Deputy Principals’ Column
Faith and Mission
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads that celebrated last Sunday. We give thanks for all fathers and grandfathers. Often we describe them as mentors and role models in our lives and we remember them for their love, guidance, support and for the blessings they are. Or perhaps it is a father‐figure that we are most thankful for who has played a fatherly role in our lives. Whatever the relationship, we offer a prayer of gratitude.
God our Father, through the intercession of St Joseph, foster father of your Son Jesus Christ, we pray that you watch over all fathers, grandfathers and father figures. May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.
Congratulations to Year 12 Student Joshua Paul
I am pleased to announce that Joshua Paul, a Year 12 student in St Edwin’s House and one of the College Vice‐Captains, has been offered a position as a Lasallian Volunteer in 2019.
Joshua will take up the position at La Salle College Middle Swan, Perth working with the Indigenous boarders. It is a 12‐month volunteer position and Joshua leaves for Perth on January 11, 2019. This is a great achievement as clearly the Lasallian spirit to want to be of service to others has moved and inspired Joshua throughout his years at De La Salle College. Congratulations Joshua!
St Mark’s House Footy Jumper Day on Wednesday 29 August has managed to raise $1484.25 and counting! The funds raised will be donated to the St Mark’s House charity Opening the Doors Foundation to provide educational resources and opportunities for disadvantaged Indigenous students. Footy Jumper Day saw staff and students proudly wearing their football colours, and featured the presence of the AFL Cup — an exciting moment for many students.
On Friday August 24 St Mark’s House hosted Aboriginal musician and World Vision goodwill Ambassador, Scott Darlow. Scott played and spoke to a full Performing Arts Centre audience, including St Mark’s House students from Years 7, 8 and 12, Primary and College Leaders. Opening The Doors Foundation Trustee, Emeritus Professor Gabrielle McMullen from Australian Catholic University also spoke on behalf of the Foundation.
All of this work reflects who we are as Lasallians, further anchoring us in our Core Principle of Social Justice and deepening our service and commitment to the local community. Not just by raising money, but through advocacy, participation and awareness‐raising. Congratulations to House Coordinator Mr Paul Harrup for his work behind the scenes of these events, the St Mark’s House Student Leaders and all the St Mark’s House staff.
Summary: Social Justice Statement 2018–2019
A place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2018–19 is titled A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone in our land. It confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia.
The latest Census figures show that more than 116,000 Australians are homeless – something unacceptable for a rich and well‐resourced nation like ours. Yet these people are only the tip of the iceberg: welfare agencies report growing numbers of families and individuals struggling to meet the cost of mortgages or rents and turning to specialist housing services, which are often unable to meet demand.
The Scriptural basis of the Statement is Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–35), about an outsider who does something that rich and influential men refuse to do: he stops to help a man in desperate need, takes him to safety and pays for his care. The Statement also draws on the example of Pope Francis, who has reached out to men and women on the streets of Rome and reminded us forcefully of the rights of people experiencing homelessness around the world.
The Bishops consider the extent of our housing crisis and Australia’s falling rates of home ownership. They focus especially on those in our society who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity and homelessness. We are reminded that safe and secure housing is a human right, asserted both by the Church’s social teaching and by the Declaration of Human Rights.
Homelessness is a challenge for all levels of society: for government, for Church and community, and for us as individuals. Each one of us can make a difference and, when we join with others, we can be a real force for change that ensures everyone has a place to call home.
There is a real need each winter season to support as many struggling families and individuals that go without. As Lasallian’s, we are called to do the work of Jesus Christ and in the words of our founder St. John Baptist de La Salle, “make Christ known to others.”
The donations will support one of the three following organisations;
- Primary – St Joseph’s Outreach Centre, South Yarra.
- 7 to 9 – Sacred Heart Mission, St Kilda.
- 10 to 12 – Malvern Emergency Food Program.
Thank you and a reminder to all families to please continue sending in donations of non‐perishable food items and toiletries.
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission