Chaplain’s Notes

First Communion

Congratulations to Lucas, Rick, Ethan, Bailey, Charlie, Alexander and Phoenix who received the Eucharist for the first time last Sunday. Students gathered around the altar during the Eucharistic prayer to give them a more intimate experience of the Consecration. After exchanging the sign of peace with Monsignor Diamond, they returned to their seats to greet their parents. Their parents then accompanied the communicants to the table of the Lord. It was an exciting culmination of much preparation by our young people.

End of year Eucharist

Students from Years 10 and 11 and Years 4 — 9 have celebrated the end of their academic year with Mass followed by academic awards. Both Eucharist gatherings were a pertinent reminder of the great season of Advent that we have just entered.

Year 9 Transition

In the past two days, Year 9 students met in the Kinnoull Chapel as part of their Year 9 Transition Program. Students had the opportunity for meditation, led by Deputy Principal, Ms Lisa Harkin. In the reflection they looked at the footprint they have made and what mark they might make in the future. Their move to Kinnoull campus in 2018 offers them a fresh start and the students were invited to consider what goals they might set; who are their heroes, and what their future footprint might be over the next three years on the senior campus.

Diary Note – for New Families 2018

If you are planning for your son to prepare for the Sacraments of First Penance, Communion or Confirmation through De La Salle during 2018, please ensure you return the enrolment form that has been included in your Communication Pack. Should you have any special enquiries please feel free to email: or you may call on my direct line (03) 9508 2161 during office hours.

Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday 12 August, 2018. Reconciliation preparation will commence in Term 1, 2018, whilst First Communion will be celebrated in Term 4, 2018.

A Blessed Christmas to All

I take this opportunity to wish all our families a blessed and joyous celebration of the Lord’s coming into our lives.

The following prayer, shared during your family preparation, might help to keep a focus on what is truly important at this time.

In this season of rushing and bustle
Help us to focus our hearts on you, O Lord.
Quieten us so that we can be aware
of our waiting and longing for you.

Open our hearts to your words
And make us attentive to your actions
in our lives day by day.

Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

St John Baptist de La Salle pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

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