18 November 2021
The Month of November
Traditionally in the Catholic Church, the month of November is a time when we pray for and reflect upon the lives of those who have died. All Saints Day and All Souls Day (1 and 2 November respectively) call us to remember those who lived lives that demonstrated the love of God by the ways in which they loved and committed themselves in service to others. In November, we also remember those who have moved us in a particular way, whether because we have personally known them or because they were inspiring role models on which to base our lives. Remembrance Day (11 November) is also a time to remember those who have died or suffered during times of war and conflict. As a College we marked Remembrance Day with a Liturgy as we gathered in the quadrangle as a community.
Keeping in mind the ongoing suffering experienced by many in our world at this time, and those within our own families and school community who have lost a loved one, it can be hard to remain hopeful. Yet in his recent homily, Pope Francis offered us a reflection worth remembering. He said, “Hope does not disappoint,” Romans 5:5. Hope attracts us and gives meaning to life … hope is a gift from God that draws us towards life, towards eternal joy. Hope is an anchor that we have on the other side.’
Lord God, we remember with love all those who have died…
We ask for the support of all your saints who by their persistence
and example have shown us how to live and love in Your ways.
Give us strength to cope with the daily routines that wear us down.
Help us to act as your witnesses when we respond to each other with love,
not with impatience, carelessness, rudeness or fear.
In your love, we can find our way forward into your promised heaven.
Congratulations to our Depth and Year 11 students for the successful completion of their Semester Two exams this week. This experience not only supports the development of examination skills but allows students to also demonstrate the learnings and skill development they have strengthened throughout the semester in their various subjects. Next week students will receive feedback on their examinations, and we will then commence our HeadStart program in readiness for a positive start to 2022.
Year 12 students are also to be congratulated for the positive way they have undertaken their final examinations which concluded yesterday. We hope they are proud of their achievements and leave Marcellin College with a rightful sense of pride.
Updated guidelines from the Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) dictates that all visitors to the College must be double vaccinated. This includes parents, volunteers and contractors. This is to ensure the safety of our young men, staff and all in our community.
If you need to attend a meeting at the College, we ask that you sign in at Marist House Main Reception and you will be required to show your vaccination certificate. A staff member will then come and meet you there. It is also important now that restrictions have eased and with the prospect of further activities being possible in the coming weeks, it is still essential that students continue to follow expectations around wearing their masks when indoors and following hygiene practices.
I would also like to remind all families that if your son is identified as a Primary Close Contact, or he or those within your family test positive, you must contact Gaye Viney, College Nurse, immediately so that we can offer our support and advice regarding onsite attendance.