Chaplain’s Notes

As we launch into the new academic year, all of our new students in Year 7 and Year 4 will celebrate a class Eucharist in the Chapel.

This will provide an introduction to the liturgical life of the College and prepare them for the Welcome Mass to be celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Wednesday 21 February. The Eucharist is the high point of our faith celebrations and our new students will all have 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 12 Retreat

I have just returned from three uplifting days reflecting with our Year 12 cohort. Our young men are so inspiring and give me such great hope for the future. The Retreat at Rawson Village concluded with a Eucharist celebrated under the beautiful trees. A fitting conclusion to the time spent delving into our life stories, relationships and faith.

Sacraments

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: 9508 2161. You may also email me at jferguson@delasalle.vic.edu.au or alternatively, return the form included in the 2018 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 25 February, but this date is to be confirmed at present.

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.

Lent – Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is early this year and occurs next week on Wednesday 14 February. We mark the beginning of this journey with an outward symbol when each student’s forehead is signed with Ashes in a Homeroom Liturgy – Ashes are an ancient symbol of repentance and humility.

Lent is not just a “Catholic” time. It is a concept that is practised 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 is universal and goes 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 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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