Friday 15 December 2023

Director of Catholic Identity and Mission

  • Thanksgiving
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Thanksgiving
  • A Christmas Carol

Thanksgiving

The celebration of Mass is always one of thanksgiving since this is the central theme of every Eucharist. This year, each end of year liturgical celebration was particularly focused on this theme, since it was an opportunity as members of the community of Ave Maria College, to be grateful for the many opportunities we have had to learn, grow, reflect and become better people. A separate liturgy was held for the senior students, junior students and staff. I wish to thank in particular, the choir, led by Sophie Maclure, who were exceptional in what they contributed to each liturgy. I am also thankful to Fr. Tony Doran for leading each liturgy and for his generous support throughout the year as our custodian of mission.

Once students have finished the year, the end of year staff days are always a busy time. This year, time was given over to reflect on our theme for 2023, “May we treasure God’s word, like Mary”. On Wednesday 6th December, staff had an opportunity to explore a traditional Christian form of prayer known as Lexio Divina. It involves reflecting deeply on a passage from Scripture and meditating on how it relates to life today. Our staff also had time to explore other forms of Christian meditation. I wish to thank the wonderful Ave Maria staff for the way in which they entered into the day.

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens famous book, A Christmas Carol, is often a favourite story in the lead up to Christmas. Like most classic tales, its message is as pertinent today as it was in the mid-19th century. At Ave, our Year 8 Religious Education students complete the year with a brief study of the story and the context within which it was written. Ebenezer Scrooge represents the issues of the day, including corporate greed, a disregard for human rights, an ignoring of those in need and the spirit of Christmas going missing. Each of these themes could just as easily describe Christmas in 21st century Australia.

As we come to the end of another academic year, I wish all students and their families a Christmas period filled with generosity, care for one other and an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

Mr Patrick Hogan
Director of Catholic Identity and Mission