a relationship through deliberate communication with God
-the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul
-the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God
- said to be one of the best ways to build a relationship based on trust and love with God
Irrespective of how you define prayer the most important consideration is that we continue to pray on a daily basis further developing and enhancing our relationship with God.
On Wednesday I had the great pleasure of being on the judging panel of our Year 6 Voice of Youth Finalists for 2019. From the twelve finalists we had a difficult task in selecting the three students who would represent CTK at the VOY Cluster Final next Wednesday. The quality of the speeches and the skill of the speakers was exceptional, with a variety of interesting and thought provoking topics selected for their presentation. Congratulations to all our year six students who prepared their speeches over the last few weeks. Our three finalists Isabella Y, Emma M and Olivia K will compete against other students, from St Mary’s Rydalmere, St Bernadette’ Dundas and St Monica’s North Parramatta. One of these twelve cluster finalists will be selected to move through the Diocesan semifinal in a few weeks. We send our best wishes with the girls for next week’s Cluster Final, which will be held in our own Mary Mackillop Hall commencing at 11:30am. Parents and friends are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to our Wakakirri troupe who performed at NIDA on Tuesday night. Our children’s performance was most professional and entertaining following months of rehearsals and preparation. Our CTK children were great ambassadors for our school throughout the day both on and off the stage and should be commended for their behaviour, school spirit shown and patience. Thank you and congratulations to our director Mrs Kelly Hosking and the team of teachers who have worked tirelessly with the children for six months, to put together a most professional and polished performance. A special thank you to the band of parents who assisted with scenery, costuming and makeup. Your assistance in recent months is very much appreciated. A job well done by all!
Yesterday some thirty odd children represented CTK at the 2019 Hills Zone Athletics Carnival. Congratulations to all our competitors who gave of their best achieving several PBs throughout the day. A special congratulations, to Tianna B [Senior Girls Age Champion] Caitlin B [Senior Girls Age Runner Up] and Nicholas K [Junior Boys Age Runner Up]. Thank you to Mr Barabaro who attended as our team manager yesterday and to the many parent supporters who attended and cheered our squad on throughout the day.
Next Monday evening our school Counsellor, Lynne Wainwright will be presenting a parent seminar workshop “Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety”. This presentation is an introduction to effective ways to assist your child manage their fears and worries. Thank you to the parents who have already RSVP. If you would still like to attend, please contact the school office. The workshop will commence at 7pm and run for approx one hour. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night.
We would like to confirm that we have the correct email address for all parents. We sent a welcomeasy menu out last week to all parents. If you didn't receive this please contact the office so we can update your email address.
Have a good week