OLN Community Celebrates the The Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

There’s Something about Mary!

Last Tuesday we came together to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. So what is it about Mary and why do we as Catholics honour her?

I would like to share with you a homily of Holy Father Francis- Saint Peter’s Square- Sunday, 13 October 2013

Mary said her “yes” to God: a “yes” which threw her simple life in Nazareth into turmoil, and not only once. Any number of times she had to utter a heartfelt “yes” at moments of joy and sorrow, culminating in the “yes” she spoke at the foot of the Cross. Here today there are many mothers present; think of the full extent of Mary’s faithfulness to God: seeing her only Son hanging on the Cross. The faithful woman, still standing, utterly heartbroken, yet faithful and strong.

And I ask myself: Am I a Christian by fits and starts, or am I a Christian full-time? Our culture of the ephemeral, the relative, also takes it toll on the way we live our faith. God asks us to be faithful to him, daily, in our everyday life. He goes on to say that, even if we are sometimes unfaithful to him, he remains faithful. In his mercy, he never tires of stretching out his hand to lift us up, to encourage us to continue our journey, to come back and tell him of our weakness, so that he can grant us his strength. This is the real journey: to walk with the Lord always, even at moments of weakness, even in our sins. Never to prefer a makeshift path of our own. That kills us. Faith is ultimate fidelity, like that of Mary.

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop - “Never see a need without doing something about it”.

On Tuesday the 8th August we came together in our beautiful church to celebrate our Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop liturgy.


I would like to share with you the prayer we prayed together at that liturgy:

God, who loves us very much, we thank you for the life of Saint Mary MacKillop.  She showed us how to love and care for each other and how to trust you when everything seemed wrong.  We ask her to pray for us and to help everyone in our school community.

Through Christ Our Lord.

OLN Prayer Group

The Mission team continue to lead our school community in prayer each Wednesday morning. This week students were invited to write special intentions and place them in the prayer box. Students sang the Saint Mary MacKillop song “Never See A Need, without doing something about it”.


Congratulation to the following children who will make their First Holy Communion this weekend

James Bigland, Joshua Bigland, Samuel Coco, Zac Fraser, Madeline Giffney, Patrick Hanlon, Sophia Huckel, Ciara McDermott, Amelia McKinnon, George Moore, Joshua Moore, Audrey Nguyen, Emmanuel O’Kane, Elena Williams, Eva Williams, Sasha Williams