There is a lovely article written on Fr Daly in this edition.
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Whole School Thanksgiving Mass
All parents, grandparents and friends of the College are invited to attend the final whole school Mass for the year.
When: Friday 6 December 2019
Time: 11:20am (Please be seated by 11:10am)
Where: College Gymnasium
Weekday Masses begin at 8:00am in the College Chapel. Wednesday morning Mass each week is at 8:10am. All parents, students, teachers and friends of the College are warmly welcomed to attend Mass in the College’s Chapel.
The Scripture of the Week
(First week of Advent, Sunday 1 December 2019)
“Be sure of this: if the owner of the house had known when the thief was coming, the owner would have kept a watchful eye and not allowed the house to be broken into. You must be prepared in the same way. The Promised One is coming at a time you least expect”. (Matthew 24:43-44)
The call of Advent to pause and consider our wakefulness, is easily lost. Rather than bemoaning the loss of our Christian festivals to commercialism we can see it as a challenge to hold our centre and put a greater effort into community celebrations. Advent is a season of beginnings and our southern landscape proclaims it. Blossom has given way to the lush greening of the landscape. There are calves in the paddock and under the leaves of the grape vine miniature bunches of grapes begin their journey to maturity.
The reign of God, the kingdom of God, proclaimed by Jesus and begun in Jesus, heralds the beginning of the new age. We cannot define this new age we can only study the images that Scripture provided. What are the signs of the new age? A mustard seed that is very small but can grow strong and reach outward. Bread rising in a warm patch on the kitchen bench as the yeast works its silent transformation. A net shimmering with dancing silver as it breaks the surface of the water and requires a group effort to bring it to the boat. What are the signs that you see?
The gnarled rose wood that newly produces Hope, Peace or Mercy; the community that mourns with the victims of disaster or outrage; the few who struggle to get justice for the group; there are many signs of hope around us. We too are called to be a sign of hope, of God’s love made visible.
Matthew’s Gospel also calls for watchfulness. The imagery seems harsh, the unexpectedness of flash floods, one survivor from a car accident, a tornado’s selective path through a neighbourhood, all of these are the more devastating because of the lack of warning. Matthew re-enforces the message by adding, “If you knew when a burglar was coming you would keep an eye out.” We all know how to be vigilant when it concerns our possessions so let’s be vigilant in the service of God and our neighbour.
Director of Faith and Mission