Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of the Magdalene Community,
Catholic Schools Week Mass 2017
Last week Catholic Education Wollongong held its annual Education Mass at the Twin Cathedral at Fairy Meadow, Wollongong.
Our School Captains, Alexandra Willis and Bailey Whitley accompanied Ms Foldes to represent the School and to also play a role in my commissioning as Principal. I thank them for their attendance as well as other Magdalene staff members: Thuy Dinh, Chris Whicker, Donna Corbett, Marina Loka (Offertory Procession) and Aimee Boughton, Brandon O’Donnell and Stephen O’Neill who all involved themselves in the beautiful music for the evening.
It was an honour to be commissioned in front of my family and to offer my commitment to supporting our students at Magdalene.
As you will read below, the 2017 theme for the Diocese was announced on the evening: “display heart, character and passion”. It is a theme which resonates strongly with what we believe here at Magdalene and all of these traits can lead students towards lives of fullness and compassion.
Indeed, these words were on show at Magdalene’s recent Open Afternoon and Evening. The night was a fantastic one and it was great to see so many staff and students supporting the School and showing off the broad range of curricular, social justice and extra-curricular activities which the School provides.
Most pleasing was the exceptional pride which students demonstrated in Magdalene and this was very visible to community members and new visitors to the School. Such pride was evident on various tours, activities and/or speeches given on the evening. The School has received a great deal of positive feedback and over 300 packs were distributed on the Night for 186 positions; all goes well for enrolments in the years to come.
The following, written by Tim Hart, provides further details about last week’s Education Mass:
“Yura jauiang yulang. Yura budbut. Bindadhan mareiin yabun”.
The people will come to ceremony. Giving their hearts. Giving to God sacred time.
These lyrics, Dharawal language sung to the echo of the didgeridoo, opened the annual Catholic Schools Week Mass celebrated by the Diocese of Wollongong at St John Vianney’s Co-Cathedral, Fairy Meadow.
From the north, south, east and west; from the Yuin, Dharawal and Gundungurra over 800 staff from our diocesan Catholic schools gathered together to give thanks and praise to God and celebrate the “great learning” and the “great communities” of Catholic Education Wollongong.
With the congregation overflowing along the aisles and doorways, Bishop Peter shared how his life was changed through prayer, how he learned to listen to the voice of God in the silence and the solitude. He encouraged the faithful to make prayer an active and conscious part of their lives beginning now in the Season of Lent.
THE PRAYER TO ST JUDE
While we have much to celebrate at Magdalene I am also conscious that a number of our students, staff and members of the extended Magdalene community face uncertain times. A wonderful prayer for those in need is the following:
O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honours and invokes thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of.
Pray for me, who am so miserable. Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of.
Come to mine assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolation and succour of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity.
I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour thee as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee.
Mr Matthew McMahon