Year 10 'Write of Passage'
Last night I was deeply moved by the community
celebration of the 2019 Memoirs that are a collaboration of ten senior citizens from Allity Care Walkerville
and ten of our Year 10 boys who volunteered to be part of the program. While the project helps the
boys extend their writing skills, the friendships they develop with the residents is truly amazing and
speaks to the goodness of the boys and their senior partners. Listening to their stories and reflections
last night, I wondered if there has ever been a moment when I have been prouder of a group of students.
Watching how attentive each boy was to his partner, how much they had grown as young men over the last
13 weeks and how committed each had been to 'doing justice' to the story of the resident was simply profound.
Year 12 student, Nathan McCarthy once told me that his involvement in the project had changed his life.
Now I understand why. Thank you to Mr Whitefield and Ms De Ieso for leading the program this year, to
each of our boys for their sincere and committed efforts and to the staff and residents at Allity Care
All Saints Day and All Souls Day
It has long fascinated me that
those whom we recognise as Saints of the Church are often rejected or persecuted by their own societies.
In biblical times, that rejection often led to their early death. Yet, this should not surprise
us when we consider that it was the same fate met by Jesus.
So, we might ask, what's the point?
What was so important that it was worth risking rejection by friends and family and even their lives
for? Perhaps, the individual person's experience of God was so immediate and personal, so intense
that it overtook and superseded our everyday and limited sense of what is important. In the Catholic
tradition, one of the reasons why we learn about the Saints is because we catch a clearer glimpse of what
is available to us as we open ourselves to the influence of God's love in our lives.
Souls Day provides us with a special day in the calendar to give thanks for the lives and love
of family and friends who have passed away. The following prayer, that we prayed in our Junior School
staff meeting this morning, captures the spirit of All Souls Day and connects it to our everyday lives.
Loving God, all life and love begins with you.
We come to you as family,
with our lives just as they are.
We bring our joys and hopes, pains and struggles, laughter
We ask for your healing touch for our families and an openness to your forgiving
Be our constant strength as we try to help our children in their journey.
We hope that they will come to know you as their loving God.
And may we,
as children, bring to our families a sense of hope and joy.
We ask that we will be a
family who cares for each other.
And we pray that our family love will flow outward,
spreading your peace and compassion to the whole world.
Finally, thank you to our Year 12
men who have led with distinction in 2019. You chose the theme, 'The Year of Legacy' as your focus
for 2019 and there are many ways in which your individual and collective commitment to Palma Merenti and
being Men for Others has left your indelible mark on Rostrevor College.
Thought for the
The glory of God is men and women fully alive - Saint Irenaeus