Social Justice

You Made Me Welcome

This week let us continue to put Mercy into action!

Do you have any clothes you could donate to the House of Welcome?  Or doonas or blankets?

Every year during Lent we not only raise funds for Project Compassion, but we also support the people who are helped by the House of Welcome. This Lent, instead of a Food Drive, we are doing a Clothes Drive.  The House of Welcome which is in Carramar, supports refugees and helps them settle into life in Australia.  Loreto Normanhurst has a long relationship with the House of Welcome.   See their website to learn more about the fantastic work they do.  

So this week, please look through your cupboards. Dig deep!  What can you give?  With winter on its way they are in need of warm clothing. But please remember the clothes need to be in good condition.  Your daughters are asked to being any donations to the Rainbow Room in the Gonzaga Barry Centre, Level 1.  The clothes will be delivered to the House of Welcome after Easter.

 

Earth Hour! 

A Call for Justice for the Earth and all People.

Saturday 19 March 2016.

Turn off lights and as much power as you can between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.

At Loreto Normanhurst we acknowledged Earth Hour as a school community during  Period 4 on Friday.  Lights were turned off and lessons were prepared without the use of power.   

 

The Earth Hour Story

Earth Hour launched in Sydney in 2007, with 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses participating in the ‘lights off’ event. Just one year later, Earth Hour became a global phenomenon with over 35 countries participating, and an estimated 50-100 million people. In recent years, Earth Hour has been celebrated in over 172 countries and over 7000 cities and towns worldwide. The symbolic hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, with beyond the hour projects and initiatives happening throughout the year.  In Australia, Earth Hour is something that really brings communities together, with 1 in every 3 Aussies taking part.

In 2016, Earth Hour in Australia will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great: our breathtaking beaches, forests, reefs, national parks, snow-capped mountains, rivers and farmland which uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”.  Yet these iconic places are under threat from rising temperatures and more extreme weather. Small changes to our climate as a result of increased carbon pollution are messing up the delicate balance of nature that we enjoy so much.  Rising temperatures will drive coral bleaching on our beloved Great Barrier Reef and a decline in snow season length and coverage in the Australian Alps, while rising sea levels are expected to erode our beaches and coastlines.

On Saturday March 19, millions of Australians will take part in Earth Hour from 8:30pm-9.30pm to show their support. You might like to head outdoors together on Earth Hour night to celebrate the places you love – whether it be a gathering or dinner in a garden, national park, beach, river or even your own backyard or balcony.

Please join in Earth Hour on Saturday evening, and together let’s make a strong Loreto response to the cry of our Earth.  As we care for our environment, we will also be working for justice, peace and security for the most vulnerable nations whose homes, stability, income and often their very lives are threatened by climate change.

 All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

And in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

Touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognise that we are profoundly united

with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light.

A prayer for our earth

Pope Francis

 

Ms Kerry McCullough

Dean of Mission