2020 Term 1 Week 8

2020 Term 1 Week 8

From the Rector

We have lived through some extraordinary times in recent months with the effects of severe drought, unprecedented bushfires, and now a global pandemic. As the impact of COVID-19 escalates, it is necessary to keep a sense of proportion and balance such that we take all necessary measures to keep safe and well. Like so many in Australia and the broader global community, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and adapting as advice changes from day to day.

The College has been working on contingency planning and communications about hygiene and cleaning, online off-site teaching and learning, social distancing, cancellations of gatherings, business continuity, and other matters. We are following advice and doing everything necessary to ensure that everyone stays safe and well. We will learn much in the way we care for each other during these times.

We become aware of how much of our reality can change. COVID-19 will have a huge effect on lives, and it will be important to work together to resolve this as well as we can. Some will wash their hands of responsibility, some will blame others, some will fail in their care of their neighbour. Others will rise to new levels of courage and strength. Let us behave as people of faith and hope who commit to the vision of a better world.

Throughout our history, there has been an assortment of challenging events: conflicts, deprivation, disease, and disasters that have made our human condition precarious, but we have survived and grown together. Amidst this challenge, let us give thanks for the many blessings that are offered in these adversities. In these times, it is important that we look to each other for support, cooperation, and compassion. Let us stay calm and focused, and not let fear and panic overwhelm us.

Here's a reflection [CLICK HERE] from an Irish Capuchin priest, Richard Hendrick, a week or so ago. He highlights how the crisis is helping humanity quieten down and consider what matters most in our world.

Temporary Suspension of Masses and Public Liturgies

We draw our community’s attention to the circular [CLICK HERE] dated 19 March, from Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ, Apostolic Administrator and Fr Philip Marshall, Administrator Delegate, regarding Coronavirus Protocols.

New Archbishop of Adelaide

Please see the announcement [CLICK HERE] of the new Archbishop of Adelaide. Bishop Patrick O’Regan was born in Bathurst in 1958. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bathurst in 1983. He was appointed Bishop of Sale in December 2014. Bishop O’Regan succeeds Archbishop Philip Wilson, who resigned as Archbishop of Adelaide in July 2018.

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.