Communities and People are Important

The following scripture passage outline the teachings of Jesus about how we should act.

Matthew 22:37-39

37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and the most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’

– We should love our neighbour as we would love our selves

– We should love God

Luke 5:12-16

12 Once Jesus was in a town where there was a man who was suffering from a dreaded skin disease. When he saw Jesus, he threw himself down and begged him, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean!”[a]

13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I do want to,” he answered. “Be clean!” At once the disease left the man. 14 Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go straight to the priest and let him examine you; then to prove to everyone that you are cured, offer the sacrifice as Moses ordered.”

15 But the news about Jesus spread all the more widely, and crowds of people came to hear him and be healed from their diseases. 16 But he would go away to lonely places, where he prayed.

– we should be humble and spread good will and happiness and except nothing in return.

– we should help people even though we have not met them

Mark 9:33-50

33 They came to Capernaum, and after going indoors Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you arguing about on the road?”

34 But they would not answer him, because on the road they had been arguing among themselves about who was the greatest. 35 Jesus sat down, called the twelve disciples, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all.” 36 Then he took a child and had him stand in front of them. He put his arms around him and said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes in my name one of these children, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes not only me but also the one who sent me.”

Whoever Is Not against Us Is for Us

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man who was driving out demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he doesn’t belong to our group.”

39 “Do not try to stop him,” Jesus told them, “because no one who performs a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say evil things about me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us. 41 I assure you that anyone who gives you a drink of water because you belong to me will certainly receive a reward.

Temptations to Sin

42 “If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around the neck and be thrown into the sea. 43 So if your hand makes you lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a hand than to keep both hands and go off to hell, to the fire that never goes out. 44 [a] 45 And if your foot makes you lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life without a foot than to keep both feet and be thrown into hell. 46 [b] 47 And if your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out! It is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into hell. 48 There ‘the worms that eat them never die, and the fire that burns them is never put out.’

49 “Everyone will be purified by fire as a sacrifice is purified by salt.

50 “Salt is good; but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?

“Have the salt of friendship among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.”

– if someone tell you they are unfaithful you should remove them from your life as you don’t want to be dragged down by them. you are your own person

– Being the best isn’t always necessary. to be the best you have to love and be respected by all of your competition.

Luke 8:5-13

“Once there was a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up with the plants and choked them. And some seeds fell in good soil; the plants grew and bore grain, one hundred grains each.”

And Jesus concluded, “Listen, then, if you have ears!”

The Purpose of the Parables

His disciples asked Jesus what this parable meant, 10 and he answered, “The knowledge of the secrets of the Kingdom of God has been given to you, but to the rest it comes by means of parables, so that they may look but not see, and listen but not understand.

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower

11 “This is what the parable means: the seed is the word of God. 12 The seeds that fell along the path stand for those who hear; but the Devil comes and takes the message away from their hearts in order to keep them from believing and being saved. 13 The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who hear the message and receive it gladly. But it does not sink deep into them; they believe only for a while but when the time of testing comes, they fall away.

– Jesus was the original seeds and as the wind blew and the birds flew the seeds were spread. the story of God and Jesus needs to be spread so that new seeds can be produce. the rocks didn’t support the growth of the seed because it didn’t properly sink in. and the stories on the path were swept away by judgment and opinionated people.

– we should accept opinion and the word of the Lord.

Mark 10:42-45

42 So Jesus called them all together to him and said, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the heathen have power over them, and the leaders have complete authority. 43 This, however, is not the way it is among you. If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; 44 and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.”

– Jesus said that if you want to be the best you have to be the worst first.

– everyone has an opportunity to be great and to be severed you have to serve first.

Luke 11:1-4

11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this:

‘Father:May your holy name be honoured; may your Kingdom come. Give us day by day the food we need.[a] Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring us to hard testing.’”

– Pray as Jesus did

– Teach the prey of the lord to everyone just as Jesus and john did.

John 13:34-35

34 And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

– to be distinguished as a disciple of Jesus you have to love one another.

– love one another .

