Dear Marist Community,
Marist College Bendigo’s Sacramental Program
This week our Marist families participating in our sacramental program attended a Mass at one of our local parishes around Bendigo. I had the pleasure of attending Mass with Ruby Clarke-Hong, her sisters and her mum Jess, along with Xavier and Jack Mozzone and their mum Katrina at Sacred Heart Cathedral. It was a lovely Mass with the beautiful Cathedral choir, including our very own Ruby Skinner and Kiarrah Portelli.
At the commencement of Mass Fr Brian Boyle warmly welcomed our Marist families in his homily, he highlighted 'National Vocations Awareness Week, which is an annual week-long celebration dedicated to promoting vocations. Father Brian then shared with us his vocational journey which began back in 1977 when he was ordained as a Priest. It was a wonderful story that included observations of a changing church over his years of service. This week Father Brian Boyle celebrated his 45th year as a Priest; which was warmly acknowledged by the congregation. At the end of Mass, our young Marists handed out their prayer cards to the parishioners to support them through prayer as they prepared for the sacrament of reconciliation, First Eucharist and confirmation. Here is a lovely picture of the families on a beautiful Sunday morning in Bendigo. I want to thank our inspirational Marist Faith and Ministry Team led by Mrs Rebecca Morrissey and the leaders of our sacramental program Ms Nicole Klicki and Mr Jeremy Darmody for their support of all our candidates and their families at this special time. I would also like to wish all our candidates all the very best as they prepare for these important rites as warm signs of God's Grace to all those who receive them. Please know you are in our community's thoughts and prayers at this special time.
Student Assembly – celebrating the power of one.
This week’s assembly theme was how one person can make a difference. College Captains Samara Fisher and Nick Gardner-Trott and I celebrated the wonderful Australian icon, Archie Roach. Samara's reflection celebrated how one man, against the odds, made a difference to Australia's understanding of the stolen generation. Nick then narrated the "Star Fish Story". An old man played convincingly by Mr Jeremy Darmody with his white hair and walking stick, questions the wise young girl's (acted beautifully by our Year 4 student Amelia McLean) actions of throwing star fish back into the sea. We used this story to invite everyone present to understand their power to make a difference, by small simple actions. It would be interesting to speak with your son or daughter about this presentation and share moments where we have either been witness to these moments or even better acknowledge when you have seen your child make a positive difference by their choices and action.
We then had a wonderful presentation from Jemima Kreutzer a Year 11 student who embodied the young girl in our starfish story, by her commitment to championing the cause of environmental action. Jemima challenged and invited our students to join her on the Greater Bendigo climate collaboration group. She confidently shared revision and plans for action and invited our Marist students to join her. She passionately shared a vision where our school community would be involved in the protection and regeneration of our environment, as well as managing our school’s food usage and waste, and developing our understanding of the importance of biodiversity in our environment.
Congratulations Jemima on your leadership and invitation to us all. You are a wonderful example of how one person can make a difference.
I strongly encourage all students to consider Jemima’s passionate invitation to join her on the Collaboration Team in this important work.
Year 8 students commence subject selection discernment.
This week Year 8 students joined all Champagnat students in considering their pathways by commencing their subject selections for 2023. On Monday morning all Year 8 students and their families were emailed information about this important process. Over the next two weeks our Year eight students will be able to talk to Educators about their interests, passions and strengths to help them discern their subject selection for Year 9. Our Year 8 students entering Year 9 in 2023 subject selection forms are due on 2 September. Your child's 1:14 Educator is an important support to families at this time. Please make contact with them for any questions you may have.
Our Champagnat students and their families are also being supported by their 1:14s through learning circles being held yesterday and on Monday. These learning circles are where students’ final selections are discussed and entered into our system. I would like to thank our families and 1:14 educators for these important collaborations at this exciting time for our students.
Mary of the Cross Feast Day
This week our staff started the week by acknowledging the wonderful work of Australia’s first Saint in Mary MacKillop. The 8th of August every year is St Mary MacKillop’s Feast Day. Our Catholic Church assigns one date out of the year for each and every canonized Saint, which is then known as the Saint’s feast day. A Saint's feast day usually marks the day of their actual death. On Monday our morning prayer honoured the revered Saint Mary of the Cross, an educator and social reformer, whose influence in our country has spread far and wide.
In 1866, Mary MacKillop founded Australia’s first order of nuns, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, and also established St. Joseph’s School in a converted stable in Penola, providing free education to children from the area. Just like Marcellin, Mary sought to educate and care for the poor and marginalised in society. Both charisms with a wonderful understanding of the importance of the “Presence” of significant adults in young people’s lives and making Jesus known and loved in their worlds.
We used one of her famous quotes as a source of inspiration for our work as Educators at Marist each day this week… and every day every week.
You may like to join us in the prayer we used to celebrate St Mary MacKillop Feast Day on Monday. It recognises the people on the margins of our society that Mary MacKillop and the Josephites served and continue to serve.
God of the Dreaming, you show yourself to us in dreamers, seers, and prophets.
We thank you for all those who, like Mary MacKillop, have helped us to see the possibilities for our country and its people.
As we struggle to realise our dreams for a just, compassionate world, may we be witness to our world for the true meaning of fair play and care for the oppressed.
We pray that we will cherish particularly, the gifts of the indigenous peoples of our lands, and those new to our shores.
Teach us that, in the richness and strength of our diversity, lie our possibilities for becoming one.
St Mary Mackillop… pray for us
St Marcellin Champagnat … pray for us
Mary our Good Mother… pray for us
Let us always remember to … pray for one another
Take care, stay safe