From the Faith and Mission Team
From the Head of Religious Education, Broadmeadows – Maria Alberto
Year 9RE Toolangi Forest Immersion
On Thursday the 20th of September, students from 9E and 9F ventured to the Toolangi state forest on a pilot PBL excursion. This initiative was designed to enhance their learning within the Stewardship unit and also offer inspiration for the ‘Eco-Challenge’ project.
The day was full of adventure as students were guided on bushwalks and trekked to visit a logged area. It was a powerful culmination to the Year 9 Stewardship unit as students were immersed in the splendour of God’s creation and were able to reflect on the majesty of His work. Importantly, students were also able to encounter the devastating impact of deforestation. This raised passionate discussion about human destruction of the environment and our God-given responsibility to protect it.
Student feedback about the experience has been highly positive, reflecting the success of the day. We are pleased to announce that the Forest Immersion has been approved for the whole cohort in 2019, and it will be included as part of the official ‘Eco-Challenge’ program.
Years 9s on the forest board walk
Saint Oscar Romero of El Salvador
On Sunday the 14th of October, Oscar Romero was canonized a Saint of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis hailed him for his bravery during difficult times and his dedication to social justice and the oppressed. As a sign of the strong influence that this Saint had on our pope, Francis wore Romero’s blood-stained rope belt from the time he was gunned down by right-wing death squads.
Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador, was murdered in a hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass on March 24, 1980. A day before he was killed, he had delivered the latest in a series of sermons demanding an end to the army’s repression of the poor — sermons that had enraged the many leaders who had profited from ongoing injustices in the country.
We have much to learn from Romero. He has given us a powerful modern-day example of the courage it takes to be a “voice for the voiceless” and tirelessly work for God’s justice and peace in this world. His deep love of the most vulnerable challenges us to look beyond the comforts of our own lives and serve those in need, regardless of the cost.
Let us spend some time reflecting on words attributed to Saint Oscar Romero as a beautiful summary of his philosophy:
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God’s work.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
May we each take our steps and make our beginnings, for the glory of God.
Saint Oscar Romero of El Salvador, pray for us.
From the Deputy Principal Faith and Mission – Nicole Allan
AJASS Year 10 Pilgrimage to New Zealand
From the 17th to the 20th of October tis year, three Year 10 Penola students and myself, joined a group made up of representatives from the five Victorian AJASS shools to travel on pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. mary of the cross macKillop to the South Island of New Zealand. We began our journey in Christchurch, witnessing the devestation of the earthquakes still visible in the city and had time with Marian College staff and students before moving on to Temuka, Timaru, Arrowtown and Queenstown. In every place we were overwhelmed at the generous Josephite hospitality afforded us and the witnessing the amazing spirit we all share as Josephite Colleges. We learned lots about the story of Mary and her Sisters in New Zealand and this new found knowledge only added to all of the already amazing reasons we have to be very grateful for her patronage.
Year 12 Graduation Mass and Ceremony
Last Tuesday saw our Year 12 Class of 2018 Graduate at Our Lady Guardian of the Plants Chaldean Catholic Church in Campbellfield. The night was a fitting tribute to our wonderful Year 12s, beginning with the celebration of Mass, presided over by our College Chaplain, Fr. Tony Cox.