Yesterday was the feast of Mary Help of Christians.
She is the patroness of Australia. The first provincial Synod of Australia in 1884 proclaimed Mary as patroness of Australia.
The colonies were young and fledgling.
The small and young Catholic Church felt vulnerable and in need of a powerful friend.
Yesterday there was also a nationwide celebration of 200 years of catholic education in Australia.
The first catholic school was opened in Parramatta in 1820. It catered to mostly poor children from an Irish background.
Catholic schooling is about holistic education. It is about good and excellent education, but also about the development of the whole person.
The spiritual dimensions of a person are of paramount importance. Catholic schools support our parents in the faith development of their children as well as an overall education equipping them for life and employment.
Life-long learning should be available to all. As we mature, as we face new experiences and new challenges – we need to keep growing and learning.
Catholic education is not just for children but for all of us!