Acting Dean of Identity | Mr Terry Thompson

Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid. Pope Francis


Last term, students in Year 8 studied a unit on Catholic Mission in Religious Education. Within the unit, students supported ‘Socktober’ which invited them to engage with developing world issues through the universal language of sport. To raise awareness of the crippling poverty that many children face around the world, the Socktober initiative encourages school students to create their own soccer ball from recycled materials and engage in a fun penalty shootout, to raise funds for Catholic Mission.

Our Year 8 students raised more than $2309 – a tremendously generous effort.  The funds were presented to Sue Williams (on behalf of Catholic Mission) during College assembly on Tuesday. Congratulations to Mrs Monica Keating and the Year 8 Religious Education teachers for leading this significant project. Following assembly, students used their soccer balls in a penalty shootout. Congratulations to Windsor House who were crowned winners for this fun event.

God, thank you for the abundance of life, relationships, health, comfort, and wealth you have provided for us, and thank you that even in times of need, despair, and brokenness, you are there.
Please put your arms around children and families in extreme poverty so they feel comfort and hope; meet their needs both physically and spiritually. Lord, guide me so I can be your hands and feet pursuing justice for the poor and upholding the cause of the needy.

Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Graduation

Each year, Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) holds an Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Graduation at St Stephen’s for Year 12 students within the Brisbane archdiocese. Sadly, this large event was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. We were, however, very fortunate that within our EREA network, St Laurence’s College in South Brisbane was able to host a graduation liturgy for these students. Uncle Joe Kirk (Turrbal elder) and Aunty Thelma Parker (EREA - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer) led the acknowledgement of country and blessed stoles and message sticks that were presented to the boys. We had four Terrace students in attendance at this significant occasion - congratulations to Cormac Finn, Lachlan Bishop, Emerson Locke and Maliq Jackson.

Week 3

Monday: 9 Xavier Camp + Retreat (all week)
Tuesday: Mass at 7.30am in the Chapel of The Holy Family
Wednesday: 8 Treacy Retreat - Tennyson
Friday: 8 Reidy Retreat - Tennyson

Live Jesus in our Hearts…Forever