“… the (person) who lives by the truth
comes into the light,
so that it may be plainly seen that what (they do)
is done in God.” (Mark 3:21)
The fourth Sunday of Lent is known as “Laetare” meaning rejoice. We have reached the half-way mark of Lent, and as a Church we anticipate the coming of the joy of Easter. This day is also referred to as Rose Sunday because of the colour of the vestments worn by the priest. (Halfway between purple and gold). In medieval times the discipline of Lent was relaxed, and on this day in England servant girls were allowed to visit their mothers. It was the origin of Mother’s Day. In the readings this Sunday, The Church shows herself a true mother, as we are full of encouragement. God always will come into our lives in the most unexpected ways. Living the Gospel values helps God enter our lives and let us not grumble but rather listen to the stories of God’s continued love for his people.
As we reach the half-way mark of our collection for Caritas Australia, our goal of providing a High School education for over 700 students is becoming more of a reality. I would implore each family to give graciously to our cause and help send a student to High school. Week four brings us closer to home with a connection to our indigenous community; we learn about Evangeline, who was featured in Project Compassion in 2016. She was employed by Caritas Australia and quickly rose to the role of senior art worker at the Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation. Read about Evangeline’s great work in supporting her community. The link is here.
During the first six weeks, I hope the students are engaged in their learning, especially as we approach assessment time. The College has provided significant resources in the art of study through the Elevate Study programs. Each year group have had the experience of the Elevate Study Skills unit. These targeted workshops provide each year group with strategies to assist them in their study program. With many of the assignments for all students due over the next fortnight, I would encourage parents to go to their son’s Canvas page, under Pastoral Care, and find the study program appropriate for their sons’ year group. This resource is for all students and parents to use for the continued learning success of our sons.
This week, St Dominic’s College welcomed students and teachers from Seibudai Niiza, our host school when students visited Japan in September, 2017. The boys and girls from the school were treated to morning tea prepared by our Year 12 Hospitality students, a skill session in Australian Football and an Indigenous art class. Having these connections to other cultures provides a wonderful and rich educational experience. Along with our continued visit to Japan, the College is also planning to provide further experiences to other parts of the world for both cultural and Outreach experiences.
A polite reminder to all prospective families that the 2019 Year 7 enrolments are due by Thursday March 22. Please avoid the disappointment and have your application in on time.
Please keep Fr O’Mara, a former student of St Dominic’s College in your prayers. His funeral will be held on Tuesday 13th March at Corpus Christi Parish Church. St Dominic’s College will have representatives present at the funeral. Also, keep in your prayers Mrs Gail Vella (Librarian Assistant) and her family after the sudden passing of her brother.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Let Your Light Shine
Mr M Ronchetti