Chaplain’s Notes

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday 10 September, 11:00am during Mass at St Anthony’s Parish, Glen Huntly. In preparation for this day, there will be a Retreat Day on Wednesday 16 August. Monday 4 September there will be a Family Mass and presentation of Confirmation Medals. Please ensure these important dates are in your diary. Students will also travel to St Anthony’s on Thursday 7 September, to meet Bishop Elliott prior to the big event. Please keep these students in your prayers as they strive to grow closer to the Lord.

Two Important Feasts

We are approaching two important feasts in the Church year. First, The Feast of Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first canonized saint, on Tuesday 8 August.

Monday 15 August is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, body and soul into heaven. This feast remains a Holy Day of Obligation, that is, a day when Catholics are expected to attend Mass. There will be a whole school Mass at the College on Monday 15 August.

Some Food For Thought

A brother said to an old man: “There are two brothers. One of them stays in his monastic room, quietly fasting for six days at a time, and imposing on himself a good deal of discipline, and the other serves the sick. Which one of them is more acceptable to God?”

The old man replied, “Even if the brother who fasts six days were to hang himself by the nose, he could not equal the one who serves the sick.”

During these cold months of winter, these words may challenge us to ask ‘who are the sick in our community that need our help?’. They are the old woman across the street too weak to cook her own dinner.

Who? The child with no family at home to take care of her after school.

Who? The mother whose son is in jail for murder.

Who? The cold who live on the streets during the winter.

Who? The poor women in jail who have no money to get a lawyer.

Who? The ill. The abandoned. The lonely. The destitute. Anyone who needs us over and over again because there is no one else there to care for them. That, the old man says, is holiness. It is that holiness that ought to be the fruit of all our religious practices. And it cannot be substituted for by “playing holy” for all to see while living only for ourselves.

This week a letter has been sent home asking that the school community focus on bringing basic food items and toiletries to school as part of the Social Justice program. This is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to contribute to the wellbeing of those who live in poverty.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

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