Advent is the season of new beginnings. A new liturgical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent and it beckons to us with images of transformation and hope. It is the season of the impossible becoming possible.
In the scriptures we read of the dry, barren wilderness bursting into bloom; of broken hearts healing; of a barren woman and a young virgin both conceiving children. It is the season of longing and light. Week by week, candles are lit on the Advent wreath signifying our longing for the light of Christ, as the time of his birth draws near. Yet Advent heralds more than Christ’s birth. It paves our way toward celebrating Christ as God-with-us, God in human flesh. This is a profound mystery at the heart of our faith, and it is the cause of our joy at Christmas (Melbourne Catholic Education Office).
Youth Ministers rouse crowds at ACYF17
Lasallian Mission Council's Youth Ministry Team simply 'wowed' the young crowd of 20,000 participants at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) during the 6-9 December 2017.
Established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Festival exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their faith. This year, members of the Lasallian Youth Ministry Team were invited to facilitate 'Plenary Pump-Up's' before the commencement of each main session throughout the three-day Festival.
Youth Ministry Coordinator, Phillippe Duluwan, Assistant Youth Ministry Coordinator, Jordan Bottalico, joined by Youth Ministers, Sebastian Duhau, Olivia Moore, Joanne Doueihi, and Damian Khoury were responsible for getting the crowd of 20,000 young people from Catholic schools and organisations across Australia, revved up and excited before all speakers and presentations.
It was incredible to see the team in action, enticing the large crowd on their feet.
Jordan Bottalico put his DJ skills on display and had everyone within earshot dancing around the Festival grounds.
This year's Festival was another great opportunity for the Lasallian Youth Ministry Team to continue showcasing the amazing work they do for LMC. Well known for their always engaging and positive presence working with students at school retreats and Young Lasallian Events.
The feedback about the Team has been nothing short of positive.
"I was so impressed with the way the Youth Ministry Team got everyone going at ACYF. They were confident, engaging, fun, sent a strong message and were great role models for all the youth that were present. What a great team," said Principal of De La Salle Ashfield, Stephen Kennaugh.
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Resourced from Lasallian Outlook
Vinnies Christmas Appeal
On Tuesday December 5 all O'Connor students looked at the real meaning of Christmas through a prayer service. The College community donated Christmas presents for Vinnies, which will be distributed at Christmas. Thank you to all that supported this cause and to the O'Connor Vinnies Group, who helped make this successful.
Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas.