Reconciliation Mass 2017
Galen Catholic College Chapel Project by Genevieve O’Reilly
In semester one we proposed a professional learning team focused on creating a space for the celebration of Eucharist, contemplation and teaching.
A place that acknowledged our foundations in the Marist and Brigidine Traditions and our connection to Aboriginal culture and histories……..
TAKING THE NEXT STEPS
National Reconciliation Week Mass in Wangaratta
On Tuesday 30th May, over two hundred students and teachers from local Catholic primary and secondary schools gathered for a Reconciliation Mass in Wangaratta. Children from Beechworth, Yarrawonga, Benalla and Wangaratta represented their schools in the annual event held at Our Lady’s Church.
National Reconciliation Week marks a significant week of recognition and celebration of our Aboriginal history and the contribution of the Aboriginal community. This year the theme was ‘Let’s Take The Next Steps’, encouraging all Australians to celebrate Indigenous cultures and consider what is still to be done to support reconciliation.
We received a memorable welcome from Aboriginal elders in attendance. Graham Briggs welcomed on the didgeridoo and bullroarer, while Julie Ferguson welcomed to country in Yorta Yorta language. Dr Treahna Hamm, who is well known to our CREW schools as a visiting Indigenous artist, was delighted to join student representatives, staff and parishioners for the Mass.
Fr Novelito presided over the liturgy, sharing some valuable thoughts about what it means to have true reconciliation. Students proudly participated in all parts of the Eucharistic celebration including the wonderful Our Lady’s choir and dancers. Leaders from all schools pledged a commitment to be active participants in the reconciliation process and to commit to taking the next steps for healing and change.
Many thanks to Fr Novie, Genevieve O’Reilly, Cathie Walsh, Our Lady’s School and all CREW FIRE Carriers for their support and involvement in this important gathering in our school and parish community.
Kerrie Hill (CEO)