Faith and Mission

MAMI Newsletter

The MAMI quarterly Newsletter gives you the opportunity to keep up with the work of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate here in Australia and abroad.

 

Vol. 50, No. 2 June 2019

 

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival

 

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. The Archdiocese of Perth is hosting the next event from December 8-10 2019, approximately 9:30am – 8:30pm each day. The College plans to take a number of students from Years 9 – 12 to the Catholic Youth Festival. Supervision and transport will be provided by the College. Mazenod will also subsidize the cost for the students.

 

Expressions of interest can be emailed by students to Mr Wallis at:

wallis.damian@mazenod.wa.edu.au by Tuesday 3 September 2019. The information about the Festival can be located at the following website:

Australian Catholic Youth Festival

Morning Mass

Weekday Masses begin at 8:00am in the College Chapel. Wednesday morning Mass this coming week is at 8:10am and will be hosted by Year 7. All parents, students, teachers and friends of the College are warmly welcomed to attend Mass in the College’s Chapel.

 

Term 3 Wednesday Masses

 

MMD Envelopes

The College has had just over half the MMD envelopes from families come in so far. Up to this week, we have collected $8,000 through the envelopes. The boys also managed to raise a further $10,900 from their MMD stalls. Thank you for your generous donations towards the Oblate Missions. Just a reminder to send in any envelopes that are outstanding so that we can finalize the total raised for this year.

 

The Young Fugitive

“One day a young fugitive, trying to hide himself from the enemy, entered a small village. The people were kind to him and offered him a place to stay. But when the soldiers who sought the fugitive asked where he was hiding, everyone became very fearful. The soldiers threatened to burn the village and kill every man in it unless the young man were handed over to them before dawn. The people went to the minister and asked him what to do. The minister, torn between handing over the boy to the enemy or having his people killed, withdrew to his room and read his Bible, hoping to find an answer before dawn. After many hours, in the early morning his eyes fell on these words: “It is better that one man dies than that the whole people be lost.” Then the minister closed the Bible, called the soldiers and told them where the boy was hidden. And after the soldiers led the fugitive away to be killed, there was a feast in the village because the minister had saved the lives of the people. But the minister did not celebrate. Overcome with a deep sadness, he remained in his room. That night an angel came to him, and asked, “What have you done?” He said: “I handed over the fugitive to the enemy.” Then the angel said: “But don’t you know that you have handed over the Messiah?” “How could I know?” the minister replied anxiously. Then the angel said: “If, instead of reading your Bible, you had visited this young man just once and looked into his eyes, you would have known.”

 

While versions of this story are very old, it seems the most modern of tales. Like that minister, who might have recognized the Messiah if he had raised his eyes from his Bible to look into the youth’s eyes, we are challenged to look into the eyes of the young men and women of today, who are running away from our cruel ways. Perhaps that will be enough to prevent us from handing them over to the enemy and enable us to lead them out of their hidden places into the middle of their people where they can redeem us from our fears.”

 

― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

 

Mazenod College KeepCups

 

The College is proud to launch their very own KeepCups for you to purchase. This initiative was developed by the Sustainability and Environment portfolio of the College and Campus ministry.

As part of promoting KeepCups to the College, the Young Vinnies will give 30% off the price of hot chocolates when a student purchases a hot chocolate with their KeepCup.

($1 instead of the usual $1.50).

 

Follow this link:

Buy a KeepCup Now

 

Part of the proceeds of the sale will also go to Oblate missionary work in India, Sri Lanka and China.

KeepCup is the world’s first barista standard reusable cup. Purchasing a KeepCup for students is a practical and easy way to reduce waste and carbon emissions.

 

Takeaway coffee cups are lined on the inside with a plastic film, making them notoriously difficult to recycle. And most never even make it there no matter what bin you put them in because recycling streams are usually contaminated by supposedly ‘compostable’ or ‘biodegradable’ cups and lids that never actually compost or biodegrade because most places don’t have the infrastructure to do it.

 

Pope Francis, inspires and challenges us: “Each of us also has a responsibility for others and for the future of our planet”.

 

Damian Wallis (83)

Director of Faith and Mission