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28th February
P&F AGM 6pm

1st March
Ash Wednesday Liturgy 10am
(Lent begins)

3rd March
Year 4/5 and 5/6 Class Mass 9.30am

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Prep to Year 3 Cross Country

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Welcome to St Joseph's Parish School, Atherton

St Joseph’s Parish School, catering for boys and girls from Prep to Year 6, is an integral part of the Cairns Diocese and the Atherton Catholic Parish. Located approximately one hour’s drive from Cairns, Atherton sits within the heart of the naturally beautiful and agriculturally rich Atherton Tablelands. Despite its many changes over the years, St Joseph’s Parish School has remained committed to providing its students with a well-balanced and relevant education and curriculum.

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Now accepting enrolments for 2015ASH WEDNESDAY LITURGY
Our Ash Wednesday liturgy will be held on Wednesday, 1st March at 10.00am. Everyone is most welcome to attend. (Remember this is only a liturgy with the distribution of ashes). Prep students will not attend the Liturgy but they will still receive ashes. It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.

What is Lent?
The name 'Lent' comes from an old English word meaning 'to lengthen'. It was used to describe the 6-week period leading to Easter because in the northern hemisphere it coincided with the time when the short winter days were gradually growing longer. Lent began as a brief period of preparation for those adults who were to be baptised at Easter. Eventually the rest of the Community showed their solidarity with the catechumens by also observing an intense period of prayer and fasting before Easter. © Liturgy Brisbane

Lent is a time for strengthening our faith, a time to reflect on who we are and where we are going. It is a time of quietness and prayer, a time of penance and meditation, a time to become aware of our strengths and weaknesses. During Lent we try to make a conscious effort to prepare ourselves for Easter. We can do this by increasing our prayer, helping others, fasting, giving up things we particularly like, and supporting Project Compassion. Lent urges us to identify and walk with Jesus as he travels towards Jerusalem and the place of his death and resurrection. In the spirit of renewal and conversion we observe Lent by reflecting on the central events of Jesus' life and welcoming the opportunity to grow through changing our lives.

Project Compassion Appeal The eldest child in each family will be given a Project Compassion box to take home. During Lent, students are asked to “give a little” by placing coins in their collection box. After the Easter holidays we will ask you all to bring your Project Compassion boxes back to school. All funds raised support Caritas Australia. This year the theme for the Project Compassion appeal is “Love your neighbour”. As Pope Francis said, “Love of God and love of our neighbour is one and the same thing.” By supporting the Project Compassion Appeal, you will be helping to empower our world’s most vulnerable neighbours to grow stronger. Then they can share their strengths with their communities to build a better future and lasting change in the world.

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Existing families with children due to commence Prep in 2018 are advised to complete an enrolment application form sooner rather than later. We have already begun accepting enrolment applications from new families for Prep in 2018 and as is my custom I would like to extend the courtesy to existing families before we confirm the enrolment of too many new families.

I expect to complete enrolment interviews by the middle of next term and once Prep classes are full (25 students each) we cannot take any more students for 2018. While of course we look forward to every child joining their older siblings at St. Joseph's, we also have a physical limit to the number of students we can take. Therefore, it is important for existing families to enroll their children due for Prep in 2018 before we enroll too many new families and potentially we have no places left for later-enrolling siblings. For an enrolment form, please either drop by the school office and collect one or download a copy here.


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