From the Rector

Dear Friends;

During the last few weeks of this term, there will be a variety of celebrations, including religious celebrations involving the sacraments of the Eucharist (Mass) and Reconciliation, to mark Fathers’ Day, then Community Week, and then the reception of various Sacraments by a group of boys who have expressed a desire to join more fully in the Catholic faith.

But in the course of the year, the school provides many occasions to celebrate our Christian faith, with prayer, Masses, Retreats, feastday celebrations… Religious celebrations are important in keeping alive and transmitting the values and traditions of our college. Our Christian culture can be studied, shared, expressed in symbols and feastdays, but also celebrated with the community through prayer and the sacraments. As time goes by and children become adults, there is a tendency to abandon religious (Church) celebrations altogether, or to reduce them to a few occasions in the year. As a matter of fact, many adults have abandoned the regular practice of their faith, thus depriving themselves of the spiritual and moral support. And the excuses or rationalizations are many…

Here I am reminded about something I read in a magazine recently.

A Church goer wrote a letter to the Editor of a newspaper, pointing out that after going to church every Sunday of 30 years, and having listen to about 1500 sermons by the preacher, he could not remember the content of most of them!… “Perhaps – he concluded – I have wasted my time, and the priests have wasted theirs in giving all those sermons!”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column – until one correspondent wrote:

“I’ve been married for 30 years, and in that time my wife has cooked thousands of meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the menu of most of them. However, I do know this: they all nourished me, and gave me the strength to do my work. If I had not had all those meals, I would surely be dead by now! So going to church regularly keeps one spiritually and morally alive.”

Don Bosco and all the Saints were firm believers in the value of prayer and religious celebrations on a regular basis, as nourishment and support for our journey through life, beginning from the early days of our childhood. Faith and Mission are central aspects of all Catholic education.

I hope that the religious tradition remains an important part of the faith formation in all our students.

Fr Frank Bertagnolli