What are you giving up for Lent?
Actor Mark Wahlberg raised eyebrows last Wednesday by appearing on the 'Today' television program in the US with ashes marked on his forehead.
Wahlberg is a devout Catholic. His rather intense daily exercise and prayer regime has been written about in previous years and it is genuinely something else. He speaks openly of having a lived Catholic faith, and does so in a really inclusive and genuine way. He said, “You know, it’s not popular in my industry, but I cannot deny my faith. It’s important for me to share that with people. But I have friends from all walks of life and all different types of faiths and religions, so it’s important to respect and honour them as well."
So, Mark Wahlberg was able to talk about giving up comforts, and fasting and doing some 'old school' Lenten things.
Even if you are not from the Catholic tradition or you are but have not observed Lent for a long time, can I suggest that you engage in a way that encourages your child to think about their contribution to their home, their family, their community or their own well-being. So, rather than doing what we pretty much always did and give up chocolates or similar, challenge them to give up untidiness or arguing with a sibling. Lent can be a time for personal renewal as much as spiritual renewal, and an effort to be 1% better tomorrow then today can only help our community.
You may have seen on our social media posts that two of our College leaders, Jezziah Berry (College Captain) and Elise Scrivens (Formation Captain) attended Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney in Week 4. The event was JJAMM (Julian, Joseph and Mary MacKillop) - a leadership formation program run by the Sisters of St Joseph for secondary schools in the Josephite tradition. These students have returned to the College brimming with enthusiasm, ideas and passion for spreading the unique message of the Sisters of St Joseph. The year 12 students will have a number of ideas to bring the spirit and action of St Mary MacKillop to the College and I am really excited about that.
This trip to Sydney will be offered to two College leaders every year from now on, and if the impact comes close to the confidence and witness portrayed by Jezziah and Elise they will be very fruitful.
As we commence another year, the College is looking for parent volunteers over a variety of events and projects. If you are interested in assisting throughout the College, please complete this form. You will need to complete the TCSO Volunteers and Visiting Service Providers induction using this link. Alternatively you can visit the College to pick up this documentation.
Please let me finish the newsletter by thanking parents for their forbearance as our building program continues in the Junior College. Please remember to follow the traffic guidance on the College website.
I hope you have a lovely weekend. Huge thanks for your ongoing support.
Mr Chris Gabbett