Ash Wednesday and Sorry Day

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent in the Catholic Church, and continues for 40 days through to great celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass. The timing of Easter is different each year, dependent as it is on the lunar cycle, and so Ash Wednesday itself occurs at different times in first term. This year it was very early and so we gathered for Ash Wednesday liturgies on all campuses last week.

Lent is a time when we look within ourselves to see how we can live our lives better and become the gift that God intends us to be to our world. In the Catholic tradition we fast, we pray and we do good works for others as we prepare for Jesus to be born anew into our lives and our world. These are the ideas we reflect upon in our Ash Wednesday liturgies.

 

Sorry Day

Last Tuesday we also remembered the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, who suffered as a result of past government policies of forced child removal and assimilation. It was important for us as a Catholic school community to commemorate this significant milestone, acknowledge the wrongs of the past, and reflect on the work that still needs to be done to address the ongoing impacts of this sad tale in Australia’s history.

See: http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/calendar/tenth-anniversary-of-the-national-apology-to-the-stolen-generations.php

The College honours the “Fire Carrier” covenant with the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and raises this awareness on all campuses through prayer, visual displays and class activities.

Many Blessings.

Michael Harrison
Deputy Principal: Mission & Community