2019 INAUGURAL MASS
On Thursday 21 February the College was honoured to welcome Bishop Ken Howell to celebrate the Inaugural Mass for 2019. We joined as a community to commission our student leaders and welcome our Year 5’s.
Special thanks to Mr Paul Mitchell and Mr Phil Tonkin for the mammoth effort of cooking many hundred pancakes for the St Vincent de Paul Shrove Tuesday stall. Well done all. Money raised from these sales will go toward our Lenten Fundraising.
LENTEN FUNDRAISING DAY
This coming Friday 8 MARCH is the annual Lenten fundraising day. Students and staff are encouraged to bring some money in and support the fundraising efforts of the College community. Available on the day will be food and game stalls. It is a free dress day for the College. This initiative of the Mission Captains is a huge undertaking and we are grateful to all who assist in this venture.
FLOOD APPEAL BBQ
In a litany of gratitude, we wish to thank and acknowledge all who supported the Flood appeal BBQ held last week. Staff, students and families who assisted will make a real change to families impacted by the floods in North Queensland.
Particular mention needs to be made of the following donors.
Melrose Meats – sausages
Homestyle Bakeries – bread
Town & Country Market – Sliced onion
Boarder’s Kitchen – tomato/bbq sauce/napkins
MARIST SOLIDARITY IMMERSIONS – Year 11 only
Application forms for students in Year 11 who wish to be considered for participation in a Marist solidarity immersion experience in 2019 are now available through the Mission Office. Students are required to come and sign in and collect a form.
Solidarity immersions involve visiting and living as part of a Marist Community in Central Australia or in the Asia Pacific Region. The groups are generally made up of two staff and six students for each visit. It is not a trip or a tour, but a faith-based experience designed to widen our understanding and view of the world.
Monday, March 4 Student-Free Day for Marist Staff
Ryan Gato, Assistant Director of Marist Mission and Life, worked with College staff, teachers and school officers this week on a program called Holy Today! The program immersed staff in Thomas Merton’s advice on passing on the faith to young people – teach them to pay attention; teach them openness; teach them to be artists.
Arising from Pope Francis’ latest encyclical Rejoice and Be Glad, the program encouraged us to take seriously the Christian call to discipleship through thinking about what it means to be “holy” in today’s world. As we staff were reminded by Francis, “The Lord ….. offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.”
In the second session led by Marist colleagues, we were introduced to and had a chance to practise three styles of contemplation, something which was well received by an active and busy group of professionals. The challenge always is to take these learnings and experiences back into our lives.
Before the lunch break, we had Eucharist around the theme of Gathered, Blessed, Broken, Shared, a reminder to us all of the call we have as a Christian community to “live eucharistically” in all we do.
Our thanks to the staff of Marist Schools Australia for developing the program which assists us to accrue Professional Development hours for accreditation to teach in a Catholic School, and to our staff for their commitment to the program.
MISSION AND MINISTRY NEWS
VINNIES DONATIONS BIN
The College has a Vinnies donation bin located in the Services area behind Boarding. All members of the College community are welcome to use this service.