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ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS
All Saints Day 1st November
All Saints Day (also called All Hallows), is celebrated on November 1st in the Western Church. The feast of All Saints recognises all the saints – those who have gone to heaven, both known and unknown, in a single celebration. The feast of All Saints first appeared in the fourth century when the Eastern Church introduced a feast to celebrate martyrs on the Sunday after Pentecost. The Eastern Church still observes All Saints' Day on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
By the seventh century, the feast was being observed in the West and included those saints who were not martyrs. The present date of 1st November follows a tradition established in England and Ireland.
All Saints Day is celebrated by Christians from a number of different traditions. Because of our differing understandings of the identity and function of the saints, however, the liturgical practices associated with the feast vary. For some, the day is observed by remembering and thanking God for all saints, both dead and living. It is a day to glorify Jesus Christ, who by his holy life and death has made the saints holy through Baptism and faith. For Roman Catholics, All Saints is a day to remember, honour, imitate and invoke the saints.
All Souls Day 2nd November
Sunday 2nd November, is All Souls day. On this day we remember those who have not yet achieved the goal of their pilgrimage, the Kingdom of Heaven. The feast of All Souls developed alongside the feast of All Saints. The Church has always encouraged prayers for the faithful departed. On All Souls we pray in unity for our deceased relatives and friends and for those who have no one to pray for them.
Every celebration of Mass includes prayers for the dead. A particular feast like All Souls gives a special focus to the traditional Catholic practice of remaining in communion with those who have gone before us 'marked with the sign of faith'. (Ref. Liturgy Brisbane)
G20 PUBLIC HOLIDAY
On Friday 14th November the heads of many governments, including own Prime Minister and the President of the United States, will descend on Brisbane for a summit meeting. The Queensland Government has decided that as there will be many streets blocked and other areas that people will not be allowed to enter while the event is occurring, to declare a Public Holiday in the Brisbane City Council area. This means that if a business/place of work is located inside the Brisbane City Council controlled area it is a public holiday. As Our Lady of Lourdes falls within the MacGregor Ward for the Brisbane City Council we will be closed on Friday 14th November, 2014. School resumes on Monday 17th November, 2014.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT 6pm Wednesday 26th November
This year we have invited Michael Mangan to lead the presentation of the Christmas concert for our school community. The concert is titled Peace on Earth. Michael Mangan is a composer, teacher and music liturgist who is based in Brisbane. Michael will work with all year levels on Wednesday 26th November to finalise the preparations of their songs. During the concert that night, each year level will prepare and present two songs with Michael. The evening will conclude with a four-song whole school finale.
Keep an eye out for more details in upcoming newsletters, class notes and the Skoolbag App.
P&F NEWS & INFORMATION
Gala Concert Congratulations to all the performers who entertained us so well on Saturday night. The diversity and level of talent displayed was amazing and kept the audience enthralled. Thanks to Mr Mac & Mr Druery for their help on the night and to all the music teachers for their support. Thanks to all the parents who helped out or brought food to share. And a big thank you to all the performers who did such a great job. The lucky winner of our raffle was Jenna.
P & F Meeting Thursday 6th November, the last P & F meeting will be held in the staffroom at 8.45 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
2015 Sacramental Program
Families who have children in Year 3 and upwards next year are invited to celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. Please access the Parish website on olol.com.au and visit the "Sacramental Program" under the heading "Sacraments". Alternatively, you can access the Parish website by using this link.
The program will begin with an interview with Sister Stella. You will need to phone the Parish Office on 3345 3766 to arrange your interview. Interviews start at the beginning of November. Please contact the parish office soon to ensure that you get the time which suits you best.
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