The School Chaplain, Luisa, writes
Firstly may I wish you all a very happy and joyous New Year.
It seems to have been but a matter of only a few weeks ago that I was expressing a similar greeting from the beginning of 2017, and yet a whole year has passed. I am sure that I am not alone in my opinion that a year seems so much shorter that it ever used to be!
The Residential Retreat days for Years 9 and 10 are from Wednesday 7 February – Friday 9 February.
The season of Lent commences on Wednesday 14 February – Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent is a time of spiritual preparation, of prayer, of digging deep to discover and become more like how we were created, in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1). Lent is an invitation to draw closer to Jesus and to renew within us the life of faith. The first fruit of faith is prayer, along with two other traditional dimensions of Lent: fasting and almsgiving. All our students will have the opportunity for prayer and the opportunity for self-giving – directed to those in need. There is no greater sign of the presence of the Kingdom of God among us than the compassion we show to others in need.
During the season of Lent the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation has been organised for all students form Years 7-13. In addition to this, there will be opportunities for silence for prayer and reflection for the whole school community.
Luisa Foley School Chaplain