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From the Director of Marist Mission (Issue 7 2018)

Written on the 24 May 2018

Founders' Day

Friday 11 May was a significant occasion as special guests, Marist Brothers, Hall of Honour inductees and their families, staff and students of Sacred Heart College gathered for Founders' Day; Our first official gathering as one community from Sacred Heart Middle, Marymount and Sacred Heart Senior. Our Liturgy focussed on the Family Spirit that binds our school, and this was showcased through the short film We are Sacred Heart which captured the breadth of our community through interviews and archival footage. The film has been uploaded onto the Sacred Heart College facebook page. We also commissioned the new Aboriginal artwork on the gates of the Main Oval carpark. The mural was designed by prominent South Australian Aboriginal Artist, Allan Sumner, and showcases Aboriginal culture and its importance within the Sacred Heart community.

Following the Liturgy, the 2,000 strong contingent of staff and students marched to Seacliff in solidarity with our global Marist community. Over $10,000 was raised for Marist projects in Sri Lanka, India, Fiji and the Philippines where a group of Year 11 students and staff will visit later in the year as part of the Marist Immersion Experience. The funds raised will rebuild classrooms in Southern India and the Philippines, upgrade living and working facilities for Marist Brothers in Fiji and the Philippines, and assist trainee Brothers in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, we will provide countless amounts of stationary, books and other educational material for primary and secondary students across Marist schools in these four countries.

Most exciting about the walk was the opportunity for students across the three campuses to walk together in House groups. It was no surprise that our Year 6 and 7's were at the front of the pack and certainly set a solid pace for our senior students! House Captains proudly flew the house banners upon departure and was a wonderful sight to see our entire student body participate in the march with such enthusiasm and vigour for the cause in which we were celebrating. Despite the cool weather and a drop of rain, the warm Family Spirit was clearly evident as we acknowledged our Marian heritage and Marist mission as one Sacred Heart College!

Mother's Day Celebrations

In the Way of Mary Mass - Middle School
It was lovely to catch up with a number of family members and friends of the Middle School campus when Year 7 celebrated the special women in their lives - mothers, step-mums, grandmothers, aunties, cousins, sisters, godmothers and friends.  As a Marist community Mary is an important role model so our Mass highlighted the important Marist characteristic 'In the Way of Mary'. Mary was reflective, committed to God, loyal, a gentle mother and faithful. In this Mass we celebrated Mary and all mother figures in our lives. After Mass those students who had guests attend were able to gift them with a rose and share in a morning tea of scones, jam and cream. In our first reading from the book of Proverbs, we heard about a good family woman who 'opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.' Thank you to all those families who donated beautiful gifts of hand creams, body washes, nice shampoos and conditioners and other items which will be given to a number of refugee mums, Justice for Refugees SA.

Mother's Day Mass - Senior
This is always a highlight of the year. We were fortunate once again to have the Parents and Friends Association supply gifts to mothers, grandmothers and other significant women upon arrival into the Chapel. May is traditionally the month in which the Church focuses on Mary, the mother of God. As a Marist school, Mary is a very important part of our charism. During our Mass we prayed for all in our community to be blessed with some of the gifts which Mary herself possessed. We recognise in Mary her faithfulness to God, her care for others, her simplicity and humility and yet her great strength to endure the suffering which came her way. Monsignor Ian reflected in his homily of the role of mothers in our lives and Mary's example of adapting to the needs of her son Jesus at the crib, the cross and the Wedding at Cana. The Prayers of the Faithful delivered by the students reflected on key moments in the Gospel where Mary was present. Morning Tea was shared in the Parlour after the Liturgy where donations were collected for Justice for Refugees SA

Please view our Senior School Mother's Day Mass gallery >

James Gill
Director of Marist Mission

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