Faith and Mission

Morning Mass 

Weekday Masses begin at 8:00am in the College Chapel, however, Wednesday morning Masses begin at 8:10am. This coming Wednesday’s Mass being hosted by the members of Albini. Below is a table outlining this term’s Wednesday Masses. Everyone from the Mazenod community is extended a warm invitation to attend any of these weekday Masses.

Term One: Wednesday Masses

 

Fr Gerry Conlan OMI’s Homily for Ash Wednesday 

 

Fr Gerry graduated from Mazenod in 1979 and is an Oblate priest. Currently he is living and working in Kenya. Fr Gerry has generously given of his time, during his visit to Australia, to talk to many of our RE classes about his life as well as his ministry in Kenya.

 

 

As we begin this serious period of Lent, it's important to begin with the reminder that we were

created in the image and likeness of God: each of us were created as a "good" person.

 

Evil is not something we often talk about except in the context that of someone else: 'he is evil.'

In Kenya, the illuminati movement is gaining a foothold in many of our schools: it is basically devil worshippers tempting people with money to do evil things. And desperately poor young people are being betrayed. Some are rescued, some go crazy, and some die, while many innocent people are hurt, killed or suffer.

 

Our society may not talk about it, but we are afraid of "evil". If you don't believe me, why are there so many TV shows and movies about vampires and "the Devil". How we long for some hero to come along and destroy the "evil".

Evil is a reality in the lives of most of us: Evil is not so much about a force "over there", as a force

within us. Whenever we decide that our need for "things", or love, is more important than another person's feelings, dignity or well-being, then we are giving in to evil — you can call it Satan — a place to live.

 

We allow evil to grow in us through sin. We don't usually want to admit our sins. But the longer we go on denying our sins of selfishness and mistreatment of other people, the more powerful this presence of evil will be in our lives.

 

The really evil people we see in our society, and recently we have seen that some of them are even priests or Bishops, did not wake up one morning and decide to be evil. Evil grows over time like a cancer.

 

This serious season of Lent is an opportunity to put the brakes on the ability of evil to grow in us.

 

The ashes firstly symbolise humility: each of us who choose to receive the ashes are saying

publicly to each member of our community: "I'm sorry for my sins, I'm sorry for my arrogance, I'm sorry for my lack of concern for you."

 

Then, our actions of prayer: empower us to know that we have a hero in our lives who is stronger than the evil around us: It is God, especially in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

Our actions of fasting: build in us the gift of gratitude for what we usually have, which empowers us to be concerned for others who have less.

 

And, finally, our giving of "alms": concrete proof to our community, and God, that we are

truly sorry for any suffering we have caused: both directly to them and indirectly to others.

An example of indirect suffering is that we, as a rich country, cause suffering for poorer countries through climate change.

 

I encourage each of us to truly allow this symbol of humility — the ashes — to help change our outlook on others and thereby transform our communities into places where we feel more loved and welcome.

Project Compassion

 

Students are asked to give generously to the Project Compassion box that is in their Forms and support Caritas Australia this Lenten season themed “Give Lent 100%”.

As Pope Francis said, “The future does have a name… and its name is hope.”

 

Through your generosity during Project Compassion this year, you are empowering communities with hope and helping those in great need to shape a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. 

Thandolwayo's Story

 

 

Lives change when we all give 100%.

 

You can donate through Form boxes or by visiting:

 Caritas - Project Compassion

or phoning 1800 024 413

Mazenod College KeepCups

The College is proud to launch their very own KeepCups for you to purchase. This initiative was developed by the Sustainability & 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).

 

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”

Follow this link: 

Buy a KeepCup Now

 

Damian Wallis

Director of Faith and Mission