Khalil Gibran once wrote, “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” I am drawn to this quote this week for a few reasons. Next week we launch Mazenod Mission Day at our College Assembly. MMD is a much anticipated and favourite event of students in their Mazenod Journey and it happens in early Term 3. Mazenod Mission Day’s objective is to raise more than money to support the work of Oblate missions around the world. It is an opportunity for our students, staff and families to immerse themselves in the work of an Oblate community through support and prayer.
The understanding to give of ourselves develops at Mazenod through our focus on prayer, experience of retreat, celebration of Mass, service to others through Young Vinnies, Hands of Eugene program and for some, immersion experiences in Oblate communities in China, Sri Lanka and India. It is heartening to see the number of Mazenod Old Boys who continue their giving to communities through work in St Vincent de Paul Society, Shop Front and other agencies post-school.
Fr Frank Santucci OMI
Fr Frank Santucci OMI, who will be visiting Mazenod in August, writes about lay oblation as “the associates and partners who are not directly involved in mission as such, but permeated with the spirituality and values of St Eugene, living everyday lives of oblation at the service of those in need around them. This may start perhaps with heroic courage in serving someone in their own home who is in need.”
Today, a group of Year 12 students left to experience Kairos. Literally translated it means “in the Lord’s time”. This is a special 4-day residential faith retreat experience shared with staff and co-ordinated by recent old boys who themselves had participated in Kairos in the past.
Year 7, 8 and 11 Social Fun
This week our Year 7, 8 and 11 programs have catered for three great social functions in conjunction with St Brigid’s College. The Year 7 students enjoyed a fun day of ice-skating on Wednesday, while the Year 11 had their River Cruise last night and tonight our Year 8 students will experience a mix of dancing and games.
College Musical - Oliver
We hope you have enjoyed the recent audio-visual diaries, interviews with crew and cast presented through the newsletter and on social media. If you were intending to attend the production, you might like to move quickly to secure tickets as the nights are filling very fast. More information is contained in today’s newsletter.
Enjoy your week ahead.
“I must, above all, become really convinced that I am doing the will of God by devoting myself to the service of my neighbour.” – St Eugene