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our community in action

 

(Covid Safe)
Ash Wednesday celebration at St Columba Primary School

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Celebrating the Beginning of the School Year

Fr John and the school community celebrated the beginning of the school year with a beautiful paraliturgy on Friday 4 February. Fr John read a lovely story 'Don't Forget' which encouraged the children to not forget 'to share', 'to care' and 'to play'. The Year 6 children we given a special blessing and the Preps were warmly welcomed to our school.

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Our school's Mandarin teacher (& Gr 3/4 teacher) Yang Song, organised a special celebration for Chinese New Year. Each class learnt about the significance of the Year of the Water Tiger and were able to dance with a traditional Chinese Dragon.
Wishing everyone a xīn nián kuài lè.

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Sacred Heart Mission's Christmas Celebration

The Gift of Joy

Karen Englebretsen (the new Spirituality Care Worker) and the Business Services Team from the Mission prepared a beautiful celebration, held in Sacred Heart Church, on Friday morning. Karen’s inspirational reflection on the theme ‘Joy’ in included here

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St Columba's Primary School End of Year Mass and Graduation

On Tuesday evening, Fr John celebrated the End of Year Mass and Graduation for our Grade Six children. It was extra special after such a disruptive last few years for the children and our ability to gather and celebrate together. 
Touching moments included the Grade Sixers being enthusiastically farewelled by their Prep buddies and bringing up and speaking about special symbols representing their time at St Columba's.
Musically gifted staff, Ange, Bec and Daniella played and sang beautifully, including a special rendition of 'An Irish Blessing' sung by Principal Daniella.
We wish the Grade Six children all the very best as they head off to start their secondary school journey.
Congratulations and thank you to all our children, staff and families for a wonderful year and all the very best for a safe and peaceful Christmas.

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St Columba Primary School farewells their Grade Sixers

On Friday, our wonderful school held their last assembly for the year and bade a special farewell to the Grade Six children.
In a beautiful tradition, the Grade Five children introduced and spoke about a Grade Six child. Each Grade Six child then spoke about their memories of St Columba and gave thanks to the special people they have encountered. 
A number of special awards were also presented to the Grade Six children including the Dame Jean McNamara award presented by The Honourable Josh Burns. Congratulations to Bianca Tan who received the award this year for her achievements. Congratulations to Bianca and all the Grade Six children on their wonderful year. We wish them all the very best as they head off on their secondary school adventures.

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Christmas Cook-along

Our last session in our online social activities series was Christmas Cook-along with parish chefs Adrian and Toni who cooked up quite a storm. We watched or cooked with first, Toni as she made mince tarts look so easy to prepare. While they were in the oven, Adrian stepped in to pull together an entrée of pea and haloumi fritters. Both dishes were ready within the hour and our seasoned chefs provided some great tips on short-cuts, plus adaptations to their recipes. It was a great evening and such a grand finale to a wonderful series of parish connection. Thank you to Toni and Adrian.

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November: Remembrance Month

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Fr John live streaming mass

Thank you to Fr John and our wonderful live streaming team for their ongoing support and dedication to our live streamed masses.

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Celebrating ANZAC Day

Friends of Elwood RSL held a beautiful dawn ceremony which included representatives from local schools including our own St Columba's.

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Easter Vigil Sacred Heart Church 3 April 2021

 

RCIA at our Easter Vigil

Fr Barry, Mahtab, Fr John and Christine

Fr Barry, Mahtab, Fr John and Christine.

Isabella being baptised

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Yong being baptised

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Mahtab, Yong, Sing, Isabella & Alex

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Easter Celebration with Sacred Heart Mission    30 March 2021

A Time to See
A Time to Choose
A Time to Act... In Hope

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St Columba Primary School's Inaguaral Community Marqt    28 March 2021

Thank you to everyone involved, particularly Saskia and Corinne for their tireless work.

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Confirmation    December 2020

Confirmation was delayed in 2020 due to Covid but the children rose to the occasion when Fr John was given delegation to confirm them later in the year.

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Celebrating Paula's retirement November 2020

Paula Ryan, the office manager at St Columba Primary School for longer than she cares to remember, celebrated her retirement with the school community. Paula will be greatly missed.

 

Beginning of the Year School Mass 2020

Fr John processing with children and staff

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Christmas 2019

Last Sunday, 20 December, we welcomed Alison and Allie into our faith tradition through our parish, of which they have been a part for well over a year. We asked them to write about what brought them to our door and how they have found the journey of faith exploration.  Their responses are inspiring to all of us ‘cradle’ Catholics and we are all invited to continue to support them in prayer, welcome, hospitality and friendship.

