Chatechesis of the Good shepherdAt St Michael's in Grade 1 to Grade 5, we follow the program of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

For further information see the website:

Steven Edwards, the Yourth Minister, is the Catechist for Grades 6 and 7. These years provide a bridging course between Grade 5 and Lifeteen.

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During the next six weeks the children will experience the Lenten preparation. Throughout this time the colour purple which is symbolic of preparation , covers the altar, crucifix and statues and Father vestments too are purple. It is significant that Advent lasts for only four weeks before the celebration of Christmas. While this is a deeply meaningful time as we prepare for the birth of the Christ child, it is the longer period of preparation before the Easter Tridium, being Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, where we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, pivotal to our Faith. “Christ has died, Christ has risen”!

The presentations in the Atrium during Lent may include....Holy Week
The Mystery of Life and Death.
The entry in Jerusalem.
The Last Supper and the origins of the Eucharistic.
The agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Crucifixion. ( older children)

PRAYER. Encouragement to pray each day as a family in thanksgiving for blessings.
FASTING. Discussing with your child to give up what treats they would usually buy with their pocket money, and helping them to make this sacrifice.
ALMSGIVING. Give that saved money to the poor. Envelopes will be provided.

Palm Sunday PALM SUNDAY MASS: 25 MARCH 9am All children are invited to process into the church waving the palm branches which Father has blessed. This is symbolic of Jesus’s Messianic Entry Into Jerusalem and is the start of Holy Week.

HOLY THURSDAY MASS. 6pm. The celebration of the Last Supper in the upper room or Cenacle and when Father washes the feet of 12 Parishioners, symbolism of Jesus being the servant and washing the feet of the disciples.dust to dust

GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS. It is a tradition at St Michaels that the children hold the cross and parents and children read the meditations at this service. We ask those of you who would like to participate to please contact me.

THURSDAY 1st MARCH. 7.30pm to 9pm in the HALL. Father Harrie and the Catechists invite ALL parents to attend thIs important annual meeting where all matters pertaining to your child’s Catechism will be discussed both generally and then in groups with the relevant Catechist. This is an opportunity to meet other parents, ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of your child’s Catechetical experience in the Atrium.

Father will speak briefly about the Child Safeguarding Policy which is implemented at St Michaels and with which all Catechists and assistants must have complied as is laid down by the Archdiocese.

We invite all families to attend these special masses for the children.
Should you or your child want to participate in reading and taking up the offertory and the collection, please contact me.walk in love
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We have needed to remind the children that the Atrium is a quiet space where each child has the opportunity to wonder, explore and discover God. If a child does not respect this, his/her behavior affects the experience of others. If a Catechist has, repeatedly, to remind a child who is disturbing others of this, her parent will need to attend with the child until this behavior is corrected. We, as Catechists respect each child’s individuality and do our best to provide freedom for each to journey at their own pace, however this can only happen within a firm framework of discipline. Otherwise we are not positively serving the child’s development. We ask you as parents to understand and cooperate with us in the best interests of all the children.

You and your children are kept always in the prayers of the St Michaels community. May all families at this time of Lent, deepen their Faith and pass on the rich traditions of the Church to their children.
Please contact me should you have any suggestions, ideas, questions or concerns.

God’s Blessings, Joy

Joy Carkeek
Catechetical Coordinator
Group 4 Catechist

Sunday School takes place during the 9 am Mass: in the Gill Room for 2 to 4-year-olds and in the Kelly Room for 5 to 7-year-olds. Children from both classes return to Mass at the Offertory. 
A twelve-month programme is followed, aimed at simplifying and teaching an understanding of Old and New Testament readings by way of prayer, Bible stories and a related activity. If you would like to assist, no special qualifications are necessary.
Please join us. Contact: Nicole & Paula This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Parents Prayer

Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.

Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.

May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.

And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.

Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.

May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.

Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.

Make me fair and just and kind.

And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.

Child Safeguarding Policy

'The Archdiocesan Child Safeguarding Policy, promulgated in October 2015 seeks to support this celebration of life and to guide us in our interactions with the children and youth entrusted to our care.

This Policy states that: Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all.

1.1. The Archdiocese is committed to safeguarding all children who interact with the Church; Should you wish to read the full policy you can access it on the Archdiocesan website at

Our Parish Council has adopted the Child Safeguarding Policy and has begun the implementation of the policy in 2017 through ensuring that all those who are required to have the necessary clearance to minister in the parish have done so. This is an ongoing process and will be repeated each year. The contact details of the Archdiocesan Contact persons are on display in the Parish Centre and the the Church Foyer.'