Chaplain’s Notes

First Communion

Students are currently preparing to receive the Eucharist for the first time. First Communion will take place at St Anthony’s, Glen Huntly on Sunday 19 November at 11:00am.

A family Mass will also be celebrated prior to the First Communion. This will be on Monday 13 November at 7:00pm in St Anthony’s Church. Parents are asked to bring a plate for a shared supper after the Mass. Students will be presented with their First Communion Medals and advised about seating.

All Saints and All Souls

Last week we celebrated two important feasts in the Church Year, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

On Wednesday 1 November we remembered those people we believe to be in the heavenly kingdom. Those who have inspired us by the manner in which they lived their lives.

Thursday 2 November we marked All Souls Day. We recall and pray for those we love who have died. Saints are the heroes in our community who know how to sacrifice themselves for the good of others.

A Fire in their Hearts

Heroes are people who do ordinary things—
care for the poor, speak the truth, reject evil, love God—
to an extraordinary degree.
These men and women are so possessed
by an internal vision of divine goodness
that they give us a glimpse of the face of God
in the center of the human.
They give us a taste of the possibilities of the greatness
in ourselves.

Throughout history these heroes—
lay and religious, male and female, Christian and non-Christian—
have stretched the very soul of humanity.

These are figures
gleaming in their holy causes
who have lived in circumstances similar to ours
and have shown us how to live
with character, with courage, with passion
for the right, the true, the holy.

They hold a fire in their hearts
bright enough to light the way for many.
They stand on gilded stilts
above the rest of their generation
and become a sign for all generations.
They are proof of possibility from ages past
and a symbol of hope
for ages yet to come.

Their lives provoke and prod
a critical measure of our own
until it becomes clear that sanctity
is simply a matter of living for the reign of God
with conscience, with voice, and with authenticity
now.

—from A Fire in Their Hearts: 2016 Joan Chittister Calendar

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

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