Opening Mass

Our College Opening Mass took place on Monday 3 February and what an opening it was!  We celebrated the beginning of a new year in a way which was both familiar and central to our tradition; both Salesian and Catholic; in a way that enabled us to come together as brothers and sisters and join together in God’s name. What a wonderful way to begin a new school year.

We celebrated the feast day of our founder; Saint John Bosco. We listened to a letter he wrote to his students in the Oratory dated the 10 May 1884 in the hope that we could apply his message today:

  • Be happy
  • Have life and have it to the full
  • Love others as God has loved you
  • Build good relationships

Don Bosco’s description of his oratory rings true at our College too.

‘….a place where good relationships are formed; a place of friendliness and mutual patience and respect; a place of open hearts and compassion for others and true happiness …. All in the name of Jesus Christ’

As a way of giving expression to all these elements of Don Bosco’s letter, we acknowledged and celebrated a variety of merriments. We:

  • Blessed and distributed College badges to all staff and students
  • Inducted our Senior College leaders for 2014
  • Welcomed our Year 7 students to the College Community
  • Welcomed back our new Year 10 students returning from Mannix Campus
  • Wished our Year 9 boys well as they journeyed over to the Mannix Campus for 2014
  • Presented the Year 12 boys with their Year 12 Badge
  • Introduced our new staff to the College community

Acknowledging the staff and students in this way throughout our liturgy allowed us not only to live our Don Bosco’s dream but it also allowed us to bring life the words of Pope Francis:

‘…the life of a Christian asks of them to go out of their comfort zone to communicate God’s compassion…to do this they must have experienced it in their own lives and to found in it a source of such deep joy that they want to share it with others…’

Thank you to all who contributed to our beautiful celebration. I wish every well for 2014.

Nadia Knight
Director of Religious Education