From the Rector
As we come to the end of another year, Mr Coffey and I thank all our staff, our families, and our students. Hopefully we can find time during the Christmas period to thank God for the opportunities given this year: for the joys shared, and the challenges faced. Many will engage in College activities over the holidays through immersions to India and to Cambodia and Vietnam, Kairos, or the JACSA Tennis Carnival. We hope these experiences and all those that our students and families have in the coming weeks will provide many life-giving opportunities.
We have had a blessed year. Thank you for your many kindnesses to each other in our community and for the ways you have reached out beyond our College to those in need in the world. We are grateful to our students at every level for the ways they take up new challenges, look after each other, and grow in character. The College is fortunate to have many faithful and devoted parents who contribute so much to the life of the College through the Parents and Friends Association, and in other ways. We thank members of the College Board and its committees, and the Foundation Board, who keep us true to our Mission. We also acknowledge the Old Ignatians Association and Fidelis for their support of the College.
Thank you to the many generous and capable teachers who show such dedication and commitment to our students and their families. We are appreciative of the Leadership Team for their conscientious, wise, and strategic guidance. We thank all who work so hard in administration and College service areas, who enable the many diverse aspects of school life to run smoothly.
When God came down to earth, his first dwelling was a poor stable in Bethlehem. His family had to flee their homeland, as do so many seeking asylum. In Nazareth, Jesus grew up in the home of Mary and Joseph, a holy family like yours. Throughout his life he entered the lives of many other people. This Christmas we pray that Jesus will enter our lives in a very special way and bless it with his presence.
On behalf of the Jesuit community and the staff at Saint Ignatius’ College
May the blessing of Christ, word made flesh, be with us
May Mary, courageous amidst the unknown, help us love
May Joseph, noble in time of challenge, show the right way
May shepherds, who know theirs, call and protect us
May Magi, who journey and celebrate, come and counsel
May angels from heaven sing in our heart and unite us all
May the Christmas story live, and live in us!
Fr Peter Hosking SJ
OREMUS (Let us pray)
We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.
For the sick:
- Mark Griffin, current parent and Old Ignatian
- Fr Terry Kelly SJ
For those who have died:
- Mrs Maureen Marshall, past parent of the College
- William Pantsos, brother of Mary Harben and brother-in-law of David Harben, Uncle of Jack (Old Ignatian 2013)
“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)
If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or Home Group Teacher, or Year Coordinator.
Fr Peter Hosking SJ