40 Years a Salesian
This month, Father Jim Acreman sdb celebrates 40 years of dedicated service as a Salesian priest. Father Jim is a very special person at St Joseph’s College. A former Principal of our College, Father Jim knows so much of our history and story. We wish Fr Jim all the best for the future, including his work at St Joseph’s College.
The Queen’s Scout Award
Special acknowledgement goes to Ben Harris (12 Edwards) who was recently awarded the Queen’s Scout. The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest award in the Venturer Scout section and carries an outstanding reputation within Scouting and the Community. To gain the Queen’s Scout Award the Venturer must first reach Venturer Award standard in all 13 Venturer Award activities. They must then reach Queen’s Scout Award standard in an activity area from each of Leadership Development, Outdoors Activities, Personal Growth and Community Involvement.
The Feast of Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello
The Feast of Saint Maria Domenica Mazzarello was celebrated on Monday 13 May. In 1852, at the age of 15, Maria joined the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. As the Industrial Revolution changed the landscape of Europe, Mary opened a dressmaking shop for young women. She taught them the skills for survival in the everyday world, the power of prayer and the love of God. Mary’s practical and spiritual approach to ministry was noticed by Don Bosco. In 1872 Don Bosco, together with Mary Mazzarello, founded the Salesian Sisters, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. This inspired ministry for the education of young women complemented Don Bosco’s commitment to young men. By the time of her death in 1881, Mary had established a style of education grounded in enlightened catechesis. In 1951, Pope Pius XII canonised her. Today’s Daughters of Mary Help of Christians reflect their founder’s joyful self-giving, her sincere humility, her responsibility in work, and her austerity in life. The Salesian Sisters have a community close by us in Scoresby and are an important part of the Salesian story at St Joseph’s College.
Mass in the Parish – St Simon the Apostle, Rowville
Last Sunday, we held our Mass in the Parish at St Simon the Apostle, Rowville. I would like to acknowledge all the staff, students and families who participated. Our College Rector, Father Chris, celebrated mass and Miss Bronwyn Dean prepared the students.
The inaugural Indigenous Senior Football game will be held on Wednesday 29 May. We invited Mazenod College to be part of this annual event and we are looking forward to its staging. It will be a twilight game starting at 5.20pm. Further information is at the back of this Newsletter.
In the Community section at the end of this Newsletter, you will find further information regarding a fundraiser we are running in partnership with the Entertainment Book. I encourage you to consider purchasing a membership, which is full of great value.
Also, the Woolworths Earn and Learn Competition has commenced. Please send your stickers along to school with your son and ask him to hand in to his Homeroom Teacher or Student Reception.
All the best for the fortnight ahead.
Ms Cathy Livingston