Chaplain’s Notes

A warm welcome back to a new academic year and especially to those who have joined us for the first time. We will all be working hard to ensure that your sons feel comfortable and secure as they begin a new period in their lives.

If I can be of assistance to families in any way, you are welcome to contact me at the College. There are times in all our families where we need an extra prayer or some personal support, so please know I am available to you.

Sacraments

The College supports students seeking Sacrament preparation. If your Parish offers preparation I would encourage you to use these opportunities as your first option. If you do wish to tap into the College program, and have not already contacted me, please do so without delay on my direct line: 9508 2161. You may also email me at jferguson@delasalle.vic.edu.au or alternatively, return the form included in the 2015 new student package.

At the start of each year a “Commissioning” ceremony is held in which all students, parents and teachers of candidates for the Sacraments during the current year commit to the program and receive a blessing. This will take place at St Anthony’s Parish, Cnr Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly on Sunday 28 February.

The Sacrament of Penance or First Reconciliation will be held in the College Chapel at a date to be confirmed. Preparation for will commence during Term 1.

Confirmationwill be celebrated on Sunday, 28 August 2016, 11:00am. Mass at St Anthony’s Parish Glen Huntly. Classes will commence Term 2.

First Communion will be celebrated later in the year (date to be advised)

Lent – Ash Wednesday

We have a very early start to Lent this year. Ash Wednesday occurs next week on 10 February. We mark the beginning of this journey by an outward symbol when each student’s head is signed with Ashes in a Homeroom Liturgy – Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance and humility.

Lent is not just a “Catholic” time. It is a concept that is practised by many religions and also non-religious groups. It has its foundation in the wisdom of ancient Jewish tradition. There is something universal that goes beyond all dogma, which embraces our collective need to be reflective and transformative as persons on this earth.

In essence Lent is saying – take time out to think about your life

  • Practice self-discipline.
  • Think about the needs of others.
  • Take action to serve.

Each of these concepts are universal and go to the core of our humanity.

The real goal of Lent is conversion. The aspiration of every Christian is to leave Lent a stronger and more vital person of faith than when we entered.

I wish all our families every blessing as you progress through the new academic year.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

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