The Gospel reading for the fourth Sunday in Lent was from John’s Gospel. In this particularly reading, Jesus had a conversation with someone who doubts that he is the Son of God. One of the Gospel messages was that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn but rather save. John used the analogy of light and darkness to make the point. As always, light was goodness and darkness represented evil. He spoke of Jesus bringing light into the world and that many people only knew of darkness because they only knew of evil ways. It was...
The Gospel reading for the fourth Sunday in Lent was from John’s Gospel. In this particularly reading, Jesus had a conversation with someone who doubts that he is the Son of God. One of the Gospel messages was that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn but rather save. John used the analogy of light and darkness to make the point. As always, light was goodness and darkness represented evil. He spoke of Jesus bringing light into the world and that many people only knew of darkness because they only knew of evil ways. It was not that they did not want to practice good things, just that they did not know any other better ways. Jesus’s presence into the world brought a goodness that they had not experienced before and to follow him meant to shun evil ways and live for goodness.
Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believeare condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.(John 3:14-21)
John wanted all to know that to seek light (goodness) that they had to believe in God and follow the example of his Son. In our everyday existence, if we are true to our own faith, this is exactly what we aim to do. Our goodness is shown in how we act towards each other, what words we speak to each other and our attitudes, care and compassion shown to others, particularly those who might be different. We must also accept that sometimes the people that we interact with have not seen the light and their actions and words might be different to our own. But it is in our own example and actions that we use to try and show them the light. So, in this week’s Gospel, keeping in line with Lenten readings, we are asked to reflect on our relationship with God: do we shine a light on those around us?
Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day. However, we marked the significance of this day to our College with a Mass this morning. It is a significant celebration for our College as St Patrick is our patron and dear to our community. He was known as the apostle of Ireland and from a young age showed extraordinary courage and strength of character to spread the Gospel and faith throughout Ireland. He was born in 386AD and died in 461AD. Living to the age of 74 years old was something quite unusual in those days. During his lifetime, St Patrick spent nearly 40 years preaching and converting the Irish into the Catholic faith. Patrick’s life must have been extremely difficult, disciplined and full of faith. He was revered in almost warrior-like status for his determination and hard work in difficult circumstances. In effect, he was considered a fighter. Patrick eventually travelled to France and studied to enter the priesthood. In 431AD he was consecrated Patrick Bishop of Ireland and sent back to Ireland to continue his work spreading the good news of the Gospel.
Patrick is renowned for many things but one that is close to EREA schools is the Celtic Cross. Many religious orders have also originated in Ireland throughout time thanks to the works of Christianity spread by St Patrick; including our Christian Brothers. The Celtic Cross is at the heart of their symbol and it is a common icon across many of our EREA schools.
This College was named after St Patrick in respect to Fr O’Rourke who was the Irish parish priest who acquired the land and assisted with the building works of Morven so that the College could commence in 1952. However, once the name of the College was decided, the original and following Christian Brothers did much to assure that our College took on the characteristics of this great saint and patron of the country of their origins. Patrick’s influence is spread right across many of our symbols at St Patrick’s. Our College crest bears the resemblance to a shield. Inside the shield is the shape of a bishop’s hat and below this is the College Motto Certa Certamen Bonum (Fight the good fight). St Patrick was certainly a man who fought the good fight. Finally, under the motto are nine battlements. These represent the things that were important to Patrick. They include:
- Love and reverence for the creator;
- Concern for the welfare of others;
- The joy of giving rather than receiving: of serving rather than of demanding service;
- Unselfishness and honesty;
- The importance of Truth;
- The thirst for Justice;
- The love of Beauty;
- Tenacity of purpose in pursuing high ideals;
- The virtue of doing one’s best to achieve the goal however difficult the effort.
On Wednesday, I sent a letter to all members of our community regarding Chris Campbell’s appointment as the new Head of School at Southern Cross College, Scarborough. Whilst, I am saddened to lose such a valuable and knowledgeable senior leader with our College, I am very happy for Chris. His promotion to this role is recognition of the great work that he has done at St Patrick’s, particularly in the role of Dean of Teaching and Learning in the past 11 years. Whilst I have thanked Chris in my letter, the entire College will have the opportunity to formally thank him during next Tuesday’s final term assembly.
Our Round 1 Debating started on Wednesday 28 February. Our Year 10 and 12 students competed very strongly and both teams were narrowly beaten by 1 point. Both our Year 9 and Year 11 teams won the week before and the Year 8 teams compete this Wednesday night.
On Tuesday evening, our musicians from various ensembles, bands and choirs performed for their parents and staff. It was an excellent evening with many entertaining performances. Thank you to the many parents who attended the evening. We are very fortunate to have so many talented staff dedicated to offering their expertise and such opportunities to our students.
This Saturday is our final round of Cricket and Volleyball for the season. We will host Padua College in the senior competitions and our younger teams will travel to play at Padua. It will be quite an emotional day for the many Year 12 students who have been involved in these sports since they started at St Patrick’s. Our First XI Cricket team are sharing the competition lead at this stage and if they are able to win, they will be the first St Patrick’s First XI to win a cricket premiership since we entered into the AIC competition. Hopefully, playing on St Patrick’s Day will be a good omen.