We all have dreams for the future, dreams about success and well-being. We all want a better world for our children and grandchildren. Our religious tradition sets before us aspirations that call for personal transformation. However, sometimes when we follow the inspiration of our most devout aspirations, obstacles are thrown in our path preventing us from following our dreams. Still, God does not call us out of our dreams into a vacuum. If we are asked to relinquish a possible future, it is only to be offered God’s future. Our aspirations may be noble, but the possibilities that God offers will outstrip them in excellence. Abraham was promised an heir; he relinquished his hold on his heir, and he was granted heirs beyond counting. Jesus came as a Rabbi; he allowed himself to be handed over to death, and he was revealed as the beloved Son of God.
Those preparing for Baptism might be asked to relinquish the dreams that they previously held in order to embrace the future God has in store for them. We who are already joined to Christ will be asked to recommit ourselves to this transformative experience. Do we have faith, or do we need a glimpse of Christ’s transfiguration in order to believe in his resurrection? Do we have to see and touch Jesus, or are we able to believe because we have heard his message? God’s future in Christ is open to us, but we must accept it in faith, even when we do not fully understand what it means.
© Dianne Bergant CSA
What a wonderful two days I have just had with our Grade 6’s on their camp at Myrtle Park. The camp challenges our students to step out of their comfort zones, to challenge themselves, work as a team member and leader, and to reflect on how they can be the best person they strive to be. Wednesday commenced with the students setting up their own tents, then it was off to the river where students built rafts and attempted to float down the St Patrick’s River. I am pleased to say that this year every team made the length of the course, although some rafts needed adult-assisted running repairs.
Wednesday night we had a visit from Danny Gardner, who shared with us Dreaming stories, and students had the opportunity to play the Didgeridoo and clap sticks. Danny also shared cultural knowledge on the Ben Lomond area, the importance of the circle of lifehow local Aboriginals used the bush to make all the items they needed.
On Thursday the challenging high ropes course became more difficult as we navigated swaying trees and drenching rain. I am proud to say that every student completed at least one course and the encouragement the students showed towards their peers was commendable.
Last Tuesday we celebrated our beginning of Year Mass and Blessing of our New Captains. We had to celebrate Mass in the hall and it was a lovely celebration; our students’ participation in Mass was excellent.
Last week I shared with you a link to Parent TV, which has become available to us this year. This week we look at how we can structure the use of technology to ensure our children are protected without denying them access to content relevant to them. How to put safety fences around technology use.
Have a wonderful week.
Congratulations to Elijah who has received 25 stickers in his sticker booklet! These stickers are given to students displaying positive and respectful behaviour in the playground. They are a great role model for others. Well done!
My name is Emily Bester and I am a grade 4 in Mrs. Morgan's class. At lunchtime on March 12, I'm going to shave some of my hair to raise money for World's Greatest Shave. This charity helps people with cancer.If you would like to donate, you can click on this link to my fundraising page. Thank you for your support!
St Patrick's College have commenced accepting enrolment applications for our Year 7 students wishing to enrol at St Patrick's College for 2022.
Due to overwhelming interest in the information evenings, new dates have been announced. Please see the attached flyer for details of the information evening.
Attached is our Launceston Parish Bulletin for the 1st Sunday in Lent (Year B). Please note that Reconciliation will be available before the Vigil Mass (5.15pm - 5.45pm) at Newstead from next Saturday, 27th February 2021. Also, there will Lenten Adoration and Reflection on the Scriptures on Fridays during Lent (commencing 26th February 2021) in the Church of the Apostles, 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Every best wish and blessing to all,
Fr Mark Freeman