On Ash Wednesday the College community gathered for a special liturgy in Goold Hall where staff and students received the ashes in the Sign of the Cross. The mark of the ashes reminds each of us that during this Lenten Season we enter a time of reflection and prayer in preparation for the resurrection of Christ.
During Lent we often hear the students discussing what they have given up for the weeks of Lent. For some it may be a special treat that they always buy. For others it may be reflecting on how they speak to their brothers and sisters and reducing the number of harsh words spoken.
With the Launch of Project Compassion, we are asking the students and families of the College to generously support Caritas Australia and St Vincent de Paul Society Easter hampers. The Senior students will be supporting the Easter hampers with food items and other household essentials (non-perishables) and the Middle and Junior Schools students will be supporting Caritas Australia and their charity works through collection of money for Project Compassion.
The theme for the 2020 Lenten Program, “Be Opened – A journey to new life.”
Opening Night has finally arrived and the cast and crew of the 2020 musical, Mary Poppins are eagerly looking forward to thrilling audiences with a fantastic show. Over many months the cast and crew have been working very hard to polish the production and I am confident we will witness a wonderful display of talented students from Loreto and Villanova College.
We wish all involved in the production the very best over the four shows this week.
AIC Swimming Carnival
Next Monday 2 March the 2020 AIC Swimming Championship will be held at the Sleeman Aquatic Centre, Chandler from 2.00 pm until 7.00 pm. Spectators from the Senior and Middle Schools have been invited to attend. Students attending as supporters are expected to be in the College formal uniform (minus the hat). Students will be transported by bus to and from the venue and will conclude the evening back at the College with the buses arriving after 7.30 pm.
We wish all our swimmers the very best for the championships. They have been training well over the course of the pre-season and I know they will represent the College with pride.
We congratulate Mr Matt Smith and his wife, Emma on the recent birth of twins – Fergus James and Molly Neve. Mum and dad are very proud. As a twin myself I have shared with them what my mother used to say – “Twins are a gift from God.”
Pastoral Outreach Forums
Members of our community have launched a number of Pastoral Outreach Forums to provide information and assistance to Old Boys of Villanova College and their families who have been affected by past abuse. Villanova College fully supports the Pastoral Forums. The forums will be conducted by community members independent of the College. For further information, please click here.
We ask for your prayers and thoughts for the following families following recent deaths of loved ones.
- Donnelly Family – Max and Sam in Year 6 whose Grandfather John passed away earlier this week.
- Chigwidden Family following the death of Mrs Vera Dodd, mother of Kerry Chigwidden and Grandmother of Sam – Year 12 and James and Monty – (Seniors 2018).
- Margaret Stevenson’s family following the death of Margaret’s mother last week.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
Mr Mark Stower, Principal