Luke 19:45-48

45 Then Jesus went into the Temple and began to drive out the merchants, 46 saying to them, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!”

47 Every day Jesus taught in the Temple. The chief priests, the teachers of the Law, and the leaders of the people wanted to kill him, 48 but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people kept listening to him, not wanting to miss a single word.

– if you say your opinion and it is valid than you will be listened to.

– if you believe in something and it is a passion then strive to do it and complete it.


Living The Christian Life

Key Ideas:

  • living as a member of a community is part of life
  • the basis of a just society is a respect for the human person
  • Jesus serves as the model for Christian living

A Just Soceity:

  • Builds up the common good
  • Has preferential concern for the poor
  • Values the dignity of work
  • Respects the environment

Brainstorm – In a Just Society People Would:

  • follow the laws
  • less povertyJust Society
  • opinions are respected
  • clean up the environment
  • fairness
  • employment
  • inclusion
  • society
  • united
  • together
  • freedom

Justice is a term used to show or express fairness, equity, rightness or the equal distribution of resources. It is the ethical principle that persons who have similar circumstances and conditions should be treated alike.



The Angel of Collingwood

Margaret Oates (1909-1998) was born on a farm in the Yarra Valley. After the Second World War she moved to Collingwood then a poor, inner suburb of Melbourne. Here she raised her four children, which was a struggle, especially, after the death of her husband. Margaret was deeply concerned about the struggles of ordinary people. She related to those with no money to buy food, the homeless mother trying to find accommodation for her family or the lonely outsider longing for companionship. Her response to these human problems was to work tirelessly for others. She was a familiar figure walking the streets of Collingwood, spending countless hours, along with other members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, providing shelter, food, clothing as well as understanding for those in need. Many people were touched by Margaret’s life. In 1993 she received an Order of Australia, in part, because of the number of ordinary people who nominated her for the work she had done over 40 years.


1 “Margaret was an ordinary person who did extraordinary things.” Explain this statement:

Margret didn’t come from a wealthy family so she didn’t do what she did because she had a lot of money, she did it out of the kindness of her heart. She was an ordinary woman who helped people who were also ordinary.

2 Identify two “good” people that you either know personally or are aware of from other sources.

I have a family friend, Monica Busier.

3 Explain the reasons for your choice of these two people, emphasising the qualities of ‘goodness’ that they possess.

Monica = She has helped my family so much over the time she has been friends my Mum. when my mum was sick she came to help us, she helped clean, wash dishes, sort washing and vacuum for us while my parents were out. She is a nurse and she has saved 2 peoples lives when she wasn’t working. Monica once helped a woman whose child had been severely cut in a bath as well as their painter who fell from the ladder and had deep gashes and would have bleed to death if she weren’t there. Monica has helped so much and she is an extraordinary.


A Closer Look at Good and Evil

Using newspapers and magazines, students look for articles, pictures, cartoons or headlines which reflect the following two types of evil: physical evil that results from accidents or natural causes and moral evil that results from the freely chosen attitudes and actions of people (sin).

Physical Evil: http://www.smh.com.au/world/super-typhoon-haiyan-philippines-death-toll-fears-mount-as-armed-looters-appear-20131112-2xcu5.html

The typhoon, Haiyan, has majorly effected the Philippines and has killed approximately 10000. This typhoon is a physical evil because it was naturally caused and was not a morally evil decision.

Moral Evil: http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8751742

This article is a valid example moral evil. the bullies are morally wrong and need to be strongly talked to so they have a clear understanding of what they are doing. This is an example of moral evil because they chose to be mean and it wasn’t natural.


