St Clare's Catholic Primary School

A Community of Faith & Learning. Uniting, Serving, Empowering.

~ Your Light in Our Hands ~


Faith Community


School Motto

“Your Light In Our Hands”

At St Clare’s we look to hold the light of Christ in our hands and continue his work in our world, as exemplified by the work of St Clare.

School Prayer


Loving God,

We give thanks for our unique and diverse community, brought together by your grace.

Illuminate the path so that we, like Saint Clare, can always follow the example of Christ.

Reflect in us your spirit of love, compassion and generosity.

May we continue to hold your light in our hands.

Amen

St Clare


‘Love God, Serve God, Everything is in that!’ ~St Clare


St Clare is from the town of Assisi in Italy. She was born in 1194 and died in 1253.

St Clare chose a religious life at the age of 18 after being inspired by St Francis to live a life following and serving Christ.


St Clare lived at San Damiano Church. The sisters rejected wordly good and didn’t accept money or possessions. They relied on the work of their hands for everything they needed.


San Damiano was a place of silence, prayer, penance, poverty and dedication to a strict religious life.

Throughout her life St Clare continued to help the poor and hungry and care for the sick, including St Francis.


St Clare was drawn into a deeper union with Christ through prayer and contemplation. Her mission was to pray and win souls for the Lord.


St Clare was an influential woman, with many Popes respecting her opinions and visiting her in San Damiano. She eventually was able to set up her own order of nuns which allowed her and her sisters to live their lives in service to God in the simplest way possible, a life of poverty, centered on Christ. In her lifetime, St Clare also inspired many to follow Christ and live a humble and simple life of Faith in service to God. There are over 153 monasteries of her order in over 76 countries around the world.


St Clare is the patron saint of sore eyes, eye disease, embroiderers, goldsmiths, laundry and needle workers. She is also the patron saint of television and mobile phones.


We celebrate her Feast Day on August 11.


‘We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become’ ~St Clare


Celebrating Our Faith

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There are many ways that the community of St Clare’s celebrates our Catholic Faith;


  • Connections to the Parish through the Sacramental program

  • Whole school Masses

  • Cohort Masses

  • Paraliturgies to recognise and celebrate special events

  • Feast Day Celebrations

  • Daily opportunities for prayer, including Christian Meditation

  • Invitation to contribute expressions of Faith

  • Contributions to charities, e.g. Caritas, St Vincent De Paul Society and ministries connected to the Parish of St James the Apostle

Sacramental Program

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All students in Year 3, 4, and 6 take part in the sacramental program of St James the Apostle Parish. All students participate in the Sacramental program, with students who are baptised Catholics receiving sacraments along with students from the other Catholic schools and the parish catechist program. Non-Catholic students are welcomed and invited to be a part of these celebrations.


Year 4: Reconciliation (preparation begins in Year 3)

Year 4: First Holy Communion

Year 6: Confirmation

2021 Sacrament of Confirmation

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Many thanks to all who attended our celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on 27 May, 2021. We were lucky to be able to celebrate the sacrament with our young people before lockdown.


May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and inspire our young people on their journey of faith.


Congratulations to all who received the Sacrament and to those who supported their peers by receiving a blessing. Many thanks to the families who have supported our candidates as they prepared for the Sacrament and the sponsors and other family members who were able to attend our celebration.


Please use the following link to view our celebration.

https://youtu.be/xP8HMs6SEbk


Parish Connections

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Weekend Masses

In line with government requirements, weekend Masses will resume at St James the Apostle Parish, beginning the weekend of 06/07 November for fully vaccinated people. Proof of vaccination must be shown to the COVID Marshall(s) upon arrival.

Parishioners should update “Services VIC App.” If you don’t have a smart phone, please obtain a hardcopy certificate. To assist you in this, please visit: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-duringcoronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof


At this stage, we require you to book your place to attend Sunday Mass using the TryBooking facilities.

Please visit https://trybooking.com/BJPOT to book.

Mass times on the weekend are Saturday 5:00pm and 6:30pm, Sunday 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am and 5:00pm (note there is no Sun 6:30pm Mass). Bookings will open on Tuesdays before the weekend. Parishioners are asked to be considerate of others who missed out on a booking. If you were able to attend Mass the previous weekend, please wait until Thursday to book for the following week.

QR registration upon arrival is still required. Our Mass capacity for St James is 130 people due to the Density Quotient. If you need assistance with booking, please call the Parish Office on 9401 6367 and leave a message. A member of staff will return your call during Office Hours

(Mon-Fri, 9:30am – 2:30pm) to assist you. Masks are required at all Masses.


Covid Marshalls will be onsite at Masses to assist you. As we learn this system together, please ensure you treat our Covid Marshalls

with respect and courtesy.


Weekday Mass Times

For Mon 25 Oct – Sat 30 Oct, bookings for the daily 9am Mass can be made through the Parish Office. First 15 people per day. QR Code required upon arrival and must be fully vaccinated. Please provide proof of vaccination. Masks are required at all Mases. Updated weekend Mass attendance procedure will be provided next weekend.

Unvaccinated Parishioners please note: Morning Mass on Saturday morning at 9:00am will be for parishioners whose vaccination status is unknown.



Mass will be live-streamed every Saturday evening at 6:00pm on:

Parish YouTube channel Parish Facebook page



Social Justice

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St Clare's Catholic school seeks to support the needs of our local, national and global community.

We support a range of organisations such as Caritas and St Vincent de Paul. Students are encouraged and supported to take action on projects such as 'Solar Buddy' and 'Envision, Target 1,000,000'

Through our actions we seek to unite, serve and empower those in our community and shine the light of Christ for all to see.