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Christmas 2019

Gathering as a parish in various celebrations

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John Giving Sermon at Sacred Heart

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Fr John reading the Gospel Christmas Eve
Fr John reading the Gospel Christmas Eve
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Breaking bread Christmas Eve Mass 2020.j
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Silvana Conducts Choir Christmas Eve Mas
Silvana Conducts Choir Christmas Eve Mas
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Sacred Heart in Darkness Christmas Eve M
Sacred Heart in Darkness Christmas Eve M
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Fr John Sermon Christmas eve Sacred Hear
Fr John Sermon Christmas eve Sacred Hear
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Sacred Heart Christmas eve Mass view fro
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Fr John Christmas sermon 2020.jpg
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Mary McKillop chapel diary open 1st Jan
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Fr John blessing at mass.jpg
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Silvana and Christine singing Sacred Hea
Silvana and Christine singing Sacred Hea
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Fr John and nativity Christmas eve 2020
Fr John and nativity Christmas eve 2020

John in front of nativity at Sacred Heart

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Stefania, Rey and Samuele bring baby Jes
Stefania, Rey and Samuele bring baby Jes
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Sacred Heart Evening Mass 2019 - Video

 

Welcome Mass

2019 Prep & 2020 Prep

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Children listening to Fr John's Reflection

Together, let us walk with Jesus

2020 Preps receiving their school candles

 

Parish Retreat

October 26 2019

A day of reflection and positive intent of what it means to be a parish community

Generating thoughts for our parish
Generating thoughts for our parish
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Fr John talks about his trip to Christch
Fr John talks about his trip to Christch
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Preparing our leaves for the tree
Preparing our leaves for the tree
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Our branches activity
Our branches activity
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Jim hard at work
Jim hard at work
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Our Parish group
Our Parish group
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Morning tea time
Morning tea time
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Preparing for our tree
Preparing for our tree
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Wrapping up from a great day
Wrapping up from a great day
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Tree of community questions
Tree of community questions
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Planting our intentions
Planting our intentions
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Sharing a drink
Sharing a drink
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Sharing through lunch
Sharing through lunch
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Deep in reflection
Deep in reflection
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Contemplating
Contemplating
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Generating ideas
Generating ideas
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Fr John sharing a reflection
Fr John sharing a reflection
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Generating more ideas
Generating more ideas
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Our tree ready for a day of reflection
Our tree ready for a day of reflection
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Active discussion
Active discussion
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Feast of St Columba Mass and blessing of St Columba mosaic

2019

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St Columba mosaic
Children at Feast of St Columba mass
Children and art teacher Bec making the mosaic
Fr John blessing the mosaic
 

Volunteer afternoon tea

2019

Mary, Anne and Toni
Mary, Anne and Toni
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India and Bernadette
India and Bernadette
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Fr John, Anna & Toni
Fr John, Anna & Toni
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Angela and Tony
Angela and Tony
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Caroline and Laura
Caroline and Laura
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Bernadette, Emmanuel & Josephine
Bernadette, Emmanuel & Josephine
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Silvana & Ada
Silvana & Ada
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Christine and Peter
Christine and Peter
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Robyn and Trish
Robyn and Trish
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Ray and Raymond
Ray and Raymond
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Dine with Heart - Soup evening

May 2019

School families enjoying the night
School families enjoying the night
Parishioners enjoying dinner
Parishioners enjoying dinner
Parishioners enjoying dinner
Parishioners enjoying dinner
Jane, Adrian, Mairead and Toni running the kitchen
Parishioners enjoying dinner
 

Christmas

2018

Church Christmas preparations
Church Christmas preparations
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Christmas altar
Christmas altar
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Christmas altar
Christmas altar
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Christmas blessing tree
Christmas blessing tree
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Our nativity scene
Our nativity scene
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Our nativity scene
Our nativity scene
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Advent wreaths
Advent wreaths
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Nativity scene
Nativity scene
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Sacrament of Eucharist

2018

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Dedication of Mary MacKillop

August 2018

Mary MacKillop alcove at Sacred Heart Church
Mary MacKillop alcove at Sacred Heart Church
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Sr Marianne Zienstra and Toni Vatta
Sr Marianne Zienstra and Toni Vatta
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Sr Marianne Zienstra and Toni Vatta with
Sr Marianne Zienstra and Toni Vatta with
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Toni processing in with Fr John
Toni processing in with Fr John
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Archbishop Comensoli’s Solemn Mass

July 31 2018

Alecia, Carlo, Christine and Roger receiving a blessing from the Archbishop
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Roger, Alecia, Christine and Carlo
 

Parish BBQ

2019