On Monday the Confirmation candidates spent the day on a Retreat outing where they had the opportunity to learn more about the wider church and the many different ways that people serve God. Commencing with a visit to St Francis (the oldest church in Victoria) they attended the Sacrament of Reconciliation and then lit candles in the Lady Chapel for those they love.
From there the group went to visit the Sisters of Charity (Mother Therese Sisters) who have a refuge for women and children in crises and also a special centre where they feed people who are homeless. Sister Cherubina shared the story of how she heard God’s call to serve Him. Each of the boys received a medal of Blessed Mother Therese (who will be canonised as a Saint on 4 September) and an Immaculate Medal. Both of these had been blessed on the tomb of Mother Therese of Calcutta.
St Patrick’s Cathedral was an adventure where the students, through means of a quiz booklet, learnt about the detail in the Cathedral and the history of the Melbourne church. After lunch it was on to Kew to visit the Carmelite Sisters, a Monastic Order. Our young men were impressed with the joy and happiness of these women, whose vocation is primarily to prayer, but also work. They were also grateful for the hospitality of lemonade and biscuits!Our last stop for the day was St Anthony’s Shrine in Hawthorn. This church was built by the Italian migrants who came to Australia after WW11. With a very European feel, it displays many Saints in paintings, stained glass windows and statues. Father Robert gave each of the students a prayer card for St Anthony and shared the stories of St Francis and St Anthony and his own role as a Capuchin Friar.
Meet The Bishop
Students will meet with Bishop Elliott on Thursday 25 August in preparation for their Confirmation on Sunday 28 August 2016, 11:00 a.m. Mass at St Anthony’s Parish Glen Huntly.
Please keep these students in your prayers as they strive to grow closer to the Lord.
Mrs Joan Ferguson