My words will not pass away
We live in a world of rapid change. Many of the places of our childhood have gone or been altered significantly. Customs, attitudes and pastimes are different now. All of this remind us of the transitory nature of life. Only the word of God stands forever. May we place our trust in the Kingdom of God and not in the passing Kingdoms we create.
If we want or need ‘new life’ we must first let go of the old ways, let go of history and look to God to heal and reveal the ‘new’. There will always be the poor, there will always be the sick, there will always be those persecuted. These are the people that Jesus came to save. We need to find the ‘new’ so we can continue saving the work of Jesus. Do not fear, just hope, as there is hope after destruction.
This weekend we come to the end of the liturgical year and move into the Advent season. This season is a time of expectation, where we pray and wait for the birth of our saviour. It is a time for preparation for both family, community and the individual. As we approach this season of advent, let us be watchful and pray constantly as God reveals himself to us frequently but we need to be awake to these opportunities.
On Sunday 18th November, 2018 the Pope’s message for the second World Day of the Poor, called for a new evangelisation that prompts Catholics “to make tangible the Church’s response to the cry of the poor”. The theme of the day ‘This poor man cried and the Lord heard him’ (Psalm 34:7) calls us to love and share with the poorest amongst us. In our communities, we are invited to offer friendship, solidarity and welcome to the poorest of sisters and brothers. Pope Francis explains poverty “is not brought on by itself, but is caused by selfishness, pride, greed and injustice… Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society.’ You can read the full extract of Pope’s Francis speech at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/poveri/documents/papa-francesco_20180613_messaggio-ii-giornatamondiale-poveri-2018.html
St Dominic’s College hosted two EREA events last week. On the Tuesday 13th November, we welcomed the EREA Principals and on Wednesday 14th November we celebrated with the EREA Identity leaders. Both meetings provides St Dominic’s with a connection to our brothers and sisters in other EREA schools. The sharing of information provides great richness to what we do here at the College. The wealth of knowledge within both groups ensures that we remain faithful to the EREA charter, the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and the traditions of the Christian Brothers.
The Y10 students have finalised their assessments for 2018. At the commissioning mass last Friday, we thanked and wished all our Y10 leavers every success in their future endeavours. Leaving St Dominic’s is not always an easy decision but I am confident that their time here at the College has assisted in their development as young men.
I visited the Y10 students who attended the camp this morning and found them to be in good spirits even after their whole day canoeing expedition yesterday. Many were extremely tired but found the whole experience so far very rewarding. Though I only caught up with a couple of groups, it was obvious that all the students value the friendships that develop when you are together for an extended period of time. I look forward to all the stories upon their return on Friday.
Save the Date
The Annual Awards Evening is on Thursday 6th December. Well over 600 students are acknowledged during this significant College event. It is compulsory for all students who are receiving an award to be present at the Awards Evening. Y7 – 9 students will not be notified until the 4th December as this coincides with the final reports while Y10 & Y11 will be notified by 28th November.
Could parents please attend to overdue school fees as soon as possible. Whilst many families have contacted the College Fees Office, a number of families are yet to do so. There are numerous ways in which you can pay you fees and these have been highlighted in previous newsletters and also appear on the back of your invoices. Families who are having some difficulties with their school fees can simple contact the College to discuss any financial problems that may have arisen and make arrangements that they can commit to. The College has a very clear process to follow for any families who may be encountering some financial hardship. I ask that you contact either Ms Powell or myself to discuss your fees should you be unable to finalise your account.
Let Your Light Shine
Mr M. Ronchetti