Welcome again to Faith Matters

In the last few weeks of term we celebrate the Mercy (Blue) Houses.

These are the inspiring quotes or reflections that are the mottos for each of the houses …

DOYLE: Friendship and loyalty in the service of others

FRAYNE: A good person produces good words from a good heart

SEBASTIAN: Where your spirit is, there your heart will also be

McAULEY: God does not look at the action, but at the spirit behind it

MERCY: Be good today, but better tomorrow

CREATION STORIES

Year 7 students across the College are currently exploring the themes of Creation and Stewardship in their Religious Education studies. As part of the inquiry we have explored the Creation stories of our own faith and those of indigenous groups around the world.

One of the key figures in the stories of the Kulin Nation (the tribes from around the Melbourne area) is Bunjil. He was their creator spirit who became an eagle and still watches over us. A Bunjil nest is a symbol of the care that we should show for the environment.

Each Year 7 student throughout the college has written a message of support on a stick that they collected from our gardens, or at Mornington from clippings of the vine growing outside the chapel. These sticks have been fashioned into a nest on each campus and will be used as a symbol throughout Term 4 and into the Season of Advent.

Mornington Campus

 Rosebud Campus

Tyabb Campus

Reflection for the week

Whilst Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Mercy Sisters, lay dying she expressed concern for the Sisters who lived with her and those who had travelled long distance to visit her. She whispered to a companion from her deathbed, “Fearing I might forget it again, will you tell the Sisters to get a good cup of tea when I am gone to comfort one another.” Catherine understood that the Sisters would need time and space for grieving and healing. She understood the comfort that good friendship and a cup of tea bring in times of sorrow.

Hospitality has always been the hallmark of any Mercy community. First and foremost our school should be a welcoming community whose warmth extends to whoever walks through our doors. If we are about Mercy, we must be about welcoming.

 

Prayer

God of Tenderness and Compassion,

You live at the heart of Mercy.

You have blessed us with Catherine McAuley,

the sisters of Mercy, and all those in our history

who have reflected the light of Your Mercy to us.

May the example of those who have gone before us

instill in us a spirit of hospitality and welcome.

May the Mercy Tradition of concern for the poor

awaken in us compassion for those less fortunate.

May the tradition of Mercy challenge us to reach out in love

to all those we encounter.

We ask this through Your son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

Amen