Ash Wednesday heralds the commencement of the 2019 Lenten Season. Last week, with the Sign of the Cross marked on our foreheads in ash we began the journey of Lent. Over the six weeks of Lent Catholics are challenged to engage with their faith and deepen their knowledge of it in a variety of ways.
Pope Francis in his Lenten message spoke of the healing power of repentance and forgiveness. He sees fasting as “learning to change our attitude towards others and all of creation, turning away from the temptation to devour everything to satisfy our voracity and being ready to suffer for love, which can fill the emptiness of our hearts.” (Pope Francis)
Prayer plays an integral part of our conversion. Through prayer we learn to “abandon idolatry and self-sufficiency of our ego, and to acknowledge our need for the Lord and his mercy.” (Pope Francis)
Giving generously to those in need teaches us to “escape from the insanity of hoarding everything for ourselves in the illusionary belief that we can secure a future that does not belong to us. And thus, to rediscover the joy of God’s plan for creation and for each of us which is to love him, our brothers and sisters, and the entire world, and to find in this love our true happiness.” (Pope Francis)
PROJECT COMPASSION AND ST VINCENT DE PAUL EASTER APPEAL
Over the coming weeks our students have been invited to participate in two special projects, Project Compassion and the St Vincent de Paul Easter Appeal. Project Compassion supports the international work of Caritas Australia. Through the generosity of our families we provide support to the poor across our world through the aid work of Caritas Australia.
The St Vincent de Paul Easter Appeal will provide baskets of groceries to families within our immediate neighbourhood. Senior Pastoral Care groups have been encouraged to collect non-perishable items to be placed in baskets in the Pastoral Care rooms. Prior to Easter students will deliver the baskets to families in need.
During Terms Two and Three our students move into their winter uniform. For all students in Years 5 – 12 Term Two and Three will require the wearing of a school tie. For all students in the Senior School – Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12, Terms Two and Three require long grey trousers be worn as well as the College blazer to be worn when travelling to and from the College and to all formal assemblies including “whole of College” and year level assemblies.
The College Uniform shop is open on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 7.45am – 10.00am.
If the weather continues to be unseasonably warm and humid, I will delay the commencement of winter uniform requirements until a later date in Term Two. I will keep families informed.
AIC SWIMMING CARNIVAL
On Monday, 11 March the 2019 AIC Swim Championships were held. Congratulations to St Peter’s Lutheran College – overall winner of the competition. Villanova College placed fifth overall with many outstanding performances across the day. Our Year 5 and Year 6 swimmers were excellent in their divisions with our Year 5 swimmers winning their age group and the Year 6 swimmers placing third.
Thank you to the coaches, managers and supporters of our swimmers. Our spectators on the day did a terrific job supporting the swimmers.
VILLANOVA INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL
On Saturday 23 March the 2019 International Carnival will be held on the College grounds. The Carnival provides an opportunity for our community and their friends to gather together for a night of great entertainment, fantastic food and friendly company. Gates will open at 5.00 pm and all are most welcome. The funds raised through this Parents and Friends Association initiative will support the redevelopment of the College Tolle Lege Library and the ongoing air-conditioning of classrooms across the College.
You have made us for Yourself, O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal