From the Director

The Joy of the Good News

How do you measure the joy of the Good News? The joy of the Gospel?

It is immeasurable, but none the less as real as the NAPLAN results that are about to be released once again and are headline news in the national media. 

The joy we experience in belonging to Christ and teaching in His Name will rarely make the headlines, and no test, whether with pen and paper, or online, can ever assess the depth and breadth, nor the height of the love of Christ that urges us on. 

This joy was so tangibly present at the June Catholic Education Conference so many of us attended at The Old Woolstore... everyone remarked on it. The conference theme, New Wine in New Wine Skins, called us to be open to the Spirit of God in order to be renewed ourselves and to bring that spirit of renewal to our schools. We aspire to be creative and Faith-filled in working to meet the needs of our students, in this time and this context. We cannot live in the past, even though we are continuously building on the work of our forebears and draw on the treasures of our Catholic Tradition, rediscovering the Good News of the Gospel present in our school communities. 

During Catholic Education Week in August, schools and colleges celebrated the theme of Spreading the Good News with Joy through regional and school Masses, assemblies and celebrations across the state. What an uplifting and refreshing time it was and a powerful reminder of what energises us.

Pope Francis has something memorable to say about the Joy of the Gospel...

'The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.'

Dr Trish Hindmarsh