Reflection – Choles Law

After watching the video on sixty minutes I have come up with these rules for my self on Facebook: http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8751742

– don’t like posts that are mean or embarrassing

– don’t send hate

– don’t send messages about others that are mean that could be spread

– don’t post pictures without all the people in the photo saying yes to it

– don’t comment or like posts that are hurtful towards the person mentioned in the post


If I were to be bullied I would:

– talk to my school counsellor = Kylie_Andrew@stellamaris.nsw.edu.au

– talk to a kids help line= www.kidshelp.com.au

– talk to a life line = www.lifeline.org.au

– talk to my parents

– talk to my year coordinator = victoria_scullypower@stellamaris.nsw.edu.au


Caritas Inteview – Assignment


Vanessa = Janet Green, John Blue

Steph = Sifa, Danielle


Ness – Hello, I am John Blue reporting for Stella Maris news. Today we will speak to a young girl with a heart-breaking story as well as talk to a Caritas Representative. Sifa was in desperate need of help after her life turned to ruins. It was Caritas Australia who helped Sifa to turn her life around.


Ness – Danielle Jansen, a Caritas Australia Representative. Hi Danielle!

Steph – Hello John, thanks for having me.

Ness – oh no, thank you. So Danielle would you care to tell our viewers what Caritas actually is and what their vision is?

Steph – Well Caritas is a Latin word meaning love and compassion. As a catholic non-profit organisation we really strive to fulfil our motto; End poverty, promote justice, uphold dignity. Caritas was originally started in 1897 by a German man, Lorenz Worthmann. But it was only later in 1964 when Caritas Australia began. Caritas strives to empower people’s hearts with dignity and love. Everyone deserves to be loved and we help and care for the less fortunate. Caritas believes that everyone in the world should be equal and have an equal chance of have a happy life no matter where they were born.

Ness – What does Caritas do?

Steph – well we collect donations from people to give to the less fortunate. We provide education, fresh water and food. Caritas sets up projects in other countries around the world to support them and provide better facilities such as shelter, schools and vaccinations programs.

Ness – well that’s lovely, and where do you work?

Steph – I work for Caritas Australia so we focus on areas such as Africa, the pacific, Asia, Latin America and Indigenous Australia.

Ness – Why, that’s such a wide range! And if any of our viewers want to donate where could they do that?

Steph – They could visit our website, Caritas.org.au and follow the links. It is always great to donate because we love to help children in need.

Ness – Children are our future

Steph – yes they are the ones who will be running the world someday so Caritas really strives to help them and hope to give them a future.

Ness – well thank you so much Danielle for joining us, hope to hear from you soon

Steph – thank you for having me

Ness – and if you missed any of that information, go to our website and all the information will be there. Now we are joined by Janet who is currently in the Democratic republic of Congo


Ness – hi john, yes I’m here to speak to our special guest Sifa. Sifa has had a very troubling childhood and she’s here today to tell us about it. So Sifa could you please tell us what happened

Steph – well I was only 14 when I was taken by some men who I later learnt were the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda. I was taken to some place in the forest and beaten mostly on my legs, arms and face. I became pregnant after a while and so five months into the pregnancy I ran tried to run away, but because I was held in the forest it took me three days to find other people to help me.

Ness – And what happened when you got back?

Steph – well I didn’t feel safe anymore because it was people from the law who took me. So I lived with my uncle and aunt for a while with my son Pascal. But my Uncles house was broken into and my aunt and I were… raped by the men who broke in. The men gave me HIV and a daughter. The Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda still threatens me and has burnt my house down. I now live in a different village with my children, Pascal and Pascaline.

Ness – So how did Caritas help you through all this?

Steph – Caritas helped me by treating my HIV and supported me with counselling. They have really helped me through this and my children and I feel safer.

Ness – Thank-you for sharing your story with us.



Caritas is a Latin word for love and compassion

Caritas is a non-profit organisation that supports families in third world countries. It collects donations from people to give to the less fortunate. The provide education, fresh water and food. Caritas sets up projects in other countries around the world to support them and provide better facilities such as shelter, schools and vaccinations. In 1964, Caritas began in Australia, and they are a catholic organisation. Caritas helps communities in Africa, The Pacific, The Middle East, Asia, East Timor, Latin America and Indigenous Australians. The international symbol of Caritas is  flaming cross. In 1897, Lorenz Worthmann founded the first Caritas in Germany. Its initial purpose was to distribute funds the catholic church had received for overseas relief from the United Nation’s ‘Freedom from Hunger’ campaign.