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World Youth Day (WYD) is an event for young people organized every three (or sometimes, two) years by the Catholic Church.  World Youth Day 2016, is being held 25–31 July 2016 in Kraków, Poland. World Youth Day was initiated by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1985, and is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centred on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. WYD is a unique way to deepen faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people sharing common interests and ambitions.

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In 2008 Xavier Catholic College took a pilgrimage group of 24 students and 21 adults to WYD in Sydney Australia.  It was an amazing event which has seen long lasting ripples of love and compassion based on the teachings of Jesus here in Australia.  As the world gathers to pray for all young people and for peace and harmony among nations, let us also join in with their prayer and add our voices to this wonderful event.  Below is the official pilgrim prayer that you might like to pray as a family each night over the next few days as our young people gather in prayer and solidarity. 



World Youth Day Krakow 2016

God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman.
We entrust to you in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation:
guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today
and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits
from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.
Heavenly Father,
grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt,
hope to those who are discouraged,
love to those who feel indifferent,
forgiveness to those who have done wrong
and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love
that you have enkindled within us
become a fire that can transform hearts
and renew the face of the earth.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us.
Saint Faustina, pray for us


Five Finger Prayer

The five finger prayer is a simple prayer that Pope Francis uses and encourages people to pray.  It is a prayer that is widely used with children in Catholic Education Week.  People have prayed with their hands for a very long time. They have used their hands to hold and finger beads and this has happened in many faith traditions. They have raised their hands in praise of God and they have extended their hands in a gesture of thanksgiving. Catholics use their hands when they are making and praying the Sign of the Cross. It has become known as the Pope Francis Prayer. Why not try it at home with your family this week?


1.    THUMB – Since your thumb is nearest to you begin by praying for those people close to your heart, maybe your parents, those in your class or your brothers and sisters.


2.     POINTER – Let your ‘pointing finger’ remind you of the people who have shown the way for us. They could be people who teach us, guide us or heal us. Think about teachers or school officers, coaches, music teachers or doctors who have helped you.


3.    MIDDLE FINGER – The next finger is the one that stands the tallest.  This finger reminds us to pray for our leaders, maybe for the police officers, teachers at your school or for leaders of our church like Father George.


4.    RING FINGER – When we hold up the ring finger all by itself, it is our weakest finger.  It needs a bit of help to stand up straight.  This weak finger reminds us to pray for those who may be sick, hungry, poor or those in trouble.


5.    LITTLE FINGER – Our little finger is the smallest of all, so this time we pray for someone who is little, maybe a newborn baby or even say a pray for yourself.  Maybe you have something to ask God for?

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Ignite Conference 2016:   “Revelation”

22-25 September 2016

Mueller Performing Arts Centre, Rothwell (Redcliffe, Brisbane)

The Ignite Conference is a national contemporary Catholic youth conference held annually in Brisbane for adults, high schoolers and children. The conference includes live bands and some of Australia's leading Catholic speakers with sessions on topics such as leadership, justice, creative arts, mission, culture and prayer.

Keynote speakers include Bishop Eugene Hurley, Joe Zambon (Canada), Sr Hilda Scott, Brendan Malone (NZ), Fr Rob Galea, Fr Bony Abraham MGL, Patrick Keady, NET Ministries and more, plus music led by emmanuelworship.

Brochures available from student reception and Mrs Donnelly, or contact the Ignite Youth office on 07 3217 5199, email

Full information, videos and registration online at



Xavier Catholic College has a group of parents who volunteer their time to welcome and help other members of the school community. They do this by: 

  • Assisting with morning teas held at school
  • Providing casseroles for school families experiencing a crisis
  • Providing information about the school to families
  • If appropriate, helping families in need through car pools or child minding
  • Assisting the College Board in planning and reviewing the Pastoral Care Policy of the College
  • Working closely with the Campus Minister
House Parent Contacts


Narwari House Parents

Claire Sinclair (Cassandra Sinclair) 41295730

Rachel Neck (Chelsea/Courtney Neck) 41287859/0417768798

Darlene Hogan (Jacqui/Daniel Hogan) 0419 226445/

Jo O’Neill (Will/Lucy/Kate O’Neil) 0422942289 

Ellen Geldard (Connor, Lachlan & Matthew) 41286910/ 0400499508

Mary Arnold (Riley/Corey/Joey) 0418729967

Karen Grumley (Stewart and Lachlan) 41243034 / 0413306540.

Cassie Wilson (Max/Annabelle/Imogen Wilson) 41940274

Kerrie Payne (Cameron Payne) 41280554/ 0407581389



Buthu House Parents

Michelle Wiegmink (Connor/Jenna Wiegmink) 41287941/0409890188

Deanna Wyvill (Ella/ Amy Wyvill) 41282176

Karen Goffinet (Alex/Patrick Goffinet) 4128 7375 / 0421 322 121

Nikki Paxton (Chloe Paxton) 0402280419

Allison McGovern (Madison/Georgia McGovern) 0411 416 943


Dirum House Parents

Annie Binyon (Angus Binyon) 41247098

Melissa Lynch (Miah, Noah Lynch)

Helen Hatchett  (Bryce/Charli/Summer/Sam Wilson) 0438347153

Kellie Robinson (Nathan & Alysha Robinson) 0448623963


Kondari House Parents

Michelle Begaud (Blake/Kyle Begaud) 0438242252

Carole Dewhurst (Patrick/Rory/Freya Golik) 41206240/0400793188

Leeah Oxenham (Tahlika & Jaden Carpenter/ Zoe Grant) 0403 401 924

Kath Thompson (Sally, Emily, Charli Thompson)


If you are interested in helping with this group please do not hesitate to contact myself, Carmel Donnelly directly.  (41971165/ 0448488443)


Many of you are aware that we at Xavier have a freezer that is filled with donated meals that can be given to families in time of need.  We are once more asking for meals to be donated to this freezer.  All you need to do is to make sure you label the disposable container with all the ingredients used, date made and freeze them, then drop it into reception and the staff will add it to our food bank.  Items such as biscuits, cakes etc are also welcome as many families enjoy these snacks to have in their lunch boxes. If you have any questions please call me at the college on 41971165.