On Wednesday 28th August, year five attended St Mary’s Cathedral and Mary MacKillop Place in order to compliment the learning about the Early Church in Australia.
Below are some interesting facts about St Mary’s Cathedral.
- The Cathedral is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians.
- St Mary’s Cathedral was built with a gothic structure and there are 200 heads in the building.
- Two churches were destroyed in fires before the Cathedral was built.
- There are two large statues of Mary Magdalene and Jesus inside the Cathedral.
- There are many altars within the Cathedral.
- Priests used to say Mass with their backs to the congregation (the people attending Mass).
- There are beautiful stained glass windows that each depict a story.
- There is a large organ inside.
- It is made of sandstone which requires a lot of maintenance.
- The crypt can be found underneath the Cathedral. The bishops are buried in the crypt.
- Some people get married in the crypt.
- The floor of the crypt is decorated with the creation story.
Click here fore more information about St Mary’s Cathedral. Click here for more information about Mary MacKillop Place.
Take a look at the photos below!
What did you enjoy about the excursion?
What did you learn about St Mary’s Cathedral and/or Mary MacKillop?
The season of Easter follows Lent. Easter is the season of joy, hope and new life when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, God raising Jesus to new life. Easter is the greatest season of the Church’s year.
It is a time when we remember and listen to stories from Scripture, about the disciples’ experiences of the risen Jesus. Easter is a time when we remember that Jesus is always with us.
Watch the Easter story below.
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Miss Azzopardi would like to wish Five White and their families a very happy Easter and say a huge thank you for all the lovely Easter gifts!
What do you like about Easter?
How do you celebrate Easter?
Lent is an important season in the Church’s year. Lent is the forty days before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. It is a time to grow, change and be more like Christ. During Lent, we prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
Prayer increases our love for God. During Lent we want to get to know Jesus better by talking to Him and listening to Him. We want to remember His love for us, so we think about all He did for us.
Lent is a good time to fast, just as Jesus fasted in the desert for forty days. When we fast, God s able to fill us up with the Holy Spirit and make us more like Jesus. Fasting strengthens our will by saying ‘no’ to things we want. This helps us when we are faced with temptation to be able to say ‘no’ to those things that are sinful and can harm our relationship with God.
Almsgiving is also a part of our journey toward Jesus during Lent. It means sharing what we have with others or doing charitable deeds. Almsgiving helps us to focus on others more.
Caritas Australia work to help people in need. The video below introduces you to a girl named Ditosa, who lives in Mozambique. Click here to find out more about Caritas Australia.
How have you incorporated prayer, almsgiving and prayer into your life during Lent?
What are the similarities and differences between you and Ditosa?
How does Caritas Australia help people in need?