Chaplain’s Notes

First communion

On Sunday 28 October our young students preparing for their First Communion gathered at St Anthony’s Glen Huntly with their parents for a Retreat Day in preparation for the celebration on Sunday 18 November. The day brought them together in reflection, shared activities and prayer. Please keep these young people in your prayers as they move toward this sacred moment in their lives.

Twin Feasts Of All Saints And All Souls

This week the church sets aside time for the celebration of two significant feasts. 1 November each year is dedicated to those men and women whom the church holds up to the faithful as having lived a life worthy of recognition and acknowledges their sainthood. The celebration is a reminder to each of us to live our lives with a keen awareness that our own journey is directed ultimately to being saints in the Kingdom of God.

2 November is dedicated to All Souls. It is a time for us to remember and pray for those who have died. In the Catholic Church, there is a long tradition of continuing our prayers and remembrance of the dead throughout the month of November. Students will be invited to share their prayer for those they wish to remember.

Year 8 Students Explore Jesus The Jew

Recently the Year 8 students visited the Jewish Museum. The boys were intrigued to learn about the teachings, the scrolls, the practice and timeline of the Jewish community that also connected them to the world in which Jesus lived out his mission and purpose. They were able to visit a beautiful synagogue and be exposed to the way in which Jesus would also have prayed during his time on earth, by partaking in an example of a seda meal.

Our Year 12 Students Commence Exams

As exams commence this week, we remember them in prayer. Parents might like to share the following prayer with their sons.

Loving God
be with me now,
as I approach my exams.
Thank you for the many talents and gifts you have
given me and for the opportunity of education.
Calm my nerves and anxiety, help me
to remember all that I have studied,
to express it clearly and to answer the questions
the very best that I can.
Holy Spirit, sit with me in my exam
— and always.
St John Baptist de La Salle
Pray for us.

Mrs Joan Ferguson
College Chaplain

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