From the Rector
The Saint Ignatius’ College Family Fun Fair is on Saturday 28 March from 11.00am to 5.00pm at the Senior School. The organisers are collecting donations for bric-a-brac, books and toys, second-hand uniforms, gifts for prizes, etc, and these items can be dropped off at Front Reception at the Senior or Junior Schools, or IEY in the mornings between 10 and 13 March.
From time to time people ask about help with receiving Catholic sacraments. Our Sacramental Program is offered alongside the Religious Education curriculum for students in Year 3 (Reconciliation) and Year 4 (Confirmation and First Holy Communion). Year 3 students receive instruction in their Religious Education classes and Catholic students can attend their first Reconciliation at the College during Term 3. Year 4 students receive instruction during Term 1, and Catholic students can receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion in Term 2.
For students who have not received the sacrament of Baptism and wish to be baptised in the Catholic Church, or have been baptised in another denomination and wish to be received into the Catholic Church, parents are encouraged to contact Father Gill or me. If other family members wish to discuss options for their own Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion, or Reconciliation, please contact Father Gill (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me.
A distinctive Catholic ritual is the marking with ashes at the start of the season of Lent, preceded by Shrove Tuesday and the celebration of Mardi Gras. This year our ashes were mixed with ashes from the bushfires as our lament for those affected, a symbol of shared humanity and of our commitment to care for the earth.
Crises help focus in us an understanding of what really matters. We realise more about what we love and how we love. The bushfires singed our consciousness that our world is threatened by global warming, and that we must do more to pass on to our descendants a nurturing and fruitful place.
We appreciate the hope that comes from the ashes. We see trees recovering their leaves in fire-affected areas, and communities rebuilding shattered lives.
The season of Lent invites us to rediscover our spiritual roots and reconnect with our Church community in our common journey of faith. As an institution, the Church has not received the best of press. There are undoubted failures on our part, and we do not seem to learn quickly enough from them.
Lent is the season of self-honesty. Lent opens a forum where we can admit to ourselves, and to those around us, that we are sinners and in need of God’s help. In this process, light dispels darkness, healing overcomes brokenness, and freedom vanquishes the slavery of sin. We are blessed with clarity of mind, integrity of heart, and liberty of will.
Project Compassion is the Lenten fundraising appeal of Caritas Australia. The network of charities under the Caritas umbrella is the world’s largest non-government provider of international aid. It reminds us of our common responsibility to the dispossessed and marginalised of our world.
Lent calls us to holiness, just as it calls us to one another. Lent reminds us that the Christian journey is not a path that is made by ourselves.
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.
“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.