Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU JULY 2018 20 RECONCILIATION WEEK And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. – MaƩhew 1:21 By Maria Fin Marian College Myrtleford THE theme for Reconciliation Week 2018, May 27 – June 3 was “Don’t Keep History A Mystery”. “Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” Marian College students made reconcili- ation part of their story and their future this week with community celebrations centred on the Gospel message of loving one another and where the wrongs of the past are recognised. By opening up their hearts, a world in which a reconciled people walk and talk together sharing stories; a world in which all burn with the desire to have peace and justice reign, can become a reality. Students and staff celebrated and reflected. They wrote a reconciliation message on a cut out of their hand and attached this to the community totem pole that was placed in the College’s Green, a colourful and personal reminder to all members of the college commu- nity of this very important week in Australia’s calendar of significant events. The college captains were pleased with the response they received from their peers and the level of participation in the liturgies prepared and conducted by the community leaders. By Lisa Hitchcock St Mary’s Primary School, Rushworth NATIONAL Sorry Day is held on May 26 each year to recognise members of the Stolen Generation. St Mary's students and staff participated in a solidarity walk on Monday, May 28. Our solidarity walk was a commitment to be a part of the healing and to show that we are sorry for all that has happened to the Stolen Generation. National Reconciliation Week is held annually from May 27 to June 3. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation jour- ney: The 1967 referendum on May 27 and the historic Mabo decision on June 3. As we commemorate these significant events, all Australians are asked to be a part of our nation’s reconcilia- tion journey. At St Mary's we held our National Reconciliation Week Mass, which had a focus on the need for us all to be a part of Reconciliation through opening ourselves up to learn- ing more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture. During our celebration, we were reminded that God’s dream for humanity is one of justice and equality, of com- passion and understanding, of forgiveness and mercy, to be shared by all peoples on earth. The St Mary's FIRE Carriers with our Chaplain Jennie Hayes created a SORRY banner, which signified our commitment to Reconciliation with a stamp of our hands. The FIRE Carriers also made a presentation at School Assembly to help our com- munity learn more about Aboriginal culture and history. They shared information about their role as a FIRE Carrier, about the school's Message Stick and a little about the local Aboriginal history and culture. Reconciliation Week marked across Sandhurst Sorry Day solidarity as students walk together Whole school on the Solidarity Walk with the SORRY banner. This year during National Reconciliation Week, May 27 to June 3, Reconciliation Australia invited all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. ‘Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow’ explored history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered Georgia King Jo, Ella and Georgia. Reconciliation Week celebration at Marian College, Myrtleford.

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