Last Sunday’s Gospel was from Matthew. It was a parable. A parable is a story told by Jesus to others around him. The story has a message within it to reinforce what Jesus was trying to teach. In this parable, Jesus likening the Kingdom of heaven to a farmer who sowed good seed in his fields. During the night, when everyone was asleep his enemy came and planted weeds amongst the seeds. The workers found the weeds as the wheat seeds started to grow. They asked the farmer if he wanted them to pull out the weeds. He...
Last Sunday’s Gospel was from Matthew. It was a parable. A parable is a story told by Jesus to others around him. The story has a message within it to reinforce what Jesus was trying to teach. In this parable, Jesus likening the Kingdom of heaven to a farmer who sowed good seed in his fields. During the night, when everyone was asleep his enemy came and planted weeds amongst the seeds. The workers found the weeds as the wheat seeds started to grow. They asked the farmer if he wanted them to pull out the weeds. He said that he did not want this to happen as they might also pull out the wheat as well. He told them to let the weeds and wheat grow together and wait for the harvest and then they could separate the weeds and burn them.
One possible interpretation from this story might be that we are all born as “good seed”. The weeds planted by our enemies is the poor actions that we may choose to take as we grow. It is the sins that we commit as a person. I think the work enemy is important. In essence, we see an enemy as a person who opposes what we do or believe. They “plant” different views or their actions are counter-cultural to our own beliefs and values. The weeds are planted to stop the goodness that can come from the “good seed”. In contemporary terms, when we talk about the kingdom of heaven, we talk about modern communities that aspire to be value-based and do things for the common good. These communities are people-centred and based on gospel values that promote love and compassion.
The farmer’s decision not to sort the weeds from the wheat as it is growing can be seen as an admission that as we grow we are not perfect and having sin is what makes us imperfect as people. Our faith is what allows us to acknowledge the sin and try to keep it from ruining us and stopping our “good growth”. It is our faith that separates the sin from the goodness in us. When we finally enter into the kingdom of heaven this sin will be removed forever.
I would like to point out an extraordinary meeting date that has been placed on the evening of Thursday 10 August. This meeting is an information night to inform our parent and student bodies about the new Senior School Assessment and Tertiary Entrance programs that will replace the current “OP system” in 2019. We did not place a date for this in the calendar last year because we were unsure of when we would have enough information to be able to advise our community of the new system and its implications on our current practices. Whilst we still do not have all the details, we do have enough to make decisions around what needs to be done for next year. This will have implications for students who are currently in Year 9 (and below). Therefore, it is very important that all students and parents from Year 9 attend the meeting. The meeting will have two parts. The first part will be aimed at all families who are interested in the new system and the implications for St Patrick’s College into the future. This part will take approximately 45-60 minutes. After this is completed, parents and young men from this year’s Year 9 cohort will be required to remain for another 30 minutes whilst we explain the changes to Year 10 subject selections and choices for next year. The meeting will take place in the Christian Brothers Building and will commence at 6:00pm.
There has been much to celebrate in this past week. On Monday afternoon, our Year 12 students participated in leadership workshops facilitated by Mr Bernie Kelly. The workshops concluded in the evening and the students joined their parents to attend presentations from Mr Chris Campbell, Mrs Elizabeth Gaber, Mr Philip Webb and Mr Troy Schultz. The workshops gave parents and students good information about their progress as a cohort in the areas of QCS and work placement. The speakers also laid out the plans for further support and gave some suggestions regarding actions that our young men should consider in moving forward.
We celebrated the successes of many of our young men through the Trimester Co-curricular Awards Ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. To date, we have had record numbers of student participation in our co-curricular programs and it was pleasing to see so many young men proudly receive their awards.
During the first few days of this week many of our students in the junior and middle years were invited to participate in workshops for music and singing. The workshops culminated into the Brambly Bay Music Festival held in the Christian Brothers Building on Thursday night. It was the first time that we have hosted this event and there were 450 students from 17 schools with the Bramble Bay region who performed on the night. This festival is also unique in that it is open to students from Catholic, EQ and Independent schools. I would like to thank and recognise Mr Geoff Samuels (and his Year 12 tech crew), Mrs Kate Albury, Mrs Kelly Jensen and Mr Kane McNally for their efforts in teaching and assisting on the night. The concert was very good. There are many talented young people within our schools and hardworking and supportive music and choral teachers.
Whilst this concert was occurring, we held a Parent Information evening in the Waterford Performing Arts rooms. The presentation was given by Ms Davina Donovan was on the topic of drug use by adolescents. Davina is always a very engaging guest speaker and her information was, as always, most informative, relevant and practical for parents. I would remind all parents about my letter sent in the second week of last term regarding students attending parties and hosting parties. It is an unfortunate reality currently that many of the parties attended by adolescents are open to young people brining alcohol and illicit drugs. Unfortunately, in the case of alcohol this is an accepted part of this culture and condoned by some parents. I would suggest that it would be very naive of parents to think that parties that host large gatherings of young people (even though under age) will not have alcohol at them and when this occurs there is usually illicit drugs also available to the young people attending the party. I urge all parents to be very mindful of this when deciding to host a party or allow your son to attend such an occasion.
On Friday morning, we celebrated Mass with many grandparents and great grandparents attending with their grandchildren. There were 700 people in attendance at the Mass. We were blessed to have Fr Mario de Battista as our celebrant. Fr Mario is a Franciscan priest from the Padua College community. The feedback from the Mass was very positive and enjoyed by all who attended. This event has become very popular within our College community.
Last Friday afternoon, many of our bands, ensembles and choirs performed in the Queen Street Mall as a part of the Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Bands Festival. The young men received some very good reviews and all appeared to enjoy themselves when they performed.
This evening and tomorrow we host St Peter’s Lutheran College in Basketball and Tennis games. I hope that each young man has an enjoyable game and represents us with pride, passion and respect for his opponent.
Live Jesus in our Hearts!