Chaplain’s Notes

Welcome to 2017

The academic year has started well, especially for our cohort of new Lasallians. All Year 7 classes and primary students have visited the Chapel. New students in Year 4 and Year 7 spent some time exploring the Eucharist as a celebration that brings us all closer together. The Eucharist is the high point of our faith celebrations and our new students have all had the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the Mass, as a path that leads us to greater friendship with God and with each other.

Year 4 and some Year 7s were fortunate to also celebrate Eucharist together in the Chapel with Father Martin Tanti, who explained the important elements of the Mass. We hope to now enjoy our large community welcome to all new students at the Cathedral.


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: (03) 9508 2161. You may also email me at or alternatively, return the form included in the 2017 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 26 February. Pancakes will be served after Mass to mark the beginning of Lent. All welcome.

  • The Sacrament of Penance or First Reconciliation will be held in the College Chapel at a date to be confirmed. Preparation for this will commence during Term 1.
  • Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday 10 September, 2017 at 11.00am. Mass at St Anthony’s Parish, Glen Huntly. Classes will commence Term 2.
  • First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 19 November, 2017.


Ash Wednesday occurs next week on 1 March. We mark the beginning of this journey by an outward symbol when each student’s head is signed with Ashes in a Mentor Group Liturgy. Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance and humility.

Lent is not just a “Catholic” time. It is a concept that is practiced 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 am here for you

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

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

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