The Kingdom of God is like …
Last Sunday we celebrated the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Bread and wine was the source of life for many people during the time of Christ as they nourished their bodies but not necessarily their spirit. This source of life changed to become the body and blood of Christ making Him a real presence within our community. We share in this meaning every time we celebrate the Eucharist at Mass as the body and blood of Christ nourishes our journey so that we can confirm his presence.
“… as they were eating he took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to them. ‘Take it,’ he said ‘this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them, and all drank from it, and he said to them, ‘This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many. I tell you solemnly, I shall not drink any more wine until the day I drink the new wine in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14: 22-25)
Christ came to be our drink and food because He knew we were hungry and thirsty for compassion, justice and the truth. The Passover bread also reminds us of the close relationship Christians have with Jesus Christ, resulting in a new way of life. The bread we eat at Passover demonstrates our commitment to live in Christ and allow Him to live in us. The Passover bread reminds us that Jesus Christ, the true “bread of life,” must also live in us, making it possible for us to walk in newness of life, living just as He lived. When we partake of the wine, we acknowledge the covenant relationship ratified by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are in effect saying we will allow God’s Spirit to work in our hearts and minds, meaning that we will keep God’s laws out of a deeply thankful attitude for His forgiveness of our sins. Without the gift of the Holy Spirit, we cannot muster up the spiritual strength to obey His laws.
Pope Francis has approved the Australian Bishops’ decision to hold a Plenary Council in Australia in 2020 and 2021. It is a significant moment for the Church in Australia to make decisions about the future. To prepare the Agenda for this Council, you are invited to reflect on the question: “What do you think God is asking us in Australia at this time?” Visit the new website: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au and have your say about the future of our Church.
The 2019 Y7 Letters of Offer will be distributed later this week. Once again, we are thrilled with the 2019 cohort and what they will bring to the College.
The Night Garden Art Exhibition once again highlighted the great creative talent that our wonderful students exhibit through their art. The students from Y7 displayed their “Remembrance” figures while the Y8 students unit on “Utopia/Dystopia” provided us with a great insight into light and digital media.
Special thanks to Mr Lewis, Mrs Knowles and Mrs Kennett for their ongoing support in promoting the creative side of our students. Thank you also to all the parents and their families who supported the exhibition.
The College is proud of all its students especially when they move on and exhibit their talents, nurtured by the College, for the wider community. Nathan Clearly was an outstanding ambassador of the College while he was a member and it is rewarding to know that he has maintained his connection to education from St Dominic’s We wish Nathan every success in his representation of NSW as he plays his first origin game. How wonderful it is to see a young man use his God given talents to the best of his ability. Dominus Lux Mea, Nathan.
St Dominic’s College has continually supported our local primary Catholic Schools and this tradition continued recently when Ky Bruest, Jai Nordsvan, James Rowan, Patrick Rowan, Kye Raven, Reyce Attard, Alex Carpenter, Joshua Camilleri and Anthony Farrell supported Mary Mackillop Primary School at their recent School Fete. Thank you to all our fine young men who support the primary schools and ensure that we continue to have a healthy relationship with our brothers and sisters in Catholic education.
Please keep in your prayers
Miss Day and myself visited Mr Toni Thompson in hospital last week and it was so pleasing to see his miraculous recovery from his illness. After a very bleak two weeks, to see him walking and talking about the experience is so heart-warming. Please continue to pray for his full recovery as this may take months.
Let Your Light Shine
Mr M. Ronchetti