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Mandela Day

St Patrick’s is part of an international community of Edmund Rice Schools called Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders (EREBB). This community seeks to support and enhance the mission of Edmund Rice ministries throughout the world. As part of the EREBB community we have committed to marking two key events each year, the first is the feast of Blessed Edmund Rice which occurs in May, and the second is Mandela Day which happens on July 18. This week we have been celebrating the work of Nelson Mandela and recognising the powerful witness of his life as a man who lived his life so that other people could live in freedom.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela in his autobiography “The Long Walk to Freedom”

The call of Mandela Day to each of us is to realise that we all have gifts that can be used for the good of the community and it is our responsibility to stand up and be involved to make the world a better place for all.

Year 7 Retreat

The Year 7 boys participated in their annual retreat day this week. They responded very positively to the program in spite of technical difficulties and the wild winds that arrived a bit early for the Ekka this year. The focus of the day was to help the boys to gain a deeper insight into some of their character strengths and then to help them consider how these could be used to be a part of the community.

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Year 8 Retreat

Next week the Year 8 boys will be participating in their retreat experience. The Boys will be starting here at the College but then going to Curlew Park for a day of reflective and community building activities. The boys need to wear their College Sports uniform with a hat and bring their morning tea, a BBQ lunch will be provided for them.

Grandparents Day Mass

The annual Grandparents Day Mass will be celebrated next Friday 28 July at 9:00am in the Callan Centre. All are welcome. We ask people to RSVP to Mrs Helen Righetti in the student office please.

Catholic Education Week

Sunday 23 July – Saturday 29 July is Catholic Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of Catholic Education in our community. The week of events begins with a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Mark Coleridge. The Mass begins at 2:30pm on Sunday and all are welcome.

Eight students of the College will be participating in the liturgy as singers in a choir of over 100 boys and girls from Catholic schools all around Brisbane Archdiocese. Congratulations to these young men for being chosen to be part of this important event in our Archdiocese and also to Mrs Kate Albury for her work in supporting the boys and preparing them for this occasion.

The boys singing in this event are:

  • James MacCallum
  • Mason Harvey
  • Cooper Mitchell
  • Jaspin Chamberlain-Kent
  • Tobias Batson
  • Ethan Harvey
  • Mackenzie Stevens
  • Thomas Gibson

Prayers of the Faithful

For bishops, priests, deacons, religious men and women and lay ministers who serve our Church. Let us pray to the Lord.Lord, hear our prayer.

Mr Tim Kenny – Dean of Identity