I recently attended several events that made me stop and think about the inherent connection between faith and community. In all instances I witnessed, both in a liturgical setting and non-liturgical setting, I couldn't help but sense that in the given moments, the people who had gathered, young and old alike, were there because there was a sense of something uniting everyone at that point. There was a 'connection' that permeated the gathering beyond the need to be just present.
Congregations are often regarded as collections of individuals that occupy a particular building and worship according to a particular tradition. Questions about congregations focus on issues like "what do the members believe?" and "what do they imagine their mission to be?" While these questions are important, we also need to think about what brings people together. Congregations have beliefs and missions that stem from their experiences and shared history. But beliefs and mission are just two pieces in a much larger puzzle. Congregations do not exist in a vacuum any more than other organisations do. What they believe and what they intend to do must be understood in the context of the world around them.
As a college, we are a 'congregation' that exists in a vibrant faith community. We must be continuously evaluating the role of our faith integrating into the world around us. As a believing community, our shared experiences become powerful in expressing meaning. Whether this be Grade 6 students contemplating the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit in their lives in preparation for their Sacrament of Confirmation, Years 7 and 8 students thinking about the relationship and role modelling provided by Saint Dominic Savio in his circumstance and time and the relevancy for them today, or staff hearing about the 'call to holiness' in a professional development session. These are just a few examples where faith and community and faith and belief co-exist.
Being involved in a faith community encourages all of its members to follow a path of righteousness. Belief in God is the vehicle, but the community is the path. Here at the college we come together to celebrate feast days, each other's life cycle events, observe the rituals of our people and faith, become united in prayer and the sharing of the Eucharist, openly and joyfully express our charism, and strive to live out the Gospel values given to us as a gift by Jesus Christ.
And because we enjoy each other's company, our expressive moments of faith together regardless of the place, circumstance or time, enrich our sense of community.
Stephen Connelly, Director of Faith and Mission
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2020 school year.
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An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast