This Sunday is the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body and Blood of Christ). The Eucharist is the Mystery of our Faith, the mystery of our Hope, the mystery of our Charity. Why do we celebrate the Eucharist some 2,000 years later? We do this because Jesus told us to do so: “Do this in memory of me.” At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it.
Catholic schools are animated by communion and community. We are a community of people and a genuine community of faith. Celebrating the Eucharist is an important part of what makes us a catholic school. It invites us to give thanks for who we are in the sight of a gracious and tender God; for who we are as a community of faith and hope; and who we are in the fellowship.
"The Holy Eucharist is the centre and culmination of Christian life" (Lumen Gentium, 11). Why?
- Because it enables us to participate in Christ’s sacrifice as a present reality and to benefit from its fruits in our own lives.
- Because it helps us to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the most perfect way.
- Because it strengthens our charity and unity with Jesus and each other in a joint offering of his Body and Blood to the Father.
- Because it gives us a lasting memorial of Christ’s suffering, death and Resurrection, reminding us of our obligation to make loving sacrifices for others.
Through the Eucharist we receive the message of unity and sacrificial love: The Eucharist, teaches us the importance of community and the bond that results from this sacrifice. John Chrysostom says: “What is the Bread actually? The Body of Christ. What do communicants become? The Body of Christ. Just as the bread comes from many grains, which remain themselves and are not distinguished from one another because they are united, so we are united with Christ.” Just as numerous grains of wheat are pounded together to make the host, and many grapes are crushed together to make the wine, so we become unified in this sacrifice. Our Lord chose these elements in order to show us that we ought to seek union with one another, to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us into Our Lord Jesus Christ and to work with Him in the process. Christ is the Head and we are the Body. Together we are one. That which unites us is our willingness to sacrifice our time and talents to God in our fellow members in Christ’s Mystical Body. This is symbolised by our sharing in the same Bread and the same Cup. Hence, Holy Communion should strengthen our sense of unity and love.
By receiving Holy Communion we become Christ-bearers as Mary was, with the duty of conveying Christ to others at home and in the workplace, as love, mercy, forgiveness and humble and sacrificial service.
Each and every week students are involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These opportunities provide a way for young people to connect with other students and staff as well as developing a wide range of skills necessary to succeed in life, students who engage in activities, finds it enriches their whole school experience. Our representative sporting teams continue to flourish with our under 13’s Rugby League team winning the Plate Final after an epic double extra time battle. Mr Malkoun along with the other coaches Mr Boulous and Daniel Khalil (Year 11) commented on the growth of each player and their willingness to give and never give up. Well done boys and thank you to their coaches.
Last weekend our Marist Netballers ventured off to Alice Springs for the annual National Marist Netball competition. The team placed 6th in their division after a very tough three days, with Teagyn Ward, Madison Sloane and Sophie Vaughan each being awarded 'Player of the Day' during the competition. I thank our staff Mrs Pavlovich and Ms Robinson and one of our ex students Annabelle Bennett (currently studying at Western Sydney University) for giving up their time to coach and to travel with the team.
Get ready to rock with our upcoming musical “Rock of Ages”. I have been quietly sneaking a peek at the rehearsals and all I can say is “WOW”. I am looking forward to another highly professional and entertaining performance. Tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss out.
Our staff have recently completed their annual child protection and reportable conduct training. This year we had an additional focus on sexting, cyberbullying and the law. We discussed why young people might engage in this behaviour and the significant risk associated with sexting. It is estimated that 1 out of every 5 teenagers has been asked to send a nude/nearly nude image of themselves to someone in the last 12 months, while this number seems alarmingly high there is some small comfort that only 1 in 20 have complied. As a school we continue to discuss these issues with our students as well as engaging external speakers to support our work. I encourage you to continue to have these conversations with you children. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us here at the College.
Mrs Angela Hay